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Tim and Beth Kerr’s Halloween Home

Greetings from my last night in Austin, Texas. I’m here with Temporary Services for an exhibit at a space called testsite. One part of our project was to do interview booklets on the band The Dicks and with Tim Kerr (of Big Boys, Poison 13, Lord High Fixers and many other bands). We never got a chance to see any Dicks members who are still alive and/or in Austin but we had lots of time to spend with Tim Kerr, and as an added ultra punk bonus, we got to have lunch and hang out with Ian McKaye for a few hours while he was in town for a talk.

This morning, before going to one of many Mexican brunches, we briefly stopped at Tim and Beth’s house. They’ve lived there since the early 1980’s and their home is an incredible overwhelming trove of toys, music stuff, records, books, art by Tim and many other people, old Halloween costumes and punk rock and other music memorabilia. In a “Voodoo Shrine” – which I probably should have photographed – there were items that past house guests added like old fingerless skeleton gloves that Glenn Danzig contributed many years ago.

Here is the Halloween section of the house. Pretty much all of the house is filled with mini collections within collections but this area was a little extra focused:

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The fridge:

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Extra punk rock bonus: Alternate drawing for the cover of Minor Threat’s “Out of Step”:

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Posted by Marc Fischer

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A wonderfully trusting human being

Will Holder (an artist who appears to be based in the Netherlands) has not only listed the contents of his library but is allowing people to borrow books from it. He can even be contacted for online lending.

http://commonknowledge.at/

(posted by Marc Fischer)

Archive of VHS box scans of the 1970s and 80s

http://www.filmsamling.se/instick/

Bumped into this tonight. An impressive collection of video box art scans from mostly Swedish versions of mostly American films of the late 1970s and 1980s. Some pretty over the top graphics, which in many cases are perhaps far more compelling than the films they advertise. If anyone has seen “America 3000” and can report back, please let us know!

(posted by Marc Fischer)

Recreations of Album Covers with MS Paint

I thought I’d share this archive I recently created and have been continually adding to on Public Collectors. I discovered a trove of these album covers that people were creating for each others’ amusement on one internet discussion forum and made a web page for them. Then I introduced the users of another music discussion forum to the various examples. Those users were quite enchanted and dozens of people began making and posting their own album cover recreations – many drawn very quickly and often by people that had never used Paint or any other graphics program before in their lives. The results have been quite entertaining, but it has also been an enjoyable task to take images that were created for a discussion forum and make them a bit more public and separate from the conversation that has happened around them. The activity of recreating the album covers – figuring out how to distill their essence with a limited amount of time, colors, or electronic brushstrokes – is a really fun way to spend time with album art, as well as great music of course. This is a curated selection, which does not include every single example that has been produced (if it did, it would be at least twice as large!).

http://www.publiccollectors.org/MSPaintAlbumCovers.htm

(posted by Marc Fischer)

Some examples. RIP Isaac Hayes.

Sentimental Value – Clothing posts from eBay

http://www.sentimental-value.com/

This additional ebay-related site comes from Randall, who is having trouble posting to the blog because of a poor internet connection on the boat. “The site “collects” stories about clothing – could be developed more, but pretty good idea.”

Another example of how what is written about an object in the description that accompanies it can greatly expand or transform its meaning.

(Posted by Marc Fischer)

Sasquatch is selling items on eBay!

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZme_sasquatch

This kind of needs to be seen to be believed. A variety of objects ranging from a stick to a glass of water from a creek to a broken toy, have been recast as having belonged to or been used by Sasquatch and are now being auctioned by Sasquatch him(?)self on eBay. Pretty crafty how the thing figured out how to use the internet!

Some, but not all, of the auctions (such as “Egg that Sasquatch can’t eat”) include an embedded Youtube video showing Sasquatch in a beef jerky ad which relates to the auction item. It’s a little unclear whether this is eBay being used for viral marketing, or if someone has co-opted the ad to reinforce their auction.

(Posted by Marc Fischer)

Mendi + Keith Obadike – “Blackness for Sale” on eBay

In discussing eBay in class yesterday, I briefly mentioned this project by Mendi + Keith Obadike – an eBay auction that the site withdrew as inappropriate.

Here is a link to the original auction description. Note that it will open a bunch of other pop up windows about the artists.

http://obadike.tripod.com/ebay.html

(Posted by Marc Fischer)