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Saturday, October 30, 2010
i don't know how i happened to have this 1844 portrait of andrew jackson on my computer, but apparently i do since i just found it. haha. i am a big history dork and love old photographs as well...so i prob randomly saw it somewhere and nabbed it. and let me just say, for the record, andrew jackson was a major douche. why is he on our money? trail of tears anyone? a supporter of slavery? hello?!? yeah he was just an awesome choice to put on the $20 bill. what's next, they're going to put fucking ronald reagan on money...oh wait, some wackjobs have already tried in 2004 and now are trying again. earlier this year, north carolina republican congressman, patrick mchenry, introduced a bill attempting to get reagan's face on the $50 bill to replace ulysses s. grant. what a smart move! let's honor a man who, among other things, IGNORED the crack epidemic in the 1980s and the urban violence surrounding it ("just say no" really meant "look the other way and hope it goes away"), IGNORED thousands of people dying of AIDS (it was 1986 before he publically mentioned the epidemic, more than FIVE years into it), and who ALLOWED the CIA to fund and train afghan insurgents to fight the soviets in afghanistan, who were affiliated with, guess who? yep, osama bin laden!what a stellar guy! not saying grant was perfect, he had his issues like any president, but he did a lot for this country with reconstruction after the civil war and fought against racist assholes in the KKK. if i had to take my pick of who i want on my money...yeah.
wow...that was all way more ranty than i intended. haha. one of the best things i ever heard about reagan was a few months ago when i was buying an old campaign pin of his since i decided it would be fucking HIIIIILARIIOUS to collect his campaign material. i was buying it at an antique store in cape may, nj that i go to when i'm down that way and is owned by an older gay man. he was a little taken aback that i was purchasing said item and asked me about it, so i said that i was campaigning for zombie reagan in 2012 and he just looked at me, completely deadpan, and dryly stated "we had zombie reagan the first time" fucking CLASSIC SHIT!
-heaven is a place on earth yo.
-old school nintendo music played on piano ain't half bad. and follow the link to read the wikipedia page cuz i was rather suprised to find out that the company dates back to 1889. yes, you read that right, 1889. i thought i read it wrong when i first saw it and that it said 1989...then the dork in me kicked in and said "but there was nintendo before 1989" haha. obviously they weren't pimping out mario and luigi 120 years ago, but find out what they were doing.
-i decided today that every time kesha comes up on shuffle, i need to notify someone via text message. if i have your number, maybe it might be you! hahahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
-so i mentioned EFFING DYKES the other day and i'm mentioning it again because it is so thoroughly awesome in its awesome-ness. read that shit!
-hilary duff wrote a fucking NOVEL!?!?! wtf?! go here for a very snarky review of the book. "hilary duff has written a novel? with a major publisher? there is no god."
-whedonesque.com "joss the way we like it"
-you can never go wrong with treating yourself to some nice new socks. seriously. i decided to go CRAZY yesterday and purchased 2 big bags of spanking new socks. it also helps that my feet are so little and i wear boys socks so i save loot not having to buy big people stuff. hahaha. man, i will never grow up! (as an aside...i still fully intend to have a birthday gathering at chucky cheese when i turn 30 in april. hahaha. i'll just bring my nephew with me and everyone will think i'm there for him instead of for my own shindig. hahahaha)
-maybe i'll get the shuffalump done tomorrow. i'm just being lazy about it. haha. and i'm working on "fake shuffalump" (basically me just picking songs i like. not fancy at all. haha) and a "mega-lump shuffalump" (names/links to EVERY artist i have on my computer) which will probably happen in installments since i have so much shit. stay tuned for that shit. i think i also want to do some themed shuffalumps too...i guess that would classify them as "fake" too but whatevs. haha.
-some people just suck. iin fact, i feel sorry for them for sucking so much. and i also feel sorry for them for being so dumb. but whatevs, not really my problem, is it?
i push out, i breathe in
a stillness turning away
don't look back, don't pretend
we'll never take control again
and before that we own the horizon
and only the water remains
the fear is falling away
friendly fires "jump in the pool"
Thursday, October 28, 2010
hoos in the paper! (click the pic to view it larger)
here is the abridged blurb...
"montclair arts council held it's biannual gallery walk on friday 10/22. the event included two private museum tours, prix fixe menus at six restuarants, a chocolate tasting, and more. top, crowds circle around cases displaying design objects at Edge on bloomfield ave. bottom, kate HAAS of bloomingdale chats with gallery goers at GALLERY U"
so...they spelled my name wrong...and used a pretty stupid picture where you can't even see my face...and managed to capture me in a fidgety moment (i've been told i constantly twitch my eyes, touch my face, and adjust my glasses when i talk...in addition to playing with my shirt buttons...i think its true. haha)...and make it seem like my friend jenny (who is in the middle of the picture) is actually me... and don't mention i'm an artist...but hey...i'm in the paper, so despite those things, fuck yeah! hahaha. and which paper you may ask? i'm not sure since the name is cut off on this scan and i don't remember the photographer telling me which paper he was with. but if i find out i will ammend this post. so hell yeah! way to being [**almost**] legit!!! hahaha. (my mom will just melt when i show her this..."oh honey!" hahaha gotta love mom and her reaction to things!)
and just a reminder, i will be showing at the other GALLERY U in royal oak, michigan next month. def excited about that!
mini randomy...since i'm posting my newspaper glory....hahaha
-currently listening to new order. oh yeah.
-i went for an evening walk tonight. it was grand.
-i just received the alchemy of art dvd in the mail. this is by artist david mack and is an intimate look at his work and working methodology. i've been wanting to pick it up forever and now i finally have it! i can't wait to watch it.
-dracula zombie usa? yes please!
-i transferred a few hundred more songs from my old external hard drive today. only like 4,000 more to go through! including deleting the doubles which is actually making shit go faster since about a quarter of it is already accounted for on my laptop. i curse myself for not being organized when i initially purchased said harddrive in 2005.
-my neighbors don't recycle. it pisses me off royally. i think i need to leave an anonymous note on their door.
-the next shuffalump is coming. i've just been lazy. not gonna lie!
-i have to work overnight on halloween night (after working a 4am-noon shift that morning...ugh) so all the little trolls pounding on my door for candy better be quiet about it! hahaha.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
when you had someone to blame?
