Articles Archive for August 2009

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August 31st, 2009 | One Comment | Category: Announcements
Chuck Close Exhibit at Austin Museum of Art

Chuck Close’s “A Couple of Ways of Doing Something,” now showing at the Austin Museum of Art, is a new look at some old photographic techniques. Close’s use of an early form of the photograph, called a daguerrotype, forms the basis of the exhibit.

Unlike artists who show us alternate realities that don’t actually exist, Chuck Close shows us what we’ve been missing in the world right in front of our faces. “I have always been fascinated by how one way of doing something can kick open a door to …

Reviews, Videos »

August 20th, 2009 | 6 Comments | Category: Reviews, Videos
<i>Moon</i>: Duncan Jones’ Great Gig in the Sky

Forty years, almost to the day, after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Duncan Jones’ directorial debut Moon (2009) was released. It is no secret that I am a big fan of both the moon and Sam Rockwell, so I went to see this (twice) as soon as I had the chance. There are probably spoilers in what follows, so read on with that in mind.
Ever since re-watching Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) recently, I’ve been wondering why Sam Rockwell isn’t way more famous. Maybe Moon will fix that. …

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August 20th, 2009 | Comments Off on In the Gnar: labcabinalabama | Category: Announcements
In the Gnar: labcabinalabama

Nick over at In the Gnar wrote a nice review of my zine from last summer called “labcabinalabama.”

Thanks to Nick for the kind words. Check out his review, and check out the rest of In the Gnar.

Marginalia »

August 19th, 2009 | Comments Off on Slayer: Show No Mercy | Category: Marginalia
Slayer: Show No Mercy

There is no other metal band that compares to Slayer. No other band has been together as long, destroyed as much stuff, ripped as hard, nor kept their collective foot so heavy on the pedal. Slayer has never let up. Ever.
I finally got to see them wreck shit live on stage at the Mayhem Festival on August 14th in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to Matt and Nate Bailie, whom I’ve known since the ninth grade, I can now die happy. The set list included “Psychopathy Red” from their forthcoming World …

Essays »

August 04th, 2009 | One Comment | Category: Essays
The Clutter of Pop

In the mid-1990s my friend Dave Allen published a zine called “The Clutter of Pop” (followed by a record of the same name). In one of them he wrote an essay about the glut of entertainment media choking our attention spans. I’ve long since lost the zine and I can barely remember Dave’s insights, but I do keep thinking about it in light of the ever increasing glut since its publication.
It is often said that  we only use ten percent of our brains. While that’s not exactly true, we often …