1. “I think there are some ages, like the one we’re living in, when the game is kind of rigged towards products that contain music – sort of like those cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket where it says, ‘Contains 10% juice.’” – Record Store Day 2012 ambassador Iggy Pop reflects… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we listened to the Walkmen cover Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road” for the A.V. Club. We considered buying tickets to see Billie Joe Armstrong in American Idiot, where he’s back for 50 non-contiguous performances. We learned how the the Insane Clown Posse plans to celebrate Christmas this… Read More
The Hirshhorn Museum in DC — institution of the three Hs and a spiffy new rebranding — has proposed the next step in its director’s master plan to Shake Things Up and Make It Relevant. Blake Gopnik for the Washington Post reports that Hirshhorn director Richard Koshalek has pitched installation artist Doug Aitken to imagine a new museum shop. Based on the directive to make “architecture out of light,” Aitken’s proposal (barely out of the planning stages) would require moving the the bookstore into the basement, away from its current position at the building’s entrance. Illuminating the space would be a “broad shaft pierced through the museum’s Independence Avenue forecourt, bringing natural illumination” into what Aitken calls a “really oppressive basement.” (True, but what will be done with the Black Box Gallery video space?) Peep the initial rendering after the… Read More
Were you ever forced to watch D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation for a class? Considered Hollywood’s first “blockbuster,” the silent black and white film takes place before, during, and after the Civil War, and is considered controversial due to its positive portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan and support of white supremacy. It also runs over three hours long. Fun times.
Composer/multimedia artist DJ Spooky (aka Paul D. Miller) has created a cinematic deconstruction and remix titled Rebirth of a Nation that will be playing at the Museum of Modern art from June 22nd through the 28th; he corresponded with Flavorpill over email to explain what he hopes you take away from his post-Obama version of a 1915… Read More