[this is a collage i did in 2008]
-eye suck ink, alex pardee's blog
-i got a new empire strikes back shirt today. cuz i rule like that. it's even long sleeved for winter! damn my life is excitement city!
-i had my ipod on at work this morning and couldn't help but smile when "blue velvet" by bobby vinton came on (which at 4 in the morning always has a magical quality to it anyway). haha. that's the advantage of getting to make the playlist...yes i include what my team wants to hear, but i also get to slip in weird and old stuff i like. i also was a total asswipe and included a new kids on the block song just because i fucking could. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. when it came on i was like "oh hell yes, I WENT THERE!" i figured it was only fitting since one of the team members asked for a spice girls song and someone else asked for kris kross. hahahaha.
-EFFING DYKES a snarky blog i stumbled across today.
-"it's about jesus and his jesusing ways" as said by steve to me about 30 seconds ago. we need a reality show. SRSLY!
-i'm currently downloading the four seasons cuz you all should know that hoos doesn't play! i have a bunch of motown 45s...my mom's old one's from when she was a kid...she always called them that so it feels weird to call them 7"s. haha. anyway, i used to come home from school every day at around age 10-11 and listen to them on my fisher price record player while doing my homework. good times.
-i recently DL'd stuff by god is an astronaut which is a 3 piece instrumental band from ireland. they are pretty friggen rad, have a nicely textured sound, and like many instrumental rock outfits, lean a little towards the melancholy, but that doesn't bother me. they also tend to stay away from what i call "epic loudness" territory (ala explosions in the sky) which can get overwhelming for me sometimes. i was reading up on their live show, which by all accounts, seems pretty impressive. they incorporate a lot of visuals with elaborate lights along with videos for each song; that's something i'd definitaly like to check out. i still have to obtain their newest album, "age of the fifth sun" which came out earlier this year, but i'm keeping busy with their older material for the time being. as for their live show, they appear to be on tour in the united kingdom right now, but once they hit the states, i'm def going to try to get out to see them.
-ooh! home video has a new record coming out on 11/16, "the automatic process" i haven't heard hide nor hair of them since their last record, 2006's "no certain night or morning" which i adored. i'm pretty excited for this shit. oooh! (yes i said that TWICE!)
-i pulled a shirt out of my closet today that i haven't worn in some time...i got it at a thrift store for $2...and i was very confused when i went to put it on because it buttoned backwards! haha. actually, it was just a women's shirt and being that i think i own 1 ladies shirt other than that, which i rarely wear anyway, i was thoroughly thrown by its backwardsy-ness. haha. i also have a nervous habit of playing with the buttons on my shirt while i talk and i was even confused as to why that wasn't working right for me either. haha.
-my dentist's appointment was all just x-rays today. 16 different xrays of my fat mouth. fun! so i have to go back AGAIN next week for the doctor to go over them with me and so i can get my teeth cleaned. dental hygeine is funnnnn!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
i was super happy to see the Corin Tucker Band this past saturday night at maxwell's in hoboken. it brought back a lot of memories of seeing sleater-kinney back in the day (i was 18 the first time i saw them!). the set had corin tucker's signature elements from her SK days, but you can definately see where she has matured as a musician and songwriter. it was also nice to see her play with other musicians after spending years with carrie brownstein and janet weiss (who also have a new project together, which is called wild flag) in SK. she meshed well with drummer sara lund and i especially enjoyed her interplay with guitarist seth lorinczi. and speaking of her growth as a musician, i was recently listening to heavens to betsy (who first started performing in 1992) and their songs were so simple, angry, and raw; what a long way she's come! anyway, i won't ramble on for too long other than to say, it was a great set and i would go see her again any time. i didn't go crazy with the pics, just took a few with my pocket camera and they aren't all that great (my favorite being the last one of the 3 members together), but enjoy anyway and be sure to check out the album, "1,000 Years" on kill rock stars
Doubt MP3 (free mp3 from the album)
-screaming females opened for the CTB the other night, but i got there too late and missed their set. boo! my old band played with them 4 years ago and they were pretty friggen amazing then, so i'm sure 4 more years of performances has only made them better. i'm def bummed that i missed them, but i want to try to see them again sometime in the future...we shall see what my rotten schedule allows (aka...i'm getting ready for 2 months of overnights, yes!!!!!). read an npr profile with them here. and check out singer/guitarist, marissa's blog forgotten grin.
-being the bigger person...yeah well sometimes it just sucks and after a while, it just gets old. sigh.
-i just watched the scariest episode of the x files EVER. "home" from season 4...you know...the one with the creepy inbred family living in the nasty old farmhouse. and you know...the creepy inbred family that kills its deformed baby and then murders the town sheriff, his wife, and beheads the deputy with a booby trap in their house. i remember watching this when it first came out in 1996 as a 15 year old proto-hoos and having the wits scared out of me! it was considered so graphic that it was one of only 2 episodes during the show's 9 season run that earned a "viewer discretion advised" warning (the 2nd episode to receive an advisory aired during the show's 8th season). it was still scary this time around, but at least i was prepared for it somewhat, and its doubtful i'll have any nightmares. haha. ***shudder!***
-speaking of scary...check out, i'm scared, the art of greg "craola" simkins.
-i was organizing some music on my computer today and i came across jawbox's 1994 album, "for your own special sweetheart" which is one of my favorite records pretty much ever. i haven't really mentioned them much on this blog that i can remember...maybe in passing, but they are def one of my favorite bands so i thought i should mention them. FYOSS was just HUGE for me during the summer of 2000...i was 19 and living in olympia, wa at the time and feeling all melancholy all the time (hey, that's still me at 29! haha) and listened to that record until i couldn't listen to it anymore. and then i listened to it more. i was also a pretty big fan of j.robbin's post JB project, burning airlines. i am eternally annoyed that i never go to see either band perform, though i was supposed to see robbins perform with his post BA band, channels, in 2006 but they cancelled the performance last minute. gggggrrrrrr!!!!
-time to go back to the dentist tomorrow. oh boy! my formerly impacted wisdom tooth is already moving into its new "home" aka the spot where the nasty old broken tooth used to me. fun times.
hoosatronic incorporated art association....
