Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Amsterdam performance artist, Diva AnAmontAnA, performs as part of the Mighty Aphrodite Variety Show at The Comedy Theater Nes as vaudeville burlesque comes to Amsterdam. What makes Diva AnAmontAnA’s performance so intriguing is how she combines vaudeville burlesque with traditional elements of Japanese Noh theatre. The result is purely delicious!


Eddie Woods writes poetry the way he lives life, intensely. Experience informs his art, and vice versa. Passion, raw edges, nothing left out. Sex, love, politics…coupled with an unrelenting drive towards awareness, the need to understand what universal reality is all about. The Irish poet Ewart Milne said of the poem “Mary,” following its publication in Peter Mortimer‘s Iron magazine [Issue 43, Tyne & Wear, England]: “It’s very powerful, strong and fearless, and it troubles the hell out of me!…It reminds me somehow of the brothel scene in Ulysses.” “My words are like bullets…Plus I have enough ammunition to wipe out as much opposition as will ever come up against me. And every bullet will hit the mark, because I am a good shot.” From the telephone prose-poem “Bloody Mary.” If, indeed, Eddie Woods’ words are bullets, then his poem “Mary” enters the listener’s ears like a wordbomb, exploding inside the mind, and reverberates down the spine like electroshocks from the brain’s pleasure centre. Introduced by the Amsterdam performance artist AnAmontAnA at Salon dAdA on May 1st, 2011 (in the above video), Eddie Woods describes AnA’s Salon “as pure Dada. Usually laced with clear sexual overtones and occasional nudity. You’ll find acts calling themselves The Sugar Sluts, et cetera.”


The Mike Keneally Band performs “My Dilemma” and “Kedgeree” from the new live DVD/CD set “bakin’ @ the potato!” on Exowax Recordings. Directed by Mike Keneally and Dave Foster. The release comes with the full-length concert on DVD in stereo, Dolby Surround and DTS Surround, plus two band commentary tracks; and an 80-minute CD of most songs from the performance. Available from Moosemart.

Mandie Lopatka is an Edmonton poet and radical confessionalist notorious for her excessiveness and her inability to keep anything to herself. Mandie’s poems have appeared in Blood Ink, Fait Accomplit, Notebook Magazine and Urban Graffiti #11. She has a complete manuscript of her work called, loose moral people, that she has no clue what she will do with. “The Architecture of Language” a video poem, was produced by Michael Hamm of Frame 30 Productions. UG is pleased to present this hot, sultry, vivacious video poem and poet who never minces a single well aimed word.

I first discovered the music of Monique Ortiz on in 2005, through the music of the late Mark Sandman and his band, Morphine. At once, I was struck by the literary quality of Ortiz’ lyrics. Sandman, whose lyrics had an almost Beat quality to them, or the late Warren Zevon, whose lyrics also shared a dark, satirical, and sardonic literary terrain with those of Ortiz – is very much comparable with that of Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, and Patti Smith. Ortiz unique lyrical abilities, along with her deep, velvety contralto voice – combined with her near hypnotic percussive and sliding instrumental bass style creates a sound that is uniquely and individually her own.


Throughout the 20th Century, theologians and philosophers bandied back and forth between themselves the ultimate question… Is God Dead? Well, who would have thought that a story from Hal Niedzviecki‘s book of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened  from City Lights (2011) would answer that very question using what we’ve come to expect of Niedzviecki’s transgressively black humour. It was read by Niedzviecki in Toronto, Ontario in April 2011. Niedzviecki first appeared in Urban Graffiti #3.


Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of eight books including the collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights, April 2011) and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (City Lights, 2009). The Peep Diaries was made into a television documentary entitled Peep Culture produced for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is the current fiction editor and the founder of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts (He edited the magazine from 1995 to 2002). Hal’s writing has appeared in newspapers, periodicals and journals across the world including the New York Times Magazine, Playboy, the Utne Reader, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, Geist, and This Magazine. Niedzviecki is committed to exploring the human condition through provocative fiction and non-fiction that charts the media saturated terrain of ever shifting multiple identities at the heart of our fragmenting age. For excerpts, reviews, samples of past articles and more, visit Hal’s website:





One of my favourite releases from last year was this November 2nd, 2010 self-titled album from Daniel Lanois new group, Black Dub, featuring the Grammy award-winning producer on guitar, New Orleans drummer Brian Blade, the incendiary, soulful, and impassioned vocals of Belgian born Trixie Whitley (daughter of the late, great Texas bluesman, Chris Whitley), and Louisiana bass player Daryll Johnson. A hodgepodge of “tripped-out soul with flourishes of rock ‘n’ roll and Jamaican dub,” Black Dub’s sound is a paring down to the essentials as only Lanois can dish up and serve out. But don’t just take my word for it, though. Listen to Black Dub’s complete KCRW session on Chris Douridas’ Morning Becomes Eclectic – first broadcast on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 (above).

Black Dub Tracklisting:

1. Love Lives

2. I Believe In You

3. Ring The Alarm

4. Last Time

5. Surely

6. Nomad

7. Slow Baby

8. Silverado

9. Canaan

10. Sing

11. Sirens