January 18, 2013

Memento Mori

“Vanitas”, ( Latin , "vanity" )* in art, is a genre of still-life painting that flourished in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. A “Vanitas” painting contains collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures; it exhorts the viewer to consider mortality and to repent. The “Vanitas” evolved from simple pictures of skulls and other symbols of death and transience frequently painted on the reverse sides of portraits during the late Renaissance.
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica

*Credit: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

January 11, 2013

Always Crashing In The Same Car

On January 8th David Bowie (turned 66 and) released a new single, the first in almost a decade, combined with a promise of a new album in March (produced by Tony Visconti, no less). I didn’t like the song (oh well) but I am going to wait for the album to come out for further criticism:-/

What really got on my nerves though was the never-ending “Berlin Trilogy” reference. I am not sure if it’s a Bowie obsession or a media trick to brainwash us that this album is “the best since Low”, but seriously, this joke is getting old. What the hell is wrong with you people? Why must everything Bowie does (album-wise) has to be compared to “Low” or “Heroes"*? “Low” happens to be my favourite Bowie album (and favourite album in general, along with The Cure’s “Pornography”) and it makes me want to pick up a baseball bat and smash heads every time some ass who once read on some mag that “Low” is the shit, compares everything else to that. Even if the album was called “This Is About The Berlin Trilogy”, I wouldn’t want to hear a thing about the Berlin Trilogy. Bowie has made some great records, some not so great records and now he made a new record. It's that simple. Really.

* “Lodger” wasn’t as good, sorry.

January 5, 2013

Yellow Sacrifice

“The King in Yellow” is a collection of tales, linked between them by either The King in Yellow (sometimes a book, sometimes a mysterious creature) or The Yellow Sign, written by Robert W. Chambers back in 1895. I read it more than ten years ago and I have returned to it several times. I do enjoy tales of the macabre and supernatural, although it is easy to go from horrific to horrible - not “The King”, though. If you like this kind of literature, I highly recommend it.

Speaking of things that can easily go from horrific to horrible, have you seen “Sinister”? That film could have been so good (although Ethan Hawke is not exactly my cup of tea), but somewhere along the way things went downhill. The soundtrack is great though, and one song in particular seriously messed me up – couldn’t get it out of my head for days.