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I’m Here Around The World

Published March 22, 2010 by Dallas

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As we mentioned last week the online premiere of Spike’s latest short “I’m Here” has been making a major splash. While the robot love story is available for a free screening every hour online on a first come first served basis, it has also been making its rounds in the real world.

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The London premiere at 14 Bike Co drew a great crowd, as did the recent Paris screening which you can read about at Dazed Online. The film will be making its way through Europe playing at outdoor venues (see the freight container pictured above) and with any luck should be hitting the small screen here in the US quite soon. Stay tuned!

David Foster Wallace : Scribbles in the Margins

Published March 11, 2010 by Dallas

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If you’ve ever read anything by David Foster Wallace, or if you’ve ever read anything about David Foster Wallace, you’ll know first and foremost that his style and his genius were unmatched in the modern era of “less is more literature.” Say what you will about the practical application of implementing hundreds of pages of footnotes to help broaden the understanding of your story, or layering characters so deep that they often fold in upon themselves, the steps that he took to advance the cause of what great writing can be will no doubt still be a topic of debate on college campuses and coffee shop sofas for decades to come. While DFW left us with only a handful of titles to his name (each one a delightful gem) he also left a substantial library of notes and notebooks. The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin acquired the archive and has been diligently digitizing the papers one by one so you too can have a flip through the (virtual) pages.

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The archive contains manuscript materials for Wallace’s books, stories and essays; research materials; Wallace’s college and graduate school writings; juvenilia, including poems, stories and letters; teaching materials and books.

Highlights include handwritten notes and drafts of his critically acclaimed “Infinite Jest,” the earliest appearance of his signature “David Foster Wallace” on “Viking Poem,” written when he was six or seven years old, a copy of his dictionary with words circled throughout and his heavily annotated books by Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, John Updike and more than 40 other authors.

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Wallace’s materials at the Ransom Center will reside alongside the papers of contemporary writers such as DeLillo, Norman Mailer, Doris Lessing and James Salter, as well as those of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.

Wallace’s publisher Little, Brown and Company is donating its editorial files relating to the author to the Ransom Center. Wallace worked with Little, Brown and Company beginning in 1993.

Al Jarnow

Published March 5, 2010 by Dallas

As most write-ups on the career of Al Jarnow will tell you, you are probably more familiar with his work than his name. An early contributor to Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact, Jarnow’s animations are sure to strike a familiar note to anyone who was raised in a PBS household, or learned to count along to a TV with knobs on it. Recently, vinyl reissuers and all out crate-diggers The Numero Group revisited Jarnow’s work remastering, color-correcting and compiling over forty of Jarnow’s animated shorts into Celestial Navigations, perhaps the most futuristic thirty five year old work your kid is going to see this year.

Guess What Comes Out on DVD Tomorrow…

Published March 1, 2010 by Dallas

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SOOOOOO EXCITED! If you haven’t already sent in an email to win a copy from us. Now’s your last chance. We’ll pick the winners later today.

Crafts for a Cause

Published February 12, 2010 by Dallas

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Want to get some really rad crafty items made by some of your favorite artists and musicians and help out a great cause while you are doing it? Of course you do! WLYS best bud Binki Shapiro has organized some of her contemporaries to craft a bunch of one of a kind items to be auctioned of online on March 15th to help raise money for the Haitian earthquake relief efforts. It’s called Crafts for a Cause and here’s what Bink has to say about it:

My name is Binki Shapiro, and I play in the band Little Joy. In an effort to raise money for the relief efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti, I’ve rallied a bunch of artists to contribute custom-made artwork — t-shirts, tote bags and other personalized items — for the Crafts For A Cause auction. All proceeds will go to Artists for Peace and Justice, an amazing charitable organization founded by my dear friend Paul Haggis. To learn more about them, visit www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com

The list of items and participants is growing daily and so far includes Spike’s drawings, Conor Obert’s guitar, Natalie Portman’s ballet slippers, and all kinds of other goodies from Sia, Vampire Weekend, The Stokes and many many more. What a great idea!

Leo Fitzpatrick

Published February 12, 2010 by Dallas

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Long time friend of WLYS Leo Fitzpatrick is having an opening this weekend at half gallery in NYC. In true Fitzpatrick fashion the above flier pretty much has nothing to do with the type of art being showcased which are some great collages laid out from the carcasses of old paperback novels. If you are in the area you should definitely stop in!

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Everything

Published February 10, 2010 by Dallas

Around here we don’t do much posting about the wave of internet auteurs who have been multiplying in number on what seems to be a daily basis. Not because we aren’t psyched on them, but because it’s honestly hard to keep track. The blessing/curse of all this free media is that there are only so many video mashups you can ingest in a given seven-day period before they all start to blur together. Today though, we’d like to introduce you to Everything. It’s a web-sized sampler platter of contemporary video savants, some you might know, some you might not. All are weird, off-kilter, and 100% office-cubicle-lunch-break ready. Above is Episode 4. Start there and work your way backward.

Avi Buffalo

Published January 26, 2010 by Dallas

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Though there isn’t much in the way of news to report from the Avi Buffalo camp I thought today would be a nice day to familiarize yourself with the work of these teenage Subpop future stars. As anyone who has had an ear to the ground in Southern California over the last year can tell you Long Beach bred Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is as natural a shredder as you are ever going to find. He and his bandmates have recently wrapped their full length debut, set to launch in the spring, but in the meanwhile you can grab the 7” teaser here. Fair warning though, “What’s In It For” promises to be in your head for weeks.

<a href="http://avibuffalo.bandcamp.com/track/whats-in-it-for">What&#8217;s In It For by Avi Buffalo</a>

The Company of People

Published January 23, 2010 by Dallas

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Landon Metz one of the designers over here at WLYS is having a group show for his artist collective The Company of People. It’s happening tonight at space 1520 in beautiful (rainy) Los Angeles. If you are in the area you should brave the weather and stop by!

Calling All Filmers!!

Published January 15, 2010 by Dallas

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Do you live in the New York area? Are you over 25 years old? Are you an amazing filmer/editor/cinematographer/photographer? If you are any of those things, or all of those things you should let us know. We are looking for a few rad human beings to be part of a truly fantastic top secret upcoming project happening in NYC in and around Feb-April of 2010. Strengths include : desire to make beautiful work, ability to work on the fly, love of art, music, and culture, knowledge of the internet and an overall sense of the difference between what is good and what is bad.

If this sounds like you, or sounds like someone you know, or sounds like someone that someone you know might know please respond to email hidden; JavaScript is required with the subject: TOP SECRET. Please include a link to your site/reel/blog/tumblr or whatever other means you think best communicates how great you are.

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