Thursday, May 31, 2012

this week's headlines

what it is: this week's headlines
where i found it: newspaper, the net, etc.

Three eye catching headlines from the week:

1) Pete Cosey died. Right after I posted about him last week. I promised not to make any more Miles Davis related posts. I lied. Check out his wah fury here, really setting sail at four and a half minutes.

2) Man throws his own intestines at police. At first I read his name as Wayne Shorter, clearly demonstrating that I still have Miles Davis on the brain.

3) Naked man eats face of other naked man. Subsequent reports say that the cannibal was high on something called "bath salts" LSD. I worry for my children.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

bye bye arthel


The family cat died. Arthel's daddy used its skin as a membrane for a homemade banjo. Arthel started picking. The rest is history.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

interesting jobs

what it is: interviews with people who have interesting jobs
where i found it: the great mcsweeney's

Maybe my favorite thing I've seen via McSweeney's is when they made Francis Ford Coppola do a DVD commentary about a DVD commentary without being able to see what the original commentary was about. He has nothing to say and eventually just goes into a long free association that has nothing to do with anything, least of all the commentary in front of him. Difficult to describe, but super. So I guess what you're reading now is a commentary on his commentary on that other commentary. At any rate . . .
Also from McSweeneys: here's a ton of interviews worth reading with snow makers, 911 dispatchers, safe crackers, subpoena servers, repo men and magician's assistants. Here's the link

Sunday, May 27, 2012

i found the toad

what it is: last thing about miles davis, i promise
where i found it: the 'net

In regards to the fantastic LIVE EVIL album:

The album cover was illustrated by artist Mati Klarwein. Klarwein had painted the front cover independently of Davis, but the back cover was painted with a suggestion from Davis:
"I was doing the picture of the pregnant woman for the cover and the day I finished, Miles called me up and said, 'I want a picture of life on one side and evil on the other.' And all he mentioned was a toad. Then next to me was a copy of Time Magazine, which had J. Edgar Hoover on the cover, and he just looked like a toad. I told Miles I found the toad."

Friday, May 25, 2012

disappearing band members

what it is: excising your band mates from history
where i found it: b beatrice of new jersey

Apparently the drummer from Black Sabbath, supplier of the pulse at the beginning of Iron Man and the super tom rolls throughout Children of the Grave did not die, but he no longer exists. Just check out all of these classic band photos where he suddenly is not.

One thing to consider (though I hadn't thought this could be possible) is how the absence of a drummer could have made Ozzy's stage moves look even stupider.

bill ward, previous to disappearance

Thursday, May 24, 2012

drinking really pays off

what it is: the kind of stuff you hear about hanging out with record collector geeks
where i found it: the bar

Surfing the internet is great and all, but nothing really beats the kind of junk you hear about hanging out with fellow record collector geeks at the bar on a Wednesday.

Some things that came to my attention last night are:

A) Magical fetuses wrapped in gold foil

B) Varg Vikernes trading card and role playing game: here and here

C) The third Blue Oyster Cult Album 

D) Some "sad techno band" called Liebende Toten that I haven't been able to find any information about - anyone know about this?

Yes. You now too can benefit from my drinking.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

beat this

what it is: beat this, i dare you
where i found it: a human named catfish

half speed toilet

what it is: maybe the most psychedelic thing i've ever seen, though i can't really pinpoint why.
where i found it: my cousin strikes again

Watch this on whatever drugs you can cobble together from around the house. In full. I implore you.

Monday, May 21, 2012

more on miles

what it is: more on miles
where i found it: over the years + bandmates into absurd musical arcana

More Miles Davis excellence continues to percolate.

My hero from the videos I posted yesterday is Pete Cosey (mis-labelled in the video as Reggie Lucas, the other guitarist who weirdly went on to produce Madonna's first album), the afroed gentleman sitting at the table and playing guitar etc. Supposedly in this era, he was given the instructions by Miles to "sit up there and look black", which he excels at.

Second up we have my memory of Miles' autobiography, which I read twenty years ago. Depite these many years I often think of his repeated description of well dressed men as either "cleaner than a broke dick dog" or "cleaner than a broke dig's dick", depending on his mood. I never quite figured out what that means (maybe that a individual with no money is less likely to have sex). Any ideas?

Third up, we have this excellent article from the Guardian. I especially like the dialogue with Nancy Reagan.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

dark magus

what it is: miles davis electric period, revisited
where i found it: los angeles

The first time I heard Miles Davis in his Electric period I was 18 and decided to drive across the country with a discover America agenda. Aside from KOA campgrounds, how to bail someone out of jail in Tijuana and the overwhelming size of the Rocky Mountains I also discovered a Bitches Brew cassette at a friends house in California, which twisted my mind around as much as anything.

Recently two guys in my band have been on an obsessive revisiting of electric Miles, which I've sort of benefited from. Aside from arguments about whether Japanese vinyl pressings are superior, some great videos have been bandied about. Part of the debate, though, is whether seeing the videos makes the music better or whether it was more enjoyable and imaginative when we only had the audio to stoke us. You be the judge.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

so this is sobriety?

what it is: sobor-i-tee
where i found it: my cousin

This guy claims to be a minister of sobor-i-tee. 
Wait til the end, you'll see.

