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"In celebration of the debut of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, this
wonderful Stravinsky evening at the Mariinsky Theatre showcases the original
Nijinsky version of The Rite of Spring for the first time on DVD" - how can you go
Forty years after his death, the music of Jimi Hendrix still sounds as lovely and
exciting as ever. Especially in our current landscape of meticulously auto-tuned and
endlessly stacked digital recordings, listening to these directly in-the-moment
takes is exhilarating. The latest release from the Hendrix archives, "Valleys of
Neptune" is a compilation of 12 tracks of unreleased versions of mostly familiar
tunes. The production is chill-inducing and fantastically 3-dimensional. Most of
these takes are just terrific and offer fresh insight into the mind of one of rock's
true visionaries. The very dreamy version of "Red House" is super cool, and the take
of "Bleeding Heart" flat out smokes.
It's the 70s. You're a left-wing German terrorist on the run. Where are you
going to hide out? This movie is a riveting exploration of how a West German left
wing terrorists adapts to life in socialist East Germany. Seriously, come to the
Fine Arts Library and watch it! It will make you think about what is important in
Ever wondered how music works its magic on us? Or why humans are musical? Ball's
"The Music Instinct" provides answers to these and many other fascinating questions.
Ball was previously known as a science writer (see his "H2O: A Biography of Water"
for example) but he is no neophyte where music is concerned and his scientific
expertise is valuable in interpreting the numerous academic studies of the physics
and neurology of music for a general readership. His scope is wide and while his
examples are drawn chiefly from "Western" popular and classical musics (if only
because of familiarity), he also includes many from elsewhere across our musical
globe. No more interesting or informative book about music will be published this
This nifty little catalog features some excellent up and coming 3D
Class-A zombie movie. Lots of camp, cliche, and wit.
Present day soul classics from Daptone.
Quintessential Austin films, and essential documents of independent film for that
matter. A uniquely true to life and genuine document that is highly
Long-time Austin resident Julie Speed (she lives in Marfa now) is a wonderful
twisted artist. Her paintings are full of detail and creepy beauty. Check out this
book or one of the other books the FAL has of her work (author=speed, julie in the
catalog) or check out juliespeed.com.
What we’ve got here is relatively slowly evolving, concentrated figurative
movement, yet within that concentration there is intense fluidity. I have no idea
how these were created, but my best guess would be light, gas, smoke, and flame.
It’s very elemental, which I guess for me is the start for qualifying something as
essential. Belson obviously is a master at what he does, and this DVD comes very
highly recommended. The true surprise here is Belson’s musical ability. He scores
most of the films here and the work is very advanced for the time and singular,
sounding completely fresh, forward thinking, and yet tied-in with music at large.
The tone of the music is ethereal, of course.
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