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Friday, May 31, 2013

til it bleeds


less than jake- "evil has no boundaries" + "antichrist" 7"

[one of the cooooolest looking 7inches i own. the other day, i went through all of my little guys and organized them all alphabetically and even made divider tabs for them! hahaha. i need more boxes though cuz i'm full  up on the two i have. oh and the story of this record....i don't really listen to a lot of LTJ these days, but i was really into them and a lot of ska/ska-core as a kid when i was first starting my vinyl collection. i probably came into possession of this about oh...97 or 98 i'd say. for those who don't know or remember or who didn't grow up in suburban north jersey, in the late 90s, there was a HUGE pop punk and ska/ska-core scene. i used to go to shows almost every week, there were tons and tons of bands around at that time. i'd go to a show and there'd be like six or seven bands, sometimes more, for like five bucks. a lot of the shows were in the afternoons on weekends too so i think that's why my mom was cool with taking me. got me out of her hair for a few hours and i got to do something fun. hahaha. i'd go with a friend or two, and stay all day and rock out and dance. this was obviously before i got all old and jaded and only wanted to see two bands at a time and never danced at all. hahahaha. though...i will dance like a spazz and rock out pretty hard to my friend's bands still, but other bands, forget it! hahahaha]

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man it is friggen hot out there! damn! fortunately steve got the AC in last night and we are feeling better in the hooshut. thought i'm a weirdo and i actually like the feeling of sweat on my skin and heat [within limits] but steve prefers the AC and i get really worried about the cats and that they will get sick or worse so it is way better to have it on for their sake. can't have my furry babies overheating! so yeah, i've been really on the up and up lately, doing a lot of shit around my house and writing a lot for a project i'm working on and lyrics for a new music project, so i've felt like blogging more too. stillllllllllllllllll don't have my computer back [the nice russian man fixing it explained to me in his very thick accent that "it is a mystery to me. i try it ten times. i take apart, it works, i put back together, it doesn't. i don't know" i'm trying to be patient but pretty soon i'm just gonna have to take it back from him and bring it to someone else. bloooows without my laptop cuz i can't use my videomaking stuff, photoshop, my sampling/looping program, not to mention the all the music on there! ahhh! i mean at least i have steve's but still. anyway......read on you sexy beasts, reeeead on!!!!

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randomy...

-i already mentioned it, but i'm saying it again yo, follow me on instagram @hoosatron and see the shit i take pics of yo and follow my #dailyshuffle post too
-i just bought an digital 8track recorder. soooooo psyched to get using that bad boy! shit came with a 2gb memory card too which is pretty sweet!
-i was just lamenting on fb that i wish playing guitar came as naturally to me as playing drums does. i don't even think about what i'm playing when i'm drumming, it just comes out of me like an animal instinct. idk. i've been practicing a lot more on guitar and getting better at it, but i don't think i'll ever get to the level of being able to not fully think about it. i think its partially cuz i started later in life and didn't get really serious about it til my 30s. i would have had a much easier time of it as a youngin. hmm......
-why are weezer's first two records, the blue album and pinkerton so good and the rest of their stuff such crap? its sad cuz they were the first band i heard-at age thirteen- that made me want to start my own band [ironically i wanted to play guitar at the stage. that changed after i saw hole on SNL in december 1994 and saw patty schemel drumming. i knew at that moment i was destined to be a rock n roll drummer] oh well, at least i have fond memories. alllllssssoooo apparently, they are have a "weezer cruise" in february of next year where you can go from florida to the bahamas with them. hmmm.....bands are doing such weird shit these days. hahaha.
-i wonder if interpol realized at the time that their song "say hello to the angels" is a blatant ripoff of the smiths...hmmmm.....the first time i heard it i was very, very high [i know, weeeeeeird right? i have smoked pot maybe a dozen times in my entire life and that was one of them. i'm a good hoosy these days tho and do absolutely nothing] and my friend put on the album turn on the bright lights [which i do really enjoy] and i remember hearing this and being like "no its the smiths" but still knowing it wasn't them and being suuuuper confused over what was happening. hahahahahaha. [that thought just came to me cuz the song came up on shuffle. hahaha]
-i just got the photo app snapseed on my phone and i love it. i've only dug a little ways into the features on it too, there are so many! i used it to edit the pic of the record above. its free too, so its worth checking out. i think there might be a social media component to it too, but i'm not sure.
-since i mentioned i was really into pop punk and ska as a kid, one band i was into that was really not that at all was luscious jackson. idk why, but i just loved their funky sound and also had a crush on main singer/bassist jill cunniff hahaha. it could have also been that they had a gay drummer also named kate [schellenbach who was also a member of the original beastie boys lineup when they were a hardcore band] hahaha. but yeah, they reunited a while ago and have been working on new stuff which i happen to think is hella rad. i just realized they have a new song available for free DL on their website , damn not having my laptop back yet!!!!!
-i saw the casket girls open for black moth super rainbow last december and fell in love right away. they were so fukkin good! i loved the duel vocals from sisters elsa and phaedra greene especially with their heavy influence from 60s girl groups apparent in every song. soooo good. anyway, go here for an interview with phaedra on some of their favorite records. hot shit yo.

