Mick’s Tape | #8 Begin Again — More Songs From Movies

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1. Time is Tight – Booker T. & the MGs – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – 1998
2. Every 1’s a Winner – Hot Chocolate – Frances Ha – 2013
3. Ca Plane Pour Ma – Plastic Bertrantd – Ruby Sparks – 2012
4. Temptation – New Order – Trainspotting – 1996
5. Hanna’s Theme – Chemical Brothers – Hanna- 2011
6. Natural One – Folk Implosion – KIDS – 1995
7. Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi – Project X – 2012
8. Body Talk – RATT – The Golden Child – 1986
9. Theme – Jon Brion – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004
10. Tumbling Down – The Venus in Furs – Velvet Goldmine – 1998
11. Please Stay – The Crying Shames – The Place Beyond the Pines – 2013
12. Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Marie Antoinette – 2006
13. The Beautiful Ones – Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain – 1984
14. Dearest – Buddy Holly – Juno – 2007
15. The Lengths – The Black Keys – I Need That Record! – 2009 (documentary)
16. Maybe – The Chantels – American Graffiti – 1974
17. Chariots Rise – Lizzie West – Secretary – 2002
18. You and Me Song – The Wannadies – Romeo + Juliet – 1996
19. Waiting for Somebody – The Replacements – Singles – 1992
20. Bring on the Lucie – John Lennon – Children of Men – 2006

SCOUTED | #poolhunting

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I’m excited to share something today that is truly cool: an art project born out of a friend’s whimsical summer pastime. Production designer Andrea McAlister has lived in Austin long enough to know that the only way to pass the blazingly hot Saturdays of summer is in a pool. She began counting how many different pools she could visit in a single summer. Can I beat last year’s number? Do you know anyone who lives at the W? Can we sneak in? The sport became even more fun once she started documenting it on instagram. The hashtag #poolhunting was born. And what was once simply a numbers game was now a visual one as well — which pool was the most unique? The most exclusive? The grungiest? With an impressive collection of photos of pools from all around Austin and beyond, Andrea has finally unveiled the official poolhunting website. I’m kind of in love with it, and think that it is (much like it’s creator) cool in a rare and genuine way. Scroll below for a sample of Andrea’s work. And check out the poolhunting website for the entire existing collection of photos and to follow the fun as it unfolds this summer.

Want to join in the fun? Instagram a shot of your favorite pool with the hashtag #poolhunting for a chance to be re-grammed by Andrea’s offical @poolhunting account!

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Mick’s Tape | #7 Astronauts Can Feel It Far Away


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1. Le Voyage de Penelope // Air // Moon Safari, 1998
2. I Do // The Marvelos // The Doo Wop Box, 1965
3. Sweets For My Sweet // The Searchers // The Very Best of The Searchers, 1963
4. Searching For My Love // Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces // 1966
5. I Don’t Wanna Be Alone // Eagle Eye Williamson // Black Gold, 2010
6. The Wild One, Forever // Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers // Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1976
7. You Were So Warm // Dwight Twilley Band // Sincerely, 1976
8. I Want Everything // Luna // Lunapark, 1992
9. Bad // The Wooden Birds // Magnolia, 2009
10. A Stone // Okkervil River // Black Sheep Boy, 2005
The Clown // Chuck Wilder // Eccentric Soul: The Tragar and Note Labels, 2008
12. I’m Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn’t Break Your Heart // Eels // Live at Town Hall, 2006
13. King of Hearts // Lucinda Williams // Happy Woman Blues, 1980
14. If You Ever Need A Stranger (To Sing At Your Wedding) // Jens Lekman // When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog, 2004
15. Now That I’m Wise // Nathan Wilkes // Eccentric Soul: The Tragar and Note Labels, 2008
16. So Long, Marianne // Leonard Cohen // The Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1968
17. La-La La-La // Dale Hawkins // LA, Memphis, and Tyler, Texas, 1969
18. I Found A Reason // The Velvet Underground // Loaded, 1970
19. Lonely World // The Vaccines // Come of Age, 2012

