Henri Cartier-Bresson’s The Aperture History of Photography is an excellent collection of photos taken between 1934 and 1968 with an emotional range that few will ever attain. They are portraits of humanity that should be witnessed. As Cartier-Bresson says: ‘As far as I’m concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It is a way of life’.
The Kevin Ayers record Joy of a Toy from 1969 was released by Harvest Records and sits somewhere between Nick Drake and The Byrds. A record slightly ahead of its time, it was filled with enough interesting and clever arrangements and instrumentation to never bore. Girl on a Swing is my favorite tune for the […]
The German electro outfit Burger/Ink released the extremely chilled out album of late-night, early morning dancefloor or sofa-ready beats called Las Vegas on Matador. This is a great companion piece to your Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, and Kandis. [read also an interview with Japanese electro-whiz, Susumu Yokota]
I have known Hayden for almost twenty years. He has always released quality music and that is why he can wait four years between releases and his fans are still there. His latest album — In Field & Town — went straight into heavy rotation in our home and I think will extend his fan […]
These very sweet folks from Seattle supported Broken Social Scene on our last American dates of the Spirit IF tour. Although they haven’t quite hit their stride as a live outfit, the tunes from songwriter Grant Olsen have some very lovely moments that fall somewhere between Velvet Underground and The Everly Brothers. I think Arthur […]
I went to Dan Ryan’s show a month or so back — conveniently held a block from our home — and really loved some of his paintings. His use of blacks and other darker colors was what really drew me in. The way he depicted nature was something I haven’t really seen from other artists in Toronto .
The self-titled Syreeta album came out in 1971 on the Motown label and was a Stevie Wonder production. The two were married. Syreeta has a wonderfully sweet and angelic voice and looks the part as she is adorned on the album cover in a long flowing white dress in various poses on the beach.