Stuff from Quebec City, Canada

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

Toni Music



If you like good minimal techno music, I'm sure you will love the releases on the netlabel Toni Music. The albums, released under a Creative Commons licence, can be downloaded for free. Your ears like what they hear ? Please make a donation.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Mud Flap Girl


She's been a phantasm since I was a kid, and I finally found out about the mysterious Mud Flap Girl. I always saw her on mud flaps or in front of big trucks and always wondered where she was from. She was apparently designed in the 70's by Bill Zinda, owner of Wiz Enterprises in Long Beach, California. The model was Leta Laroe, a famous stripper.

In the name of political correctness , she will probably disappear one day (a sad day for sure). The Arizona State (U.S.A.) already tried to pass some legislation about it (article 1, article 2).

Saturday, April 14, 2007

SWZ



SWZ is a man of many trades; He's a self-taught cartoonist/illustrator, painter, web designer, musician and more.

With the Electrocutionerdz project, he toured around Canada and the U.S.A. Electrocutionerdz can be described as MIDI-core / cybergrind music if labels can be applied at all. The brutal adventure is now officially"dead", but the whole catalog is available for free (please make a donation) at http://electrocutionerdz.com.

The upcoming project he's working on is Dis(10)Pütes, a d-beat band composed of members and ex-members from Dahmer, Mesrine, Electrocutionerdz, Hands of Death, Nourriture, Victims of Corruption, Dis-Eased, Fistfuck, Thinkshit, The Toilet and more (read my previous post about it).

On Retinal Overdrive you can see his excellent artworks for sale and some videos.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

R.I.P. Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007

Damn, I just began discovering Kurt Vonnegut, and I learned today that he died yesterday. I'm reading Cat's cradle at the moment and I'm enjoying it very much.

He seemed to be a very interesting character who had an unusual journey in life; prisoner of war during WWII, student, police reporter, teacher, worked for General Electric in public relations, graphic artist, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association and more importantly a very influential writer with a unique voice. Make sure you read the entry Wikipedia has on him.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

FIMAV 2007 - Official schedule is out

I received via snail mail the official schedule for the 2007 edition of the FIMAV. It has not been updated yet on the official site as I am posting...

Thursday, May 17th

20h @ Cinéma Laurier 28$

MARILYN CRISPELL
LOTTE ANKER
ANDREW CYRILLE
MARK HELIAS

22h @ Colisée 28$

CORKESTRA

Midnight @ CÉGEP 18$

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAPORTE "WAVES"


Friday, May 18th

13h @ Cinéma Laurier 18$

MICHAEL SNOW
ALAN LICHT
AKI ONDA

17h @ CÉGEP 18$

THERESA TRANSISTOR

20h @ Cinéma Laurier 30$

JOHN ZORN SOLO

22h @ Colisée 30$

THE MELVINS

Midnight @ CÉGEP 20$

KOENJI HYAKKEI


Saturday, May 19th

13h @ Cinema Laurier 20$

JASON KHAN
TOMAS KORBER
NORBERT MÖSLANG
GUNTER MÜLLER
CHRISTIAN WEBER

15h @ Colisée 22$

VICTORIAVILLE MATIÈRE SONORE

17h @ CÉGEP 18$

LARRY PEACOCK

20h @ Cinéma Laurier 24$

CARLA BOZULICH "EVANGELISTA"

22h @ Colisée 32$

ACID MOTHERS GONG

Midnight @ CÉGEP 18$

MAGIK MARKERS


Sunday, May 20th

13h @ Cinéma Laurier 20$

QUASAR
ALEXANDRE BURTON
JULIEN ROY

15h @ Colisée 24$

ANTHONY BRAXTON Diamond Curtain Wall Trio

17h @ CÉGEP 18$

FINE KWIATKOWSKI
HANS TAMMEN

20h @ Cinéma Laurier 24$

JOHN TILBURY
STEVIE WISHART
CHRISTOF KURZMANN
WERNER DAFELDECKER

22h @ Colisée 34$

ANTHONY BRAXTON 12(+1) TET

Midnight @ CÉGEP 18$

FOND OF TIGERS


Monday, May 21st

14h @ Cinéma Laurier 22$

JOANE HÉTU "FILATURE"

16h @ CÉGEP 24$

KEVIN BLECHDOM
EUGENE CHADBOURNE

20h @ Colisée 30$

"KIKURI"
DANIEL MENCHE
KEIJI HAINO
MERZBOW

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Subhumans @ L'anti, April 19th

Don't miss Subhumans at l'Anti, April 19th.

