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out today 3/11...the photographic...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 12, 2008 09:00pm | Post a Comment

Maybe I am bit selfish or egocentric but I think sometimes that certain releases come out just for me. It makes me feel special. We all have our special little secret bands we like and it is always exciting to hear some new band for the first time, especially when you feel like you may already like every band that you are ever going to like.

I have been really obsessed with the Explosions in the Sky for the last couple of years. It is nice to have an instrumental album to escape into every once in a while, for the times you don't really want to hear anybody talking and just need time alone to think for yourself.  It helps me focus myself and think about my life. I often use electronic music on these types of days, but sometimes that gets a little too intense and I need some more smooth instrumental music. I really am starting to sound like some smooth jazz new age dude right now. What is going on? I guess it is sort of like some dude that is into crazy free jazz but every once in a while just needs some smooth jazz. I guess I really should not compare instrumental rock music to smooth jazz. It really is in its own category. I have really worn out my Explosions in the Sky albums, so I was excited to find the new band The Photographic. Their debut album Pictures of a Changing World comes out today. They come from the land of Louisville, Kentucky. And they really sound nothing like smooth jazz.

I seem to go through phases of liking music from one area of the world. For a while I seemed to be listening to a lot of music coming out of Austin, Texas. At the end of last year I was really obsessed with music coming out of Sweden. I don't intentionally go out and try to find bands from one certain city or country, it just sort of happens-- so it might just happen that I all of sudden start liking a bunch of Louisville bands. I thought I would check to make sure I already don't. I did also find out some interesting facts about the city.

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Secret Society of the Sonic Six @ Mutant Transmissions Festival March 14th

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 12, 2008 03:15pm | Post a Comment

















































19+ mutated synthoid performances over three days. (((6))) perform on the 1st evening, Friday the 14th.

Get a taste of the talent courtesy myspace linkage

http://www.myspace.com/mutanttransmissionsrecords
http://www.myspace.com/thesecretsocietyofthesonicsix
http://www.myspace.com/lotoballshow
http://www.myspace.com/testicularmanslaughter
http://www.myspace.com/thefuxedos 
http://www.myspace.com/newthrillparade 
http://www.myspace.com/lacoste 
http://www.myspace.com/asyntx
http://www.myspace.com/thisheadisforburning
http://www.myspace.com/chickenheads
http://www.myspace.com/swftwngs
http://www.myspace.com/marfaandneaf
http://www.myspace.com/dinglorious
http://www.myspace.com/thefreakmafia
http://www.myspace.com/icantreadicantread
http://www.myspace.com/jellowaste 
http://www.myspace.com/jeanpaulyamamoto
http://www.myspace.com/16sssss
http://www.myspace.com/stripmallseizures
http://www.myspace.com/zombieshark
http://www.myspace.com/kunstfascionmuzik
http://www.myspace.com/mediomutante

The Video Guide To Collecting Creature And Frankenstein

Posted by phil blankenship, March 12, 2008 01:27pm | Post a Comment
 



MOVING VIOLATIONS PART TWO: GRAF ON THE GO

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2008 11:33am | Post a Comment
  
       

This is the second part in the "moving violations" series of photos of graffiti on moving objects: never trains, mainly trucks and taken in New York, California, and Amsterdam.

      

   
       

       

       

       

      
       

The Up Series: Give Me a Child of 7 and I Will Show You the Man

Posted by Miss Ess, March 11, 2008 12:30pm | Post a Comment
I spent much of the lthe up series michael aptedast week immersed in Michael Apted's Up Series on DVD.  This documentary film series is fascinating-- each film offers a close look at how one becomes an adult, how certain decisions form and create a life, and how one's idea of one's self effects one's eventual place in the world. 

In 1964, a group of 7 year old English children were interviewed about their views on life, love, and the future.  Apted has revisited tthe up series dvdhe children every 7 years-- so there are films for 14, 21, 28, 35, and 42 years old that all come in one handy box for your viewing pleasure. I've heard there's at least one more film, for 49, out there too.

It seems like these films were the precursor to reality tv in a way, for better or worse.  I think the project was started to see what effect class has on a British child's future, but it really offers much more than that.  The class system in Britain is still in effect in certain ways, although you can see over the years of the films that it breaks down quite a bit.  More importantly, the films capture real lives, real issues, real triumphs, real failures.

Watching the idealistic, blunt and hopeful children become independent, challenging, full adults is completely absorbing.  Who wants to think about getting old?  I mean, no one really,  but it's pretty interesting to watch people age before your eyes and to see and hear about the changes that they are going through.

One child, Neil, just broke my heart.  At 7 you can easily see the brightness and humor in his eyes.  He says that when he's older he doesn't want any children because they are naughty and dirty the house.  You can see plainly on his grinning face that he is guilty of this crime and has been scolded for it many a time. By 14, his eyesthe up series michael apted have already grown deadened and his front teeth have been busted out at sharp angles, never to be repaired (at least not by 42-- very British!).  The light never returns to his face either.  He has been raised in a Liverpool suburb and by adolescence feels misunderstood by just about everyone.  By 21 he's living in a squat in London and Neil continues to meander on, homeless and fairly destitute.  It's striking to see his life begin in such a hopeful way and spiral off and downward, and it's interesting to try to think about why.  By 42 he's finally starting to look for real employment and trying to make his way toward a career in something close to his heart.  His journey is a rough one to watch, at least for me.

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