Saturday, June 30, 2012


My two favorite movie scenes involving cocoa. The first is from Moon Over the Alley (1976) and the second is from Our Mother's House (1967). What, I like cocoa.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

melee tapir

I feel like it's been a while since I posted any tunes. Here's a mix of recent listenings, mostly woozy glo fi cassettes and so forth, with some tropical detours. There's a lot of great music out there right now.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Von der würde des kindes

A book I found in Austria. At first I wasn't sure if this was a vintage find or some bespoke retrofitted present-day magazine. Joyce said it looks like the kids edition of Apartamento. I asked the bookseller and he said it was a 1979 collection of essays written in the spirit of Rudolf Steiner's theory of the "dignity of the child."

Sunday, June 24, 2012

June in London, Salzburg, and Berlin. Man, we need to get over to Europe more often.

AM jetlag bacon sarnie.

Across the way from the Barbican museum, where we saw the amazing Bauhaus retrospective. Super fun living out the new brutalist dream in the Barbican Centre. Took us about half an hour to figure out how to cross the moat, but I guess that's the idea.

Randomly discovered a few adventure playgrounds (London/Berlin)

Lamp in woods of Austria. We were there for bizness. It's not the worst place to be. Perhaps the wurst place ha ha. We stayed at the schloss where they filmed a lot of The Sound of Music.

Austrian TV was interesting. Learned a lot about Eurozone crisis through soccer programming and vice versa.


There was a record fair in Salzburg. Mostly purveyors of buttrock, but it was fun to just look around. Every dealer seemed to have a cheap copy of this. Found this but the guy knew what it was and priced it accordingly.

This is Alfredo Jaar playing the clarinet to exhaustion at NGBK in Berlin. More on him later (Thanks Eddie!)

Still from film about outsider artist Morton Bartlett at Hamburger Banhof. Stripey jumper.

Austrian lemonade. So cold and lemony. I am now the world's expert on where to find pastries in Salzburg.

Weird treehouse outside Hansaviertel modernist enclave in Berlin. Thanks for telling me about this Raffael!

No, we did not go to a rave. These are from the Anthony McCall light sculpture show at Hamburger Banhof. Look at me channeling Ian Curtis.

Friday, June 15, 2012

"Marcel Breuer and his harem" (1927) or Marine Girls (1983)??

another one of Marine Girls, just 'cos.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Greetings from Ellowen Deeowen. Having great time and -- what is this? -- is this actually the sun I'm seeing this morning? So nice meeting Jonny Trunk and the folks at Resonance yesterday. Really lovely in fact. We did a prerecord for the OST show, which will air this Saturday (16 June), 4:30-6:30 London time. Listen here. I think Resonance also has a podcast if you look around. It was so much fun sitting at Jonny's feet as he needle-dropped possible upcoming Trunk releases. Afterwards ambled over to the Tate Modern for amazing Oskar Fischinger retrospective (pic above). Thanks for the tip Molly!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Listen Rebecca, the harpsichord sounds...

Hilda Jonas, internationally known harpsichordist, was inspired by her granddaughter, Rebecca, to share the magic of this instrument with children of all ages.

Annea Lockwood

Lovely photos from her website. Also, Tiger Balm.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Living Music

Living Music, a trades publication sponsored by The Association of Musical Instrument Industries. Some hilarious articles here. The writers purport to be objective journalists but are really just shilling for musical instrument suppliers. For excellent use of all caps and the phrase "sheer lunacy" (twice) take a look at the op-ed below. What begins as one teacher's report from the field becomes a blatant advertisement for the New Era diatonic alto glockenspiel. Sheer lunacy!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Kitchen shelves

Yay, new kitchen shelves! It's so much brighter and happier in here -- check out the before and after. Oh my god, it was so bad before. Have spent the last month or so covered in paint and sawdust. Will do the "full reveal" of kitchen soon.