Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ongoing Project


December 2009:..............................................1.875 lb.


Links to previous posts about this project:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ongoing Project









November 2009:..............................................1.9375 lb.


Links to previous posts about this project:
Link 1: September 2009
Link 2: Summer 2009
Link 3: May 2009
Link 4: December 1999 - April 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ongoing Project








September 2009:..............................................2.375 lb.


Links to previous posts about this project:
Link 1: Summer 2009
Link 2: May 2009
Link 3: December 1999 - April 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Ongoing Project



Summer 2009:..............................................2.6875 lb.


Links to previous posts about this project:
Link 1: May 2009
Link 2: December 1999 - April 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Three Concrete Poems (QWERTY Variations)

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Monday, July 27, 2009

From the Archives:

I don't make this kind of art anymore.


27 club

Name
Date of death
-Cause of death
-Cause of fame

Brian Jones
July 3, 1969
-Drowned in swimming pool.
-Rolling Stones founder and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist.

Jimi Hendrix
September 18, 1970
-Asphyxiated on vomit after overdose of sleeping pills.
-Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for
The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys.

Janis Joplin
October 4, 1970
-Probable heroin overdose.
-Lead vocalist and songwriter for
Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Jim Morrison
July 3, 1971
-Official cause of death listed as "heart failure", however, no autopsy was performed.
-Poet, lead singer, songwriter and video director for
The Doors.

Kurt Cobain
c. April 5, 1994
-Officially ruled as suicide by shotgun.
-Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for
Nirvana.

Louis Chauvin
March 26, 1908
-Neurosyphilitic sclerosis
-Ragtime musician

Robert Johnson
August 16, 1938
-Unknown, but typically credited to
strychnine poisoning.
-Bluesman. Recorded very famous and influential set of 29 songs that influenced many famous musicians after him.

Jesse Belvin
February 6, 1960
Car wreck.
-R&B singer and songwriter

Rudy Lewis
May 20th, 1964
-Drug overdose.
-Vocalist of
The Drifters

Malcolm Hale
October 31, 1968
-Carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty space heater.
-Original member of
Spanky and Our Gang.

Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson
September 3, 1970
-Barbiturate overdose, possible suicide.
-Leader, singer and primary composer of
Canned Heat.

Linda Jones
March 14, 1972
-Diabetic coma.
-R&B singer

Leslie Harvey
May 3, 1972
-Electrocuted by live mic.
-guitarist for
Stone the Crows

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
March 8, 1973
-Gastrointestinal hemorrhage associated with alcoholism.
-Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the
Grateful Dead.

Dave Alexander
February 10, 1975
-Pulmonary edema.
-Bassist for
the Stooges.

Peter Ham
April 24, 1975
-Suicide by hanging.
-Keyboardist and guitarist, leader of
Badfinger.

Gary Thain
December 8, 1975
-Drug overdose.
-Former bassist of
Uriah Heep.

Helmut K├Âllen
May 3, 1977
-Carbon monoxide poisoning.
-Bassist with 1970s German prog rock band
Triumvirat.

Chris Bell
December 27, 1978
-Car wreck; ran into a telephone pole.
-Singer-songwriter and guitarist of power pop band
Big Star and solo.

Jacob Miller
March 23, 1980
-Car wreck.
-Jamaican reggae artist and lead singer for
Inner Circle.

D. Boon
December 22, 1985
-Lying down in the back of a van when it veered off road, he was ejected from the vehicle and broke his neck.
-Guitarist, lead singer of punk band the
Minutemen.

Alexander Bashlachev
February 17, 1988
-Suicide by jumping
-Russian poet, rock musician and songwriter

Jean-Michel Basquiat
August 12, 1988
-Speedball overdose.
-Painter and graffiti artist; formed the band Gray.

Pete de Freitas
June 14, 1989
-Motorcycle wreck on his way back from filming a music video.
-Drummer for
Echo & the Bunnymen.

Mia Zapata
July 7, 1993
-Murdered.
-Lead singer of
the Gits.

Kristen Pfaff
June 16, 1994
-Officially ruled as an accidental heroin overdose.
-Bass guitarist for
Hole and Janitor Joe.

Richey James Edwards
c. February 1, 1995
-Disappeared; officially
presumed dead November 23, 2008.
-Lyricist and guitarist for
Manic Street Preachers.

Fat Pat
February 3, 1998
-Shot.
-Rapper and member of
Screwed Up Click.

Freaky Tah
March 28, 1999
-Shot.
-
Popular rapper and member of the rap group Lost Boyz.

