Saturday, November 03, 2007

Cream colored ponies & schnitzel with noodles

a journey from the past to the present:
Slothy recommends . . .

. 1 .


Pals have loaned us the DVD box set of the first (& only) season of Freaks & Geeks, a TV series that aired on NBC in 1999, before being yanked due to low viewership. It is so uncannily accurate in its portrayal of adolescence in the Midwest during the early 80's that it's difficult to watch sometimes, yet fascinating & funny as hell.
The teens in "Freaks and Geeks" are not looking back, all wistful and wise, at their youth, or reading their most secret diary passages to us. The kids on "Freaks and Geeks" are living in the moment, numb from the trauma of being picked on by bullies, made fun of by the popular crowd and misunderstood by parents and teachers. They don't have the self-awareness to reflect deeply on their lives; they're putting one foot in front of the other, like prison inmates, crossing the days off until their sentence is up. -Salon.com
Which pretty much sums up the adolescent experience of ol' slothy! The show was written by Paul Feig (who grew up 3 miles away from me in suburban Detroit) and Judd Apatow. The teenagers on the show are played by actual teens for the most part, and the geeks are painfully geeky. Despite the fact that it only survived for one season, F&G won some big awards and has been the launch-pad for lots of careers. Watch the intro* for names you might recognize. If you still have any doubts about it, check out the user rating on IMDB. It is a mystery how a show this good ended up on network television.

*(That Joan Jett intro song always reminds me of the great Peaches version, I Don't Give A Fuck,** and I sometimes can't restrain myself from shouting the lyrics at the TV whenever we watch Freaks & Geeks, much to the irritation of those around me...)
**(sorry for the bad video...)



<---This huge sculpture of Joe Louis's Fist is aimed squarely at the Detroit River. There really ought to be a corresponding Giant Sphincter
on the opposite shore in Winsor, Canada.



. 2 .

LCD Soundsystem opened for Arcade Fire last month at Randall's Island, and they put on an amazing show, completely upstaging AF, who are just kind of annoying live. LCD's front man, James Murphy, is also the co-founder of DFA Records. Onstage he comes across all debauched and cuddly -- he's in his 30s and kind of on the roundish side -- and is really good with the funny between-song banter. They are local and even though they're on tour right now, I've been ritually sacrificing bugs & small rodents to the gods of rock in hopes of more NYC shows in the near future.

Admittedly I'm a little late coming to this band... sorry if this is old news. But if you haven't heard it yet, I command you to check out LCD's ruefully comedic song Losing My Edge. <---(Warning: there are a few seconds of chaotic noise at the beginning that you have to get through, but it's worth it. Also, this is an 8-minute song, so if you're ADD-afflicted, be sure to take your Ritalin first... again, worth it.) Then, for a sweet antidote to all that irony, I recommend bathing your cochleae in Someone Great.

And for all you proud NORTH AMERICANS out there, please rise and sing the national anthem...





. 3 .


Here is some More Musix with exciting and foreshadowy punctuation!!!

The !!! show at Webster Hall a few weeks ago was superfunz! It was part of a tour for their excellent "Myth Takes" album; the evening ended with certain bloggers dirty dancing on a runway stage with male strippers (I sort of wish I was kidding). This was not part of the show, but a strange and Velveeta-cheesy moment of psychotic post-concert abandon.


. 4 .


Okay, now cue the trumpets...


*House of YAY*

Don't miss the review in Art in America this month of JD's solo show last spring in Miyammy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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20 Comments:

At 4:54 PM, Blogger sloth said...

I keep reading "cue the trumpets" as "cue the crumpets," why is this?

 
At 6:11 PM, Blogger JD said...

Because you're just a little bit hungry...

Thanx for the crumpets, Slothy!

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Hooray JD! ...when I was googling around looking up the show etc., I came across this first sentence of a review for a summer group show:

"Jenny Dubnau cold-cocks you with her smashing Surprised Self-Portrait right off the bat."

I love that!

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger The Capt'n said...

Hi long lost Slothy! It's long lost me. So great to have you back, even though I'm so out of it I dint know you had actually BEEN back for a while. I blame myself.
Anyway, Freaks and Geeks & plus: I'm on it. Thanks.

