Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sex Doll Day

* texts collaged from numerous sources.


8 AD.The First Sex Doll Story Told. In Metamorphoses, Ovid wrote of a myth involving a woman sculpted from ivory by Pygmalion. Her name was Galatea and he became so obsessed with her, bathing her feeding her and of course sleeping with her, eventually Aphrodite made her into a real woman.

11th to 12th CenturyTouching of Naked Statues Encouraged. Naked women made of marble, called “Sheela-na-gigs,” were carved into the sides of English and Irish churches to ward off evil spirits. The carvings had exaggerated vulvas and a legend at the time said caressing these sexy busts gave you the power to heal others.

15th CenturyThe First Sex Dolls at Sea. Called “Dame De Voyage” in French, “Dama De Vinje” in Spanish or “Seemannsbraut,” in German, these female dolls made out of sewn cloth were used by sailors aboard their ships to occupy their time (and bodies) on long trips at sea.

1941Nazis Invent the Modern Sex Doll. The world’s first sex-dolls as we know them were created in Nazi Germany at the request of the SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Called the “Borghild Field-Hygiene Project,” Himmler came up with the concept to stop the “unnecessary losses” of Nazi soldiers due to STD’s. The Project was considered ”Geheime Reichssache,” translated: ”More secret than top secret.”

The sculptor on the project, Arthur Rink, created three dolls. Typ A: 168 cm bust. Typ B: 176 and Typ C: 182 cm. According to Rink, The SS wanted the breasts “round and full” and SS Dr. Olen Hannussen insisted on “a rose hip form, that would grip well.” As for the face, the team agreed it needed a cheeky and naughty look. They asked to borrow the face of an actress of the time, Käthe von Nagy, for the doll, but she declined. Dr. Hannussen suggested an “artificial face of lust”, which he thought would be more appealing to the soldiers. Technician, Franz Tschakert agreed saying, “The doll has only one purpose and she should never become a substitute for the honorable mother at home… When the soldier makes love to Borghild, it has nothing to do with love. Therefore the face of our anthropomorphic sexmachine should be exactly how Weininger described the common wanton’s face.”

Going along with the Nordish Nazi vision of beauty, a tall leggy blonde rounded out the form. The first model of Borghild, Typ B, was completed in September 1941. Later, this blonde life-sized woman would inspire Ruth Handler to create the Barbie Doll for girls.

1955 -- Bild Lilli. The first sex doll is marketed, which is 11.5 inches of plastic and is named Bild Lilli.

1975The Stepford Wives. A film about the quaint town of Stepford, Connecticut where men have beautiful robot wives that are all absolutely perfect … except for the fact that they’re creepy. Trivia: Diane Keaton turned the role of Joanna down the night before signing her contract, because her analyst got “bad vibes” from the script.

1977 -- Hohoemi. The history the best Japanese sex dolls brand started in 1977 when the future CEO of Orient Industry decided to make the kind of doll that he knew men needed. He came up with Hohoemi. She's a simple lady compared with the sophisticated silicone dolls of today but she certainly was a popular and durable creation. Made from urethane and PVC, Hohoemi was essentially a head, bust and waist with hole ... and that's it.

Early 80’sThe First Sex Robot is invented. British Company, Sex Objects Ltd. creates a sex robot, named “36C,” for obvious reasons. “She” also had a 16-bit microprocessor and voice synthesizer that allowed primitive responses to speech and push button inputs.

1985 The Term “Gynoid” Coined. The term “Gynoid” was a name given to a female robot designed to look like a human female. It was given to us by Gweyneth Jones in her 1985 novel, Divine Endurance.

1987Britain Lifts Prohibition on Importing Sex Dolls. In 1982 a blocked attempt to import sex dolls into Britain began a court case about whether or not to lift the import ban on all “Obscene or Indecent” items. The sex companies finally won the case in 1987, lifting all prohibitions. This opened the floodgates to all perversity in England.

1994 - Fleshlight. Back in 1994, Steve Shubin had a problem -- his wife was pregnant with twins and, being over 40, her health was a concern. Sex was off limits during the course of the pregnancy so Shubin had to take matters into his own hands. But not by using his hand. Deciding he needed something else to use, he started daydreaming. Eighteen months and $750,000 later, the Fleshlight was born.

1995The Inflatable Sex Sheep Sold. Muttonbone Productions, Inc. creates a life-sized, anatomically correct inflatable sheep called the Love Ewe. It is sold mainly as a gag gift.

1996First “Realistic” Sex Doll Created. At 29 years-old, Matt McMullen stops making scary Halloween masks for a living and creates the first female sex doll that is anatomically correct in look and feel. Her name is Leah. McMullen goes on to create the company Real Dolls, one of the most popular sex doll companies in the world. The dolls have a poseable PVC skeleton with steel joints and silicone flesh, which is advertised as “the state-of-the-art for life-like human body simulation”. They are now available in 10 customizable body styles, with a choice of 15 faces and five skin tones. Prices begin at around $6500, with some models costing over $10,000.

2001 -- Joe.

2002 - Guys and Dolls. The BBC produces a documentary called "Guys and Dolls." It chronicles the industry and the men who buy life-size dolls them. A California company called Realdoll began making realistic, lifesized dolls back in 1996. Since then, they've sold thousands of them for upwards of $10,000 each. The men interviewed in the documentary talk about how the dolls influence their lives. While they sometimes feel isolated from real life, they say the companionship they feel with the dolls is worth it.

2004 - Inflatable Sex Doll Raft Race. Today (August 21st, 2004) the second annual Inflatable Sex Doll Raft Race will be organized in North Russia/Leningrad region. Anyone over 16, and of either sex, is allowed to take part in this second competition. The participants will have to swim in the complicated Losevsky rapids of the Vuoksa river near St. Petersburg. The rapids are usually used for rafting in canoe and catamarans. This competition isn't a sexually chauvinistic event; in last year’s edition (real) women rafted on the dolls. All participants stated that these rubber ‘products’ are economical in usage, they float wonderfully. They gave some pet names to their dolls: Mary and her Poppins; Speedy Sterlet, Cleopatra... All participants must wear a helmet and a life vest. They also have to remain sober and those who are seen drunk are disqualified.

2005Japanese Company Begins Renting Out “Dutch Wives.” Dutch Wives is the Japanese term for high quality silicone sex dolls. By the end of 2005 the Japanese company Forest Dolls had over 40 shops nationwide. The hourly rental rate, in 2005 was 13,000 yen an hour, or $146.00. Wigs and costumes were also available to rent.

2007Lars and The Real Girl. A film about a man in relationship with a sex doll, nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay written by Nancy Oliver.

2007The “Sexual Audio System” Is Invented. A Japanese company adds an mp3 player attached to a built-in pressure sensor in the chest of its sex dolls. It takes 4 AAA batteries. The dolls also come with real pubic hair and detachable heads.

