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3:AM in the Mix (published 20/05/2010)

Androgynous – Jhameel

Hello Cash – Jhameel

New Some City – Jhameel

Download the album for free here.

Update: Four Questions to Jhameel

3:AM: What is your favourite word in your favourite song?
Jhameel: “Ambrosia” in the song Aphrodite encompasses some of my favorite themes. There’s an element of absolute sensation in the word, it’s the epitome of taste and smell that’s so blissful that it only belongs to the gods. It also doesn’t hurt that it just sounds pretty.
3:AM: Does your familiarity with the Arabic language influence your lyrics?
Jhameel: I think so. Arabic has really given me an appreciation for archetypes and structures. I like to have color, variety, and chaos in my music, but they all stand on firm infrastructure both musically and ideally, much like the Arabic language
3:AM: Who’s your favourite underground artist right now, and who’s your favourite mainstream artist?
Jhameel: I’ve been listening to a lot of DM Stith lately. I’m a sucker for wild sounding percussion and strings. My favorite mainstream artist is Missy Elliott. I still listen to “Work It” sometimes.
3:AM:Do you plan to tour across the USA and/or abroad in the near future?
Jhameel: Yup. I’m making a short term move to New York in the fall and plan on hitting a few small places for shows on a drive across the country. Nothing major except maybe a few festivals that I’m waiting on.

Visit Jhameel’s Myspace.

The Missing Links (published 18/05/2010)


The Library of Potential Literature. * The arresting opening scene of Tamara Drewe. * A draft of Lee Rourke‘s The Canal. * Jon Savage on The Secret Public exhibition. * Creative people are incestuous. * The best (and worst) book trailers of the year. * Jack Kerouac reading from On the Road (via). * The not so brutal contents of Adelle Stripe‘s fridge. * Gay bikers from the 60s and 70s. * A week in the life of Brian Eno. * Why are British women’s breasts getting bigger? * 10 directors to follow on Twitter. * Translating Bolaño. * Is retweeting a form of plagiarism? * A bilingual journal devoted to Beckett. * 8 versions of Kurt SchwittersUrsonate. * Secret LSD tests. * Dear Diary exhibition (via). * The Ian Curtis tour and exhibition. Also: James Hopkins on his teenage obsession with Joy Division. * BS Johnson shorts. * Women of the punk era. * The Sex Pistols meet the Muppets. * The return of the Wombles. More here. * The Bay City Rollers are back too. * Concrete and Glass. * London in the Raw trailer (1964). * All your cash is mud lost (Ben Myers). * New literary magazines. * New platforms for literary journals. * Punk leather jackets. * Online journalism entrepreneurs. * The Hunting of the Snark. * Hot guys reading books. * Bring back tea rooms! * How do you listen to short stories? * New issue of Triple Canopy. * The People’s Manifesto. * No UK indie literary scene? (What have we been doing for the past 10 years?) * Tortured artists. * David Hockney paints on iPad. * A microhistorian in Paris. * Gen X has a midlife crisis. * Black punk bands. * The joy of unread books. * Eddie Argos speaks. * A Moleskine cover blog. * The playlists to Bret Easton Ellis‘s novels. * The International Dada Archive. * David Shields (Reality Hunger) interviewed. * Tintin fans cry foul. * Chuck Palahniuk “gets campy”. * An interview with David Mitchell. * The Brontë Sisters power dolls. * Montaigne, philosopher of life. * Foals interviewed. * Joe Strummer and Robert Fripp in conversation (1981). * Alain de Botton‘s modernist holiday homes.

Bad JuJu @ the KGB (published 17/05/2010)


Jonathan Woods reads from Bad Juju & Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem at the KGB Bar, NYC, Sunday 23 May. More details here.

Portraits of the artist (published )


Beyond the Words, Swedish artist Carl Köhler‘s magnificent neo-Modernist authorportraits series is currently showing at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, after a stint in Toronto:

In the early 1950s, a young painter and sculptor named Carl Köhler left the Swedish Royal Academy of Fine Art and headed to Paris, as many young artists are wont to do. There, he fell in love with French literature. When Köhler passed away in 2006 at the age of 86, he left behind an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings. Among his work was a group of about 100 portraits inspired by literature — what Köhler called his “authorportraits”.

Köhler painted such notable writers as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Joyce Carol Oates, Virginia Woolf, Henry Miller, Franz Kafka and Günter Grass. Each painting is as distinctive as the author it celebrates; they do not remain anchored to one particular style or technique. Henry Miller is reimagined as a “demon,” fitting for an author whose novel Tropic of Cancer was accused of breaking obscenity laws in the United States in the early 1960s. Sometimes Köhler seems to channel the author’s writing style in his paintings, such as his likeness of the avant-garde writer Samuel Beckett, or a portrait of the famously prolific Joyce Carol Oates, which, though accomplished, looks as though it may have been dashed off in 15 minutes.

The exhibition continues at the Joseph Regenstein Library Chicago in September, moving to the Boole Library Cork in 2011. The Millions offer a nice analysis of Köhler’s work, while there’s more paintings at Torontoist and Papercuts.

[Image: Charles Bukowski by Carl Köhler, courtesy of Henry Köhler]