-i will be showing photos at GALLERY-U in royal oak, michigan next month. not sure on the dates yet, but i know i need to have the prints made, signed, and ready to get on an airplane with robert by the week of the 8th of november. i will not be attending this show, as i don't have the $$$ to go out there, and my always loverly work schedule does not permit it. i'm still pretty damn excited about it though and i will snag pics from their blog after the opening.
-i'll be submitting work to the small wonders show which will be opening at LITM on 12/7. i love doing this event every year and i can't wait to see what this show brings (last year's opening was HUGE)
-32 Jones is set to have our first show since june on 12/3!!!! the gallery is housed at Hudson Pride Connections Center which was closed for the summer for renovations. i was at the center last week and got my first look at the newly expanded gallery space and it is AWESOME! i'm super excited to be setting up shows again, and to be working with my new partner in crime and co-curator, luca (of lollibomb beauty and jersey city craft mafia). this show will be part of jc fridays and a preview to the grand re-opening on 12/8 of not just the gallery, but for HPCC as a center. it will be a group show, and we plan to invite back past LGBT artists who have shown at the gallery in the past as well as supporters of HPCC and the LGBT community. we have a few artists confirmed right now, but i will release a concrete list once we know more and of course there will be more details to follow which i will post them as they come. (the new website is up, courtesy of the fantastic luca, but we still have to add the info for the links and stuff. you can take a look at the layout though for the general idea, its sharp!)
-i will be vandalizing a street near you. once i lock myself in my basement and make a million new stickers. i was just thinking that i need to do that today since i'm running kind of low on hand/spray painted ones. i'm going to spend the winter making tons of them so next summer when its all humid and dumb and the paint just wants to sit on the stickers and not dry...i'll be already ready... already. yes! also, i will paint over just about any sticker (that is DURABLE enough to be stuck on outdoor surfaces) so if you snag anything that is useful and want to pass it my way, hit me up and we can make arrangements. i also still have to get new vinyl ones made, but i keep stalling on this one. haha. i'll figure it out and get them going on soon though. yes yes.
i have a few other things floating around that i'm trying to get work prepped for...as in trying to find time with work and fitting in that whole sleeping thing. i will post details as they come. still definitely taking offers to do more stuff, so let me know if there is anything interesting out there that you hear of.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
[cuz it ain't gonna be any different]
-it was my mom's bday yesterday and i signed her card "love your kid, kate hoos" hahaha. i took her to borders so she could pick out a book and she got one about a blind cat. i can't wait til she's done with it so i can read it too! haha.
-days off and random afternoon naps are so grand. i never get to afford myself such a luxury during the week for fear of messing up my sleep cycle.
-i'm such a little kid cuz purchased a GREEN robot lilliput last night and was soooo excited about it! i already have a yellow one and had forgotten a green version was available. of course they are repro's of the classic tin toy, which is thought to have been the first mass produced tin toy.
-while book shopping with my mom, i picked up JFK and the Unspeakable by james w. douglas. if you follow that link, it will take you to a review by none other than the film maker behind one of my fav movies ever, JFK, oliver stone. for anyone who has seen the movie, that right there should tell you this book is conspiracy oriented and not about advocating the "single bullet" theory. which makes it right up my alley as well. i've always believed there was more to it and read extensively on the subject in my early 20s. i also agreed with stone's theory in the movie that JFK was gunned down as a result of wanting to take us OUT of the vietnam conflict and this book is along that line of thinking as well. i'm excited to read it to see what it has to say [as an aside.... for my 23rd birthday, my mom and i did a similar book store run where i picked and she paid. at a great used shop, i ended up finding an original edition of the warren commission report which i snatched up and read cover to cover. very convincing lies it told indeed.]
-rocking lots of black eyes the past day or so. especially the first s/t album. good shit.
-corin tucker pics...probably next post...of the one after. haha. i'm also working on a shuffalump so at some point this week i'll post the pics (as well as an mp3 from the record!) awesome show, i'd def go see her again when she comes back out this way.
-i just got an offer to participate at a photo show next month at the gallery u in royal oak, michigan. erica resnick and i will have work in the show which we are both excited about! i unfortunately won't be able to attend the opening as there's no way i can get out there right now, but there will be pics and i will nab them and post them of course. more details as i know them. hell yes!
-there is major dorkage happening in my house right now, steve is watching ROBOTECH!!! its always entertaining being an uber dork and living with an even bigger dork. haha. and apparently, according to him, the episode that we're watching right now takes place in 2009 so he begs the question "is it a documentary now?" umm...yeah. haha. i only vaguely remember this show as a kid and i'm half paying attention right now so i guess i'm losing dork points. haha. oh well.
i just watched ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE the other night which is brought to you by jamie babbit (who also directed but i'm a cheerleader). i had been meaning to see it since pretty much it first came out in 2007 but i unfortunately never did. i kind of forgot about it until the other night when i was perusing netflix for something to watch with my friend who was over. i was like "SHIT! i forgot about this movie, we need to watch it!" so she was like "okay, whatever you want" haha. the plot of the movie centers around a young down and out lesbian named anna, and her introduction to sadie, the leader of a radical feminist dyke group called Clits In Action or CIA for short. throughout the movie, we see their adventures in activism and getting their message across, all while wading through the murky and emotional terrority of their personal lives/feelings. within minutes of starting to watch, i was immediately nostalgic as so much reminded me of days gone by in my own life; i felt like i was in my late teens/early 20s again. haha. i mean, not that i was ever in a proper radical feminist group, back then my friends and i did small scale shit together and on my own i made tons of zines and wrote plenty of feminist/anti-tampon graffiti in many bathrooms. and oh the music. haha. the soundtrack was what really got me the most and brought me right back to ten+ years ago. it was made up of a lot the bands i loved back then (heavens to betsy, le tigre, sleater-kinney, bikini kill and more) and i was naming every song/band that came on for my friend. i especially loved the montage scenes that they shot with grainy film (apparently super 8 and super 16) to some of the most hyper songs showing the characters up to mischief and mayhem. did i mention yet that this movie made me feel 10 years younger? haha cuz during those scenes, i especially did. anyway, i won't go into specifics of the plot, but the ending was definitely pretty fucking hilarious. and of course, the two main love interests, anna and sadie, finally end up together after all of the drama that surrounds them, so there's that too. gotta love that. haha. i'm thinking about showing this and having a discussion at 32 jones, as part of our new mission of being more than a gallery and serving as a queer oriented art/cultural center. we have a lot on the agenda right now, but its def something i want to tackle in the next few months. what better film to start with than this?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
this fish RULES!
