Friday, January 3, 2014

Gig #51: Of late 4: Tsembla, Richard Skelton, Blondes, Celeste, Kemper Norton, Croatian Amor, Felix Kubin, Rhys Chatham, patten, Rashad Becker, Innode, Glorior Belli, Gabriel Saloman, ÄÄNIPÄÄ

Tsembla Live @ Lounge Bar
'Tsembla is the musical work of Marja Johansson, a Swedish-Finnish
artist operating out of Turku, Finland. Utilizing a wide range of
instruments, electronics, objects and manipulated samples, the music
of Tsembla rides on waves of warped melodies, fluttering rhythms,
abstract voices and mutating textures, crossbreeding the known and the 
imaginary. Loosely assembled, rough edged compositions, rich in details, come together into odd instrumental miniatures in an almost-pop format, venturing into fourth world territory from a lattering, wheezing and boiling DIY kitchen inspired by Moondog, Ruth White, Raymond Roussel, LAFMS, Jon Hassell, Anton Bruhin, René Daumal, Suzanne Ciani and folk musics of the Andes and Asia.' -- New Images Limited

Richard Skelton Véarsa Éan
'Since 2006, UK artist Richard Skelton has been releasing small run documentations of his own musical explorations through his Sustain Release label. These recordings are always exquisitely packaged, in materials and imagery that really invoke the feel of the recordings locked away on the discs. Place and space play a big factor in Skelton’s creative process, transporting the listener to the environment in which the music was originally recorded. The visuals and tactile objects that are always included with the discs facilitate in entrenching the listener further in Skelton’s magical world that is brimming with sensation and history, as its not only Skelton’s music that the listener is experiencing, but how, in fact, he is able to maintain a deep and engaging conversation with his surroundings.' -- collaged

Blondes Wine
'Blondes’ self-titled debut album was one of 2012’s most striking releases. An electronic album rooted in a kind of swirling mechanistic spirit, the sounds didn’t come from traditional forms of dance culture. Yes, there were echoes of house’s rhythmic pulse and techno’s sense of propulsion, but these sounds were all filtered through the Brooklyn duo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman’s idiosyncratic approach. The sound became something quite special; a transcendent journey through dance’s ghostly otherworld. Perhaps what makes Blondes’ approach to electronic music so beguiling is their background. Both members met at Oberlin College in 2003 and have spent much of their time studying electro acoustic composition while finding ways to manipulate and distort analogue sound. When this approach is applied to making repetitive and hypnotic dance music, it creates a sound that blurs the lines between the body and the mind.' -- music OHM

Celeste D'errances En Inimities
'Expressionistic, sophisticated, evolved, overflowing, pitch-black. Just a few words, a desperate attempt to properly approach ANIMALE(S), the fifth full-length record of the French combo CELESTE from Lyon. Musically, ANIMALE(S) sees CELESTE developing their metal and hardcore oriented sound in different directions. Their music was always characterised by the interaction of monumental melodies, dark riffs, violent drums and expressive lyrics, but on the new album all these ingrediences are more expressed. The last three years' time has carved out the contrasts in Celeste's music like a stream carves out a rugged canyon. The melodies are more melodic, but also more sparse. Many parts are much darker and more noisy than the past albums. The lyrics are as savage as they can be without being vulgar. At the same time, ANIMALE(S) features exceptional collaborations with artists such as the experimental musician Ben Chatwin from TALVHORROS -- also on Denovali Records - and the composers and sound designers Sabrina Duval and Jean Charles Bastion.' -- post-engineering

Kemper Norton 'Windwept' and 'Golowan' live @ at the Autumnal Nob Out
'The mysterious music of Kemper Norton draws its power from its apparently conflicting facets, which put the listener in a confused but entirely pleasurable state. The sound is formed of acoustic folk miniatures swimming through pools of synthetic texture, while found sounds float to the surface, dredging up tiny hints of dance rhythms in their wake. These ingredients - far from being a casually picked, if natty, selection from the twentieth century's smorgasbord of genres - are stirred together with idiosyncratic focus to produce a strange, heady brew that's neither folk nor electronica, neither analogue nor digital, but something else; boasting new flavours with familiar seasoning. Much, if not all, of Kemper Norton's output is borne of strong, sometimes elaborate concepts that are only fully revealed in sleevenotes. They often focus away from the typically urban concerns of electronic music to face folk's rural heartland, but eschew idyllic, pastoral stereotypes to reveal tales of domestic violence, "party melancholy", burial chambers and the dire consequences of industrialisation for rural Britain.' -- The Quietus

