Looks like they’re at it again! Those kooky troubadours of the streets are out to turn you on to what’s hip and what’s not. In this long awaited festschrift the cats of cool illegally strut the boards of London’s West End, parade the boulevards with Parisian pomp and otherwise delight us with the unexpected to be encountered as we simply walk in the city. Selected by Greil Marcus and McKenzie Wark, these tracks present the best folies on offer from “Howls for Sade” to the Chaplin inspired “No More Flat Feet”.
“If you don’t want to assist in the spectacle of the end of the world, you must work toward ending the world of the spectacle”, Alexander Trocchi, Notes editoriales d’Internationale Situationniste.
Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity. That’s a title that’s got some zing, right? You bet. Marc moves around, a lot. Everywhere he goes is a pit stop of sorts, giving him time to think. Not about that much, dolce far niente in fact. But wherever he finds himself he can’t help telling us all about it.
Many years ago Geoff Chaucer sung of his Parlement of Foules. Now his spiritual ancestor Bruno Latour is turning us on to his “parliament of things”. Stuff just, well, comes together in a big melting pot and it gives him pause. You can see it on his face.
Father Ong is at it again! After the runaway success of Frontiers in American Catholicism, we are taken on a wild jaunt through the palette of sight and sound in this new title from World Records International.
“An artist who really is a favorite. Walt is seldom allowed to leave the platform as soon as the last item has been performed”, Neville Marriner.
Keep an eye out for The Barbarian Within in the Fall.
In these candid interviews David Sylvester vividly captures Francis Bacon’s voluptuous wrestle with both the blank canvas and his own demons. With Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians.
“Ranks with the journals of Delacroix and the chansons of Chrétien de Troyes”, Sir Henry Wood.
Now Tony’s not afraid to tell it like it is, you dig. In doing so he has put off many as well as garnered the praise of others. Here he intones Quaderni del carcere from within the four walls of a sleazy nick, for an audience hungry for tough ideas about today’s world and eager to have their say. And he sure gives us something to think about while drumming decisively on the table or toe tapping to a more reflective vibe.
“In his solitude, Gramsci is guided by his instinct, originality and taste for strangeness”, Henri Sauguet, L’Ecole d’Arcueil.
You know you want this, right. A personal selection from one of the hippest mags before there was hip! At a time when ideas were cooler than cucumbers, On the Beach is what Maynard G. Krebs was to Dobie Gillis: way out there!
Titles here include “The Politics of Gettin’ Over” by George Alexander, Cathy Lumby’s “Speech Impediments”, Meaghan Morris’ “Des Epaves/Jetsam” and “Ten Great Fuck Effects” by Adrian Martin. All titles on this platter were chosen by Adrian Martin himself, that virtuoso Classical Gas cat whose “Surrealism: A Quite Special Frivolity” has sold out! So get on the beach quick!
John Conomos is at it again! Freewheeling into the stratosphere, he takes us on a wild ride on the image-machine of contemporary media. Anything that moves he is on it. From Jean-Luc Godard and Luis Buñuel, to Chris Marker and what makes media new, Conomos immerses us in the spectral manifestation of something that appears out of nothing. A genuine tour de force of invocation.
“A must read for all who glory in the contemporary image”, Raymond Bellour, Positif.
Trend-setting when first introduced, this title has been acclaimed by the public and the thinking press for both its clarity and thaumaturgic vision. Krauss blends popular taste for standards with daring riffs on the ministry of top-charting stylists, from Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf to Andy Warhol and Madonna.
Other Rosalind Krauss titles on CBS you will enjoy include The Picasso Papers and, with Yve-Alain Bois, Formless: A User’s Guide.
Recorded in Stereo “360 Sound” in the USA by Columbia Records, a Division of Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.
Read with the sensitive panache known on both sides of the Atlantic, Tennessee’s renditions of “Democritus Junior’s” timeless chansons on the melancholia of love, passion, devotion and idleness (among others) are enlivened for a new audience in this Capitol Hi-Fidelity recording.
