Bookmarks from October 11th to October 23rd 2010

“Mr. Sorkin, you made a movie people love. But you created it out of a few depositions, blog posts and your LA-influenced imagination of what a company you have nothing to do with in an industry you don’t understand would be like. I realize not everyone has the same ethical issues that I do with a film about a living person that isn’t based on the person in question at all. And that’s fine. But don’t start pretending this isn’t a world you created when people get upset with it– because it certainly doesn’t exist in any version of Silicon Valley I’ve ever seen. You can’t have it both ways, Mr. Sorkin: Either you write the boring truth or admit the sexed up version that sells movie tickets is fiction.”

link: Memo to Aaron Sorkin: You Invented this Angry Nerd Misogyny Too

“Open Ears got off to a slow start, but the audience grew. “One night I looked around and said, ‘I don’t know most of these people,’” Albert remembers. “That was a sign to me that Open Ears was becoming successful.” In a town whose name is virtually synonymous with generations-old musical tradition, the music faces an uphill battle in attracting a larger audience. “People look at it and say ‘Oh, well, that’s not a New Orleans thing. That must be some anomaly,’” says Albert. “When actually, it goes all the way back. Louis Armstrong was the radical in 1925. Ornette [Coleman] spent some time here, Kidd Jordan’s from here. Michael Ray was here for a long time. There’s always been this outside angle to New Orleans music. Sometimes you’ve had to search it out and find it, but I think it’s always been there.”

link: Unchained Melodies: Improvised Music in New Orleans :: offBeat :: Louisiana and New Orleans Online Music Resource

“The case, Sipes v. McGhee, was a companion case to Shelley v. Kraemer, the 1948 Supreme Court decision that declared housing covenants unconstitutional. In the amici curiae brief, attorneys Isaac Pacht (a former Los Angeles Superior Court judge), Irving Hill, and Clore Warne of Beverly Hills cited Doss v. Bernal as the earliest court case to strike down housing covenants. Arguing Sipes v. McGhee for the plaintiffs were none other than Miller and future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. The duo argued this case just a year after filing their own amicus curae on behalf of the NAACP for the federal appeal of Mendez, et al v. Westminster, et al., which of course outlawed Mexican-only schools in four Orange County school districts.”

link: Cal State Fullerton Grad Student Grad Finds Missing Link Between Alex Bernal Housing Covenant Case and the Supreme Court – Orange County News – Navel Gazing

“Despite the emphasis on free improvisation, the varying experience of the members, and the ‘do your own thing’ free aesthetic of the time, the Scratch Orchestra was a disciplined ensemble. Eventually the strains of Cardew’s “reverse seniority”, tensions between musically-trained and non-musically-trained members, and an increasing interest in political aesthetics led to a gradual change in the activities, and then the outlook of the ensemble. It was effectively inoperative by 1974.”

link: MUTANT SOUNDS: The Scratch Orchestra – 1969 , 10″ Mini LP(100 copies), 1999,UK (NWW list!)

‘ I think fashion is repulsive. The whole idea that someone else can make clothing that is supposed to be in style and make other people look good is ridiculous. It sickens me to think that there is an industry that plays to the low self-esteem of the general public. I would like the fashion industry to collapse. I think it plays to the most superficial, most insecure parts of human nature. I hope GQ as a magazine fails. I hope that all of these people who make a living by looking pretty are eventually made destitute or forced to do something of substance. At least pornography has a function.’

link: Steve Albini blasts Sonic Youth and the whole fashion industry – Music-News.com

“In a nicely considered response to my post on pushing the classical music envelope Antoine Leboyer reminded us the priority was ‘art not enjoyment’. Claude Vivier lived his all too brief life to the full. But he did not seek approval, and that is the drug that is today sapping the life force out of classical music. Instead he applied his energies to creating a new sound while staying true to his art. For tangible evidence look no further than the excellent Kairos CD from Peter Rundel, Christian Dierstein and the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the WDR.”

link: On An Overgrown Path: Pushing the classical music envelope

“She repeated, “Gimme your purse, bitch” – which in hindsight is not an effective way to coax someone out of their cash, credit cards, driver’s license, Shure headphones, cell phone and iPod Touch – and is also not the greatest thing to say to someone whom you’ve underestimated. With my right arm still clutched to my side determined not to unhook my handbag and not feeling any of the “numerous” blows my helpful witness recounted she landed on me, I kicked back and punched with my left. She careened me towards the white picket fence at June and De Longpre, pulling my hair. I whipped her back around, kicking her in the stomach. We continued as I screamed from within the far reaches of my lungs to the passing cars who probably thought they were witnessing a chick fight, what with my female mugger.”

link: What I Learned From Getting Mugged | e*star LA

“So this little boy was just walking around the San Francisco zoo, doing what every boy who is dragged to the zoo tends to do – play video games – when he accidentally dropped his DSi XL into the gorilla habitat. And wouldn’t you know it, a professional photographer happened to be right there.”

link: Boy drops DS in gorilla cage, inadvertently creates the best photo op ever, Nintendo DS DS News | GamesRadar

“One night, while Cee Pee’s band was packing up, one of the club’s hidden owners came by for a visit — mobster Mickey Cohen. The pint-sized former featherweight boxer was, at the age of 27, one of the city’s most feared criminals, the enforcer for crime boss Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. When Cohen and his crew started locking the doors, Collette “knew something was going to happen.” The band scurried upstairs, “you know, to get out of there, to get out of all this craziness.”

link: Buddy Collette’s encounter with Mickey Cohen and the underworld – LA Observed – Visiting bloggers


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