Category Archives: Kultcha

Buzzword Alert (Belated Dept.)

I met someone last week who introduced herself as working in a “think-do tank” which was the first I’d heard of the term.  I bet it catches on.

Wait a minute: Google has 7,740,000 results for “think-do tank”.  Guess I’m behind the times again.

Never mind.

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Performance Piece

From the Miami Light Project:

Join us this Friday at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse for a performative piece with Xavier Cortada that brings Americans together towards a common purpose to uphold our Constitution!

Miami Light Project
presents

“Oath”
by
Xavier Cortada

with the participation of
Marcos Daniel Jimenez
Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida

on
Inauguration Day
Friday, January 20th, 2017
11:30 am

at
The Light Box
at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26th Street
Miami, FL 33127

“Oath” is a performative piece that brings citizens together towards a common purpose: to uphold our Constitution. As part of Cortada’s performance, Mr. Jimenez will administer this Oath to all those present at noon (the exact time that the President-Elect takes office):

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute my role as Citizen of The United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Reading of the US Constitution:

Between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, individuals will gather to simultaneously read the United States Constitution out loud in English, in Spanish, and in Haitian Creole.

“Oath” serves to launch Culture of Resistance, a 48-month, socially-engaged performance project by Xavier Cortada  based at Miami Light Project.
Unfortunately, I can’t go, but I like the concept.
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More Covers

I’ve admitted before that I like covers that make a song new again.  Here’s a nice bunch curated by Dennis Hartley.

Update: they took down the direct link for some reason, but you can still find it in the Hullabaloo archive – just search it for “An Elpee’s Worth of Covers”.

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Iggy Pop Tonight

Iggy PopGoing to see the Iggy Pop concert tonight.

I’m old enough to remember when “Iggy” for music meant Pop and not Azalea. In fact I’m old enough to remember when it seemed like New York Times style, which required that everyone be Mr. or Mrs. or Miss, might require a review of Iggy Pop to speak of “Mr. Pop”. (The story is that the ban on removing honorifics broke when it came time to review an album or concert by Meat Loaf.  Meanwhile the rule that honorifics must be removed for convicted felons got changed just in time to save the paper from lèse-majesté with Spiro Agnew.)

Anyway, now that Bowie is gone, Iggy Pop may be the last of his kind. So if he’s going to come here as part of his “Post Punk Depression” tour, I’m going to go there, even if it is the last week of a very busy semester. See you in row “U”.

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Can I Go Home Now?

I learned a new term this morning: glitch aesthetics. (Odd images!)

Spotted via boingboing.

Source: http://secure.static.tumblr.com/8afb7f8a887ba303678c1d1b8a82cf3b/lf0xqra/LTKn54c5n/tumblr_static_e69ixj3imygww84s48gos4g0c_640_v2.jpg

(Only 1081 back items in my RSS feed! Another week and I’ll have caught up from We Robot.)

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Yes, I Lead a Sheltered Life

This Babymetal video is the strangest thing I’ve seen online this year (excluding Republican debates):

JPop crossed with death metal, plus a dollop of religious cultural appropriation. Spotted via Cory Doctorow, Babymetal, live on Colbert! in which he describes Babymetal as “Japan’s greatest synthetic all-woman heavy metal band.” I am prepared to believe it.

There’s also an official version of the video that is odd in different ways.

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