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DJ Shadow adapted for high school band

In 2005, high school music instructor Brian Udelhofen set out to adapt some of DJ Shadow‘s compositions for live performance. After working out orchestration for tracks from the 1996 album Endtroducing (Shadow’s first studio album), he enlisted the Minnetonka (MN) High School Percussion Ensemble to try it out. Here’s their (rather remarkable) May 2005 performance […]

In 2005, high school music instructor Brian Udelhofen set out to adapt some of DJ Shadow‘s compositions for live performance. After working out orchestration for tracks from the 1996 album Endtroducing (Shadow’s first studio album), he enlisted the Minnetonka (MN) High School Percussion Ensemble to try it out. Here’s their (rather remarkable) May 2005 performance of The Shadow Percussion Project.

Escape Mechanism at mnartists.org

About five years ago, I started chatting with one Jon Nelson, who worked at the Walker’s front desk when not DJing for the University of Minnesota’s Radio K. He turned me onto a project that he, under the art alter-ego Escape Mechanism, was participating in: a group of audio collage artists from across North America […]

About five years ago, I started chatting with one Jon Nelson, who worked at the Walker’s front desk when not DJing for the University of Minnesota’s Radio K. He turned me onto a project that he, under the art alter-ego Escape Mechanism, was participating in: a group of audio collage artists from across North America had created a mix CD of their Negativland-style art, packaged and shrink-wrapped it, and “reverse shoplifted” (or “droplifted“) it into the bins at Sam Goody, Tower Records, and other big record stores that, out of fear of prosecution for copyright infringement, wouldn’t carry their sample-heavy work. (I owe Jon a lot; I ended up writing on the project for a Canadian magazine, and landed a three-year editorship because of it.)

Today, Nelson is the mastermind behind the syndicated radio show and podcast Some Assembly Required, a prolific visual- and sound-artist, and the subject of a new videoblog piece by Blogumentary‘s Chuck Olsen.

Created in partnership with mnartists.org, it’s the first in a series of video profiles Olsen will create focusing on area artists. The man behind the daily videoblog Minnesota Stories, Chuck’s last Off Center appearance was an interview he did with visiting author Bruce Sterling.

Beck’s Chvalariffic SNL puppetry

Maybe I spend too much time around here, but I couldn’t help seeing Beck’s weekend performances on Saturday Night Live through a Walker lens. The song, “Clap Hands,” has a Stomp-esque percussion bit in which spiky-haired musicians at an elegant diner table keep the beat with utensils… not so different from the performance spiky-haired Joe […]

Maybe I spend too much time around here, but I couldn’t help seeing Beck’s weekend performances on Saturday Night Live through a Walker lens. The song, “Clap Hands,” has a Stomp-esque percussion bit in which spiky-haired musicians at an elegant diner table keep the beat with utensils… not so different from the performance spiky-haired Joe Chvala of Minneapolis did here last year.

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Then there’s the marionettes, a set of rock-band puppets jamming in rhythm with their human likenesses… not unlike last January’s Walker performance of Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30 by Dan Graham, Tony Oursler, Japanther, and Being John Malkovich puppeteer Philip Huber. (The multimedia performance, which went on to the Whitney Biennial, was a trippy puppet rock-opera about the rise and fall of fictitious ’60s rock star, Neil Sky, based on the film Wild in the Streets.)

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Is it just me? Watch the performance and see what you think:

TONI BASIL rare A&M single – “Breakaway” Promo

Above: This is Toni Basil’s excellent and very rare 1966 single on A & M. The A-side is “Breakaway”, a soulful dancer that was the title track to a short film Toni starred in. The B-side is a terrific, moody piece called “I’m 28″, written by Graham Gouldman. The disc’s condition is about VG-, with […]

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Above: This is Toni Basil’s excellent and very rare 1966 single on A & M. The A-side is “Breakaway”, a soulful dancer that was the title track to a short film Toni starred in. The B-side is a terrific, moody piece called “I’m 28″, written by Graham Gouldman. The disc’s condition is about VG-, with some light marks, and some wear to the labels. Happy bidding and good luck. [ebay]

Breakaway (1966) by Bruce Conner, with (you’re so fine you blow my mind) Antonia Christina Basilotta.

Also: Mea Culpa, a previously unreleased Bruce Conner film made for Brian Eno and David Byrne’s 1981 album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

2000 BC THE BRUCE CONNER STORY PART II [WAC]

Artist-in-Residence, the album.

This has got to be the Walker’s first appearance on an album cover. Jazz pianist Jason Moran’s Artist in Residence (Blue Note), to be released September 12, includes compositions created during his residency here last May and commissioned by the Walker, the Dia Art Foundation, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. During his time here, Moran […]

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This has got to be the Walker’s first appearance on an album cover. Jazz pianist Jason Moran’s Artist in Residence (Blue Note), to be released September 12, includes compositions created during his residency here last May and commissioned by the Walker, the Dia Art Foundation, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. During his time here, Moran was moved by art in the collection, especially works by Adrian Piper:

Milestone, an evening-length theatrical jazz suite, had its world premiere at the Walker in May 2005 following an artist residency in which Moran drew inspiration from artworks in the museum’s collection, most specifically the work of Adrian Piper. Moran’s fascination with Piper’s The Mythic Being: I/You/(Her) (1974) and his subsequent research of her life and writing led to the conception of a parallel creation, transferring Piper’s combination of the personal, political, and theatrical into the context of a jazz composition and concert form. Piper lent her full support to the project, including use of her voice and writings.

