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Friday, January 28, 2011
-recently downloaded....drive like jehu, red animal war, camber, and aloha, all of which bring back fond memories of a younger, late-teens, early 20s-ish hoos. well...not aloha...that's a more "mid 20s-ish" hoos, but you get the idea. haha. i saw them in 2006, and they were damn good, i have to poke around on my old computer for the pics i took and post them at some point.
-i just snagged the new freezepop, "imaginary friends"
-jacket mechanical a blog about bookcovers/cover design. hmm....interesting.
-my phone got a new update the other day and its all fancy time oooh! and it seems to be working faster which is a plus since it likes to get twitchy and slow from time to time.
-15 things you never knew about charles dickens
(for instance, i did not know that "a christmas carol" has not gone out of print since it was first published in 1843)
-doing homework and listening to blondie...not a bad way to spend the evening....even if accounting makes my head HURT.
-go here for an interview with corin tucker.
-not sure what to think of steampunk sarah palin from the little i've seen of it. funny? possibly. disturbing? yes! especially the fact that her boobs are GINORMOUS!!! does she have huge knockers in real life? i don't think so. hahaha.
-it is possible-though difficult-to eat jello with chopsticks, oh yes.
-go here for a quick blurb about the mountain goats along with a free download to a new song "tyler lambert's grave" which was recorded during the sessions for the new album but didn't make the cut.
-here's the problem the world is full of problems. a funny, snarky blog i just found.
the past few months have been uber busy with work and school so i haven't done all that much art which is depressing. i really need to get back at it and a new show at my gallery, 32 Jones, is in the planning stages since we are set to re-open (finally) in about a month. i will post details as i have them and as always, if anyone has any show opportunities or is interested in showing at 32 Jones, hit me up.
Monday, January 24, 2011
above pic is a scene from the 1938 BBC adaptation of rossum's universal robots, the 1920 play written by karel capek. and for those who don't know, this play brings us the first mention of the word "robot," which has its roots in the czech word "robota" (meaning "serf labor"). i had a chance to see this play last month and it was pretty good, and i'd def like to see it again to catch more of the texture since i don't tend do well with theaters (live or movie kinds) since i get fidgety and/or sleepy. after seeing it, i realized that the themes in this play were also heavily borrowed by dollhouse which i was unaware of until seeing the play. the show even takes and uses the name rossum, used for the evil company responsible for all the badness in both the play and the show. knowing this now, i still like the show, and think it's a good modern twist on the story and expands upon it by seeking to explore things in a greater context. though interestingly, all of the literature/interviews i've read about the show, not one mention of RUR is made by the cast, crew, or the creator man himself, joss whedon, but the similarities are too great for it to simply be a coincidence (hello rossum!) there may be some mention of it out there somewhere, but i have yet to see it. and its too bad the show got cancelled because i feel (and i'm not alone in this) that there were a lot more themes and relationships left to explore, and a lot more story to be told. sigh. isn't that always the way?
maybe us fandorks will get lucky and they'll make a movie...perhaps.
-cyber space when you're dead a NY times article on what happens to us in cyberspace (or namely all the shit we post in cyberspace) after we die...hmmm...interesting.
-cover lay down folk covers of familiar songs. reimagined versions of folk songs. because in the folk tradition, music belongs to the community. again i say...hmm....interesting.
-the mountain goats have a new record soon, all eternals deck. i will prob pick it up, as i really loved the mountain goats and still support him and try to check out the newer releases...and yes, i did say "loved" as in past tense and i did refer to "them" as "him." reason for that being that i will always love and find extreme magic and inspiration in his earliest work, when it was just him, a guitar, and an extremely shitty tape recorder in a random room somewhere making an astounding number of simple, beautiful songs. before the backing band and the major label deal, before all of that stuff, that is what i love. i have all of those old releases and i really need to get them together and rip them. right now all i have on my ipod is a carefully hand selected mix i made for a friend years ago, but it contains some real gems, including some really rare bootleg material that i recorded in the summer of 2000 that i never really shared with anyone. i can remember hours spent listening to him in my early 20s, once i listened to the entirety of "sweden" and just cried the whole way through. or the time he performed "the best ever death metal band in denton" at a small club in nyc during the fall of 2002 and getting the chills as he sang "hail satan" in the chorus. if you ask me, the record that that song is on, "all hail west texas," was the last really amazing record he released. sigh...i feel nostalgic now. haha.
