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February 28, 2008

Balança Pema - Monte Style

Brazil Classics at 20: Anti-aging Solutions RevealedMarisa Monte
"Balança Pema" (mp3)
from "Brazil Classics at 20: Anti-aging Solutions Revealed"
(LUAKA BOP)

Buy at Rhapsody
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Luaka Bop continues its celebratory love of Brazilian music with the new CD, "Brazil Classics at 20: Anti-aging Solutions revealed" a stellar compilation of fine pop from this iconic series. It was the original Brazil Classics 1 in 1988 that brought the melodies of this nation to a wide American audience courtesy of David Byrne's personal admiration for this flavorful style. 2 decades later, this album gathers together some of its brightest musical gems.

Highlights include the above, a Marisa Monte cover of the Jorge Ben classic, "Balança Pema."
Enjoy and if you want to catch Ben doing the original, watch below.


February 27, 2008

MoBama - The mobile Fairey wallpaper

obamobile.jpgIt was my old pal MG that first got me interested in the history of bumper stickers some years ago, and one can argue that mobile wallpaper is a technological and personal bumper sticker for 2008.

Hence, I was intrigued when I saw my flickr friend Fason upload the above to his stream this morning with the phrase, "MOBAMA 2008."

Taking the Shepard Fairey "Hope" to a whole other portable mo'level.

On another note, I'm also quite intrigued by the vernacular of Obamaisms. Is it because the name has so many vowels? We have had so many candidates this year, but only one where a subset of slang has emerged. There have not been many McCainisms or Clintonisms, but each day, I discover a new Obamaism. Perhaps in order to run for public office in the future, everyone's name should start in a vowel...as it makes reading about politics so much more fun!

So far my favorites are: Obamazon a female Obama supporter perhaps who orders books from amazon, Obamasm, yes, the Obama orgasm perhaps acquired after orgying on his youtube channel, and perhaps the name of my next computer, the Barackintosh.

In this fervor of vernacular, I have succeeded in coining Obamadore (in reference to a picture of Obama on a door) with a little twist.

But i have to say, mo'bama is pretty brilliant. I wouldn't mind some mo'bamart on my crackberry or even making a mo'pho sticker. Any new suggestions are welcome. Even a barack the casbah video...


The Return of the Favorite Dilly...

I love surrealism so much that the other day I dreamt I was sprouting corn husks from my body. I entirely blame this on reading a Rene Magritte book before I went to bed. While Magritte's film contributions are few, my beloved Salvador seemed to be all over the medium as I have recounted previously with a newsreel of his surrealist ball...but I entirely forgot about what happened when Salvador met Andy.
Oh, there's a story here that I'm going to have to find out. Unless someone beats me to it.

Dali does it again - Warhol style. And he does dilly Dali a lot. (My homage to the beloved "Dinner At Magritte's - really one of my favorite children's books ever!) Enjoy!

Thanks, Celeste!

February 18, 2008

Objetsmart Music: Songs Under a Minute

Microsongs let's call it. Short, yet satisfying musical ideas complete and clocking in under a minute.

Here's one I discovered today by the Brazilian artist, Tom Zé.

Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom ZéTom Zé
"Um "Oh!" e Um "Ah!"" (mp3)
from "Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Zé"
(Luaka Bop)

Buy at Napster

February 17, 2008

Objetsmart Endings

I was thinking about film endings that change your life this week. A broad subject that needs time and contemplation to properly discuss. But while looking up clips of my favorite endings, I came across this, one of my essentials. And just watching it now, about 75 seconds in, I began to cry. No matter how many times I've seen this ending, and it would take both hands to count, I always cry watching this. And it happened again. I guess that's really the test to define beloved.

February 08, 2008

Nick Walker At Work

I've admired Nick Walker's work for a couple of years now, and was elated to check out his first solo show in LA last week. He was a sweetheart, and gave me directions to his new Moona Lisa install a few blocks down the block...so I found myself in the midst of his opening, sneaking out for a photo shoot. Great fun.

Here's him at work.
More pictures to come.

February 04, 2008

Shaqbiscuit!

Shaqbiscuit - NOUN. Shaquille O'Neal channeling Seabiscuit for half time Vitamin Water spot.
Cultural moment of the month requiring new meaning.

But what will its disambiguity become in the coming days?

What will Shaqbiscuit turn out to be?