2006 - 2008 - Sex Doll becomes Art. Artist Amber Hawk Swanson commissioned the production of a life-like sex doll, a RealDoll, made of a posable PVC skeleton and silicone flesh, in her exact likeness. Her doll, Amber Doll, began as a Styrofoam print-out of a digital scan of her head. Her face was then custom-sculpted and later combined with the doll manufacturer's existing, "Body #8" female doll mold. After completing, "The Making-Of Amber Doll" and "Las Vegas Wedding Ceremony" (both 2007), Amber Doll and Swanson went on to disrupt wedding receptions, roller-skating rinks, football tailgating parties, theme parks, and adult industry conventions. In the resulting series, "To Have, To Hold, and To Violate: Amber and Doll," ideas surrounding agency and objectification are questioned, as are ideas about the success or failure of negotiating power through one's own participation in a cultural narrative that declares women as objects. Swanson's work with Amber Doll, herself a literal object, deals with such themes through an oftentimes-complicated feminist lens.

2009The First Male Android-Sex Doll. Germans make the first male Android-Sex doll, named “Nax.” It has an “automatically soaring penis” and “artificial automatic ejaculation.” It costs $10,000.

2009 - Air Doll. Air Doll is a 2009 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It is based on the manga series Kuuki Ningyo by Yoshiie Gōda, which was serialized in the seinen manga magazine Big Comic Original, and is about an inflatable doll that develops a consciousness and falls in love. The movie debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. It opened in Japanese cinemas on 26 September 2009. Director Koreeda has stated that the film is about the loneliness of urban life and the question of what it means to be human.

2010The First Sex Doll with a “Customizable Personality.” At the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Doug Hines, owner and designer for TrueCompanion, revealed Roxxy. She costs a mere $7,000 and reacts to tactile and verbal stimulation. Personalities range from “Wild Wendy,” an outgoing party girl to “Frigid Farrah,” the shy librarian type. Her interests can be modified according to the owner’s conversation preferences.

2010 - Sex Doll Fashion. A Dutch artist named Sander Reijgers is recycling inflatable sex dolls into the most bizarre clothing. Perfect for a rainy weather, these waterproof hoodies were made by customizing existing tracksuit tops with heads, breasts and other pieces from 50 blow-up dolls that Sanders received from a “sponsor”.

2011 - A music teacher has been arrested after he was caught in a sex act with a child-like doll outside an elementary school. Officers were called to the school in Tennessee, following reports of a naked white male on school property. Daniel Torroll, 56, a private music teacher, was seen performing sex acts on the doll under a bridge that links the Spring Hill school from the main road. The responding officer said he could be seen by people driving to the school. Police later discovered Torroll had cut holes into the doll, News 2 reported. Torroll claimed he did not know he was on school grounds.

2011 - These high-heeled shoes that look like inflatable sex dolls are part of a collection of footwear by Tel Aviv designer Kobi Levi. The Blow shoes were designed to highlight how high heels are synonymous with sex and accompany a second pair where the heel illustrates the act of sex itself.

2012 - Just-in Beaver. US adult toy manufacturer Pipedream Products has produced an unofficial Justin Bieber blow-up sex doll. Named 'Just-in Beaver', the not-related-to-Mr-Bieber-in-any-way product retails at around $26. The company's advertising blurb – which rather dubiously fixates on 'Beaver' recently turning 18 – describes 'Beaver' as a "barely legal boy-toy who’s waited 18 long years to stick his lil’ dicky in something sticky! When he’s not busy beating up paparazzi or beating off, he’s up to his high-tops in hot Hollywood tail!" The company also produces a 'Dirty Christina' doll modelled on Christina Aguilera, and a doll named 'Finally Miley' modelled on Miley Cyrus.

2012 - "Doll fetish is the desire to be transformed in to a doll or transforming someone else into a doll. This can be a living being such as a rubber doll or an inanimate object such as a lovedoll. The attraction may include the desire for actual sexual contact with a doll, a fantasy of a sexual encounter with an animate or inanimate doll, encounters between dolls themselves, or sexual pleasure gained from thoughts of being transformed or transforming another into a doll. This website was born out of a love of reading doll stories, and the thoughts, fantasies and desires to become one. Whilst this site deals mainly with Doll transformations and people turning into dolls, there are a few mannequin, fembot & objectification stories here."

2012 - Turkish rescue workers rushed to retrieve an inflatable sex doll from the Black Sea after panicked residents mistook it for a woman’s body floating offshore. The country’s Milliyet newspaper said police cordoned off a wide stretch of beach in northern Samsun province and sent a team of divers into the water to rescue what appeared to be a drowning woman. The team quickly discovered it was in fact a blow-up doll, which they tactfully deflated before throwing it away.

2013 - Missy is launched into space. An inflatable sex doll named Missy was recently launched into space making history as the first sex doll to have entered the earth’s outer atmosphere. Check out the video and watch Missy being hooked to a hydrogen-filled balloon then shot towards the cosmos at a speed of 426 metres per minute when, at an altitude of 31,090 metres, her balloon burst and she shot straight back down to the ground.

2013 - Student arrested for posing by Russian WWII memorial with an inflatable sex doll. A university student has been jailed in Russia for posing for a photograph in front of a Second World War memorial – arm in arm with a blow-up sex doll. Anastasia Polnikova, 23, was charged with hooliganism after she and three friends took the inflatable sex aid to the memorial near the Federal University in Stavropol, Russia. Wearing WWII head gear and waving a Russian flag, the drunk students borrowed the doll from a friend and walked through the park to take the pictures before posting them on the internet. Detectives are hunting Miss Polnikova’s three unnamed friends who went on the run after police issued arrest warrants for them all. Stavropol’s Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesman Eugene Nuykin said: ‘The identities of all the people who appeared in this photo are known to us and they will all be punished.

2013 - Sex Doll Commits Suicide In Czech Online Dating Ad. An ad for the popular Czech dating site Lidé is called "the bleakest thing you’ll see this side of an Ingmar Bergman film". It features a sex doll, devastated now that her man has found a real human to have sex with, jumping off a balcony as she replays in her mind the bittersweet moments the two of them had shared.

2013 - Chinese Site Sells 'Child-Sized' Sex Doll: Protest Group Launched. A Chinese website is under fire for selling disturbingly life-like child-size, sex dolls. The disturbing advert, spotted by an advocacy group on Facebook called Dining for Dignity, shows the model of a girl, who does not look much older than 9 or 10. Described as a “beautiful young girl sex doll for men,” the item costs $178 and is available to ship worldwide. Worryingly 57 of them have been sold so far to customers in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, and more, the advert shows. The product listing boasts that it is highly flexible, and that "all three holes can be used." Dining for Dignity has now set up a protest page to pressure DHgate – one of China’s top global merchants platforms – into removing the item or banning the seller. Its petition reads, ”This negligence is fueling human sex trafficking, pedophilia, violent rape, and more.”

2014 - Synthetics. Synthetics launches a new line of male sex dolls with removable parts depicting the various boner stages. "We are proud of the beautiful, hand-crafted items we produce," writes Synthetics publicity department, "and we want them to be appreciated as multifunctional rather than simply pigeon-holing them into the easy go-to connotation of the word 'sexdoll.' We view our products as usable art, and our clients as art collectors."

