Sunday, December 31, 2006

10 things I liked this year

1. The rich and complex debate arising from the gentrification of the west end

2. Old school critical theory
Repressive tolerance! Cool band name, cool theory. Speaking of which…

3. Missing Nuit Blanche
I was in Brooklyn entertaining an audience of 9 so I will never really know if Nuit Blanche was a success or not, the ambiguity of which might be the ultimate Nuit Blanche experience.

4.Footage of Glenn Branca’s 100-guitar composition “Hallucination City”
Could someone with money please bring this to Toronto? (crappy Real player clip, but worth it)

5. Unearthed recordings of Kraftwerk, when they were young and Neu! Mp3s here. Video here.

6.Wondershowzen Who would have thought that MTV cornered the market on relational art...through hand puppetry?

7. Mission of Burma’s The Obliterati Even better than the music itself is that by putting out better music in their mid 40s than they ever did when they were teenagers, MOB completely disrupts half the dogmas of rock music.

8.The disappearance of electro mullets from the art scene Of course, in the Coke Pepsi push pull dynamic of late capitalism’s choice illusion, the fading of self conscious glamour will only guarantee the reemergence self conscious anti glamour. And what will that be? A hint was given at a party recently when Steve Kado and I realized we were both collecting Mudhoney mp3s. He then revealed that Blocks would be putting out an actual “deep grunge” record this year. Look for a spike in flannel at Mercer openings in 2007.

9. The Ex with Getachew Mekuria
The best band in the world team up with the Ethiopian sax legend. Have a listen. (ahem, Real player clip).

10. Volver
While good, I thought there was a leaden gravitas to Almodovar's last 2— Talk to Her and Bad Education. Here, there's a venomonous snark not seen since the early days and Penelope seems to be unloading some "Tom" issues and it makes for a great performance.

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