from Sunday, February22nd of the year2009.
Now, I’m not normally a h8r and normally I would ignore something like this, but I need to know what is going on with this whole Ed Hardy Christian Audigier situation. WHAT IS IT!? It’s taking over my universe. It’s like, tattoos meets dumb euro jeans?
God, it’s driving me crazy. It started the other day on the plane when I saw a haredi man in, you know, a black suit, and his wife in her dowdy li’l outfit ““ carrying a beyond hideous quilted bag that said Christian Audigier Ed Hardy on it in gold script. I can’t even find a picture of it online; perhaps it was Fake?
Anyway, then, I get out here, and everybody is wearing this insane looking stuff:
I guess the word I would use to describe it is “hard on the eyes.”
Tonight is my concert with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. It’s a really interesting program:
* Johannes Brahms | LaÃŸ dich nur nichts nicht dauren, Opus 30
Ave Maria, Opus 12
* Anton Bruckner | Motets
* Andrea Clearfield | Dream Variations World Premiere
* Nico Muhly | Expecting the Main Things from You
* Arvo PÃ¤rt | De Profundis
* Steven Sametz | Music’s Music World Premiere
I wish they would advertise specifically which motets, because Bruckner motets range from the Awesome to the Really Fucking Awesome. Here’s an awesome one:
[audio:02 Gradual_ Os justi meditabitur.mp3]
Anton Bruckner Os Justi Meditabitur
Corydon Singers / Best
and here’s a Really Fucking Awesome one (so made by the addition of Trombones to the Choir):
[audio:03 Offertorium_ Afferentur regi.mp3]
Anton Bruckner Afferentur Regi
Corydon Singers / Best
I really really like these Bruckner motets. I can’t deal with Bruckner’s symphonies. I have tried many times, and I think that they just Take 2 Long 2 Get Where They Need 2 Go. The motets, on the other hand, do everything you want Music to do in a short amount of time. Now, this isn’t to say I’m an advocate of everything being really short; I wouldn’t wish shortness on any Wagner or Reich or PÃ¤rt or any other Big Canvasses. But there’s always something about Longform Bruckner that makes me want Out.
The other great thing about the Los Angeles Master Chorale is that they really know how to program a season. Check this out. It’s all good, and really well paired: Mozart’s Requiem and those Adams Klinghoffer Choruses? Yes please! The PÃ¤rt Miserere and a new work by Meredith Monk!? I might even fly out for that shit. For those of you who don’t know the PÃ¤rt Miserere, get on it. It’s gorgeous, long, and has an unbelievable climax (if you can call it that, six minutes in) that I steal from on a daily basis.
New thing I’ve noticed in LA: A bunch of Japanese Restaurants that really aggressively tell you that they won’t make “cut rolls,” or “teriyaki” or whatever. I et at this place Sushi Sasabune which is omakase only, and there are aggro hand-written signs all over the joint saying NO CALIFORNIA ROLL and NO SPICY TUNA ROLL. I kind of like it, although I was then a little disappointed in the fact that the food on offer was basically (really good) cuts of tuna & salmon and nothing too outrageous. If they’re going to abuse you about wanting a California Roll, the least they could do is make you eat some abalone or Pickle of Mysterie or something. Forbidden Urchin. At least some monkfish liver! I probably could have been more forthcoming about the Itinerary of my Desires, too.