11/22/09

The Sundays

Blast from the past.

11/9/09

Pixies

Unexpectedly I got invited to the Pixies reunion, a tribute to their album Doolittle, and it was also a chance to go to the recently renovated Fox Theater in Oakland. It was an energetic fun show, as expected. My best friend, ex boyfriend and I use to listen to this album so much when it came out. Funny teenage memories. Not many people know this, but Frank Black studied astronomy in Puerto Rico, so a lot of his songs reference the beach in the Caribbean - little factoid. And I use to listen to this album at the beach in the Caribbean where I grew up.





11/8/09

Broadcast

Saw Broadcast at the Great American Music Hall for their new experimental project with Focus Group. It was interesting, accompanied by visuals, but I didn't enjoy it as much as their Haha Sound or even Tender Buttons days. I still think Trish Keenan really pushes the boundaries and never fails to bring about interesting work though.


11/5/09

Behind Close Doors of Three Surrealists

A little too over acted and masculine, and too much man on man action for my personal taste. Little Ashes might be seen as a study of what happens when men rely emotionally and intellectually in other men to caress their egos too much. But if you are interested in researching the era and the movement in an art history pursuit, it's an interesting interpretation of the rumored-about relationship between Lorca, Buñuel, and Dalí when they met during their stay at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, Spain. While watching, you should also take into account the political and religious history of Spain, as at the time artists' freedom of speech and expression were being violated by the influence of the Catholic religion over the Spanish government. These restrictions/censorship led to many artists' exiles and massive rebellion in the arts to the point of anarchism -- where the more morally radical the artist the more they were viewed as "vanguard." And although I don't doubt there was a lot of indulgence and experimentation, I also think amongst these creative intellectual "boys clubs" there was a lot of exaggeration and rumoring. Just as there is today. It's been done people! These are new, hopefully more enlightened times...

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