Croatian Amor Julian
'Croatian Amor has progressed like an expanding sphere, encompassing all the neighboring sounds it encounters in its experimentation. Starting with the most stark and minimal industrial release, Brother, Sister and heretofore culminating with The World, Loke Rahbek and whoever else is behind one of the most unique bands associated with the label Posh Isolation have created not a linear narrative, but a logarithmic one. The themes and motifs explored become more defined on each release, but are vaster still: sexual identity, gender identity, and body dysmorphic identity issues and problems. These issues are not evoked as mere fetishism, but are held up to the light, exposed and expressed through sound, words, and the meaning behind grinding tin foil across a contact microphone. While not everyone would agree, I think the members of Croatian Amor would see Europe as a distinguished place for discourse about issues like these.' -- sputnik music

Felix Kubin Lightning Strikes
'Felix Kubin actually began playing music at 8 years old, when he studied piano, organ, and glockenspiel. In 1980, he acquired a Korg MS-20 synthesizer and his recordings took off from there. He began experimenting and recording a variety of tracks, adding his own bizarre lyrics to them. In 1982, he formed a band with Stefan Mohn called Die Egozentrischen 2. In 1984, they played a legendary live show at the Möbel Perdú in Hamburg, a small multifunctional gallery founded in the early 80s by a.o. Claudia Schneider-Esleben, who happened to be the sister of Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk). They were only 15 years old. Although Alfred Hilsberg of the notorious ZickZack label (Palais Schaumburg, Die Toedliche Doris, Einstuerzende Neubauten) had planned to release Felix Kubin’s early music in 1985, it took another 20 years until the French label SKIPP and the German label A-Musik put out a selection of tracks for the first time. The press was raving about Felix’s music which gave rise to an increase in his popularity.' -- Minimal Wave

Rhys Chatham Drastic Classicism Revisited
'Rhys Chatham's Harmonie du Soir has no melodies; there are barely any descents or ascents of tone, yet the mastery of rhythm, volume, and accentuation exhibited by Chatham and his six-guitar ensemble in the title track imbues it with enough variation and potency to hint at the kind of sublime narrative that would be denuded to the point of evisceration by something so crudely explicit as a tune. Such sublimity isn’t of the transmundane order conveyed by, say, Glenn Branca’s Symphony No. 2 or “The Ascension,” since the piece is grounded more in rock tropes than classical, yet the absence of tonal articulation still nonetheless intimates an experience suspended just beyond the effable. The album is nothing but dynamic intensity and textural density. It’s an insurgent denial of the importance of pitch and a single-finger salute to the expressivity of melody.' -- tiny mix tapes

patten Aviary
'It might not seem easy to make sense of patten. “Abstract” is a word that often gets thrown around when talking about experimental music, but patten’s sounds are genuinely intangible, amorphous and seem to be constantly in flux. Familiar sounds become foreign, foreign sounds seem familiar, and it’s impossible to say where one thing ends and another begins. Fittingly, patten is also an anonymous artist—and that’s genuinely anonymous, rather than just elusive. Nobody knows his name (he’s only ever given it as “D”), and finding a photograph of him with a visible face will prove impossible, meaning that pinning any biographical narrative to his discography is impossible. But unlike a lot of reclusive or publicity-shy producers, patten is keen to speak about what he does as an artist, and talk about it confidently. He thinks about what his music means from a conceptual perspective before a musical or personal one, which is perhaps what makes his sound so refreshingly non-referential.' -- The Fader

Rashad Becker live @ PAN ACT Festival
'Rashad Becker makes a living with his ears. As engineer at Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering, he's mastered and cut a massive amount of dance, electronic, and experimental albums (his credits include at least 1200 records). He’s built a reputation for creating great-sounding vinyl, so it’s no shock that the first record of his own music sounds great, too. Traditional Music of Notional Species, Vol. 1 is thoroughly clear and precise. Everything on it is boldly legible, and though there are tons of sounds intersecting and overlapping, nothing is blurry. It’s as if Becker’s mastering his own brain and transferring what he hears in his head with little if any generational loss. It’s all pretty unpredictable, sure, but he’s always in control of his busy mix. You can start by gawking at his surprising, hilarious, exhilarating sounds, but you’ll likely find many more reasons to return.' -- Marc Masters, Pitchfork

