Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hyman Bloom

It seems a worthwhile idea to post some artists once in awhile, since I believe art is a vital part of the daily intake of reality for every human being, contrary to the statements of low importance education or culture might allude about it. There is a tumblr called Cave to Canvas, and it’s run by a young art student who meticulously features an artist daily, with about ten works by each artist. Today he featured a painter named Hyman Bloom who is rather fascinating:


Hyman Bloom was born to an Orthodox Jewish family in southern Latvia and emigrated to America at the age of seven. Bloom, his classmate Jack Levine, and Karl Zerbe became associated with Boston Expressionism.
Regarding Bloom:
“the greatest artist in America…” – Clement Greenberg, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, circa 1940.

“The first Abstract Expressionist artist in America” – Pollock, Kooning.

Another favorite music of 2011 list

I spent a good deal of time writing a bunch of mini-reviews for all these, but then my laptop, which had been freezing daily for months, finally died the other day, and the document along with it, but I’m guessing that in the age of instant information, you’d probably just want a strict list anyway, so I just sighed and quickly reproduced the lists I had. The word “favorite” is intentional. I knowingly didn’t like things that I recognize the objective artistic value of, and knowingly enjoyed what might be seen as rather banal. The order of these is not necessarily a big deal. Without further ado:

Most Disappointing Albums:
Cults – Cults
Mutemath – Odd Soul
Justice – Audio, Video, Disco
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne

“Best Albums” that I cannot haz dig:
tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L
Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
Drake – Take Care
The Weeknd – House of Balloons

Favorite Album Honorable Mentions:
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Washed Out – Within, Without
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise

Favorite Albums:
20. Adele – 21
19. Yuck – Yuck
18. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
17. Tom Waits – Bad as Me
16. Wilco – The Whole Love
15. Beyoncé – 4
14. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
13. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
12. Panda Bear – Tomboy
11. The Antlers – Burst Apart

10. The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
9. Cut Copy – Zonoscope
8. Real Estate – Days
7. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
6. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
5. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
4. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
3. James Blake – James Blake
2. Destroyer – Kaputt
1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Albums that sound good but didn’t make lists because- They were just released/ I just started listening to them:
The Roots – Undun
The Black Keys – El Camino
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Cass McCombs – Catacombs
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Atlas Sound – Parallax

Weirdest Things In Music This Year
James Blake’s Lindisfarne I  Music Video
fun. Records First Terrible Single Ever
Girls’ “Vomit” actually works as a song
Tyler the Creator says he is “over” rape and murder lyrics
Tyler the Creator in general
Daft Punk records the TRON soundtrack
90% of humanity hates Bon Iver’s album at first, Bon Iver gets 4 Grammy noms.
Justin Bieber’s Voice Becomes identical to Colbie Caillat’s

Some dreams

should be real.

(This is kind of old, but my housemate saw these recently and I feel the need to bring it up again. The idea of the imagination of children being used as inspiration for the aged, or older people bringing them to another glory is something worthy of re-claiming.)

Also, this is another project similar.

p.s. for anyone who follows this blog, I’m sorry for the lack of posting, It’s been the busiest semester I’ve ever had. There’s a good chance I will be posting more about readable issues rather than wordblurbs that are trying to get by as poesy, perhaps starting with another end of the year music list which will be twice as long as last year’s to make up for the dearth of posts. I write that there so that I, on record, am bound by my word to actually do it. Happy Advent Season.