Dan Graham identified himself as a writer more than as an artist but sometimes added that his real passion was rock music. Tom read that and asked Adrian if he had any relevant records. Adrian brought up The Static (The No Wave band Dan formed with Glenn Branca, Barbara Ess, and Christine Hahn in 1978) but also that Quintessa had all these mix CDs of rock music Dan would make and give friends who visited his studio. Tom got her email via Valerie to see if he could hear some of the CDs but never heard back. It turned out Anna had a bunch of the mix CDs at Thea's office, which she graciously dropped off in broken jewel cases with inkjet-printed pictures of Dan Graham and Sharpie'd titles. When asked if she knew much more about the CDs, Anna said she wasn't feeling well but suggested some names of people who might have been close to Dan--unfortunately, Tom didn't recognize anyone and he didn't want to bother them. Tom never met Dan Graham but always felt a closeness to his work, even considering it formative to the way he looked at art and culture. Playing these reminded him of something else though, that a good mix for good friends can bring faraway people closer, like they're right there listening along with us. Even if you didn't know Dan or Tom or Anna, you've probably heard some of these songs, or at least you know what it's like to look for that perfect song to share with someone on your mind. Sharing mixes is a ritual Tom hopes will never die.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022 by DJ Uncertain #justice

The Yes Men and Peter Scott (Carriage Trade)


Jacques Servin or Andy Bichlbaum or Jude Finisterra or Vladislav Surkov talks to Peter Scott about The Yes Men show at Carriage Trade, if he ever considered the Yes Men 'art', a dog up for adoption, Sacha Baron Cohen, ACT Up, the current state of media and political ambivalence, and more. This guy giggles a lot for someone who keeps such a straight face on camera.

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Top Stories was a prose periodical published from 1978 to 1991 by the artist Anne Turyn in Buffalo, New York, and New York City. Over the course of twenty-nine issues, it served as a pivotal platform for experimental fiction and art through single-artist issues and two anthologies. Primary Information presents a newly published anthology, collecting the entire run of Top Stories across two volumes.

Top Stories primarily featured female artists, though in Turyn’s words a few men “crept in as collaborators.” Although primarily “a prose periodical” (as its byline often stated), the issues varied in form and aesthetics, pushing the boundaries of what prose could be and, from time to time, escaping the genre altogether.

Top Stories’ editor Anne Turyn and contributing artists Constance DeJong and Gail Vachon read from their titles, in conversation with writer and critic Jennifer Krasinski, at Artists Space, New York.

More from Anne Turyn

From Primary Information

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More in the MPR archive from Constance DeJong, with James Hoff on Tony Conrad, and on Modern Love.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 by Stacy Skolnik

Airplane mode

A few shows from an RV we drove to LA in 2019

The Uhuruverse Hour

V. Vale of RE/Search and Ewa Wojciak of YES PRESS/NO MAGAZINE: Stay the Course

Elliot Reed: Lab Test with Uninvited Guests

Douglas Kearney: OverDeluxe AF

just to name a few. Most of those folks have ended up contributing additional segments in the several years between now and then so search their names in the archive for more. 

image: Installation photograph of Chris Burden's 'When Robots Rule: The Two-Minute Airplane Factory', Tate Gallery, Duveen Gallery, 1999

This work is a short, sound only version of the [video essay on the life and work of Jimmie Durham] NOT ABOUT ME WITH JIMME DURHAM, 2017 a project by Cristian Manzutto. Manzutto spent time with Durham while working in his studio or installing an exhibition, and during public conversations or seated around the dinner table in a private setting. Rather than interviewing the artist, Manzutto simply shot what was happening in that moment. Manzutto always thought that some parts of the film could work only as voice, so this is the occasion to present that aspect of the work.

The full film can be seen here: Not About Me

The radio version for MPR is here _> 

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"...the introductory chapter of Telepathic Movie presents an Original Sound Track, Two Establishing Shots, Several Slow Transitions complemented by Rapid Cuts. Introducing the Lead Characters and Ancient Theories on Sound, Vocal Rising Stars guide your ears elsewhere and ballet below. A perfect surface, glistening with spit. Reverberating around the cave formed by your mouth. Like a tongue without pores. Underneath your tongue but without veins. Thank you to the Talent: Sophie Becker, Madeleine Collier, Arlene Sparaco, Michael van den Abeele, Millie Kapp, Tyler Berrier. Musical performances by IJP recorded by JG near Socrates’ Prison in Athens, Greece."

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022 by DJ Uncertain #music

Maggie Lee's Broken iPod


Vashti Bunyan - If I Were
Vashti Bunyan- Same But Different
Vashti Bunyan -  If I Were
Xiu Xiu - I luv The Valley Oh!
Vashti Bunyan - If I Were
Vashti Bunyan - Same But Different
96 Eyes - Summer
Sling & Samo - T.H.I.N.K.I.N.G
96 Eyes - Summer
Cos - Mein Maschine Ist Schön
Ratatat - Grape Juice City
Ratatat - Seventeen Years
Justice Vs. Simian - We Are Your Friends
Logo - La Vie Moderne
Justice Vs. Simian - We Are Your Friends
Onno - Cut & Mistake - tigthen the belt/ free the mind
Egg Foo - East Coast Mayer
OCS - Second Date
Bonnie Camplin - The Normal Food
Green Velvet - Earthquaker
Joanna Newsom - Peach Plum Pear
Ladytron - Playgirl
Molly Nilsson - Take Me Out Tonight
Neulander - Smoke and Fire
Blues Control - Boiled Peanuts
Corpsekisser - emotional
Neulander - Smoke and Fire
Pixies - Money Gone To Heaven
Shelley Parker & Peder Mannerfelt - Let the Body - A
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
Shelley Parker & Peder Mannerfelt - Let the Body - A
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
Shelley Parker & Peder Mannerfelt - Let the Body - A
Appaloosa - The Day
Shelley Parker & Peder Mannerfelt - Let the Body - A
M7757~Korg - Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
21YO - She’s Got To Be Back Home (Physical Therapy Remix)
Shelley Parker & Peder Mannerfelt - Let the Body - A
21YO - She’s Got To Be Back Home (Physical Therapy Remix)
Shelley Parker & Peder Mannerfelt - Let the Body - A
Peaches - I U She
Shelley Parker & Peder Mannerfelt - Let the Body - A
Phantom Planet- California
Crystal Castles - Alice Practice
Crystal Castles - She Fell Out (Nick Arch)
Shelley Parker & Peder Mannerfelt - Let the Body - A
Joanna Newsom - Peach Plum Pear
Joanna Newsom - Peach Plum Pear

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and for more Maggie, listen to her interview with Ebony Hayne's on Blue Cheese here