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Archive for December, 2006


More mp3 blogs

A couple of recommendations (thanks again to Gav and Jay): Magic of Juju. More vinyl rips, music from around the world this time. Insect & Individual. “an assortment of kraut, prog, free jazz, avant, diy punk, and uncategorizable recordings highlighted by nurse with wound on the legendary/infamous nww list.” Includes the impossible-to-find The Way Out […]

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Christopher Makos


Photography by Christopher Makos.

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Thomas Köner


If Main (subject of this earlier post) provide the ideal ambience for hot weather, then winter demands the chill breath of Thomas Köner. Once again, lack of decent interviews means resorting to Wire back issues which is a sign of laziness on my part and an indication of that magazine’s continued importance. For those who […]

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Please Mr. Postman


The Beatles get the Royal Mail treatment in a new series of UK stamps next month.

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SAJ again


Yes, it’s that magazine again, the perfect thing to feed your head for the new year. Mark P and SAJ are profiled in the latest Wire. Ken Hollings rides the world’s subcultural currents mapped by London’s Strange Attractor. The Wire #275, January 2007 Strange Attractor is well named. There’s really no escaping it. Starting out […]

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“A trap for dere Santa”. From How to be Topp by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle (1954). That time of year again. Here at { feuilleton } we prefer to acknowledge the solstice-based traditions that pre-date the usurping rituals of Middle Eastern sky gods. The old pagan business of lighting fires and creating artificial light […]

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Angels 6: Paradise stands in the shadow of swords


The Guardian of Paradise by Franz Stuck (1889). We’ll let Coil have the final word on the angel theme, the post title being taken from their Cathedral In Flames. Those words recognise—as does the painting above—that the Christian concept of Heaven is of a gated community guarded by warriors to keep the undesirable at bay. […]

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Angels 5: Angels of Death


{ feuilleton } brings you good cheer! Little explanation required this time. Vedder’s painting is an illustration of lines from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The Cup of Death by Elihu Vedder (1885). The Plague of Rome by Jules-Elie Delauney (1869). The Angel of Death by Evelyn De Morgan.

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Angels 4: Fallen angels


The Treasures of Satan by Jean Delville (1894). Some more favourite paintings today. Jean Delville produced a splendidly strange portrayal of Satan as an undersea monarch lording it over a sprawl of intoxicated, naked figures. When Savoy Books decided to put together the definitive version of David Lindsay’s equally strange fantasy novel, A Voyage to […]

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Angels 3: A diversion


On Monday Eroom Nala mentioned my Fallen Angel picture in one of the comments for the first angel posting. Here’s the picture in question (from 2004). As I mentioned earlier, this was based on Jeune homme assis au bord de la mer (Young Man Sitting by the Seashore, 1836), the most well-known painting by Jean […]

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Angels 2: The angels of Paris


Los Angeles, despite being the City of Angels, has few angels on display outside its cemeteries, whereas European cities are full of them. These are some of the ones that caught my attention in Paris this year. Saint Michael (1860) by Francisque-Joseph Duret in the Place Saint-Michel. More statues of Saint Michael. The one on […]

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Angels 1: The Angel of History and sensual metaphysics


Angelus Novus by Paul Klee (1920?). The Catholic church failed to work its medieval magic on me beyond inspiring a fondness for ecclesiastic architecture and men with wings. But in keeping with the season it’s Angel Week here on { feuilleton } although some of the angels featured may not be quite Vatican-approved. Above is […]

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Tiger Mountain Strategies


Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) is familiar to those of us in the decadent west as the title of Brian Eno’s second solo album, released in 1974. Eno borrowed the title from a set of Chinese postcards depicting a performance of a Maoist opera, and you can now see a copy of those very postcards […]

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You, me and the continuum


More magazine covers as Time makes everyone using the web (yes, you, dear reader) its person of the year. The first Time cover to favour an object over a human also featured a computer back in 1982, in a picture that looks like one of Ed Kienholz’s assemblages. Steve Jobs must be pleased they used […]

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The Jantar Mantar


Fran Pritchett’s site has a wealth of photos of Indian architecture, including many old views of temples and a substantial section devoted to Jaipur’s fascinating Jantar Mantar. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1733. It […]

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In print


Battling through the Xmas post, two new volumes arrived here this week, from Black Velvet and Black Dog Publishing respectively. First up was Serpenti & Scale, the Italian edition of Snakes & Ladders by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. This has been available for some time in English, of course. The translated version features some […]

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Insect Lab


Euchrona Gigantea. Mike Libby hybridizes insects and clockwork parts to create sculptures that look something like the vampiric mechanism from Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos. Via Boing Boing. Previously on { feuilleton } • The art of Jessica Joslin • The Museum of Fantastic Specimens

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Atelier 2.3

It’s just over a year since I refashioned the main site with a better, all-CSS layout. I’ve made some cosmetic changes to this design over the past week that are now complete and uploaded, the new look being a variation on the old, presented in the style of pages from a layout application. I’m sure […]