-god i love EFFING DYKES so much! the latest edition is on dykes and how we looove to wear plaid. i fucking laughed so much reading this. i love that shit like a fat kid loves cake. the blog and wearing plaid for that matter.
-i used to be a big hockey nerd, and actually, a part of me still is even though i haven't played in a few years (which makes me sad). i just came across an interview with arguably one of the biggest names ever in women's hockey, hayley wickenheiser. interestingly enough, it was not about hockey, but about books vs ebooks. i have dabbled a little bit in ebooks, but like her, i tend to like the "real deal" more. check it out here.
-i never thought i'd mention justin fucking bieber on this blog, because i barely even like to acknowledge that such a creature exists on the earth that i do, but i just found out he plays guitar. and moreover, he plays lefty. being a sucker for all things lefty when it comes to guitar i say wow, go annoying southpaw pop star kid with bad hair!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
[it is so true. and also the name of a song on kaki king's newest album, "junior" she's going to be at the city winery in nyc the week before my birthday and i just bought 4 tickets for the best table in the house, dead center right in front of the stage. its my early bday gift to myself!]
-i just DL'd "kodachrome" by paul simon and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. haha.
-i spent the best $4 in a really long time the other day when i purchased a dvd of 20 episodes of the the betty white show! shit you can't mess with that son!
-SEBADOH i heart them. i just wanted to say that. they haven't announced their east coast tour dates yet, but i am anxiously awaiting! go to their website for a free DL of their 1990 7" record, "oven is my friend" (though the way the tracks are broken up is annoying. its 5 individual songs, but when it was ripped, it's only 2 separate tracks. grr!)
-whatever happened to alternative nation?
-we hate tank girl- a collection of one-shots, posters, and extras. i'm so ordering this!
-you know, with a buzz cut, you wouldn't think it would be possible to have a bad hair day, but let me tell you, it is very possible, cuz i had one today! hahaha.
-the telegraph interviews duran duran
-go here for ariel schrag's column at after ellen.
-i can't login to my ebook for school. this is quite vexing. i emailed my professor. hopefully he'll be cool and let me have an extra day to get my shit in. i'm already half done with the work for the week...but half ain't gonna cut it in the end! ugh fucking internet!
shuffalump is being worked on and will be posted soon!
Friday, January 14, 2011
shit fools, i decided to google my name, cuz i'm a little bored and its always fun to do that anyway. turns out that one edward hoos was the 26th mayor of jersey city from 1897-1901! i'd have to look into it to see if there is any relation....i'm actually a little hazey on the origins of my branch of the hoos tree because i don't know all that much about my great-grandfather, emil jacob hoos, other than some of the wackier and less than savory things he did (he built a castle as his house and embezzled money among other things, no lie. we actually refer to him as "the embezzler" on my mom's side of the family. haha). my great grandmother, anna becker hoos, came to this country from germany in 1910, but when she met great gramps and when he got to this country...or if he was born here....not so sure on that. maybe i need to sign up for one of those family tree websites! haha.
oh and yeah, virgina fucking tech uses the name hoos too (which is what the above pic is about) but i'm not sure on how they might pronounce it (btw, my name is not pronounced HOOZ, or HOUSE, its HOOS with an S and soft emphasis on the OO sound yo) but since its short for "wahoos" i think the inflection is probably different (more like HOOZ with a hard emphasis on the OO sound, kinda like WHO'S). but eww, a football team copped my name?!? cuz clearly they ripped me off, duh! haha anyway, read the wiki entry here on those name stealing jocks! hahaha. maybe i'll get on of their shirts! hahahahahahaha.
-i've been sick for a week and a half now and i can't shake it. what gives???
