Posted by: daaavid | June 30, 2009

The Reverb of Humidity

Paul Westerberg’s latest album – available only on Amazon for 49 cents – contained the following liner notes:

WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FAULTY – ALL SOUNDS ARE INTENTIONAL AND VALID AS A WORK OF ART

It’s like Springsteen’s Nebraska, it’s like cruising an old radio dial on a starry country road, it’s like feeling humidity against a sweating beer can, it’s like anything you’d dream Paul Westerberg would ever do … and it’s no longer available to purchase (a digital mp3 for 49 cents!!!!) so here it is, to accompany you with windows down, wherever you may be, rounding out the last summer of the first decade of the 21st century.

DOWNLOAD PAUL WESTERBERG’s 49:00

Posted by: daaavid | May 29, 2009

Kung Fu 3×01 Cry of the Night Beast

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Master Po:
Grasshopper?

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Kwai Chang Caine:
Yes, master?

Master Po:
You sit very still.

Kwai Chang Caine:
I listen for the cry of new life.

Master Po:
Soon.
The woman’s time approaches swiftly.
The life she will bring forth will live.
That is our wish.

Kwai Chang Caine:
I know it, master.

Master Po:
Yes, you do…

Strange.
A thing of wonderment.
You and this infant not yet born, you are as candle and flame.
Separate and not separate.

Kwai Chang Caine:
There must be others bound together in this fashion.

Master Po:
I would not disagree.

Kwai Chang Caine:
Perhaps, then, there are couplings beyond couplings.

Master Po:
I would not disagree.

Kwai Chang Caine:
Do you think…?
Could it be that all men are bound together and all things?

Master Po:
There is no reason to believe so.
Nor reason not to believe so.

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Kwai Chang Caine:
How can we learn the answer?

Master Po:
That is simple.

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Master Po:
Do not seek it.

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cue music

Posted by: daaavid | May 16, 2009

JJ Abrams in the 4th Dimension!!

JJ Abrams has a resume that reads like a laundry list of all things we hold essential and dear to us in the worlds of science-fiction, mytery thrillers, adventure, monster-movies, etc, etc.

In the current spotlight, he has three projects all deeply entangled in time-travel (Fringe, Star Trek XI, and Lost), but what I am asking of you is – why is it so?

We live in an age where science-fiction of the past has become our own modern science-reality. The hay-days of 60’s Star Trek, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, etc. have prepared us for the world we live in now, with milk from cloned cows, preparation and projected dates for colonization on both the Moon, and Mars, and worldwide communication and travel in a supremely advanced, and effortless state… In our world, our current dimesion, if you will, of technological civilizations that have been advancing in a rapidly sharpening point, much like the increasingly narrow folds of the Fibonacci sequence, how far from “the truth” are shows like Fringe, or Lost? Could it be less than another half-century?

Why do you think JJ Abrams is so attracted to time-travel as a central plot device? (Is he from the future?)

Why are we so enthralled with watching his productions that deal with time travel? (Subliminal mind control?)

Why did JJ Abrams write Gone Fishin’ and how deeply does the underlying narrative take precedence in today’s “Post-Racial America”?

Posted by: jeremygiant | March 31, 2009

MY NEIGHBOR BORIS – EPISODE 1

So I’ve been wanting to do a monthly BORIS/Boris column for a while and seeing as there’s no shortage of topics pertaining to these modern messiahs, I think it’s high time to pull the trigger.

For our inaugural installment, I present to you a series of videos created, presumably, by director(s?) fangsanalsatan – the same name given to the band’s personal label (I know) – and Ryuta Murayama:

I can’t help being reminded of certain ubiquitous, avant-garde films (*cough*  Fly *cough*), yet fangs /and(?) Murayama have quite a different aesthetic framework to play around with when collaborating with Boris.  Whereas Yoko Ono had the stringent melodies and structures of her late husband’s songwriting to deconstruct or rebel against, Murayama and co (I think I’ll stick with this moniker even though it’s really fun to type fangsanalsatan) have the burden of creating visual accompaniments to some of the 21st century’s most pummeling and puzzling interpretations of RocknRoll – and sound in general.

Rather than merely accompany Boris’ music with redundant visual cacophony, Murayama instead presents guitarist Wata standing silently, spread across multiple frames like tracks on an album (I’m partial to number five, although small feet usually scare me).  These are the pieces of a rock god.  If you look between the cracks, you can almost see the ichor.  I can’t imagine a better foil to the band’s usual grating roar than cold, sepia-toned femininity made bearable only by its fractured presentation.

Then again, these could just be a screen test to see how the band would look cast in this color palette, but I’m high and Wata is gorgeous.  No (April) foolin.

Posted by: kafaw | March 21, 2009

Saturday Morning Watchmen

Y’all might’ve already seen this, but it sure is darn funny!  Wish I woke up today and could’ve turned it on…

Oh, I guess in order to turn this into a slightly more worthwhile post, what did everyone think of the movie?  I couldn’t get over how annoying the stylized action and even worse the ridiculous 300-esque horror-violence was (Zack Snyder really burns my grits!), but I did think that for the most part the movie was a lot better than I had expected.  The first third (especially the funeral scene) was just about as perfect as a true-to-the-source adaptation could have been.  Nevertheless, the part where Dan and Laurie are fighting punks while Jon is being interviewed was just so off for me.  I mean, I just never figured they were the sort of characters who would really get their kicks out of like needlesly brutalizing people, plus I’m pretty sure, even if one has extensive training as a fake super hero, it’s not that easy to like twist heads off people and kick arms into like 1080 degree pretzles.  In slow motion.

