Asphalte - the documentary
In part two of our interview, James Harris III breaks down his beginnings as a musician and shares his thoughts on his prolific recording career thus far.
Study of Moondog
(2014, bic on paper)
Nas - Live at Dour 2014 (full live)
If there’s any instrument that gets misunderstood and under-appreciated in music, it’s the theremin.
Countless bands have employed the warbly, eerie-sounding electronic instrument, from The Pixies to the White Stripes. It was perhaps most famously used by The Beach Boys in “Good Vibrations.”
The theremin was created by a Russian physicist, Lev Sergeyevich Termen. He’s the main character in “Us Conductors”, the debut novel by Montreal-based writer and music critic Sean Michaels, who spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis. Also in the studio is Eban Schletter, a composer and thereminist.
Seventeen-year-old Mamebou lives in the last house of a dead-end street in Brussels.
Growing up in a disadvantaged environment, promising Mamebou never had a chance of living a normal life. At the age of twelve, he experienced a first conflict with the law. Ever since, Mamebou finds himself in a continuous struggle with his drug addiction, his lack of self-esteem in addition to enduring poverty, which keep him from getting his life back on track. His family and the present social network seem inadequate to provide a solution. Meanwhile, Mamebou’s perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted whilst he’s desperate to find a way out of his cul-de-sac.
“L’île déserte” is an uncompromising, intimate and dark portrait of a young man trying to cope with his fate.
First film footage taken in Palestine (Lumier Bros.)
Extracted from “Palestine: Story of a Land“, by Simone Bitton
Like an early Google Street View, the French movie pioneers brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière sent cameramen over to Palestine in 1896 to shoot the first moving images of life in the region.
At this time, Palestine was a remnant of the Ottoman Empire with around 500,000 inhabitants—30,000 of whom lived in Jerusalem. 85% of the population were Muslim, 10% Christian and 5% were Jewish. All were subjects of the Sultan of Constantinople.
This incredible footage comes from the 93 reels recovered by Lobster Films, a film preservation company based in Paris, in 2007. Serge Bromberg, the company’s co-founder said:
…this year, we have something very special to show. In an antique shop, we have discovered 93 wonderful little camera negatives from c. 1897, all shot in the Middle East (Jerusalem, Palestine, Egypt.[…] etc), that would form an ideal 80 [minute] program of what could be among the earliest films shot in the region still in existence. … They are in wonderful condition … Not a scratch, no decomposition, and those little sprocket holes typical of the films of that year.
DELV!S at Gent Jazz Festival, drawn by Frederik Van den Stock : “this next song is also for the ladies”
Swiss artist Felice Varini has painted curved strips onto buildings and streets in a Belgian city to create a picture of overlapping rings when viewed from one vantage point.
Felice Varini’s Trois Ellipses Ouvertes en Désordre artwork covers several urban blocks in Hasselt’s historic city centre.
Sections of white paint are located across rooftops, walls and road surfaces, seemingly random when seen from the streets.
The full effect only becomes clear when looked down upon from the rooftop lounge of the Radisson Blu Hotel, where the image of three ellipses is revealed.
INKSWEL Feat. Gary Davis & Andras Fox - Delaide Reaction
Drummer Otis Brown III – an invaluable sideman with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Somi, and others – makes his debut with “The Thought of You,” which arrives September 23 via Revive/Blue Note.