Be be my love

June 30, 2007 at 7:57 am (hear)

According to Rachael Yamagata’s website, there is a new album coming soon. It doesn’t say when, and the “album appetizer” video has a somber, distinctly-autumn feel, so I’m guessing I have to wait a few more months. Until then, I’ll be rewatching this clip from last summer’s Austin City Limits of her playing “Be Be Your Love,” my favorite song off her debut album Happenstance (2004). I’ve always pictured her playing this song in a tiny, dark, smoky club, so it’s a kick to see her rocking aviator sunglasses and performing in the middle of the day to thousands of festival-goers. Miraculously, the song still seems intimate and atmospheric.

When her album first came out, I was annoyed that she was another artist getting compared to Fiona Apple (“Dear Entertainment Weekly and SPIN: Please stop comparing every female singer-songwriter-piano player with a slightly low voice to Fiona Apple. Ms. Apple is a singular talent who defies easy categorization and is a hell of a lot more nutso than any of these lightly-troubled ladies.”) However, Happenstance is a constant presence in my 25 top played and I’m excited to hear her next effort.

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Reading List

June 29, 2007 at 12:42 am (read)

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Miranda July is one of those people who will either charm you or drive you nuts–she’s a quirky performance/filmmaker/writer who probably wears a lot of vintage candy-colored clothes and does things like create an entire website for her new (ish–I’m a little behind) collection of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, by writing on the top of her refrigerator. She got famous (in indie movie circles at least) a few years ago with the movie Me and You and Everyone We Knowclick here for my review. July was also the artist-in-residence at Pitzer College in 1999. If I had been at Pomona then I would have tried to meet her–she seems like the kind of person who wouldn’t be bothered by a random student wanting to be her friend.

The point is, I want to read her book, and when I tackle the other 20 that are on my floor and blocking access to my dresser I will get to it. Good thing I read fast.

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Delicious

June 23, 2007 at 2:14 pm (look)

I have been in Madrid, home of the famous golden triangle of world-class museums, for about five months. I feel like I could have spent most of that time staring at Hieronymous Bosch (El Bosco)’s El Jardín de Las Delicias (The Garden of Earthly Delights) in the Prado and still not have run out of things to look at, or come any closer to getting inside the head of this wacko artist. The painting, despite being from 1504, looks like a modern psychedelic fantasy world, and unfortunately many of the details won’t translate well from a huge triptych to a small image file… (the three images are the left, center, and right panels respectively).

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Press an art-lover to pick their favorite painting and they’re likely to whimper at the difficulty of the task, but this might be mine, in spite of the fact that my aesthetic is usually minimalist and this is anything but. Here are two other front-runners:

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Gustav Klimt, Portrain of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907

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Hans Hofmann, Cathedral, 1959 (it’s more fuchsia in real life).

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The first step

June 23, 2007 at 9:42 am (Uncategorized)

I love shoes, and by coincidence my last name is Shulock, pronounced “shoe-lock.” Or, perhaps my last name inspired my love of shoes, in the same way that Mike Carpenter, the man who built my family’s kitchen cabinets, really had no choice about his future occupation. However, this blog will not be about shoes, although I may occasionally post a picture of a pair I wish I could have. This will be my space for musings on art, film, literature, fashion, music, and anything else that catches my attention. And since now I have your attention, I hope you’ll come back often.

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