Archive for September 2004


Anne Bachelier

I’m lusting after these two lovely new Anne Bachelier paintings. Available at CFM gallery (Soho, NYC) if you’re a zillionaire.

This is Anne…

Also want to check out this San Fran gallery. Very intrigued by painter, Laila Carlsen. I wonder if she’s local?

“Growing up in a tiny Norwegian village, she spent her childhood venturing into the nearby forest preferring the company of the family horses to her siblings and the solitude the forest offered. Sketching the world around her as long as she can remember, she picked up her first oil paints at the age of 15, and now at 33, the life of a painter is all she has ever known.”

Posted at 1am on 9/10/04 | 3 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on


Giraffe’s are made from papier-mâché and fruit juice

Last night, last-minute, I went to a reading at Kepler’s with Dave Eggers. I think he was there to promote two McSweeney’s books, The Future Dictionary of America and Created In Darkness By Troubled Americans, among other things… but the most HILARIOUS reading was from a new series of McSweeney’s children’s reference books, (Kate, have you heard about these?) all written by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-on-Whey. The first is called Giraffe? Giraffe!

“Giraffes? Giraffes!… puts forth the following novel theories: that giraffes were not part of any evolutionary chain, but came here from Neptune, by way of very long (but convenient and fast) escalators; that giraffes are expert dancers, but they become angry if you ask them about their dancing; that giraffes control over 90 percent of what we see in mirrors; that the Giraffe navy is as strong as ever, contrary to recent claims in the popular press.”

The book also includes a Giraffe to English phrase book. There were only 12 copies left in the store. I had no chance. They sold like hot cakes.

Dave also mentioned he was writing a series of 400 word short stories for a magazine in England. He read this one, and here are the rest if you’re interested. Quite an art, those 400 word stories.

Posted at 1pm on 9/8/04 | no comments; | Filed Under: books & writing | read on


Ollabelle from Alphabet City

A few years ago, in another lifetime, Laurie and I would go down to Bar 9C in the East Village to check out the Alphabet City Opry, a throw-back, country music jamboree on Sunday nights, organized by the talented (very intimidating) Greg Garing.

I remember being REAL surprised by the kind of grass roots Americana stuff they were playing, rocking out hardcore with fiddle, banjo & harmonica, and was even more surprised by the eager crowd of hardcore punk rock East Villagers, with their tattoos and pierced eyebrows, kickin’ their heels up to old-time country (remember this was back in 1998 before vintage country was hipster cool.) It was NYC’s emerging country scene, which at the time, seemed like an oxymoron. Though tonight, while checking in on the Alphabet Opry, I was reminded that just a few blocks away from Bar 9C is CBGB’s… *C*ountry *B*lue*G*rass and *B*lues club… so maybe not so surprising afterall. The Alphabet Opry was a mighty influential musical enclave, and I’m waxing all wistful just thinking about the rich artistic opps nyc offers, even past bedtime on a Sunday night.

Anyway. This is my long-winded way of saying that my friend Jimmy’s band, Ollabelle, sprung from the loins of the Alphabet City Orpy, and named after country singer/songwriter Olla Belle Reed, is a band you should check out (album on i-tunes) because well… they’re phenomenal, and I’m sure the experience is 1000% MORE phenomenal live. Their music is a sweet celebration of rural American musical roots, a little bit o’ gospel, country, rock, blues folk, the kinda stuff re-popularized by the grammified O’Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. (Incidentally, Ollabelle sent their demo for just that reason to T-Bone Burnett, producer of O’Brother. Burnett flew to NYC, and promptly signed them to DMZ Records, a boutique label of Columbia, started by Burnett along with the Coen Brothers after the success of O’Bro.)

Ollabelle is hot right now. They just toured with Diana Krall this summer. Last week they played the Stand Up For Choice benfit along side Lou Reed, Joan Osborne and Moby. And, this month, you can catch them opening for Ryan Adams.

Sept. 20, Los Angeles: The Wiltern LG
Sept 22, San Francisco: The Warfield
Sept 30, NYC: Beacon Theatre

Posted at 4am on 9/4/04 | no comments; | Filed Under: music | read on


The Red Book

I’ve been hearing about this book for quite sometime, and I can’t wait to pick up a copy. I love giving and getting children’s books as gifts, and it looks like this one has the potential to become one of those timeless classics like Oh, The Places You’ll Go or Where The Wild Things Are, ‘cept without words…. least that’s my opinion, especially since it was edited by my dear friend, Kate!

Posted at 1am on 9/3/04 | no comments; | Filed Under: books & writing | read on


Policinema & The Yes Men

Just launched today, Films To See Before You Vote.
Good stuff.

By now you’ve heard about The Yes Men, but did you know it was made by Chris Smith and Sarah Price who directed/produced one of my favorite docs, American Movie?

Posted at 9pm on 9/2/04 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries | read on


I Love Corn Husks

I’m packing up DVD mailers this evening… we’re submitting the doc to festivals… and as per usual, while packaging the DVDs in plastic cases, plastic envelopes, and plastic bubble wrap, I get discouraged about all the plastic I churn out into the world on a monthly basis (although, nothing depresses me more than styrofoam peanuts.) As I lament to Peter how mankind is slowly smothering the planet with their non-biodegradable crap, he tells me of a new movement in consumer goods packaging that uses corn-based packaging. When I read things like this, it gives me hope that all is not lost. Mankind is redeemable.

Photo: Christopher Jennings/IDB

Posted at 11pm on 9/1/04 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment | read on

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