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    Yogi Proctor – Total Confusion is Popular

    November 7th, 2018

    Modart
    Oceanside, California
    September 27, 2003

    Yogi Proctor's Total Confusion is Popular art show flyer.
    Yogi Proctor’s Total Confusion is Popular art show flyer.

    Yogi Proctor is a fine artist and art director / graphic designer who has been working since the 1990s. Yogi has done graphic design for musical artists and skateboard brands, among many others. His fine artworks are often conceptual with a lot of deep thought behind them. In the fine art world, perhaps Yogi’s most well-known works are the fake photocopy machine he built by hand, and other similar pieces he calls decoys. “A decoy is a copy that, when placed in proximity to the original, reconfigures the perception of both…destabilizing notions of ‘artist’ and ‘originality’ with wit and agility.”–Yogi Proctor. That concept vaguely reminds me of Andy Warhol’s Brillo boxes. Enjoy a few photos from one of Yogi’s early art shows, Total Confusion is Popular, back in 2003. (Note: The pieces in this show are not decoys.) (Additional note: This note is not a decoy of the previous note.) (Final note: This note is not a decoy of any past, present or future notes.)

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    Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair 2015

    October 6th, 2018

    The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
    Los Angeles, California
    January 30 – February 1, 2015

    Printed Matter is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. The companion to their NY Art Book Fair, which has been held every fall since 2006 in New York, the third LA Art Book Fair boasted scores of artists, curators, dealers, book buyers, collectors, independent publishers and other enthusiasts. It was a unique international event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines presented by more than 180 international presses, independent publishers, booksellers, antiquarians and artists from 18 countries. Lectures, workshops, video and live performances also raised a ruckus throughout the weekend.–Press Release

    Rich Jacobs at the Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair 2015.
    Rich Jacobs at the Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair 2015.


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    Postcard from Steve Roden – January 30, 1998

    September 19th, 2018
    Postcard from Steve Roden, January 30, 1998.
    Postcard from Steve Roden – January 30, 1998.
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    Alvarius B at Resident

    August 29th, 2018

    'Well, I'm smokin' to live.' Alvarius B performs at Resident in Los Angeles, California on May 6, 2018.
    “Well, I’m smokin’ to live.” Alvarius B performs at Resident in Los Angeles, California on May 6, 2018.

    Los Angeles, California
    May 6, 2018

    Alvarius B is one of the alter egos of Alan Bishop, who is best known as one third of the legendary third eye staring band the Sun City Girls, who existed from 1981-2007. In more recent years, AB has led two outfits based in Cairo, Egypt: the rock band The Invisible Hands and The Dwarfs of East Agouza, who play highly improvised music. As a solo performer, Alan occasionally appears as the aforementioned songsmith Alvarius B or, much less frequently, the cantankerous spoken word artist, Uncle Jim. He is also one of the founders of the Sublime Frequencies label, who release raw music mainly from Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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    Sir Richard Bishop + Sir Robert Millis at the Bootleg Theater

    July 4th, 2018

    Sir Richard Bishop performs at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, California on May 4, 2017.
    Sir Richard Bishop performs at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, California on May 4, 2017.

    Los Angeles, California
    May 4, 2017

    Upon arriving at the venue, the first thing I noticed was that it’s called the Bootleg Theater. I’m pretty sure that means if you fellas go to a show there, you’re automatically officially authorized to make bootleg recordings, GUYS. First up was Sir Robert Millis, a six-string slinger from Seattle who won’t hesitate to vigorously apply patches of modeling clay to every area of your face if you so much as glance in his direction. Mr. Millis completely dominated the stage, stomping around like King Kong (as you can see in the photo below) on a rampage through the pre-Keiji Haino city of Tokyo. He played several songs off of, I assume, his numerous albums. I’m not sure exactly which ones, so feel free to hire an attorney and take me to court. What the hell do I look like, the Discogs database?

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    Sir Richard Bishop + Sir Robert Millis at the Whistle Stop

    June 19th, 2018

    Sir Robert Millis performs at the Whistle Stop in San Diego, California on April 25, 2015.
    Sir Robert Millis performs at the Whistle Stop in San Diego, California on April 25, 2015.

    San Diego, California
    April 25, 2015

    Sir Richard Bishop is a seller of rare books and guitar player who is best known as a member of the Sun City Girls, a one-of-a-kind band that was busy churning out Top 10 hits (at least in a few peoples’ households) from 1981-2007. Sir Robert Millis is a writer, videographer and musician who is part of an experimental outfit called the Climax Golden Twins. (According to the invisible friend inside my mind, their name is a tribute to the Climax Blues Band, Golden Earring and the Thompson Twins.) Both Rick and Rob are also world travelers who have contributed to the Sublime Frequencies label of raw international music.

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    Sublime Frequencies at the Silent Movie Theatre

    May 16th, 2018

    Sublime Frequences at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 2013.
    Sublime Frequences at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 2013.

    Los Angeles, California
    August 6, 2013

    Sublime Frequencies is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations. Sublime Frequencies is focused on an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience inspired by music and culture, world travel, research, and the pioneering recording labels of the past including Ocora, Smithsonian Folkways, Ethnic Folkways, Lyrichord, Nonesuch Explorer, Musicaphone, Baronreiter, Unesco, Playasound, Musical Atlas, Chant Du Monde, B.A.M., Tangent and Topic.”

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    Remembering Randy “Biscuit” Turner 1949-2005

    April 1st, 2018

    Randy Biscuit Turner at home in Austin Texas, circa 2004. Photo by Rich Jacobs.
    Randy Biscuit Turner at home in Austin Texas, circa 2004. Photo ©2004 by Rich Jacobs.

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    Letter From Conrad Conrad – March 19, 1997

    March 19th, 2018

    Letter From Conrad Conrad - March 19, 1997.
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    To Rococo Rot at Kim’s Underground

    February 4th, 2018

    To Rococo Rot at Kim's Underground in New York, New York in 1998. Photo ©1998 by Pat D.
    To Rococo Rot at Kim’s Underground in New York, New York in 1998. Photo ©1998 by Pat D. Photo enlarges.

    Kim’s Underground
    New York, New York
    1998

    “To Rococo Rot were a Berlin-based trio who combined electronic and analog elements to create instrumental post-rock and electronic music. Pitchfork described the band’s sound as “unmistakably digital, yet 100% human.” The group was composed of bassist Stefan Schneider and brothers Robert Lippok (electronics, guitar) and Ronald Lippok (drums, effects). The band’s name is a palindrome, as it can be spelled the same both forward and backward. To Rococo Rot formed in 1995 and were active until 2014, releasing eight major albums and numerous collaborations, remixes, singles and EPs. They were known for their minimalist, musically engaging live show, and gave their final performance on December 17, 2014 via a live-streamed ‘In Stereo’ session in the Boiler Room.”–Wikipedia

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