I mean… there’s a Ukrainian artist called Alexey Kondakov who cuts up figures from classical paintings and photoshops them into modern urban settings.
That’s it, really.
But it’s also wonderful.
You can find Alexey Kondakov on Instagram.
As far as I’m aware, Tom Waits gave only one interview for his last album. It was for the Take 5 radio show on ABC (Australia), with Zan Rowe. And it’s a real gem.
The format of the show is a bit like Desert Island Discs, where musicians pick 5 tracks from their heroes and talk about how they were inspired by them.
And yes, Waits has given plenty of interviews before, but it’s so rare to hear him ‘off duty’, where he is not riffing like a comedian doing a surreal stream-of-consciousness routine. Here he talks in a depth I’ve never heard before about how he makes music, and the challenges of it.
And if you’re a Waits fan like me, it’s charming as hell.
This month I have been mostly marvelling at colourised historical photographs. Hardly a new phenomenon, particularly on the internet. But it recently struck me just how much of a difference it made to the photos adding that one ingredient: colour. Because we all know that grainy black and white photographs happened in The Past. In the ‘Before’ of ‘Before and After’. ‘BC’, somehow. But colour photographs could have happened now. It’s that much easier to imagine you’re looking at the thing happening in front of you.
I fell down a fine sequence of rabbit holes, but am only adding a fraction here, because I wanted to show the b/w next to the colour as much as possible, and give credit to the photographers, and get a selection from all around the world and not just the UK and the US… but, you know, life is short. You get the idea.
Click on the pictures to link to their websites.
… are hilarious. First off, a bit of context. The way its supposed to be:
That’s right, my little wolfcubs: covers in the plural.
Is it a gimmick? Yes, probably. But then, isn’t the original piece a gimmick?
So here are a few genre interpretations (and I’m not even including covers by the likes of Frank Zappa and Living Color):