Friday, May 18, 2012

my mistake

I just discovered that in one of my old posts about my voiceover lunatic friend the best link of the post wasn't working right. Here's the post again with the fixed link and a special bonus track of the same voicover lunatic delivering his version of something called Cyclone.

what it is: a guy that does voiceovers
where i found it: long ago in atlanta

Mr. Reagan, live from inside an autistic child's snow globe (see below)

Have you ever wondered what the guys who do voice overs are actually like behind the dramatic, deep and soothing tones in which they speak? I have an old friend who is now a voice over artist. Here's a sample of his excellent work.

commercial yapping

When you dig a little deeper, though, the below link is what you find. I like to think every voice over artist has a side project along similar lines. If only we could find them.

live from inside an autistic child's snow globe


Thursday, May 17, 2012

marriage still being gay

what it is: marriage still being gay
where i found it: mr p murano of red hook

I posted this a few days ago, now, sadly, a dead link:

All the annoying banter about gay marriage is almost worth enduring because now we have THIS to watch over and over again.

I really hope you got to see the above while it still existed. Since it was posted, the internet has been shrill with the startling revelation that this woman was schizophrenic. Anyone who has ever been within a mile of a schizophrenic person would have known this right off the bat. This is what makes schizophrenic people so incredible - their ability to act as antennas and speak for all of the unspeakable layers of mish mash going through all of our minds. Suffering is palpable for their friends and families, but you can't deny that when they're on , they're on. Jane Svoboda's voice deserves to be heard!

I did at least find this find this unpleasant re-post with music underneath and pop up text. Please ignore additions if possible.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

the bible of bullshit

what it is: the bible of bullshit
where i found it: 125th street

If you've never been to 125th Street in Harlem I may or may not recommend it depending on your tolerance for chaos and abuse (if you're white). There is an abundance of off the beaten path literature peddled there, lot's of which deals with conspiracy theories, bad shit "the jew" has done, Rasta elitism, racial genocide ("the hellacost"), black Jesus and herbal supplements.

Amongst all this I recently came across this book called the Art of Shen Ku. I couldn't resist the selling points: "simple enough for a child - too complex for a genius" and "governing all conscious progress in any species anyhwhere". It's written by a guy who sort of knows about herbs and cooking and sailing and accupressure and nutrition and vermin control and vaginas and sailors knots. Half the information in the book is dead wrong, but it's really entertaining and has cool illustrations and bad recipes.

I recommend this whole heartedly.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

marriage is gay

what it is: marriage being gay
where i found it: mr p murano of red hook

All the annoying banter about gay marriage is almost worth enduring because now we have THIS to watch over and over again.

Friday, May 11, 2012

human flesh capsules

what it is: human flesh capsules
where i found it: the news

Good God almighty. It seems it's become popular for South Koreans to consume dead Chinese baby dust in order to improve their stamina. The government has been cracking down on this, not because eating dead babies is in some way weird or wrong, but because the pills also contain "super bacteria" which might make the baby eaters sick. Read more here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

rainbow jesus tree torture

what it is: rainbow jesus tree torture
where i found it: harlem

For a long while now someone has been making these rainbow colored Jesus messages on sheet metal and nailing them to trees. I usually come across 5-10 new ones a week. If I was a tree I would not appreciate that.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

song indulgence

You could be in the middle of a den of hungry lions 
(like Shadrach, Meeshack and Abednigo, which is as close to a Beasty Boys RIP as I'm going to get) 
and still feel fucking groovy listening to this.

Monday, May 7, 2012

lovecraftian music

what it is: lovecraftian music
where i found it: i can't remember, my memory must have been eaten by some horrible, un-namable lurking entity

Seems like there's a whole genre of metalic music dedicated to HP Lovecraft and his very spooky writings. This blog here specializes in the stuff. Like so many other music posting blogs, the FBI has yanked their files from the download server, but there's still a milion posts full of all kinds of interesting albums that somehow have a link to Loveraft and related themes, which you can still read about (albeit in ridiculous formal Conan the Barbarian style language). This should be perfect soundtrack music if you're into horror related board games or something.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

unusual animal sounds

what it is: unusual animal sounds
where i found it: wfmu twitter feed

If you like broken goats, turtles mating with shoes, rooster metal vocals and sheep saying "yeah" this link is for you.

Friday, May 4, 2012

oh, the pain!

what it is: writing two blogs being a pain in the ass
where i found it: in the overestimation of my own feeble abilities

Writing two blogs is a pain in the ass, so I'm going to get rid of my other song poem platform and just integrate it into this one instead. I was trying to do the other one on Monday Wednesday Friday, but from now on I'll just write little song poems here whenever I get so inspired. In case you never saw the other blog, here's a link.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

choosing not to confront a guy with a chainsaw

what it is: makeshift demolition
where i found it: my commute

I've posted a good number of pictures before from my daily foot hikes across Harlem, wondering at many things including barbed wire booby traps and beds of nails meant to scare off the crackheads. I walked by one of my favorite abandoned building this morning (ambitious squatters/intruders keep ramming a hole in the cinder block wall to gain entry, which gets re-bricked them rammed through - with God knows what - again) and there were some guys demolishing the building from the top down with fucking chainsaws. There was an article about this particular block in the Times a few weeks ago (here), which outlines some of the issues involved. I guess someone finally took action. With chainsaws.

(insert imaginary photograph here, I wasn't about to risk it)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

everything is terrible

what it is: everything is terrible
where i found it: jpw of brooklyn

After giving birth to a baby real quick, reader JPW is back in action, turning us on to the excellent site entitled Everything is Terrible. Below I'll list a couple of my favorite finds on there, but certainly the best part of the site is the random video generator. Enjoy.

Oh, not safe for work.



(Short clip of a video that is apparently 40 minutes long. I need that tape.)