Posted by: kafaw | March 9, 2009

Retro Flash Storytelling on Kongregate

I wish I were the Moon

“I wish I were the Moon” is a little Flash game by a fellow named Daniel Benmergui that is about telling a story by changing the placement of objects.  Your cursor is a sort of camera that you can use to cut out something in the picture, paste it somewhere else–and then see what happens!  There are I think eight endings (one of them very secret) that you can get, most of them very sad and cute.  Sad in a cute way.  Or cute in a sad way?  Anyway, I like that this game is about love and the moon.  Maybe it will make you think of the moon in a whole new way!  Give it a quick whirl.

majestyofcolors

“The Majesty of Colors” is I guess based on a dream this guy had about being a Lovecraft-ian tentacle.  Anyway, that’s what you are.  Through your actions as the tentacle, you can push the dream in different directions.  It’s not as fun to experiment with as the previous game, but it’s definitely interesting to see what ending you get first, ’cause that’s when the game is most like a dream, when you are still “alien” to yourself.

dontlookback

“Don’t Look Back” is a short but (bitter)sweet platformer by Terry Cavanagh based on the story of some dude named Orpheus who wanted to like save his girlfriend from hell but he couldn’t like look back at her or else she would turn into a corpse and eat him or something.  This one is pretty tough, but hopefully its simple color scheme and swooning musical score will win you over.  It doesn’t experiment with “interactive” storytelling like the previous two games, but it does have a nice “twist” and a similar aesthetic.  On this guy’s website is another game called “Pathways” that is basically a choose-your-own-adventure that makes you very aware of your agency (or lack of…?); kinda hard to call it a game, but it has an interesting effect if you go through it to the end.

Posted by: daaavid | March 9, 2009

The Psychedelic Sounds of Earth

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I’ve had this playlist sitting around for awhile in my music library, and I finally wittled it down to something more organized and focused. Most of these are new songs I’ve really been enjoying for the past six months and that I’ve been meaning to share in some capacity… for the most part, these all fit under a large umbrella of psychedelia, be it wobbly guitar noodling or warm synthesizer buzzes. I’d also like to mention the selection of songs has less to do with the dark, burn-out side of psychedelia and more to do with the abstract, but celebratory aspects of it like heartbreak, dancing or the light of the sun.

Either way, you’ll find plenty of warm textures, hypnotic melodies and lively rhythms to feed your soul in preparation for the coming of spring…

Enjoy!

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TRACK LISTING:
Combination of the Two / Yuya Uchida & The Flowers
Satt Att Se / Dungen
Louisiana Blues / Flower Travellin’ Band
Sunglasses After Dark / The Cramps
Summer Fun / Tammar
Pictures (Leave Your Body Behind) / The 13th Floor Elevators
900 Million People Daily Makin’ Love / The Seeds
So Paranoid / The Warlocks
Eye-Shaking King / Amon Duul II
Immer Lustig
/ Guru Guru
Beyond the Fields We Know / Dead Meadow
Fingerbib (Demo Version) / Aphex Twin
96 Tears (Unreleased Version) / Question Mark & The Mysterians
I Have Known Love / Silver Apples
Stars / The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Looking At You / MC5
Lesson No. 1 / Glenn Branca

Posted by: daaavid | March 3, 2009

Lets Paint Tv

http://www.youtube.com/user/letspainttv

There is no greater pleasure in life than watching painting a tv! Have you ever seen Let’s Paint TV? There is painting, and live mixing, of drinks, and music and creative thinking. It’s all about creativity!
It began as a show on the world, with public access, on California in at first then, in 2001 started publishing clips to You Tube .

Have you ever tried acid?

John Kilduff was on mushrooms was in a leafy yard and had a bad trip.John kilduff may seem insane, or screwed in the head, but he is in fact a multi-tasking brilliant. his energy is forth from his efforst, he knows life is hard, and its a struggle,  angelic creative action. Bueaitiful. Have you eveJUST GO WITH ITr seen a pting ing? We’re TAKING CALLS live now! Your board is up! He is in fact a smar Elvis

His guests seem to be in the joke, too. Or maybe he’s on the same trip. I guess the beautiy of the show is the output of everyhting including voices, thoughts, geuets, drinks mixing, painting, excercize, beaethinbg, saving, helping, talking, conversational, working out, caclulating and playing cvhess. TIs the beautiy fo the show that is the flow of forward, its. never stopping, its always moving forwrad, as a pen falls down a page

It’s brilliance radiates through the waves.

Look to the tubes for inspiration. The truth of the public. Lies with you. Cascading sheets of rayon energy. luminating your circuits

New wave Energy

Lightning round!

Let’s Paint.tv?

Posted by: daaavid | February 22, 2009

The Tesla Force of Nature

Posted by: daaavid | February 21, 2009

We Are Going to Be Friends

Brilliant.

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