Innode Rotor
'A new project headed by Austrian musician Stefan Németh, who was previously a member of Radian and Lokai, and is also a co-founder of Mosz Records. Together with drummers Steven Hess (Pan American, Locrian) and Bernhard Breuer (Elektro Guzzi), Innode explores the spaces between noise, rhythm and silence based on a grid concept that exposes rigid structures to orchestrated disorder. It's a rhythmic chess match no less, introspective and strategic, but such is the unpredictability of the destabilised sonic environments Nemeth generates, that it's fascinating to observe and participate in.' -- collaged

Glorior Belli 'Negative Incarnate' live @ Hellfest
'Glorior Belli crept out from the temperamental suburbs of Paris in December 2002. What started as a notorious duo soon became a remarkable Beast, acting as a beacon for everyone looking to free themselves of the influence of the Demiurge. Over the course of four full-lengths, the band has progressively developed to become a more sophisticated musical entity, while conversely exploring the devolution of black metal’s heritage. With a captivating mix of bluesy, heavy stoner grooves, doom-laden lyricism, retro prog-rock flourishes and some thickly distorting sludge, the band has reaffirmed the diabolical principles of black metal while avoiding its most mind-numbing clichés. Lyrics and themes explored over the years reveal a sincere inclination for rebel-ism and developed sense of poetry. The experience would be described as an intriguing and almost hypnotic journey through dark deserts and evil fields with Lucifer as personal guide.' -- collaged

Gabriel Saloman Adhere pt. 1
'Gabriel Saloman is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, Canada, who works in sound, text, visual medium and socially collaborative forms. He has been composing and performing experimental music for almost two decades both individually and in a variety of collaborations. He is best known for his work with Pete Swanson in the Portland, USA based free-noise project Yellow Swans. His current projects include Chambers, a live dub collaboration with M Red (Lighta! Sound, Low Indigo), and Diadem, an exploration of chance and divinatory processes in musical improvisation with Aja Rose Bond. Saloman's individual work explores noise and soundscape as a form of resistance and path of emancipation from an authoritarian social order. He works in a variety of mediums, moving through gallery installations, web projects, live performance, recorded music and spatial intervention. Recently he has begun composing for contemporary dance, exploring the possibilities of collaboration between choreographer, dancer and musician.' -- Miasmah Recordings

ÄÄNIPÄÄ Mirror of Mirror Dreams
'ÄÄNIPÄÄ sees Pansonic's Mika Vainio team up with Sunn O))) figurehead Stephen O’ Malley. Both, of course, have serious pedigree: the former with two decades worth of experimental electronic solo releases under the Ø alias and his own name, the latter across a string of solo and collaborative (Nazoranai, KTL, Lotus Eaters) releases. ÄÄNIPÄÄ's album Through A Pre-Memory is out on Editions Mego, and it features material taken from three years worth of recording sessions. The four-track LP was laid down at Einstürzende Neutbauten’s studio in Berlin, and, according to the label, should be listened to with the following edict in mind: “MAXIMUM VOLUME YIELDS MAXIMUM RESULTS”.' -- Fact Magazine


