Dec 21 2014

Leak Mystique: Madonna On REBEL HEART

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Madonna did a phoner with Billboard's Keith Caulfield this morning, and it's already up! See, she's learning how to combat leaks—do shit, then release it the same day.

Great information, including about her songwriting process, Diplo's involvement and where MNEK fits in. Great Grammy hint, too!

 
 

Making A Connection: A Gallery From Artist Seyed Shakib

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In order, the images are entitled: “Femme”, “Leaving the Darkness”, “Artist”, “Becoming a Virgin”, “Modern Medusa”, “Painting Love”, “Rebirth”, “She Wolf”, “Sacrifice of Media” & “Redemption”.

I wanted to call attention to the work of Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib, an artist in Iran whose imagery is in defiance of his country's take on art and self-expression. They remind me of '70s experimental photography, in particular (though stripped down) of Steven Arnold. Thematically, there's definitely a Kahlo try in there. My favorites are “Painting Love” and “Modern Medusa”.

Yours?

The artist says:

“This photo collection is not only a bunch of pictures which try to escape from reality. Each picture is a part of reality that we try to ignore and bury them in the deepest place that we can find at our unconscious. First, I've faced with each frame when I was traveling in my unconscious and focused on them to found what they wanted to say. Next, I've tried to make a visual connection between mind and eyes via photography.” 

More about the artist:

Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib was born in 1988 in Rasht, Iran. At age 17, he started his art work as screenwriter and editor. At the same time, he went to university to study civil engineering. He became a member of “Rasht Young Cinema Society” and made his first and second animated shorts—White Paper (2010) and Game Over (2013—which have been shown at 35 national and international film festivals.

 
 

You've Got Tail

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Edwin Pabon's photographic obsession with the male backside makes the frontside of Next (December 19, 2014). Inside, he explains:

“I shoot homoerotic nudes, but for whatever reason, I rarely shoot frontal. Maybe I feel like it's giving too much information, or maybe it's just 'cause I like the backside better.”

I'm going with answer B.

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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemas

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Watch this fairly riveting short on what happens when a gay guy confesses his feelings toward his straight bestie...

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Tragedy: Lunatic Executes 2 NYPD Officers

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An armed madman—who had earlier shot his girlfriend—decided to make his last act before committing suicide the murder of two NYPD officers. He linked the senseless crime to vengeance for recent acts of police violence against unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

It's appalling that this man had access to a gun to begin with, and that he would murder two innocent men for his own twisted reasons. Gutless and depraved. NYPD lives do matter—no one disputes that.

Nor is there any sense in the inflammatory statements of the NYPD union boss, who explicitly laid this murder at the feet of NYC Mayor de Blasio and the protesters who are outraged at the deaths of Brown and Garner.

That's absolutely wrong. The only way that bit of logic works is if you believe everything a police officer does is always acceptable and they are above the law. Otherwise, why not go up the chain and blame the officers involved in the killings of those two black suspects?

None of that bullshit works. The man responsible for these officers' deaths is the man who blew them away. He was unhinged. Never have the leaders of the protests or the families of the dead black men called for violence. It's antithetical to what is outraging them in the first place.

As Jon Stewart said, you can deplore police brutality AND still support good police.

These murders are despicable, as is anyone who sees them as justified.

 
 

Midnight Snack: Donald Saddler

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Via Arroyo Chamisa: This legendary choreographer/dancer died at 96 on November 1.

 
 
Dec 20 2014

11 O'Clock Number: Sparks & Jane Wiedlin - COOL PLACES

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Gotta love this '80s tune, and the live version is spectacular...

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