Sunday, December 07, 2008

Culture, Arts, and Reviews
From Oxford Fucking Ohio's Biggest Dork

OXFORD, Ohio (ZP) -- Bringing back a popular 2007 series because I apparently intimidate the shit out of some of the hottest college students in this here town.

Had a reader's roommate tell me that a supermodel - looking blonde is scared that she's no
t hip enough (my God, looked her up on Facebook and choked on my coffee...) to roll with yours truly.

Me. Seriously, I'm the least hip person, the biggest dork in town. I drive an old pickup, buy clothes at thrift stores, and spend way too much time online.

I'm a fucking librarian. I just do my thing.
But I did, however, get a kick out of hearing from your BFF that you're afraid to make eye contact and think I'm some arrogant Radical Chic blogebrity motherfucker.

MUSIC: Sounds To Intimidate Chachballs

Iller Than Theirs
Free Online EP, 2008
[ZIP FILE via Radio Belly]

A few months ago, I gave one part of this stellar New York based act, Tone Tank, a shout-out in a Quotations post for his earlier solo online release.

And, well, the duo of Tone and Kray are back with a dangerous assault on the ol' sound holes, complete with killer beats, lyrics for the working world, and flows so tight you'll pay to download the rest of their catalog.

Amplive, with guests

Free Online Album, 2008

[ZIP file and Artwork here]

One of my personal faves of the last year, because it combines to almost completely foreign sounds into something perfect. Amplive brings together the likes of Too $hort and Del the Funky Homosapien to create a sonic masterpiece that redefines international artistic boundaries.


The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir
From the album Ten Thousand (S.A.P., 2008)
Available online via iTunes

One of my favorite discoveries this year, courtesy of a North Dakota reader who thought, well, since I like Tom Waits, old shitkicker tunes, Delta Blues, and Old Crow Medicine Show, why not introduce me to Calgary's best kept secret outside of Canada and the Border Badlands?

She described the band's live shows as, and I quote, the closest she's come to being seduced by an upright bass in forever.

ONLINE VISUAL ARTS: Controversy For Change

Online Series, Parts One, Two, Three, Four
The Super Rumble Mix Show,
Boondocks Bootleg Channel
By Aaron McGruder and others, 2008

You know, if there's one thing I can't stand, well, it's my White Liberal Elite countrymen who are still running around, living in that "Yes We Can!" propaganda a month after a historic election, completely unaware that the election of the first brown-skinned president in this country means nothing more, at the end of the day, than just another career politician gaining a position of power.

Yes We Can! ... be the last country in the Americas to gain a non-white person as head of state. Even Canada beat us, people. By a decade. I mean, it's not like this day wasn't a foregone conclusion, given that the U.S. is only just now accepting that it's never really been a Nation of White People...

And, Jesus Fucking Christ, get a sense of humor. McGruder, the creator of the lightning-rod perfect Boondocks comic strip and animated series, has thrown the first real satirical punch at the President-Elect with this equally historic web series, featuring an actor calling Obama a sell-out Po-Po, dissing Bush with snarky subtlety, and mocking the Thuggin' Brother stereotype, simultaneously.

Well, ya'll wanted change you could believe in. How's that?

FILM: "I can Legally download that for free?"

Ever wish you could just sit around and watch classics like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead or the film noir classic, D.O.A., on-demand and in high quality digital video, right at your desk?

Or that you could find public domain footage of historic events to use in ad campaigns, marketing presentations, or, well, to put together a kick-ass multimedia project for a class, without having to worry about copyright issues? And you're, say, a broke-ass college student? Or unemployed?

Well, thank you, Internet Archive folks, for making life so much easier for the rest of us. I've referred more patrons to this one online source more in the last three months than I think I've ever referred anybody to a single site.

Seriously. And it's legal. Just watch those Creative Commons licenses.

That's a Grant-Funded Remix, Yo!

Digital Artist in Residence Program, 2008
The Lower East Side (NY) Tenement Museum

One of the most engaging and unique interactive online museum exhibits ever, the Folk Songs for the Five Points project was created in association with the Tenement Museum's Digital Artists In Residence Program (DARP).

Folk Songs for the Five Points truly is what it claims to be: a celebration of cultural diversity and change, using “folk songs” as a metaphor to explore immigration and the formation of identity in New York’s Lower East Side.

I spent a good four hours fooling around on the site and, yeah, I'm still loving the use of interactive maps and recorded sound to create a self-interpretive aura, one without any answers or definitions but with enough emotional pull to allow for a wonderful user experience.

DARP, one of the most intriguing and dynamic digital media residency programs in the world, is funded through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and other organizations. The Five Points project represents the first phase of the The Folk Songs Project.

One of the coolest things about being a librarian, by the way, is the fact that I get paid to play with stuff like this.

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Anonymous said...

Fantastic post Jason! I'm going to have to spend some quality time with a lot of the links that you've posted... And yep, one of the coolest things about being a librarian is getting paid to do this kind of "research."

Liberality said...

I second that. Late now and must go to bed, god how did I become addicted to a fucking computer I'll never know, but will come back to check out your links.

EsotericWombat said...

Great. Thought I was going to bed early tonight.

*shakes fist, then checks all the links*

If you ever happen to be in the same area as an Ascetic Junkies show, be sure to check it out. They're from Portland, but they rolled through Somerville a couple of years ago, so who knows.

On the other hand, I might misremember the show for whiskey-related reasons, because the stuff on their Myspace isn't nearly as good as I remember.

Liberality said...

FYI: The Folk Songs Project link is not working.

The ZenFo Pro said...

Haha, thanks dude. Plenty in there to go through.

See...I do professional(ish) posts :)

The Internet, alas, is indeed nerd crack. Link fixed... (WTF, lol, how did THAT get in there???)

Whiskey-related reasons? Hahaha! I'll check em out.