Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Bands I have seen in concert

Yet again, I continue with publishing useless lists
Here is one, created from memory, of all of the bands that I have see perform live.

I'm sure there are many bands that I have forgotten.
I'm actually pretty amazed that I have remembered as many as I did.

I would love to see the lists of other folks. Make fun of me as you like.


Bands I have seen in concert:

Agnostic Front
Agent Orange
Alice Cooper
Anthrophobia
Arab Strap
Baby Flamehead
Big Smelly Fish
Black Flag
Bloodloss
Bongwater
The Boredoms
Boss Hog
Butthole Surfers
Buzzcocks
John Cage
Caspar Brotzmann Massaker
Nick Cave
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Cloaca
Cocteau Twins
Cop Shoot Cop
Cornershop
The Creatures
Cro-Mags
The Cure
Dead Moon
Miles Davis
Dirty Three
Disgruntled Postal Workers
Mike Doughty
Dancing French Liberals of '48
Dead Can Dance
Deadspot
The Decemberists
Dee-lite
Dio
The Fastbacks
GBH
George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars
Gene Loves Jezebel
Glass Eye
God Bullies
Grateful Dead
Groovie Ghoulies
Grotus
GWAR
Homo Picnic
Imperial Teen
Jesus Lizard
Jet
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Judas Priest
King Carcass
The Knitters
Mark Kozelik
Kultur Shock
Laughing Hyenas
Love Battery
L7
Lubricated Goat
Lungfish
The Melvins
Mission of Burma
Moby
More Fiends
Mudhoney
Murphy's Law
Nashville Pussy
Nebula
New Order
Onyx
Pagan Babies
Painkiller
Pain Teens
Pigface
Piss Drunks
The Pleasure Elite
Psychic TV
Red Hot Chili Peppers/Fishbone
R.E.M.
The Replacements
Reverend Horton Heat
RUIN
Sage
Seals & Crofts
Sebadoh
She-Males
Sink Manhatten
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Sky Cries Mary
Sleater-Kinney
Slint
The Smiths
Sonic Youth
Spore
Stereolab
Ken Stringfellow
Suicidal Tendencies
Sun Kil Moon
Sunny Day Real Estate
TAD
10,000 Maniacs
Token Entry
Tom Tom Club
Tons of Nuns
Visqueen
Yo La Tengo
X

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Bitch Kitty Racing - My latest project

Bitch Kitty Racing is an online "lifestyle and entertainment" magazine. For the last month or two, I have been assisting in the ongoing maintenance and promotion of the site.

John Moroney invited me to join himself and his co-founder, Keith Bingman in their quest for world domination. Besides being involved in a cool project and building a loyal readership, I've been busy learning some technologies that I haven't gotten my hands dirty with previously, such as RSS(news) feeds, podcast creation, and distribution, and testing.

The site, itself, is powered by a light-weight, highly flexible Ruby on Rails content management system called Radiant. Now, while I don't consider myself a developer, by any stretch of the imagination; I see this as a good opportunity to collaborate on a cool project, and try to get up to date on some cutting edge web applications.
I'm hoping , as time goes on, to also pick up a bit of the ruby programming basics.

Keith is the driving force behind the site design and functionality. He is also actively involved in the developer community behind the Radiant application. At this moment, he is creating extensions to help us manage the images and comments coming soon to Bitch Kitty Racing. The first is especially relevant since Keith is also a pretty good photographer. You should take a look at his work, here: keithbingman.com

John is the ringleader of the site and primary author of most of the content. He is also the star of the Bitch Kitty Racing TV podcasts. It's pretty funny, bizarre, and probably not safe for children, small woodland creatures, or work. We even made it onto ITunes with the series. Fun stuff.

Let's see...What else can I pimp while I am at it? I hadn't really intended to make this a Bitch Kitty Racing promotional weblog post; but....

Ah yes, we are also trying our hand at some band promotion with a local Seattle band, Hey Marseilles. Rumor has it that the big labels are looking at them, so we are enjoying promoting them while we can.
All in all, Bitch Kitty Racing has been keeping me very busy learning new skills.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Death of (another) philosopher

I'm sure that relatively few people will care about this passing.
I was just listening to podcast from the NPR program,Fresh Air, and discovered that the French post-modern philospher, Jean Baudrillard
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baudrillard), had just recently died.

