Weapon Of Beauty

Last days of Multiple Visions @ NICC
November 25, 2010, 10:36 pm
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I’m a bit late with this, but if you have the time do check out Multiple Visions at NICC in Belgium. It’s a great exhibition about multiples from the 1950’s up until the present day. (multiples. A term designating works of art other than prints or cast sculpture that are designed to be produced in a large—potentially limitless—number of copies.)

Lil promo text: This exhibition explores the meaning of the multiple today by confronting the viewer with objects from the 60s, 70s and 80s along with more recent editions.  By creating a dialogue between the works, this project aims to both highlight examples of Belgian multiples as well as contextualize them internationally with some of the best works from around the world.

Here’s just a few names of the artists who have works in the exhibition: Francis Alÿs, Joseph Beuys, Guillaume Bijl, Marcel Broodthaers, Vaast Colson, Christo, Wim Delvoye, Marcel Duchamp, Marlène Dumas, Jan Fabre, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, On Kawara, Anish Kapoor, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Sol Lewitt, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Panamarenko, Man Ray, Edward Ruscha, Luc Tuymans, Dennis Tyfus, Koen van den Broek, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Henk Visch, Andy Warhol and Franz West .
Pretty impressive list.

The exhibition closes on Sunday.


What Jail Is Like: Afghan Whigs for dummies
November 18, 2010, 6:07 pm
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With Greg Dulli’s acoustic performance at the Trix in mind, I thought this might be the perfect moment to wave a little flag and guide you all to The Afghan Whigs’ What Jail Is Like EP. This 7 track EP (released as a single from their magnum opus Gentlemen) is a perfect introduction to the band. Not only does it showcase Dulli’s own song writing talents, it also gives you a glimpse of the power that were the Whigs live and also shows off Dulli’s extraordinary ability to take on old soul tracks and turn them into something truly wonderful. A must-have!

I copy/pasted the text below from AllMusic, because frankly I can’t write a better review than they did:
“Aside from the Gentlemen standout, this EP features the Afghan Whigs’ abilities both with cover versions and in the live arena. The three studio covers demonstrate an interesting range — the Ass Ponys’ “Mr. Superlove” (with banjo thrown into the usual Whigs soul crunch for an impressive reading), and “Dark End of the Street” and the Rodgers & Hart standard “Little Girl Blue,” both given slow and low renditions accentuated by cello and piano, the latter played by longtime Whigs sideman Harold Chichester. The three live cuts, taken from a Denver show, include another take on “What Jail Is Like” and another Gentlemen track, “Now You Know.” The absolute winner, though, and possibly the best thing the Whigs have ever recorded, is a mind-blowing medley of the Supremes’ Motown classics “My World Is Empty Without You” (originally recorded in studio as a single) and “I Hear a Symphony.” Given a slow, menacing but not trudging pace, both songs are exquisitely reworked by the band while Greg Dulli burns with wounded power.”

You can find the EP for very little money on sites like Amazon or eBay.

Track list:

What Jail Is Like  (Dulli)
Mr. Superlove  (Ass Ponys)
The Dark End Of The Street  (Penn/Moman)
Little Girl Blue  (Rodgers/Hart)
What Jail Is Like  (Dulli)
Now You Know  (Dulli)
My World Is Empty Without You/I Hear A Symphony  (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

Grinderman release sparkling Heathen Child 12”
November 12, 2010, 7:45 pm
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A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of the Grinderman ‘Heathen Child’ 12 inch, in part because of the great cover. Not only does it feature a haunting shot of the bloody eyed and orange-haired nubile from the accompanying music video, the cover also has the text in a gothic gold foil blocked font (see photo below). Nice.

The single is released on red coloured vinyl and also contains a poster of said girl (and her orange dyed nether regions) and the band.

As for the music, the single also features b-side ‘Star Charmer’ plus the bonus track ‘Super Heathen Child’ which is a collaboration between Grinderman and legendary guitarist Robert Fripp who added some sterling guitar work to an expanded version of the song.

And all this sweetness for just a baby fistful of euros*!

* FYI: a baby fist can hold 5 euros**.

** Yes, i know that the plural of euro is ‘euro’ and not ‘euros’, but I’m talking about the actual coins, in which case you have to add the ‘s’.