MICK’S TAPE | #6 Life’s A Gas

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1. Ill Wills // Shout Out Louds // Our Ill Wills, 2007
2. Plasticities // Andrew Bird // Armchair Apocrypha, 2007
3. This Year // The Mountain Goats // The Sunset Tree, 2005
4. You’re Kidding Aren’t You? // The Field Mice // Snowballs + Singles, 1989
5. Little Girl // Syndicate of Sound // single, 1966
6. Pristine Christine // The Sea Urchins // single, 1987
7. Life’s a Gas // T. Rex // Electric Warrior, 1971
8. Stone Rollin’ // Raphael Saadiq // Stone Rollin’, 2011
9. Whole Wild World // Wreckless Eric // single, 1977
10. The Best Part of Being With You // The Groove Farm // Rough Trade Shops – Indiepop 1, 1987
Walking with Jesus // Spacemen 3 // Sound of Confusion
12. That Great Love Sound // The Raveonettes // Chain Gang of Love
13. There Must be a Better Life // Biff Bang Pow! // single, 1984
14. Polar Bear // Ride // Nowhere, 1990
15. On Tape // The Pooh Sticks // Orgasm, 1988
16. Yes I Can’t // King Khan and the Shrines // Idle No More, 2013
17. Slow Walkin // The Babies // Our House on the Hill, 2012
18. Borrowed Time // Parquet Courts // Light Up Gold, 2012
19. Die Little Love // Xray Eyeballs // Crystal – single, 2012
20. Friendly Ghost // Harlem // Hippies, 2010
21. If You Wanna // The Vaccines // What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?, 2011
22. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards // Tame Impala // Lonerism
23. Frightened Face // The Everywheres // Insound Vinyl Mixtape, 2013
24. Come to the City // The War on Drugs // Slave Ambient, 2011

ART | Marina Abramovic and Ulay

My good friend Andrea shared this video with me earlier this week and I’m pretty much in love with it. Marina Abramovic is a well-known performance artist (you might remember her cameo in Sex in the City) and the above is footage from her 2010 MoMA retrospective “The Artist is Present”.

In the seventies Marina and Ulay shared a fantastic love story — performing together out of the van they lived in and creating art inspired by their relationship as lovers. When the relationship had run it’s course in 1988, their separation was marked by The Great Wall Walk — a one-time only performance where they started at opposite ends of the Great Wall and walked towards each other. They met in the middle for one last hug, then disappeared from each others’ lives forever.

During the “The Artist is Present” Marina spent 60 seconds staring directly into the eyes of a series of strangers seated across from her. It was reportedly the largest exhibition of performance art in the museum’s history. This is what happened when, after decades apart, her former lover appeared across the table.

So beautiful. Thanks, Andrea.

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AAA-AAA (performance RTB, Liege)
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith
Breathing In/ Breathing Out
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
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Relation in Time
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
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Rest Energy
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith

Nightsea Crossing (Documenta 7 Kassel, 7 days)
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith
Nightsea Crossing (New Museum New York, 2 days)
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011

SCOUTED | Picked up an extra copy for mom

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Thank you to Cosmopolitan Magazine for featuring me in the July issue! I was happy to use the opportunity to promote one of my favorite new lines, Proud Mary, who practice fair trade with textile workers in developing countries. You can see that in the digital issue!

Criterion Challenge | 101 Days of Summer

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Here’s a fun little something: Criterion is streaming movies for free on Hulu! They’re calling it 101 Days of Summer, and It started on May 25th and goes through Labor Day. Each film is available for free on Hulu for 48 hours. The selections are a “mix of classic titles and brand-new uploads to Hulu”, a sample of which can be seen above. We’re on the edge of hitting the triple digits in Texas, so I’m ready to crank up the AC and watch some good movies. Maybe even a few bad movies. Whatever. As long as I’m inside with a cold glass of iced tea!