p.s. Hey. ** Adrienne White, Hi, A! 'Tard just keeps raking it in!': What a great sentence. Kudos. And, God, so weirdly true. Yeah, I don't know what the metro shutting down thing is about. To disable suburban kids' ability to train into Paris and maraud around under the excuse of drunkenness and a party atmosphere? Ah, a shame that it's not a ball full of real gumbo. I guess it would be cold and unappetizing from sitting up at the top of the ball-lowering structure for hours anyway. But still. What's Muses? I feel like I should know that. I'd love to get to N.O. I'll try to figure out a way. I might be going to the big annual ventriloquist convention this year in Kentucky as part of the research for this ventriloquism theater piece I'm writing for Gisele, and that's, well, not next door but close. I'll try. I'd love to. ** les mots dans le nom, Hi. Yeah, since you posted the FN video, I looked into it, and it is hers! What a great thing to get to see it. I'm sure she'll be fine with you posting it. I'm going to see her in Japan, and I'll ask, but I'm sure she's cool with it. I only love clothing on other people. Even before my allergies started up in '91, I dressed low-key shabbily. Ocean regions are nice. I'm from LA, so ... In fact, I think Paris is the only place I've ever lived that wasn't on an ocean. Weird that I'm so okay with merely the Seine and the canal. ** Antonio Heras, Hey, man! Really awesome to see you! Thanks a bunch for supporting TM's crazy stack. Hugs back from cloudy Paris. How are you doing? What's new? ** David Ehrenstein, Hey. I agree with you about those two scenes. Any opportunity to get to watch Taylor Mead be himself is a major treasure. And Bill Murray's bit is typically sublime. ** Steevee, Hi. No, I'm not worried about that at all. Whatever we do is going to be absolutely nothing like what von Triers and Noe are doing, that's for sure. I plan to avoid the von Trier like the plague. I've given his stuff way, way too many chances already. I dread being swamped by the hype and social media blather about it. I'll go back and find what you wrote on Isaac Florentine's films. I hope the interview goes really well. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hey, Ben. Oh, yeah, you sort of can't have anything by or to do with Sade without long stretches of bogging down, I guess. I hope the Skype session goes really well today and is positively revelatory. ** Brendan, Big B! How's it? HNY to you, buddy! That's funny ... someone here was commenting just, I don't know, a week ago, less, about the occult-ish backgrounding of JPL. I intended to go research that, but then I forgot. It does sound like total post fodder. I'll make a note. Hold on. I just did. Yeah, my dad was kind of heavily involved in the beginnings of JPL, but I can't remember the details at the moment. I don't remember him mentioning anything occult-y, but he was kind of allergic to occult stuff because my mom was a bit of an occult-y person. I think you planting a garden in your yard is a purely positive image and anecdote. You're an artist, man. Your yard is a studio, no? Why wouldn't the earth be your material as well as an intriguing assignment? So good to see you, bud. ** Thomas Moronic, Hi, T. So great: it, yesterday, the effect, the high, the coming down, the whole thing. Thank you and blessings on you, sir. ** Flit, Whoa, nice. Dude, broken record, I know, but you write so good. The dance with need must be handled intricately or something, for sure. ** Aaron Mirkin, Hi, Aaron! Oh, cool, I think I might actually be here in Paris during the festival. It's squarely in the window between my Japan and Patagonia/Antarctica trips. I have to go to Germany for a few days, but I think that'll be a sideswipe rather than a roadblock. Cool. So, I'll get to see it, and see you too! I've marked my calendar. Everyone, if you're going to be in Paris in late January and/or very early February, you might very well want to check out the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, and, particularly, the screening of filmmaker and d.l. Aaron Mirkin's short film 'We Are Not Here' based on one of the stories in the Lonely Christopher book that was the most recent release in my Little House on the Bowery series/imprint. So, try to do that. Here's info on the film/screening as well as on the festival in general. ** MyNeighbourJohnTurtorro, Hey. May? Oh, I hope I'll be here. I should be. I'll have a ton of reasons to be here working on stuff then. Cool, it would be great to meet. I didn't know about the Unpleasant Meeting Festival, no, and, whoa, what a fucking line up! Roedelius, Luke Fowler, Maja Borg, Heatsick, one of today's stars Mika Vaino, Aki Onda, etc, etc. Which one of the entries is Joe's band? Yeah, that festival is a total must. Thanks a lot for the alert. Sweet. ** MANCY, The video was/is really mega, man! One of your very best if not even the best yet, I think. I cycled it a few times. Great, kudos, great! Man, I love what you do! Add my crossed fingers to yours re: the studio assistant job. Let me know what happens. ** Misanthrope, I read that it was snowing there or around there. A wallop or something, no? Or are you inside the wallop zone? I envy whatever degree of snowfall you're getting. We haven't had the most fragile, tiniest flake of the stuff here yet. I wonder if we will. But I guess I'll get my fill of snow in Antarctica. Or of ice, or whatever that place is made up of. Ugh, shit, about the Medicare thing. That's savage. ** Keaton, Hi. It seems like it's getting easier to steal movies. But I can't remember the last time I did. I ask savvy people to do it for me. What am I talking about anyway? Weird. Glad you liked the slaves. They were a particularly dark bunch, I think. Now you've made me take time out of my day to try to find a twink painted like Grump Cat. Online, I mean. Any tips? ** Creative Massacre, Hi, Misty! Thanks on behalf of Thomas. My new year is pretty damned good so far. Really glad yours is too. High five. It seems like 90% of the people I know in the States are really into 'Game of Thrones'. I haven't seen even a second of it. My TV has been broken for six months or something so, even if they show it here, and they must, I haven't watched. So, all I know about it is that it's kind of fantasy/edgy and sort of weirder/better than a lot of TV, which means I don't know much about it at all. I guess I'll catch up one of these days. Enjoy! ** Cassandra Troyan, Hi, Cassandra! Oh, shit, feel better pronto. And, yeah, I'm being so slow with you-know-what. If I don't send it today, you have my permission to lop off my head, or to find some French person to do that. Weird antics ... any of them shareable? A foot of snow, sigh, envy, sigh. That Vimeo link leads to something of yours? Way cool! I'm so there! Everyone, do yourself a totally massive favor clicking this link and, thenceforth, watch a video called 'SHAME DREAM' by the incredible artist and writer and so much more Cassandra Troyan that's part of a new series she's making. Really, really do it. Thanks, and, yeah, get well, like, now, please? ** Cap'm, Hey, pal! Always a great pleasure! That outfit sure sounds like an infiltrating insider to me, not that I know any academics. Oh wait, of course I do. What's the backstory on your infiltration mission, if I might ask? ** Finis. I made a gig for you today of music I've been listening to and liking a lot of late. Unless you're dead set on traditional song structures and rock bands and all that tired old stuff, ha ha, you might find some things to love up there, who knows? See you tomorrow.