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Passages 2


Some arcades via Wikipedia. The Passage, Nevsky Avenue, Saint Petersburg. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan. Leadenhall Market, London. Gum department store, Moscow. Previously on { feuilleton } • Passages

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The Door in the Wall


Photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882–1966) illustrates HG Wells’ wonderful short stories in a rare edition of The Door in the Wall and Other Stories, from 1911. More pictures here. The Door in the Wall was a true three-way collaboration between the author, the photographer and the typographer, Frederic W. Goudy, who specifically produced his Kennerley […]

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Salvador Dalí’s apocalyptic happening


The oft-despised concept album of the 1970s doesn’t come more demented than 666, a double disc set by Greek group Aphrodite’s Child released in 1972. The group featured Vangelis and Demis Roussos among their number (Roussos later turned up on Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner) and this is about the only thing they’re now remembered […]

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The art of Hubert Stowitts, 1892–1953


Left: Stowitts photgraphed by Nickolas Muray, 1922. Hubert Julian Stowitts had a number of careers, including dancer, film actor, painter, designer and metaphysician. As a dancer he worked with Anna Pavlova, who discovered him in California in 1915 and took him on tour around the world. His statuesque figure was used by Rex Ingram for […]

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Metabolist: Goatmanauts, Drömm-heads and the Zuehl Axis


No, not the school of Japanese architecture, we’re concerning ourselves here with a UK band from the early 1980s. There’s still a number of important albums from this period that remain caught in a curious limbo between the end of the time when vinyl was the prime carrier for new music and the start of […]

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The Stalker meme


The Stalker’s dream from Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979). The innocuously-titled Roadside Picnic is a Russian science fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, first published in 1972: Aliens have visited the Earth, and departed, leaving behind a number of artefacts of their incomprehensibly advanced technology. The places where such artefacts were left behind are areas of […]

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Edward Steichen


Photography by Edward Steichen (1879–1973). Isadora Duncan at the Portal of the Parthenon, Athens (1920). The Flatiron Building, New York (1905). Previously on { feuilleton } • Karel Plicka’s views of Prague • Atget’s Paris

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New Delia Derbyshire


Well…new for us. Glo Spot Records have reissued Psyche-Delia‘s scarce KPM album, Electrosonic (1972), in an edition that will quickly become as scarce itself: 500 copies on green vinyl. Order it (or hear clips) from Boomkat. The great BBC documentary about the Radiophonic Workshop, Alchemists of Sound, can now be found on YouTube. Lots of […]

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High Priorities 2


I didn’t win but I made the second round apparently (along with 120 others…middle row in the above picture, second from the right). Congratulations to Spencer Fruhling whose winning design you can see at the bottom of this page. An interesting choice, there were a number of pastiche-based entries which I thought might be rejected […]

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Weird Tales: The Strange Life of HP Lovecraft

BBC Radio 3 gets hip to the squamous nightmares of HPL. Available to listen to online until next Sunday. Geoff Ward examines the strange life and terrifying world of the man hailed as America’s greatest horror writer since Poe. During his life Lovecraft’s work was confined to lurid pulp magazines and he died in penury […]

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Patrick Sarfati


Photography by Patrick Sarfati.

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Death from above


The apocalyptic spectacles of Romantic painter John Martin are routinely treated by art critics as kitsch, a dismissal which ignores the considerable power and perennial attraction that many of his best pictures possess. Kitsch is a bad thing, it seems, unless you’re Jeff Koons or Jake and Dinos Chapman. Martin’s most famous work, The Great […]

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God in the machines


Fm3′s Buddha Machine. The Electronic Qur’an. • Compact, robust and easy to use; • Long lasting battery life; • Large LCD with blue backlight for night time viewing; • Built-in audio speaker; • Built-in DC adapter jack; • Ability to record up to 3 hours* of voice; • Follow and compare your own voice with […]

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Abelardo Morell


The Coliseum by Piranesi #2 (1995). Fore-Edge Book (2001). Just two of Abelardo Morell‘s striking photographs. These are from his Books series. His Alice in Wonderland tableaux are especially inventive. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The etching and engraving archive

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Verner Panton’s Visiona II


An environment by Verner Panton, creator of many classic furniture designs. Commissioned in 1970 by Bayer AG.

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Volume at the V&A


Part of the Playstation Season, “a partnership between PlayStation and 5 international public arts institutions renowned for an innovative approach to arts programming — BALTIC, the V&A, ENO, Sadler’s Wells and the BFI.” A luminous interactive installation will transform the V&A’s John Madejski Garden this winter. Volume is a sculpture of light and sound, an […]

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World Aids Day


Within the next 25 years, AIDS is set to join heart disease and stroke as the top three causes of death worldwide, according to a study published online Monday. When global mortality projections were last calculated a decade ago, researchers had assumed the number of AIDS cases would be declining. Instead, it’s on the rise. […]

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