Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Nagging doubts No 50. Torn inside. V 2.0 - My dead's friend Text

Sunday...

It is sunny, it is bright, it is quite warm in comparison with the previous week, it is the very first day of spring but i am fu**ing depressed and I dunno why...

CK says:
morning did u have good sleep?

Volan says:

not really

Volan says:
what about you?

CK says:
you will be ok

CK says:
i didnt do anything today weasted my sunday

CK says:
weast

CK says:
waist?

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Rock me baby

Guitar shred show is one of those playful websites we bump into time to time, have you got some spare time? just go and jam with Mr Fast Fingers guitar session, but be aware, you must defeat the devil and play on your own... this site rocks -literally speaking-. It is also remarkable the work in Macromedia Flash to develop this piece. Play here.
Guitar shred show es uno de esos deliciosos sitios de internet para entretenrse por un buen rato. Tiene un segundo? veya y haga jam con Mr Fast Fingers pero recuerde que al final debe derrotar al diablo. Ademas de ser un sitio muy entretendio, hay que destacar las maravillas que se pueden hacer con flash, y una muy buena idea por supuesto. Pinche aca.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

no controles

El 8 de Octubre de 1985 -dos semanas despues del terremoto del 19 de Septiembre que azoto a Mexico- FLANS vio la luz por primera vez, (aunque no se ha comprobado jamas que hayan sido consecuencia directa del lamentable sismo).

Este grupo conformado por las Mexicanas Ivonne Margarita Guevara Garcia e Irma Angelica Hernandez Ochoa ('la mimi') y acompanadas por Maria Oliva Schewein Furth; fue de un éxito de dimensiones epicas, no solo en Mexico sino en toda Latinoamerica, e incluso poco tiempo despues cruzo el 'charco' y azoto a Espana. En Marzo de 1990 y despues de una exitosa carrera la 'FLANS' deciden desintegrarse (debido a estos cinco arduos anos de trabajo en pro de la musica Latinoamericana) y asi nos dejaron de dar lata estas mechipintadas de copete 'alf', vestidos de pano gigantezcos (en las que cabrian con todo y 'alf') y los muy famosos 'converse all stars'.

Aqui hago un pequeno homenaje (inmerecido) a estas divas de la cancion pop ochentera y a todos los que sobrevivimos el movimiento telurico para tener que soportarlas. Jesus mio, como sonaba esa cancion hasta en la sopa. ...no controles mis sentidos, no controles mis vestidos...no controles...bla bla...

Para alegria de algunos pocos, las FLANS se reencontraron tiempo despues es una fecha que no vale la pena ni mencionar y segun nuestro equipo investigativo, realizaron su ultima gira por alla en monterrey en el 2005.


In October the 8th of 1985 –two weeks after the earthquake which devastated Mexico (September the 19th)- FLANS came to life for the very first time, (albeit it has not been proved it was as a consequence of the natural disaster). This group, formed by Mexicans Ivonne Margarita Guevara Garcia and Irma Angelica Hernandez Ochoa ('la mimi') and teamed up by Venezuelan Maria Oliva Schewein Furth; was a success of epic dimensions not just in Mexico, but also, in the whole Latin-America, even crossing the Atlantic and threatening Spain.

In March 1990 and after a successful career ‘FLANS’ decided to break up due to those five years of thorough work for Latin-American music) allowing us to have a rest from these Alf-like blond dyed tuft girls, tucked into huge blazers (which could easily contain also Alf himself) and the largely known ‘Converse all stars’.

Here there is a little (non deserved) ‘homage’ to these pop divas form the 80’s and all those whose survived the Earthquake to have the misfortune to stand them.


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Saturday, February 24, 2007

superlitio

Superlitio is a Colombian band of rock en español from Cali, Colombia. They were founded in 1997. Its members are Pedro Rovetto (Bass), Pipe Bravo (Keyboards, guitar and voice), Mauricio Campo (Lead Singer), Alejandro Lozano (Guitar), Armando Gonzalez (Drums) and Dino Agudelo (DJ). The band has participated and headlined a wide variety of international musical festivals. Their music has reached all corners in Latin America, and foreign countries such as the US, France and England. Two independent records “Marciana” (1.997) and “El Sonido Mostaza” (1.999), have allowed the band to tour all over Colombia, and have embarked the band on a 3 month us tour (Gimme one dollar us tour). In 2002 the band has finished working on their third record "Tripping Tropicana", produced by Tweety González (Soda Stereo, Fito Paez).