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i mentioned a few posts back that i went to philly with some friends and that we "broke into" the "we the youth" mural by keith haring [which is located at 22nd and elsworth. and if i am not mistaken one of only a handful of his public murals still visable] yep, we did! hahaha. i mean, we just climbed the fence which wasn't too high and there was a picnic table and chairs close to the fence that we were able to use to our advantage to get in. deb went in first cuz she's taller and then she helped me get in [let me just say getting in and out was not exactly fun for my vag cuz the fence had these pointy spires which were fortunately squared off but still stabbing me in the crotch. hahahahahaha] it was really rad getting to put my hands on the actual wall and feel what it must have been like to be there when he painted it. a large portion of it was being worked on and there was scaffolding over it, but i got some pics of it. there were municipal workers across the street watching us too, it was funny. they prob thought we were some punkass kids or something. hahaha. but we left everything as we found it and didn't disrespect the space at all cuz that would have been so f'd up. i would never deface the work of another aritist, especially one of my all time favs. so yeah, take a look at a few pics.







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escucha!


warpaint -undertow [i've been obsessing over this song for the last few days. its so friggggggen good! the drumming on this is just, wow, sooooo sooooo good, but watching this i realized how deceptively simple the individual parts of the music really are, even though it sounds so much richer than that, and the lyrics remind of a person i prob shouldn't think about at all but that i think about far too often. boo. hahaha. but yeah, this live session is really rad and if you look closely, you can see it was actually shot in different takes and edited together....they didn't do a good job at maintaining continuity either....watch the bassists' glasses. hahaha. but yeah this is a killer song and whenever i hear it, i just repeat it a few times and then move on. haha. i hope they have some new shit on the pike...not sure what these gals have been up to lately. hmmm...gotta look into that]

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fin -xo hoos

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

biography


purple kids!!!!

philadelphia

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as i have already announce-ethed [hahaha tooootally just made that up and i love it] i have an art show coming up in philadelphia and i'm pretty damn excited about that shit, let me tell you. i have some hot and fresh new work which is being shown for the first, damn yo! well half of it. i have pieces that i showed a few months back in jersey city but are still pretty fresh and have only been out once, and then i have two brand new pieces which have yet to grace a gallery wall. in getting prepped for the show, i had to update my bio, which i haven't done in like....easily two years. haha. i usually just keep copying old ones and changing things around to fit different shows haha but since i don't have my own computer right now, i had to start from scratch. it forgot how weird it is to write about yourself entirely in the third person. hahaha. i think i got it pretty good, i was certainly VERY thorough when i wrote it. haha. i want to make sure them bitches reading it know about EVERYTHING i'm up to or have been up to or will be up to. i should have included my home address and phone number, maybe my social security number. hahaha. anyway, have a look below and don't laugh at me. 

and btw, the bio is an example of how i write formally. i'm not sure if you hookers know this or not, but how i present this blog is actually a specific style of informal writing that i used as a kid when i made zines and that i now like to use for blogging [kind of like how i intentionally spell fuck incorrectly as fukk], but i do know how to write correctly. i mention this now because i'm sure you all will be able to see the juxtaposition of the two against each other but also because my style was pointed out to me yesterday on fb by some random fan on the boards of canada page after i posted the link to them and he read the post. he said it was "nice" but that headers and paragraph breaks would have made it more readable. i mean it didn't offend me, he's prob only going to be a one time reader, and if he doesn't like my style that's ok he doesn't have to. but it made me think "shit, people prob think this is the way i write for real!" and i wanted to clarify that i don't just simply ramble and blather on in huge blocks of text all the time and don't know what a paragraph is [though actually, the bio is one big giant paragraph too. hahahaha. oh well, you get my jist] and that i do capitalize words. haha. it is true, i do understand the mechanics of proper writing. yeah. haha. so some clarity. thanks random BOC fan for that. okay....read on friends, read on....

