Category Archives: Art

Film, art, photos, or anything else worth looking at.

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The hip hop musical you didn’t know you needed

NPR has a full cast recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.   It’s a fantastic hip hop musical of the life and times of Alexander Hamilton.  You’d never have known you needed this in your life.  But you do.  So listen.

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Mingering Mike

This is a fascinating story in the Guardian about a mysterious (and fictitious) soul singer named Mingering Mike.  Jon Ronson (a talented author who wrote the Psychopath Test) details his quest to meet and talk to the creator of Mingering Mike, and his journey to having his albums wind up in a museum.

Hadar was a true soul aficionado, with an encyclopaedic knowledge and 10,000 records at home. Which is why he was so amazed to discover 38 albums by a soul singer he had never heard of. His name was Mingering Mike. Hadar stared at the record covers. He read the liner notes. There was Mingering Mike’s 1968’s debut, Sit’tin by the Window. The cover art was a painting of a young man in a green T-shirt, good-looking, serious. The comedian Jack Benny had written the liner notes, calling him “a bright and intelligent young man with a great, exciting future awaiting him”.

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New Netflix Series: ‘The Get Down’ by Baz Luhrmann

Spotted this over at Okayplayer: apparently Baz Luhrmann is bringing to Netflix a mini-series about the birth of hip hop in the Bronx (as well as punk and disco elsewhere in NYC) in the late 1970s. Check out the clip below, as well as this short synopsis from The Hollywood Reporter. Looks dope!

The Get Down will focus on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. … Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world … forever.

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Rhythm Roulette Illustrates the Art of Sampling

For at least a year now the magazine Mass Appeal has been producing a Youtube series called Rhythm Roulette. The premise is simple: a producer has to make a beat from three records he picks at random. Some sessions aren’t great – there’s a reason why a lot of records are never sampled – but other producers are able to whip up really solid beats, proving the creativity and technique that goes into making good hip-hop. Here’s the session with DJ Nu-Mark, but be sure to check out the whole series.

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Montreal’s A’shop creates massive Art Nouveau-Inspired Mural 

This Mural is one of the most beautiful pieces of street art that I’ve ever seen.

What is the idea behind this piece? What does it represent?

The idea was to step out of our comfort zone and show the public what graffiti artists can be capable of. There is an amazing amount of quality work being produced within Montreal’s graffiti scene. Unfortunately, bad press and political strategies often only show the “negative” side of it , creating unneeded friction between citizens and our culture. Graffiti as a form of visual language can be hard to comprehend for most. We thought it would be interesting to paint this mural in a more common language, using imagery that anyone can understand, initiating dialog and building bridges. For this, we chose to inspire ourselves from Alphonse Mucha, father to Art Nouveau (1860-1939). A style of art that most people know or have seen before. Of course we gave it our own flavour and used N.D.G as the main theme. The end product being our take on “La Notre-Dame-de-Grâce” Our Lady of Grace”
Watch them build it:

 

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Patti Smith Shops For Coltrane

The above photo is from an excellent collection called “Famous People Hanging Out With Their Vinyl“, courtesy of Dangerous Minds.

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A Supreme Cool: John Coltrane

Trane lookin’ serene in Queens, in 1963. And, to get your weekend started on the right note, some jazzy beats based on one of the legendary saxophonist’s more laid back tracks:

09 Tribute to John Coltrane by Tek Nalo G

Photo props: theimpossiblecool

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Jay-Z Explains Why Rap Is Poetry

Jay-Z, in an interview about his new book, Decoded, says rap music should be considered poetry.

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The Wire Creator David Simon On A Sixth Season

At a recent Justice Department event, Attorney General Eric Holder jokingly demanded that David Simon and Ed Burns produce a new season of The Wire. Simon’s response?

The Attorney-General’s kind remarks are noted and appreciated … I’ve spoken to Ed Burns and we are prepared to go to work on season six of The Wire if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanising drug prohibition.

So basically, no.

Props: TWiB!

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Tribe Documentary Official Trailer And Release Dates

The official trailer for “Beats, Rhymes & Life”, Michael Rapaport’s documentary of A Tribe Called Quest, has just been released! The movie’s official poster and release dates have also been unveiled.

I seriously cannot articulate how pumped I am for this film.

h/t: TheRapUp and Nah Right