Tuesday, April 29, 2008

San Gimignano 23rd March 2008

We were there. Here are them.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Angustia/Desassossego/Procrastinacao

Esta um calor terrivel em Firenze e ha trabalho intelectual para fazer. Normalmente, o calor da-me para tudo: para trabalhar, para nao trabalhar, para ruminar. Mas este calor hoje na cidade violeta e vermelha nao me da para nada. So a procrastinacao me da para ler textos atras de textos, sobre letras, intelectuais, politicas e desassossegos de todos os generos e direccoes. E por sobre esta procrastinacao azarada tambem a angustia de nao ter um teclado portugues com os acentos e as cedilhas. Faco aqui o meu desacordo ortografico.

Que coisa e esta da leitura compulsiva? Que coisa e esta de ter uma opiniao compulsiva sobre tudo menos sobre o dever? Porque e que ha de haver sempre em todas as doutrinas um moralismo do trabalho se todos os moralismos servem so para ser violados?

A acompanhar o desassossego, tambem o cafe. Cafe diluido em leite, como um pecado escondido atras de uma cortina.

Mudancas de lideres, cinema dinamarques, um irritante Thomas Malthus que tudo e todos persegue, agora o preco dos alimentos, daqui a pouco o liberalismo estrangeirado. Ah internet, ah blogs, ah opinioes minoritarias, ah opressoes maioritarias... E os aeroportos e autoestradas, os submarinos e helicopteros, a educacao e os telemoveis e os malditos jornais...

Que este sol florentino queime tudo isto e apazigue um pobre intelectual que pouco se esforca...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Questa Notte Mi Sento Così (xiv)

Questa notte, tutti le notti mi sento e sentirò così.



Sprout and the Bean
by Joanna Newsom in The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004).

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Interesting City, Interesting People Abroad (ix)

Ricemagic goes to Tallinn, Estonia today.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Good Morning Berlusconi

Berlusconi won the Italian elections yesterday.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Warm Colors of Italy

From February 22 to Februaray 25 Ricemagic had little holidays. Here are some pictures.

Fiesole: light yellow city
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Monte Morello
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Firenze: dark yellow city
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Siena: red city
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Firenze
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Bologna: orange city
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Antony

I was vaguely watching some music tv station when I got stricken: my spine got frozen: it was that unmistakable voice: wonderful, misterious, beautiful, oh divine! That voice was Antony! Antony from Antony and the Johnsons! I immediately searched for it on the web and then...
... I got this:
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Hercules and Love Affair

... and who did I find inside it? Of course, it was the voice, Antony was inside!
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Hercules and Love Affair is a cd of music to dance. It contains ten songs, five of which are sung by Antony (one of them in a duo). The other voices are Nomi, Kim Ann Foxman and Andrew Butler. It is influenced by many traditions of dance music since the seventies but it doesn't sound revivalist. There is a bass that at least once sounds a bit like that... but that's just fun! The album doesn't sound like we cannot come up anymore with any new ideas so lets re-re-re-explore the past. No. This cd sounds a lot contemporary. And it is not only music to dance. It is music to listen to. There are inside this cd lots of good rhythms and also lots of good voices. It is a cd to sing.

In a time when melody seems to be decaying, as if someone had managed to force a class struggle between rhythm and melody and melody was loosing the battle, and voice is practiced like a sport (faster, higher and, specially, stronger) and not like an art - Hercules and Love Affair succeeds in giving us sensual melodies to dance to and interesting rhythms to listen to all lead by very artistic voices. And among these voices shines Antony!!!

Antony and the Johnsons belong to that team of people we here at Ricemagic would really like to personally thank for all the emotional benefits they have been broadcasting. Like Kings of Convenience, Coldplay, Jack Johnson and Jaak Johanson and Brothers. Like Vanessa da Mata. And others. We always wonder: do all these people have the smallest idea about the emotional positive strong effects they create?

Questa Notte Mi Sento Così (xii)


Youtube is the thing that shows us what we have always known but have never seen.