Sean Patrick McCabe
August 28, 2000
-Asphyxiated on vomit after ingesting too much alcohol.
-Lead singer of
Ink & Dagger.

Jeremy Michael Ward
May 25, 2003
-Heroin overdose.
-The Mars Volta and De Facto sound manipulator.

Bryan Ottoson
April 19, 2005
-Prescription drug overdose.
-Guitarist for
American Head Charge.

Orish Grinstead
c. April 20, 2008
-Kidney failure.
-Founding member of '90s R&B group
702.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

got blogged





link to a short article on http://www.smac.us/ about the Cooper Union End of Year Show (which I helped curate) including some things I said about the process of curation and a lengthy slide show (if you have the patience [I don't])

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Vocabulary Flash Cards for the New Naturalization Test in the Order I Pulled Them Out of their Packaging

Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
American flag
Bill of Rights
capital
citizen
city
Congress
country
Father of Our Country
government
President
right
Senators
state/states
White House
America
United States
U.S.
Presidents' Day
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving
How
What
When
Where
Who
Why
can
come
do/does
elects
have/has
is/are/was/be
lives/lived
meet
name
pay
vote
want
a
for
here
in
of
on
the
to
we
colors
dollar bill
first
largest
many
most
north
one
people
second
south
Adams
Lincoln
Washington
America Indians
capital
citizens
Civil War
Congress
Father of Our Country
flag
free
freedom of speech
President
right
Senators
state/states
White House
Alaska
California
Canada
Delaware
Mexico
New York City
United States
Washington
Washington, D.C.
February
May
June
July
September
October
November
Presidents' Day
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving
can
come
elect
have/has
is/was/be
lives/lived
meets
pay
vote
want
and
during
for
here
in
of
on
the
to
we
blue
dollar bill
fifty/50
first
largest
most
north
one
one hundred/100
people
red
second
south
taxes
white

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sturm Und Drang

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"Storm and Stress" redirects here. For other uses, see Storm and Stress (disambiguation).

Sturm und Drang (the conventional translation is "Storm and Stress"; a more literal translation, however, might be storm and urge, storm and longing, storm and drive or storm and impulse) is the name of a movement in German literature and music taking place from the late 1760s through the early 1780s in which individual subjectivity and, in particular, extremes of emotion were given free expression in response to the confines of rationalism imposed by the Enlightenment and associated aesthetic movements.

The philosopher Johann Georg Hamann is considered to be the ideologue of Sturm und Drang, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a notable proponent of the movement, though he and Friedrich Schiller ended their period of association with it, initiating what would become Weimar Classicism.


Contents [hide]

1. (All Separate) — BARR
2. Ominous Cloud — Broadcast
3. Cannibal Resource — Dirty Projectors
4. You Old Eccentric — Orange Juice
5. Kamphopo — The Very Best
6. Excerpt from Enjoying Wagner’s Ring — Speight Jenkins
7. Radio Nottingham — John Baker
8. Strange Overtones — David Byrne & Brian Eno
9. Girlfriend Is Worse — Ex Models
10. I'll Never Touch Your Eels Again [TRAITS’ “Pious Pelican” Mix] — Christ Phyr Blyr
11. Sleep [Big Black cover] — Boy Division
12. All The Blowing-Themselves-Up Motherfuckers (Will Realize the Minute That They Die That They Were Suckers) — Julian Cope
13. Double Double Yolk — These Are Powers
14. Radio Waves — Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
15. Eating Noddemix — Young Marble Giants
16. I Haven’t Got the Nerve — The Left Banke
17. Long March — Manicured Noise
18. Can’t Explain — The Who
19. Sound of Music — Joy Division
20. Winter, ’03 — Piers Whyte
21. The Joke — Vulture Reality
22. Time to Go — Delia Derbyshire


Download: mp3, 62 minutes

B K


"What the world needs,"
I thought,
"is for Barbara Kruger to have a Twitter account."