follow the link to read up about a british angler who caught a gigantically MASSIVE fish with gigantically MASSIVE teeth (it reportedly eats crocodiles too!). hell yes to mega scary fish! (also the reason why i refuse to go swimming in natural bodies of water, so i don't meet things like this in my watery travels. hahaha. i'll stick to the pool, thanks)
-so i FINALLY figured out how to get the new editor working, so no more stupid links, only real and proper looking ones...but they'll still be to uber dorky things. haha. also i got the url changed to just "hoosatron.com" and no more with the "blogspot" in it. so legit! haha. (i'm such a dork that i went back a re-edited my post from yesterday so the links are all "proper" i'm not crazy enough to go back to all of my posts though. haha)
-let's make with the total randomness! go to Day Of Birth, enter in your bday and it tells you lots of randomness about well, you. haha. for instance i am 10,780 days old. and in dog years, i'm 203. man you gotta love the fucking internet!
-i haven't been to brooklyn in some time, but next time i do find some business there, i def want to stop by word brooklyn, which is an independent bookstore i just found on a blog the other day. there are no good indie book stores close to me which kind of sucks, but whenever i find em elsewhere, i always try to support.
-i was trying to grow my hair out, but i totally cracked today and payed a visit to adrian my longtime barber. i really tried, but i just don't think i'm meant to have long hair. haha. i see myself with longer hair, but every time i try to grow it out it makes me crazy! if i could wear a hat all the time, i could probably pull it off, but with work i can't and i just feel sloppy with my hair all in betweeny and not being able to do much with it after it gets too long to spike up. so yup, its the buzz for me. haha.
-corin tucker on saturday night at maxwell's. ooooh! pics if i can manage them. i'm too old and grumpy to deal much with crowds these days though. haha.
-you know, i was just thinking....i really wish fagatron was still around. they were sadly short lived like so many great queer-core bands. they had a 7" (which was friggen great) and a full length (not so much on the great, but rather more pretty decent) both of which i own somewhere. the 7" is definitely at my house since i have all of my vinyl here, i just need to convert it to mp3 when i get some damn time. i think the cd of the album may be somewhere in my parents basement...maybe my basement. i don't know. i haven't done cd's in a number of years now, but its long out of print so i should def get a move on finding that shit so i can get it on my ipod.
-omg the guys next door at the auto repair shop have the BEAST muscle car out right now and i want to go to sleep. GRRRRR!!!!!
Was all of it for nothing?
Was all of it for me?
Was all of it for nothing?
Was all of it for me?
It turns out that everything is nothing
Cause everything was me
Always everything for nothing
Cause everything for me
Everything is nothing
these are some lyrics excerpted from "same as you" by greg laswell, who is making his 3rd appearance in the ole bloggy in a week or so. this is also serves as a sneak preview of the next shuffalump which i rocked out today and will be posting soon. i was quite happy to have him come up on the list (and NO i didn't plan it, i swear!) given that i've been listening to him so much lately. this was by far the most eclectic shuffalump yet, with some crazy combinations of songs happening. no britney spears though. damn. (for those of you who remember, she made an appearance in the very first edition of the shuffalump) i had a thought to branch the lump out to its own blog, but then it'd just be one more thing to manage....hmm...but then maybe i could do them more often....or maybe not. haha. we shall see. in any case, stay tuned for more tunes either here or at a separate blog when i finally make up my mind. haha.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
-my mouth is completely healed and i'm off the pee-stink meds (aka penicillin) which is a definate plus. the stitch fell out at work yesterday and i was like "whats this in my mouth?" haha. i got back to the regular dentist next week for a check up and more xrays to see if my wisdom teeth are all in order and none need to come out (i'm sure hoping not) as well as if there are any other problems lurking in my mouth (again, sure hoping not!). the dentist is my new friend, yay!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
i gave a handful of hoos stickers to a friend a few months back to do whatever he wanted with. he took a pic recently of this and won't tell me where it is, saying i'll never guess where it is...implying that it could be a federal building or something of the sort. haha. awesome. is it time to start the hoos for governer campaign? hell yes!
-http://www.brooklynvegan.com/ (not what you're thinking. more of an mp3/music blog)
-still really into greg laswell the last few days. the "covers" ep and the first track from "through toledo" just hardlocked in my head right now. (http://www.greglaswell.com/home/)
-the revolution will be streaming...saxon shore...fine instrumental rock. check it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxon_Shore_(band)
-i went to my comic shop the other day, new moon (http://www.newmooncomics.com/) and picked up the new buffy season 8 (http://www.darkhorse.com/) trade paper back volume 7 for the twilight arc which was awesome. you get some definate suprises in this arc and finally have the indentity of the mysterious big bad, twilight, and its so NOT what i was expecting! i also picked up a few issues of the x files/30 days of night cross over (http://www.idwpublishing.com/). there's only 3 out so far (issue #4 comes out tomorrow in fact) so i'm not sure how it will pan out. we shall see. i was never that into vampires/vamp fiction but i guess i'm realizing that i kind of am in a small way. haha. i am not a huge fan of 3o days of night (except for the older stuff in the comics when ben templesmith was doing the art) but what i do like about it is, especially in the movie, the depature from other modern vampire fiction (at least what i've read/seen which admittedly isn't all that much compared to some people) in that the vamps in this particular world are absolutely vicious and savage. vampires by nature are evil and cruel, and the 30 days of night ones ARE that, but are really more like animals than the sexy creatures of the night we are so often accustomed to seeing. they have none of the alluring, glamourous, seductive, and conniving qualities that other vampires in other worlds/stories have; they are nothing more than savage beasts driven by the impulse to feed and kill brutally, there's no spike and angel with their souls and no foofy "vegetarian" vamps ala edward cullen. they are bloody monsters who even in the way they speak, in a gutteral and harshly cruel sounding tongue, seem all the more grotesqueness. reading the crossover books has def made me want to re-read the earlier ones and i'm going to get the movie from netflix so i can watch it again since it's been a while. follow this link for a review of the crossover on fangoria http://www.fangoria.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1088:the-x-files30-days-of-night-1-comic-review&catid=54:comics-reviews&Itemid=185 [as an aside, i could go on about the savage vamps vs. the sexy vamps, but i'll stop. haha. i know there are a few instances of the more savage kind in buffy as in the season 7 turok-han primitive uber vamps and the season 1 big bad, the master, and let us not forget one of the most famous examples, nosferatu himself, but like i said, i'll stop here. haha. though i'm sure in other universes there are other examples as well. perhaps i'll just have to start watching/reading more stuff to find out]
-speaking of the comic shop, while there the owner, rob, related a story to me and steve that he frequently hears younger kids talking about how lord of the rings is in fact a ripoff of harry potter. umm, WHAT!?!?! what the hell are parents teaching kids these days? geeeeezus! if i were sending my kids off to see LOTR, i'd give them a little history behind it, like the fact that it dates back to 1937 with the first book, the Hobbit (or maybe the fact that it was a book first might help too). when i was a kid, long before it became a movie/merchandising franchise, my dad is the one who introduced me to it and encouraged me to read the hobbit and the LOTR books just as he did as a kid in the 50s and early 60s. i guess its just different now, with so many things being made into movies, but really, is that an excuse for kids to be ignorant and not know history or the history behind things? not in my book. (pardon the pun. haha)
hoosatronic art news!
