Western music was largely banned in the USSR, and so pop music lovers had to copy smuggled records themselves, using very basic equipment. In place of expensive vinyl, they discovered that old X-ray film, liberated from hospital dumpsters, worked well enough, and thus roentgenizdat were born. In fact, they were a key part of a vibrant underground music scene, opposed at every turn by the state. In 1959, with the establishment of an official “Music Patrol,” many roentgenizdat distributors were actually sent to prison.
"TALKING HEADS" (GADAJACE GLOWY): a short documentary, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski in 1980, turns a simple idea into a masterpiece: ordinary people of different age and background in Poland were asked 3 simple questions. Their spontaneous responses reveal the way they see life…
Part 1: “WHO ARE YOU?”: A difficult question with a simple answer…
Rebloggin’ 4 the GIFs.
THE #MUSIC EDITORS’ TOP ALBUMS OF 2013
This panel of bloggers, musicians and industry experts have been picking out the best in music all year. We asked them to list their favs.
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1. Kanye West – Yeezus
2. Disclosure – Settle
3. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
4. Drake – Nothing Was The Same
5. HAIM – Days Are Gone
6. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
7. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
8. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
9. Danny Brown – Old
10. Savages – Silence Yourself
11. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
12. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
13. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
14. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
15. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
16. Jagwar Ma – Howlin
17. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
18. Lorde – Pure Heroine
19. A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP
20. Arctic Monkeys – AM
21. Deafheaven – Sunbather
GIFs by Matthias Brown.
Magnifying glasses allow less-than-hawk-eyed viewers to observe the miniscule figures – each of which has its own teeny-tiny energy and character.
These miniature, talisman-like sculptures were intuitively carved and shaped by Kanwa to express his worldview of nature, spirituality, and the macro and micro cosmos. His creative process follows a special ritual, informed by his past investigations of sacred knowledge and practices in Indonesia, where he dialogues with the material and medium used before beginning to sculpt.