Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sherman Foundation T-Shirt #1



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Mash-Up



The most interesting music mash-ups in the music industry may be in the form of producer/artist pairings. Rick Ruben's work with Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond has produced amazing, unexpected stuff. Equally unexpected was the pairing of Paul Simon and Brian Eno.

Both occupy a strong place in my experiences of music. Being a child of the 80's Eno has produced a lot of work that looms large for me both as an artist and producer. As a child I was exposed to the music Paul Simon created in the 70s. Albums like One Trick Pony. So both have been big for me but come from very different places in my life. And then this, the release of "Surprise" earlier this month. Psychologically, its a really strange mash-up for me.

I've actually listened to very little music in the past few months. I've just gotten bored with the onslaught of similar sounding acts. So, in a moment of frustration, I wiped everything out of itunes and I'm starting from scratch. The 11 tracks of this release are my new starting point. I have a bunch of web pages to code so it will give me a chance to listen to the album a few times. Maybe I'll write a review, maybe I won't.

My New York / My Frappr Map

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Memorial Day Weekend

I spent Memorial Day weekend watching conspiracy documentaries. The choice to spend the holiday weekend this way wasn't a conscious ironic decision it just sort of worked out that way. It does now seem to be an interesting take on recognizing Memorial Day, questioning the assumptions and narratives of American Society. Over the past several months I have been listening to podcasts of Penn Jillettes radio show, Free FM. Its a radio talk show, Penn discusses news items and gives perspectives from a Libertarian viewpoint. One of the things he always says is that no one needs freedom to do the smart thing, freedom is freedom to be stupid, to do dumb things. I like that. Maybe The Sherman Foundation could host a Conspiracy Film Festival every Memorial Day.

I mean no disrespect to the people that have given their lives to this country. I hold them in the highest regard, they have made the ultimate sacrifice for what is still the greatest country in the world.


Here is a roundup of what I exposed myself to this weekend.

David Icke's 3 Part "Secrets of the Matrix". David believes that "a network of interbreeding bloodlines manipulating through their web of interconnecting secret societies have been pursuing an agenda for thousands of years to impose a globally centralized fascist state with total control and surveillance of the population." These bloodlines are actually a race of shape-shifting reptiles. Included among the reptiles are The Royal Family, the Bush family, Boxcar Willie and Kris Kristofferson.

The BBC's "Power of Nightmares".

The BBC's "The Beyond Within". On the history of LSD.

A documentary on the Moon Landing Hoax, originally aired on Fox. (Quite good actually)

"Don't Call Me Crazy on the 4th of July". A documentary short you can watch online. Funny and a bit creepy.