September 18, 2014

The default in experimental rap—whatever that means—lately has been so much auto-tune. Just piles of it warbling and making voices unrecognizable to the point that everyone sounds like a sex robot all jacked up on super molly (still not a real thing! still appearing in rap songs!). It is, at the moment, the future. But then here’s OG Maco, his voice is weirdly naked, you can hear his vocal chords straining. Maco is experimenting with empty space. I didn’t count how many words he actually says, but it can’t be more than a couple hundred. He is not trying to do too much here. At one point it sounds like he falls asleep mid-verse, his words speeding up, then dipping to a low mutter until he’s just barely croaking them out. The charisma here is at ODB levels, and that is a great thing.

September 15, 2014

Just last February I was in New Zealand visiting family for the first time in 20 years. It was a weird trip for a number of reasons I won’t get in to here, but it was also illuminating. Walking through the free Dunedin museum with my uncle—a former professor in Dunedin—we came upon an exhibit that was all old music videos of New Zealand bands. I stood there watching these videos loop for about an hour. My dad had to pull me away. There’s something about all that music—a weirdness that reads as knowing and a bit tongue-in-cheek. Making music that far away from where things were happening in a pre-internet age must have been so frustrating, so freeing.

A few days later I was at a record store in Auckland, eyeing a copy of Peter Gutteridge’s Pure, which I didn’t buy because with the exchange rate it was so expensive. I figured I could get it in the states, which I could, but then didn’t. My main memory of the record was coming upon a blog post about it very late at night a few years ago, and going down a YouTube hole, listening to every track I could find. There’s something so appealingly tossed off about it, but not in a way that it feels extraneous or lazy. It just feels like Gutteridge is exploring, and that exploration, that enthusiasm for downer moments can come off as really beautiful, and often transcendent. It’s infectious.

At a wedding a few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who knew Gutteridge. He said that he was in New York because the Clean were playing a show. He had a shopping bag full of guitar pedals, and when I heard this, I wanted to see what he’d do with those pedals.

He ended up playing a solo show, but I didn’t go. I’ve been packing for a move and I’ve been stressed about it. “I’ll have other chances,” I told myself. “There will be a next time because there is always a next time.”

"Ocean" sounds like an ocean, hence the track name. But there’s more to it than that: a meditative pounding that ebbs and flows and pulses. It sounds like a whole life. 

August 12, 2014

Matt and I used to do this thing where we’d sing the opening part of James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and then we’d narrate a fake movie preview. It was the 90s, so this song showed up in a lot of previews, usually followed by an aerial shot of a pristine suburban block. It was easy to make fun of because it was so broad, and being a kid in the first half of the 90s meant that our lives were populated by broad movies. These were the movies that we’d see on rainy weekends when our parents didn’t know what else to do with us. To this day, when I think about doing this, I think about Mrs. Doubtfire. Not because that actually happens in Mrs. Doubtfire, although maybe it does, but because that movie left a stamp on my childhood years so intensely, that it changed their atmosphere entirely. So did Hook, in a different way. I find myself referencing the imaginary feast scene in that movie with uncontrollable regularity. I’m like a broken record, with that scene. Repeating it manically—imagining them opening those imaginary silver platters full of hulking turkeys and cakes and pies and whatever else was going on there. Imagination on top of imagination on top of imagination

July 29, 2014
aqqindex:

Esprit LA Superstore Advertising, 1986-1987

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Esprit LA Superstore Advertising, 1986-1987

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July 29, 2014

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July 25, 2014
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Mike Hinge, 1975

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Mike Hinge, 1975

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June 27, 2014

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from the serie ” During a rave party ” by Lise Sarfati

RUSSIA St. Petersbourg, 2000

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June 5, 2014

all of this.

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June 5, 2014
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untitled (Pool Serie), 2013Yang-Tsung Fan

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untitled (Pool Serie), 2013

Yang-Tsung Fan

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June 2, 2014

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