2014 - Sexflesh Full Sized Sammy Sex Doll. There are a lot of positive things going on with this sex toy. First of all, washboard abs. While not structurally relevent it’s a nice touch and speaks to the meticulous detail molded into the rest of the toy. The penis is stiff but moldable, which is a VERY nice touch. It’s 7.5 inches in length, 5.75 inches in circumfrance and 1.8 inches diameter – a nice large penis without being a monster! There are two holes for fucking. The anus and mouth. Both are ribbed and both have “exit holes”. This means the tubes you fuck on the doll are open ended. This makes cleaning it VERY easy and is definatley something you should look for in any high end sex doll (ie. more than $150). The anus is tight and gives a great amount of pleasure. One of the best things about it is that when it gets lubed up, SexFlesh feels very close to the real thing. The outer layer is covered in it, which gives the whole thing a nice skin like feel. Admittedly, the eyes are a little shocking, but if you’re looking for a high end men’s sex doll, this is the one.

2014 - New Japanese sex doll looks just like a real woman with ‘new level’ of realistic artificial skin. A new sex doll has been created in Japan that is so realistic they are ‘barely distinguishable from real women’. The £1,000 doll, made by Orient Industry, is made from a high-quality silicon, hailed as the ‘next level’ in artificial skin. This gives each figure an unbelievably realistic look, especially in the eyes – previously a problem area for doll-makers. The fake women also have moveable joints so they can be placed in any position and owners are even able to tailor their woman in bust size, hair colour, and physical appearance. Company spokesman Osami Seto said: "The two areas we identified as really needing improvement were the skin and the eyes. We feel we have finally got something that is arguably not distinguishable from the real thing."


p.s. Hey. ** Jeffrey Coleman, Hi, Jeff. Ian William Craig: Thank you! I don't know his stuff at all. I'll start with whatever's at the end of that link. Much appreciated, man. ** L@rstonovich, Larsty! What a great pleasure! Hey, man! I still haven't read Bolano. It's getting pathological or something. Ugh, on the maladies that your summer brought along. But awesome about the inspiring newcomers, and the new poetry and continued novel attention. Great! Yeah, that ooioo track is very cool. It's a fresh album in general. I will check out that podcast and look for familiarity. Thanks! Yeah, L., very, very nice to have you here. I've missed you. ** Thomas Moronic, Hi, T. Yeah, I think I'm raring to go on the novel. That's the good thing about being forced to put it aside. I've built a lot of stuff in my head for the novel that hopefully I can just start implementing. Glad you dug the gig. Yeah, Warren rules in so many ways, through his music and of course through his label Orchid Tapes, which is just about the mostly reliably interesting label going. Thanks about that TAR thing. I appreciate it. Cheers to you! ** Hyemin Kim, Hi. In the interviews I've read, Ashbury never talks much about 'Shadow Train'. It's like a shadowy piece of his oeuvre. I agree about the hard cover jacket, yeah. Well, Zac and I are going to NYC for the 'Kindertotenlieder' shows at the end of October, so we'll go to Iceland either on the way there or on the way back, depending on whether one time slot or the other is preferable for any reason. My only contact with Starry was around the blog post. Hopefully, we'll get lucky and she'll get a new guest post idea. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi, D. ** Etc etc etc. Hi! I emailed you back this morning. It looks like we'll able to sort it out for later today. Like I wrote therein, I'll be in touch again this afternoon. ** Kier, Aw, thanks a lot, K-ster! The Pallbearer album is really good. Fantastic that the referral is almost done! Was the eating disorder diagnosis one of the things that was preventing the referral from happening? Films in development! I love that you develop your films and don't just iPhone everything, even though that's what I do, and it serves my non-artistic purposes, I guess. So maybe you're with the curator right now. I mean as I type. Okay, how did it go? How deeply did he bow? We don't start filming until Sunday. Today's our last full get-ready day, and it's full of meetings and last minute errand running, and then tomorrow we start three days of full day rehearsals. The scene we're shooting on Sunday through Tuesday is the 3rd scene. Then, at the beginning of September, we'll be shooting the 2nd scene. Love, me. ** Steevee, Hi. The Pallbearer album is excellent. Probably their best, I think. ** Damien Ark, Hi, Damien! Excellent to see you! Lucky you to have seen Puce Mary and Pharmakon live. I almost got to see Puce Mary when they opened for Iceage here, but we ended up getting there just as the applause at the end of her set subsided. Wow, so cool about PM yelling at you. If you ever feel like scanning that photo, I'd love to see it. Me too, about the new Pharmakon. Oh, man, thank you a lot about 'My Loose Thread'. That's super kind of you. It's up there among my very favorites of my novels, but it's kind of been my most overlooked one as far as readers and critics go for whatever reason. I'm glad you're trying not to fall. Big strength to you in that preventative effort. Have you been writing? I hope the money stress hasn't interfered too much. Money stress has a horrible habit of killing off creativity or whatever, or it does for me. Have there been positive things about the move? Is there anything new that's been, I don't know, exciting or promising in the change for you? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Thanks about the gig. Cannibal Movie is really cool. The only organ plus drums thing works strangely well and has such an odd quality. Hooray about the Art101 progress at long fucking last! May the exciting updates continue. ** Chilly Jay Chill, Hi, Jeff. Thanks re: the gig. For some reason, I'm particularly really loving the new Martyrdöd album. Its fierce and pretty-ish in some very addictive way for me. The new Eno with Karl Hyde, you mean? I really need to get that. The new Spoon didn't do much for me on one listen, but I'm not done with it yet. Things are feeling more settled with the film, yeah. Not settled, mind you, but more so. Awesome re: the guest post if that pleases you and is okay, time-wise. ** Misanthrope, I didn't know that about Lesnar's ups and downs. I'm way behind on him. I think the last time I saw Lesnar do anything was when he pushed that kid with one leg down the stairs. Ages an ages ago. I've never found Cena to be anything but totally irriating. Like Kier said, LPS's knowing you're there if he needs you is huge. ** MyNeighbourJohnTurtorro, Thanks, man. It's always happy to me when you and I are on the same musical page. Developments? Everything has pretty much been about the film project for me, and that's been a situation of unending developments, I guess. Relevant to yesterday: we've finally figured out the live music component of the club/concert scene, which is the scene we're shooting. That was incredibly hard. We started out long ago wanting Iceage to appear/play in the scene. But our very limited resources killed that off. Then we wanted an Iceage-like band, since the scene was originally written to be kind of Iceage gig gone apocalyptic. But we couldn't find a band. Then we changed it to a laptop/noise guy with a singer. But we couldn't sort that out either, so now it's a guy playing laptop/noise guy with a great donated track and a spoken word accompaniest, which we hope will work. That scene has been a virtual hell to figure out and cast and organize. Anyway, that's happening. Thank you so, so much about 'My Lose Thread'! That's so good to hear. Like I said to Damien, it's one of the two novels of mine that I'm proudest of (along with 'The Marbled Swarm'), and, for whatever reason, it doesn't seem to be much of a favorite outside my own head, which is partly the fault of it having been completely fucked over by its publisher maybe. Anyway, blah blah, thank you a lot! I did read through the Pitchfork list, yeah. It's very Pitchfork-y. I remember being pleasantly surprised a few times, but I can't remember why at the moment. What do you think of it? Have a superb day! ** Matthew, Oh, I felt weird mentioning my own book, but, yeah, thank you for seeing why I did. I still haven't come up with suggestions, but my head is not at its clearest right now. I'll keep thinking/trying, and if something springs to mind, I'll shoot it out. Best to you! ** Kyler, Nice re: your beautiful day. Oh, sure, I ride everything that doesn't spin in a circle because I get motion sick when things revolve. But, yeah, I'm all over the rides. I'm not creaky at all. I'll tell you for sure when the film comes out, but it'll be quite a while from now. ** Sypha, Hi. Yeah, I tend limit my intake when I'm making something, but, in my case, of course, it's fiction I limit rather than music. Cool that you're recording new stuff! ** Bill, Hey! Ha ha, yeah, about the ooioo, kind of, that's good, I want to go find that deserted Belgian restaurant. Belgium is strangely good and full of abandoned cool things: chateaux, buildings, theme parks. I imagine that Zac and I will be doing a Haunted Belgoum tour at some point. Oh, man, no sweat about the blog post. I understand things being 'crazy around here' very, very well. ** Okay. I'm off to a day of film prep stuff. Today's post is another one where I can not remember for the life of me how and why it happened, but there it is. Cool or not, you decide. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gig #61: Of late 11: ooioo, Puce Mary, Pallbearer, Tlaotlon, Tashi Dorji, Martyrdöd, Cannibal Movie, Moiré, Moonface, Foxes in Fiction, uncertain, Pharmakon, Mai Mai Mai, Collarbones

