Art at The Armory

Fountain Art Fair 2012 at the 68th Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. This video features interviews with artists and curators during March 9th-11 during the Festival as well as sped up footage of various paintings, installations and performance art pieces.

Imaginary Friends and Letting Go

Got a late start to the day.  Had some food, then watch a movie and then put together a new thing for the bathroom, might paint later with the special art kit that was purchased for me as a gift to try and generate.

The movie was PAPER MAN.  The critics lambasted this one, but I enjoyed it a lot.

It stars Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Lisa Kudrow Kieran Culkin and Ryan Reynolds as Captain Excellent.

Daniels is a published but not completely successful, but admired enough author with extreme writer’s block.  His wife is a very rich and on top of her career doctor.  To break the writer’s block, Daniels is going to live in a small house in The Hamptons to clear up his mind and hopefully his life which is in shambles and break the writer’s block.  Kudrow is the wife, Emma is a girl he meets there and Reynolds is his imaginary best friend and superhero.

That’s all I’m going to tell you about the story as I think this is one you should actually seek out and might find inspiring and helpful in pushing one’s proverbial ass off the couch.  Yes, it means sitting on the couch to watch it, but sometimes one needs inspiration to be inspired.

The movie also has great music and I went and looked up all the singers and bands:
MARK McADAM
LITTLE JOY
THE INCREDIBLE CASUALS
ALL POINTZ WEST
EARLIMART
MOTHERBOARD
BEULAH

Pop-Culture Spectrum History and Today: Ian Brill

A long long time ago in an internet far far away which had nothing to do with Star Wars this website existed in a different incarnation.  I did exhaustive HTML, created original logos and that jazz.  I even published the writings of some of my other internet friends who either didn’t have their own websites or wanted to contribute.  I was blessed to have the friends who gave me work, but one of the best was from now major comics writer Ian Brill.

Ian Brill’s career trajectory as I understand it (but can’t completely confirm or deny) started off as an intern at McSweeney’s, as well doing freelance work for Publisher’s Weekly, Newsarama and many other comics journalism sites, back in 2008 he landed an editor position at BOOM! Comics, working on a variety of books until finally getting the writing reigns to some of the Disney Afternoon line from BOOM! Kids which is now known Kaboom.  Ian has written Darkwing Duck and my personal favorite Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers.

Before all that though he was just another voice out there in the world of the internet and he wrote little bio pieces based on music inspired by the Nick Hornby book, Songbook.

It was really fun reading which fell under the title BRILL BUILDING, which had the double meaning of the essays being about Ian’s growing up, but also being inspired by the name of a famous building of musical history.

Luckily or unluckily (I’ll let him decide that) those articles are still sitting on the Pop-Culture Spectrum server.

I felt now with Ian’s star on the rise was a good time to share them.  There are four articles and you can read them right at this link.

 

London Souls are amazing!

The London Souls – Stay With Me (Faces cover) [Live in New  Jersey, May 2011]

Had the pleasure of seeing The London Souls play a very small house party in May of 2011.  These guys are amazing.  They have tons of great originals as well and a “debut” album hitting July 2011.  I predict great things, especially when they’re off to a great start.