In the Key of North Sea

A number of songs from the coast of the North Sea have been popping up on USA Network shows lately.

From the Netherlands to Necessary Roughness, “Here I Go Again” sounds a bit like an ’80s Brit band recycling ’60s psychedelia:

Amsterdam band Tika offers free downloads of several of their albums.

Suits dug deep for “Count on Me,” by Danish group Are We Brothers?, which sounds kinda like the Cowboy Junkies (well, if Margo Timmins had been a male singer) playing the Velvet Underground’s “Waiting for the Man” instead of “Sweet Jane”:

Also from Denmark, Messy Shelters supplied the somewhat motorik “Ahead” for Graceland:

Speaking of Great Danes, artist Peter Coffin created a giant dog for his Here & There exhibition that is currently scattered throughout the Hirshhorn Museum:

Peter Coffin, Untitled (Dog)

Even more amazing are his projections in the adjoining lower level gallery that spotlight and animate a series of paintings Coffin chose from the museum’s collection. They truly accomplish that often stated, but rarely achieved goal of getting visitors to see works of art in a completely new light.  Even the usually oblivious guards are paying attention to the museum walls.


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