Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I'm behind

Here's a bunch of Backpack Picnic videos released in the past month or two, starting with today's eponymous release.

The Painting:

Waiting Room:

Mystery Shoe:

Lamborghini Poster:

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Philadelphia, the new Baltimore

Remember how in the last year or two there's been all this hype about Baltimore, with acts like Dan Deacon and that whole scene? Well, I'm thinking in 2008, Philly will be the new Baltimore. Just saying.

A quick political observation

Obama might not be JFK, but it might be helpful to remember that JFK wasn't JFK either, at least not how he's been sanctified in American political memory.


Monday, January 28, 2008

One of my favorite publishing houses

I subscribe to a lot of RSS feeds 'cause I like information overload--makes me feel like I'm getting stuff done when I'm really just wasting time. A lot of those feeds get marked as read even when I haven't read them 'cause time isn't infinite. One feed I always read, though, is the news updates from Picturebox. Damn, these guys just put out one great art/comic/headfuckery publication after another. A latter day Fantagraphics (another fave publishing house) will have to do a Popeye on all this stuff and reissue it as classic American visual culture. But you can get this stuff right now. Highly recommended.

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One of the fun things about going on tour is meeting new sketch groups from around the country. We shared the bill with these guys from New York, and all of us in Backpack really really really liked this video sketch.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Links for 1/16/08

Time Out Chicago loves on Backpack Picnic.

Kyle Gann is curating a festival in Seattle, a city of which he's fond.

Lance Mannion's kids go on stike.

Get a couple mp3s from Pharaoh Sanders.

Glenn Greenwald gets a testy email from John King.

David Newiert takes a gander at some of Ron Paul's supporters.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Gravel in '08, baby!

90% Mike Gravel
90% Barack Obama
89% John Edwards
88% Dennis Kucinich
87% Hillary Clinton
87% Chris Dodd
83% Joe Biden
77% Bill Richardson
42% Rudy Giuliani
26% John McCain
23% Mike Huckabee
23% Tom Tancredo
21% Mitt Romney
21% Ron Paul
11% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Who knew? Apparently I am a Gravel man, although he's tied with Obama in estimation.

The best ad in the history of the world:


Friday, January 04, 2008

This is just awesome

I thought it was interesting, Stockhausen and Ike Turner passing away around the same time last month. Check out this mashup from composer Miguel Frasconi of one of each of their works.

(Hat tip to Night after Night)


OK, I lied

Another post.

This video really makes me want to see Great World of Sound.


Happy 2008

Wow. I haven't blogged in quite some time. Busy busy busy, and that's not going to change in January, so things might be a little sparse for the next month or so.

In the meantime, one of my recent discoveries has been the Walrus Music blog. They've got a lot of good stuff over there, and I like the sensibilities of the staff. This post from today is not to be missed. Seriously, go over and make yourself a little tiny bit ill.