OOIOO Atatawa
'OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into to making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.' -- Thrill Jockey

Puce Mary The Course
'Once in a while an artist comes along who manages to both cherish the tradition of industrial music and at the same time walk their own path, choosing their own route to truth: Experiment. With her first solo full length, released last year, Puce Mary managed to do exactly that - and now with the follow-up Persona, she proves herself to be one of the most interesting projects around today. Persona manages to balance the hyper personal universe of the artist with enough care for presentation to make it valuable for everyone to listen to, and take part in her experience. And she does that through six tracks, that each take their own place while corresponding beautifully with its neighbors. From primitive rhythmic patterns to elaborate drone pieces and pain stricken vocals. Insisting on finding new routes for the work and with a rare honesty, "Persona" holds its listener captive from start to finish.' -- Posh Isolation

Pallbearer The Ghost I Used to Be
'With the groundwork laid upon with Sorrow and Extinction, Foundations Of Burden essentially takes the PALLBEARER creative oeuvre to new realms that not only takes their doom metal pedigree even further, but also sees the them harness their prog and traditional heavy metal influences even more. The result being an album much more than its predecessor with the melodies and harmonies being more massive, the music more progressive and layered, the overall atmosphere and sonic weight even more earth shattering. Production and sound wise, Billy Anderson’s expertise behind the control boards has helped PALLBEARER flesh out and highlight their sound even more through massive crushing tones, attention to deteail and defined clarity while still maintaining that classic almost vintage-like production feel.' -- Profound Lore

Tlaotlon Cassini Tubs
'Rather than qualifying Tlaotlon as one of the innumerable acts that direct themselves toward the stimulation, sharing, and settling of emotion, its music's sleek burbling and erratic turns of phrase lump Coubrough in that marginalized niche of soundmakers who chase after emotion’s suppression or even dissolution, who want to make its expression nigh on impossible. This is why the steady measurements of an artificial kickdrum are unceremoniously disturbed by out-of-step snares, hiccup’d synths, and irregularly phased samples, creating multiple trains of thought and affect that, in cancelling each other out, thereby prevent themselves from enjoying a concerted or continuous effect on the listener’s moodscape. And without their mutual coordination, even though this listener might momentarily recognize the shimmied, heavy clinking of a PC-generated riff as evoking maybe a futuristic wasteland or soulless HTML interface, any development or consolidation of her initial reaction is going to be quickly stifled by the arrant percussion and static-infused textural flourishes, leaving her stranded in a psychically indeterminate limbo.' -- Tiny Mix Tapes

Tashi Dorji Throttle
'One fascinating paradox about art is that limits can prove freeing. Narrow your parameters and you might find solutions you wouldn’t have if your choices were infinite. It’s why entire movements have been based on self-imposed restrictions: take the Oulipo group, whose Georges Perec wrote an entire novel without the letter e. ... It might seem odd to compare those contrivances to the simple act of making solo instrumental guitar music. After all, the form is not exactly unusual, having been around longer than jazz ensembles or rock bands. Still, to play guitar alone is to submit to restrictions—not only in the finite number of sounds you can make, but in what little innovation is still available. So much has been done and so many legends loom large—especially, for anyone picking strings now, the two-headed monster of John Fahey and Derek Bailey—that playing something new seems nearly impossible. I’m not sure Tashi Dorji has made anything completely new yet, but the range of creative solutions he’s found while trying to avoid the well-worn paths of instrumental guitar music is thrilling.' -- Marc Masters

Martyrdöd En Jobbigt Jävel
'Swedish wrecking-crew Martyrdöd have done enough to separate themselves from the crust-pack over their decade-plus existence. By combining the raw intensity and hardcore punk ethos of Käng forbears Anti Cimex and Totalitär with the twin-guitar attack of classic rock and the epic Scandinavian metal of Bathory, the independence borne from this blend of influences and the overall ambition of Martyrdöd – who boast members of Agrimonia, Skitsystem, and Miasmal – has never been in dispute. With their politically-charged 2012 debut for Southern Lord, Paranoia, Martyrdöd managed to announce themselves to a larger, albeit still underground audience. The album was well received by critics and crust fans alike; its incendiary spirit and ever-increasing melodic mindfulness proved to be salacious bedfellows. As a result, there's greater anticipation surrounding Martyrdöd's new album, Elddop, than on any of their previous four full-length albums. And unsurprisingly, Elddop proves itself to be just as good, if not better, than its predecessor(s).' -- The Quietus

Cannibal Movie Fame
'This Italian duo, consisting of Donato Epiro on organ (an old Italian one, according to the band) and Gaspare Sammartano on drums, cranks out some serious music that seems improbable given the number of players. If you want to talk about something being way beyond the sum of its parts, this is it, because at any given time, thanks to some creative layering and manipulation, the organ sounds like it could be three or four instruments playing at once, piling up riffs, effects, and reverb in scattered, pulsing, propulsive collages of sound. Still, the organ would be nothing without the solid drumming behind it — simultaneously loose and locked-in, the drumwork manages to both ground the music but also add to the overall wild atmosphere of the music. Put this together, and you get some incredible sound voodoo that evokes free-form psychedelia, krautrock, jazz improv, and a little bit of Suicide for good measure.' -- Secret Decoder

Moiré Attitude
'Moiré’s Shelter opens with a rising clatter. The moment when the bassline and loping kick join the thrum is a neat microcosm for both the album and the producer’s name: a first pattern onto which a second seems superimposed, creating a whole in a constant state of flux. Claps and stabs on ‘Attitude’ lag, while a skeletal, gloomy bassline anchors everything deep without adding much by way of a groove. As elements flutter in and out of the mix, it becomes increasingly apparent that concern for the dance floor is peripheral to Moiré’s introspective take on club music. In that sense, it owes a small but definite debt to the nebulous dance-not-dance music of Actress et al; but where that was an obvious touch point for earlier Moiré singles, the similarities are far less pronounced on Shelter. Moiré doesn’t search for perfect beats as much as he allows them to wander in and out of his tunes, so grooves are as apt to slip away just as suddenly as they appear.' -- Fact Magazine