The video displayed above correspond to the song 'LOFI' by Superlitio. Directed by Andres Mendez.
It is possible to access to Superlitio's myspace here.


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Friday, February 23, 2007

Once a junky, always a junky

‘Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life’ states William Burroughs in ‘Junkie, confessions of an unredeemed Drug Addict', credited to William Lee in its first edition in 1953. (pictured on the left hand side). In ‘Junky’ –the final title of the book, this time credited to William S Burroughs- Burroughs depicts in a raw way what is to be a heroin addict like, I just found very interesting how the story grips the reader from page number one till the last word. ‘Why does an addict get a new habit so much quicker than a virgin, even after the addict has been cleaned for years? I do not accept the theory that junk is lurking in the body al the time –the spine is where it supposedly holes up- and I disagree with all psychological answers. Once a junky, always a junky. You can stop using junk, but you are never off after the first habit’ writes WB later on.
I think raw may be the proper word to catalogue this book, there is not much room for poetry or beautiful descriptions, yet it is rich in terms of language and stile.



It shows you a character that fights and realises what junk is doing to him, but he just cannot stop it, all the attempts fail.
This character reminds me so much of Alexei Ivanovich in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s the gambler , when I thought "...come on man… you are ruined you cannot make it again...!", but he manages to hole himself up in his vice.

In the same way Bill Lee is totally hooked but tries –sometimes timidly- to get off junk, and when things seem to be all right, fatality shows up.

A really, really good book. Also, browsing for some images to sex up this post I found a very interesting catalogue on Burroughs covers over the years as well as in various languages.

The image above on the right hand side corresponds
to the cover of the version I was reading. (Penguin).


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Thursday, February 22, 2007

when you are old




When You Are Old
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
by William Butler Yeats
(1865-1939)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

joanna newsom

Oh Dear... this is one of those things that make us keep the faith in beauty.

Joanna Newsom is an American harpist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer and songwriter from Nevada City, California. Besides her solo material she has played on records by Smog, Vetiver, Nervous Cop, Scott Indrisek, Vashti Bunyan and Golden Shoulders and played keyboards for The Pleased. In the radioblog I have loaded some music by Joanna Newsom and also a couple of songs by Smog... Those tracks are the dog's bollocks. Here there is the video of the song 'SwanSea'.


full version here


Swansea -lyrics-

If you want to come on down,
down with your bones so white,
And watch the freight trains pound
into the wild, wild night

How I would love to gnaw,
gnaw on your bones so white,
and watch as the freight trains paw,
paw at the wild, wild night.

All these ghost towns, wreathed in old loam
(Assateague knee-deep in seafoam)-
Ho Swansea! Buttonwillow!
Lagunitas! Ho Calico!

And all these beastly bungalows
stare, distend, like endless toads -
endlessly hop down the road.
Borne by wind, we southward blow.

While yonder, wild and blue,
the wild blue yonder looms.
'Till we are wracked with rheum,
by roads, by songs entombed.

And all we want to do
is chew, and chew, and chew!
Dear one, drive on,
when all we want to do
is chew, and chew, and chew.

And if you want to come on down (...)

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ya llego la maldita primavera :::2007:::

Oh Dios como me encantaba esta nena durante mi loca pubertad!!!!

Oh God How I used to love this gal during my mad puberty..... She is Yuri from Mexico...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

THE BLACK MESSENGERS by cesar vallejo

César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza (March 16, 1892 – April 15, 1938) was a Peruvian poet. Although during his lifetime he published only three books of poetry, he is nonetheless considered one of the great poetic innovators of the 20th century. Always a step ahead of the literary currents, each of his books was distinct from the others and, in its own sense, revolutionary.

"...As of Peruvian poetry, for me, Vallejo is extraordinary. Yes, he is ours, and besides, he was a Communist," said President Gonzalo. José Carlos Mariátegui, the founder of the PCP, considered Vallejo to be "an absolute creator."

