Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Something Big in the Works

Big poetry-related announcement coming soon.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Yo La Tengo - Painful

Why I never jumped on the Yo La Tengo bandwagon a long time ago, I have no idea. This album is a gyrating noise factory from the top of Mount Olympus. The songs are big trance-inducing affairs akin to the Velvet Underground's more persistent cuts and Sonic Youth's more accessible wall-of-sound numbers. (Double Dare from Painful sounds like a scaled back version of something that could have appeared on Sonic Youth's Goo.)

I highly, highly recommend checking this album out. If anyone has other recommendations along the noise rock/shoegaze vein, please leave comments. Love to hear about music I'm ignorant to.

For All You Twitter Haters

Here are some ideas concerning the use of Twitter in professional and academic arenas:

Eraserhead + MA in Publishing

Watched Eraserhead for the first time last night. I don't know if I'll ever be the same again. The movie is chock full of uncomfortable fluids and textures.

In unrelated news, does anyone know anything about Portland State's MA in Book Publishing program? Does anyone know much about what these programs entail and whether or not they involve publishing more progressive media than just books? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Abraham Lincoln #3

I have not finished reading the Abraham Lincoln #3, so I will review it based on its aesthetic merits and physical attributes.

The newest issue of Abraham Lincoln is the fattest one yet. It has a glossy cover with a picture of a winking cougar, a rainbow, and a scene of someone on a lake circa the 70s. My copy weighs less than a pound and features what appears to be a Garamond font. Based on that information I would say that you should definitely buy this fine piece of printed material. Buy 1,000,000 years worth of it.

Purchase your 1,000,000 year subscription here for only $100.

We Are Indestructible Switches

I can name the mind and body split
can map it down to the nano-
bracketed, wrapped up mess. The days,
the hazy days. The freedom that
we have now is because of that Kennedy-
Dogs, dimes, raisins don't
feel this way. The Zenith television
in the living- I trade it all for the bay. I
tiered the edges today- and approach is
wasting my life looking for the new heavies.
Feel out the production groups and the
editorial facets. Clean out, corners,
because you do not have the heart to
drag the tails of these lines. We draw to make
things separate. Diseases. Rebuke you, faker.
We come together when fuses blow and we
collapse over the old motherboard. You in your
bubble and me in my bubble. This is how
to scrape the sidewalk, you do it this way. Veins.
Look this up under "ringing." Looting cheap
architecture doesn't feel this way. Bogged down
veins. I barter for air on the spot. They claw
and fudge the numbers. Free Bird playing in
a weedy lot and air connects to it. They-
unknown showers- down at our feet. The
split is in my hand. The yellow one is for
video the white and red are for sound.
I trade it all- the crowded office. I get up
like I'm in a relay for life and then I get
upset. The headless come begging for dire-
mixed martial arts queens- killers. It's
enough money to start a war. I trade it.
The way my hands and arms and legs
are so much this unfinished wood. Chucky T,
you know, like the politician/fighter- like
swallow- Bribery for beauty at the mall.
Your half is covered in dirt and mine is
all right. Coasts. Indestructible remotes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Is Ellen Kennedy the new Joe Swanberg?

Watch her mumblecore-ish video called "Everyone I Knew Had Their Spice Girl Tape But Me."

Contains a small amount of nudity. I think you can only download this video for 7 days. I don't know whether I should have made this blog post or not. I feel a little bit rude. I feel like my blog just turned into TMZ except that no one gives a shit.

Text From Comments on Videos as "Poetry"

Um, I feel like this site is a little less innovative than it could be. "Look, you just add line breaks and color to malformed sentences and call it poetry." I guess.

NOTE: Link goes somewhere else now. Bastards.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hype Your Friends

Mike Young, esteemed amigo and editor Noo Journal, has a story/essay It's a bit NSFW (it's Nerve, after all) but check it out when you get time. We were roommates when the incident occurred, but I was way too blottoed during the night in question to remember much. Go me.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Music You Should Be Listening to This Year

Most interesting albums of 2008 so far:

1. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
This album has deep, mournful soul songs about wolves and skinny girls.
3. Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
This is one of those bands that are bringing the best things the Beach Boys did into the 21st century with the same dreamy sounds + a little bit of crunch and weird noises that sound like they were sampled from water fountains and tunnels full of homeless people.
4. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
Another chopped and mashed instant classic made entirely from chunks of classic songs.
5. Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
Pulsing, buzzing sounds that will make you feel like you're being electrocuted — in a good way.
6. Crystal Antlers - EP
Crystal Antlers employ guitar feedback, screaming, and a catchy beat to generate the music that is aching to leap from our angry bones.
7. Why? - Alopecia
"I'm not a ladies man; I'm a land mine." The lyrics and beats of this indierockhiphop band are superb and unsettling.
8. No Age - Nouns
I have become a sucker for noise and fuzz. This duo executes the fuzzy guitars while maintaining dancibility and creative rage. Lots of fuzz and lots of cymbals — one of my favorites this year.
9. Titus Andronicus - The Airing Of Grievances
At first they sound like fuzzy, punky Conor Oberst, but then you see the vids of them at Pitchfork Music Fest and you see the lead guitar player/singer cut his finger on his strings because he's going at that shit with his beard and Batman shirt on. Yeah.
10. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
I love the Hold Steady's determination to elevate cock rock. They do it well. Some misses on this album, but overall full of summer rock anthems.
11. The Cool Kids - The Bake Sale EP
Innovative hip hop without the usual extreme braggadocio and violence.
12. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
Innovative hip hop with the usual extreme braggadocio and violence. There are some gems here: "You better wear a latex if you don't want that late text." LATE text. Get it? It's a PSA for prophylactics.
13. Black Mountain - In The Future
Some people are calling this a Zeppelin knockoff, but I think it has a little more to offer than just knockoffage.
14. The Walkmen - You & Me
This album starts off with low, crunchy toms that give way to the anthemic riffs and Dylan-ish singing/writing that carried their last two albums.
15. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lie Down in the Light
This one took me by surprise. More country than most of his other albums. Much more produced but still retains that Will Oldham mystique.

Most fun albums of 2008 so far:

1. Vampire Weekend - S/T
Every song on this album has infectious riffs and afrobeat pulse. I mean, say what you will about their fratboyishness; these kids know pop music.
2. Santogold - S/T
This one is for fans of M.I.A. and for people who like to dance.
3. The Teenagers - Reality Check
Another danceable album. Love the Starlett Johansson song.
4. Noah and the Whale - Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down
The whistling on 5 Years Time will embed itself in your DNA.

Albums I just started listening to that I should have heard of long ago:

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms <--good luck getting this album for less than $40. They need to re-release it — it's a great album with a big pulse.

Sebadoh - Bubbles and Scrape
Just listen to Soul and Fire and tell me it's not an amazing song.

Big Black - The Rich Man's Eight Track Tape
Listen to Kerosene.
"I was born in this town

Live here my whole life

Probably come to die in this town

Live here my whole life"

They credited their drum machine on their records. Their drummer, Roland.

The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
I am still trying to understand and appreciate shoegaze. Whenever I listen to My Bloody Valentine I get a stomachache. I don't get one with this band.

Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
Touch Me I'm Sick should have been at least as popular as Smells Like Teen Spirit. I don't know why it wasn't.

Neu! - S/T
Listening to this album is like listening to the DNA of Sonic Youth. Neu! employs running water and bashing instrumentals to great effect. For lovers of CAN and Sonic Youth. For lovers of interesting dissonance. For haters of uninteresting shit.

What Is Wrong And What You Can Do To Fix It

I just recorded a new song called "What Is Wrong And What You Can Do To Fix It." You can listen to it here or on my myspace.

I think it is one of my more successful noise experiments. I used my washing machine, a snare drum, a hi hat, a guitar (that I played with a drum stick), a wine glass, and my voice. I didn't use any pedals or effects on any of the instruments. I used an echo effect on my voice.

Please leave comments or tell me to die and stop touching instruments or write anything you feel like writing in the comments.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The West Has Threatened Russian with Worsening Relations...

"We threaten you with worsening relations. Neener neener."

Monday, August 4, 2008

Faith Hill = Rilo Kiley? - Or - Bryan = Delirious?

I am going crazy. I just now had this epiphany that Faith Hill's "Breathe" and Rilo Kiley's "The Frug" are basically the same song. Like, "The Frug" is the chorus for "Breathe."

I can feel you breathe (I can do the Frug) Watching over me (I can do the Robocop) etc., etc.

If you think I'm crazy, please tell me. I might be crazy.

Mike Young is an Open Node

He covered a song I just wrote called "Boundaries."

You can listen to his version here.

And my version here.

Blake Butler is an Open Node, too.