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Jan 25, 2009

Yaz And 80s British Synthpop

 Yazoo (1982)
Depeche Mode's main songwriter, Vince Clarke, and veteran punk and rock singer Alison Moyet formed Yazoo (Yaz in the US) in 1981. Shortly after, Clarke left Depeche Mode and Yazoo released its debut single 'Only You' B-sided by 'Situation' (1982).  Clarke had written 'Only You' while with Depeche Mode and offered it to them as a parting gift.  DM declined and Yazoo took the single to number two in the UK.
If you're a fan of Nina Simone and brooding vocals you may want to acquaint yourself with Yazoo.
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Nov 1, 2008

Andy who?

'don't keep me waiting lover there isn't much time'
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Dec 10, 2008

Vancouver Beholdeth Black Mountain

I have a love hate relationship with the city of my birth. When something or someone I'm fond of, which wouldn't be Gortex, 'super groups' or over priced mediocre restaurants, gains momentum I'm proud to be a Vancouverite again.
It's taken Black Mountain awhile to break it on the East Coast, but only because they're living in West Coast time. Muzzle of Bees has ranked them amongst the top 12 concerts of 2008, above Sigur Ros and The Boss but just below Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, and Ryan Matteson classifies In The Future (which would sound even deeper on vinyl) as one of the records that without a doubt 'really monopolized my listening habits'.

Nominated for the 2008 Canadian Polaris Prize and CBC's Best Advice from an Artist and Best Hook, Black Mountain should hurry up and change their watches to Eastern Time Zone for 2009.

Watch the video from the 2008 Polaris Music Prize here or watch Wucan here.
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Mar 18, 2009

10 Things You Should Know About Yayoi Kusama



  1. Italian police reprimanded Kusama at the 1966 Venice Biennale for hawking her art 'like hot dogs or ice cream' after she was caught selling off her installation, Narcissus Garden, for $2 a mirror ball.
  2. Kusama has published 19 novellas and books of poetry.
  3. Paintings by Kusama began showing up at junk shops after her New York studio was broken into and all her belongings were stolen in the late 1960s.
  4. The Yayoi Kusama Fashion Company collection was available in department stores under the label Kusama.
  5. Suffering from hallucinations since childhood, Kusama has been vocal about her mental illness and channeled its energy into her art.
  6. Andy Warhol and Kusama were merely acquaintances.
  7. In 1967, Kusama spent a series of weekends in New York city parks painting polka dots on members of the public who were invited to strip naked and be 'made into art' as part of her 'Body Festivals'.
  8. For her 1968 Fall collection, under the Kusama label, she had her models 'divest themselves of their excess clothing' while promenading up New York City's 5th Avenue to 57th Street in, what was known to the press, as the 'Fashion Promenade'.
  9. Kusama's mother was vehemently against her being a painter.
  10. Kusama's art is currently far exceeding auction estimates - Pumpkin 2001 (estimate $12,000-$18,000), realized $32,500. Infinity Net No. 2 1959 (estimate $2.5-$3.5 million), realized $5.8 million.
Yayoi Kusama will turn 80 on March 22.
An exhibition of her work is on through June 8th, 2009 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia. Images copyright the artist.

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