Archive for February, 2011

Kitchen art from Pop Chart Lab

| February 28, 2011

Know a chef? Do you want to be a chef? Do you just like to cook? Bake? Eat? Then, behold a poster that should be framed and hung in, near, or facing your kitchen ($25).

Seriously, Pop Chart Lab: You’re my hero.

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Poster image from Pop Chart Lab’s website.

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My Picks: Things to do in San Diego, Feb 26-27

| February 25, 2011

Don’t let the rain keep you home. There’s some great art and film to be seen and music to be listened to in San Diego this weekend. So make like you’re Scottish and get and about, even if it’s bucketin’!

Things-to-do-San-Diego

Saturday, February 26:

  • 12:00 p.m. JETT set with Ron Miriello’s sculptures. Featuring at the JETT Gallery in Little Italy is sculptor Ron Miriello’s “100 Worlds Project,” an exhibition of globe-inspired sculptures. Materials used vary from old letterpress letters, to red cord, to book pages and more. “Beautiful” is too plain a word to describe them. No gallery fee.
  • 10:00 p.m. Cheap drinks, funk, R&B, and soul. The Styletones play in North Park at Bar Pink. Get there early, as in around 9:00 p.m, to claim a booth or seats, and wake up your liver with Bar Pink’s affordable heavy pours. Remember, though — Bar Pink is a cash only joint. Don’t go waving around your plastic. No cover.

Sunday, February 27:

  • 12:00 p.m. See all of the 2011 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films. “Animated shorts,” as in, “when and where did those shorts originally screen?” While this screening at The Ken in Kensington might not give you the answer, it will allow you to see all five of them on the big screen as they were presumably intended to be experienced. Tickets for this showtime are $7 for everyone.
  • 8:00 p.m. Bask in the luminance of Michael Carreon, Jennifer Chung, Jane Lui, and Casey Nishizu. Looking for an alternative to watching the Oscars? Check this: Luminance kicks off their 2011 season with a show featuring these four independent musicians. YES, that reads “Jane Lui.” As always, the show takes place at The Loft at UCSD. General admission is $10 and don’t forget to pick up a parking permit at a permit pay station.

(Photo caption, clockwise from top left: Photo of one of Ron Miriello’s globes as shown on the project’s website; photo of Jane Lui as taken by William Eubank, courtesy of Jane Lui; poster image from the Landmark Theatres website; photo of The Styletones as taken by Parsons Photography, from the band’s Myspace page.)

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A social experiment to age us

| February 24, 2011

My friend, Derek, shared this YouTube video with friends on Facebook earlier this week. In it, French school kids no older than 10 are given technological bits and bobs that those of us in our 30s remember when we were around 10. Simply squint to see the English subtitles to understand what these wee French citizens are guessing.

My favorite moment is when a little boy figures out that the thing given to him is a record player. Watch closely and see him gesture his guess by performing the DJ-scratching movement. Listen closely and hear him say, “Aw, cool.” Eventually, he demonstrates his understanding. Word.


Posted on YouTube by mthroser.

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Yes, please: Tyler James’ debut album for FREE

| February 23, 2011

Tyler-JamesI don’t know what I’ve been drinking or eating lately, but I can’t help but search for and discover new music. And it helps when I’m offered the chance to expand a new-to-me musician’s fan base for FREE.

Enter Nashvillian Tyler James. On one hand, there’s an old school, kick-back, 1970s R&B vibe to his debut album, “It Took The Fire,” that I’ve latched on to. I mean, there’s the pace, brass and organ in the album’s first song, “All I Got,” that I can’t help but relate back to Al Green. On the other hand, I can hear the anthem-y, chorus-like influences that makes him a good fit for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros — is that the Memphis soul bit? Hey, I’m learning. Whatever it is, my cochlea is digging it as evidenced by my tapping feet.

The album doesn’t actually release until March 2, but thanks to the fact that I downloaded Jane Lui’s “Goodnight Company” from NoiseTrade.com, I’m now on NoiseTrade.com’s e-mail list and occasionally find the offer to download a new album for FREE, like this one, in my inbox. Awesome, right? Click here for your FREE download of James’ album from NoiseTrade.com.

(Photo caption: From the photo album, “Making the Record – 2010,” on Tyler James’ media page.)

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Want to try a good wine? Go to Jerome, AZ

| February 22, 2011

“Blood Into Wine” is a documentary about two guys coming together to make great wine in Northern Arizona. One of them just happens to be Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. The other one is Eric Glomski, Keenan’s wine-making partner, mentor and guide.

I’m obsessed with their story right now. I’m drawn to it because of the way Keenan tends to describe the wine-making process as a new form of artistic expression he’s exploring. I dig the way Glomski describes how the environment of the Verde Valley is ultimately expressed in the wine if they cultivate it respectfully. I want to savor it because it’s yet another inspiring story of two creative people working their love and loving their work and becoming pioneers in the process.

In the end, it’s re-ignited my creativity; made me want to visit to Jerome, Arizona, in search of good wine; and it’s peaked my interest in Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. And, it’s funny, too. All signs pointing to a well-executed documentary, I think.

[Thanks to my friend, Frank, for originally recommending this documentary!]


Official film poster as posted on The Good Wine Guru website.

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