Monthly Archives: July 2007

Ear candy



A 1983 album by King Sunny Adé produced by Martin Meissonnier.




Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (song)




Fonda Rae




Stakker Humanoid


Cassius 99


Between Edie, The Science of Sleep and The Velvet Underground


In our six degrees network this song occupies the interstice between Edie, The Science of Sleep and The Velvet Underground. I watched Sleep and A Scanner Darkly within the space of a couple of days and in a comparison, Sleep was fantastic and Scanner bland. Am I the only one or did Scanner feel like an update of Soylent Green?

Introducing Isabella Santacroce




Isabella Santacroce & Maria Callas, a Youtube mix by FactoryB0y.

Andrej, thanks for the links. Loved your post about the Kyrous (did not realize there was a second brother). I’ve made a stub for Ariel. I was intrigued by his reference to Shaolin Soccer, the term sounded so familiarly unfamiliar to my ears (is the film any good?). I would like to review Le Surréalisme au cinéma in greater depth but would just as rather publish its CAPs and SIPs analysis (in the style of what I am doing for Film as a Subversive Art), if that were possible.

For Santacroce: tip of the hat to Jaklien Teuwen.

Here is a film based on the work of Santacroce:



Music writing informed by critical theory


Beau Mot Plage (1999) by Isolée

This post dedicated to Woebot. Who else could write an article on canonical house music informed by critical theory? The answer is below the quote.

“I really admire exercises like Harold Bloom‘s “The Western Canon” and F. R. Leavis‘s “The Great Tradition“. It’s not just the critic’s job to dissect, it’s a crucial task to re-imagine and assemble. My recent idea has been, in the absence of any other strong generic competitor to it, to try and extract from within the tradition of House-music-proper a strand of what I’m calling “Mauve House”. If the methodology used in tackling the pyramidic proliferation of dance music genres, used to be naming each subset, nowadays a more appropriate approach might be like filleting a joint of beef, that’s to say stripping out one strand from the carcass.”

Answer: Simon Reynolds. Internal links are mine.

Surrealism and cinema


Funeral Parade of Roses is a 1969 Japanese film directed by Toshio Matsumoto.

Tip of the hat to Girish:

The first, historic path of surrealism and cinema must be (according to AM) broadly defined to include not just officially acknowledged ‘classics’ by René Clair, Germaine Dulac & Antonin Artaud, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, etc., but also certain films by Robert Benayoun, Ado Kyrou, Nelly Kaplan, Walerian Borowczyk, Toshio Matsumoto, Jean Rouch, etc. –Girish

I am currently reading Le Surréalisme au cinéma, which is often mentioned as the standard work on surrealist cinema.It is an excellent introduction to cult cinema tout court. Perhaps more on this later.