Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sean StarWars - "Frankenberry vs The Klan," giclee print
Jonathan Lethem - Chronic City (Amazon)
YouTube covers of Owl City - "Fireflies"
Tindersticks - Falling Down a Mountain
Wanda Jackson - "You Know I'm No Good"/"Skakin' All Over"
Johanna Newsom - Have One On Me (streaming at NPR)
Someone on Facebook mentioned Sean StarWars. Twelve years ago, when we were first dating, my wife and I went to a show of his at a little gallery here in town that I showed at as well, one that eventually became Insomkneeack's and is in the process of becoming something else. We have been talking about Sean Star Wars ever since, especially this print of Frankenberry. Sean was before the loosely-conceptual Pop Art silkscreen T-shirt onslaught of image appropriation, at least before it manifested itself down here. An art friend said at the time his little studio in the stadium was a popular hangout because of the Atari 2600 he had hooked up and running at all times; he would just chisel out a woodcut of Darth Vader torturing Indians while drunk MFA slackers played Pitfall. Great to see he's still at it. I may have to get this poster.
Speaking of appropriation, I made a stab at learning Maya's favorite song "Fireflies" on guitar last night and she was slightly horrified. The Jack White-produced Wanda Jackson single is kinda perfect, like a greaser dance-off in the Pussycat Lounge of the mind. The new Tindersticks is my favorite album of 2010 so far. The new Joni Mitchell Johanna Newsom will outlast us all, just like the old Joni Mitchell will.