Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Merry Christmas Baby Jesus
the second coming 1
Sympathy for the Record Industry
(Although the first volume looks better, I went with the second coming because of the El Vez track and the white vinyl)
This came out tens years after A Midnight Christmas Mess but suffers with the same problem. Like a vast majority of compilation albums (and group shows for that matter) most of the work is just okay, but the gems make up for it. It’s kind of sad in this mp3 era that kids can buy single songs and don’t have to buy entire albums just to wade through the crap so they can get to the one song they like. Actually it’s not that sad, but they do miss out on a song growing on you.
El Vez’s Feliz Navi-nada is the stand out. A really wonderful mash up of Feliz Navidad and Public Image. The Supersuckers “We’ll Call it Christmas” and the Muffs “Nothing for me” make me nostalgic for that grungy ironic angst. The surf bands (Man or Astroman, Bomboras and Go Nuts)hold things together and put in really strong efforts, with the Go Nuts Snackin’ Santa being the weirdest and best.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
When Beginning to Use New Datsun
Friday, December 17, 2010
A Midnight Christmas Mess - 1984
I was excited when I came across this album. I played it during the holidays back in college. The cover, by R.K. Sloane, got me hoping it would hold up over time.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I've been trying to figure out the purpose of this blog. Much of it is to examine my practice and where I get my inspiration. Here's a drawing I did over breakfast.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Here’s another slide from my thesis show. It looks like I used an actual typewriter to make the label and I love that I put the month on it. In the first room, hanging creatures were lit by tv tubes. I’d extended the wiring, so the electronics were up near the ceiling and the tubes hung down like light bulbs.
Friday, December 10, 2010
There was a period in the 80s when gas in the US was around $2.30 a gallon and gas in Mexico was about 20 cents a gallon. My dad would go down to Mexico and fill the 100+ gallon reserve tank on the giant blue truck (I wish I had a picture) and then transfer it into dozens of gas cans. Of course the Mexican gas wasn’t the greatest and then when you store it outide a bit of water would get into it. Which meant that at a young age I learned how to change fuel filters.
This is a picture of the “shelf” today,
it really doesn’t do it justice...
back in the 80s it looked a bit more like this..
I keep wanting to do a piece about it – a shrine to gasoline.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sure The Ventures are a bit like the Christmas toy that doesn’t live up to the commercials. With this Lp’s awesome cover and great theme, the music is fine but it didn’t meet expectations.
The first track Sleigh Ride is pretty great and everything you expect a surf/christmas track to be. After that everything is a mash up of popular tunes and Christmas songs. I don’t mind mash ups and I do feel the Ventures were a bit ahead of their time but it does get annoying. You spend all your time trying to figure out which songs they’re blending. If it was 1965 it might be easier but today your reaching pretty deep it the past to make the connections
Snow Flakes is this odd mash up of Spooky and What Child is This. Santa Claus is Coming to Town is mashed up with Wooly Booly. Frosty the Snowman/Tequila and so on. There are some Rolling Stones, Beatles and I want to say Muddy Waters but I’m not sure.
The best tune on the album is Blue Christmas. I’m sure it’s a mash up of some sort but it has a good crunchy sound and is actually a bit different. Oh and a small thumbs up should be given to Silver Bells for it's Framptonesque guitar vocalizations.
The oddest is Scrooge – a Halloween song in the guise of a Christmas song....mashed up with Apache (?) . owch.
On a sad note - I seem to have lost my copy of The Ventures - Underground Fire. I’m sure it wound up in a piece somewhere but I miss it.
Monday, December 6, 2010
I've been meaning to organize and scan my slides, maybe this blog can help. So, at least once a week I'll bring you Old Gold! todays slide
Leaping Deer – 1992This was part of my thesis show at UC Irvine and I believe has found a home at a local landfill. It was part of a room of stuffed animal/ electric kitchen appliance hybrids hanging from their tethers.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I’ve decide to start another blog. It seems like such a bad idea I have to do it.
So, Deep Cuts will be about music, cars, my art, other peoples art, things and stuff. Let’s get started.
Right now I’m revisting my Creatures of the Night series from “Greatest Hits; Volume II” way back in 2003. We’ll see how it goes.