Archive for June, 2011

Sebastaio Salgado In The News

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 12, 2011 by johnbuckley100
Today’s New York Times has an interview  with humanity’s greatest living photographer, as well as an engaging slide show from Salgado’s Genesis project.  But there is another interview with Salgado today that is also worth reading from Time Out Hong Kong, where a gallery is showing a major exhibit of his work.

White Hydrangea Frenzy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 11, 2011 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, Noctilux 0.95

White Denim’s “D” And How Don Van Vliet’s Band Fared In Probate

Posted in Music with tags , , , on June 11, 2011 by johnbuckley100

Thirty seconds into “It’s Him” on White Denim’s new album, D, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Devendra Banhart inherited The Magic Band from Captain Beefheart. “To Byron Coley, Mr. Van Vliet left his ashtray heart. And to Mr. Banhart, he left his cassette player, his top hat, and his band.”

“Southern Prog” is how some have termed the expansion of White Denim from a trio to a double-axe murdering foursome, but this isn’t progrock.  This is sweet pop music rehearsed in Tex Watson’s garage, after an afternoon sipping jimson weed tea. Yes, the reference to The Minutemen is apt, but less so on D than anything that came before it. The addition of the perfectly named Austin Jenkins on second guitar doesn’t make it “Southern,” though having an additional guitarist adds a formalism to the rehearsed-within-an-inch-of-its-life machinery.  And when we say pop music, not Southern Prog, we mean that White Denim seem slightly closer in spirit to neighbor Jack White’s buddy Brendan Benson than to Duane and Dicky jamming with the Flaming Lips.  Moreover, progrock as a reference point only counts if a band like Citay can be thrown into this particular patch of prickly pear.

We did not expect ever to want to play a White Denim album for company, for they’ve previously been headphone stalwarts, guaranteed to clear a room waiting for the PTA meeting to start.  Yet D is such a tour de force we could see it entertaining a Mensa convention while anyone who ever loved Clear Spot could tap her feet and nod.  This is music for a late-night drive to the border, music to be played after that all-nighter as the sun rises over the Salton Sea.  More immediately, this is music to play as our Summer ’11 anthem.

Hydrangea Frenzy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 9, 2011 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, Noctilux 0.95.

Long Live The American Dream

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 4, 2011 by johnbuckley100

A morning walk around the neighborhood shows some things alive and well.  Leica X1.

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