Monthly Archives: July 2010

Man City signs Jesus!

hilarious!  this really gets me excited for the upcoming EPL season.

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Unexpected Warhol

“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning” – Andy Warhol

I was early meeting a friend yesterday on the campus of Pepperdine University and so I decided to go take a walk through the art gallery they have on campus.  The exhibit they were featuring was from their back collection and to be honest I was expecting a bunch of work by former art students that had made a name for themselves in the art world.  As I began walking around I was pleasantly surprised by the different styles and genres represented and hidden in the back corner by the elevator was this work by Andy Warhol.  Needless to say I was not expecting to see a Warhol when I walked in and so I was able to experience it for the first time with a clear mind.

The piece itself is silk screen on a silk scarf and presents itself as a very delicate and fluid image.  What I found myself thinking about while looking at this was Warhol’s devotion to his Catholic tradition.  The text on the work struck me as a challenge and forced me to consider my current relatioship with the church.  With all of my rebellion and dissapointment I have wanteded to break free from the institution as a whole but these words made me reconsider my position… no answers, just thoughts.

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Cee-Lo & Band of Horses

Cee-Lo Green (probably best known as the singer of Gnarles Barkley) has done an amazing cover of the Band of Horses song “No One’s Gonna Love You.” The BoH version is few songs that I can remember exactly when and where I heard it for the first time… I was lying on an inflatable mattress in the parlor of my soon to be aunt/uncle-in-law’s Christmas time of 2007. I had just downloaded the album “Cease to Begin” and wanted to give it a listen before going to sleep, needless to say I was up for the next hour or so becoming familiar with what is still one of my favorite albums. When “No One’s Gonna Love You” came on I remember feeling an odd connection to the song as I was working out what a life with my future wife was going to look like while wrestling with all the doubts and fears that come with that step in life. The song came to me as a calming wave that allowed me to step back and appreciate what was happening. Anyhow, Cee-Lo has done a great job re-interpreting the song and I think you will all really enjoy it.

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Video for Class

I’m doing a lecture on spiritual images in music videos tomorrow in class and I’m going to post them all here for easy access. All of them are worth a look but mainly I’m just making things easy for me.




Loving You (Preview) // By: Will Gray from Mindfree Entertainment on Vimeo.

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Music odds and ends

I spent a wonderful night at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday with the wife and friends seeing The Swell Season and She & Him.  Glen Hansard (and his awesome beat to trash guitar) has such a laid back stage presence and really makes you feel like you have been invited into his living room for a private show… even though you are siting outside with 17,000 strangers.  Their set, though short, was a great showcase of thier own blend of folk music combined with a couple cover songs that felt more like a tribute to their roots than stealing someone else’s song.  The night was perfectly finished off by their cover of Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” and the traditional Irish song “The Parting Glass.”  As they prepared to leave the stage, Glen had the entire crowd singing along the line “Goodnight and joy be with you all!”  Here is a review from a great blog called Under the Radar and a clip from a NY show of them performing “The Parting Glass”

In other musical news, The Arcade Fire have released eight album covers for their upcomming album “The Suburbs.”  This is my personal favorite of the covers becuase it remeinds me of my Grandma’s house in the Chicago suburbs.  You can check out all the different  images here.

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Undercover Karaoke

One of the many reasons I love living in LA is that this type of weirdness happens all the time.  Here is an awesome video of Jewel going to a Santa Monica karaoke bar in costume and singing her own songs.  My friends and I have been to this place a couple times and the room can only hold about 100 people, it’s tiny.  Enjoy the video.

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Canoes

“We all have some history with boats, whether our grandparents came over that way or whether we used them as kids.   The canoe, for example, is such a simple form, an ancient form.  And it’s 100 percent figurative, designed around the human figure” – Nancy Rubins

I had lunch with my friend Barry today just to catch up on what has been happening in life and the world cup.  He had been overseas for a couple of weeks and it was great chatting with him about his experiences back home in London and teaching a class in Orvieto, Italy.  After we were finished he and I went over to the Gagosian Gallery to check out their new exhibit by Nancy Rubins called “Skins, Structures, Landmasses.”  She made two incredible structures out of metal canoes that looked something between a flower and an exploding start.  It was a lot of fun walking around these sculptures and seeing their construction and form.  Upstairs there were three other canoe collages that were also quite neat to look at.  If you are near Beverly Hills it is really worth checking out.

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