Wednesday, August 13, 2014

current events

what it is: current events
where i found it: the world outside

Two surreal things in the news today: Cecil Taylor getting conned out of a half million dollars and Robin Williams hanging himself.

HERE's the story on Taylor and the even better press conference follow up APPEARANCE.

HERE's a pretty great, dark set on this week's Airborne Event on WFMU, complete with Good Morning Vietnam samples.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

slow tv

what it is: slow tv
where i found it: my pocket

This morning I found a newspaper shred in my jacket pocket  that I must have torn out around a year ago mentioning a twelve hour broadcast on Norwegian public television of someone knitting. A quote from the broadcaster: "We'll dive deep into the world of knitting, then from midnight, we'll turn down the pace, if that's even possible. We'll watch the arm of a sweater get longer and longer; it will be fascinating." The article also mentions another recent broadcast on the same network, NPK, of a cruise ship moving up the Norwegian coast for 134 hours, nonstop.

I looked this up and this seems to be part of a "slow tv" movement. Some of the touchstone historical  broadcasts of this movement are mentioned HERE.

Here's all 134 hours of cruise ship footage, which as actually quite beautiful.  Here's the first two hours of the knitting broadcast, described as "from sheep's back to human's back". I find the commentary during the sheep shearing is particularly enjoyable.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

two bit thievery

what it is: two bit theivery
where i found it: common knowledge

It's common knowledge that Led Zeppelin are a bunch of two bit, no good thieves. However, few have detailed this theme in richer detail than the guy who took the time to make these Led Zeppelin Plagarism Trading Cards. These are worth poring over as they might not only inspire you to throw away your copy of In Through the Out Door but also teach you a few things about 20th Century music history. While you're at it, you may as well check out THIS GREAT VIDEO of Stairway to Heaven Forward/Televangelists backwards.