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Kate Hoos is a North Jersey art renegade. Born in 1981 and reared in the quiet town of West Milford, she cut her artistic teeth as a teenager making countless collages, doodles, mixtapes, and fanzines. She became immersed in the punk rock and skateboarding culture of the late 90s, photographing as many bands and skaters as she could. When it came time to attend college, she enrolled in the local community college and naturally chose to point her attention to photography. This satisfied her for a time, but as more and more of her studies became dominated with digital methods, and less work was done by hand, she began to feel distanced from what drew her to photography to begin with. Something felt like it was missing and she longed to have physical contact with her work again. When she discovered street art and simultaneously began working with mixed media, paint, found objects, and sticker making, the vacancy suddenly felt filled. While she does still photograph things obsessively with her phone, she has never made it her profession, and has devoted her artistic vision towards mixed media outlets exclusively since 2007 with a passion that can, at times, border on frantic. She has shown her work consistently during this time, predominantly in the Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ area in galleries such as LITM, Balance, Grace Von Vorst Church, Paul Vincent Studio, Monroe Center for the Arts, Gallery U, Lex Leonard, and 150 Bay among many others, and currently has work on display at Shampoo Salon. Additionally, her stickers- both hand-made and machine pressed- pepper Jersey City, Brooklyn, and lower Manhattan. She served as DJ and helper of 32 Jones Gallery in Jersey City starting in 2008 and was promoted to curator in 2009, a position she held until late 2010. She was honored in 2009 by the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts with the Golden Artist Colors award and third place overall in their 44th Annual Fall juried exhibition. Current and upcoming projects include a series of assemblages from outmoded and forgotten pieces of technology foraged from thrift stores and other people’s basements, new street art visions, writing for both her blog and a new book entitled “The Anonymous Letters,” and curating a collection of historical Riot Grrrl materials to be exhibited in Montclair, NJ during July. She is an avid lover of cats, tattoos, and lunchboxes, and is also active in the NJ/NYC music scene, playing drums in two bands, and solo abstract guitar compositions. This is her first time showing her work in Philadelphia.   


philly kiddos hit me up and come hang out! and any nj and nyc peeps that wanna tag along, don't be shy, i got plenty of room in my ride! shit!

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fin xo -hoos

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

boards of canada




boards of canada
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yo! so here it is, tuesday and didn't i say a long time ago that i was going to write about a band/artist every tuesday??? yeah i did but thus far have been a total creep and only done one entry. haha oops. part of it is i've been lazy yes, but another part is i STIIIIIIILLLLL don't have my own computer to work with, but mr. steven is out all day today so i nabbed his laptop [which is a slowass piece of shit, but hey, better than nothing] and am going to work it on a post! yah! i was thinking last night who i should write about and BOC came up on shuffle which was the eureka! moment. who better than to post about than these mystery men who make such amazing downtempo electro greatness that i love so much? i was introduced to them in 2007 by a guy who used to be my neighbor, he was at my house one day hanging with my old [and batshit crazy] roomie and said they were really good and to check them out so i did. i love electro music like this, stuff i can just sit and think to, without chaotic beats flying everywhere [i do like a little bit of that from time to time but not too much] i find myself getting deeply absorbed in their material whenever i hear it, lost in a swirl of thoughts and intent. idk, its a weird feeling but a good kind of weird; i welcome it. anyhoo, this duo consists of two scottish brothers, michael sandison and marcus eoin [i'm a sucker for bands with siblings] and they have released several larger works, including four albums and a handful of EPs, though according to their wikipedia page, they have an "elusive and obscure" back catalog of releases on their own label. i've managed to dig quite a bit of their stuff up and recently organized all of the files to get them in order and to try to eliminate any doubles and i pared it down to 199 tracks. there are tons of different things i seem to have, from the very rare acid memories EP and random tracks that claim to be from 7" records. the authenticity of much of this material has been disputed, though a lot of it sounds, to me anyway, like it is legit. from wikipedia: supposed early BOC recordings have been found online, claiming to be original tracks from catalog 3, acid memories, hooper bay and other pre-twoism albums. all unreleased albums are presumed to be inauthentic BOC recordings, with the exceptions of boc maxima, the old tunes tapes and the random 35 tracks tape. while the old tunes tapes are believed to be authentic, mostly due to the inclusion of very similar tracks found elsewhere on official releases, there has never been any official recognition of their authenticity. the brothers themselves are notoriously shy and don't grant many interviews so nothing really has been said to clear any of this up and to say whether the material is actually theirs or not. like i said, i air with that some of it, maybe not all of it, but some of it is probably theirs and they just like to add to the folklore of it by staying silent on the matter. hmmmmm......yeah. the worst april fools joke i heard this year was that they were going to be releasing a new double album. i was like !!!! but immediately realized it was nothing more than a cruel prank tugging at my electro heartstrings. GAAAHHH!!!! but as it turned out, and as i was over joyed to find out about a month later, this nasty trick wasn't too far off the mark.....on record store day 2013, a vinyl containing a short clip of music surfaced which was believed to be the work of BOC. shortly after the release, warp records vouched for the record's authenticity. the record (titled ------/------/------/xxxxxx/------/------) contained a short clip of audio followed by a voice reading six digits similar to that of a numbers station. the record revealed what was to become one of six unique numbers that were part of a type of alternate reality game that was used to promote the release of their next studio album. the rest of the codes were hidden through various websites and online communities, as well as broadcast over BBC Radio OneNPR, and Adult Swim. after much speculation, the official website for the band redirected users to another website which asked for the user to enter a password. once entering all six unique codes in order, a video is shown announcing Tomorrow's Harvest, their next studio album. the album is set to release on 5 june 2013 in japan, 10 june 2013 in europe, and 11 june 2013 in the united states 
that all sounds so complicated, i wonder how anyone really cracked it, damn. but yeah this made me kinda realize that maybe i need to start going to record store day from now on. haha. i was so excited when i learned of this information and i have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on it. since i haven't had my computer, i haven't been able to see if it has been leaked out on slsk yet, though i'm sure it is out there in various forms already on a lot of sites. i will hooopefully be finding out soon though and will be sure to report back on that shit!


