ScanArt1-The $40 million Beatnik by Neil Landstrumm, Jeremy Blake and Mike Fellows. It was a mini-album I produced to coincide with an exhibition of Jermey Blakes artwork at “Works On Paper” in LA. The album was given out during the after party at the Chateau Marmont, LA. Mike Fellows is a musician with an important history. He has been in many superb bands such as Silver Jews, Mighty Flashlight, Rites of Spring, Royal Trux to name a few. Its an interesting project and one which I enjoyed putting together in Brooklyn. It was the first time Mike had seen cheapo digital production,DSP and mastering in action and it inspired him to go on to record “Limited Storyline Guest” on Vertical Form records using the same methods. The album was never officially releases through a distributer only through the Danish gallery “Pork Salad Press” and the LA gallery. Id love it to get an official release somehow if anyone was up for it. Its a very bluesy,druggy,hazy album with a definate desert feel. Very California but with a dark twist. ….Neil Landstrumm

Jeremy Blake’s series of ‘scripted drawings’ has been accompanied by this soundtrack by British electronic musician Neil Landstrumm and Mike Fellows (formerly of groups The Royal Trux and The Silver Jews). The two musicians combined Blake’s lyrics, Bebop samples, bootlegged celebrity interviews and heavy beats to create “the perfect audio compliment to the script”.

 

Jeremy Blake, Jacob Fabricius.

The Fourty Million Dollar Beatnik

Copenhagen, DK: Pork Salad Press. 2000

Synopsis: New York artist Jeremy Blake’s latest ‘script’ (series of scripted drawings) ‘The Forty Million Dollar Beatnik’ stars a fictitious beatnik poet turned Hollywood power-hitter who, in the process of writing the text for an upcoming autobiographical book-tape, begins to revisit his past. Accompanied by this unnamed protagonist’s alternately self loathing and self aggrandizing narration (a la Robert Evans) the superiority of American pop culture over the literary tradition in which he is embroiled, and his subsequent overnight success. The modernist fortress (called “Falling Everything”), the poolside orgies, and the painful social entanglements which serve as rewards for his success are documented here as well. As the protagonist occasionally hallucinates, Blake’s drawings follow suit: architecture that should be solid melts away, and a pair of wind-up Mick jagger lips begin to reveal disquieting truths. This project expands on Blake’s long running interest in exploring the potential for psychological specificity in unfinished narrative, and in expanding the boundaries of 2 dimensional artworks by introducing issues of duration and suspense. Jeremy Blake has added dimension to ‘The 40 Million $ Beatnik’ by collaborating with British electronic musician Neil Landstrumm on a soundtrack album. Landstrumm’s own heavy, mechanized beats and hallucinatory atmospherics, are expertly mixed with Blake’s lyrics-as well as samples derived from be-bop and bootlegged celebrity interviews-to establish the perfect audio compliment to the script. Musician Mike Fellows formerly of The Royal Trux, and The Silver Jews, joins Landstrumm on this limited edition Scandinavia Recoprds release.

Jeremy Blake has added dimension to his ‘script’ (series of scripted drawings) ‘The Fourty Million Dollar Beatnik’ by collaborating with British electronic musician Neil Landstrumm on a soundtrack album. Landstrumm’s own heavy, mechanized beats and hallucinatory atmospherics, are expertly mixed with Blake’s lyrics-as well as samples derived from be-bop and bootlegged celebrity interviews-to establish the perfect audio compliment to the script. Musician Mike Fellows formerly of The Royal Trux, and The Silver Jews, joins Landstrumm on this limited edition LP/CD