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2:29 pm • 10 March 2014 • 16 notes • View comments
CXII: New York Dates (For Flag)
- Jan. 1 - J. D. Salinger (b. 1919)
- Jan. 10 - Donald Fagen (b. 1948)
- Jan. 27 - Jerome Kern (b. 1885)
- Feb. 19 - Lee Morgan (d. 1972)
- Feb. 20 - Walter Becker (b. 1950)
- March 12 - Charlie Parker (d. 1972)
- March 14 - Mark Murphy (b. 1932)
- April 4 - Gerry Mulligan (b. 1927)
- May 11 - Johnny Hodges (d. 1970)
- May 30 - Paul Desmond (d. 1977)
- July 17 - John Coltrane (1967)
- “ - Billy Holliday (1959)
- July 26 - New York Entered The Union (1788)
- July 31 - Bud Powell (d. 1966)
- August 1 - Herman Melville (b. 1819)
- September 7 - Sonny Rollins (b.1930)
- September 27 - Bud Powell (b. 1924)
- November 21 - Harpo Marx (b. 1893)
- November 23 - William Bonney (Billy the Kid) (b. 1859)
- December 6 - Leadbelly (d. 1949)
- December 24 - Joseph Cornell - artist (b. 1903)
(via my uncle)
12:20 am • 10 March 2014 • View comments
I went to Hell.
I didn’t know we were going there - my mother’s cousin (who I’d never seen before this dream, and was also apparently cousin to Bill Murray and ran with Slug from Atmosphere back in the day) was driving. He drove in circles, off cliffs, through polar ice flows, until we reached it. Hell.
Hell’s not what you think it is, or at least his Hell wasn’t. Hell is every place you’ve ever been, completely abandoned and frozen over. Your face burns and goes numb in the wind, and you perpetually feel frostbite creeping into your fingers and toes, just enough to scare you. I lost my shoes, but was able to find a pair that I think belonged to idiot-legs that somehow fit me.
There are no people in Hell, but there is hope. That’s how they keep you there. By the time we’d arrived at the memory of his house and got what we came for, my mother’s cousin had de-aged to a young man. He told me to go back without him, that he was staying to wait for his dead wife.
10:23 am • 7 March 2014 • 12 notes • View comments
CXI: white cats steal moonbeams / wounds inflicted by moonlight are difficult to heal
- Bonoit de Maillet (1656) - foreshadowed accounts of evolution in work Telliamed (released posthumously in 1749) but derided by the day’s scientists such as Karl Linnaeus (paleontologist) + Voltaire
- mind - blotting paper of consciousness upon which external universe doodles away endlessly + without meaning
- mountebank - itinerant quack spruiking to audience from platform, clown, charlatan
- those sovereign cures for melancholy + madness, borage + hellebore
- merrythought - forked bone b/w neck + breast of bird (furcula bone) ; carved portion of cooked bird that includes this bone ; wishbone - pulled by two people until it breaks, the holder of the longer selection to marry first
- stranded like a mermaid in a field
- ’.. his lipless mouth like an axe-wound gone septic.’ (A. O’Hanlon)
- masochism - from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (author of Venus in Furs)
- musicians - the best are distinguished by an ability to make you listen to the silence around the note, drawing you inside the music.
- 'I was cutting edge.. I pushed the envelope. I did the heavy lifting. I was the rainmaker. Then I ran out of metaphors.' (New Yorker cartoon - Leo Cullum
- ’.. an empty ocean still as a lake of mercury.’
- marten - weasel-like creature with valuable fur
- 'Wherever the mice laugh at the cat, there you will find a hole' (Portugeuse proverb)
- white cats steal moonbeams (Chinese belief)
- cats born in May never catch rats or mice but snakes and glow-worms
- moon - growing, enlarges eyes of cats ; decreasing, causes onions to bud ; whilst changing puts ants off their work ; wounds inflicted by moonlight are difficult to heal ; animals born when moon is falciform (curved liked a sickle) are feeble + short-lived
- mercer - dealer in textiles, fabrics (esp. silk)
- well stored mind
- Can monkeys + apes speak but are smart enough to avoid doing so, so that they won’t be put into work by humans? (Descartes)
- 'But I don't feel that it should begin and end with that. It's like trying to leave on mustard sandwhiches' - Roy Dillon on sex (The Grifters - Jim Thomson)
(via my uncle)
11:37 am • 6 March 2014 • 4 notes • View comments
CX: Mahler, Gustav
- symphonies are epic but intimate, exultant and despairing, revelations of a great humanist and a great doubter
- Second Symphony (1887-94):
- the hero of the First Symphony (1888) prefaced in The Songs of a Wayfarer (1884), appears in the fuirst movement ‘borne to his grave, his life being reflected as in a clear mirror, from a vantage point’ (Mahler) (Third Symphony (1893-96) also deals with themes of negation + regeneration as seen in the world of nature)
- first movement based on a massive funeral rite Totenfeier (Rites for the Dead)
- St. Anthony of Padua’s Sermon to the Fishes one of the Wunderhorn songs re-orchestrated
- ’.. look at the congregation swimming away as soon as the sermon is over.. Not one of them is wiser for it, even though the Saint has performed for them. But only a few people will understand my satire on mankind.’ (Mahler)
- futile sermon becomes a dance of life, adopting the different faces of fright, cynicism, false cheer amid constant woodwind interjection
- first movement asks the questions: ‘What is life - and what is death? Why did you live? Why did you suffer? Is it nothing but a huge, frightful joke? We must answer these questions in some way, if we want to go on living.’