-crimeboss crime comics from the 40s and 50s
-beth ditto from the gossip has written a memoir, coal to diamonds, which will be out at some point in the (near?) future. i knew her back in the day when we both lived in olympia, wa. back then i saw the gossip play in lots of tiny dingy clubs, in basements and living rooms, and i bummed at her house for a few weeks too in the fall of 2001 when i was in between places and trying to decide if i wanted to come back to nj or not (i came back, duh). i also worked with their first drummer for a few months too. anyway, i haven't seen miss beth since 06 and she's like super famous now, so i doubt i'll be seeing her any time soon either but i'll prob check the book out when its released. i also should dig out my old photos of them cuz i have tons starting from their very first tour in 2000 with sleater-kinney all the way up to 06, the last time i saw them.
-steve has an annoying habit of making stupid impulse purchases of crap we don't need just because its on clearance. but he did well this time and picked up some pretty snazzy light up ipod speakers for a mean buck 25. i initially griped at him for bringing more useless shit into the house and thought that they would suck given that they were random offbrand ones (and lighting up is pretty cheesy) but i must say i was pleasantly surprised and they aren't half bad. i was rocking out doing the dishes the other day and was excited when buddy holly came up on shuffle and the lights started blinking. haha.
-i just got a polaroid 300 camera! i'm so excited cuz i've missed doing hand manipulated polaroid work since i've had trouble getting my hands on the discontinued 600 film. the shots are considerably smaller than the classic 600 size, but i'm sure i can work shit out despite that.
-wikipedia turned 10. ain't that some shit?
-hey ladies gives us a 56 song streaming playlist of the women of post punk, here. there's definitely some great stuff on the list and a few things i need to check out. too bad it wasn't downloadable. i was def surprised to see cub on the list, not because they aren't good, but they don't exactly come to mind when i think "post-punk" they more come to mind when i think "cuddle core" or "super cute" haha.
new shuffalump has been done, i just need to you know, type it up now.
Friday, January 7, 2011
hoos graf son!
photo by erica resnick (i think she said its at the loop lounge but i don't remember. haha. she has work currently up at litm in jersey city as part of their "dark matter, bright future" exhibit, so be sure to check it out. i had work there last month, but didn't have time to get anything ready for this show thanks to craziness at work and i will have to miss the opening of this show for the same reason, but i'll be back at it soon!)
-i just got 2 new pairs of vans but apparently missed the memo that they now have yo yo gabba styles available. shiiiit!!!!!
-i dropped a book on my laptop and broke the E key off....the glue job i did didn't really work...and it's really annoying. it still works, but i have to press really hard and its throwing off everything i type and making me type so much slower which is uber frustrating. not going to be very fun when i have to write papers for school. ugh. idk, i was already thinking about getting a new laptop so maybe i'll just get it sooner rather than later. i took a look at a few stores the other day and found 2 that i liked so we shall see. if i do get a new one, i'll probably keep the old one just for music so i can take it to DJ gigs and keep my other shit separate. idk. we shall see!
-been listening to a lot of sebadoh the past week. heart them forrrreeeeeeeever and they are going on tour next month on the west coast with quasi which is awesome. not that i'm going to be going out there to see any of their shows, but they will be announcing east coast dates soon which def has me excited. i'm def planning on trying to get out to see them. shit!
-the buffy season 8 motion comic just came out on dvd and i picked it up but i must say i was dissapointed in it. mostly it was due to me being a snob and not liking the voice actors who all had nothing to do with the tv show. i'm a big fan and love the original cast so i really missed the play between them, even though its been years since theyve been together. it really didn't feel like i was watching buffy at all without them and that was a drag. the lack of good special features didn't help either. and i can say i wasn't really a fan of the motion comic style in general. it moved too slow and didn't seem to have a flow i could get into. give me live action, or a cartoon if i'm going to take the time to watch something. otherwise i can just read the comic books and get pretty much the same effect.
-i'm going to do a new shuffalump...like right after this...cuz i've recently added a lot of tunes to the hoosy ipod and its about time i got on the ball with it again.