Confirm your attendance:
http://upcoming.org/event/173471/

Until then, here's a video found on YouTube (Subvert City).

Sunday, April 01, 2007

FC3A - Festival de cinéma des trois Amériques



We are so lucky to have the Festival de cinéma des trois Amériques in Quebec City. I wish I could have seen more movies during the weekend. Here's a list of what I saw;


Thursday, March 29th


A selection of Short films that won prizes in the last two years at the Expresion en Corto festival.

-Su Radito by Celso Garcia (Mexico)

Very funny and beautiful, but my spanish knowledge prevented me to fully understand. The audience was laughing out loud.


-Who I Am and What I Want by Chris Shepherd and David Shrigley (England)

One of the best short I saw in a very long time, very funny and sincere.


-Los Elefantes Nunca Olvidan by Lorenzo Vigas Castes (Mexico)

The photo was amazing, I liked the acidic/washed look. The suspense killed me.

-Empire by Edouard Salier (France)

The soundtrack was very good and I found the idea of superposing transparent millitary vehicules over scenes of the american dream very clever.

-Cristiana Sepultura by Victor Audiffred Bazaldua (Mexico)

A very touching story.

-Cousin Cousine by Maria Mohr (Germany)

I have to confess that my brain decided to shut down and take a little nap.

-Un Viaje by Gabriela Monroy (Mexico)

A poor father that intentionally loses his autistic kid in the metro. A very honest look at what the parents with kids who have disabilities must feel like from time to time. I liked that short very much, everything in that short was top notch.

-Le Régulateur by Philippe Grammaticopoulos (France)

It reminded me of the communist era propaganda imagery and some bits of Brazil. The 3d effect was stunning. The director created a very special world and he has a very good sense of humor.

-M by Everardo Valerio Gout (Mexico - USA)

The editing was very sharp and nervous. I liked the mix of Manga imagery with live actors. The actress was very beautiful.


Friday, March 30th

-Taxidermia by György Palfi (Hungary)

I wanted to see that movie for a long time, I first heard about it because the soundtrack is by Amon Tobin. It's definitely not for weak hearted peoples, very graphic and disturbing but very beautiful at the same time. It's definitely the kind of movie that you have to watch a few time to fully absorb.


Saturday, March 31st


-Steamboat Bill,JR by Buster Keaton and Charles F. Reisner (USA 1928)

Philippe Vienne (guitar), Stéphane Caron (drum) and Frédéric Desroches (keyboard) were improvising live during the movie. Buster Keaton's movies are so amazing, I don't think we could be able to make movies like that today. The musicians did such a great job that I completely forgot about them ! Silent movies should come back, the combination of movie and live music is amazing.

-Le silence nous fera écho by Mathieu L. Denis (QC, Canada)

It felt like an exert from a longer movie. A very original story that I didn't fully understood or could interpret in different ways. I will have to discuss it with someone who saw it too. The actors were really good.

-Petit dimanche by Nicolas Roy (QC, Canada)

I liked the fact that not a word is pronounced for the whole duration of the short. The story bring us from total joy to complete sadness.

-Le petit oiseau va sortir by Samer Najari (QC, Canada)

Very funny and I liked the photo-taking effect. Three suicide-warriors, one from Japan during WW II, one from Lebanon in the 80's and one from Palestine today. We humans are all the same and nothing really changes.

-À l'ombre by Simon Lavoie (QC, Canada)

It made me think about the parent-children relation when prison gets in the mix. Simon Lavoie should make a documentary about the subject.

-Musica de ambulancia by Paula Markovitch (Mexico)

A very touching story about a girl and her sick mother. Beautiful, sad and funny.


Sunday, April 1st


-La lacheté by Marc Bisaillon (QC, Canada)

By far not a bad movie, I found it uneven though. The re-creation of the 60's was really well done, the images beautiful, the soundtrack so-so (I liked the band in the bar). I don't know what's missing for me to give it a thumbs-up.