Thursday, September 27, 2007


So I was at "Music & Me" class with Emil and Karen. Karen's my wife and Emil's our 15 1/2 month old son. And Terence Trent D'Arby was playing, on the cd player.

thing is -- I mummbled every word and the teacher was all, "How do you know every word?"

Well, Terence Trent D'Arby was really big for me. Freshman year of college. Saw him on Saturday Night Live, live at the studio -- thanks David Hantman. And at the Beacon Theater, or was it called s'em else?...I think it was the Beacon.

Anyone who knows nyc of the late 80's remember the venue of 12th or 13th street, what was 'tween Fourth and Third? It was the same year I saw Dwight Yoakam and Mötörhead. I think I saw Hüsker Dü, for the second time there -- seein' HüDü for the first time in DC was one of my biggest High School experiences.

Thing is that then the "Music and Me" teacher asked if I had any idea what happened to Terence Trent D'Arby. mmm. TTD was big for me. Where are they now? He is now Sananda Maitreya, and married to come kinda beautiful lady from Italy and they're settled in Munich.

Oh, and P.S.: Thu. May 27.1999 9:11 AM EDT
SYDNEY, Australia -- American R&B singer Terence Trent D'Arby will take the late Michael Hutchence's place as INXS's singer at the official opening of Sydney Stadium on June 12, the band announced Thursday (May 27).

D'Arby will join brothers John, Tim and Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers in what will be INXS's second public performance since Hutchence committed suicide on Nov. 22, 1997.

"This is an INXS show and Terence is merely lending us his vocal cords," guitarist Tim Farriss said at a press conference.

Commercials about Commercials about Commercials

O.K. in a lot of ways the innernetz is jus' one big commercial, right?...'xcepting we all get to advertise our ideas and it's the biggest place for advocacy the world's ever seen.

And, a music video is by-definition a commercial, right?...even if it is a real art-full piece...and a commercial for an iPod, is DEFINITELY a commercial, right?

thing is, that the Feist iPod commercial is wonderful. it's campy, dated and out-of-touch, but there's something kinda infectious about the song and limitless about the video -- sorta RENT meets All That Jazz (an' sorta hate both of 'em I do; but each have this innate nostalgia that resonates), but with a deep understanding that Fosse died of major cigarette smoking heart related illness and that "saccharine" is, in fact, a killer -- a Live for the Now, balanced by a sadness that comes with loss.

not sure i'll feel the same way two weeks or two years from now, but...

If you want to see the entire video click here.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


to quote their site:
The reactable is a collaborative electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible multi-touch interface. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving and rotating physical objects on a luminous round table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.

Networkz is Hard to Keep Up

Man, my good friend Billy's got a facebook page now and to look at HIS material I had to make a facebook page?! I got too many pages! ('xceptin' by the time I got all logged in, there were technical difficulties and I still couldn't see pictures from his fortieth birthday. bummer.)

So, lemme see, now I got:

myspaze (suckered in by my friend Gary).

now facebook, cuz of Billy.

oh, and i got linkedin cuz you can't get around that these days...originally invited by Sam Salkin.

oh, and did I mention just this blog itself, too...that, I think, I first off blamed on/credited to Frances Dinkelspiel.

man, these networkz is hard to maintain.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Another Great BKG Joint


Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage

from UCPress site:

Destination Culture takes the reader on an eye-opening journey from ethnological artifacts to kitsch. Posing the question, "What does it mean to show?" Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett explores the agency of display in a variety of settings: museums, festivals, world's fairs, historical re-creations, memorials, and tourist attractions. She talks about how objects--and people--are made to "perform" their meaning for us by the very fact of being collected and exhibited, and about how specific techniques of display, not just the things shown, convey powerful messages.

Her engaging analysis shows how museums compete with tourism in the production of "heritage." To make themselves profitable, museums are marketing themselves as tourist attractions. To make locations into destinations, tourism is staging the world as a museum of itself. Both promise to deliver heritage. Although heritage is marketed as something old, she argues that heritage is actually a new mode of cultural production that gives a second life to dying ways of life, economies, and places. The book concludes with a lively commentary on the "good taste/bad taste" debate in the ephemeral "museum of the life world," where everyone is a curator of sorts and the process of converting life into heritage begins.

They Called Me Mayer July @ MAGNES

O.K. Here are two links about this new, important project that's finally coming together at MAGNES:

UCPress Notice
Yahoo! Finance (my personal favorite, for now...).

Pleaz also see that my musuem's @ Target.