Surreal Estate

Magritte
This week, the Frist will open Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art — it’s an exhibition of paintings, photos and prints that examine the way 1920′s European Surrealists like Dalí and Magritte influenced the American artists of the 1930′s, 40′s and…

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Flowers for Andy

Warhol Flower
By 1964, Andy Warhol had already been recognized as a painter of Campbell’s Soup cans, money and Marilyn, but his auspicious entry into the art world only served to put more pressure on his first New York City gallery opening at Leo Castelli. The gallery had opened a new show of Warhol’s Death and…

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Celebrate Summer Soltice wi...

Summer Solstice
Here at Insomnia we’re anticipating a great summer celebration this Saturday, June 21st — no doubt many regular readers are planning revels of their own. With that in mind, check out this amazing 24 hour broadcast of live Indian ragas courtesy of WKCR in New York. The music started last night at midnight…

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Resistance is Tactile

Peter Lamborn Wilson
I’ve been tweeting and posting on social media lately about my ambivalent feelings regarding the World Cup: On one hand I think soccer is a beautiful sport and as an admirer of the Greek ideal I love athletics in their pure physicality. I’ve been looking forward to the World Cup for four years, but the…

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The Last Unicorn

Tyrannosaurus Rex
The 45th anniversary of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s third album, Unicorn, might not seem like an auspicious anniversary, but, for a number of reasons you better believe it is. Tyrannosaurus Rex was the acoustic duo of Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrin Took — who pulled his stage moniker from the Lord of the Rings trilogy…

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Jodorowsky 1.0

Jodo
Nashville, TN is experiencing a Alejandro Jodorowsky renaissance this month with the Belcourt Theatre’s screenings of some of the auteur’s most important works, leading up to the local premiere of his new film, Dance of Reality. My fellow local film writers and I all respect the master’s outlandish…

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Arcade Anthems

Ronnie James Video Games
Last Thursday night Antonia and I were watching the video for Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” Antonia pointed out that it was one of the first earnest video game songs she could recall — as most songs about arcade attractions are parody’s or novelty songs; campy cantos to clanging coins.…

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William S. Burroughs’...

William S. Burroughs Photography
In a recent post I mentioned the January opening of the new photography exhibition Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs. I’ve just received a copy of the catalog and I’m planning a review of the volume in an upcoming post or on an episode of Coincidence Control Network. In the meantime,…

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Sun Ra Centenary

Sun Ra
This year we celebrate the 100th birthday of the cosmic reign of the avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra whose official birthday is celebrated on May 22. For those who know the man’s music, there is no need for an introduction here. For neophytes, here is a sampling of the story from the Sun Ra Arkestra’s…

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Coincidence Control Network...

CCN 67
This week: California’s mayor bullies bullies, That ain’t no Yeti. Uri Geller…sigh, German Cat slinging, HR Dieder…too soon?, Florida: the endless story machine, plus much more. Personnel – Kim Monaghan, Frater Isla, and Joe Nolan Links CA Mayor to Bullying Victims: “Grow a Pair”…

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