Friday, February 26, 2010

e2

Today's piece is "e2."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

t1

Today's piece is "t1."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

i3

Today's piece is "i3."

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Music Tuesday

I am typing today's post as I'm streaming the new release by Joanna Newsom titled 'Have One on Me.' I am trying really hard to understand the indie worlds fascination (that's an understatement, more like obsession) with her work. Some folks have mentioned to me that it's a superficial obsession centered around her beauty while others have stated that she is loved because her music is so obscure & abstract. But is it good? I'm trying hard to understand her work. One thing is for sure she could release a album with nothing on it and Pitchfork would give it a 10 out of 10. But would Pitchfork & the fickle Indie world still love her if she suddenly found fame?

This Friday would have been Johnny Cash's 78th birthday & to celebrate Rick Rubin is giving us Cash's final studio album, American VI: Ain't No Grave (American Recordings/Lost Highway). The first single, "Ain't No Grave" is hauntingly beautiful & if the rest of the album is anything like this it will be great. Also fans from all over the world are being invited to help celebrate Johnny Cash's life by wearing black on February 26. More information as well as links to join the Facebook event (to post photos), follow on Twitter, and to hear the first single, "Ain't No Grave," can be accessed here: http://awe.sm/50ha7. Participants will be eligible to win a copy of the new American VI: Ain't No Grave, plus his amazing 5-CD box set, Unearthed. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on March 12, 2010.

Monday, February 22, 2010

n2

Today's piece is "n2."

Friday, February 19, 2010

i2

Today's piece is "i2."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

f1

Today's piece is "f1."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

e1

Today's piece is "e1."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Music Tuesday (sort of)

Its a proven fact that the Flaming Lips are one of my favorite bands. Today's post will clearly show why that is. Not only do they display enormous amounts of creative genius in their music but they are equally as creative outside the domain of music. A perfect example of this would be lead singer Wayne Coyne's renovated home. Not only is this a home but it is a work of art! This is truly unreal and at times seems like it could be straight from the 1977 Star Wars film set. The color combinations and use of space are fantastic! THUMBS way up to Fizsimmons Architects for this project. Please PLEASE take the time and click here to check out the rest of Wayne's pad. This home ranks right up there with the house the Beatles used in the film "Help." Awesome!

Monday, February 15, 2010

d1

Today's piece is "d1."

Friday, February 12, 2010

n1

Today's piece is "n1."

Thursday, February 11, 2010

indefinite PORTMANTEAU

Almost by accident this past Fall I stumbled into the creation of a series of 10 abstracts. While painting for a series of other pieces I began to experiment with painting on material other then canvas or paper. Pleased with the results I mapped out a plan for a mixed media series of 10 abstracts that would explore new materials and color combinations. The final result is titled "indefinite PORTMANTEAU" and I will be presenting the series here over the next few weeks.

Today's piece is titled "i1"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Lion Sleeps

Within days of Senator Ted Kennedy's passing in August of 2009 I began work on a piece to celebrate his life. Since a young lad I have always been drawn to the Kennedy Family and their impact on American life. From the causes they have championed and the demons they have battle in their personal lives the Kennedy name is cemented in our culture and could truly be defined as "the" American family. Ted Kennedy was a strong Liberal that fought hard for his beliefs and for that I admire the man. It is a shame their are not as many men like him in Washington these days (both Liberals and Economic Royalists). His ideas and leadership will truly be missed.

My piece celebrating Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy is titled "The Lion Sleeps."

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New Music Tuesday

Another great Tuesday for new music! The 2 big ones to check out today are One Life Stand by Hot Chip and Odd Blood by Yeasayer.

With a heavy heart Hot Chip lays out their new album with a new twist. One Life Stand is a good record that focuses on love, love lost and and in a way a search for peace (a peace of mind or of the heart). With less beats than their previous works, One Life Stand's focus is on lush sounds covered by personal songwriting. A good record but not my favorite by Hot Chip album. Notable tracks are...

Thieves In The Night
Hand Me Down Your Love
One Life Stand
We Have Love

Brooklyn art rockers Yeasayer's new album Odd Blood is fantastic! This earthy psychedelic shotgun blast of an album starts on a trippy bleak note with "The Children" but then rockets into space with every track that follows. Fans of the indie psychedelic head trippy movement that is being lead by the likes of Animal Collective and vets like The Flaming Lips will love this new Yeasayer album. While folks on the commercial side of the music world might find the bizarre pop qualities of this album appealing as well. To this point my favorite album of the year and it also features the best song of the year so far as well in "Ambling Alp." Notable tracks are...

Ambling Alp
Madder Red
O.N.E.
I Remember
Mondegreen

Monday, February 8, 2010

Gonna make it right

"'I'm gonna make a change
For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right."

Man In The Mirror


Those words ring true for me.

The last piece for the Michael Jackson Series is "MJ ten."

