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Jonathan Terhaar

Abandoned by his family as an infant, Jonathan was left on a doorstep in Romania and raised by other orphans on a steady diet of moldy bread and aurolac. He found his way to the states in the mid-80s and founded several underground publications such as Sports Illustrated and People magazine at the age of 11. Jonathan now lives in Austin with a bunch of other hip, white people.

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Unreleased music by Townes Van Zandt

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By Jonathan Terhaar in Video on Thursday 7 February 2013

Unearthed from the dust, as if snatched out of the air (the way the songwriter described how he wrote many of his songs), is Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972. I don’t know about you, but nothing else musically could stoke me as much as this news. Just like when I was […]

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This Old House: new music by Justice of the Unicorns

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Wednesday 9 January 2013

Every Justice of the Unicorns release gets a little more catchy and a little more serious. Band leader, Rusty Dungan, sounds less like he’s laughing at his own songs on this Double-Single entitled This Old House that releases on Decemeber 1. It’s only two songs, but you’ll play them over and over. Barely controlled twang, […]

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Trillions of photos taken from Earth’s orbit over 15 years

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Art on Friday 21 December 2012

Taking advantage of the phenomenon know as geosynchronous orbit, artist Trevor Paglen worked with anthropologists, scientists and other artists to construct a photographic disk device that he sent into Earth’s orbit to take trillions of photos over a 15 year period. That’s how I understand it, anyways. The installation is called The Last Pictures and […]

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Our Lives: new music by David Thomas Jones

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Wednesday 28 November 2012

David Thomas Jones, leader of the Austin rock troop Watch Out For Rockets, decided to go rogue for a few moments and do a solo record. His role in Watch Out For Rockets already entails most of the writing, recording and playing of instruments on said recordings, which have all been captured on a Tascam […]

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Almost Human: animal photography by Tim Flach

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Photography on Tuesday 20 November 2012

Tim Flach photographs animals. But, unlike most anyone who simply snaps photos of their pets or animals at the zoo, he somehow seems to have some phenomenal way of making them share their feelings with us. His visual portrayal of our beastly brethren is captivating, to say the least.

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Twins: the new solo album from Ty Segall

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Saturday 13 October 2012

I didn’t think San Francisco’s Ty Segall could rock much harder after his Slaughterhouse album just released a few months ago. But his third LP of the year (!), Twins, is pretty much the apex of his recording career. Each release is better than the previous one. Twins, recorded with a little more hi-finess allows […]

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Times: a beautiful song by David Bronson

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By Jonathan Terhaar in Video on Thursday 11 October 2012

David Bronson definitely has a way with words. On his debut release, Story, he works catchy hooks and melodies into the ears with a seemingly uncanny ease while ACTUALLY telling stories – a rare songwriting craft that should still matter but, unfortunately, is almost non-existent in today’s indie world. From rockers like Times and chill […]

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Optimist High: new music by Chris Cohen

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Wednesday 10 October 2012

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Cohen has been in quite a few bands over the years. I really got into his guitar playing with Deerhoof on their record, Apple O. He’s just released a beautiful solo album entitled Overgrown Path. Sweet arrangements surround a Drake-ish voice and Robert Wyatt-like melodies pepper each tune on this gem. Check out […]

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Searching for Sugarman: a documentary about Rodriguez

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Film on Thursday 4 October 2012

I saw a new music documentary weeks ago that still has me asking myself questions as to how I had never heard of Rodriguez before. Searching For Sugarman is the surreal and true story of Sixto Rodriguez, a singer/songwriter from 70s Detroit who basically fell off the face of the earth right when his music began to touch American hearts.

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I Bet On Sky: new music by Dinosaur Jr.

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Wednesday 12 September 2012

Dinosaur Jr. is back with a surprisingly righteous record, I Bet On Sky. Not since the early days of JayLouMurphdom has a Dino album been this solid. The previous 2 releases since the regrouping of the original 3 members in 2005 seemed a bit rushed and created out of pure duty, but ‘I Bet On Sky’ recaptures the organic songwriting and classic sound that one of indie rock’s most important trios has to blast forth. Yep, they still got it.

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Teenage Pagans by Technicolor Teeth

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Tuesday 21 August 2012

Almost an homage to early 90’s indie rock, the debut release, Teenage Pagans, by Technicolor Teeth is making my ears very happy. As a longtime fan of early Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, insert-relative-bands-here, I find it refreshing to hear something that takes influences seriously and does right by them. They hail from […]

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New music by This Frontier Needs Heroes

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Wednesday 15 August 2012

Brother-sister duo This Frontier Need Heroes write songs about real life, and they hit you in the heart, where it matters. Brad and Jessica Lauretti have been trying their part to help and improve the world through their music. Yes, purpose-driven, meaningful songwriting still exists. Here’s a new video for their song Just Because, from […]

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Junior Violence: new music by Ape School

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Tuesday 14 August 2012

What happens when you turn loose a hyper once Def Leppard air-guitarring-prog-space-psych-rocker in a room full of Eventide gadgets, a wall of synth and a couple other folks who are ready and willing to learn and riff along? That would be the brand new, catchy drop from Ape School (Michael Johnson), entitled Junior Violence (Hometapes). […]

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Joe Forkan’s paintings about The Big Lebowski

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Art on Saturday 28 July 2012

Dudes! Joe Forkan has created a series of paintings centered on The Big Lebowski. As an officially ordained Dudeist priest, I find that these works really tie the web together. The fact that some of these installments are unfinished just makes them more, well, dudely. Abide, and check them out. Take it easy.

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LEGO bridge constructed by Megx

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By Jonathan Terhaar in Architecture on Tuesday 10 July 2012

I’m not sure I would attempt driving across this bridge, as it’s constructed of LEGOS. No problem: the bridge is actually an old railroad line re-designed as a foot and bike road, and, no, they’re not real LEGOS, but still really cool. Megx, a German artist, designed and constructed the wonderous structure.

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