Moonface City Wrecker
'Hello everyone and anyone. I recently made some more recordings under the name Moonface, which take the form of a 5 song EP called City Wrecker, and run at around half an hour. “City Wrecker” is the title track of the EP. I wrote it before Miley Cyrus released “Wrecking Ball,” but I cannot prove it. Oh well. In describing the song (and maybe the whole EP) I would say it’s the aesthetic opposite of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, which is not to say that’s a good thing or a bad thing, just an apple for you to hold up beside your orange. Regardless of all that, my friend Eetu, who recorded this EP, still likes to call the song “Wrecking Ball” and to sometimes call me Miley, but that’s okay cuz we’re buddies. I lived in Finland for a couple of years, but now I live in a little town nestled in the woods of Vancouver Island. This is a recent move, and so City Wrecker represents the last album I completed in Helsinki. Maybe I will go back to that big icy lighthouse, and all the lovely weirdos within I have come to love, one day, but for now I have used it up.' -- Spencer Krug

Foxes in Fiction Rearrange
'Toronto-native Warren Hildebrand began his Foxes in Fiction project in 2005, during his sophomore year of high school, as an outlet for his drug-induced, experimental sound collages. In 2011, Hildebrand hunkered down in his Toronto apartment, writing and recording what would later become his second Foxes in Fiction full-length album entitled Ontario Gothic. “The running theme throughout Ontario Gothic is how I picked up the pieces of my life after the death of my younger brother Drew in 2008, but each song references specific and discreet experiences,” says Hildebrand. “Personal loss and dealing with anxiety and depressive issues that I’ve struggled with my most of my life have played into my music and the way I work for as long as I can remember. Growing up gay on a small farm in rural Ontario was part of the reason that I got into writing and making music as a young kid, and the isolation and loneliness that I went through because of that helped to shape the conditions under which I usually make my best work.”' -- First Avenue

uncertain the cycle of tears (moon) - the high priestess
'uncertain is a music project started by artist, composer, poet, occultist, and androgyne Florian-Ayala Fauna in the WinterSolstice of 2007 during a dark night of the soul + Florian was later joined by vocalist and percussionist Felix Keigh in SummerSolstice of 2013 after revelations + visions through scrying with an obsidian black mirror. Their work seeks to collect, arrange, dissect, create, disfigure, beautify, set fire to, seed, and manipulate delicate, fragile sounds that vary from the organic to the unearthly. Sound sources frequently found in their music include natural field recordings, the noises of animals, processed acoustic instruments, synthesized and mangled electronics, and sounds found on decaying magnetic tapes.' -- collaged

Pharmakon @ The Print Shop (MOMA PS1)
'Unlike other experimental projects, Pharmakon does not improvise when performing or recording. She is concise and exact; each song/movement is linear with a clear trajectory. Perhaps more than any other style of music, noise is a genre almost exclusively dominated by male performers. Spin Magazine is apt to point out that her,“perfectionism might explain why her recordings are few and far between — a rarity in a scene where noise bros are want to puke out hour after endless hour of stoned basement jams into a limitless stream of limited-edition tapes. Her music may be as cuddly as a trepanning drill, but it’s also just as precise: She glowers in measured silence as often as she shrieks, and every serrated tone cuts straight to the bone, a carefully calibrated interplay between frequency and resistance.”' -- Sacred Bones

Mai Mai Mai εὐφρόνη
'Instantly, the UK "hauntology" scene of Demdike Stare and others springs to mind, but there is a playfulness behind Mai Mai Mai that many a British act seem to lack. Tracks bubble with wobbly analogue synthesiser lines and drones, consistently disturbed and unsettled by bursts of gristly noise. Beats are dropped casually into tracks, deployed sparingly but with subtle rhythmic force. Delta feels alchemical, a smartly distilled collection of sounds brewed together into a heady cocktail of genre-less, arrhythmic post-everything.' -- collaged

Collarbones Too Much
'Collarbones are a long distance Australian electronic pop/r&b collaborative duo, comprised of Adelaide’s Travis Cook and Sydney’s Marcus Whale, beginning in 2007. Debut album Iconography was released in March 2011 on Two Bright Lakes, who also put out the followup, Die Young in 2012. "Last night, a few more Collarbones fans from overseas made fan accounts and spammed us dozens of times until we followed them. We like to joke around about being a boy band, but it doesn’t make it any less ridiculous when it actually happens."-- Collarbones.' -- collaged


