I cannot stop listening to February

This has nothing to do with the fact that it’s February. I couldn’t stop listening to them in January or December or November I either. I first heard them at Suzanne Fiol’s memorial, and I cannot wait to see them again. They’re brilliant. Wonderful to dance to. Cathartic. Loud. I’ll never forget arranging $600 worth of flowers for the memorial while listening to them sound check. So loud. A brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning, and probably a once-and-only. You can see them at ISSUE on February 27th and 28th for a live recording. Must-see.

Jonathan Kane\’s February – Blissed Out Rag



I wish I could do this…

People love Halloween, dogs don’t

People love Halloween, dogs dont

People love Halloween, dogs don't

Mandles – candles on testosterone

Isn’t it sweet that he lit a candle for you, bathing his man cave in a warm glow and the smell of … wait, is that skunk? Pal, you are so not getting laid tonight. He’ll run that risk if he falls for Mandles. But it’s apparently not a joke to two entrepreneurs who are staking their latest business venture on the belief that manly men will buy candles with potent scents like Skunk, Rawhide, Swimsuit Model, Grass, Auto Shop and Campfire Smoke. Launched by a husband-and-wife team, Mandles Co. advertises its products as “candles on testosterone.”

On the horizon: Burnt Gunpowder, for that just-pulled-an-armed-robbery smell. Pipe dream: Wet Dog. What’s probably not in the cards for buyers of these $15 stinkpots is human contact with anyone but their drinking buddies.

From BrandFreak

Dancing in the streets of the Lower East Side, pre gentrification.

This is a pretty awesome short of people dancing through the streets of the Lower East Side in what appears to be the early 80s. Note that Zeena Parkins, who plays harp in this video, has performed at ISSUE Project Room several times.

From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog:

“SSS is an video by experimental filmmaker Henry Hills. From the description:

SSS is composed from footage of movement improvised on the streets of pre-gentrified East Village by Sally Silvers, Pooh Kaye, Harry Shepperd, Lee Katz, Kumiko Kimoto, David Zambrano, Ginger Gillespie, Mark Dendy, and others, painstaking synched to music previously improvised for the project at Noise New York by Tom Cora (cello), Christian Marclay (turntables), and Zeena Parkins (harp). Beauty emerging from rubble.”

1725 pound pumpkin breaks world record

Christy Harp and the biggest pumpkin of all time.

Christy Harp and the biggest pumpkin of all time. I'd like to suggest that the people who host the World's Strongest Man competition reschedule their next competition for Fall, 2010, in this Ohioan Schoolteacher's backyard.