Culture Clash Resolved: Art loves Football

Throughout the ages the realms of creative expression and athletic prowess have only shared fleeting glances at one another. For the most part, clinic or at least according to sitcom legend, the artsy fartsy types rarely appreciate the jocks and the jocks pound the artists with the sort of pent-up rage that stems from an inability on their own part to express themselves without violence.  These are the cliches of truth.


But now that’s all changed. Times, they are a changing. Here is a fantastic account of some high stakes wagering between the directors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Max Anderson) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (E. John Bullard) Both teams have a pony in the upcoming Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints and neither man feels defeat is in their cities’ futures.

I suggest clicking away and reading the whole scoop, but here is my favorite from their exchange (after it had already heated up a bit – and they can’t decide what to wager):

“I am amused that Renoir is too sweet for Indianapolis. Does this mean that those Indiana corn farmers have simpler tastes? If so why would Max offer us that gaudy Chalice — just looks like another over-elaborate Victorian tchotchke. Let’s get serious. Each museum needs to offer an art work that they would really miss for three months. What would you like Max? A Monet, a Cassatt, a Picasso, a Miro? Sorry but we have no farm scenes or portraits of football players to send you.” – Bullard

They eventually settle on trading some piece of frilly awesome for some other piece pinky-up rad. The point is they got to temporarily jump out of their polite comfort zone and feel what it’s like to compete and trash talk and defend their city’s pride – much like professional athletes do on a weekly basis. No matter who wins (The Saints are going to win though, for the record) this fiery bout of territorial pride goes a long way in renewing the lost bond between physical ability and creative aspiration.

Now all we need is a Super Bowl between Israel and Palestine. Wait, what?

The Wire Mastermind and HBO Reteam to Bring Televised Sustenence to Hungry Viewers



That’s about all I can muster in summation of  Simon’s previous collaboration with HBO. The Wire‘s five season’s of brilliance has been heavily documented by many. Retreading the same praise would be tedious. Suffice to say, I believe that show was better than:

-Lime sherbet

-6 Wedding cakes

-Jesus Christ on ecstacy

-An Olympic-sized ball-pit

-Orange sherbet

I could go on like this,  further supporting the argument of just how much I enjoy sherbet, but instead I’ll offer some tidbits of information on Simon and HBO’s next union. The show is called Treme and whereas The Wire took on the city of Baltimore as a main character, Treme tackles the formidable city of New Orleans as its lead.

This is from an HBO press release. Apparently the new show follows “…ordinary New Orleanians as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city.

I know it’s dangerous to hype up a show like this (one that strives to tackle simple moments in the life of a unique city – which is much less immediately gripping than the web of GNAR-GNAR that composed The Wire) but what am I supposed to do? Not get excited?

For a show-runner like Simon (one who values location and place on nearly-equal terms with character and plot) to choose New Orleans is a simple stroke of genius. One that is so obvious it’s hard to call it genius. Right now you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fascinating city to explore. Even before the hurricane, New Orleans was a city filled to the brim with character and life. Right now, in it’s current state of flux, Simon has some real meat to sink his teeth into.

If Simon’s involvement isn’t enough, here’s a little somethin- something on the cast: Wendell Pierce (“The Wire,” HBO’s documentary “When the Levees Broke”) as Antoine Batiste; Khandi Alexander (“CSI: Miami,” HBO’s Emmy®-winning “The Corner”) as LaDonna Batiste-Williams; Clarke Peters (“Damages,” HBO’s “The Wire” and “The Corner”) as Albert Lambreaux; Rob Brown (“Stop-Loss,” “Finding Forrester”) as Delmond Lambreaux; Steve Zahn (“A Perfect Getaway,” “Sunshine Cleaning”) as Davis McAlary; Kim Dickens (HBO’s “Deadwood”) as Janette Desautel; Melissa Leo (“Homicide: Life on the Street”; Oscar® nominee for “Frozen River”) as Toni Bernette; John Goodman (“The Big Lebowski,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) as Creighton Bernette; Michiel Huisman (“The Young Victoria”) as Sonny; and classical violinist Lucia Micarelli as Annie.

John Goodman is enough to get me on-board just about anything and to see him share the screen with so many cast-members from The Wire seals the deal.


