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A Long Sentence from a Renounced Novel

Posted in Books, interesting things that caught my attention, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , on 11/13/2012 by alex c

“And if sometimes Hebdomeros let himself be too trusting, that signified neither that he was an innocent nor a fanatic; he wanted to believe: he forced himself to believe that such and such a man was intelligent; and then he solemnly stated so among his friends and acquaintances and tried to dupe himself; and yet he knew that in reality it was not just exactly like that; among those with the anxious irritated expressions, among those impotent and annoyed intellectuals who feared and hated irony and true talent and haunted certain cafés where they arrived carrying under their arms, like a relic, the latest volume of their favorite poet, who was inevitably and like them impotent, sterile and constipated, and in whom they recognized themselves perfectly, but whom a benign fate and a combination of circumstances had brought into prominence, giving him the swet illusion of fame, those who then placed the adored volume, printed in a few numbered copies, of which the middle of each page of Japanese vellum was disfigured by two or three short lines of pseudoesoteric foolishness and pretentious twaddle, in all those whom he recognized at once by certain exterior signs which never failed him, in all these manufacturers of superfluous art and literature, men with suspicious expressions, whose mouths had never laughed with candor, Hebdomeros sensed a binding; he sensed that a knot prevented them from moving their arms and legs freely, from running, climbing, jumping, swimming and diving, from recounting something with wit, from writing, painting—in a word, from comprehending.”

—Giorgio de Chirico, Hebdomeros

Listen, I’m Doing A Bunch of Things This Month

Posted in event, Lists, music, people to watch for, poetry, the universe will wreck you, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/08/2012 by alex c

November’s a big month for me as I have three events (plus the usual Mental Marginalia) coming up with some good people and I’d love to see you out at some or all of them…

First up:
Tuesday, 11/13, 7:30pm
DIRTY MARTINIS, DIRTY LINES
@ Bear
12-14 31st Avenue, Long Island City
An admixture of poetry and fiction paired with liquors and foodstuffs. A salon in which poor taste will mingle with the delectable; ears and mouths stuffed and stumbling.

The Readers:
Beth Amodeo
Alex Crowley
Keara Driscoll
Robert Tumas

There will be $5 Dirty Martinis, bar snacks on a menu specially designed by Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky, and a happy hour following the evening’s proceedings.

Second:
Saturday, 11/17, 7pm (?)
FIRESIDE FOLLIES
@ Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham Street (at Porter Ave.) Brooklyn (Morgan L)

Join curators Eric Nelson and Mike Lala at Brooklyn Fire Proof for Fireside Follies’ second event this season, featuring:

Dorothea Lasky (Thunderbird)
Macgregor Card (Duties of an English Foreign Secretary)
Courtney Maum (Big Things in Small Places)
Alex Crowley
Olivia Kate Cerrone

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Third:
Tuesday, 11/27, 8pm
MENTAL MARGINALIA
@ The West Brooklyn
379 Union Ave., Brooklyn (L/G to Lorimer & Metropolitan)

Mark Gurarie & I host, these cats read:
Tom Oristaglio
Fred McKindra
Alex Norelli
+1 tba

and last, but not least:
Thursday, 11/29, 8pm
WARMTH IS PLAYING A SHOW, FINALLY
@ Legion Bar
790 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn (Graham L)

We’ve got a new bassist & we haven’t played since February. Per usual, come listen b/c who knows when we’ll play next!
We’re sharing this bill with some fantastic bands. Come out and enjoy the fantastic-ness.

Here’s the order of bands:
9:00, Big Plastic Finger, bigplasticfinger.bandcamp.com
9:45, Warmth, warmthbk.bandcamp.com
10:30, Beasty, beasty.bandcamp.com
11:15, Old Monk, freeoldmonk.com

Thanks for reading all the way to the end!

Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner

Posted in people to watch for, poetry, random, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , on 07/11/2012 by alex c

Come over here and out it goes and that is a bad play now I’m gonna show you who I think should be out here and he loves that right side he’s got a cannon back there he’s a real leader settle down this guy is a real leader settle down settle down we don’t need that stuff he doesn’t get the publicity he should get you know well that’s when he says whoa I gotta tell you a story now he comes in like this he stays so long and so i got excited because he was ready to go by accident so I go in and you’re going left wing and I’ll tell you one thing I got into that I don’t care about that it can screw ‘em up and they’re both plus five and you always have a guy to carry a guy

Jurgen Klinsmann Press Conference

Posted in people to watch for, poetry, random, the universe will wreck you, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 07/09/2012 by alex c

Since I’ll be reading at Happy Ending Lounge this Wednesday (7/11), I thought I’d repost this bit I did for Mark back in August.

Jurgen Klinsmann Press Conference

on that issue of style and what he just outlined everybody is important what they wanted to represent at the international level I have two questions are you looking at your staff before mexico obviously we’re busy and looking forward to the picture where they’re at with their club it’s not going to be easy we’ll get it off the ground that being said building a staff I would like to approach it I won’t confirm I want to see what’s out there I need to talk to people and get their perspective who can I invite so I won’t come in and say this is my staff you need to calm down right away we have that opportunity to see what’s coming through I kind of know already I will take my time hopefully by wednesday covering this country is a challenge there are pros & cons obviously to high intense environments you’re in a daily grind instead of once in a while I think it’s important to understand how you grow up and your priorities why is the program not really that important why are the kids going to school okay those are the reasons it’s a completely different setup and you have time to understand those different mechanisms for their future time other circumstances come in there whatever happens out of his comfort zone the fascinating topics for the next months and years you have the case where back and forth every weekend we will build a network and quietly it doesn’t have to be in the media they admire what has happened here the past twenty years would you like to see a uniformed style of play and is that a sticking point it’s actually a fascinating point it should reflect the mixing of cultures to find a path you won’t have a copy overall it should be a broader understanding and this will be one of the main topics going forward they will expand they will get bigger and bigger and it’s important you have your say in it they all wait for information they are knowledgeable they ask the same they are now speaking german they are available in back is it possible let’s do it in ten minutes we’ll get you what you need over here on your left how would you explain the mentality of this country studying your country mainly you don’t like to react to what other people do wades in seas and decide on its own what is next this guides me to impose but it is a starting point you want to dictate the pace so all those components you have to build it into a curriculum barcelona wasn’t born in the last couple of years I’m really curious to hear all the different opinions in the driver’s seat when we move overseas at the right age we will not ask for a prediction what do you anticipate to be the biggest hurdle expectations always built on being in a final here they are different how they grew going through the group stage where anything is possible you want to get better but you can’t promise anything I think there are a lot of different challenges ahead of us a foundation how much time they should spend with the ball but this is really important from the beginning what is really missing compared to the amount of time kids play the game just banging around the neighborhood this will show later on with his instinct a lot of work is ahead of us major steps forward it’s a very very hectic style slowly we have to get on the technical level with the ball there are environmental issues it’s come a long way we have a long way to go still

Bill Walton Knows the Rules, Go Sit Down

Posted in people to watch for, poetry, random, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , , , , , on 07/03/2012 by alex c


Bought the team from Jerry Sloan a division to somehow acquire Boris Diaw you see how he’s changed everything his genius that 200 years ago today the age of romanticism and when I look at Boris Diaw and the age of the Romantics this guy has got it all

Shaq landing here in the desert is the satellite crashing down to earth approximately 50000 years ago a meteor came to the beautiful great state of Arizona you have to think of the Grand Canyon and remarkable picture of erosion and he just wears them out I watched his last game in Miami and he was awful and I watched his first game in Phoenix and crashing down and that big meteor crater Phoenix the greatest team ever in the NBA

This is an epic and historic day for Los Angeles and they gave up nothing it’s the anti-Kwame Brown nobody knows how good Pau Gasol is because he’s never played a meaningful game

Things could not be better here what the Kings have done here is absolutely incredible we had a conga line over 400 people Mickey Hart driving that train right onto the court we’ve done this so many times all over the world the Kings dancers they’re right out there and $5000 donated

I love the creativity in Ray Allen he doesn’t even know what he’s going to do he’s like a guitar player on a roll

Tuva or Bust: A Richard Feynman Adventure

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, people to watch for, random, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 04/01/2012 by alex c

Monday Rock: ICONCHASM // MATTER WAVES STRINGS // WARMTH

Posted in event, math-rock, music, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , on 03/18/2012 by alex c

After nine months of no shows at all, my band [WARMTH] returns to play as a duo. We’ll be opening up for our friends/space-mates, ICONCHASM, on their debut show. This should be real rad, it’s cheap and at Death by Audio, which is always a great place to both see and play shows.