Monday, June 1, 2009

X

1. American punk band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1977
2. Japanese Heavy Metal/Speed Metal/Visual Kei band from Chiba, Japan, known as X JAPAN since 1992
3. Australian rock band formed in 1977
4. Austrian DJ Christian Blecha, better known as Deepforces
5. Czech punk band formed in 2003
6. Jordanian thrash metal band, disbanded
7. Bulgarian metal band
8. Latvian lounge act

X (US)

X is a noted punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1977. While they achieved only limited mainstream success, they were widely considered one of the most accessible and tuneful of Los Angeles’s many punk bands. Their landmark 1980 record Los Angeles resonated so loudly with the artisans of the city it is named after, that the band received an Official Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles in acknowledgment of their important contributions to Los Angeles music and culture. They were hugely influential on various genres of music, including punk, hardcore, and folk. Original members were Exene Cervenka (born Christine Cervenka, vocals), John Doe (born John Duchac, bass and vocals), Billy Zoom (born Tyson Kindell, guitar) and DJ Bonebrake (born Donald J. Bonebrake, drums). After Zoom retired from the band, Tony Gilkyson replaced him on guitar. Zoom reunited with X in 1998. The original line-up still tours sporadically.

X (Australia)

The Australian band called X, formed in 1977 by Rose Tattoo bassist Ian Rilen and Steve Lucas. They initially called themselves Evil Rumours. Their debut LP Aspirations (recorded by the equally great Lobby Loyde) is a punk classic (and was later reissued in the US by the revered Amphetamine Reptile label). Search for it you will be glad you did. A couple of members passed away early in their career. Cathy Green became a permanent fixture on drums. They were being groomed for bigger things and their LP …And More was to get a big push from the label (White) but there was “an incident” involving the label and although the album was released it was no longer a priority. Probably because of this the band has long periods of inactivity, but continue to play nearly 30 years later including May / June 2009 with legendary San Francisco punks Flipper. They have released many albums and have a great reputation for their live-shows! Sadly Ian Rilen passed away in late 2006 from cancer, but Kim Volkman has stepped up to the plate. Their 2nd LP At Home With You has been reissued on Aztec Music with a bonus live album. Their music has been covered by the New Bomb Turks and feedtimeamongst others. The classic debut Aspirations has just been reissued by Aztec Music.

X (Japan)

There is also a Japanese band which was named X. They renamed themselves to X JAPAN to avoid confusion with the American Punk band.

X (Austria)

In Austria, there is a DJ that calls himself ‘X’. Christian Blecha, living in Vienna produces techno, mainly hardstyle, but also other flavors under various pseudonyms, where one is DeepforcesX (Czech Republic)Almost unknown punk band from Prague. They have one demo album from the year 2004. Their homepage is here.

X (Jordan)

A thrash metal band from Jordan. Considered one of the founders of the metal scene there. Released a demo called Satanic War in 1992. Since split up.

X (Bulgaria)

X is also a bulgarian metal band.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Excerpt

I’d like to introduce myself: my name is Chris Burden and today, on this tape, I’m going to show you excerpts—visual excerpts—from 11 different pieces I’ve done starting in 1971 into 1974. Pieces have either been filmed on super 8, which is the most common, or 16… millimeter, or half-inch video and there’s one that’s actually a television ad that was taken off the air… as you watch this tape (and listen to my explanation for some of the pieces) I want you to remember that it doesn’t cover or encompass the whole body of my work, that you’re only seeing several very arbitrary selections. You’re not seeing the pieces that don’t lend themselves to being taped or filmed because of… purely technical reasons such as it’s too dark or it’s too far away or something like that… um… you’re not seeing the pieces that, that uh, don’t lend themselves to filming because… it’s not right—I didn’t want ‘em filmed… it didn’t make sense. Uh. There’s an exception to that, there’s uh, a bed piece which is, which you’re going to see in this tape, some excerpts from it: it’s a piece that involves staying in bed for 22 days without getting up. Um. We’ll see how successful that is, whether it can convey some of the energy and feelings that were going on during that piece and, uh… another reason is—that… I hadn’t attempted to film some of the pieces—is that, um, some of the pieces involve a one-to-one relationship where, with me and one other person are the audience and having a camera or, like, a person there would disturb the whole, whole setup and so it’s not possible. Um. Other than that, there are some piece that, that I’ve tried to film and haven’t, hadn’t been able to because there’s been a technical error—either on my part or somebody else’s—somebody forgot to push it, push the button…um, I couldn’t, I couldn’t concentrate, you know, give enough of my attention because I was very involved with the performance so you’re really seeing, what you’re going to see today, is a very arbitrary selection, um, so almost a, well, a haphazard selection of work, um, but, well, and another thing is that I’ve been, uh, hesitant to, to release these because of the, of the so arbitrary nature of how they come about, um, but, more than that, it’s because, um, film and tape are taken as reality while they’re being, while, while we, the viewer—or anybody—is watching them, uh, so, so, for the most part, I record most of my pieces with still photographs because they’re so, uh, old-fashioned that they’re very, they’re taken very abstractly, and they’re taken symbolically, um, but, uh, I guess at this time I, I feel that there’s maybe enough, enough, energy in the pieces—or in the films—that it’s important to show them and that some of it will filter through but, uh, I want you to try to—although I know a lot of you will forget it—to remain aware that you’re not seeing the actual experience…