Cesar Vallejo, the poet, the militant, the Communist, is being remembered by the proletariat and the people in the 106th anniversary of his birth. read more.

And for me IMHO, Vallejo is perhaps the one of the better Latin-American poets. poems here.




God

I feel that God is traveling
so much in me, with the dusk and the sea.
With him we go along together. It is getting dark.
With him we get dark. All orphans . . .

But I feel God. And it even seems
that he sets aside some good color for me.
He is kind and sad, like those who care for the sick;
he whispers with sweet contempt like a lover's;
his heart must give him great pain.

Oh, my God, I've only just come to you,
today I love so much in this twilight; today
that in the false balance of some breasts
I weigh and weep for a frail Creation.

And you, what do you weep for . . . you, in love
with such an immense and whirling breast . . .
I consecrate you, God, because you love so much;
because you never smile; because your heart
must all the time give you great pain.

César Vallejo
trans. by Robert Bly

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Monday, February 19, 2007

HIgh Connection + Oliverio girondo


Looking for a good poem I came across this poem written by Argentinean Oliverio Girondo.

I don't give a darn if women's breasts are like magnolias or like dried figs; a complexion like a peach or like sandpaper. Importance equal to zero I give to whether they awake with a breath like an aphrodisiac or a breath like insecticide. I am perfectly capable of bearing a nose that would take first prize at a carrot show; but one thing is for sure! And this is irreducible. Under no pretext whatsoever will I forgive them for not knowing how to fly. Any one of them who doesn't know how to fly is wasting her time trying to seduce me!

This was – and none other – the reason that I fell in love, so madly, with María Luisa.

What did I care about her lips in installments and her sulfurous jealousies? What did I care about her web-footed extremities and her looks that withheld judgment?

María Luisa was truly light as a feather!

From daybreak on, she flew from the bedroom to the kitchen, from the dining room to the pantry. Flying she prepared my bath, my shirt. Flying she did her shopping, her chores…

With what impatience I waited for her to return, flying, from some outing in the surroundings! There far off, lost in the clouds, a little pink dot. "María Luisa! María Luisa!...and in a few seconds, she was there embracing me with her feather-like legs, to carry me, flying, to anyplace at all.

For kilometers in silence we soared on a caress that brought us close to paradise; for hours on end we nested in a cloud, like two angels, and then suddenly, in a loop-the-loop, on a dead leaf, the forced landing of a spasm.

How delightful to have a woman so light…even if she makes us, from time to time, see stars! How voluptuous to pass the days among the clouds…to pass the night on a single flight!

After knowing an ethereal woman, can an earthly woman render us any sort of attraction? Isn't it true that there is no substantial difference between living with a cow or with a woman who has her buttocks seventy-eight centimeters off the ground?

I, at least, am incapable of understanding the seduction of a pedestrian woman, and no matter how much effort I put into conceiving of it, it is not possible for me to even imagine that love can be made any other way but flying.

Oliverio Girondo
(translated by Dan Newland)

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Tayrona national park

'I've never been as instantly impressed by a beach as I was the moment I set eyes on Tayrona. After a 40-minute hike through the forest, I was expecting to see a classic Caribbean beach, all white sand and calm turquoise water, perhaps a few cabanas for the tourists.' writes Gavin McOwan in the Guardian on Friday February 16 2007 . It is not chauvinism but it was quite interesting to bump into this review... read the whole article.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy new year pigs



Mmm it seems that it has been a very busy week in terms of celebrations and such. Firstly the horrible Tuesday 13th (which for Spanish descendants - I hate to say that!-) corresponds to the Friday 13th in the Anglos-axon cultures (and God's knows anywhere else), then Valentine's day which I spent enjoying myself at home during the day and at night working and staring at nice couples holding hands, snogging and delivering a mockery of love... boring!!! to top it up with 18th of February, the New Year in the Chinese calendar.

According to the Chinese calendar Pigs are all whose have been born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007. Also the are believed to be models of sincerity, purity, tolerance, and honor. When you first meet them, Pigs seem too good to be true. They are careful and caring, obliging and chivalrous. Put your trust in him, he won't let you down and he will never try to. The Pigs simply want to do everything right.

