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Pearl Jam Twenty

Posted on Saturday, 24th September, 2011

History captured, 20 years of my inspiration documented.

 

 

We all have different forms of creative inspiration and different motivators throughout our lives. Some come and go for me, but nothing has remained as constant for me as music. Music provides a creative outlet to fuel and soothe my emotions, tie me to a memory or take me away from something I don’t want to think about.

Over the last 20 years the remaining musical constant in my life has been Pearl Jam. Some people take sabbaticals from work to reinvigorate themselves, Pearl Jam does that for me in a night (sometimes 2) when I’m in need of something to clean my head or get me through a tough project.

For some it’s simply the voice of Eddie Vedder, the riff of Stone Gossard, Mike Mike McCready or Jeff Ament; and for others it’s the sometimes dark emotional lyrical vault of  Eddie’s life that brings you to that place you need to be. For me it’s a combination of both.

I can remember in 1992 when I first heard Alive & Jeremy the weekend of my senior prom- I was addicted and have been ever since.

photo credit: TheFilmStage.com

 

 

In college I spent long nights in my university’s art building sculpting my heart out, sketching and designing countless projects fueled by Ten, vs., Vitalogy and No Code; care of K-Rock radio, they got me through it all.

I’ve taken weeks off work to travel for Pearl Jam tours and Lollapalooza festivals (33) visited the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, made countless new friends and snapped countless MBs of photos, all of which have stayed with me and been a part of some great times and rough times.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit b/w: PearlJam.com

Most recent and memorable was the 09 tour that ended in Philly where they played 3 shows in a row and didn’t repeat 1 song over the course of the 3 nights. I went the 2nd night on 10/30/09 and on the Acela on the way down I went through the past evenings set lists and based on experience predicted what would be played. I was 85% correct on the first 6 songs. The next night the announced a last show on Halloween and the amount of $$$ my friends and I paid for the tickets were worth every minute of that 3+ hour show. The creative energy the band puts behind each show’s setlist is 1 of the driving factors for me, as Eddie usually writes them an hour before the show based on the vibe of the day and venue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the years I’ve collected my favorite bootlegs and videos of the shows I’ve attended and those I haven’t (read: Spodek Poland 00’, Fox Theater 94’, Benaroya Hall 03’, Newcastle 06’)

This is not about me being a fan.

Fans come and go with the speed of the bandwagon. This is about my constant inspiration which is music, and which ultimately is Pearl Jam.

Tonight I saw the Pearl Jam Twenty documentary.

 

 

 

 

 

I felt like I was watching the last 20 years of my life flash in front of me, and it’s because I was. Thank you Pearl Jam and Cameron Crowe for putting together the most memorable film that will forever be a part of me, especially because I was at the last 2 shows highlighted in the film (MSG 5/26/10 & Philly 10/30/09. I feel as though my musical inspiration has been solidified as part of their history and now it’s officially documented for the whole world to experience, far beyond what I have in iTunes or iPhoto.

Loving the WikiNodes iPad app

Posted on Wednesday, 11th May, 2011

I’m always perusing through new iPad apps to check out UX & design and WikiNodes definitely caught my eye. WikiNodes puts the knowledge of Wikipedia at your fingertips. Articles are displayed as nodes that you can touch, drag and spin around.

 

This has an awesome fluid interface. It’s yet again, an entirely new way of searching & consuming info (if you trust Wikipedia). I did a sample search of NYC Subways and here was the result. The interface presentation of information similar to that of mind mapping, which I love. Nodes link together sections of Wikipedia articles and related topics, making Wikipedia come to life.

 

 

 

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When you tap any node, it expands to give you more information.

 

 

 

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Or, switch to a full-page view to display articles as pages, then scroll up and down.

 

 

 

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Proof everything doesn’t have to be linear in its contextual relevance when you’re researching anything that is of interest to you.

Bill Cunningham: New York

Posted on Sunday, 20th March, 2011

If you’ve ever perused the pages of the New York Times Sunday Styles section or read the column “On the Street” you know who Bill Cunningham is.

For the last 35+ years, Bill has helped the Times define street style. Bill bikes around Manhattan to capture what he feels are real people in real clothes, an art in itself to have an eye for the eclectic imagery that may present itself in a color, pattern, texture, or a bias cut which is the beauty of fashion in NYC.

Richard Press’s new documentary opened this week in NYC and he gives us a candid view into Bill’s creative process and personal life bringing us closer to seeing life through his lens, a manual Nikon SLR.

photo credit: Zeitgeist Films official Bill Cunningham New York poster

A documentary definitely worth seeing. Playing at Film Forum through the end of March.

Trailer

Bill Cunningham New York – Trailer (Zeitgeist Films) from ts on Vimeo.

My favorite person in NYC that I’ve never met

Posted on Wednesday, 3rd November, 2010

Swoon

Engulf yourself in the history of how her life size wheat-paste prints came to be, or just watch this

Swoon. Chelsea 2009
photo credit: my camera, his eye

Additional Flickr set. Amazing.

Barbara Kruger installation: Whitney Downtown NYC

Posted on Wednesday, 13th October, 2010

Move over Swoon, you’ve got company.

The best artistic interruption of a Saturday I’ve been met with this year. Feminist pop artist Barbara Kruger’s outside public art installation housed at The Whitney Museum downtown construction site at the Corner of Gansevoort and Washington street (where it plans to build its new branch in the Meatpacking District starting next spring).

Kruger’s recent showing is best best viewed from the High Line as represented in the mobile photos below I took this weekend. Similar to her famous work dating back 30 years, her cut-and-paste layered photo method and the archives of pictures she once used, have been replaced by digital technology. Her installations are now typically built electronically, and conveyed via digital files to printers and fabricators.

What motivates her now?

Barbara Kruger
photo credit: Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

According to an article written this past summer from the NY Times— Kruger is all about News Feeds and Reality TV.

Now, 65, She makes her living off representing an anthropological mindset of obscure social truths and self indulgence wrapped in political subtleties.

The Whitney project boasts black vinyl sheets with white text covering fencing around the excavated site and the roofs of trailers within it and are visible from the street and the High Line.

The provocative slogans are instantly captivating to any curious eye and wandering mind. The monolithic block letters and signature statements like “PLENTY IS ENOUGH” and “BELIEF + DOUBT = SANITY.”

Other statements respond to the neighborhood’s shifting urban landscape & identity over the last few decades, and address the changing industry habitation from meatpacking to fashion to art.

photo credit: Benjamin Sutton/The L Magazine

Along the fence under the High Line bordering the Whitney construction site reads: FROM BLOOD TO MEAT, TO LEATHER, TO FLESH, TO SILK.

According to The Whitney’s site, Barbara describes her motivation: “Because I’ve spent so many years in lower Manhattan, the streets are rife with remembrance. So I’ve tried to mark the site with a gathering of words about history, value, and the pleasures and pains of social life.”

The installation is up through October 17th– worth the trip downtown and up the stairs of the High Line.

Art o’Mat

Posted on Sunday, 29th August, 2010

By far one of the coolest things I have ever run into in a art supply store on E12th street.  A nice reminder that  you can always build off original functionality, and fine tune it for a more enhanced (and healthy) user experience.

iSpy iPad

Posted on Friday, 27th August, 2010

a) Student
b) Athlete
c) Friend
d) Teacher
e) Wants a baby
f) Problem solver
g) All of the above

I know this girl.
She knows there’s an app for everything.

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