Stuff I Like Today

1. Stayed healthy during the Pop Montreal festival: tabled both days of the record fair while finishing up my cold, didn’t haul too much home, just a few records (Mahalia Jackson, Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway, Paul Simon’s Graceland for Mike, plus Yamantaka//Sonic Titan CD) as well as a Psychic Handshake t-shirt, which I love. Photo soon.

2. The Cindy Crabb (Doris zine) + Jeff Miller (GHOST PINE zine) reading at Le Cagibi on Thursday evening, which is the Montreal launch of Crabb’s The Encyclopaedia of Doris. I won’t be able to make it, but I urge y’all to go- both of these peeps are great writers and zine makers. Thanks to Radical Montreal for the tip!

3. Sick Friend’s The Draft Dodger

4. The latest issue of Good Housekeeping. Yeah, that’s right. I was in the check out line at the grocery store and the first thing that caught my eye was the pumpkin followed closely by the ‘Sleepless?’ headline and then the ‘slow cooker suppers’…which has become increasingly relevant to me, once again, now that I’m arriving home too tired to cook some nights.

5. Mini-Wheats. Never been a cereal kinda girl but I’ve been going hard on these guys. Like, craving them even.

6. Having half-cleaned my studio. Not so bad!

7. Autumn everything: cooler weather, cooler fashions, warmer foods, darker beer…mmm. Movies watched under blankets, kitties on laps. Visits to the river in sweaters. Pressuring The Goode Neighbours into letting us give out Halloween candy from their porch! None of these listed items have come to pass yet, but I def’ Like Them Today.

8. Playing shows with the band again, the new tunes are growing up on stage out of the studio and feeling great.

9. Painting my nails all different colours.

Lola tried to help with the correcting.

10. Coming home to home cooked meals PLUS baking (banana strawberry bread!). Yum.

AG

Ta-DA!

Feels a little silly to post these, but I’m pumped about them. They required little effort other than sitting still and trying to make sure my blouse didn’t get all screwy. For all of the Pop portraits, go check ’em out at the festival or visit Richmond’s site. Thanks to Allison (another rad photog) for tipping me off!

Happy Pop Montreal!

By Richmond Lam

By Richmond Lam

Pop Portraits

Martin Caesar by Richmond Lam

A few weeks ago I visited Richmond Lam‘s studio and hung with him and his partner Coey Kerr while they took my portrait for the Pop Portraits series. I have no idea what the results look like but I will tomorrow when Pop Montreal starts up. The portraits will be projected at the Pop Quarters/registration house (3450 St-Urbain) and the SAT and will eventually find their way on to Richmond’s site and the Pop Montreal site. I’ll be sure to share it here- hope I cleaned up nice!

Polyp plays this Wednesday

I was invited to screen my one-take Super 8 film POLYP this Wednesday at a cine-club, details below…

Do stereotypes still control women’s identity? Are they still current but in a more pernicious way? Having been around for so long, how can women today find their identities outside of society’s pre–established boundaries?

This program will examine women’s identity crisis and how they examine themselves related to the stereotypes supposed to represent them.

  • POLYP, Amber Goodwyn, 2min. 50sec. super 8 black and white, 2009 : « My nipples contract like sea anemones » One-take in-camera edited film about an anxious sexual identity. With the presence of the artist.
  • Les filles du Roy, Anne Claire Poirier, 56min.16mm color, 1974 : Essay retracing Quebec women’s multiple figures throughout different time eras : the Indian, la fille du Roy, the religious, the Corriveau, the colon’s wife and the soldier’s wife, also the modern woman, worker and mother, the exploitation of her traditional qualities and her degradation to women-object.

Doors open 7h30pm
Projection starts 8pm

Facebook event

Gratuitous Kittie-ness, or, It’s my blog and I’ll post what I want to.

Having animals in your home is kinda like having kids on a way smaller scale in that you accumulate objects that don’t jive aesthetically with the rest of one’s place, you know? Take the scratching post below. The blonde cat, Ash a.k.a. Prince had a long day last week (vaccuum cleaner woes, men with heavy boots walking around,etc) and so pushed the scratching post into my studio and stuck with it, kinda like a capsized fisherman washed up onto the comforting side of a lighthouse. What a baby.

