50 pictomat videos: let him run wild
October 28, 2010, 4:24 pm
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the last pictomat video?

it is near the end of october. we can’t imagine the pictomat music video project going on into the rest of fall, but then we never imagined it going much past the debut effort of the four tops “bernadette”. there is something exhilarating about watching oneself half sing to a prerecorded track. now, if we had our own studio … well, this might then have been a year long project. so the the last (?) vid of this year is here.

well, that is not counting earl’s feature production. it is in the middle of negotiations. earl wants a bigger trailer, with large well lit mirrors.

oh, credits: “let him run wild” written by: brian wilson and mike love


50 stiffs in 2010: solomon burke
October 20, 2010, 6:08 pm
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solomon burke, soul singer extraordinaire. born: philadelphia (1940 – 2010)

solomon burke is best known here at pictomat as the writer and original singer of the soul classic “everybody needs somebody to love”. his hit was covered in the late 1960’s by another pictomat favorite, the wicked wilson pickett, and also by the early rolling stones. mick once said that burke’s phrasing had a pronounced impact on his own voice.

burke was more than a tad on the overtly extravagant side in his physical appearance. he wore a crown based, he said, “on henry the fifth’s”, and various, and too numerous velvet robes. pictomat does hold him dear to our hearts because when speaking he always referred to himself using the royal “we”. but let’s not forget his voice. in two words: rough, yet sublime.

50 pictomatic videos: grapevine rap
October 19, 2010, 6:38 am
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i heard it through the grapevine (rap), written: norman whitfield & barrett strong

we just can’t keep mr.pic away from the sound-studio and mixing board. this time, or so we are told. mr. pic claims he is doing an homage to both mr. dylan, with his talk/sing style and the fact that today, tuesday, bob dylan releases his ninth volume of the “bootleg series” titled “the witmark demos (1962 – 1964)”, and also, to motown’s only real competition to writing team of holland, dozier, & dozier who wrote the slick work for the supremes and the four tops (watch the first pictomat video “bernadette”). that, of course, would be norman whitfield and barrett strong, who wrote for the temptations and gladys knight and the pips. it is the pips funky backing track, rather than the slower, more popular and quite different marvin gaye version that mr. pic lays his gritty vocal down. (you did catch that we said motown songwriting teams. right? that is so a certain nyc friend wouldn’t think he could catch us being leaving out the man bobby d called, “america’s finest songwriting poet”. why that would be … smokey, natch!)

50 notes in 2010: viv again
October 18, 2010, 7:04 pm
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[see last two posts]

… and great words to live by!

50 best magazine covers: the tatler w/ vivenne westwood
October 15, 2010, 10:17 pm
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the tatler, april, 1989. vivienne westwood dressed as margaret thatcher!

50 amazing faces: vivienne westwood, 50 fashion mavens
October 15, 2010, 10:10 pm
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vivienne westwood, provocateur, designer, artist, … born: tintwistle, u.k. (1941)

vivienne westwood is a hero here at pictomat. we have loved her since the punk days, when she and partner malcolm mclaren open “sex” , a clothing shop on kings road in london, and created the band that became “the sex pistols”. she is probably england’s best fashion designer of the past 50 years. throughout her now 35 plus year career she is still a vibrant voice in the fashion world, but remains close to her punk sensibility.

pictomat would normal not steer you away from this site, but the grande dame of english fashion is currently involved in a project “100 days of active resistance”. only she, and her website with its wonder film can explain the utter elegant simplicity of the idea. here is what she has to say, and at the end of her explanation is a link to her site, do check it out:

‘The principal idea of Active Resistance is that you get out of life what you put in and that real experience of the world involves thinking’ – Vivienne Westwood.

100 days of positive thought, active change, speaking up and being heard. From small personal actions to larger collective moments of change, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania and Lee Jeans encourage communication and individuality through an online installation, sharing interpretations of Vivienne Westwood’s Active Resistance.

‘It is not enough to follow world politics, see films and read the prize-winning best seller. This is superficial, you need to go deep in order to understand who you are, what the world is and how things could be better. This involves culture which can only be acquired by self-education: human beings should mirror the world.’

Every day for one hundred days, one image representing your ideas of Active Resistance in the world will be selected from submissions and shared online. At the close of 100 days, the 100 chosen images will become a part of an itinerant exhibition dedicated to the project. So stand up and speak out! Take a photo, write a slogan, create an image or an artwork and show us your Active Resistance!

The installation will commence on September 28th 2010, with the 100 days coming to a close on January 5th 2011. For more information on Active Resistance please visit www.activeresistance.co.uk

50 stiffs in 2010: joan sutherland, 50 best voices
October 13, 2010, 2:01 pm
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joan sutherland, opera singer. born: sydney, australia (1926 -2010)

while pictomat appreciates the opera, we are no experts on joan sutherland, her life, or career. however, dear jtm was sadden deeply by this news, and offered up his feelings on the dear woman:

arrivederci la stupenda!

joan sutherland died today. even though ms. sutherland hasn’t sung for years, hearing of her death snatched away a little piece of magic. joan was everyman’s sheila and everybody’s mum. she had the jaw of a linebacker, but she also had a voice that was like a slice of heaven. it was an amazing voice. the sort of voice that can convince you the human race has a higher calling … that you might have a higher calling. all this from a woman you could easily imagine had just hung up a fresh load of laundry or vacuumed the carpet. i will miss you joanie.