Saturday, November 18, 2006

Chelsea afternoon

Yesterday became a full day of catching up on Chelsea area and attending the Art Book Fair put on by Printed Matter.
Out of the L train @ 8th Ave. and up to 16th St.,once past big trucks and ongoing contstruction , beyond the High line the Frank Gehry designed IAC building billows up the skyline.
An amazing looking building , futuristic almost translucent changing colors in the setting sun, it set a tone for the rest of the day.
Walking by the Bellweather Gallery 143 10th Avenue, I see the Black World show by Trevor Paglen is on.
The press one pager is fun-a missive from the 'CIA Office of The Director' completer with blacked out portions.
The show sounded good in the Voice review but have to say, a bit of a let down
(which picture was the black plane, the prototype glimpsed from long zoom ?)
though I could enjoy the effort behind it and the video screen lineup in the back room.
Back outside we are looking at the work on the High line when seemingly out of nowhere, two black 'wart hog' attack planes come screaming above the highest buildings ...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

2000 -2006 Releases

Death Comet Crew Ike Yard Dominatrix < > NYC Berlin Tokyo London

Anti NY 2000 /2001 US on Gomma Munich. w/DCC's Exterior St. & Ike Yard's NCR

LCD Soundsystem Beat Connection Remix 2002 Unreleased

Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight 2003 Rerelease on Gigolo Berlin. w/Black Strobe remix

Bi-Conicals Of The Rammellzee 2003 on Gomma. w/DCC , Beat Bop 2, Jamin Zabar

DCC America Ep/12"2003 on Tmu US. w/America Live from Pyramid Club, Interior St.

DCC This is Riphop CD Album 2004 on Tmu. w/Beggars Banquet '84 Ep , hidden cut

Tussle Don't Stop Remix 2004 on Tmu.

DCC This Is Riphop Japanese release on Delic Records,Tokyo. w/Quicktime of live'84

DCC Riphop remixes on Delic Records. w/Kan Takagi, Latin Ras Kaz, Pajama Boys

DCC Drag Racing 2006 on VA Meteosound Berlin From The Powerhouse 12"

Ike Yard 1981-'82 Collected 2006 on Acute Records. w/1982 LP on Factory Records plus

11. New York Noise 3 2006 on Soul Jazz Records ...

And the story continues ...

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Downtown 2006

An increasingly rare shopping excursion downtown today for a few hours, we tried to beat the rain which did catch us right outside Robinson bookstore in Noho we timed it right to nip inside where I grazed through the new book by Miles Davis' son,
found on a rack the series of postcards that includes a mid 90's photo of your truly walking on E 3rd St. and read through the feature on Viet Nam in Fader.
At the new Patricia Field shop on Bowery one gets friendly 'hellos' as the attractive shop woman tucked into tight black bustier greets you as you walk into the store - quite a difference from the indifference or attitude from gay boys we were used to get at her other previous shops.
A grinding death-y dark tune is playing while we cruise through,
the single male shopworker sighs as a pitchchanged growl revs up chorus as he passes.
Downstairs they are playing Marilyn Manson, the woman with yellow hair greets and the clothes look well, pretty punking good for a change (the shop IS not far from the site of ol' CBGB's).
Back upstairs as we leave, shop talk overheard among the workers goes like this-
'I don't want to hear any more Mary Jane Blige', 'not today' i interject and they laugh 'no more Beyonce' one woman continues ,'definitely no more Beyonce' I add going out the door.
Strolling below Houston now, in front of A Detacher the shop person is outside on her cell trying to talk a delivery man in to her location but he's down the street in the wrong building.
He exits a building as we pass and we point him 'back that way' as the shopkeeper waves at him trying to get his attention.
There is still a crowd outside that cafe close to the corner of Prince St.
Uniqlo is crowded and doing great business despite the downpour.
It's almost comforting to see at at the door they want you to put your wet umbrella into long plastic tube, just like in Japan.
The line of about 2 dozen $15 custom artist made T's are lined up the wall, some have small Transformer type toys in bag.
I already have quite a few of their shirts, the Mongolian Airlines hoodie, various pants and shorts, so at first I am glazing over the T's a bit.
This store is big, total space larger then the Tokyo Shops I had been in previously
and about half the customers today are Chinese (Canal St. being just a few blocks away) mixed with a sprinkling of hipsters, dollop of European tourists and white people. The Chinese are using their elbows and throwing their weight around.
Have been loving Uniqlo since Tokyo and we have outfitted Japan wardrobe twice now either by buying online before the trip and picking up the clothes ,
augmented by at least a trip or 2 into the shops to see if there is anything new besides what's online in there.
Then buy another suitcase for trip home.
Walk out with 2 T's and a cool charcoal gray hoodie, total $65 after using $15 worth of Uniqlo coupon.
Further down in Soho we go to KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE, a new upscale lingerie and uh, sexy lifestyle boutique. Terrific swanky atmosphere, mood lighting, dark corners.
What's that cool song on the shop mixtape ?, shopladies in black outfits and extra revealing black outfits smiling ...
Sign up for future events, dinners and who knows what else.
Final stop Soho Sunrise Mart for veggies, MaBaDo and ground meat, cute plastic bound bulging fat tuna sandwichs in basket across from the counter and J Pop in the air.
I came out the front door, holding it open behind me and turning around , I am looking directly at Naomi Watts in a tan silverish vest with fur lined hood up smiling brilliantly.