i will again be having work at Gallery U (http://gallery-u.blogspot.com/) THIS friday night, 10/22 as part of their "cammanata" showing. i wasn't originally slated to be in this show and just found out last night to my suprise. i'm really happy to be showing there again as its a great space for a great cause. come check it out and show your support if you can! also featuring work by erica resnick (http://www.ericaresnick.com/) so you really have no excuse not to come now! (thats my photo in the pic below!)
i'm working on some *new* stuff for some interesting calls for art i've recently gotten. we shall see what comes of them. details when i know them. also have some things definately lined up for december, and looking into other things. as always, any leads, please share!
a new and improved and totally awesome (i've seen the preview!) website for 32 jones gallery is under way and will be launching very soon (url as soon as it does, duh!). this comes courtesy of my new co-curator, the fabulous luca (of lollibomb beauty and JC craft mafia among many more things she lends herself to) who brings SO MUCH to the table, web design being just the tip of the iceburg! we had a meetings yesterday with nancy, the executive director of hudson pride connections center the gallery's parent organization, and we came up with some really exciting ideas. we will share in time as we develop them more and as each one comes to light. one thing for sure is that we are looking to use the gallery space (which also just underwent renovations and was expanded) not just as a gallery where art hangs on the walls, but also as an art/culture space where we can hold classes, discussions/groups/panels, movie/documentary screenings and much more. this has me VERY excited! as of now, plan for 12/3 to be our first official show as part of JC Fridays which we are planning to be a "greatest hits" show of past LGBT artists and allies who have shown at the gallery. this will also tie into the grand re-opening of HPCC as a center which will be happening on 12/8. there will be more details to come as we hash them out, but please come and support this emerging LGBT art space and help us make this center an inclusive place for all!
i know you have a little life in you yet, i know you have a lot of strength left.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sometimes I feel
Like I wanna leave this place for good
Under the ground
I'll live down there without a sound
And never hear
These hissing voices all the same
Cause living makes me feel ashamed
I must believe
There's more above us and below
I must believe
Stranded with this bitch called hope
It keeps me here
When all I wanna do is go
It keeps me here
When all I wanna do is disappear
If this is it
When all we have and ever will
If this is it
Time is running out and standing still
I'll leave today
Cause there's nothing left to keep me here
I'll fade away
I'll turn my back and disappear
[lyrics excerpted from "above and below" by the bravery. i took the above polaroid almost 10 years ago at 1105 brawne ave nw, olympia wa. fitting for the day i've had. but it can only get better, right? right.]
Friday, October 15, 2010
you know, i really try, but somehow, i can never seem to put myself at ease. hmmm...probably need to work on that.
-i just discovered greg laswell the other day after hearing his song "your ghost," in an episode of dollhouse. i was intrigued so i DL'd the ep it comes from "covers," loved it, and am now in process of acquiring more material by him. singer/songwriters can be hit or miss for me, but laswell is definitely a hit. a lot of the lyrics really speak to me and remind me of a few people past and present in my life. in terms of the music, some songs are more sparse, some are more heavily layered with varied instrumentation and piano. i'd definitely like to try to see him live cuz i'm sure it would be a great show. stand out tracks for me are, "your ghost," "woman's work," (just...chillingly brilliantly simple), "saint theresa sings," and "same as you" (he literally stole these lyrics right out of my head!) http://www.greglaswell.com/
-you know, i'm fucking offended that ke$ha (yeah i DID just use a dollar sign!) went on saturday night live and had dancers dressed up in space suits....and that she didn't call me to be one of them! hahaha. you know, since we're tight like that and i am a dancer. haha. i just recently saw a youtube video of that shit and it was so horrifically bad that it just fucking RULED!!!! that is why i think she's such a guilty pleasure for me, cuz she pretty much sucks and all her songs are stupid. haha. i mean...they're all about drinking and partying and dancing drunk and drunkeness, and drinking and partying (seeing a theme here? haha) all things i'm so not into at all, but damn are they upbeat and catchy tunes! hahahahahaha.
-http://lizzyeats.blogspot.com/ my friend liz's foody blog. check that shit!
-i was just looking at a blog that i used to do a few years ago and read a few of the posts i did. its not unlike this blog, full of random rambling (the tagline was "i ramble, you read") and thoughts on music and dork shit (not so much comics as i didn't really get into that until 2007). anyway, some of the links to random shit still worked and i saw a link to this article from 2005ish, i love tattoos but... (http://litwc.com/2006/10/20/i-love-tattoos-but/) and thought it was perfect since i just posted something the other day about tattoos. about all kinds of stupid shit people have tattooed on them (the dragon penis and the guy with creepy eyes are personal favs. haha). i mean i have some dumb shit and pretty quirky random stuff (yeah i fucking have bigfoot in hooker heals on my leg, what?) but some of these, boy are they stupid. hahahaha. check it out.
-Girl-wonder.org is a "collection of sites dedicated to female characters and creators in mainstream comics."