Empty Frame said...

Hey, mutual early bird. May we both get, uh, worms.
Muchas gracias re: the Blanchot recommendations - I think I may well plump for that Station Hill Reader. I'm swimming in a lake of great books at the moment, with help from the library - Krazsnakorkai's are real good, do you like 'em? Deleuze on Bacon. Isabelle Eberhardt! Robert Walser. Jung and Hyde on tricksters and archetypes. The Upanishads. Freud, Schopenhauer. Reading around World War One and Spiritualism, because the latter boomed in England just after the former, predictably, and I'm thinking of tying it in to an ongoing series of drawings I'm making of boy soldiers during that period, and there's these weird links between them. Like how Conan Doyle, who was seriously into spiritualism, got into it via grief re: family WW1 deaths, yet was pals with Houdini, who thought it was all bullshit. Magic v science, all that jazz. Not sure where all this research will lead yet, it has to sink into my head and turn into mulch/manure, and then I'll see if any roses bloom in the studio. I'd rather be confused, interested and in the dark than know where I'm going at the moment, so all's well.
Will be all over today's gig later, looks great - only know Skelton and Innode, so intrigued about the others. Oh, and the postman should be delivering that book on ventriloquism/the 'othered' voice today, Steve Connor's "Dumbstruck", which might
tie in with aforementioned interest in mediums etc. Brain food!
Being such a Rimbaud-head, which Collected/Selected of his do you swear by? Bewildering choice out there of collections and translations. A Complete would be ideal. Much love, and will check in before your travels!

Marcus Whale said...

Great selections, Dennis! I think you asked me how that night with Michael and Bene's videos went - it was well attended and I think people enjoyed themselves. Although in that context I think only so many people were aware of what was going on with the video works because it was a kind of outdoor party atmosphere. This said, the projection was clearer later on and quite large, which makes me happiest. Actually the performances ended up being the focus anyway, which was fine and only natural. Hey, and I'd better ask Michael to show me Dans le silence because i haven't seen it yet! Best to you.

Tomáš said...

happy new year Dennis,
I could not see you before January 6 .... arf
Regardless, we will find another date.
About the blog, what would you say of "ten vintage porn movies that Dennis could write the script?" what do you think? I try to do it and send you this ...
Take care,

Scunnard said...

Hi Thomas Moronic, don't know if you'll see this here, but just wanted to thank you for your newest instalment. Love the GIFS and how the cumulatively add up to something other or undo each other somehow. Nice collection.

Dennis, thanks for the gig today. Just got a record player and had some of my records sent over from the US, so have been on an old record kick (although I sold and gave away a bunch, so my selection is a bit sporadic and mostly pre-93… with a bunch of really random 45s like Bloodsausage, Snakefinger, the Rondelles) so living a bit of a music life at the moment.

_Black_Acrylic said...