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escucha!



"zoetrope"



"one very important thought"



"dayvan cowboy"



"growing hand" [a disputed acid memories track]

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fin -xo hoos

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

i was hidden





hudson street, nyc

[find my truth on these streets, in these veins, i see you, in your eyes i see it all...]

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hmmm....i wasn't exactly hidden, but i keep having on going computer issues and STILL have yet to have my own laptop back. ugh. i've been subsisting by borrowing steve's laptop when i can, but mostly on his kindle and my phone. not ideal for blogging at all. so while i have had the thought and intention not to keep sucking on this shit and only posting once a month, haha, it hasn't been working out so well for me! gaaaah!!!! so yeah, i'm gonna post some random shit, you know the usual and get on with it. hopefully i will have my computer back this week [frankly, i'm gonna raise hell if i don't] so i can start really keeping up with this rag. damn!

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randomy...

-been doing some work in my house, cleaning up and re-arranging things so i can make it nicer and a little more music friendly as well. i got rid of my ratty old loveseat that i used to adore so much and would sleep on all the time when i first got it, but yeah, chucked that shit cuz it was just taking up space and the cats had it pretty well shredded. i wanna save some clams and get a little cocktail drumkit to put in my living room so i can have jam sessions and band practice here if i need to. my parents basement is rad and all, but my mom is suuuuuper strict on when i can use it! haha. i keep saying "mom, you used to let me practice whenever i wanted" and she says "i'm old now! tough!" hahaha. that's my mom for you!
-i took a little over night jaunt to philly the other week and it was AWESOME! i love that city so much and have not been down there in far too long. even better, my lovelies deb and krystal came with me and we had a fun filled trip seeing the breeders, scoring rad vintage shit in pawn shops, acquiring books- comics and records, searching for street art, and breaking into the "we the youth" mural by keith haring. a much needed trip and i can't wait to get back down there again!
-oh well....speaking of going back down to philly, i will be on 6/9 cuz i will be having art in a show there!!! woot!!! more details to follow soon!
-and speaking of following, i'm on instagram now so follow my ass @hoosatron i also hearby promise, i will do everything in my power to never, ever, post "foodporn" or "om nom nom" pics cuz they are fukkin stupid. yes, there i have said it and probably polarized my entire audience with my inflammatory remarks about your food pictures. sorry, not sorry! i will however make use of this shit to post plenty of pics of my cats. oh you fukkin know i will!
-i'm super excited that i got a voice distortion/megaphone pedal. i've always wanted one cuz i like vocalists that use them and i am far too shy to sing on my own without one but always fancy myself taking a stab at singing. hahaha. i've experimented with guitar pedals hooked up to mics, but they never really work that well but thankfully the one i got totally kicks ass and is more than up for the job. i got the tc helicon voicetone megaphone/distort and it sounds sweet. i really like the phone setting with the drive and filter cranked. there is also another gain setting on it and it is fierce!!! can't wait to play with this baby more.
-in line with working on my house, i plan to go thru all of my vinyl and get it really in order and shit cuz i've never really done that and it would be nice to have a complete idea of what i actually have and have it in some sort of searchable order. and when its all nice and together and shit, then i can start to work on digitizing it which is going to take a while but should be pretty friggen rad in the end.
