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    theaptSHOWS

    October 20, 2009

    although not mutually exclusive, it’s always hard to put together the fact that a man who can be such a tool can also have such good taste. this short film, we were once a fairytale, directed by spike jonze and featuring everyone’s favorite interruptor of youth has finally hit the ones and zeros and tells us of a drunk night at a nightclub with the entitled aforementioned. the story doesn’t go where you’d expect it and the result is just wonderful. this reminds me that in most of the rest of the world, there is a real market, and thirst, for short films, and i would love to see more filmmakers give the format a chance, for its own sake, not to “build a reel.” 10 minutes spent in the company of a well-developped group of characters who do not have time to meander sounds more fulfilling that an hour and 45 minutes spent in the company of these people

    October 8, 2009

    okay, i cannot get over these pomplamoose people… jack conte’s playing and arranging of their own songs as well as covers that range from earth, wind & fire to piaf is dizzyingly original. nataly dawn’s buttery voice should be registered as a historical monument and her neverending eyes that never blink would probably turn me straight. if i were gay. all in all, i cannot help but share this new obsession with you, with my friends and family, with everyone. this, you may recall, started with my discovery of the song they recorded for nataly’s dad’ birthday, the get-up-and-go favorite september which is just fantastic. everything they do, they seem to with talent and humor. but you haven’t heard a thing before you take a gander at their arrangement of beyoncé’s single ladies, a song whose potential i always thought was there but never truly heard in the cacophony of the tricky/the-dream produced original. just listen at that chord progression! anyway, i’ll probably be embedding pamplamoose’s entire discography in the next few weeks or until i can shake it, which right now doesn’t seem possible, especially if nataly keeps singing in perfect french…

    September 18, 2009

    l_3b8320223ace4612bdca4c6431e29014this is shit is next level so prepare yourself… there is a beautiful woman in brazil who sings to cats, and they listen. her name is Mlle, short for mademoiselle, and you just watch her first single go to the top of the cat charts in no time! i saw her perform live while in rio and she blew me away! the forthcoming album is called dirty dishes and i can’t wait for it to drop. this is real. if you can hear subsonic frequencies, it will be real to you as well. just listen…

    the above short, titled sorry i’m late, is by tomas mankovsky and is just splendid. makes you believe that anything’s possible, that global warming can be stopped, that i can get my son to say please once in a while, that anal may not be some faraway dream… also, don’t forget to check out see the making-of here

    September 10, 2009

    distressedthe artistry of miss aniela is literally beyond compare. i do not know to whose work i could adequately juxtapose hers and come up a winner. there angst in these pictures. there is an unseen world just beyond the reach of the lens, but that angst is made beautiful and un-worrisome by miss aniela’s prefect grasp of composition and color. lord knows what she dreams about at night but it cannot exceed the fantasies at play within the frames of these pictures! and she’s no occasional shutterbug either, she shoots, a lot! take the afternoon off and take a peek, you won’t be sorry.

    June 26, 2009

    mj001shocked. SHOCKED! it’s friday morning and i wake up in a world without michael jackson. which is weird. michael jackson is the only person whose image i grew up with plastered on my walls. a 12 year-old french white boy who dressed in the yellow sweater vest outfit to go out! you can imagine that it wasn’t easy avoiding punches. nevertheless, the man was, well, the man for what seems like the longest period in my childhood. i know, that sounded wrong… one of the amazing things about his passing is that, as weird as it became, he actually did a pretty good job seeming like he wasn’t aging. in his surgeries, speech patterns and behavior, he willed himself into a child. that didn’t sound good either… so much was he making sure that his image would stay the same, or at least be an evolution of the star-child we all knew, that he, in effect, perpetuated the myth of the peter pan complex. in a way, it worked to desensitize ourselves to the somber weather to come as a lot of us tended to see 2 people in the “allegations” came in and the bankrupcies made themselves apparent.

    without a doubt, listening to his first 3 or 4 records (off the wall, thriller, bad and to a lesser extent dangerous,) you cannot deny the absolute control he and quincy jones had over the music. whether it was your taste or not, and the sales figures point to the fact that it probably was at some point, you can hear the precision with which the songs where crafted, arranged and engineered. the dude was a machine. just put on any song on off the wall and thriller and you will not encounter song that is without merit, if not a classic. add to that the performances and you’ve got a guy who cannot be dismissed. sigh. he never had a childhood and now will not get to experience old age…

    i will miss his music and what he added to pop culture tremendously.

    it’s funny how how, when i just wrote that last sentence, i caught myself thinking, why should care so much about public figures we don’t even know? who are these heroes we invent for ourselves based on a skill that they have, an activity they’re engaged in… weird. you know what? i’ll tackle that one in my monday op-ed, heroes… r.i.p.

    heart-breakage after the jump…

    June 17, 2009

    seb-leonrecording artist seb leon, né creative curator and theaptSUPERFAVE sebastien agneessens, is performing at joe’s pub on june 30th. his talent is of much consequence and it bears repeating that flair is often found to distribute evenly across many skillsets in one human being. music is one such skill for seb. compositions of moody rock seem to come to him effortlessly and performed with only two companions which leaves little to hide behind. which he does not need. be there or face my wrath.

    June 16, 2009

    i was a loser… hell, i am a loser. and bi loser, i mean that the gap between my ambitions and execution (as expertly explained in this clip by theaptFAVE ira glass) is nil. and my work still ain’t that good. some say that there is a difference between low self-esteem and objectivity but i disagree, they both lead to mediocrity.