p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Ha ha, nice. ** James, Hi, James. I'm like Jimmy Hoffa with my emails. I have read the new Levé. It's great, of course. Short, linked works. Very, very good. If you like his writing, you'll like it a lot, I think. It was his first book in France. And there are only those three books by him, although apparently he left some unpublished mss. along with a stated wish that they not be published, so I don't know if they ever will be. ** Thomas Moronic, Thanks so much again for the gp! Uh, now that you mention it, there was this inexplicable phenomenological event in the air at one point yesterday, huh. So that's what it was trying to tell me. Cool riff on those restaurants. I feel pretty confident in saying that they must be far more interesting in theory than in practice, not that I won't swoop in given my first proximity. I think a really great faux-haunted restaurant could definitely be devised and realized, by me, given the funding, but whether anyone who would want to eat there, I don't know. Probably not. Of course I love what you say about your novel's surface. I mean, wow, totally, what an amazing goal. Yeah, it sounds incredible. That didn't sound like a mess at all. My novel is very exciting and very different and quite difficult to figure out how to write in the right way, and I'm pretty confident about it, but I haven't been able to do more than dip in and scribble a bit for a couple of months. But as as soon as the film shooting is over, it'll get the great majority of my attention. Thanks, T! ** Keaton, Yeah, I noticed you were away. I'm sorry that it involved a wreck. I didn't actually get to read your thing yet because yesterday ended up being involved in a couple of sudden crises, but, as soon as I go out to the Paris suburbs this morning to buy a tent for our upcoming scene, I'll get to savor it. Big time. Welcome back, pal! ** Jared, Hi. You would really and totally think so, wouldn't you. It's positively bizarre that there isn't and, I think, never has been, given LA's status as the world leader in Halloween spooky attractions. Oh, I would very much love either a Tory Dent Day, which, no, I've never done, or one on Arabic calligraphy, which is a really exciting idea and thing to imagine. Yeah, would be invaluable and very helpful if doing either of those would suit you. Thanks, J! You're ruling. ** Kier, Hi, Kier! Me too, about the not knowing what you're eating, being a vegetarian and all. There's an eat-in-the-dark restaurant here in Paris with blind waiters, which is a fun idea, but no way would I enter it. No, I haven't been to many themed restaurants, for the above stated reason. Zac and I almost went to a robot themed one in Tokyo where robots serve your food and do a big robot show and stuff, but it ended up seeming too intense to do or something. Yay for the great and generous and multi-talented -- my spellcheck just corrected 'multi-talented' into 'mutilated', which I think he might enjoy conceptually -- Bill! Wait, and yay for the great, generous, not mutilated but multi-everything you in return! What a lovely exchange! Good about your excitement trumping your nervousness. I'm getting that way about the film shooting finally. Sucks that 'Still Life' sucks. I like the title. I'm anxious about the film shooting, for sure, but I'm feeling weirdly calm, and Zac's very nervous since he's the director and everything, so I'm trying to maintain my calm and exude it in his direction infectiously. Love from me. How was Tuesday? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. I just googled 'Dundee "weird restaurant"' but nothing came up, sadly, other than some restaurant what had 'weird' waiters, but not weird in an interesting way. Cool and fingers twistedly crossed about the post-work meeting with Andrew tomorrow! Or, wait, today! ** Matthew, Hi, Matthew! How really great to see you! Thanks about the thematic slide between the weekend post and yesterday's. I guess if one finds experimental dark music horrific, and I know many around here do, ha ha, today might even qualify. Or at least the gif at the post's head does. Hm, house horror, interesting. Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything other than the obvious 'House of Leaves', which I wasn't so into. My 'Marbled Swarm' has some of that, I guess. I'll think, though. Everyone, Matthew asks for 'some recommendations or directions on how to find some good books that experiment with house horror, like [Blake Butler's] "There Is No Year".' Any ideas? Thank you! ** Turn porter, Hi. Yeah, Vilnius sounds really far away and exotic, but it's only a couple of hours by plane from Paris. Europe is weird. Sorry about the reluctant composer but, yeah, you'll find another. Wow, the shoot sounds like a lot of fun. You're shooting the whole thing in three days? Yikes. We have three-day shoots for each of our scenes, and it has never been as much time as we really wanted. I will give progress updates when we start again. On Sunday, for the actual shooting. Thanks about that old dog 'Closer'. You sound really up and excited. It's really nice to hear, read, and feel! About half of those 'haunted' restaurants are still open, and, no, I haven't been to any of them. ** Etc etc etc, Hi. That sounds nice: the wine and Seine thing. Wednesday should work. Do I have your email address? Hm, why don't you send your phone number by email, and I'll send you back mine and try to call you. Mine is:  I don't know what 'viber' is, but I'll ask someone. Cool, hopefully see you right away! ** Misanthrope, Oh, man, that's so sad about LPS's return to hell, or, well, hopefully not hell, but, yeah, it sounds hellish. Oh, man, it sucks to be young enough to have no real power over your life. I hated that. So Lesnar is still a monster? I guess that's cool. I never liked Cena, not one little bit, so that's cool except for if his neck is actually fucked up in the real world. I'm sure he's nice.  ** Steevee, Hi. ** Hyemin Kim, Your description of Bernanos's style makes it sound like something I would like. It's really nice that you like his work. It's so exciting to find a writer one likes enough that his or her work becomes a future path. ** Kyler, Hi, K. Really, it surprises you that I did Space Mountain? Theme park rides and roller coasters are very prominent on my menu of things I love to do. Fire Island, cool. A bunch of people in my news feed on Facebook seem to be there right now. That German guy sounds like a tasteless jerk, yeah. The period just after the excitement of the initial publication is always really confusing and rough. Always. You have to find a way to transition into feeling the ongoing, back burner pleasure that the book is alive and mysteriously having a life, reaching people you don't know by means you don't know, leading to reactions that you'll never hear. I like that, but it took me a while to learn to like it. ** Rewritedept, Hey! Nice to see you, man! It's been a while! What's been up? Frisco, cool. And for lovely reasons on both counts. Shooting starts on Sunday, and rehearsals start on Thursday. Actually, both of those are mostly really fun. The cray cray part is the build up and getting ready part. I'm good. There isn't a whole lot going on that isn't film-related. But I am starting to plan an upcoming trip to Iceland with Zac. That should be amazing. I hope your trip to No. Cal. eases the semi-crazy thing a ton. ** Right. Today you get another gig of music I've been listening to lately and really liking. Great stuff in there if you're game to watch and listen. See you tomorrow.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Haunted House Themed Restaurants Day

T’Spookhuys Restaurant
St. Lucia Hattem, Belgium

'This Belgium restaurant had a theme meant to creep people out and was abandoned in 2008. T’Spookhuys Restaurant/Bar is also known as House of 1,000 Ghosts and an occult bar. This bizarrely spooky restaurant had a menu to make you shiver as well as a mummy’s lounge. It had served “mud pie” to be eaten out of a skull, featured rattling chandeliers, smoke pumped down from the ceiling and moving paintings. Entertainment had performances from transvestite Draculas and cameos with illusionists and devil-worshiping dancers. People dined in hell and had drinks at the occult bar. It’s rumored that there were satanic rituals held upstairs, leaving angry spirits to roam the premises. This is Spookhuis in Belgium, rarely photographed as there are few urban explorers who are brave enough to enter the haunted restaurant.' -- Trigger Pit

Monsterland Bar & Grill
Mesa, Arizona

'Monsterland was originally conceived of as a horror museum and not a restaurant. The restaurant/museum’s owner, Kevin Wynn, first opened the two-story, 15,000-square-foot space to the public as a haunted attraction last Halloween. Following the Halloween season, the plan was to reopen Monsterland as the area’s first year-round horror attraction and museum. However, after considering the venture’s potential, Wynn did not believe a horror museum could make it on its own. Instead of abandoning the idea altogether, he decided to transform the space into a one-of-a-kind themed restaurant.

'Guests at Monsterland are actually dining in a professional-quality haunted house. The sets throughout the dining area and downstairs haunted house attraction were designed by Wynn’s daughter and boyfriend, who he has admitted to Fox Phoenix are really the ones that are “into this stuff.” For Wynn’s daughter and her boyfriend, terrifying creations are not just a hobby. The sets are Hollywood caliber and the figures frighteningly realistic.

'The dinning area is home to over 50 animatronic figures and props, guaranteeing that everyone in the restaurant will be getting a first-rate show; that is, if you don’t mind being stared down by grimacing werewolves, blood-thirsty vampires, and disemboweled zombies while you dine on Batwings or a Bleeding Heart steak. Naturally, this isn’t going to be everyone’s ideal dining environment and Wynn is the first to admit it: “Even if you’re not into it though, you’ve got a lot of eye candy here to look at. It’s not going to scare you out of your mind.”

'On the other hand, the 8,000-squre-foot haunted house downstairs may do just that. It is closed off to the public for now, but come the haunting season, the doors will be thrown open. If getting spooked is not your thing, or you are afraid of losing your meal, there are TV monitors set up in the bar and restaurant on which you can watch other guests screaming and jumping in the haunted house.' -- Entertainment Designer

Stabbed Lovers Haunted Restaurant
Mesilla, New Mexico

The spirits of two tragic teenage lovers complement the menu in this restaurant in Old Mesilla. They were stabbed to death with sewing shears, and reportedly like to sit in the chairs. Once a night customers are "treated" to the unearthly sight of a petite transparent young woman, dressed in a maid`s black and white uniform of the 1840s, moving about from room to room. The restaurant's owner, C.W. "Buddy" Ritter, swears the sightings are real and are not an illusion perpetrated by the restaurant. The bravest diners are invited to eat in the "death room", as it's called, although they have to sign a waiver agreeing that the restaurant bears no responsibility for what happens. According to Ritter's estimate, 50% of the customers who eat in the "death room" flee screaming from the premises before their meals are finished.' -- collaged

Homer Mill
Calhoun County, Michigan

'The owner of the Homer Mill wanted to be back in business by this Halloween, his attorney said Tuesday. The historic mill, owned in part by Lance Cuffle, burned to the ground on May 15. “His plan all along has been to rebuild,” said Kenneth Hotchkiss, attorney for Lance Cuffle. “He wanted to get a structure up, especially by this time of year.”