“ I now understand that much of jazz’s success is owed to its inherent abstractness,” says Moran. “ I’ve recently created more music associated with people, places, and events as opposed to pretty chords and nice grooves. Adrian Piper says that I’m in what artists call a mannerist phase’ now. I like how that sounds. . . . Adrian’s pieces tell stories, as seen by a black woman in the art world. They are poignant outpourings of her life. This was a goal we had for Milestone.”

Hear “Artists Ought to be Writing,” from the new CD.

SUNNO)) + Banks Violette

I am still reeling from the amazing Sunn/Boris/Oren Ambarchi show last month. It was an incredible, visceral experience the likes of which I have never seen nor felt. Last weekend brought Sunn to the Maureen Paley Gallery in London for the opening of a new exhibition by visual artist Banks Violette. For the new show, […]

I am still reeling from the amazing Sunn/Boris/Oren Ambarchi show last month. It was an incredible, visceral experience the likes of which I have never seen nor felt.

Last weekend brought Sunn to the Maureen Paley Gallery in London for the opening of a new exhibition by visual artist Banks Violette. For the new show, he cast Sunn’s entire stage set (amps, speaker cabinets, mini moog, guitars, etc. I really mean entire.) in salt. For the opening of the exhibition, Violette had Sunn performing on a lower level, out of the public view, while the facsimile of every piece of equipment used in their performance was on view upstairs. This was “intended as a frustrated viewing experience for the audience,” as they could hear, and no doubt feel, the performance, but they were not allowed to see the musicians.

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Banks Violette @ Maureen Paley in London

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This is an image that the artist sent to Sunn’s Stephen O’Malley after his guitar had been safely returned to him unharmed.

Thanks to ideologic for the pics, see more images from the show there.

Edit: Artforum also has put a blog up about the Banks Violette/Sunn collaboration. Thanks again, Stephen.

Heavy Metal Family Tree

In honor of last Thursday’s performance by doomcore greats SUNN0)) and Boris at the Walker, and to commemorate the Sunday New York Times Magazine‘s feature on “meta-metal,” I present this wonderfully low-tech “heavy metal family tree.” (Click the link to see the whole thing.) Via Mindgum.

In honor of last Thursday’s performance by doomcore greats SUNN0)) and Boris at the Walker, and to commemorate the Sunday New York Times Magazine‘s feature on “meta-metal,” I present this wonderfully low-tech “heavy metal family tree.” (Click the link to see the whole thing.)

Via Mindgum.

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SUNN O)))

As Diana in Performing Arts can attest, due to my periodic and nerdy nagging, I am really excited about the upcoming Sunn/Boris show at the Walker. Whether you will like it or not, I can’t say, but it does indeed promise to be an experience the likes of which you never have had. Musically, Boris […]

As Diana in Performing Arts can attest, due to my periodic and nerdy nagging, I am really excited about the upcoming Sunn/Boris show at the Walker. Whether you will like it or not, I can’t say, but it does indeed promise to be an experience the likes of which you never have had.

Musically, Boris (making a rare trip to the US from Japan) is all over the map. They certainly tend towards the noisier side of rock, but often offer incredibly beautiful melodic moments as well as some songs that channel all of the best parts of Black Sabbath. Their Akuma No Uta record (Currently available in the Walker shop) covers all of the aforementioned bases and would be a good place to start if you haven’t heard Boris yet.

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Sunn is something completely different. If you haevn’t seen Sunn, you haven’t seen anything like Sunn. As their records indicate, “Maximum Volume Yields Maximum Results.” Their live show promises to demonstrate this. Through volume and manipulation of the low-end of the sonic spectrum they create music with a physical presence in the room.

Sunn vs Berlin

Sunn is just returning from a European tour. Stephen O’Malley, one half of Sunn’s core, has posted some images and video from the tour in the “WORDS” section of his website. Take a look, and you will get a sense of what will grace the Stage at the McGuire on May 25. I can’t wait.

SUNNO))) images courtesy of www.ideologic.org

Interview with Dave King

As a delayed follow up to Paul’s post on the Performing Arts blog I’d like to mention the interview with Dave King on mnartists.org. It’s part of Radio mnartists an on going series of interviews by Marya Morstad. For the full Radio mnartists.org podcast paste this URL into iTunes (or your podcast player of choice): […]

As a delayed follow up to Paul’s post on the Performing Arts blog I’d like to mention the interview with Dave King on mnartists.org. It’s part of Radio mnartists an on going series of interviews by Marya Morstad.

For the full Radio mnartists.org podcast paste this URL into iTunes (or your podcast player of choice):

http://mnartists.org/tourContents.do?action=rss&rid=85725

Art rock.

You know you’re an art star when Calvin Tomkins profiles you in The New Yorker, but you’re a bona fide cult figure when an obscure French band names a song after you. Behold: “The Rirkrit Tiravanija Song” [mp3], by Drugs Karaoke.

You know you’re an art star when Calvin Tomkins profiles you in The New Yorker, but you’re a bona fide cult figure when an obscure French band names a song after you. Behold: “The Rirkrit Tiravanija Song” [mp3], by Drugs Karaoke.

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