I had the chance to see Jean-Jacques Perrey about two years ago in New York and there are few words but charming to describe him. However, the music wasn’t awesome. Perrey’s been around a really long time, so I don’t know what I expected. He’s an aging man who likes the lo-fi electronic sound that he cultivated so many years ago. Nonetheless, despite the music being a little cheesy and that he still wears a labcoat when he performs, Perrey was pretty awesome. I was reminded of this today when Dangerous Minds posted a video of Perrey playing the Ondioline – a sort of vaccuum-tube powered keyboard that sounds like it was created for the sole purpose of scoring cartoons. This music is Perrey performing as Mr. Ondioline – which looks more sinister than it truly is, and doesn’t sound even remotely sinister.
Hardy Morris lead singer of Dead Confederate performed a solo set in July at Go Bar, and it’s up now on Southern Shelter. It’s pretty great. Enough like Dead Confederate to be a little bluesy and southern, but the set is distinguished enough to not feel like “going solo.” There is also a new set at Southern Shelter from Dead Confederate.
This past week Victory Rose Music posted to live sets from Sigur Ros singer Jonsi. The first set being a full band affair at the Lowlands Festival and the second set being a shorter solo set with all the attention getters from his first album including “Boy Lilikoi” and “Go Do.”
NYC Taper posted a set of Motel Motel performing at Brooklyn’s Union Pool.
Southern Shelter has two live sets from Nesey Gallons at the Flicker on Aug. 11 and Aug. 19.
Photographer Trevor Paglen is releasing a new book entitled Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes, in which he goes about located secret government sites around the US, mostly in the southwest, and photographing them from as close as he can get (which isn’t always very close, see above). More from GOOD Magazine:
Trevor Paglen is trained as a geographer, so it fits that his work photographing covert government installations began when he noticed something wrong with the maps. “I was researching prisons at Berkeley,” Paglen says, describing a project that involved using USGS images to assess remote landscapes. “And I realized, There are pictures here that are missing. [There was] a bona fide blank spot on the map.”
On October 14th EMW Music will be re-releasing the 1971 film Raga. The film features an amazing soundtrack and is narrated by Ravi Shankar who also stars in the film alongside George Harrison. The re-mastering looks phenomenal and the release is long overdue. The only way to get a copy of this, legally, at the moment is on used VHS if you can track a copy down (I saw there are 4 copies currently available). Check out the trailer below.
Charles Ferguson, director of the Academy Award winning documentary No End in Sight, has directed a new film which is surely already on the academy’s short list for documentaries. Inside Job has received endless praise at every festival it has done so far, including Cannes. Ferguson is a confrontational filmmaker and you can expect no less in this film, which attempts to create a linear story of the 2008 financial meltdown and the events and practices which led to it. Even the trailer is enough to really piss off a person with a vague sense of morality. It’s sure to be the kind of movie that leaves you with an indignant sense of entitlement and a rage large enough to feed a family of 7 for a month, but that’s healthy sometimes. Let it all out. You can tell me about it.
This video was made entirely of old Polaroids found at fleamarkets. The animator is German animator Axel Roessler and it’s scored by Bertram Ritter. (I think the music kind of has a little bit of a A Whisper in the Noise vibe.) It’s a haunting and beautiful animation. Worth the, i don’t know, two minutes of your life you’re about to give to it.