Right now I'm listening to this Italo Disco mix, but will check out ÄÄNIPÄÄ for sure once it's finished. Not that I expect anyone here to dig Italo, but maybe Skydiver will put you in a good mood? It does for me, anyway.

The good news is that I had an idea for the Generator members' show. Without giving too much away, it's another of the female celebrity photo portraits that occasionally punctuate my output. Oh okay, it stars the Duchess of Cambridge and is called Kate, Inverted. I'll post a picture once it's done.

@ DC, I really hope that YNY goodie bag reaches you before your Japan departure but otherwise, you'll receive it once you get back.

DavidEhrenstein said...

Lovely potpourri today.

DavidEhrenstein said...

Latest FaBlog: "Tidy"

Kyler said...

Hey Big Den (as opposed to Big Ben) - I'm in a good mood today! We've got a title and thanks for wanting to know: (get ready)......


Very pleased. There was one problem or another with all the other titles - almost went with just THE RED TRUCK, but that was a book published by Knopf in 1987 I discovered. This title is precisely what the book is about - and I found some great truck images that James/Sypha has seen, an ominous red truck for the front of the book and a mysterious back of the truck with one of those Twilight Zone spiral thingies for the back of the book. Very excited! (would have called it THE SLUTS but that's been used already.)

cap'm said...

Thanks DC: frankly backstory is a job hunt, so hope i don't wear out the knees. It's a fraught terrain. Will have a better chance than I would in the Cap'm P. suit fer sure. :)

Tosh Berman said...

Dennis when are you going to be in Japan? Lun*na and I are going in February, and I think we're going to stay for a month or so. She is going to do a book for my press, and the designer and printer is in Tokyo. Also I need to finish off some writing, and being in Japan is really good for my sentence structures.

les mots dans le nom said...

Dennis, I've heard that interest in this sort of cool music is a great asset to academies these days. There are quite position calls for this area of interest. Yeah, I can see that. Nice trace of literary and artistic history there in short reviews.
Ah, LA is an option. And I like tropical plants in LA. A weird setting there. But to be honest, LA night is rather dark and, its course early falling for me. I like a city where light never goes off. As I don't know that well about LA and you are from there, I won't say further my impressions about the city itself. CalTech seems like a really good university for humanity scholars. But that's a high ended place for me to reach anytime soon. So maybe, I just need to work hard for more than two decades keeping finger crossed. I don't care academic outfit, honestly. They could have fun with that, in any case. None of my interest. Anyway, good luck with packing...

allesfliesst said...

days with many gifs or videos on this blog sometimes make my browser crash, sometimes not. in case that has to do with blogger, blogger had a bad day today. well, i finally made it to the comments page. just finished the mizumura novel. not REALLY sure if you'd like it. for all i know it's been selected as the first of her works to be translated into english because the publisher thought it would be one the most accessible, and more appealing to US readers than her other, more expressly experimental novels. i guess we'd both be more into the others, but still i enjoyed reading it very much. and it may just have to do with my new interest in domestic labor (not personally, mind you, but thinking about 'art and labor' haha) - i loved it how mizumura describes her protagonist performing myriads of household chores throughout the novel, and quite expertly so but without ever attaching more importance to this than the character herself does. i disovered the novel is really cheap as an ebook - and i also discovered that amazon doesn't let you send ebooks as presents to friends, grrrr. yet, since it also crossed my mind that sending you the book as a belated christmas present would mean imposing it on you while you may not want to read it at all (and like i said, it's almost 900 pages), i'm saving up my money for the time when i'll get a chance to treat you to a super-oishii bowl of soba in tokyo. though i fear you'll be going to japan ahead of me and be back before i'll be there? i'll go around feb 20, and will probably stay in tokyo and osaka for 2 weeks.

DavidEhrenstein said...

Heartened by the success of his "Autobiography," MOZ IS WRITING A NOVEL!

Jeffrey Coleman said...


Great Gig day. I'm listening to Tsembla as I type this. Rhys Chatham's recent stuff is great. I think I like his stuff best when it's for smaller ensembles, for some reason. I visited Aquarius Records a few years ago, and one of the things I picked up was a Felix Kubin 'best-of' compilation, which is great all the way through. It features 'Lightning Strikes'.

I don't recognize some of the names in your gig, but I'm gonna look them up.

