While perhaps not boasting the pedigree of larger, more celebrated musical hotspots, Columbus has its own rich and fiercely original landscape of musical history. This new short, a collaboration between retired Ohio State Professor of Art Mary Jo Bole and Jerry Dannemiller, assembles fragments from that history. Far from an exhaustive survey of hometown music-makers current and past, the film is more like a visual mixtape that ranges from the jazz and blues of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Nancy Wilson, and Rusty Bryant to the post-punk, hip-hop and mash-ups of Scrawl, V3, Blueprint, and Evolution Control Committee. Accentuated by Bole’s skewed drawings, it’s a musical love letter and secret street map to a slice of musicians who not only called our city home, but made (and are still making) a beautiful noise. The film screened in the Wexner Center for the Arts Box Space during the month of October 2013.
Favorite 2013 non-Wexner Center Columbus shows
1. Mission of Burma, Ace of Cups
2. Endless Boogie, Nelsonville Fest
3. Califone, house show
4. Obnox, Fourth and Fourth Fest
5. Nathan Salsburg, Seventh Son
6. Sic Alps, Double Happiness
7. OBN IIIs, Al Rosa Villa
8. Lee Ranaldo + the Dust, Ace of Cups
9. CCR Headcleaner, Kobo
10. Pink Reason, Bourbon Street
Timber! #firsttime #horribleskatingcoach #2minutesholding (at Campus Martius Park)
A review of the new album by Magik Markers. Like many artists, there are aspects of what they do I really enjoy and appreciate, and many others I find horrible. Art produced by people with something interesting to contribute is never something to deny or dismiss, yes.
I wrote a Columbus-heavy essay for the #bluesforsmoke gallery guide @wexarts. Exhibition is on view thru end of ‘13. (at Wexner Center for the Arts)
The rarely seen art geysers on the grounds of the Wexner Center. #oldunfaithful #mondaydownpour
@endlessboogieny melting Southern Ohio face #goodgod (at Before the deluge in Nelsonville)
And another. #petcemetery #whosagoodboy #satan (at Brown pet cemetery)
Props to MJ Bole. #dammitkitty #awesomecreepy #petcemetery (at Brown pet cemetery)
Oh Yoko. #sorry #shefollowseveryone #allowmethismoment
Harnetty on the 1s, 2s, 3s, & 4s @seventh_son_brewing (at Seventh Son Brewing)
An afternoon spent in Abdinur Daljir’s record shop in Columbus. Perfect. His group from the 80s-90s in Somailia, Dur Dur Band, is reuniting this summer in London (June 26). The rerelease of their tape Dur Dur Band Vol. 5 by Awesome Tapes from Africa is rightly getting some good play from outlets like Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard, NPR and others…
Ann Hamilton, The Event of a Thread opening, December 4, Park Avenue Armory, NYC.
Events I enjoyed immensely in the past year.
Tere O’Connor - Cover Boy, Danspace Project, NYC (January)
This Will Have Been, MCA Chicago (February)
Nathan Salsburg - Used Kids Records in-store, Columbus (February)
Thee Oh Sees - Pitchfork Festival, Chicago (July)
Big Krit - Pitchfork Festival, Chicago (July)
Blues Control & Pink Reason - Ace of Cups, Columbus (July)
Dawoud Bey - Harlem USA, Art Institute of Chicago (July)
Palissimo (Amidst), The Painted Bird Trilogy, Wexner Center, Columbus (February)
Donald Moffat - Mr. Gay in the USA, CCAD Columbus (October)
Sam Green and Yo La Tengo - The Lovesong of R. Buckminster Fuller - Wexner Center, Columbus (October)
The Fugs - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland (December)
Ann Hamilton - Event of a Thread, Park Avenue Armory, NYC (December)
A short video I shot and edited capturing the final day of an Annie Leibovitz exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts.