Johnny Ray Huston

The O word

Dark versus light and soot versus cute in the art of James Castle
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Dreams on 45

Sonny Smith brings you "100 Records" — and the jukebox to play them

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For Jim: Jim Marshall, 1936-2010

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Legendary Bay-based rock photographer Jim Marshall, who was featured in a Guardian cover story on March 3, 2010, passed away in his sleep Tuesday night in New York at the age of 74. The people who worked with him on the cover story, Johnny Ray Huston and Mirissa Neff, remember him.

Johnny Ray Huston, writer: When someone dies it's impossible not to think of the last time you saw them. With Jim Marshall, I wish that last time had been different. Jim had called me in the morning to see if I wanted to meet him at his favorite dinner spot. That night, I arrived about 15 minutes late, finding him alone at a table in the center of the place with a glass of wine. It was noisy, and I had to shout more than usual for Jim to hear what I said. I showed him some crummy digital shots I'd taken of a few Bay Area musicians I'd daydreamed about him really photographing, but he seemed distracted, quieter than usual. When we said goodbye later on the corner by his apartment, I assumed his mind was on the future. He was about to leave on a trip, first going to Texas for the monster that is South by Southwest, and then to New York, for a gallery show of his photography and the release of Match Prints, his latest book, a collaboration with Timothy White. Read more »

Inspirationstitute

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I don't do regrets, but I do wish that I'd arrived in San Francisco early enough to catch more than the hot tail end of the Popstitute years. (A show of Popstitute-related archival objets d'art is on display at Goteblud starting Sat27.) In another way, though, the Popstitute era continues, perhaps more forcefully, now. Read more »

Snap Sounds (and Q&A): Art Museums

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THE ART MUSEUMS

Rough Frame

(Woodsist)

San Francisco's Josh Alper and Glenn Donaldson lightly place these love songs within comic frameworks. The opening track describes a shy, lovelorn music fan too shy to twist and shout, peppering the scenario with observations such as, "He's worn his pants like that / For a very long time." It also mentions a Buggles record, but Television Personalities and Guided By Voices are better reference points to the Art Museums' sound. In their world, a sculpture garden is a good place to discuss cinema. Read more »

Snap Sounds: Etienne Jaumet

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ETIENNE JAUMET
Night Music
(Domino)

The idea of nocturnal sound is circulating at the moment, though maybe it always does where electronic music intersects with clubland. Overseen by none other than Carl Craig, Jaumet's trip into the dark has a smart structure. Read more »

Raya's light

Film dreams and the state of Independencia
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FILM Like only the very best filmmakers, 25-year-old Raya Martin knows that a movie screen in a theater is a site for waking dreams — and also a window into forms of sleep. Martin's first feature-length effort A Short Film About the Indionacional (2005) commenced with an extended foray into one woman's nocturnal restlessness. His new and stunning work Independencia (2009) is sprinkled with stark sequences of characters lying down to fight or embrace their dream lives. Read more »

"Cruising" -- Hunx and His Punx

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It's hard to keep up with Justin Kelly's video endeavors -- he's got new clips for Harlem ("Gay Human Bones"), Alexis Penney (the sublime "Lonely Sea"), and a few from Hunx on the way. Read more »

"Belong" -- Washed Out

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As a friend wrote the other day, if you can't exorcise your demons, exercise them. To motivate my sullen self to run and swim, I'm skipping right past Nagi Noda's justifiably famous poodle freeweight extravaganza Ex-Fat Girl and heading straight to the Fonda-riffic video for "Belong" by Washed Out. 1-2-3-4, star wipe!

Marshall amps

Two new books by San Francisco photographer Jim Marshall intensify the love of music

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