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Roundup September, 21 2011

Selectism | Around The Web

01. Interviews: St. Vincent (Pictured)

“Before Annie Clark launched a solo career as St. Vincent, she served costumed time in the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’ touring band. But with 2007’s Marry Me, the Texas native emerged as spectacular frontwoman, a virtuosic guitarist in her own clothes. “I don’t wanna be a cheerleader no more,” she sings on her imminent third LP, Strange Mercy, and it’s increasingly impossible to imagine Clark ever going anywhere near the sidelines again.” (Pitchfork)

02. The Devil on the Door

“On a Saturday morning in the early summer of 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat stepped through the doorway of a bodega on South 4th Street in Williamsburg. It was a tough neighborhood back then, before the condos and restaurants arrived, and the store was a drug front. Basquiat had been hitting it up every couple of days, likely because his Manhattan source had dried up. Word on the street was that if you knew where to go, the drugs were better in Brooklyn, and rock stars and other wealthier users were starting to make the quick trip over the bridge.” (NY Mag)

03. Mayweather-Ortiz: Instant Karma or Greatness Self-Denied?

“The main event this past Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz was supposed to be the return of a master boxer to the arena he was born to fight in. More than that, it was intended to be a counterpoint to the kinds of soft, tailor-made matches chief rival Manny Pacquiao has engaged in for his last few fights. Ortiz, though only 24- and much less experienced than Mayweather- was sold to pay-per-view buyers and casual fans as a young, hungry, dangerous champion, the kind, which a 34-year-old, semi-retired fighter should avoid at all costs. Mayweather was sold as a great fighter who rises to any challenge and who sought out this opponent to prove he is indeed the ruler of the roost.” (Max Boxing)

04. parking day 2011: – STUDIOS Architecture with holmes culley + chris chalmers

“For this year’s Parking Day event, STUDIOS Architecture, in collaboration with Holmes Culley Structural Engineers and Chris Chalmers, recycled last year’s Parking Day structure by reconfiguring reclaimed large format printer rolls as their primary building material. The cardboard tubes were held together by friction with MDF connectors which were CNC milled for maximum material efficiency. The concept for this year’s Parking Day installation was an extruded parking space with a void carved out in the shape of a car, creating a usable public space.” (Designboom)

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