-hey guess what! super soda-a-holic, in particular coca-cola fiend, aka ol hoosy, has been working hard on cutting that shit out! while i know and accept that i'll never completely cut it out, i have been consuming a drastic amount less. to put it into numbers, i was averaging 6 cans a day or roughly 42 servings a week, give or take. last week i consumed a total of 5 servings of coke and 6 this week. that's it! for the whole week! the amount i was drinking in a single day i can now spread over a whole week. fukkin rad as hell yo! i've been filling the gap with a lot of water and also flavored water and sometimes randomly, milk. haha. its also hilarious whenever i make the lemonade ones cuz they make me choke for like a second after the first sip or two and then i'm fine. hahaha.
-i've been writing a lot lately. music wise and otherwise. stay tuned for plans and projects to be announced.
-oh yeah...i'm prob gonna get a job again soon. yep. need a little cashflow and some structure to my days.

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kelley deal

this was really the only good shot i got of them which is stinky cuz i really miss when i used to do band photography and have been wanting to get back at it. we were up pretty much in the front but it was hard to get good shots cuz i only used my phone cuz the venue [the trocadero theater]  has been assy to me in the past for using my camera so i didn't wanna risk it :/ [i was shooting a mary timony show back in like 2005 and they gave me such a ration of shit about it and tried to take my camera even tho they are assholes and have no posted policy about it that i could see and had nothing on their website at the time] sucks but oh well. but yeah it was suuuuuuuuch a good show! they played last splash in order and in its entirety and it was sooooooo amazing. it was pretty much flawless [tho kim made a mistake during "hag" and didn't start singing at the right time. haha] and it felt like i was right back in 1993 and like they had never been apart from each other. i have listened to the record a million times over since first purchasing it in 1995, but it really gave me a new appreciation of how diverse it is sonically and that there are all different kinds of songs on it. hearing "roi" performed live def nailed that home in particular. and then for their encore, they played another like 7-8 songs, b-sides and stuff from their first record, pod. like i said before SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOODDDDDDD!!!!!!!!! and the tix were only $20, which was, pardon the pun, a really great deal. hahaha way to go and not be douchebags and charge people a crazy amount like some other bands doing re-unions have been. they could have easily charged $40 for the tix and i prob still would have paid, and it still would have been worth it to me, but its nice to see there are still bands with integrity and who treat their fans well. i also have to say that the audience was amazingly respectful as well, everyone was attentive and really into it [the girl i was standing next to was sooooo soooo excited and it was adorable] during the super quiet parts in "roi" a few people made a little noise and kim just ever so slightly [and almost imperceptibly if you weren't watching her]  hushed them and they immediately stopped and then during "mad lucas" every single person in the room was in sync with the band and silent during the low parts. i've never seen anything like that before, it was incredible. i was super happy they played stuff from pod too, and my fav song from it, "limehouse" cuz i loooove that record. i was obsessed with it during my first year of college and listened to it continuously [it was about 10 years old at the time] while i was in the darkroom and in particular when i was in the computer lab doing photoshop stuff [i remember cuz i used to name my files after the songs. hahaha]

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escucha!



 jakob "nice day for an earthquake" [i dug these guys up a few months ago in somebody's files on slsk and as an avid post rock fan (you hookers already knew that!) i was def curious to hear them. i was not disappointed in the least and really found myself absorbed in the compositions. i find their stuff moody and atmospheric and they know when to get loud and explode my mind a little bit. this is def the stuff i put on when i need to think or that i would put on when a lady friend came to visit...if i ever had lady friends that is! hahahaha]


"a moment from different angles" [food for thought....hmmmm...i need to look into seeing these guys live]

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fin xo hoos!

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