Oct 17, 2014

Movie of the Week: The 2000 Year Old Man (1975)

Released not long before I was born, I grew up on 2000 Year Old Man album, and know every phrase, laugh, pause, and joke like the back of my hands. I can't recall ever having seen this 1975 animated version of the main bit before, but here it is. Its not the same audio recording as the album, but its very close. I wonder why they had to change the cave number?

Oct 16, 2014

Busy Days at Gallery 98 (98 Bowery): The Fleshtones cutouts by M. Henry Jones (1979) and The Shooting Gallery (1980)

I've had a couple of updates recently from Marc Miller at 98 Bowery/Gallery 98. As usual, he's got some very interesting material. And, for you serious collectors out there, these pieces, and much more, are always available here. First up:

"SOUL CITY," 1977-79

Gallery 98 is pleased to present ten of the original, hand-colored, hand-cut photographs that M. Henry Jones created for his legendary animated film “Soul City.” Working in the late 1970s, before the widespread use of computers, digitization, and tools like Photoshop, Jones could only achieve his special effects through tedious analog techniques. It took him nearly two years but there was an unexpected bonus: a remarkable collection of original manipulated photographic prints that stand on there own merits as a compelling artistic record of creative toils that preceded the digital revolution.

And secondly:


When Anton Van Dalen began using stencils in 1980 it affected both his style and subject matter. He had to keep his images simple and working in public spaces encouraged a social art inspired by his Lower East Side neighborhood.

“The Shooting Gallery” connects Ronald Reagan’s aggressive militarism with a desolate cityscape of abandoned cars, guard dogs and rampant drugs. Van Dalen made this silkscreen in 1982 at the Lower East Side Printshop when it was still a small community based storefront. Some copies were printed on cheap paper and wheat-pasted around the East Village; others were silkscreened on heavy archival stock and signed by the artist.

James Chance to guest host WNYU's Shake 'Em On Down next Thursday, 10.23.14

James Chance will be appearing on, and making musical selections, on the long running show, Shake 'Em On Down, on WNYU next Thursday, Oct. 23. You'll have to tune in at 7:30PM to hear what James picks, and I'm sure it'll be interesting! 

You can live-stream the broadcast directly from the WNYU website.

Movie of the Week: I Was A Skate Rat (2014)

Here's a beautiful little short film on being a skateboarder. I love to see these children fly. What a sight. Thanks to Glen E. Friedman for the heads up.

Books of Note: Cookie Mueller and Billy Name

Cookie Mueller by Tobi Seftel

Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

By Chloé Griffin, with contributions from John Waters, Mink StoleGary Indiana, and many more.









Billy Name by Michael Polito


Billy Name: The Silver Age

By Dagon James & Billy Name, with contributions from John Cale, Glenn O'Brien, and Gerard Malanga.


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