Here's a couple additions to the gig, good music I just discovered through a recent Julian Cope post:

Ernest Gibson's 'Island Records'

Adam Cadell's Insubordination

P.S. I forgot to answer your inquiry about how the pot thing in Colorado will work. It won't be sold in vending machines and 7-11s, as neat as that would be. They'll have dispensaries across Colorado, less of them than the medicinal ones (which will still be active). You go in, get a card, similar to the medicinal procedure, except you don't have to have, or pretend to have, a medical condition. Then you can buy up to an ounce at a time. You are supposed to smoke it at home, not in public.

It's going to be taxed pretty heavily. Like, 1/3 of the total price is tax. I guess that's partly to smooth over the transition socially, i.e. "at least it generates money for schools", etc. I also think it's to make up for the money that the state previously got from busting and fining people with pot, the prison industry stuff and so on, though they don't come out and say it, of course.

It's a nice step, though. I'm surprised to see it happen this soon, actually, because I think the powers-that-be are reluctant to change laws like that, since the system had already been shaped around it, and also because it's like admitting they were wrong.

Anyway, take care.

gary gray said...

good gig for the weekend.

truth be told the last year of our relationship was quite tragic. i learned about the evil i was capable of. i also learned i can change with a simple thought. the thought is too simple, and i think too much. one day i might grasp that thought. oh well. i really can't believe how the loss of my mother broke me. not making excuses. it's just surreal to reflect on the past 2 years and feel like i'm looking at a photo i don't remember being taken.

i'm finding joy in writing again. i think with enough practice i'll write with more temper, and restraint. hehe, you can judge how i write as someone who dropped out of school in the 5th grade; cause that would be true. i'm working on 2 things. one is about 3 rich kids in the hollywood hills who have fantasies they're like their parents. cept the kids believe their parents are in secret societies, and their interpretation of what secret societies are is gathered from rap songs. but everything i just said is never mentioned. it's from the point of view of someone in the middle of that group. so the narrater believes in the disillusions. the other is a backwards narrative of my past relationship. it starts with the last text i sent him 'goodnight e---. you know i won't.' then the text he sent me before that "good night wil. take care." i've realized if i'm honest about what happened with our downfall it's a good tale about how mental disorders can manipulate. the very strange thing about our relationship is we really knew each other. but on my end i fucked things up because he somehow got behind the walls i put up so i cant harm anyone. because of that i believed they were gone. the last year e--- got to see what type of walls i made to keep people at a distance. it wasn't good because i truly didn't believe i made myself a island. my stupid ass was too busy trying to convince him i was starting to fix my issues, instead of fixing. I only lied to him at the end. it was quite a evil lie. i knew i was never going start over. so, i told him i was going to a therapist in hopes he would track him down, to find out i wasn't. it worked. i wanted him to lose all faith in me so he would move on past me and disregard everything we did as a lie. i try too hard to disappear, and i really don't know why. anyways the movie "to the wonder" i've been watching on loop for the past week. i'm in love with that movie even more then i thought.

i've heard of those baldessari works. i've only seen a handful of his stuff in person. but the idea behind those wrong photos are grand. the one i've seen was two building and 2 people with dots on their faces. somehow it got me thinking about Kuleshov Effect. shit like fragment and fragments assembles something like a trigger for emotions, that arn't in the think yr looking at. any piece of his i've stumbled onto really schools me in one way or another.

have you see this trailer? made me think of yr porn.

les mots dans le nom said...

Oh @cap'm, I read your comment exactly right now. Oh, best of luck (no irony) with that suit. Yeah, better to find a paid spot in that nest. There are some fine scholars I know too but, I think it's always better to keep a distance to them, in person. There's always unexpected, psychological mess in academics. I haven't seen the exception. No need to control that mess either. Books and teaching are public, academic work, anyway.

Keaton said...

LOL I don't know, been trying to steal Only Lovers, Kill Your Darlings, and Silence for months. You can't even rip songs from Youtube anymore. I don't know, I've got plenty of books. Haha, long story short, I'm done fucking, I'm either gonna slept with exactly who I want to sleep with or sleep with escorts. If I was 20, I'd be rich. LOL I tried for years to come up with different sorts of wild boys, there's a party boy prototype, "Indies" or something that play around, otherwise, I don't know, I think I like Grumpy Cat boys. Try blond, vain, and uh shortish? I got a snow day today, awesome! I'm trying to burn through some books really fast, so I can get a bunch of art done this spring/summer. Wait 'til it melts, it's a snow globe with a Grumpy Cat boys fucking inside. =)

Flit said...

