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Tarkovsky on the Webs

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2010 by Nick

Just totally geeked out while checking up with kottke. All of Tarkovsky’s films are NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!!!!!

And they’re all Criterion scans!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.andreitarkovsky.org/films/s/Ivans_Childhood/20222

Lost Films

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2010 by Nick

It’s believed that 80% of films from the silent era were lost, either destroyed by fires, have deteriorated beyond repair, or were chemically burned as a way of recycling the negative. Lost Films is a search portal for orphaned films that have been collected as a means of preservation. Here you can view, comment and identify over 3500 entries and 50+ unidentified films. This seems like a great answer to the inherent problem of canonization. By forming definitive lists, distribution companies, such as Criterion, create a queue of ‘important’ films needing restoration (and that will guarantee a profit) while others continue to rot in the vault. A project of the Kultursiftung des Bundes museum, it is a great public platform where these films can be discussed and if nothing else build up hype and free PR for smaller distribution companies. Their ‘links’ section also provides a list of related sites as well as publications.

THREE JAZZ RECORDS

Posted in 1 on April 10, 2010 by Nick

Been listening to a lot of hard bop in New York, and since coming home. Three albums in particular are great, two of which I picked up on vinyl at a shop in Brooklyn.  I’d rip and upload but the needle needs replacing and you wouldn’t get the sound quality even an mp3 could provide.

To start, I’ve linked my favorite Miles Davis album, Walkin’ with the All Stars (Prestige, 1954)

Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage (Blue Note, 1965). A roaring, trembling and sometimes serene, pattering portrait that is considered one of the best jazz albums of all time (for 12 bucks!)

This one I listened to twice this morning, Perkins and co. at their best (see discography!).

Before Todae

Posted in 2010, LOTW, music on April 9, 2010 by Nick

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“Round and Round” is probably the deadbeat summer of the year. The rest is great too.

BeforeToday

LOTW

Posted in 2010, LOTW, music with tags , , on March 30, 2010 by Nick

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Here’s the 4th studio album and follow-up to Sharon Jones and Dap-Kings 2007 release 100 Days, 100 Nights–as featured on Dark is the Night compilation. Saw them at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Fest last summer here in Portland, when (some) of you boys missed an awesome performance.
HARD WAY

V/A – Afro-Rock Vol. 1

Posted in music on February 4, 2010 by Nick

Oh, and here’s another great compilation from this electronic, world, jazz, neo-classical blog I’ve been following. John, I think you’d especially appreciate this one.

Afro-Rock Volume 1 by Various Artists

Hold me over–

Posted in film, film reviews, music with tags on February 4, 2010 by Nick

Thought I’d get you all warmed up for my mix with a little something I like to call my personal “claim to fame.” This is a video of my great uncle, Francisco “Charro” Avitia, performing one of his most beloved mexican folk songs… Wait for the climax. Don’t worry folks, those are blanks…

And here are a few film blogs I’ve been following closely as of late:

*Observations of Film Art:  Good discussions, sometimes too academic as just an RSS feed.

*Green Cite: Keeping a finger on new DVD releases, the festival circuit and a few pod casts ta’ boot.

Shooting Down Pictures: a terrific catalog of rare and orphaned films reviewed by a very bright dude.

*Like Anna Karina’s Sweater: I could take it or leave it.

*links fixed. 🙂

Adieu friends!