GET LIT – Madness @ AWP Chicago

Posted in event, people to watch for, poetry, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , on 03/01/2012 by alex c

Onto chairs we are slightly taller because we are of average height.
We have cracked your porcelain in a hat.
We wear these truths to be shameless.
Onto chairs we sing out of key versions of our favorite songs because that is what we are
unknown for & we like it that way.
We are skipping solos.
Perhaps your growing illegitimate in your autumn is the only excuse for premature badass-ness.
It’s genetic.
Onto chairs we form the firm foundations of our furniture fortifications.
Whatd’yousay?
Gesundheit.
Gracias
Get Lit

New Musical Friends I Made In 2011

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, Lists, math-rock, music, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/13/2012 by alex c

Near the end of 2011, as I was ruminating about my favorite albums of the previous three hundred fifty days, my thoughts couldn’t help but gravitate toward all the new older music I had been turned on to over the course of the year. A few months back, when I wasn’t working a whole lot, I got a little obsessive with my music cataloging and tagging. Once you get into the grit of that, you start to notice patterns in listening, in collecting, in traversing histories, et cetera. So when I decided to compile my own year-end-best list, I thought I would do a full post on some of the other new material that happened to be released during a previous calendar. Sure, I wanted to have this done over a week ago, but I’ve been both extraordinarily busy of late and it was also just fun to go back and have a bunch more listens to all this stuff. (I plan on continuing this practice, as it also happens to be a great memory aide.) So what follows is basically alphabetical accounting of my favorite non-2011 music I first heard in 2011.

AnacrusisManic Impressions (1990), CoronerMental Vortex (1991)

As far as I could tell, 2011 was a major year for two already-hot metal trends. So much of what made people’s year-end lists was either “doom”-y or “black[ened]” or some combo. I can’t say I eschewed those trends in my listening habits at all, but one thing I did do was some thrash history homework. At some point in late spring I got an old Voivod album I hadn’t yet heard, Dimension Hatross, that has since become my favorite in their catalog. Not long after that I got turned on to Swiss prog-thrashers Coroner. I had always been under the mistaken impression that these guys were a hair metal band, but whoa was I way wrong. A similar mistake was made with Anacrusis, whom I believed a crust band or something (c’mon, the name totally sounds like a crust band!). One could simply say Anacrusis were the American apex of this triad, so that’s what I’ll do. Both bands wrote technically-adept, yet infectious, songs with sweet guitar riffs (and solos!) and flow-savvy rhythm sections. No, I don’t really know what “flow-savvy” means, but I’m thinking melodic basslines that are interesting in their own right (Cliff Burton style) and drummers who never overdid the flash but were some happy [triangular] medium between Lars Ulrich’s technically-limited solidity, Dave Lombardo’s davelombardosity and a generalized math-tastic choppyness. Every metalhead worth her salt probably knew these two bands inside out already, so consider me “caught up” now. So good. Continue reading

Superlative List-ens of 2011

Posted in Lists, music, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/30/2011 by alex c

People love to complain about year-end lists as if they’re some kind of lamentable cultural phenomenon that should be abolished. I can understand some measure of complaint, but we all have personally-limited cultural radars and I always get turned on to records or books or whatevers through these lists that bypassed my own. It’s also a good way for me to go back through everything I’ve encountered during the year, re-engage with it and assess how the material has held up.

At first I wasn’t going to actually rank a “top ten” but it ended up nearly ordering itself (the top seven at least). A solid list of honorable mentions also developed and while I considered doing a list of stinkers and disappointments, I decided that was a bit catty and unnecessary. If something is missing from this list it’s either because I didn’t like it or I simply haven’t had a chance to hear and process it (for example: Rwake, Deafheaven, Bosse-de-Nage). And as a companion piece to this, I’m also compiling a list of older records that I heard for the first time in 2011. Continue reading

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