Thursday, April 27, 2017

EVERYTHING BURNS




SLOWDIVE





These 70s, 80s and 90s bands that decide to reunite are always a tricky proposition.  I haven’t found any consistency among them - some are bitter disappointments, some are unspectacularly OK, a very few manage to exceed expectations and justify their reconstitution.


Slowdive, luckily, falls into this latter category.  I was happy with the Swervedriver comeback a few years ago, even if it was a little on the mellow side, but this album is just an end-to-end knockout.  It seems to favor the early days of the band more than anything with its gorgeous guitar and feedback washes, but it still manages to sneak in some of Souvlkai’s skewed poppiness and a little bit of Pygmalion’s abstract ambience.  Plus, Rachel sings more than she did on the band’s last recordings of the 90s, which is always a plus.  Neil is fine and all, but the combination of the two is unbeatable.


Other bands of note with Slowdive connections include Monster Movie and Halstead’s Black Hearted Brother (Stars Are Our Home is one fine record).  I like about ½ of the first Mojave 3 album, but lost interest after that.  Way too laid back, and not in an interesting way.


I think the reunion ball is now squarely in Catherine Wheel’s court.

THE PHOENIX, COLLAPSING



RAW MATERIAL #1



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS FOREVER



OR MY GIFT TO YOU, WHICH IS SILENCE


Waves



This small act of naming
the baby born dead


This pointless hatred that I refuse to let go of,
frozen in the early July heat,
solidified along the river’s edge in the days
where the flood begins to recede, spoken
of quietly in the company of lovers, in
rooms without windows where the cameras
film ordinary atrocities, the rapes, the beheadings,
the brutal beatings that pass for commerce in
these first tentative days of the golden age,
and when I’m too tired to write something that
feels like an ending, I find the right pill in
the medicine cabinet, I speak the right name
into the mouthpiece, and all pain is
washed away.


All sorrow is burnt into
the powdery residue of fear.


The name is forgotten,
but the story leaves a stain.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

this mortal light



But he gets it wrong.  Says the

poems are supposed to mean

something, are supposed to have

weight and depth, when all they

really are is another form of

bleeding.  The fist you fear isn’t

the fist of God.  The names of

your children sound hollow when

you speak them out loud, like the

bones of birds, like bottomless

wells.  Jump in.  Look upwards,

back to where you began.  Let

the prayer come naturally.






DAWN COVETS THE BIRDMAN


Very cool sculpture, but my oldest just got his college acceptance letters, so money's not flowing as freely as it was, and $179 is kind of steep for whimsical yet non-functional art.  Cuz, let's face it, if I decided to hang my coat on the thing (or even a hat), I'd probably get yelled at.......




WORK IN PROGRESS



So it’s been, what, eight months of painting?  I think I have 6 finished canvases to show for it, maybe 7.  I finish one, it sits around for a few weeks, I start seeing all the flaws with it, BOOM!  it gets a coat of gesso and we’re back to square one.  

This new one is about 99% finished, just a few small parts to adjust, I think it’ll be a keeper.  2X3 feet, a little bigger than the ones I’ve been doing, I’m starting to see how the jump could be made to larger canvases, if that’s what I had in mind.  Which I don’t think I do.



WIDE AWAKE NOW



LET THE FUCKTARD TALK


What's the worst that could happen?  Someone sets fire to her?  Would anyone really give a shit?

I found a nude picture of her on the internet:



UC BERKELEY STUDENTS THREATEN TO SUE OVER ANN COULTER VISIT

Associated Press


BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California at Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn't find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week.
Harmeet Dhillon, who represents the Berkeley College Republicans, said in letters sent Friday to UC Berkeley's Interim Vice Chancellor Stephen Sutton and chief attorney Christopher Patti that if Coulter is not allowed to give a speech on campus on April 27 she will file a lawsuit in federal court because the university is violating the students' constitutional right to free speech.
"It is a sad day indeed when the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, is morphing before our eyes into the cemetery of free speech on college campuses," wrote Dhillon, a committeewoman to the Republican National Convention for California and former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party.
Berkeley officials on Tuesday informed the Berkeley College Republicans and the nonpartisan BridgeUSA, which organized the Coulter event, that it was being cancelled due to security concerns.
The cancellation comes after a series of violent clashes this year on campus and in downtown Berkeley between far-right and far-left protesters who come armed with pepper spray, Molotov cocktails, brass knuckles and soda cans filled with concrete.
Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said that police have "very specific intelligence regarding threats that could pose a grave danger to the speaker," her audience and protesters if the event goes ahead next Thursday.
Officials offered an afternoon event on May 2, when they can offer an "appropriate, protectable venue" but Coulter rejected it, saying she is not available that day. She also tweeted, "THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2." The period is known as Dead Week, when students are studying for final exams.
Dhillon said the university offered eight possible venues for the event students had planned to take place between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. but then abruptly cancelled the event.
Patti said in a letter to Dhillon that university police and officials have determined neither the group's free speech nor the safety of the university's 36,000 students can be safeguarded on April 27.
Coulter has vowed to speak at Berkeley on that date.