I recently watched Be Here To Love Me, a documentary on Townes Van Zandt that was a great tribute to the cracked sorrow of his music. If you aren't familiar with Townes, now is the time to start listening. Watch the trailer to Be Here To Love Me here; you can also see a great performance of one of his best songs, Waitin' Around to Die, here. The above painting of Townes is by Constance Dillon.
How awesome are the recent Keith Richards interviews? Someone should compile and publish some of the nuggets ("The Quotable Richards," perhaps?). We have learned that he apparently carries a knife in his pants, and that he doesn't do underwear but loves his purple Uggs. That despite doing a little "this and that" over the years, he won't eat cheese because it just "wrong." And in terms of Mick, he has no idea if anyone ever "shoved it up the shitter."
Above is Dan Dalton's Keith icon. If I could afford it I'd use it as the centerpiece of my shrine. You can buy it here.
Just saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall this weekend, and while it was affable and funny, I can't help but feel some feminist zeal at the notion that Baby Mama will kick its ass. Well, if not critically, at least at the box office. Richard Roeper describing his undying love for Team Apatow's latest doesn't explain away Drillbit Taylor. If anyone can bring one for the ladies, Tina can!
We are having our bathroom remodeled, and I felt some green guilt about adding our existing ugly vinyl flooring to another landfill, what with all the toxins. How fantastic is Bill Miller, the scavenger artist who takes discarded vinyl and linoleum flooring and makes collaged artwork? I came upon his story and was reminded of Henry Darger: "nostalgic, beautiful, forgotten relics'' rearranged into a dreamworld with Manet's Dejeuner sur l'herb. You can see more of his work here.
I've been spending this week finding some flickr inspiration, and one of my flickr crushes, Ugly is the new Pretty (my southern style icon - see the sets of her wardrobe and home), reminded me of one of my favorite letterpress companies from my grad school days: Yee-Haw Industries. Out of Knoxville, Tennessee, Yee-Haw makes the most fantastic southern-inspired prints and posters. Turns out Yee-Haw has an etsy store too, where you can find this ice cream boy print (just in time for summer). You can also buy their work here, including more of their fine art prints and posters - the Lucinda Williams Saint of White Trash poster is to die for!