-follow this link (http://obscuresound.com/?p=5019) for an interview with the flaming lips
-i've made a commitment to start writing everyday...or as close to everyday as possible. i think it will help with that whole relaxation and getting my mind uncluttered thing. maybe help me sleep a little better too. we'll see.
-also on the "self improvement" list, i really NEED to commit to cutting down on soda. i say i'm gonna do it, i do great for a week, then i'm right back at it. the horrible tooth i just had yanked from my head was due in large part to my rabid soda drinking habit and why do i want to go back down that road? i was also thinking how much money i'll save and how much weight i could potentially lose by cutting it out. as one person at work recently said about soda, "its liquid satan!" i'm starting to agree more and more with that statement.
how to survive working in retail is an indie nj comic put out by 3 guys making comics. its literally indie, as in its old school zine style, photocopied and stapled together which i just adored about it. i picked it up at my local shop, new moon (http://www.newmooncomics.com/). i've always been a big supporter of indie DIY shit, so thats what initially drew me to it, and also the title given the fact that i've worked in retail for the last 10 years (all at one company!). anyone who has spent time in retail knows how very interesting, colorful, and down right irritating it can be at times, so i was definitely excited to pick up a comic about it. that being said, you can imagine my disappointment upon reading the first issue and realizing that none of the characters actually work in retail. they work in service jobs (a movie theater, a burger joint) which while i'm sure are crazy in their own right, but they aren't retail. the only exception is one character works at his parent's comic book store, but even that is a stretch cuz its specialty retail which i know has its own quirks, but its totally different than big box retail, and the kid is the owner's son so therefore really probably doesn't have a clue what the real business is about (the character is constantly messing shit up and getting away with it). nor could he know the demands of crazy rotating shifts, overnights, and going to work at 3:30 in the morning (aka everyday reality for me), and living life by strict timelines. anyway, enough on that. haha. another downside for me was the story of the first issue was a little weak and didn't connect fully together. but now for the good points....haha. i am a fan of "alternative" comic art (ala dave mckean, ashley wood, david mack, and ben templesmith) so i'm not generally interested in pen and ink work, but the art on this was good for that style. it had a very cartoony feel and i think it worked well for the storylines, basically about a group of friends hashing out life, work, and love in their post high school, early 20s existence...ah, i remember those days. haha. with the 2nd issue the story gets a little better and flows more which was a plus of course. i have the first 3 issues, issue 4 came out recently and they released issue 5 at the nyc comic con; i have to swing by the shop to pick those up. even with the downsides to this, i think it has potential and i'm going to continue to read it so i can support them as i self published for years and know what a loyal readership/fanbase means to DIY kids. (during my DIY publishing days, i got letters from all of the usa, and even a few from europe over the years, and they always made me smile)
http://beatenbroken.blogspot.com/ the blog of one of the creators of HTSWIR
Thursday, October 14, 2010
mogwai- radar maker (mogwai popped up on volume 4 of the shuffalump and much to my delight, here they are again. this is a very short piano track from "young team" i really can't think of something mogwai has done that i haven't just been in love with. i'm not always in the mood for them, as they are pretty damn somber at times, but they are just a truly remarkable band. go see them live, and in the meantime check out their newest live dvd release, "special moves")
black moth super rainbow- melt me (another delightful shuffalump repeat, i heart BMSR. this is an upbeat, bass and vocoder heavy little gem of a song from "dandelion gum" i tend to enjoy their more laid back tracks, but some upbeat spazziness is also appreciated. BMSR is pretty prolific in their output so i never get bored with them, but even so, i'm waiting for still more from them. frontman, tobacco, put out his 2nd solo record maniac meat earlier this year, and that held me over as its not all that much of a departure from the flagship BMSR sound which is all good in my book)
sonic youth-poison arrow (this is a stellar instrumental from their 16th album,"the eternal" SY are titans of indie, but i've never been hardcore into them. i listen to them here and there and like them, but i'm not a devotee like some people i've known over the years. i was tutoring one such person some years back, and as payment, she took me to see sonic youth with her which is pretty awesome payment if you ask me! they were freakin rad, and had a fire inside of them even after all of these years. they were formed before i was born, but "officially" became SY the year i came into the world, and they're almost the same age as my parents which is another aspect of them i love. now why didn't my parents start an epic band in the 80s? haha)
jawbreaker-sluttering-may 4th (this track comes from their last album, "dear you" aka the album that defined the late 90s for me and thusly the majority of my teenage years. like many of the bands i have loved over the years, they were "before my time" and had broken up in 1996 before i really got super into them, so i never did get to see them live. it didn't stop my devotion to them, and i would write a special piece on them in every issue of the zines i was doing at the time. i never did get to see them live, but i did get to see jets to brazil, the post JB project of singer blake schwarzenbach in 2000. at the show, i gave him a copy of my zine and we shook left hands being that he and i are both lefty guitarists...though i use that term very loosely for myself. haha. JTB never held the magic for me that JB did, but i still have a lot of fond memories of listening to jawbreaker and being absolutely floored by them as a 15 year old proto-hoos. haha. i still wear my JB shirts quite regularly too, though i have since replaced them with ones a more appropriate size and that aren't so beat up and worn out. also of note, a good friend from HS that i turned on to JB and who shared a lot of those memories with me, recently got in touch to show me the tattoo he had just gotten for, you guessed it, jawbreaker)
anti-nowhere league-snowman (more old school punk, this from their 1982 debut "we are... the league" this is fast and loud, the way it fucking should be! and speaking of "fuck" they don't shy off on using it. haha. the recording quality on this is actually pretty decent given the fact that a lot of punk of this era didn't exactly have the best sound. though this is from an LP, not a 7" which i've also noticed affected the sound. can't say this is ground-breaking, but it is fun to rock out to for sure)
