Neil Young painting

I did this large oil painting as a wedding gift for our friends, huge Neil fans. I like painting rock stars … Keith, Joey, Prince … I’m always available for commissions!

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RIP Prince

The Greatest Of All Time

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Bear Mountain

If you’ve been trying to find a “Geometrical dance band from the utopian future,” look no further than Bear Mountain! I’ve been playing this album all day. Me gusta.

Pavarotti & Lou Reed

Today I went to a cafe in the neighborhood that I rarely frequent. New cafe, where’ve you been all my life?! Just a block away, and full of characters in action. It’s my new spot.

Guy #1 answered his phone every 30 seconds, screamed into it for 10 seconds, slammed it down, repeat. repeat. He finally got a mass shushing, at which point he stood up and yelled “I’M HAVING A F%#@%NG NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, PEOPLE!” and ran out the door to get the phone he’d just chucked onto Avenue A.

Guy #2 was pretty oblivious to it all, wearing headphones and watching a movie while pounding his fist on the table muttering “TOO MANY RED HERRINGS! TOO MANY RED HERRINGS!!!”

Then some Pavarotti-style music came on and reminded me of one of the funniest videos I’ve ever seen. I was working on a blog post about some art I like at the MET, but started watching the video and got derailed. It never gets old. Well, my friend and I think it’s simply hilarious, and maybe we’re the only two, but I really doubt it. Just in case, I put together some stills as a comedy preview. It’s the weirdest, possibly greatest, duet of all time.

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Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen

First thing this morning, my friend sent me this Flavorwire link—50 of the Greatest Jon Stewart Quotes. I love #8 so much that I’m copying it down exactly here. [thanks, Luke!]

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“People always talk to me about, ‘Who are your influences? What makes you do what you do?’ I can say, I draw a line — I do what I do because of Bruce Springsteen, and I’ll tell you why: You introduced me to the concept of The Other Side. You introduced me to the concept of: you go through the tunnel and you take a chance, and you can work to get away from your circumstance. And by working to get away from your circumstance you can make something better of yourself, but there’s no guarantee. […] But you know what? The joy of it is chasing that dream, and that was my inspiration for leaving New Jersey and goin’ to New York. And bless you, my friend. You’re the man. So I just wanted to thank you personally from the bottom of my heart for giving me something to put into the dashboard as I drove a U-Haul van through the Holland Tunnel.”

* 2 related posts … Springsteen & Magritte & Robert De Niro: Abstract Expressionist

Lord Huron: Lonesome Dreams

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I’ve had the band Lord Huron on repeat for the last few weeks, so I thought I’d spread the word. It started out as a solo multimedia project by Ben Schneider, a fellow Michigander and painter, but quickly took off and became the LA-based band Lord Huron. Hear him speak more about it on World Cafe.

An awesome music video

I found this amazzzzzing video on a great blog I frequent, brandflakesforbreakfast. It was made using only 3 projectors and two walls, all filmed in one room. what?! I was actually looking for an older post they did about these cool minimalist art posters when I found this. Video is more interesting to me than print, so it wins the Friday night blog post spot. Go, video!

Giacometti, Beat Connection, Tanlines

I’m listening to KEXP right now, and just heard a new song by Beat Connection called The Palace Garden, 4am. I’m working on 10 things, so it didn’t catch my attention until I heard the title, which made me think of Giacometti, and his sculpture The Palace at 4am.

I don’t know if their album, The Palace Garden, was inspired by Giacometti*—I lean towards no since their music seems more simple and fun (un-giacometti), but the song title also seems a little specific to be a coincidence—either way I think it’s a good idea. If I were a musician, I’d like to have thought of it.

Alberto Giacometti. The Palace at 4 A.M.. 1932

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According to Giacometti, The Palace at 4 a.m. relates to:

“a period of six months passed in the presence of a woman who, concentrating all life in herself, transported my every moment into a state of enchantment. We constructed a fantastical palace in the night—a very fragile palace of matches. At the least false movement a whole section would collapse. We always began it again.”

The woman in question is often identified as one of Giacometti’s lovers, known only by her first name, Denise. In the summer of 1933 Giacometti told André Breton, the leader of the Surrealist movement, that he was incapable of making anything that did not have something to do with her. [MOMA wall text]

Hmmm … intentional or not, it seems that many many musicians have shared Giacometti’s creative inspiration. Love and heartbreak hasn’t changed a bit since 1932.

* Beat Connection tweets a response

And if you’re into indyish electronic music like Beat Connection, check out Tanlines and this video, which is awesome.