Produced by Jean-Michel Bourguignon.
Marlon Brando, drag and the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination. Just some of the stuff of twentieth century Americana that Camille Paglia courts in this new recording. But faint-hearted disc lovers beware! Paglia may rub some listeners up the wrong way, especially when she parlays robust themes such as crisis in American universities and playing dress up.
But if you do enjoy this Polydor recording look out for Robert Hughes’ Culture of Complaint: the Fraying of America (coming out in the Fall).
This title is also available on musicassette (no. 914514).
The ABC of Reading…. or gradus ad Parnassum, or, as Ez would have it, “for those who like to learn and those who love to listen”. Who can say when a cat begins to be great, to swing? Our troubadour of the new tells us how. And he also quotes the greats that made it new before him.
“From Pola, Paris and London to you: Pound for a pound!” Windy Drum, World Records, Waco Texas.
“Has anyone ever considered the philosophy of travel? It might be worth while”. Here George prompts us to ponder such an exotic question in an essay snipped from his Birth of Reason and Other Essays. In the liner notes he teases us with something of a response, asking what is life but a form of motion and a journey through another world?
“All of his recordings, his compositions, and his arrangements are such unique stylings that international experts often rave about something ‘distinctively Santayana'”. Alistair Cooke.
On its first appearance already a classic, Sexual/Textual Politics was a mild kind of bombshell. For audiences brought up on a diet of “Father Knows Best”, they were suddenly jerked upright in their armchairs. There were sceptics who said it couldn’t be done. They were wrong. Why? It’s all here on the platter.
“Moi sharpens and heightens the senses: but with a difference. Sneak up on an enemy with it. Share it with a friend. Above all else dig it”.
Valda Goodley-Page, American Record Collector.
This pressing of Doug Kahn’s vivid embrace of art and media brings back into circulation a long-awaited audience with the German maestro of montage. A rarity to be found amid jumbles of ephemera in the arcades of Berlin and Paris, it is now happily back on the shelves of Walmart and Sears. Fittingly presented on Philips’ “Gravure Universelle” label, it is sure to rouse listeners of all ages into pleats of knowing laughter.
“Kahn keeps us nimble and sensitive to squares who want to fill our world with bad vibes. His canny renditions of Heartfield’s provocations remind us why he is the daddio of dada”. Maquette Delbord, Paris Match.
You guessed it. The irrepressible duo Corinne and Arthur Cantrill. From Cannes to Berlin, Fitzroy to Broadmeadows, these globetrotting cinephiles really get around, spreading the good word on anything that moves on the screen. And if you can’t find them they will certainly find you, on that very street where you live!
“Art and Corinne, what more is there to say?” Günther Gürsch, Filmkritik.
Now Ben ain’t no square, you dig? Nature buff, sure. Reflective, when he wants to be. But when he hits his groove we are dazzled by stunning variations not heard since the Ike Newton tribute disc Method of Fluxions: More, More More! (produced by Claude François for Disques Fleche).
“Dazzling!” Christian Chevallier, Le Figaro.
If you wanna get out of dullsville and live with less stress, just listen to Alphonso. Here he takes us into grooves best heard sitting in an easy chair that releases the weight off your shoulders. And don’t he look relaxed!
Produced by Emre Records by Vahdet Vural.
Otherwise known as the “Sydney Seminars”, the evergreen titles that appear on this disc (among them “The Artist, the Projectile” & “Specters of Media”) will surely appeal to the many who have not had the pleasure of hearing them in live performance.
“Titillating!” Peter Tillett, Downbeat.
CAMDEN is the budget label for you and all the family.
You want to hear “the way things are”? Then listen closely. Here the inspired vision of Francis Ponge vividly brings to life a rainbow-hued range of mood. Musicologists and squares call this “atonality”. But Francis’ play of colour brings lively things to mind that stay there!
“Moving, refreshing and fascinating, Francis is the objeu of much delight and rigour”, Norman Sickel.
Coming soon on Capitol High Fidelity™ The Very Best of Positif, with special guest James Last.