"Traditional Appalachian folk music is a lyrical history of America. The songs are passed down from one generation to the next. Many songs were passed on through the region during the Civil War, often by travelling soldiers. The music is influenced by the culture of early immigrants in America—traces of Africa, Ireland, Scotland, and England meld together and reflect the cultural melting pot of the American people. Played on porches, at dances, and in church meetings, the melodies are simple, and the lyrics often resonate with stories of work, slavery, farming, of war, and death, and love, and god."
Boy, oh boy I love these guys... The founder has got the right idea. It's an old rant on a cliché bandwagon, but there was a time when things had weight, were crafted, were built to last and were made for everyone and everyday; Some how we lost that and gave it up. The video pretty much speaks for itself.
The New York Times Magazine has done it again. On a similar production note as Fourteen Actors Acting, they've commissioned Alex Prager to direct (and photograph) Touch of Evil, a most spectacular video series showcasing classic wicked archetypes. Starring 13 of the best 2011's got to offer, each of these is simultaneously surreal and chilling.
Some of the character inspiration is pretty obvious: Brad Pitt channels Eraserhead, Ryan Gosling plays the Invisible Man, Rooney Mara recreates A Clockwork Orange—but if the others leaving you wondering as they did me (in that maddening way), check out this breakdown. They spell out the character profiles fairly well with nice supporting quotes from the talent, but I'm still unclear what movies they borrowed from to portray The Homewrecker and The Fire Starter (two of my favorites).
More on Prager, her work and writing about her at Artsy.net.
For Pacific Standard Time, I present: Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames. Touring their home, Case Study House #8, Cube enlightens us on the true character of L.A., and makes connections between hiphop the work of two of the best damn designers that ever lived. With anecdotes of his pre-rap fame and quotes like: "In a world full of McMansions, where the structure takes up all the land, the Eames made structure and nature one. This is going green 1949-style, bitch. Believe dat," it's worth mentioning.