Pigs are the people everyone admires most. Make a list of the Pigs in your life: aren't they the nicest, most loving and scrupulously caring people around? Read more


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007

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Friday, February 16, 2007

sunsets with Gonca


I have and enemy, it resides inside myself, I shall fight it but,
Yes!!! Gonca said. Gonca... flower bud...
I remember the sunsets in the south...
the sun, red, fat, knackered, dragging down,
and you and my enemy and I,
staring at it until our pale, white-blueish gal crowned the universe,
and the cigarettes awaited for us,
down there in by the sea,

Yeah Gonca,
I'm still fighting the enemy,
yours and mine but now on my own,
but now chaffed,
but now faded, pale, and alone.
Right Gonca!
where've you gone?, Godness Muslim.
Gonca.

Let us see again the sun, redish, fat and alone,
release its light upon our face,
and the face of the enemy
and myself and you.
Gonca where have you been,
where've you gone?
I am still fighting but,
I know I will be defeated.

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cmyk

Featured Work
The work shown here is just a sample selection of inspiring work that appears in CMYK #31. CMYK #31 contains up to 100 pieces of professionally selected work from aspiring art directors, copywriters, designers, illustrators and photographers.




“Triangle” Steve Kim.Illustrator. David Limrite: instructor.
Art Center College of Design
(Pasadena, Calif.)



Self-Trait Postcards,personal study. Jose A. Rodriguez,designer.Matt Normand: instructor.
Ringling School of Art and Design
(Sarasota, Fla.)

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

what a noise

In 2006 Kinetic Singapore developed a project called "what a noise". A very simple, yet rich interactive piece.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

dafont.com




Dafont.com a website with tons of fonts to download for free. Really tempting, most of them are not really good but there are a couple of fonts quite interesting.

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Miercoles 14 Valentine's day

Mmmmm que podria ser lo peor despues de un dia Martes 13 del mes de febrero?... si Un maldito febrero 14, por coincidencias de la vida he los he sufrido la misma semana... ahi de Valentin's les mando este videito, la cancion mas bailada en los burdeles del lovely south, y si, otro reclasico de los ochentas.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

solo para los martes 13

Y como es martes 13.... un dia de mala suerte, pues igual tuve la mala pata de subir este videito, para unos un clasico de los noventas, para otros una clasica mierda, como sea disfrutenlo si pueden.
El martes, ni te casas ni en embarques.
El martes ni gallina eches, ni hija cases.
El martes ni hijo cases, ni cochino mates.
y escucha locomia...

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when i am a king


Demian5, a webcomic artist from Switzerland, is most famous for his When I Am King, the story of a sexually deviant camel and the recently de-pantsed king of Egypt on a quest to find love and trousers. The whole comic was created and published electronically; Demian used mostly Adobe programs Photoshop, Illustrator and ImageReady to draw the comic and create animation. He used the web's "infinite canvas" to convey a sense of space. Displaying an interesting screen design, navigation, poignant illustrations as well as a brilliant narrative when I am a king is a worth looking tale to hang around for a while.


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Monday, February 12, 2007

twohundredby200



UK based magazine twohundredby200 is looking for the meaning of "true" for its 25th issue. The dead line to submit works is the 30th of march 2007.
There is an interesting PDF document which contains some of the works submitted for issue 24th on "false" as theme, check it out.

La revista twohundredby200 tiene abierta la convocatoria para encontrar el significado de la palabra "true" en su edicion 25. La fecha limite es el 30th de Marzo de 2007. Revisen su sitio de internet para saber mas sobre las bases del concurso. Hay tambien un PDF con algunos de los trabajos enviados para la edicion 24 sobre "false".
A ENVIAR TRABAJOS CARAJO.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

underground films


I have got this interesting website via feeding the mysteron. Tons of underground films to watch.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

World press photo

World Press Photo is run as an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955.

The organization is controlled both by an independent executive board and a supervisory board, and employs around 25 permanent staff. The Amsterdam office acts as the hub for a network of professional contacts worldwide - it is this network that makes organizing the contest, exhibitions and other activities on such a large scale possible. See more here.

