Leonard Cohen – The Future

Give me crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that’s left
and stuff it up the hole
in your culture
Give me back the Berlin wall
give me Stalin and St Paul
I’ve seen the future, brother:
it is murder.

http://www.leonardcohen.com/us/music/futureten-new-songs/future


Dirk Verschure

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by Dirk Verschure


The Modern Lovers

‘Old World’ (1972) by The Modern Lovers


Ralph Steiner, Willard Van Dyke, Lewis Mumford and others

The City‘ (1939) is a pioneering short documentary film which attempts to contrast the evils of the industrialized city with the idyllic conditions one finds in small-town America.

It was adapted by Lewis Mumford from the story by Pare Lorentz, and was directed by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke, with music by Aaron Copland. According to Peter Oberlander and Eva Newbrun, the film was the idea of Catherine Bauer. It was produced for the 1939 New York World’s Fair as part of the “City of Tomorrow” exhibit.


Patricia Esquivias

Patricia Esquivias, ‘111-119 Generalisimo/Castellana’ (2012)


Florian Slotawa

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Florian Slotawa, ‘IKEA (Prototyp)’ (2006)


Radu Comsa

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Radu Comsa, ‘Large composition with red’ (2012)


Walter Benjamin on Piet Mondriaan

In 1986, Walter Benjamin delivered a lecture on Piet Mondrian at the Marxist Center in Ljubljana. In this lecture, entitled Mondrian 63–96, Benjamin presents several works of the abstract artist ranging in date from 1963 to 1996.


Tina & David Meltzer

Lamentation for Hank Williams

If I can’t finish writing a song in ten minutes then it ain’t worth the finishing,
   said Hank to a reporter.
A camera was busy taking pictures for LIFE magazine.

–I’ll never get out of this world alive,
wrote Hank in a song
sung for millions at The Grand Ole Opry
published by Acuff-Rose Sales Inc.
recorded by MGM records

flat-picking his D-28
backed up by The Drifting Cowboys
night after night & during the days
playing at picnics, rallies
supermarket gala openings

–There’s no dreams but bad ones,
Hank told his wife Audrey
who told her lover who told the doctor
who could not heal him

places no longer places
velocity of faces
& he burned down, died at 29 of an overdose
kindly rocked to sleep in the back seat of his Cadillac
being driven to a concert
New Year’s Day 1953

by Tina & David Meltzer (listen here)


Cory Arcangel – Arnold Schoenberg, Drei Klavierstücke op. 11–I

Cory Arcangel downloaded clips of cats ‘playing’ pianos on YouTube, and edited these clips using a code he wrote to recreate Arnold Schoenberg’s composition, widely considered the first ‘atonal’ work of music.

http://www.coryarcangel.com/things-i-made/DreiKlavierstucke