Friday, October 26, 2012

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Amanda Lear's "Alphabet"

I have a particular sensitivity to the letter "G."

Martiniano showed me this video tonight. It's fantastically campy. Amanda Lear, once romantically linked to David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Brian Jones and Salvador Dali(!) was the disco queen of Europe in the 80s.  Watch the video and you can't help but smile.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Holy Shit - You Made My Dreams Come True

Finally. Something to put on this thing >>

Holy Shit - You Made My Dreams Come True 12" out in November on Fat Possum.

Friday, March 02, 2012


I posted already on the 01 blog last week but I can't help myself. I am very fond of this man's work!

At Marc Foxx
Up until March 24, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Creatures of Comfort - Be My Valentine Mix

I made a Valentine's mix for my friend's shop, Creatures of Comfort. Go here to download and to see the tracklist. 

And here's part 2 to this mix.... It's the moody and melancholy counterpart to part 1. Tracklist here


Sunday, January 08, 2012

You Don't Own Me

I can't stop listening to Klaus Nomi's cover of "You Don't Own Me" off of his 1981 s/t album. His rendering has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in -- cabaret Queen-like theatrics, Thin Lizzy double lead guitar harmonies, middle of the road pub rock revivalist bummer, and Martin Duffy-like organ swells. It's probably the latter two, echoes of Denim and Felt, that draw me towards this version.

And the original and classic Leslie Gore version from 1964's TAMI show --

Friday, December 30, 2011

This American Life: BREAK-UP

In celebration of tomorrow's NYE, have a listen to TAL's Break-Up, act one of episode 339. Starlee Kine's wonderfully produced story features my beloved song, Against All Odds, and Phil Collins is a total mensch! One of my favorite favorite episodes...

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hansel from Basel MIX

I made a mix for my friend's site - Hansel from Basel.  It's inspired by Felt, Anna Karina and girls who wear tights.

She Lives By The Castle Mix - Click here to download.

Bel Canto - The Glassmaker
Berntholer - My Suitor
Cat's Eyes - I'm Not Stupid
Emma Tricca - Paris Rain
Helene Smith - Willing And Able
Joan Armatrading - Only One
Judee Sill - The Kiss
Kendra Smith - Iridescence 31
Laetitia Sadier - Summertime
Lijadu Sisters - Come on Home
Lucie Eyenga - Yaka Mama
Madredeus - Oxala
Mazzy Star - Common Burn
Poly Styrene - Dreaming
Purity Ring - Ungirthed
Sibylle Baier - The End
Susanna + The Magical Orchestra - Condition Of The Heart
Taken by Trees - No Letting Go
This Mortal Coil - Mr. Somewhere
Wanderléa - Te Amo

Thursday, November 03, 2011


Here are three outtakes from the photo shoot I had the pleasure of working on with my favorite dudes. The whole thing is at 01 Magazine. Real-life PhDs featuring the brutalist architecture of the UCLA campus.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Mix 3: Piano Works

Inspired by the autumnal change of season and my first Terry Riley live performance at Blum + Poe a couple of weeks ago, I compiled this mix consisting of piano works. Great to listen to while making soups, finding clarity or attempting to finish a crossword!

Click on image to download:

Hands of Russian piano virtuoso Sergei Rachmaninoff, New York, 1943
by Eric Schaal for Life Magazine

Monday, September 19, 2011

Saigon 1948

"Il parait que les français menaient une vie pas mal agreable n'est-ce pas?"
- Photos courtesy of my Uncle Bob

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Princess Stephanie of Monaco

As a child, I was obsessed with this song, "Ouragan," by Princess Stephanie of Monaco. It was also released under the title of "Irresistible" stateside.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

2011 Mix 2

It's been a while since the last mix but here are 20 deep cuts I've been enjoying this summer. Click on the image to download (btw, you only have 4 more days to see the great Gertrude Stein exhibit at SF's CJM). I tried to make this a Spotify mix but half of the tracks are unavailable. Oh well... You know it's a good one then! (פ') ליהנות

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Cinéma du look: Subway

I have this thing that I say - "I only want to watch Memphis-inspired films."* Well, I finally got to see this Cinéma du look film by the great Luc Besson. So inspiring - the cinematography, the art direction, the styling, the Memphis-inspired colors, Isabelle Adjani, Christopher Lambert, and the most incredible song by Eric Serra, "It's Only Mystery." It's currently on Netflix stream.

Cinéma du look. Memphis-Milano Movement. An aesthetic kinship between two contemporary movements.

*I find that I have a hard time finding Memphis-inspired films. Do let me know if you can think of any.*

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Upside Down: The Creation Records

Upside Down: The Creation Records Story - New Trailer from Upside Down The Movie on Vimeo.

Doing this. If you're in LA this Sunday or SF on Monday, come see the west coast premiere of this documentary on my all-time favorite record label. The director will be there. Mark Gardener from RIDE will perform. And it's free. Can't wait.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

LOLs Will Tear Us Apart (2011)

Unchi Neko VI (aka Matt Damhave's) new film, LOLs Will Tear Us Apart (2011) >>

Note from Neko: For an "optimal" viewing "experience," please use HEADPHONES. K? thx, bai!

Friday, June 03, 2011

Felt : Ballad of the fan, by JC Brouchard

My handsome copy of JC Brouchard's "Felt, Ballad of the fan" just arrived all the way from France. You might want to get your copy before it sells out (just like Foxtrot Echo Lima Tango's did very quickly last year).

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What Happened to Fanuelle?

Almost a decade ago, I fell in love with Matthew Fanuelle's self-releases. They were simply titled C, D, 1 or 2... The proper release, self-titled in 2005, fortunately included one of my all-time favorite songs, "I've Been Killing, So."

We've lost contact in the last few years. And then I found him incarnated as Nunzio Fattini. Fanuelle to Fattini. Nice surprise. Enjoy Album Primum by Nunzio Fattini here.

One could say "Cousin" is a masterpiece.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sanya Kantarovsky

Sanya Kantarovsky is my favorite new painter.