Q. Sakamaki, Japan, Redux Pictures.
Sri Lanka political violence, June

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heartsnatcher


Author, singer, songwriter, playwright and lifelong jazz fan, Boris Vian was a legendary figure in Paris in the post-war years. Vian, who died at the age of 39, left an indelible mark on France's intellectual and artistic life and his avant-garde music, novels and comic sketches continue to inspire a whole generation of fans more than 40 years after his death.

"In descriptions so richly imagined that he sometimes has to invent new words, Boris Vian brings to life the strange world discovered by a wandering traveler, Timortis, a psychiatrist who wants to "psychiatrize." Timortis has been born an adult and has no memories of his own. An "empty vessel," he believes that if he can learn everything there is to know about someone, he can bring about a transference of identity and make his own life more complete. He is wandering in search of people who will bare their souls and all their memories..." more.


Buy his books. Hurry up!!

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Tarnation: a master piece.

"At the age of eleven, TARNATION director Jonathan Caouette borrowed a neighbor¹s video camera and began documenting his daily life, interrogating his family members and making short films to escape the drama of his everyday existence. Caouette utilized six different cameras over the years, including Super-8, Betamax, VHS, Hi-8 and Mini-DV, with which he shot the bulk of the footage that appears in TARNATION. In addition, he compiled still photographs, archived answering machine messages and audiocassette diaries - all of which documented the details of his tumultuous life. As a self-proclaimed pack rat, Caouette saved what turned out to be 160 hours of personal recorded materials in a wide range of different video and audio formats, spanning over twenty years. When considered as a whole, these materials offer a devastating, yet mesmerizing portrait of a troubled American family. The footage includes unsettling domestic situations, unique dramatic performances (by a pre-teen Caouette and his mother) and unexpected demonstrations of compassion and love that could only be called unconditional." read more.



Tarnation.USA, 2003 Dir.Jonathan Caouette.


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Rock bottom riser

I was staring at the drops dragging down on the window and I though it was you, and Shioban phoned me again, but said nothing, whispering thoughts...where're you Volan? riding you dreams? taming your fate?.



Rock bottom riser by Smog Directed by Paul McNeil & Brendan Cook. Find out more here.
something warmer for this cold February.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

What a writer, Gentlemen!!!

Back home, on holiday, I finally found out “Putas asesinas” by Roberto Bolano (advised months ago by Kerlames). Just to mention three stories I was astonished with, “El retorno”; the story of a ghost and, “Putas asesinas” and “Bubba”, a tale of a South American, an African and a Spaniard football players and their adventurous journey in a top class team in Spain… Bolano is a versatile writer; whose combine a good sense of humour, superb imagination and wild narrative that gets anyone from the very first page. Here there is a fragment of Bubba. (Spanish language). For English speakers check this out.

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This time next year we'll be millionaires!

Perhaps is not there anything more Londoner that “Only fool and horses” is it? A bunch of superb characters, amongst them, Derek Edward Trotter “Del Boy” the fast-talking, quick thinking bussiness man, his “little” brother Rodney Trotter and their Grandad living in the southern suburbs of Peckam Rye, driving a three wheels van and trying to survive by cheating and bribing people on the streets markets. “Only fool and horses” is without doubt the best British T.V. comedy ever. See more here.
It is characteristic of this series the use of cockney and slang language. Expressions like “Lovely Jubbly”, “plonker” and “wally” became commonly used after the show. A little guide of cockney used in the series is here.

Here there is a little video of –in my humble opinion- the best sketch ever performed by David Jason (Del boy) and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Rodney)… enjoy it… 100% worth to watch.


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Monday, February 05, 2007

Saul Bass

Saul Bass is well known as the creator of a series of remarkable credits for film and TV. Check this site out.

"My initial thoughts about what a title can do was to set mood and the prime underlying core of the film's story,
to express the story in some metaphorical way. I saw the title as a way of conditioning the audience, so that when the film actually began, viewers would already have an emotional resonance with it."

Saul Bass.

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Ritchie Blackmore deepest purple!!!

A good welcome back for this blog... after months of sorrow for Volan it is time to be back in bussiness.



This chap in the video is Deep Purple's lead guitar Ritchie Blackmore, playing a blues and Beethoven. Enjoy!

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