'The haunted house and restaurant would typically open on weekends in mid-September and stay in operation through Halloween. Cuffle also owns and operates Jackson’s Underworld, a haunted house inside what was Shaw's Furniture Galleries on Wildwood Avenue, northeast of Westwood Mall. Jackson’s Underworld is open on Fridays and Saturdays in September and Thursdays through Sundays in October.

'Cuffle would not comment recently. In May he said he was “looking into seeing what we can rebuild.” Hotchkiss said the haunted house, bar and restaurant did well, calling it his client’s “golden goose.” “It does not make any sense for him to have set it,” Hotchkiss said, referring to the early morning fire.

'According to police reports, Cuffle was inside the mill when the fire started and called 911. Cuffle told to Hotchkiss he was upset the Homer Fire Department and other responding departments did not do more to save the mill, his attorney said. Firefighters instead focused on protecting neighboring homes, Hotchkiss said.' --

The Crypt Café
New York City

'Times Scare, a new New York City gore extravaganza, was, for its brief two year lifespan, aimed at attracting much more than just the zombie apocalypse obsessed set. The venue featured a restaurant called The Crypt Café — entrees included the “Bloody Good Tomato Soup” and “Graveyard Nachos” — and operated a haunted house in which the cafe is the entrance. It was an icy cafe with clinical white seats and a frosty bar that featured a display of frightening surgical instruments. There were also nightly performances by a creepy magician whose act involved “using razor blades, buzz saws, broken glass, blunt objects, blood, mutilated babies … and candy to create a whimsically entertaining non-stop roller coaster ride of pure mayhem.”' -- Digital Dying

The Haunted House Restaurant
Oklahoma City

'Marian Thibault's query is a trademark at the Haunted House Restaurant, where she said she's worked as hostess, cocktail waitress, bartender and/or Girl Friday from 6 p.m. to close most Monday through Saturday evenings for 48 years. For the past 18 years — since the death of her husband Arthur Thibault — she's also served as sole proprietor.

'"I've never been scared," says Thibault, "never felt vibrations and, even so, am not afraid of dead people. But there are some customers, especially women, who won't go upstairs by themselves. Years ago, there was a psychics convention in town and about a dozen came for dinner. They said they saw an old woman in the big room upstairs, sitting by the window and crying. Art bought the former private home, which was built in 1935, in a sheriff's sale, following the deaths of the three previous residents. Martin Carriker, a 74-year-old automobile dealer, allegedly was shot in the head by his stepdaughter and two handymen here. Before his stepdaughter was tried for the murder, her mother died and then she, after her acquittal, died here of an apparent drug overdose."' -- NewsOK

Horror Bar
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

'Entrance to the bar and restaurant is down a narrow staircase from the street into a cavernous stone cellar that is actually a 500 year old cave. If you look up as you enter, you’ll see the first of the many ghouls who will be your drinking partners for the next few hours. The bar itself is at the far end of this cavern, but take a seat at one of the benches along the right and a witch or zombie will be along to take your order as promptly as can be expected from the undead.

'Horror bar offers a little bit of halloween all year round; with blood red drinks (vodka and cranberry juice?) served in test-tubes, plenty of human bones lying around and a scary-as-hell bar manager who is actually quite nice if you’re not too scared to get to know her. Tunnels lead off to back rooms and up to the toilets, and it’s just mazelike enough to be interesting.' --

Karaka, New Zealand

'Have you ever had the feeling that you are being watched? The feeling of being in danger? Your heart starts pounding… a cold and clammy sweat builds and your hair stands on ends. Your surroundings are unfamiliar and you feel lost. You can hear screams in the distance and it is clear that you are definitely in danger. Your heart pounds. Your breaths are short and fast. Your gut sinks. The feeling of fear has set in… Welcome to Spookers Haunted Restaurant, New Zealand's only scary restaurant attraction. And now... NEW FOR 2-14 ... Spotters is PITCH BLACK! 50 Spookers spooks will be dressed up and waiting for the you in total pitch black darkness as you make your way into the Haunted Restaurant with only the light of one glow stick per group! What will you eat? You will NEVER KNOW!!!!' -- Spookers

Quebec City

'LHOTEL54 is a one-of-a-kind place. Located in Sabrevois, in the Montérégie region of Quebec, Canada, the restaurant can welcome 170 people and features dinner shows where scares await. If you are feeling brave enough, you can tour the restaurant's thematic hallways haunted by welcoming zombies. LHOTEL54 is the largest haunted house restaurant in Canada with a menu of frightening items, breathtaking décors and 18 rooms to tour. It is also possible to rent the restaurant for 100 or more people for weddings, private evenings or other events. Don’t miss the Festival du fantastique et de l’horreur. LHOTEL54 is a must-see, one-of-a-kind experience!' -- collaged

Jekyll & Hyde Club
New York City

'D.R. Finley is the proprietor and creator of this unique entertainment and culinary experience. He opened the first Jekyll and Hyde at 91 7th avenue in 1991. With the success of this pub as well as The Slaughtered Lamb, and Night Gallery, D.R. made the move uptown. In 1995, just four years later, the Jekyll and Hyde Club opened on the Avenue of the Americas. Every detail in the club is carefully planned. Only the highest quality props, animatronics and scenic elements have been chosen. New animatronics from Life Formations have been installed on the various floors.

'The careful design makes it so that no matter where you sit in the restaurant you can experience at least three events close by. Other shows including the main show on the grand salon level can be seen via monitors placed appropriately around the seating areas. The idea here is that " Its always fun and always different". Walt Disney once told his team working on the Haunted Mansion that he wanted so much for the audience to look at that they would have to come back again and again to see it all. That is true here at Jekyll and Hyde’s. The walls are filled with interesting artifacts, heads, antiques, and science gone wrong. It would take you at least four visits to see each of the floors!

One of my favorite shows is in the attic. It is a little doll that stands quietly in her display box. Delilah is her name. Suddenly the box opens and slides off and she starts to speak. I love you. I love you she says... suddenly she begins to speak and tells us about her uncle needles. He is the psychotic clown in the cage on the other side of the room. She tells us she would like us to meet her friend Mr. Pointy. Suddenly her head spins and her hands raise and turn into claws as a rendition of the Psycho music blares at us. Then as suddenly as she turns evil, she turns back to the delightful little doll again. Very well done. There are other new animations on the attic level including a creature in a crate that sounds like golem. He wants out of his captivity but changes his mind when he sees what’s... I mean who’s for lunch.' --

La Maison Hantée

'La Maison Hantée was an Icon in Montreal. For years locals and tourists crowded the premises for a spooky theatrical experience. Guests were greeted by spirits who escorted them to their tables through a spooky maze of unpredictability. Ghosts waited on tables and served food cooked by more ghosts in the kitchen. Once the presentation was over, guests had the chance to relax with an after dinner drink as they enjoyed a Tarot reading. Once a month a lunch hour show was presented for a younger audience.