sebadoh-junk bonds (i heart sebadoh. i first heard them when a friend made me a mixtape in high school which included "soul and fire" and i knew i was onto something good. to this day i still go through random phases of obsessively listening to them and not really much else for days at a time. i also love how their sound varies song to song since it all depends on which member wrote/leads the song. they were always really more of a collective than a proper band anyway. i've always liked lou barlow's songs the best, though when i'm feeling bratty and/or noisy eric gaffney's songs always hit the spot)
all-time quarterback- empire state (this is a pre postal service side project from ben gibbard of death cab for cutie. this is low-fi "bedroom pop" -as i like to call it- at its best. clearly recorded on a shitty tape machine, just a man and a teeny tiny sounding acoustic guitar-not a ukulele, a guitar- which i'm thinking is the result of nylon strings...though i could be wrong on that one. this is the kind of stuff i miss, someone just sitting somewhere with a little tape recorder, a guitar or some simple keys and instruments, and just fucking doing something. like so many of the lo-fi, random, obscure tapes and 7"s i came across from the early and mid 90s, like early mountain goats, this just speaks to me on a level that no professionally recorded super slick sounding record ever could. the band i was in during my late teens never properly recorded, we just used a shit tape recorder i bought with my christmas money at radio shack when i was 17. this kind of stuff is just magic to me, and it is so hard to find anymore that i wonder if its still happening of if it even still exists)
white stripes-red rain (the white stripes are just weird to me. haha. i like a lot of their stuff, but i can never really get fully into them. this is from "get behind me satan," kind of right at the point where my interest in them started to wane. i recently acquired a few albums by them which got me re-interested in them, but i still have the pseudo suspicious view on them and still can't let myself get super into them. haha. i guess i have a fear of commitment to white stripes fandom. hahaha. this is pretty loud and nasty to start with, then goes to some more subtle bluesy slide guitar and xylophone which quickly builds back up in the epic loudness scale. being a drummer, you would think meg white's simple drumming would annoy me and leave me unsatisfied, but somehow, i just love her. her simple beats hit heavy, drive hard, and just really fit together well in their sound. i have tried to convince a few people over the years who don't play drums to start a trashy band with me so i can play bad guitar and they can hit the skins; i always get "but i don't know how, why don't you do it? you know how to play" and i always reply with "have you heard the white stripes?" haha. meg white has no technical no-how or skill, but that certainly didn't stop her, and she's in a pretty friggen big/well known band. perhaps one day i'll get that trashy garage band going with someone with the same skill level as meg white. perhaps. haha)
catherine wheel- shallow (i first heard CW at around 14 or 15 but never really got into them. then last year i found them on a blog and said "hey i remember them!" so i picked up the album and was sad i hadn't done so years before. fuzzed out british shoegazey greatness, i really love the harmonized vocals on this track and the opening guitar riff. "you know what's inside" is a great line and i can think of plenty of stupid faced people i could badly sing the same line to. i def should have picked this up 15 years ago the FIRST time i heard them!)
black moth super rainbow- spinning cotton candy in a shack (no, i didn't plan this! 2 songs by BMSR in the same shuffalump, now that's what i'm talking about! another track from "dandelion gum" this being of the above mentioned more "laid back" style. its an instrumental with subtle acoustic guitar and bass with the spacey keys they are best known for. you just can't go wrong with that combination)
iris- the picture (i love this song. plain and simple. its straight up electro-pop which i totally adore. though its a departure for this shuffalump, it fits in because of the mood it inspires in me. it reminds me of so many things, people and relationships from my past. i first heard a different song by them at a hair salon and was like "who is this?!" and knew i had to obtain tracks by them right away. this song was the last track on the album i DL'd, "disconnect" and it was love at first listen for the above mentioned reasons)
jimmy eat world- let it happen (good advice, but how many of us really ever follow it? sigh. haha. anyway, a track from their 2007 album, "chase this light" i like it, i like them, but as a recent review that i read of their newest record stated, its almost predictable with them at this point and it has been for a while. they've got their formula worked out and they churn out some driving tempo/inspiring/sometimes sad rockers with the occasional female vocal guest spot-such as this track-but it might be nice to see them step a little out of the comfort zone and come up with something well...new. this is definitely great for getting pumped up and driving, but really lacks much more than that)
mgmt- electric feel (i love this song! haha. i get so goofy when i hear it and just want to dance badly. haha. mgmt may be indie darlings, and i don't like every single thing they do, but i've got a bit of a soft spot for them, in particular this song and the album its from "oracular spectactular")
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
1301 south street, philadelphia.
i took this with a fuji instax camera, which is their equivalent of a polaroid. the prints are about the size of a credit card, though there was/is a model that takes larger prints (not sure if its still available), and to the casual observer look just like a polaroid. i found they have some similarities and some differences. i found the image quality to be better than a traditional polaroid, but that is in large part the optics of the camera being better than the polaroid cameras i used to use. i also found the color saturation and contrast to be higher. upon cutting them open to hand manipulate for collages, the insides/emulsion behave differently than traditional polaroids (i found them to be more "liquidy" and they didn't work well with the scraping techniques i like to use) and i found them harder to work with which was a downside for me. i'm not sure how they react to manipulation by pressing on the front of the print as its developing as i never really did my manipulations that way and preferred working them after development from the inside. overall though, they are a nice alternative to the now discontinued traditional polaroids, and better than having nothing (though if i had my choice, i'd take the classic crappy 600 film and a modified sx-70 any day). digital photography is great and it may also be instant, but it can never really replace the magic and tactile feel of a polaroid image.