Yeah, Coop. Again sent on virtual crate dig by your inspired geekin. Only aware of Rashad Becker (T.M.O.N.S.1. keeps opening for me), patten, Kemper Norton ( just from The Outer Church comp.) and Blondes.
Thanks for the compliment; I kinda do need nudge of a skipping needle. I have a switch of stupid when it comes to “thought-through”. Thinks I have to depressurize and exercises the automatic, like my comments here.

_Black_Acrylic, My X roommate/ bandmate and serious cool human Ross Kelly / Leather Disco was/ is a IT disco fanatic and DJ. You should spec him; perhaps spread the love across the ocean.

Flit said...

Keaton, I never said nothing about music video to mp3 converter. Not even a hyper link.

les mots dans le nom said...

@Dennis, Flit and I have been email friends for a while, did I mention? Flit writes so well and there is an original world in his mind. Also, Flit is probably the only person who makes me feel comfortable, being myself. Very cool individual and respectful person. Actually, kind and earnest. It's been a very relaxed and nice friendship. So my social life is not simply negative at all, generated by DC's.

Bill said...

Great gig today, Dennis. I can't explain why I have no Felix Kubin in my library. That will have to change soon.

On Jarmusch, I really didn't get into Limits of Control (and also the anthology films that you're not fond of). Which is why I haven't been aggressive about seeking out the new one.

Quite a range of projects you're juggling!

My stress is starting to ramp up with two art installations that will open on the 14th and the 21st. Things are moving along, but it just seems that there's so much left to nail down. We should start posting teasers soon; I'll let you know when there's anything to look at.

(Which is my cue for apologizing that the Tsai Ming Liang post is still languishing. But I'll get to it eventually...)


steevee said...

Has the AANIPAA album been released yet?

I planned to see THE WOLF OF WALL STREET yesterday, but the storm made me change my plans. I'm now planning to go next Wednesday. I have to say that I've seen so many arguments about it on social media that I feel like I've already seen it. What I find it odd is that even if it is the endorsement of hyper-capitalism its detractors claim it is, these values are hardly alien to American culture. Why get infuriated at Scorsese and give Donald Trump's reality shows a pass?

Creative Massacre said...

Dennis - thanks! I'm enjoying 'Game of Thrones' quite a lot. I've been taking my time watching it, there's only three seasons so far.

I'm not sure about there but I know here, there's nothing good on anymore as far as TV goes. It seems all the good shows have either gone off or they're now written and ran in very shitty ways. If that makes sense. There's only a few shows that I actually watch and enjoy. Have you heard of one called 'Monsters Inside Me'? I find it fascinating, others may find it odd. It's covers these people's stories of how they've contracted certain diseases and parasites. There's a biologist on there that goes in depth on how these certain diseases and parasites effect certain organs and body parts. Here's a short clip of just one story, it's kind of gruesome: Monsters Inside Me

Have a great weekend.


Misanthrope said...

Dennis, I guess we got 2-3" here? We're on the very bottom of the storm and got very little. It was a nice, balmy 21 degrees today. Right now, at 1:35am, it's 8 degrees. Lovely.

I saw on TV that for the Packers-49ers, it's gonna be -5 degrees, with a wind chill of -35. Yes, minuses. The arctic hates us or something.

Well, there's a bill in Congress that keeps getting delayed that will cut Medicare reimbursements up to 23%. Some doctors and hospitals are reporting cuts already. But I've seen an article or two that says that the cuts will only be in certain areas or not at all, that there might even be an increase. I guess we'll see what happens when/if that bill goes through. But the majority of things I've seen are saying those cuts will eventually happen. Who knows?

MyNeighbourJohnTurtorro said...

Wheeey! You know, I love your 'of late' gigs, Dennis. Who needs Pitchfork when we have you?

Now, just to clarify my previous post, these are two different festivals. << This is the Counterflows festival, which is happening in Glasgow around April. It is, as you can see, one fuck of a lineup. Very, very excited for it. << This is the Unpleasant Meeting Festival, which is a DIY punk/post-punk shindig a happenin' in May. Joe's band are The Cravats. Not bad, I must say. He is in, like, four bands.

Is that clear? Apologies for my incoherent rambling. Insomnia is a bitch.

Now, I'm away to listen to this gig. Good weekend to thee and thine.