'The Haunted House Restaurant has been closed for over three years. The building was rated as unsafe and forced a permanent closure of the establishment. The building was originally erected in the 19th century as a fur trade counter for the Hudson Bay Company. It later served for commercial boutiques and was even used as a residential property prior to the opening of the Theatrical-Restaurant. If rumors hold true, the property has since been sold and an eighteen story tower building is slated for construction in this very same site.' -- Steve Troletti


p.s. Hey. An early-ish heads up that, starting on Thursday and lasting through September 5th, I'll be very preoccupied rehearsing and shooting the last two scenes in Zac's and my film. I should be able to do the p.s. during that time except on the actual shooting days. You're pretty much guaranteed to see quite a number of rerun posts during that period because I'm already behind my usual pace re: my post construction duties, and, as of now, I have no guest-posts in the pipe, but I'll do my best, and apologies for the likelihood of so many pre-viewed posts in advance. ** Thomas Moronic, Hey monsieur. It is, isn't it? Yeah, he's cool, and he seems very cool as a guy too. I really hope to meet him and get to talk lit and stuff someday. Wow, nice unearthed treasure trove of Dameer stuff. Cool. I feel a scrapbook coming on. I remember when he called himself Snow White everywhere. I remember when he was based in Ukraine. I remember when he charged $1000 an hour. What a curiosity. Thank you for stoking the fires! And, obviously, big congrats on finishing your novel's draft! And I'm keeping my envy and longing for the same victoire as under wraps as I can. But, yes, awesome! Anything you can say about it? ** Sypha, Yeah, he really super hated me back then. I don't know what happened. Maybe he still does, and he's just diplomatic now. Whatev'. ** David Ehrenstein, I can imagine that Evenson's eyes have taken a stroll through 'Two Serious Ladies', yes. ** Hyemin Kim, Hi. I'll try re: the 'Pyre' booklet. I'll ask Gisele when she gets back from vacation. Happy to. And, yes, feel free to remind me. My memory is weird. It's like 3/4 really sharp, but there's a very hazy 1/4 too. 'Fugue State' is very good. Everything I've read by him has been really good. I've never read Bernanos, strangely. I think I don't want to have anything interfere with my imagination's grip on Bresson's films, but everyone I know who has read the Brenanos books that Bresson adapted says lovely things about them. Very beautiful pre-windchimes materials! They're so shiny in just right way. Generally, my neck and wrists are empty, I guess, yeah, it's true. Have a fine day. ** Steevee, Hi. I haven't read Evenson's Zombie film adaptation books, but I've really, really wanted to for quite a while. I need to spring for them. The idea fascinates me. I'm not surprised to hear that the new St. Marks is not up to speed yet re: their inventory. I know from friends who do or have worked at bookstores that that's the hardest thing to do since the guarantees on sales are so iffy. I hope they get the money to restock, but, yeah, that's no surprise and it's no doubt as hard for them as it is for shoppers. ** Jeffrey Coleman, Hi, Jeff! Oh, cool, I don't know French well enough to read that book or any serious French fiction in French, but let me pass along your very kind offer. Everyone, the honorable Jeffrey Coleman has a really great and kind offer for you, so listen up and take advantage if you like. Here he is: 'Yesterday I got a copy of Brian Evenson's 'Baby Leg' in the mail. Unfortunately for me, it's in French, which I don't speak. If anyone here would like it, speak up, and I'll mail it to the first person who asks for it, free of charge. A pretty good deal if you know French and like Evenson, I'd say.' Thank, Jeff. Hope you're doing really well. ** Kier, Hi, K. Don't you just hate when your bank account is a sad affair? I get stressed even thinking about mine. So I avoid checking it as much as I can -- sort of like avoiding going to the doctor -- and then my ATM card bounces and yikes. Bad plan. Oh, wow, cool about the Black Metal Museum. Stephen went by the place, which, as you probably know, is also an apparently very cool Black Metal record store, and he said the guy was hoping to relaunch it, and maybe he did. Yeah, it's very nice to have the entire cast now. Now we have to finesse a whole bunch of details in the next three days, which won't be easy, but we will. Wednesday ... try to be more psyched than nervous, even though the two often go hand in hand. You've got the serious goods, and he'd be a pumpkin head not to know that and get greedy. I still haven't listened to the new Swans. I must have a block or something, although I don't know why I would. Very nice book scoring there obviously. Impeccable, I'd say. My weekend was not too weekend-y. I was mostly home working. I did manage to restart working on my novel, which was exciting. Made some blog posts. Mostly it was film prep stuff: writing/getting emails to/from performers and co-workers, phone calls, conferring with Zac about what was being done and what needed to be done. Important stuff, but too detail-oriented to be interesting to anyone who's not head long into the project. Read a little, listened to music a little, got a very long needed haircut. Blah blah. Not so exciting, but good. Oh, those photos of Kongeparken are great! Beautiful! I miss that place. I love that ride where you sit in a little boat and then it slides down a ramp and gets propelled across and into that little lake. And that ride next to it where you do kind of the same thing but in a little gondola thing suspended in the air. Did you do those? Scary dream. I'm glad I hardly ever remember mine 'cos, when I do, they're always pure terror. How was Monday for you? ** Keaton, Buddy! New writing, sweet! I think I should be free to read that at either around 3 pm today or else after 7 pm today. Yes! Everyone, a rare treat for the d.l.s and looky-loos: new fiction of an undoubtedly high, exciting, challenging quality by the one and only Keaton is at your fingertips so please tap them in that blue spot a few words back from these words. ** Bill, Howdy, Bill-ster. It's such a fine, fine book, right? Cool and thanks for the alert on the new Evenson story. He seems to have just released a new graphic novel, which I'm very curious to read. My weekend also involved getting some work done (sigh) but with no visiting cousins to distract me, fortunately or unfortunately. Do you like your cousins? What are they like? ** Etc etc etc, You're here! Holy shit! Yeah, I want to see you obviously. Friday might be possible, but things go into very high gear for me re: the film starting on Thursday. Any chance of you being free tomorrow or Wednesday? If not, we'll sort something for Friday. It would have to be later in the day/evening because we have all day rehearsals that day. Let me know what's good, and welcome! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben! ** Chilly Jay Chill, Hi, Jeff. 'FS' is real good, no surprise. 'The Wavering Knife' is really wonderful too, I think. Thanks re: the Harrington post. And thanks for suggesting a Craig Baldwin post. I made one, and you'll see it in the new few days. I do read books in that abandoning fashion a lot. Mm, maybe I'll pick up the new Gibson in a store and see what's what. Really long books are so hard for me to get an appetite for. ** Torn porter, Hi, man! Good to see you! Very good news on the ready-to-go status of your film. We're three days away from being in the same position, I hope. One of the performers in the scene we're shooting first is being flown in from Vilnius, Lithuania on Wednesday. Excited to share film-in-progress news with you, if you're so inclined. Here things are good just crazy busy and a combination of highly stressed and excited about the imminent start of the final phase of our film. It doesn't feel like anything else is happening right now, although I suppose even my world is bigger than that, logically speaking. Take care! ** Right. What's today? Oh, haunted house themed restaurants. Don't ask me how the blog ended up in such an odd place because I honestly don't remember. See you tomorrow.