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Transcript of the Description of a Scene from a Movie I Have Never Watched

Ok. So…so one of the opening scenes, right? So, uh, this hit man who’s supposed to be one of the best in the world, he’s going to an office building—this very plush office building—to find some kind of clue and so…he lets himself into this elaborate office and just walks in and this secretary sees him, immediately knows who he is and she’s all (makes a face) and he says, “don’t worry; if I wanted you dead you’d be dead already” and so she looks visibly relieved and so he’s standing at the window kind of looking out and then he looks over at her and something happens and it’s like WHOOOOP and she’s dead right there and so he did what most of us would do, he ran as fast as he could down the hall to the end of the hall to the elevator and starts tapping at the… at the elevator door waiting for the elevator to come. So I think “ok he’s going to leave the building and try to figure out who did it”… so he gets in the elevator finally and he turns around, he launches into, uh, like a runners stance and the camera goes into a close-up to his heel and his heel is back up against the elevator and the back of the elevator goes like KKKPHHHKKK because he’s pressing so hard and he takes off down the hallway, all the papers from the various offices are swirling like the leaves of autumn—except they’re white—and he bursts through the doors and… he is, at this point, traveling so fast that he bursts through the glass, yeah the glass wall, and while he’s bursting through the glass wall he’s all (mimes the motion of reaching for guns in holsters) …I don’t know why he cross… reaches into the… and his legs are going like NYEAA (hands imitate leg motion) In the air right? … to get…the thing is he’s trying, you know, to get to the other…the thing is, to get to the other side of the building, I mean, to the other building… and as he’s going he sees about four hit men who are all (mimes rifle stance) and he’s BOOOJ BOOOJ BOOOJ BOOOJ and then he starts to fall and I think “wow… that was, like, his last desperate act.” He actually falls on a ledge on the other building and there’s one hit man left who’s standing there going (mimes taking a drag from a cigarette and exhaling) like this and all of a sudden he’s like (mimes a bullet going through the back of his head) like that…the hit man had gone up here and around up the stairs through and shoots him and he’s standing there. At this point his phone rings “hello?” he’s having this conversation with his…what must be his nemesis… this is all back-story that we don’t know. And he says “if you wanted to take me out why didn’t you just come here and do it yourself, man-to-man?” and the camera… and what you hear is “the hit men were just bait” and then he looks down at his feet and he’s standing on an X at which point a bullet comes out of nowhere and shoots him right in the head and the… it shows where the bullet came from and it’s going like this across town to another part of the city where a guy is standing at his window with an unbelievable telescope and the phone and then he repeats what he said “the hit men were just bait” squeezes the trigger… follows the bullet in slow motion all the way to that guy’s head. Cut scene.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ongoing Project






May 2009……………………......……..…...……….. 1.875 lb.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ongoing project







December 1999 (“Best of the 90’s”)…………..…….. 1.25 lb.

Summer 2002…………………………..…….……...……….. 1.5 lb.

January 2006…………………………………………….. 1.8125 lb.

September 2006……………………….………..…………….. 3 lb.
October 2006…………………………………..…….….. 2.1875 lb.
November 2006……………………………………….... 2.4375 lb.
December 2006………………………………………….... 2.625 lb.
January 2007……………………………….…………………….. 2 lb.
February 2007……………………………….......………….. 2.25 lb.

April 2007……………………………………….…………….. 2.125 lb.
May 2007………………………………..……….……..……... 2.875 lb.
Summer 2007…………………………………….………….. 3.8125 lb.
September 2007……………………………..….…………… 3.6875 lb.

January 2008……………………………………..…..……….. 2.1875 lb.

March 2008…………………………………………...…………….. 2.75 lb.

May 2008…………………………………………..….………….. 2.8125 lb.
Summer 2008…………………………………………...…...….. 3.4375 lb.
September 2008…………………………..…………….……….. 3.1875 lb.
October 2008………………………………..……………......…….. 2.875 lb.
November 2008………………………………..………………...…….. 2.5 lb.

