Samantha Culp

Rockers & Romancers

Just a little sonic something for Valentine’s Day: “Rockers & Romancers,” a mix of luscious, vintage Jamaican rocksteady and soul. Lovingly collected by L.A. musician Spencer Dunham (of The Allah-lahs, another great recent discovery) when he was working the discount reggae bins at Amoeba Records, these tracks are a subdued tropical caress to a fevered or broken heart. Extra reverb makes them extra dreamy. Preview Tony Gregory’s stunning “Human” here – which at first sounds like it could be a rework of “Moon River” or “Sleepwalk” but then turns into something beautiful and new:

Human – Tony Gregory

Download the compilation here: Rockers & Romancers

Two bonus tidbits:

“The Bus Driver’s Face” – a short, mysterious Valentine’s Day story in translation from Jing Xianghai (鯨向海), Taiwanese poet, essayist and psychiatrist (via Asymptote Journal)

– A campy cover of The Cure’s classic “Lovesong,” as performed in a Bangkok bathtub by the effortlessly-fabulous Gene Kasidit (formerly of Bangkok’s defunct electro sensation Futon)

Ruin Academy in Taipei, Architectural Research Center


“Without his ruins man is just a common ape.”

Ruin Academy is a new “cross-over architectural research center” in the urban center of Taipei, run by Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture (which used to be called Museum of Tomorrow), in cooperation with Finland-based Casagrande Laboratory.

“Ruin Academy is set to re-think the industrial city …. The research and design tasks move freely in-between architecture, urban design, environmental art and other disciplines of art and science within the general framework of built human environment… The Ruin Academy occupies an abandoned 5-story apartment building in central Taipei. All the interior walls of the building and all the windows are removed in order to grow bamboo and vegetables inside the house. The professors and students are sleeping and working in mahogany made ad-hoc dormitories and have a public sauna in the 5th floor. All the building is penetrated with 6 inch holes in order to let “rain inside”. The Academy is viewed as an example or fragment of the Third Generation City, the organic ruin of the industrial city.”

Their upcoming workshop Urban Acupuncture from Oct 27-Nov 10 will extend their fieldwork into Taipei, “focusing in the research of the spontaneous community gardens and urban farms.”

See more photos, drawings, and their Facebook

(via Ouno blog)