Peanuts Dance

I was delighted to see this Peanuts / Bad Brains mash up video and started wondering if anyone had reenacted the Peanuts kids dances. Thankfully the Kids in the Hall scooped the YouTube generation:

Guggenheim Highlights 12/3/12

Pablo Picasso
Le Crâne (Tête de mort)

Picasso created this skull during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Not to sound obsessed but it looks like something Mike Mignola could have made.

November 2012

Kurt Cobain's handwritten list of his top 50 favorite albums. 
See also: Tom Waits' handwritten list of his favorite songs.

Esther Phillips - Use Me // You and Me Together

Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC - Salgo de Casa

Helene Smith - Pain In My Heart

Jessica Pratt - Night Faces
Hard to believe this is a brand new song and not a forgotten Laurel Canyon songstress.

Joann Garrett - It's No Secret
Wait for the left turn freak out at 1:55.

Lee "Scratch" Perry - Bathroom Skank
This is what I'm going to sing to my kids at bath time. They're going to be so weird.

Limonada - Cambiar La Rosa

Michael E. White - One of These Days

Skip Spence - War in Peace
This sounds like Alan Sparhawk of Low being backed by the Grateful Dead.

The Stark Reality - Say Brother

Willie Bobo - Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries


Captain Murphy's new hypnotizing (and very NSFW) video mixtape.

MoMA Highlights 12/1/12

Atsuko Tanaka
Drawing after Electric Dress
Crayon on paper

This inspired me to cover a whole wall of our apartment with red crayon.

City 47 Project
Cut and pasted silver gelatin photographs with graphite mounted on board

Diller + Scofidio
Blur Building, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

Katsuhiko Narita

Kitadai Shozo
Mobile (Mobiru) Wood and Japanese paper
The First City from Twelve Ideal Cities

Twelve Ideal Cities is a wry comment on twentieth-century modernist utopias and it represents, the architects have written, "the supreme achievement of twenty thousand years of civilization." In The First City, or 2,000-Ton City, cubic cells stacked atop one another form a continuous building that stretches across a green, undulating landscape. Each cell is equipped with technology capable of accommodating all human desires and physiological needs. In this city, humans are in a state of equality and death no longer exists, but if an inhabitant tries to rebel against this ideal state, the ceiling of his or her cell will descend with a two-thousand-ton force obliterating the dissenter and making way for a new perfect citizen, This dystopian scenario originated in a critique of modern ideals of planning, rationalization, and consumerism; it uses architecture as a device that, like literature, can express political viewpoints about society.

Bernard Tschumi
The Manhattan Transcripts Project, New York, New York
Introductory panel to Episode 3: The Tower (The Fall)

Photographic reproduction with colored synthetic laminate

You're Going To Get Eaten

Melville's sardonic answer to the Transcendentalist movement, which produced Thoreau (and Whitman). "You might sit astride a mast and feel your oneness with nature," Melville wrote, "but fall into the sea and you're going to get eaten."