Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians

Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians - 1. Pulses

This is a recording from Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" during 1974-1976. After The triumph of "Music for 18...", Reich's life was never quite the same again. In his own words:

"this was the crossover piece par excellence, unintended, malgre lui. When the peice was released, Bob Hurwitz said, "Why don't you play this at the Bottom Line? We'll arrange it." So I did. In the first year, 18 sold 100,000 copies. In terms of press, the fact that David Bowie went to the opening at the Bottom Line was a big deal - so yes, it was definitley the piece that changed my life."

This was also Riechs first piece of music to be labeled, minimalism. He never liked being labeled a minimalist composer and even today, twenty years later, minimalism is still used to corner his music. His most recent work falls under the label 'post-minimalism'.

Here's to David Bowie and his good taste in music. This is a recording from his 1972 album Hunky Dory titled, "Queen Bitch".

David Bowie - Queen Bitch


Figure Drawing - arya reading

I had a chance to relax and do some drawing last night. Arya is involved in a group show at the North/South Gallery of CCA showing from the 23-27 of September. The gallery is featuring a handful of artist who participated in class over the summer in Italy. This show is a culmination of the work each student did while there and it's worth checking out.

graphite on sketch paper, 24"x18"

Photoshop CS2, 200dpi, 11"x8"


The Prankster - on set

I am working as a PA in the art department of "The Prankster". The film tells the story of a group of high school intellectuals (nerds), rooted arounded the satirical comedy of playing pranks on their dean, who learn the true value of adolescence and the importance of being an individual and growing up. Basically it's the brain child of a coming of age high school drama and revenge of the nerd's 4.

Cast as the Dean of Tres Rios High is Curt Fuller. I have always loved this guy - especially in Wayne's World.

This is a behind the scenes look of Kurt being slimmed after his sexual relations with the principle are revealed to the student body at the spring dance.

Here is some really great behind the sceens slime footage from Ghostbuster's II - also starring Kurt Fuller - and the origin of SLIME. make your way through the Bill Murray mamajama and fuzzy wrap party footage (side note: the music playing in the background during the wrap party is "Johnny Come Home" by the Fine Young Cannibals - top notch) to see how people got slimed before cg. There's nothing like these old special effects. Gollum's got nothing on Slimer.

you can check out more of the production's clips on YouTube and their website.


The Knife - We Share Our Mothers Health

The Knife - We Share Our Mothers Health

The Knife is a blood sucking, ass kicking, sister-brother tag team, Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson. They are based in Stockholm, Sweden and have made music together since 1999. They released "Silent Shout" in 2006 on their own label Rabid Records.

The video is animated by Motomichi Nakamura. The characters have this frighting yet humorous persona. i'm not sure if i should laugh or be scared while watching this, all i know is i cant stop watching this video. you can check out more of his work on his web site.


Kinski - Semaphore

Kinski - Semaphore

Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. When i first heard these guys my socks were literally rocked off. i walked around bare foot for the rest of the day.

Aaron Horky - “Detritus”

While this really isn't news to Aaron Horky fans out there, because the show is long gone and the print is sold out, it's still cool. on Thursday, September 4 my buddy John, my girl Arya, and i went to the the massive “Catalyst” group show at FIFTY24SF Gallery displaying a handful of talent. Artists Included: Aaron Turner, Josh Graham, Seldon Hunt, Stephen Kasner, Aaron Horkey, Florian Bertmer, Justin Bartlett and Dwid Hellion. Curated by Brett Aronson. It seemed like everyone was there for a limited edition print of Horkey's selling for $360. All the Horkey fanboys packed into a single file line at the top floor of Upperplayground drooling over there chance to walk away with a little piece of Minneapolis' best. My boy John waited in line for 2 hours!

Here is what Aaron had to say about the piece:

“Embellished with 5 colors - acrylics, gouache and colored pencil. Each individual piece includes it’s unique print number hand rendered in paint, cradled inside the Detritus emblem at the bottom of the print. Surrounding flourishes on each number have been added using metallic gold colored pencil, also unique to each print. 12 egg cases within the illustration have also been rendered and the print number for each print has been painted into the key face, upper right corner of the image.”

Check out Horkey and and his crew at http://www.burlesquedesign.com/


Cass McCombs - Not the Way

Cass McCombs - Not the Way

This is the title track, Not the way, of Cass McCombs debut album Not the Way. I remember when i first heard this album i was going through a transient faze in my life. I had just moved out to the bay area from Chico and was bouncing from couches in Oakland and San Francisco while trying to find a new job. I really didn't know a lot of people and for the first time in quite some time, it was difficult to find some one to go grab a beer with. i remember immediately relating to this song. Cass McCombs has since become a favorite artist of mine and there is always something uplifting and peaceful about his somewhat melancholy lyrics.