- symphony culminates in key of E flat
- work is a series of panels rather than a single, great canvas
- conclusion of opening movement, in the rhythm of the Ländler (Austrian country dance), depicts ‘the image of a long dead hour of happiness which now enters your soul like a sunbeam that nothing can obscure.’
- Scherzo - opens with violent strokes on tympani as the hero awakens from the wistful dream and ‘returns into the confusion of life, beholds the tumult of appearances and.. despairs of himself and God’ (Mahler) ; the world becomes disorderly aparition, his disgust for all being grips him and elicits a desperate cry
- the march of the dead follows tremendous crescendo for percussion alone. ‘The earth trembles, graves burst open, the dead arise and step forth in long, endless files’ (Mahler)
- terrifying cries for mercy and grace
- Auferstehung: 'Der Herr der Ernte geht (The Lord of the Harvest goes forth) / Und sammelt Garben (And gathers us in sheaves)
- converted to Catholicism to remove an impediment to his appointment as director of the Vienna Court Opera in 1897.
- Symphony #7 - monumental interpretation by Klemperer ; maligned work only championed by Schoenberg is in fact a difficult but endlessly fascinating symphony pointing to the music of Schoenberg, Webern + Berg
- 'It's certainly irresistible to me in all aspects - philosophically, emotionally + musically - Mahler is everything' (Markus Stenz)
(via my uncle)
9:01 pm • 5 March 2014 • 1 note • View comments
CIX: ‘the guy had fishhooks in his pockets’
- .. I drove along and once again came to the conclusion that the world is divided into two groups of people: those who like Roger Miller and those who don’t
- The missionaries told the people to bow their heads and pray. By the time they looked up, their land was gone.
- mean = the guy had fishhooks in his pockets
- mean as a snake
- Mikimoto - legendary corps of female divers for the Akoya oyster
- Mallard ducks - drakes often wait in packs and gang rape females which may eventually drown
(via my uncle)
4:51 pm • 5 March 2014 • 2 notes • View comments
MIXTAPE: Live through this / And you won't look back
- Young And Cold - The Raveonette
- Do You Love Me? - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- "THIS IS A SNAKESKIN JACKET"
- I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
- "Heroes" - David Bowie
- Because The Night - Patti Smith
- Messenger Bird’s Song - Bright Eyes
- Read My Mind - The Killers
- i know i know i know - Tegan & Sara
- Wear You Out - TV On The Radio
- Something About Us - Daft Punk
1:33 am • 27 February 2014 • 12 notes • View comments
bigredrobot asked: What records have you been bumping lately?
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE MOST PEOPLE WEARING SUPERHERO COSTUMES IN ONE PLACE (Melbourne, Australia - 29/05/2010)
ALSO: Summerslime - Barf Troop, Sass - Buck 65, Yeezus, Sunshine On Leith - The Proclaimers, an amazing mixtape she-speakseasy made that Valentine’s Day I was in the States and really needs to upload to 8tracks ASAP
12:14 am • 27 February 2014 • 4 notes • View comments
I wear a halo of butterflies.
Sometimes I have a slit throat and a denim jacket.
Sometimes I wear a black suit with a white shirt and a skinny tie, a panther tattooed on my neck.
Sometimes I have my hands taped up like a fighter, a bandage across a freshly broken nose like a John Romita, Jr. drawing of a tough guy.
I’m always smoking. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life.
Sometimes I’m a dancing silhouette on a solid colour background, like an old iPod commerical. Sometimes I dance like Kanye West in the Golddigger video.
I’m always dancing.
I have a gold tooth, right lateral incisor on my lower jaw. I imagine knocking out the original with a hammer and nailpunch, nice and clean.
The ringfinger on my left hand is missing from where I tattooed a Chinese wishmaking spell on it, severed it with with a meat cleaver, and burnt it.
I wear my masculinity like satire, like a knowing wink, a rockabilly disguise kit.
"I am as cool as Bruce Lee."
11:04 am • 24 February 2014 • 20 notes • View comments