Unboxing some Brian Eno records

When I heard that Brian Eno’s 1970s pop records had been remastered and were set for a new, fancy, audiophile release, I got excited. Half-speed masters, freshly pressed at 45rpm? I wasn’t sure what any of that meant, but how could I not? After all, Here Come the Warm Jets is perhaps my favorite record of all time; Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy) has its moments; and Another Green World is one of those seminal records that just can’t be missed.*

I jumped on them. Continue reading “Unboxing some Brian Eno records”

Unboxing Gloom

Gloom is Jacob Haupt‘s homage to growing up, struggling with adulthood and the myths we’ve been told about it, trying to balance the demands masculinity with the deep fragility inherent to us, while remaining jovial and positive and jokey throughout.

It’s simultaneously hilarious and little bit heartbreaking, and I love it. Continue reading “Unboxing Gloom”

Unboxing ‘Highway Kind’

Highway Kind collects images from Justine Kurland’s 2007 -2014 travels around the United States in a customized Astro Van, first with with her young son, Casper, then alone. Interspersed throughout are 8 very short stories by Lynn Tillman, character sketches, mostly, that add a bit flavor. The photographs were culled from a couple of bodies of work—This Train is Bound for Glory, and Sincere Auto Care (maybe others)—and move from trains in lush landscapes, to people that hop them and their campsites, to road trips, living on the road, auto repair and the grease and oil stains in parking lots. Coupled with Lynn Tillman’s text, the book presents a portrait of America, down by the tracks, on the road: beautiful, a little bit worn, full of possibility (possibly squandered), independent, distrustful, loyal, a little bit Emerson, a little bit PT Barnum, a little bit Billy from Easy Rider: people “who went looking for America, and couldn’t find it anywhere.”
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Unboxing Photoscouting

I don’t remember where I came across PhotoCorps and PhotoScouting. PhotoCorps is a grant funded community photography workshop/training/community thing, started by Chris Glass, and based in Cincinnati, and PhotoScouting is a sort of workshop: “21 exercises to make more intentional photographs, explore neighborhoods and connect with people.”

Now, even though I’m ~1000 miles away, I probably need to do more of all of that, so I picked up a copy of the Guidebook, and one of these days, I’ll work through it. Continue reading “Unboxing Photoscouting”