January 2009………………………………………………....…….. 1.6875 lb.
February 2009…………………………………….………….…….. 1.5625 lb.
March 2009………………...………..……………………………….. 1.9375 lb.
April 2009………………...………..……………………………..………... 1.5 lb.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Me I'm Mark (The Very Best of The Fall as Heard by John Peel)


I just recently rediscovered a CD-R I made of favorite songs The Fall played over the course of their 24 appearances on John Peel's legendary radio show (only Ivor Cutler guested more often). Though the mix is a little heavy on the band's mid-eighties to early-ninties output and is not arranged in chronological order, it's a fairly even survey of the band from their first appearance on the show in 1978 until their last in 2004 and I think it's the most flattering and comprehensive picture I could give someone of The Fall.

The Fall's appearances on John Peel's show are inconsistent (to say the least) which makes the 6-disc Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004 infuriating even as it is a treasure trove of great, great performances. With this said, when The Fall were at their best on Peel's show, they were also at their overall best; the peaks documented on this mix show the band at their finest in every period of their ludicrously prolific career. It's another witness to the validity of John Peel's indefatigable quote about The Fall ("always the same, always different").

The first song, "What About Us", was played on the group's last appearance on the show and would have a studio release the next year on 2005's Fall Heads Roll, which was the first album of theirs I heard or owned. It remains a favorite.

Thing is: I hated the album the first time I heard it. I thought it was a joke. To this day, given the violence of my reaction against it, I have no idea why I played Fall Heads Roll a second, third or fourth time but, by that point, it had magically snapped into place and I played it repeatedly for the next month.

Only one of the songs I included is a cover (of The Sonics' "Strychnine") and it's worth the time spent to stop over at touched mix where a brilliant, brilliant blogger has compiled that and many other of the songs The Fall have covered (including their infamous one of The Kinks' "Victoria").

For the most part I skipped songs The Fall performed that veer dangerously close to being throwaway novelty songs and stuck to songs that can be found (in various versions) on studio recordings in the band's catalogue. An exception is 1994's "Glam Racket - Star" which baits the then-popular British group Suede, of whom I am also a large fan. Suede would 'return fire' with a cassette-only B-side called "Implement Yeah!" half a decade later (oh... snap?).

The Christmas songs also played on the session that included "Glam Racket - Star" ("Jingle Bell Rock" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing") are the sort of songs I wouldn't put on a mix like this. The band Elastica, in their own Peel Sessions, would play a song called "I Wanna Be a King of Orient Aah," lightly mocking Fall vocalist Mark E. Smith's ridiculous vocal tics as applied to these Christmas season standards.

Unlike Suede, however, Elastica were no Fall-detractors: for a time, former Fall member David Bush played keyboards for Elastica and Smith (who is the only consistent member of The Fall) added vocals to one version of an Elastica song, "How He Wrote Elastica Man," itself a tribute to The Fall song "How I Wrote Elastic Man."

The mix ends with another song from The Fall's last appearance on Peel's show, "Job Search," which feel appropriate as I am currently in a state of employment aporia (aka "I don't think my job pays me enough to survive on"). I seem to remember being in the same state when I made the mix... always the same, I suppose.

It's annoying that I constantly preface the mixes I post with caveats, but here it seems neccessary in light of the relationship I have with the band:

I do not listen to The Fall for their musical excellence.
I'm... not exactly sure why I do.
The Fall is not a band.
The Fall is a way of life.
The Fall is like waking up, realizing that there is a large, possibly venomous tarantula sitting on your chest and not moving for fear of angering it while also starting to admire the complex beauty of the fine hairs all over its body.

And now, all hyperbole dispensed with and with no further adieu:

Me I'm Mark (The Very Best of The Fall as Heard by John Peel)

1What About Us
2Spoilt Victorian Child
3Gut of the Quantifier
4Squid Lord
5Hot Aftershave Bop
6Hey! Student
7What You Need
8Guest Informant
9Glam-Racket Star
10Ladybird (Green Grass)
11Futures and Pasts
12Numb at the Lodge
13Strychnine [The Sonics cover]
14Oleano
15Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Room
16D.I.Y. Meat
17Groovin' with Mr. Bloe- Green-eyed Loco Man
18Job Search


Bonus:

Elastica- "How He Wrote Elastica Man" (unfortunately, not the version featuring Mark E. Smith)
Suede- "Implement Yeah!"
Pavement- "Mark E. Smith" (live)

(Pavement are also avowed enemies of The Fall, having been accused of 'ripping-off' The Fall by Mark E. Smith.)

Thursday, January 8, 2009