Art | Paintings by Kelly Reemsten

Paintings by Kelly Remsteen | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose SmithPaintings by Kelly Remsteen | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose SmithPaintings by Kelly Remsteen | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose SmithPaintings by Kelly Remsteen | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose SmithJust discovered the wonderful work of Kelly Reemsten via the Jealous Curator. I love the contradiction of the pretty dresses against the utilitarian tools… they seem to have an element of weaponry about them, don’t they? In any case, I think these paintings capture something real about how it feels to be a woman. I would love to add one of Kelly’s paintings to my collection someday!

TAPING | Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

emmylouPicI’m not going to lie. I dragged myself out the door to this taping after a long week of work, mostly out of duty and respect for names I grew up hearing. I did not know it would be it one of the best shows of my life. I did not know that Emmylou would bring me to tears, that both she and Rodney Crowell are two of the finest songwriters in country music, and that they’d be backed up by the tightest honky tonk road band I’ve ever seen. “Thanks for letting us come out here and play y’all some country music. Some real country music,” she announced, with her mane of white hair and trademark smile flashing under the hot stage lights. Turns out that “real” country music is a little bit like mainlining whiskey (which may account for the soggy state of my commemorative program.) In any case, it was the kind of show you didn’t want to end — when you realize how special it is while it’s actually happening. And this is why I go to concerts. A lot of concerts. In hopes that one out of fifty is like this. Maybe you only get a few. But you can live off those moments for a long time.

Emmylou is still impossibly pretty, so let’s get that out of the way first. And she’s done something I’ve never seen a woman do before — used the aging of her voice to her own artistic advantage. She’s breathier now, wiser, more road-worn. And when she’s telling you a story — say, about Pancho  –  she gives you no choice but to believe her. Over forty years of experience have turned both Emmylou and Rodney into the great living masters of ballad delivery. They tell many stories, but it’s undeniably the best when they’re telling their own. Two back-to-back songs, about halfway through the set, were the two I can’t stop thinking about: The first was Emmylou’s “Red Dirt Girl” chronicling the hard knock life of a girl from Harris’ home state of Alabama. And the second was Crowell’s semi-autobiographical story of abuse and salvation, “Rock O My Soul”. They came as a one-two punch straight to the gut, and pretty much knocked the wind out of me. I’ve yet to recover.

But there were happier stories, too — mostly shared by Emmylou and Roger between songs. Like how lead guitarist Jedd Hughes spent his youth practicing guitar in a garage in the 50-person town of Quorn, Australia (I swear to you, people, that is the only way you get that good. I have never seen anyone shred a Telecaster like this guy does.)  And the fact that drummer Jerry Roe is a third generation ACL performer. His grandfather was Jerry Reed and his father, Dave Roe, was the bassist in Johnny Cash’s band. She dedicated “San Antonio Rose” to the much beloved Texan songwriter who penned the tune, Susanna Clark (Guy’s wife). Anyways, it felt like being introduced to this larger family or network — the artists and songwriters who make up this sort of great quilt of Americana music. And just knowing that Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and The Band were very much a part of that quilt, too, well… it just doesn’t get much cooler than that. Friday night we heard songs by Townes, Roger Miller, Matraca Berg, Kris Kristofferson, and Gram Parsons in addition to songs by Harris and Crowell. It was, in the words of ACL producer Leslie Nichols, “a set list to end all set lists.”

And did I mention that the band kicked ass? There’s just something about a brushed drum behind smooth pedal steel… throw a smoking hot telecaster in the mix, and that’s a guaranteed good time. Which brings me back full circle to what Emmylou calls “real” country music — and to me that means traditional country instruments backing songs crafted with integrity about American life. If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to real country music performed by seasoned musicians, then please do yourself a favor and tune in to this taping when Season 39 airs. I know I will.