Hi 5: Creativity in the Dark; Sam Phillips; Todd Fadel; Mike D’Angelo; Matt Zoller Seitz; John Sayles; and More.

Hi 5's Cravis Frankly gets his best ideas when he works in the dark.

What is Hi 5 to the Face? Find out here. This week, Hi 5s go out to... Fast Company's Eric Jaffe: For this fantastic article on "Why Creativity Thrives in the Dark." I've known instinctively since childhood that I'm more creative in a dimly lit, or dark, room. And since high school I've felt frustrated in rooms brightly lit with fluorescent panels, sensing my best creativity and capacity for learning is going to waste beneath them. Under fluorescent arrays, I feel like a bug on a bug … [Read more...]

I Love Luci

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I've been basking in the summery glow of new music from Sam Phillips and reminiscing about what happened two years ago. In 2011, Sam Phillips visited Seattle, and was honored with the eighth annual Denise Levertov Award. She performed a few songs, paused for an onstage interview by yours truly, and then performed again. It was a thrill to share the stage with a singer and songwriter who has inspired me, album after album, song after song, since I was 16 years old. But I would have been … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Albums of 2001 (10 years later)

Listening to music is, for me, a treasure hunt. The whole journey is worthwhile, with highs and lows, unforgettable discoveries and a whole lot of unremarkable scenery. What I love most is an album that just keeps opening up, like a house full of secret doors, so that ten years later I'm still enjoying it like it's brand new. Here, for example, are ten albums from 2001 that I'm still playing frequently and finding new reasons to appreciate... … [Read more...]

2012 Will Bring a Pretty Time Bomb

A nostalgic sort of dream of being a pop star in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. It’s a sweet kind of album and I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know what compelled me to make it. It’s probably a bad idea, but everytime I listen to what I’ve done, it makes me really happy. So I figure, that must mean something and I should go ahead and put it out there. That's Sam Phillips... … [Read more...]

A Good Week for Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips' Long Play experiment was one of the most rewarding experiences of 2010 for me. Phillips provided so much creative, inspiring music that I hardly had time to learn the lyrics of one album before another one arrived. The music she recorded in 2010 is still surprising and charming listeners, and this week made that clear... … [Read more...]

My Conversation with Sam Phillips: An IMAGE Interview

For a limited time, my interview with Sam Phillips from IMAGE's 20th Anniversary Issue is available online. … [Read more...]

Two new albums by Sufjan Stevens, and one by Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips just tweeted this news for subscribers to her Long Play music club: Long Play EP #5, "Days of the One Night Stands", will be released tomorrow, August 27th exclusively to Long Play... http://fb.me/GpGPjaLF I love that title. It'll be a good Friday. Subscribers can now listen to a long conversation between Sam Phillips and Eric Gorfain at The Long Play's "Phone Booth," as they talk about their year of collaborations, and the future. But wait, there's more... … [Read more...]

Magic for Everybody!

When I discovered the character called Auralia - that mischievous, compulsively creative young girl who weaves together all of the colors she can find in the dark forest - I was reminded of many friends and inspirations who live lives of constant imaginative endeavor. … [Read more...]

Joe Henry, Sam Phillips, and The Long Play: LookingCloser.org’s Video Blog #2

I'm still a beginner when it comes to iMovie. But I'm learning a little every time I work with it. This episode, in which I learn that ten minutes is too long for this sort of thing, covers some of my favorite recent music. And it has a couple of surprises for you. Enjoy. And when you're finished, go visit samphillips.com and lucishaw.com, where you'll find information about two worlds abundant in poetry and insight. … [Read more...]

Sam Phillips’ Huge News

Sam Phillips fans... are you sitting down? … [Read more...]


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