…And here is me with the two furry babes early in the morning taking a portrait for Mike’s birthday:

…And a video we shot for K$’s birthday last year, should anyone have missed the glory:

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..And while we’re reviewing:

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AG

Stuff I Like Today

1. I love Sonja’s blog…and art. I know I am so silly but I haven’t yet had a chance to check out her book The Selves. I like how she writes for each of her posts in a sorta stream of consciousness with bits of pop and fine art detritus. Love the shots of her Yukon home too.

 2. Cadence Weapon’s last MTL Sessions show last week where he invited my local favorite Mozart’s Sister in to play a couple of tunes. Check out the archive and interview right here. Yesterday’s Montreal Sessions were the first of Pop Montreal‘s reign over the program- they’re  on every Tuesday in September from 3-5pm. Yesterday included a pretty cool interview by Sean from Said the Gramophone interviewing Dan Seligman the festival director and included a live set by the incredibly charming Ira Lee. More over here.

Mozart's Sister. Photo by Noah Bick

3. Crooklyn (1994) By Spike Lee. Watched it for the first time last time with Mike and we both agree that it’s a pretty excellent portrayal of kids in that it doesn’t patronize them and is pretty spot on about their social interactions. I was totally weepy by the end!

4. What my Tumblr has revealed about me to me: I’m one of those Tumblr users who pretty much only re-blogs images other people have posted and I recently scrolled back through it looking for an image to send to someone and discovered that I have some pretty strong themes going on there: lace and white dresses, Hendrix, bearded Paul McCartney with family, land art, quirky jewelry usually consisting of miniaturized versions of household objects, patterned clothing, 60s musicians, nostalgic pop cultural references, big hair, painted nails, hippie-ish and rustic interiors/shelters and terrariums. Some Simpsons jokes.

5. Google Reader– why did I resist thee for so long?

6. Getting paid to be a knitwear model. Aaaah yeaaaah. Had to stuff my bra and try to look tall, but it all worked out in the end! Photos soon enuf.

7. Getting recognized in the street by the local mixed marshall arts master after shooting a video in his boxing ring.

8. This evening I realized that around this time last year I was planning to leave my former place of work. I was also craving quiet solitude and had thought of going on a silent retreat. Then fall, winter and spring came and went: I lived in jeans and sweaters and wrote songs and worked in my studio. Here on the other side of that sabbatical of a sort, I am no longer feeling quiet and am quite excited about most everything. I like that today for sure and big time.

9.  The Cousins Secret Weapon/Speech 7″10. CKUT on the Free Music Archive! Yip, yip!

*11.*BONUS: Mike’s salvaged movie program schedules from the drive-in movie theaters he filmed out west this summer. Have a look!

Gotta do these more often,

AG

PS: Gaaaaaah, can’t seem to finish part 3 of the NYC trip back from May! Gotta few other posts to put up too and some collage, etc. Check back soon! For now, a breezy looking photo taken on the Williamsburg bridge:

Photo by Mike! Holga!

Secret’s out.

A Holga-made double exposure from this summer.

So my band has changed our name to Cobra & Vulture + released an EP called Seer (download it for free!) + recorded two live, stripped down performances for Southern Souls. Hope you like it all! More below:

“Friends, we are pleased to present our band. We still love Nightwood, but that is now a band from before, and here is Cobra & Vulture.  

This summer, we took a week off from recording a full length album to write and self-record an EP called Seer. You can find Seer here, an intimate EP about clairvoyance, worry and hope, mixed by the legendary David Krajic.

There are also two take-away videos we filmed with the lovely and talented Mitch Fillion for Southern Souls. Have a look at them here

We are double plus excited to be hitting the stage this month. We will be in Toronto at Forgetus Collective on September 17th, at a Slapback event. And on September 26th, we will be playing in Montreal at O Patro Vys (event on the Facebook).”

The new band deets: Bandcamp / Tumblr / Twitter / Facebook

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