Friday, February 18, 2011

Simon and Simon*

Last night was so fun! Movie night is really turning into something rad especially with the new addition of John Milne's awesome AV set-up. Special guest Matias Bombal was splendid as well. What a golden voice!

Now I'm off to add a bunch of records to our 57th Street inventory and spend the rest of the day in my studio.
In the meantime behold this craziness. OMF basically held me down and made me watch this subsequently blowing my dome.

Who knew Paul Simon had a look-a-like brother?

*Simon and Simon is a registered Mark Miller witticism... all rights reserved.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Come and get it!!!!

VCA is screening the Magic Christian tomorrow night, Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 with special guest Matias Bombal! It's gonna be Bad Finger-tastic!

Prior to the Magic Christian Matias is presenting a silent comedy on 16mm, SO FUN!!!!!

If you haven't see this short video about Matias you MUST WATCH IT NOW!!!!!! He was once the littlest radio announcer. So cute...

See you tomorrow night!

Monday, February 14, 2011

What's up with this going to bed nonsense?!?

OMF and I have TOO MUCH STUFF!!!!

In an effort to share the magic from our humble abode with the rest of the world we have rented a shelf at the 57th Street Antique Mall.

All this and more can be YOURS!

Do you need help curing your gonorrhea without drugs?

What's up with this going to bed nonsense right?

Twin bed Star Wars sheets for a guest room or a very special very nerdy child's bed?

How 'bout some robin's egg blue Tepco ware? OMF and I just traded up for some Russel Wright but this stuff is indestructible. And chock full of California history!

Vintage I Magnin?

Gordons California Pottery?

For my graphic arts nerd friends how 'bout Fortune Magazine from the 1960s? These things are crazy cool!

Or a spicy French novel? The cover is a little dirty (no pun intended but trust me, it's priced to move!). Meow!

Do you like Batman?
Don't delay!!! ACT NOW!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

What a Beard!

Last fall when I was all a titter about the gubernatorial election, and terrified that Whitman might take it, I became preoccupied with Don Bachardy's portrait of Governor Brown (Governor Brown... ah, it feels good to say that).

In researching Bachardy I came across details about his relationship with Christopher Isherwood which then led me to read Isherwood and now I AM HOOKED!

So far I'm about 2/3s of the way through "Down There On a Visit," and am loving it. His meanderings remind me in some ways of the characters I have chosen to spend my adult years with, eccentrics and intellectuals who sometimes might make poor or reckless decisions but at the same time are pert near always engaging and fun. I dare say my exploits have been a deep shade tamer all things considered, however.....

By page 15 I was down the rabbit hole as a result of the following passage:
"The most arresting of Mr. Lancaster's photographs was a large one showing a vigorous, bearded old man of perhaps 75. What a Beard! It was the real article, no longer obtainable, made of sterling silver; the beard of the genuine Victorian paterfamilias. It roared in torrents from his finely arched nostrils and high big-lobed ears, foamed over his cheeks in two tidal waves that collided below his chin to form boiling rapids in which no boat could have lived. What a beard-conscious old beauty - tilting his head up to be admired, with an air of self-indulged caprice!"

A beard-conscious old beauty indeed! This sort of lovely metaphor matched with tales of drinking, travel, debauchery, homo-eroticism and WWII make for a quality read if you ask me.

My edition of the book has a sketch of Isherwood on the cover similar to the one above by Bachardy.

The first edition cover is also by Bachardy and is quite jaunty.

This image of the two of them in Bachardy's studio is the best.

The more I read about Isherwood the more intriguing he becomes... Friends with the likes of E.M. Forster, W.H. Auden, and Truman Capote, adapted Waugh's The Loved One for the screen with Terry Southern, had two books developed into film including Cabaret and A Single Man, edited Vendanta magazine for two years and sat on the advisory board for the publication with Aldous Huxley, etc. etc. In short he was an insanely interesting dude.

Lastly, in google image searching Isherwood you come up with a fair amount of John Waters pics. This one in particular was worth a repost.

Amen brother!