Nov 2, 2010
Laura Huxley was a hip, hip lady. In addition to being a violin prodigy, filmmaker and humanitarian, she was the author of several books that continue to resonate with me. In 1963, she wrote a series of recipes for life, published as "You Are Not the Target". The recipes, with their evocative titles like "The Art of Converting Energy" and "Lay the Ghost", combined meditation and psychological reflection and still feel relevant and useful today. In 1969, Huxley wrote "This Timeless Moment", about her courtship and life with Aldous Huxley. That book (which you can read most of via Google Books) details one of the most tender romances between an intellectual and a free spirit that i've ever read.
From Recipe #6:
Go into a room by yourself. Put on your favorite music. Throw off your clothes. And dance.
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
"A rock concert is in fact a rite involving the evocation and transmutation of energy...The Led Zeppelin show depends heavily on volume, repetition and drums. It bears some resemblance to the trance music found in Morocco, which is magical in origin and purpose–that is, concerned with the evocation and control of spiritual forces. In Morocco, musicians are also magicians. Gnaoua music is used to drive out evil spirits. The music of Joujouka evokes the God Pan, Pan God of Panic, representing the real magical forces that sweep away the spurious. It is to be remembered that the origin of all the arts–music, painting and writing–is magical and evocative; and that magic is always used to obtain some definite result. In the Led Zeppelin concert, the result aimed at would seem to be the creation of energy in the performers and in the audience. For such magic to succeed, it must tap the sources of magical energy, and this can be dangerous.” - William Burroughs, Crawdaddy magazine, 1975
Oct 16, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
My first exposure to the artist Paul Laffoley happened in 1999. I had recently moved to Austin, Texas and the AMOA on Congress was turning out to be one of my favorite places in town. In the span of a few months, I was lucky enough to catch retrospective exhibits of both Laffoley and an incredible local painter, Julie Speed.
Both blew me away with their visions, but only Laffoley left me wishing I had a few more hours to take in the information his art conveyed. Canvases that are equal parts art and lesson, in everything from astral projection and time travel to theosophy and Wilhelm Reich. Laffoley's radio is tuned to Coast to Coast AM and his aim is idea transmission through art.
Read a thoroughly wild interview with Laffoley here and hear him talk about his experience as one of the architects of the World Trade Center here.
Sep 5, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
A wonderful scene from Milos Forman's 1971 movie Taking Off. The early Seventies are my favorite era for film-making, and quite a few gems like this one have still not been released on DVD. I would love to curate a Criterion Collection Super Seventies Special: DVD plus soundtrack re-releases on LP. I'd start with Harold and Maude and McCabe and Mrs. Miller.
Jun 26, 2010
May 26, 2010
Gram Rabbit are a band out of Joshua Tree. They sometimes play here in LA with my buddy Crooked Cowboy. Their first two albums are dusty, stoned masterpieces of desert psychedelia with an electronic touch. They make great road-trip music, and if you have a chance to catch them live, in full bunny-eared, gorilla-masked glory, you will not be disappointed. Here are my two favorite songs from their second album, Cultivation.
Waiting in the Kountry
May 17, 2010
May 11, 2010
May 6, 2010
May 3, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
I first heard the song "Collage" in the late Nineties. The Breeders covered it for the lamentable movie version of the Mod Squad. Later, the blog Soul Sides hipped me to a beautiful take on the song by the Three Degrees from 1970. However, it wasn't until last year that I finally heard the original, written by Joe Walsh from the 1969 James Gang release 'Yer Album'. Now it's a real tossup over which reigns supreme as my favorite. Listen to both versions here:
The Three Degrees
The James Gang