Why don’t we do this kind of thing anymore? You saw it a lot in the 1960s and 70s—speakers embedded in display shelves or on a wall, as part of the decor. Maybe it’s partly that components were better looking then, in general, but you could still do this now. Why don’t we? Is it because stereo components are now considered throwaway, and you’d never make built-ins because your components …read more
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The single “Elephant” from new Tame Impala album “Lonerism” Album cover for Lonerism by Tame Impala – fenced garden, Paris The new Tame Impala album Lonerism is out. (It’s not released in North America yet, technically, but seems you can get on iTunes already.) I’ve had it on perpetual repeat for 3 days. It’s interesting in terms of its psychedelic 1960s sound because as many reviews have pointed out, you can’t …read more
Petulia, starring Julie Christie, George C. Scott (who looked a little like Sean Penn then) and Richard Chamberlain, was shot and set in San Francisco in 1967. An odd film but interesting in that it’s one of the few in which the villain—if he is a villain—occupies traditional decor while our main protagonist, a divorced doctor, occupies the modern. This bucks a pretty solid trend of villains or generally immoral types living in …read more
Arcosanti, designed by Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri, is an experimental architectural complex perched on the side of a gulch in the Arizona desert, about 70 miles north of Phoenix. Arcosanti was begun in 1970 as a multi-stage project, but it is not—and perhaps may never be—finished. Ultimately meant to house 5000, it currently houses far fewer but nevertheless still exists as a proposition for a new hyper-dense, ecologically sensitive mode of human settlement. …read more
Screenshots from Our Man Flint (1966) from architectural site Pushpullbar. Our Man Flint was a James Bond parody starring James Coburn. Not sure if my current trip through 1960s irreverence and parody is unseasonal or not. I’m just in the mood. I’m doing the Christmas dinner this year, and we’re having fondue. Nice sweaters.
Frank Zappa and Mike Nesmith Update: Goodbye Davy Jones, 30 December 1945 – 29 February 2012. You were the sweet, lovely heart of the Monkees. Memory of Davy by Peter Tork. The television show The Monkees ran from 1966-1968. I grew up on the Monkees and I had a crush on all four of them. I still miss the off-hand, deadpan humour and the surrealism, I miss the characters (who were known by their real-life names), their affectionate, faux-naif …read more