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Posts by: Ari Messer

The Definite Article

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The Juan MacLean finally have a new album out. A much-anticipated garden of electronica songsmithing, The Future Will Come is tremendous, careful, and sleek; it will blow your little mind-feet! The Juan MacLean is touring with The Field (What’s the deal with band names that demand the definite article? Is it related to the demise […]

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Elle et Elle

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“Excluding men and showing only women is a revolutionary gesture of affirmative action. But the museum is avant-garde. It’s part of the Centre Pompidou culture to do things differently. And we like a lot of drama. This is going to be dramatic in a big way.” The Pompidou is preparing for a year without men. The LA Times […]

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Nordic Track

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My friend Margaret has some good ideas, like DJing a monthly night of Northern indie pop. She might call it Nordic Track. That’s a perfect name, indicating how we would skate to Jens and Beyond. Maybe it will happen someday. For now, we have the San Francisco Popfest 2009. They’ve invited poppy folks from all […]

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In the Art Rags

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The future and the past converge in this month’s art coverage. Fecal Face interviews Damon Soule about having multiple dreams at the same time.  Gene Moreno and Ernesto Oroza tell e-flux about Little Haiti. In Cabinet, Aaron Schuster writes about The Cosmonaut of the Erotic Future. Nick Cave’s transcendent politics leap off the page, via […]

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Running on Sexy

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Sébastien Tellier recently toured the States, bringing a spacious European balance to “sex music” from this side of the pond, such as the brilliant, raunchy new Peaches album, I Feel Cream (which imeem is streaming for free, thanks to XLR8R). Tellier proves that sexiness and emptiness are never far apart. (pics and video after the […]

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Swedish Vibrations

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“I got the idea to exchange each word in a poem I’d written with an emotionally equivalent sound. When I had exchanged all the words, I had made an electronic composition without even knowing it. After that I’d found my technique and no longer had the need for words.” Vice interviews intergalactic musical mastermind Ralph […]

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What You Think is Sad: Gabriele Basilico and San Francisco Noir

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She always knew it would come to this. A screaming horde of bucknaked smutcrazed rapists banging on her glass ticket kiosk. She crossed herself and with a single prayer commended her soul to the Lord’s Everafter and consigned her flesh to the Devil’s own Here and Now.

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Big Books, Little Books

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Kindle, iPhone, Stanza, “media pads,” whatever. Sick of news about things you can’t afford that do things you don’t need done? Head to the Donna Seager Gallery and put your little mits and screen-numbed eyes on the dope selection of treasures at the “Fourth Annual Exhibition of Handmade and Altered Artist Books,” The Art of […]

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Imagine Finding Me in London

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There are a number of reasons I wish I were in London today. Most of them are aesthetic. Take photographer Chino Otsuka’s Imagine Finding Me series, where the Tokyo-born, London-based good-kind-of-manipulator morphs together images of her former and current selves doing those portraity things that selves are bound to do. The Daiwa Foundation Japan House […]

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In the Art Rags

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The new issue of Bidoun has glitter on both covers, smells like a pack of baseball cards, and includes a stellar essay by Negar Azimi, “I Often Dream of Slavs.” The last issue of frieze celebrated FILE Magazine‘s idiosyncrasy; the new one features the best solo shows of 2008. ARTnews takes on art and the […]

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Nordic Craft Superlink

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I was looking for flesh at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last Thursday. But alas. The promo photos for “Irreverant: Contemporary Nordic Craft Art” feature Louise Nippierd‘s spectacular jewelry-sculptures on real people, but at the opening of the show the socially conscious pieces were slightly withdrawn and resting on fabric busts. Nonetheless,  there […]

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The Art of Nonviolence, Links by Ari Messer

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Is it possible to resuscitate and reinvigorate the nonviolent resistance movements of the 20th century? It’s all about the row boat of life. Some peace boats (video) have a duty free shop and a Japanese club soundtrack. Involved with the Peace Boat US, the Global Campaign for Peace Education focuses on teachers and learners. Bernard […]

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