I can't say that I am sad, or disheartened. Rather, I am somewhat amused by his passing. He is yet another of my self-appointed intellectual mentors who has passed on.
Gone beyond, so to speak, the illusion, that is the life he had lived.

Call me what you will; but, I found his philosophy to be supremely influential upon my general worldview(along with Foucault, and Deleuze/Gauttari), and appreciate his contribution to the world, and human thought, in general.
I had always appreciated his willingness to tell the emperor(you, the reader) that not only did he(you) really have no clothes, but he wasn't even actually an emperor. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't consider Mssr. Baudrillard a nihilist. Far from it.
I actually consider him a comic, in a sense, perhaps in the most generous sense. He was a philosopher in the truest sense. But, in this day and age, philosphers are not needed by most people. So, instead, he, and his wrtings, were relegated to the backwaters of the media and inteligensia as the ramblings of an esoteric crank. Or, at worst, his messages were inscrutable, and thus irrelevant. I suppose that he might have appreciated the irony in that. I have a way with picking the winners...

For better or worse, I guess his most famous quote is from the film "The Matrix". It is the character Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburn( whom I loved in Apocalyspse Now) that states to that dumbass initiate, Neo, "Welcome to the desert of the real."
He died on my mother's fifty-ninth birthday.

You will be missed, funnyman.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

T.S. Eliot - The Waste Land

I've found some audio files of T.S. Eliot reading his classic poem "The Waste Land."



Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and educated at Harvard, Eliot lived most of his life in England. In 1948 he was awarded the Nobel Prize. The poem has five sections and has been split into four sound files:

The Waste Land is considered to be Eliot's masterpiece, rich in symbolic, literary, and historical references as the poem explores the struggles of a soul in despair.


Funny, this isn't how it sounds when I read it to myself...


For additional information and references, see Wikipedia::The Waste Land
N.B. These audio files were originally hosted at media.org. The site contains a large collection of media from the early days of the Internet rescued from digital oblivion. The HarperAudio section contains several dozen audio files of poems and excerpts from novels being read by their authors. Faulkner, Burgess, Hemingway, Thomas are just a few.
Even Shakespeare reading some of his sonnets!

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Friday, January 12, 2007

RIP: Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007)

Today, I was saddened to learn that one of my favorite guerrilla ontologists, Robert Anton Wilson, had passed away, this week, on January 11th.

My first exposure to Mr. Wilson's ideas came through reading the Illuminatus! Trilogy which he co-authored with Robert Shea. I managed to stumble upon his work while in college, and found it to be a great balance against all of the "serious" and "deep" philosophical and ontological works I was digesting at the time. I found it to be an astounding compendium of ideas, both revelatory and fanciful, simultaneously conspiratorial, paranoid, and yet somehow playful and optimistic. His works were a welcome relief from the heaviness of German phenomenologists, and occult cranks.

However, it was his other books that helped change the way I think, philosophically, about a lot of things, particularly his 'non-fiction' writings like Cosmic Trigger and Prometheus Rising. Specifically, I credit Mr. Wilson with helping me to allow humor into my particular Weltangshauung, as well as providing some cognitive tools that allowed me to understand socially constructed belief systems, or reality tunnels, as he called them.

Here is one little factoid about Mr. Wilson, that I only learned about upon his recent passing:

"As a member of the Board of Advisors of the Fully Informed Jury Association, he worked to inform the public about jury nullification, the right of jurors to nullify a law they deem unjust."

R. A. Wilson's Home Page

Obituaries:
Blog Critic
R.U.Sirius
Paul Krassner
BoingBoing
Blather.net
Mercury News

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Reading list for 2006

After breaking my ankle earlier this month, I suddenly find myself completely bed-ridden with copious amounts of time on my hands.

To that end, I find myself writing again, rummaging through old letters, documents, and computer files long forgotten. Making lists happens to be one of those activities where I almost feel productive while exerting little effort. Such is life under the influence of Percocet.

Below, I've managed to compile, from memory, a list of books that I have read in the past year. They are listed in no particular order. The nice surprise, for me, is that I somehow managed to read about one book every two weeks. I guess all that time spent commuting on the bus paid off in some small way. I'm sure that I have left a few off of the list. One of my New Year resolutions will be trying to keep better track of my reading choices.



