Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Photo of the Day: They're calling it Snowmageddon for some reason...

"Snowmageddon" • February 10, 2010 • by Nicole Bogatitus

The Chimps Are On To Us

Watch this full screen; it's liking you're "Skyping" (as they say) with some apes...

I love how the one chimp is like, "What's the big deal? It's just a camera. Act natural. You're breaking the fourth wall. Stop poking it with a stick. Just pretend it's not there. Don't touch the lens; you'll get fingerprints on it. Seriously, is this you're first role in a nature documentary?! Jeez, newbies..."

The Perfect Soundtrack to This Snowy Morning

New York City is blanketed and carpeted in white this morning. It's quite nice how the snow muffles the usual clamor and curbs the rush. There are fewer people in SoHo right now, and they are walking less hurriedly. The frenzy is temporarily abated. It's a welcome change of pace.

This song captures the mood wonderfully...

Eluvium's Similes is out February 23 on Temporary Residence. You can pre-order it HERE.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


'Nuff said...

And, you're welcome.

How to Levitate

You know that trick where you stand in a doorway and extend your arms against the frame for a couple minutes, then step forward and feel your arms involuntarily rise? You know, this thing. Well I used to think that if I did that long enough, my arms would float up and take my whole body with them, allowing me to fulfill my fantasy of flight. I remember thinking I just needed to work up the stamina to press my arms against the frame for maybe 12 hours in order to get my feet a few feet off the ground. I think I even had some rudimentary calculations in mind: x (minutes in doorframe) – y (weight) = π z (minutes levitating / inches levitated above floor). Or something like that. I suppose my whimsy waned before my doorframe endurance reached the necessary level.

Anyhow, in the intervening years, this guy figured out a simpler way to levitate...


The image is not Photoshopped. The first person to tell us how he pulled this off will win a prize.*

* The prize will either be a hearty pat on the back or a sincere compliment on your appearance.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

2/6/10 - Stuff We're Listening To

Bear in Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth The United States of America - The United States of America Tape w/ Bill Wells - Fugue
Alan Licht - Rabbi Sky Real Estate - Real Estate Pizzicato Five - Made in USA
The Silent League - But You've Always Been the Caretaker Lake - Let's Build A Roof Cocteau Twins - Treasure

some (uncapitalized [suggesting a casual nature]) notes following a clockwise inward spiral from top left...

• our awesome friend laura brothers did the artwork for this! and "lovesick teenagers" is killer!

• if you like broadcast, you'll be surprised to hear this. and you'll be surprised to learn it's from 1968!

• great pairing. both tape and bill wells have some stellar taste for collaborations (tenniscoats, pastels, maher shalal hash baz, isobel campbell, ...). only complaint is that it's over too soon. plus, this immune imprint is shaping up to be one to follow.

• never fails to bring a smile.

• still sounds otherworldly and groundbreaking over a quarter century later.

• i've been loving these guys and gals from portland since their last album. earnest, light-hearted, fun, catchy, earthy (sort of the opposite of cocteau twins, actually).

• working on a proper review of this... i still need to absorb it some more, because there is
a lot going on here. it must have been cold upstate, because shannon fields (stars like fleas, etc.) and justin russo (mercury rev, hopewell, etc.) layered these songs with enough sonic blankets to keep toasty until the spring thaw... mercury rev is definitely the lazy easy touchstone, aside from the clear 70s homage going on (elo, roxy music, etc.), but i keep catching hints of so much else. bowie here, lambchop there; eno all over. like i said, this one is demanding a bunch more listens.

• "one of the leading lichts" is what i'd say if i were prone to cheesy puns.

• "these jersey boys deserve the buzz" is what i'd say if i were an mtv vj in 1998 introducing their video on
120 minutes.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Movie Made by Chimps!

The first (as far as we know!) film shot entirely by chimpanzees was aired last week by the BBC! The ape auteurs shot the footage with a specially-designed camera provided by a team of primatologists studying how chimps perceive the world. Here it is...

[Thanks for the link, Allison!!!]