Fogatron Gets Mouthy at Acme Donuts

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Check out episode 27 of the podcast that Sean and I produce, generic The Penny Jam in association with our Sound Engineer friends at Dexterous Productions. If I haven’t already explained it to you, this web it’s a video series that chronicles Portland musicians performing in unusual locations. This episode featured Fogatron at Acme Donuts. Fogotron often accompanies other musicians, aside from performing alone. As a result, you might find him on stage sometime with some rappers and other musicians if you keep an eye out for his upcoming shows.

Paul Thomas Anderson to Get Rowdy With Religion

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Earlier today I was remarking to a coworker that film audiences are currently spoiled to all hell. They can choose between a Coen Brothers, more about a Wes Anderson and a Spike Jonze. When I look up at that marquee I get a little light-headed, then I bow to my knees and pray.

The only name missing from my list of favorite active filmmakers is Paul Thomas Anderson. And just now I’ve hunted down a patch of internet that dutifully informed me of his follow up to There Will Be Blood. It’s set to star Phillip Seymour Hoffman and takes place in 1952. Hoffman plays a charismatic young man who starts a faith-based movement. The Young man goes by name “The Master” and he butts heads with Freddie, his young lieutenant, who starts to doubt the direction of the new movement.


I like this particular  combination of subject matter, time period and director. Hoffman and Anderson often collaborate and the result is often brilliant. It’s set to start shooting next year and I’m set to start anticipating it right now.

To Warm Heart, View Handpainted Movie Posters From Ghana

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Back in the 80’s cinema was hard to come by in the African country of Ghana. Many citizens weren’t financially stable enough to own a VHS player. This is when the “mobile cinema” idea took off. Somebody had the inspired idea to rig up a van with a VHS player and roam the countryside. Offering cinema to those who might not find it anywhere else. That alone is a rad idea. But the best part was the hand-painted movie posters (inspired by VHS cover art) that accompanied the magic van. Here are some that tickle the shit out of my fancy, page but you can GOOGLEGOOGLEGOOGLE to find more if your hunger for these isn’t satiated.

Josh Martinez Goes Gonzo in His New Video “Underground Pop,” the 8th Video From “The World Famous Sex Buffet”

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Portland rapper Josh Martinez just released another awesome video, sildenafil purportedly the 8th video from his recently-released “The World Famous Sex Buffet.” The track is called “Underground Pop” and as you’ll immediately notice is a close visual adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” And as far as adaptations of Thompson’s work goes, this one is actually really fucking well done. The Ralph Steadman-esque handdrawn details take the style over the edge and do a good job selling the drug-addled mania of the situation.

Frame Breakdown:

Josh Martinez Goes Gonzo in Underground Pop

Logan Lynn Video From the New Album “From Pillar To Post”

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  • on November 24, 2009
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Check out the new video “Bottom Your Way To The Top” from Logan Lynn‘s “From Pillar To Post” directed by Jeffrey McHale and illustrated by John Parot. Lynn, pharm a Portland native, illness recently signed to the Dandy Warhols’ Beat The World Records, and this is his first release with the label. Lynn’s music is a mix of electronic, dance and pop music, and overall pretty catchy.

The video mixes equal parts awesome illustrations and PG-13 man-love to an overall impressive result. If I had heard this song for the first time I may have noticed the significance of the title. But yes, now that I think of it, the title “Bottom Your Way To The Top” has some significance. Either way, cool video from a local artist worth knowing about.

There is also a handful of videos from Logan Lynn over on the media section of his website.

Alela Diane Records 2 Songs for AON Sessions in Washington DC

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  • on November 23, 2009
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Alela Diane just finished up a tour with Marissa Nadler and we are lucky enough to have some documentation of it from the web series in All Our Noise. The Washington D.C. crew is on the case, discount filming the band and beaming it back to base here in Portland. Seems like just about every city is destined to have a music video project of this nature – and much to our delight, sales they are fond of featuring touring bands from Portland. There is a second song, “Bowling Green,” after the jump. » Read Full Story

The Snowboard Realms Visits Mt. Hood Meadows

Season 3, medic episode 2 of the web series “the Snowboard Realms” just came out, weight loss featuring Mt. Hood Meadows with a twist of Portland. Awesome to see some footage, ambulance even if it is a wet, rainy day.

The show appears to be the product of Vancouver, Canada resident and filmmaker TJ Schneider. Here is bonus video from TJ called “Portland Faces.” It’s a mellow, well-shot piece from his visit to Portland.