[and on a side note, the very fiber of my being was irrevocably changed forever on the very spot pictured above which is why i went back months later and snapped this pic]
-i got my yucky bad tooth pulled out yesterday (and i kept it! the dental tech was like "um....okaaay" but shit that nasty fucker is mine and i want it!) and it wasn't that bad. i was starting to get headaches and a lot of sinus pain from the pressure in my jaw, which was making me get the sweats and feel like SHIIIIIT. i figured it was the beast tooth and i was right cuz i started feeling better as soon as the novocaine hit me, and the pulling wasn't so bad either (the noise was the freakiest part. shit is loud as its getting ripped out!). i mean my jaw is swollen and i have a gaping hole in my gums, but i'll get used to it (my wisdom tooth is *supposed* to drop down and fill the spot in so i guess i won't have a hole forever) really the most annoying thing has been eating since i haven't been able to do much of it due to the mouth pain/stomach pain from the meds they gave me. oh well, only another 2 or 3 days and i'll be back to normal. i'm just glad that rotten beast of a tooth is out of my head for good! also funny was when i showed up to the office, my 5th grade teacher was there waiting (though she didn't see me), and when i came out, a girl i went to high school with was there. small world i guess. haha
-2011 revenge of print- this group is challenging anyone who has ever self published a zine or comic to make at least 1 new issue in 2011. interesting...perhaps i'll pull out one of my old titles (toastanddonuts, frump, mistaken for misty, fischer on fire) and whip up an issue. we shall see. check out their facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115370015178929&v=info
-dollhouse season 2 just came out and also included an exclusive comic book (which will make much more sense once i finish watching season2 and read it again) why was this show cancelled? sheer stupidity i say! shit was just starting to get really good and they axed it. kind of like twin peaks or carnivale, both nixed way before their time. (as for other series by joss whedon, the complete series boxset for angel came out on tuesday as well. tempting to pick up, but don't have the dinero right now. netflix it is for that)
-the most exciting things of october 2010 so far? i got a 2011 andy warhol calander. i got buffy the vampire slayer omnibus volume 6 (the season 8 volume 7 trade paperback is also freshly out, but i still have to pick that up) . and perhaps most exciting of all, i got a new blanket. no no, wait, i have to buy sponges tomorrow after work, now THAT is some exciting shit! i'm intriguing, what can i say? hahaha
- i'm back to sleeping about 3-4 hours a night, not by choice, but just by what my body is telling me. and yet i seem to continue to function rather normally. hmm...maybe i'm a secret alien. i don't know, but i'm sure it will catch up with me eventually.
-sometimes i get on a nostalgia kick...and sometimes a good deal is well...too good to pass up! that is how i ended up with all 5 seasons of the a-team on dvd. hell yes! i already had season 1 and 2 (gifts from my brother some time ago) but stumbled upon the other 3 seasons recently for a really good price. i will never outgrow my 1980s childhood. no siree, nope!
some of my new work at LITM in jersey city, nj (http://www.litm.com/) the right eye is "sneak," and the left is "lurk"
new work by my good friend erica resnick (http://www.ericaresnick.com/)
come check out our work, along with the work of several other talented area artists as part of the "superstition" show which will be up until the end of the month. don't miss out!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
15,971 songs and counting. this edition of the shuffalump was a little on the somber, fuzzy, and electro side. always interesting to see what comes up. read on....
the charlottes- see the danger shine (this is some fuzzy shoegaze action which i always thoroughly enjoy. this is pretty standard fare for the genre, nothing super exciting, but fun enough to listen to. it reminded me of a rougher, faster and harder version of heavenly. i picked this up on the mp3 blog i could die tomorrow a few months back and wasn't dissapointed)
boards of canada- finity (from "a few old tunes" a classic, slightly upbeat-for BOC anyway-track. i love BOC but i don't think i'll ever quite understand them, and particularly the mystery of their earliest releases or the secrecy surrounding them. they haven't done anything since 2006, but i hold out hope there will be more new material from them, and/or some clarity on their early work. we shall see)
lady sovereign- let's be mates (this is one of the few exceptions on this list, as in its not somber or fuzzy at all, but rather bouncy and poppy. and in true lady sov fashion, also snarky. this track comes from her 2nd album, "jigsaw," post her crazy freaking- out- on- stage phase and coming out of the closet. i saw her in 2006 and she pulls off a good live show and wouldn't mind catching her again)
mum- faraway swimming pool (i think of this-and a lot of what mum does- as less of a song and more like a soundscape. this particular track is dreamy and almost childlike-again a common theme for mum. its not exactly driving or "doing" music, and more something i put on when i'm working on art or writing...when i need my mind clearest)
casio beat scene- started out (CBS isn't bad, and they have a few songs i really dig, but i can't say they've ever been a favorite of mine. their songs are mostly upbeat, dancy, electro ditties with a few slower songs mixed in. they also employ fair amount of distortion which is definately right up my alley. this track fits the electro and distorted bill, but this song was just....awful. it was slow, depressing, and way too long. the music was dour, the vocals acidically bad, and i just felt flat out uncomfortable listening to it. i've never listed a song on the shuffalump as awful, but this...there's no other word for it. next time this comes up on shuffle- SKIP)
mogwai- terrific speech 2 (i'm not sure where this track came from as i have several random mogwai tracks that have no album listed. this is a slow and quiet piano driven track, with muted percussion and undistorted guitar, and as are most of their songs that heavily feature piano, it is truly beautiful in its scope. i can't say enough good things about these musical masters)
holger hiller- herzmuskel (this fits the electro theme of this shuffalump, but its a little more on the upbeat side. its tagged as "wacked out singles" and i seem to recall picking this up from an electro mp3 blog that specialized in odd european electronic music. this reminds me of early videogame music and it really isn't all that good, more of a novelty than anything else)
ladytron- tender talons (a downtempo, instrumental b-side, but definately a good track. this comes via the "extended play" ep of remixes and b-sides. from what i hear, they are currently working on new material which is a good thing in my book)
radiohead-life in a glasshouse (this is radiohead's 3rd appearance in a shuffalump and the 2nd track from the record "amnesiac" this is not a favorite track of mine, a little on the dour side...didn't i mention that word for another song in this post already? haha. but yeah, the wind instruments ad some flair to this, but not enough to push it over the edge to enjoyable for me. sorry radiohead! i still love you though)
the gories- boogie chillun (this is a bluesy garage track. i do enjoy garage music, but i'm not a big blues fan so i was a little mixed on this. i like my garage trashier, louder, and faster than this, so i'm gonna give this a thumbs down)
the cure-pictures of you (oh what can i say about this that hasn't already been said? haha. it inspired youthful longing in me for sure, in particular one person who has plagued my consciousness for far too long. sigh. haha. a classic track by a classic group inspiring those oh so classic feelings)
x wife- fantasma (not so much in character for this mix, as this is an upbeat, head bobbing track, but thats okay by me. they incorporate plenty of electronic elements which is in character, and there is a weird-out electro-ish breakdown towards the end of the track which i really enjoyed. i like to put x wife on when i'm out driving as it just makes my trip seem to melt away)
tristeza- celestians (from their latest album, "fate unfolds," more mellow and swirling fare from this excellent instrumental quartet. the undercurrent of organ throughout adds to mysterious feel of the track, as well as the echo effect on the bass, and addition of supplemental instrumentation. def a standout track from one of my favorite groups)