Book List for 2006:

  1. Apathy and other small victories by Paul Nielan
  2. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1) by Neil Stephenson
  3. Heathern by Jack Womack
  4. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
  5. The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester
  6. The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
  7. I Promise to be Good: the Letters of Arthur Rimbaud by Arthur Rimbaud & Wyatt Mason
  8. The Trial of Gilles de Rais by Georges Bataille
  9. Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare: A Biography by Alice Goldfarb Marquis
  10. Dylan Thomas: A New Life by Anderew Lycett
  11. A Mouthful of Air: Language, Languages...Especially English by Anthony Burgess
  12. Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris
  13. Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
  14. A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler
  15. I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  16. Post Office by Charles Bukowski
  17. David Bowie's Low (33 1/3) by Hugo Wilcken
  18. Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus
  19. Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad
  20. On Poetry and Poets: Essays by T.S. Eliot

Useless trivia:
Percentage of non-fiction books: 70
Percentage of female authors: 15
Percentage of books that were on the NY Times Best Seller List in 2006: 0

I thought, for about a second, of writing my own little, witty reviews for each one of the books on my list. But, then, I decided that I wasn't feeling very witty, and just linked to the books' listing on Amazon, instead. I will have to say, however, that "Apathy and Other small victories" has to be one of the funniest books I have ever read.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Censorship and Outsider Art - Adolf Wolfli

Digging through my archives, I found this little rant.
This note was in response to a friends comment on a gallery exhibit in which the artist was physically assaulted due to the 'controversial' nature of her works on display.
I can't locate my original note, or my friends' response. However, I did manage to find the original new article that sparked the following tangential digression into the genre of "Outsider Art"
From sfgate.com 05/30/2004: Attacked for art, S.F. gallery to close

I guess as an art school dropout; I've managed to retain a few coherent thoughts on the subject, however biased they may be...
I've also slept through my share of late evening art history classes after being up for 72 hours straight painting, talking, drinking, and god-knows-what-else, and still find it fascinating to this day. Even managed to get exiled/promoted to the honors classes, where I was forced to endure lessons on writing a coherent paragraph (no joke: opening thesis, body/proof, closing statement/summary.) However, I digress.
Please don't misunderstand me regarding the 'gratuitous' comment. I was mainly referring to artwork(visual, aural, etc.) that tends to jerk the audience around trying to elicit some Hallmark greeting card response, which I felt the artist in the woman's gallery was employing. Granted, that observation was from seeing only one image. I could be wrong about the artist's original intention; but, it looked like a blatant attempt to piss some people off. Unfortunately, it seemed to have worked and resulted in a person being bodily harmed, as well as destroying her source of income and livelihood. That sucks, and it's unfortunate, in my opinion, that art that appears, intentionally created to get a rise out of its audience, would have such tragic results.

Adolf Wolfi links:

Raw Vision - Adolf Wolfli
Art Brut - Phyllis Kind Gallery
The Artist and Art
SPK summary

On the other hand, you mention creations and works of art done by the criminal, and insane as being valid. While you neglected to include the criminally insane, and the insanely criminal, I would agree with you wholeheartedly. I've discovered some incredible artists that exist on the 'fringes' of society. While not I am not at all interested in the novelty of Ed Gein's clown paintings, I do find (see 'Outsider Art' and for some examples) or the Art Brut movement() founded/initiated by Jean Dubuffet to be really some really fascinating and compelling expressions of the human psyche( as if there were any other types..).
A great example of this, for me, would be the work of Adolf Wolfli, and the posthumous interpretation of his musicial by 'first generation' Industrial bands, SPK. Take a look at:



Yes, this band included Graeme Revell who is probably about as prolific composing film scores as Danny Elfman (of Oingo Boingo and Simpsons fame) who went on to score the soundtracks for such movies as, well, take a look here:
In my opinion, this is a perfect marriage of the avant-garde meeting the 'fringe' elements of society, as expressed in art.
Of course, this was done at a time when groups like Throbbing Gristle were doing their COUM Transmissions performances and Richard Kern was documenting the underbelly of the Lower East Side with the likes of Lydia Lunch, et al. Different times, different boundaries which gave birth to the likes of Karen Finley, Diamanda Galas, Kathy Acker (whom I adore as a writer), and Robert Mapplethorpe as obvious, popular examples of the 'fringe' encroaching upon mainstream tastes.

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