Wes Phillips

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Wes Phillips  |  Aug 16, 2006  |  5 comments
Joan C. Gratz's seven minute animated, um, trip through art—from La Gioconda to Chuck Close. It's 2D claymation from 1992, but it was new to me.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 26, 2006  |  0 comments
Father Athanasius Kircher explains just about everything—and the pictures are gorgeous.
Wes Phillips  |  May 10, 2006  |  0 comments
My friend Jeff gave me a copy of the new CD remaster of this David Byrne/Brian Eno disc—and it's great. Now Byrne and Eno, "in keeping with the original spirit of the album," offer listeners access to the original multitrack recordings and a chance to remix them through a Creative Commons license. They also offer a chance for the remixes to be posted in a daily Top 20, as chosen by the site moderators.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 05, 2007  |  0 comments
Wow, Mark Steyn is even crankier than I am.
Wes Phillips  |  Jul 24, 2007  |  0 comments
Who am I to critique somebody else's field of study?
Wes Phillips  |  Sep 11, 2007  |  0 comments
"'Music's first offering, an eclectic, disparate, but mostly functional compendium of influences from 5000 B.C. to present day, hints that this trend's time may not only have fully arrived, but is already on the wane,' [editor in chief Ryan] Schreiber wrote. 'If music has any chance of keeping our interest, it's going to have to move beyond the same palatable but predictable notes, meters, melodies, tonalities, atonalities, timbres, and harmonies.'"
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 24, 2006  |  1 comments
Bagheera: "You distract him and I'll knock the kibble off the shelf. He's slow—we'll make out like bandits."
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 09, 2006  |  0 comments
Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties is, quite simply, the best book ever published about the Beatles and their music. Its first half is the best description of the '60s I've ever read; its second half is a track by track exploration of the songs and the process of recording them. It's out of print in the USA, but there's a new edition available in the UK and it can be ordered from the link. Do yourself a favor and read this book if the Beatles mean anything to you at all.
Wes Phillips  |  Oct 20, 2006  |  1 comments
According to Sam Anderson, "To the millions of us flitting around the edges of hipness, he is our Geek Bard, our Troubadork."
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 23, 2006  |  0 comments
I'm a reggae snob, so I began reading this article with suspicion. I was wrong, Field Maloney knows his Wailers—and he knows that the Wailers' best recordings are seldom heard here in the 'States. If you haven't heard Soul Rebels, African Herbsman, and Rasta Revolution, you haven't heard them at their best. The American releases were way too prettied up and defanged. If you think you love Bob Marley, you must hear African Herbsman. Full stop—end of story.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 11, 2007  |  0 comments
B. R. Myers didn't like Denis Johnson's National Book Award winning Tree of Smoke much.
Wes Phillips  |  Aug 08, 2006  |  1 comments
Need I say more? And, unlike many parodies, these are ha-ha funny, not simply funny strange.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 23, 2005  |  0 comments
The feature length movie (link is to trailer) has become the "most viewed film in Finland," having been seen by three million people in the last 60 days.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 08, 2006  |  0 comments
Neil Gaiman's lovely little fairy tale is going to be a movie. This could be good news, since Stardust has a deliberately simple storyline, unlike most of Gaiman's oeuvre and offers the best chance of a straight movie adaptation.