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous slothy said...

Ahoy Capt'n, thanks for surfing over! Nice to see ya. The rumors were true: Logworld was crippled by a writer's strike for a while, but a new contract's been signed and now we'll see if the bums get back to work...

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous dubz said...

congrats, JD!!!! that rules. i have to check it out. slothy, your post is an aesthetic dynamo... a virtual cornicopia of creativity... a plethora of pleasing parts. me loves.

 
At 11:39 PM, Anonymous slothy said...

Oh dubzy, I'm trying to baffle with quantity to distract from the lack of quality... you, Dubzy, are the true blog master...

by the way, um, so Jim Lambie will be in the vicinity of NIPS this week... here's a little preview of his installation at the museum:

http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/sub.asp?key=15&subkey=5382

I'm worried.

 
At 6:46 PM, Anonymous dubz said...

why're you worried? i love the chair/purse pieces. he is such a badass. that last back room show at anton kern was soooooooooooooo good. you should try to meet him. i wonder if he's cool...

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous hams said...

JD!!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!

 
At 11:28 PM, Blogger sloth said...

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At 11:30 PM, Blogger sloth said...

hi hams! how you is, lil hammy?

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger dubz said...

oh, i see... argh.

 
At 2:21 PM, Anonymous pd said...

Hey, CONGRATS TO JD!! Now I have to run out and read the review post haste. Hi Slothy, Hams and Dubzers.
I'd like some crumpets too...send them with the males strippers please.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger JD said...

Hey, thanx to all for the kind woids!

Lambie's stuff looks great; really shiny and zippy. Can you bring your students over to see it, Sloth?

 
At 1:13 AM, Anonymous slothy said...

sort of... lazily, I sent the students over at lunchtime, then followed it up with a slide talk about the oeuvre of JL & the history of the Turner Prize, & why he didn't win it in '05.

By the way, nobody (including me) seems to know the winner from last year, Tomma Abst, who does little hard-edged abstractions.

My money is on Wallingford for '07.

p.s. JD, that review...!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you've earned it!

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger sloth said...

(& also, p.s.s., that earlier comment was removed for blatantly political reasons...)

So I snagged a last-minute invite to the reception last night for Mr. L., who turns out to be VERY tiny. and scruffy and shy, with a heavy Scots accent... adorbs!

As for his installation, I think it may be a case of Too Much Information, or Not Enough Information, or Wrong Context? Or Stealing vs. Mining... The piece is verbatim a Jessica Stockholder sliced thinly and arrayed around a Sol Lewitt wall drawing, smack across from the Museum Shop. The LeWitt aspect is tweaked a bit in the sense that the stripes are curved "like record grooves," but I am not really buying what is being sold in this case... It's all very awkward, considering that I'm carrying his child & all... oops. Looks like I'll have to put it up for adoption.

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous fb said...

hi! great to see the sloth back in the blog game. you are inspiring me. maybe even today i will try and light a fire. anyhoo...

Congrats to JD. Can't wait to read the review here in a sec.

So, you went to that Randall's Islan d show? arthur and I were considering it - but passed for some stupid reason. I love LCD Soundsystem. I have heard they were good live. Now i must see next time around.

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger sloth said...

Hi fb! It's nice to be back in the saddle. Yes to LCDS! No to Randall's Island -- we went and it blows. Yes to fire (the blog-igniting kind)... speaking of which, I almost burned down a former student's loft Monday night when I put a paper napkin down on a tea candle at a dinner party.

Let's keep eyes peeled for more LCD shows. Is there anything else good coming up? My rock future is bleak at the moment.

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous dubz said...

i was so bummed when JL didn't win the turner. and equally as bummed that TA won last year. talk about mining the past.. shit. she has the inaugural show at the new museum and is represented by donuts-r-us now.

you didn't hear it from me, but word on the street is that she's a major primadona who won't be in group shows, unless the "context" is perfect. ugh.

 
At 12:57 AM, Blogger sloth said...

Huh, too bad... well, she sure is under the radar for a Turner winner. We were at a dinner party with a bunch of painter friends & nobody there had even heard of her. There's a video interview with her on the Tate site, and she basically says nothing for 5 minutes...

 

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