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Vampire Weekend was far from the first group to incorporate African influence
into snotty white kid music, and Radiohead was certainly not the first to try to
sell their music on their own. The Homosexuals were a shifting group of punk
rockers in the UK who set out to make avant garde music in a totally insular,
outsider manner. The result was they self-released a ton of projects on their own
label It's War Boys that ultimately sound like they may be the best DIY,
kitchen-sink pop recordings ever. Collected on three CDs in this set are all of the
recordings they issued as The Homosexuals.
A tragically beautiful mixture of musical theater and cinematography. Bjork stars
as a factory worker fighting a losing battle to save her son's vision. And she
From the publisher: "Presents 800 jewelry objects and drawings from 1960 through
2006 by more than 170 international jewelry artists in the Helen Williams Drutt
Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Includes essays about Minimalist and
Conceptual influences and the history behind the collection, a chronology, and
"When it was new, each of these music systems, now long obsolete, was state of
the art, visionary, radically new and so revolutionary that it required extended
explanations in response to common questions such as 'Why would anyone ever want to
do that?' " -Laurie Spiegel
Here is Jack Nitzsche's massive and beautiful orchestral work that brilliantly
captures what's compelling about the classical avant garde in the 20th century. Most
will recognize Nitzsche's name for his work scoring films like "One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest" and "Performance" as well as arranging for Phil Spector, Stevie
Wonder, Neil Young, and pretty much everyone else too.
Finally we have a good selection of Sun Ra material. This is one of my
favorites. Eloquent and odd jazz that's deeply satisfying
For an eye-opening study of the market for art and why some artists are paid
millions and others starve, this is a fascinating read. Full of gory detail about
how dealers, auction houses, collectors and artists operate.
Some very fine electronic music from Persia. A compilation spanning 40
Matthew Monteith’s images of the people and the environment of the Czech Republic
are provocative. They both pull you in and keep you out. Some landscapes are
pastoral and others are industrial. Portraits of individuals look right at you but
you have no idea what they are thinking. I was mesmerized by the images in this
Interesting glimpse into the world during WWI-WWII and especially vaudeville life
during this time. p.s. Great fashions and costumes!
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