Friday, February 5, 2010

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

It was a hot sunny Thursday in June, we had just left the Detroit Tigers game against the Cubs. We were awestruck by the fact the Tigers won and at the amount of fans we saw passing out from the extreme heat. Suddenly without warning the heavens rained down with all of its might. Gale force winds, downed power lines and sheets of rain fell on Detroit. Stuck in traffic we watched the crazy weather as we received our first word that something had happened to Michael Jackson. We heard he had a heart attack, Angie's first reaction was "he's gone." I told her there was "no way" as I dialed up a few friends but had no luck reaching them. I tried calling my mom, she answered after a few rings and the first words out of her mouth were "he's dead." I was shocked and then the thought of me listing to "Thriller" back in 1983 flashed through my foggy state. We rushed back to the hotel as fast as we could. When we entered the hotel lobby the staff, folks waiting to check in and guest were all huddled around the TV watching CNN. Some were crying, some just looked shocked and others were blank. We got back to the room and flipped on MTV, news of his passing scrolled across the bottom of the screen as the "Billie Jean" video played. I finally reached a few friends, some couldn't talk because of the shock others didn't want to talk about it at all. The call I had to absolutely make was to my Prime Minister of FUNK Mr. Dacy. Since 3rd grade he has been my Prime Minister to the FUNK and MJ was an artist that Dacy and I rolled with a lot. He was home cooking dinner and had not heard the news, shocked he rushed to the TV. "Damn, Damn," were the only words that came out of his mouth as the news flashed before him on the TV. After talking for awhile we decided to get together over the 4th of July and have a little trip in the way back machine and reminisce about MJ. After I hung up the phone Angie made the comment "tomorrow should be interesting," I had completely forgot that we were going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the next day.

By the time we began the journey to Ohio the next morning I had already planned out the images you have been seeing for the last week. With MJ music playing and newspapers all over the van we reached our destination at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As we watched MJ coverage on CNN in the offices of the Hall of Fame we rushed to wrap up our business so we could dedicate the rest of the day exploring the museum. As we left the offices to go up stairs to the Hall I tapped Angie on the shoulder and pointed out a b/w photo of MJ as a kid on a airplane. We just shuck our heads as we walked away and headed back upstairs to get our tickets for the Hall. The place was packed with visitors and of course anything MJ was drawing a lot of attention. To see items in the MJ collection at the Hall was truly surreal. Here are things I remember him wearing and awards he won so many years ago now in front of me a day after MJ had passed. A Grammy from 1984, the jacket he wore to those Grammys, a Mask he wore from "Thriller" and his Glove. From all of the TV crews interviewing visitors and the giant memorial set up at the Hall's entrance for MJ, the whole day was truly surrealistic.


Today's image is "MJ nine."

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Invincible

The week MJ passed, Angie and I were traveling through the Midwest. The radio was stuck on a MJ tribute channel and we spent many (and I mean many) hours driving and reminiscing about the past and MJ's music. As time passed I found myself not recognizing more and more of the songs we heard. I was shocked. Was the material unreleased? Was it from a new album? Everything linked back to the 2001 album "Invincible." As soon as I got back home I picked up the album and I was blown away. Why didn't this album get noticed? This was a great album, maybe a touch long but there are some very strong songs. "Unbreakable," "Heartbreaker," "Invincible," "2000 Watts" and "Threatened" make this album a worthy purchase.

Today's piece is "MJ eight"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

7

7 months. Almost 7 months to the day MJ passed he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys this past Sunday night.

This past weekend MJ was rocking the mass media machine again. "This Is It" was released, his videos were on TV, 3-D glasses at Target, the Grammys event and then a re-recording of MJ's "We Are the World" (for Haiti) ending everything on Monday night. It was good to see him built up as an artist these past few days and not tore down by public perception and rumor.

"MJ seven" is today's piece.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Music Tuesday

Thought I take a short break from the MJ pieces and talk about new music Tuesday's. Starting today I am going to talk about new music every Tuesday. Like Sunday's a day of Sabbath, Tuesday's are a holy day for me. New music hits every Tuesday and I have a feeling this year will be a good one.

Vampire Weekend and Spoon have already released albums that are better then the majority of albums that came out last year. And things look like they are only going to get better!

One release I am looking forward to in 2010 is "go" by Sigur Rós lead singer Jónsi. www.jonsi.com has a video diary of the recording sessions of "go", photos and a free mp3 of the first single "boy lilikoi" . GO check it out.



photo by lilja & inga birgisdóttir

Monday, February 1, 2010

This Is It

Last weekend we finally got the chance to see "This Is It" and you definitely walk away with mixed emotions. It was great to see MJ still on top of his game setting up this impressive concert event. At the same time its frustrating to know that this was definitely it and because of foolish mistakes this event would never take place. "This Is It" is an amazing look at the planning of this larger than life event and a great documentation of what could have been for MJ fans. The performances that stand head and shoulders above the rest are "Smooth Criminal," "Thriller" and "Earth Song." Make time to check it out if you like MJ's music.

Today's piece is "MJ six."