Monday, December 31, 2007

Hello Goodbye

2007's Leafy Green top 10:
1- getting married on a hot August day
2- a loud-ass jam session in Austin
3- the cherry tomatoes from the garden
4- a loud-ass jam session in Chevy Chase
5- Sunburned Hand of the Man at Wave Farm
6- getting cut loose from the shackles of the IMF
7- bringing tamales up to Connecticut for xmas
8- every one of Jenny Otto's classes (and Douglas Brooks)
9- learning about Allen Ginsberg
10- swimming in the ocean off Copal with the moon and stars above

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Solstice

we've arrived at the shortest day. it's been a fun round trip. now we're heading out of the darkness back towards summer.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Time for a New Country

The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.

"We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us," long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old. via AFP

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Street Hassle

Dupont Circle & 19th Street, Thursday 12:15 pm:

Lady Panhandler: Spare some change? I like you!
Me: Sorry, no change.
Lady Panhandler: I don't like you. Fuck you!

Two blocks further south...

Male Panhandler: Merry Christmas, spare some change?
Me: Sorry, no change.
Male Panhandler: Asshole!




Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Majick Community Radio Airplay

Sean at WRYR (97.5 FM in Annapolis -100 watts of power!) played track 4 off disc 3 of the CD-R set...an inspired choice! it's one of the most abstract tracks we've recorded...I love to think of our stuff floating in the airwaves over the "Eastern & Western Shores of the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Region".

Sean's show is every Friday night from 9 til 1.

Thanks Sean!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Ron Paul? Seriously?

I hear there's a presidential election coming up, unless Bush declares a state of emergency and cancels them. No candidate inspires me, unless you count disgust as a form of inspiration. Speaking of, here's a choice quote from candidate Ron Paul:

Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the "criminal justice system," I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.


More details in this post on Blue Hampshire.

Cassette Culture

Just signed up for my second year of Tape Club, the Plastic Crimewave effort that puts a mix tape of psychedelic sixties unknowns in your mailbox every two months. I've written about this before but I wanted to plug it again because I'm a huge fan of Steve Krakow's stuff. His Galactic Zoo Dossier zine is totally awesome (here's an interview with the man).

I listen to my cassettes on a $25 boombox. This is the optimal playback mechanism for tapes. The Tape Club tapes sound great on a boombox. Most 60's music was recorded in mono, meant to be heard through the single speaker of a handheld transistor radio or a crappy AM car radio.

The Tape Club tapes got me to go back through my old tapes. I've heard a few where some drunken finger pressed "record" instead of "play", creating a few seconds of what is today called a "field recording". And even if you punch out those two little tabs, tapes degrade. So the tape you hear today won't sound the same years from now. Degeneration baby! It's cool.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Takoma Crime Map


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Stereogab created this very cool Google Map showing the latest wave of muggings in our neighborhood. It's cool that DC shares their data but if one concerned citizen can build an effective map using Google, why are we paying for stuff like this?

UPDATE 12.12: Found the MPDC Crime Incidents KML file and their Google map but they don't show many of the incidents mapped above. Is MPDC not adding every incident to their database?

Friday, November 30, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Problem of Leisure

How was your trip to the mall? Did you get in line before the store opened? Before the sun came up? Did you run through the doors when they opened, your heart racing as you pushed and shoved down the aisle to get to that great deal? I do love a new purchase, don't you? This heaven gives me migraine. Did you hit all the stores? Did you get everything you were looking for? Do you feel satisfied?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Punk Rock Memory Lane

Watching the Joe Strummer documentary the other night got me to thinking about the Clash and the mid-70's punk scene in England and how it is possible for Art to be both Political and Fun.

American Hardcore documents the American scene a few years later, during the "second wave" of punk, when bands like Black Flag and Bad Brains roamed the country, spawning scenes wherever they played.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Potluck Redux

my set
AUTOSALVAGE "PARAHIGHWAY"
DONOVAN "BARABAJANGLE"
WILLIAM PENN FYVE "SWAMI"
KAK "ELECTRIC SAILOR"
MOBY GRAPE "MURDER IN MY HEART FOR THE JUDGE"
ZZ TOP "OLD MAN"
BEATLES "NORWEGIAN WOOD"
CRAMPS "I CAN'T FIND MY MIND"
MONGO SANTAMARIA "FEELIN ALRIGHT"
THE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH "YOU BETTER BE GOOD"
ROLLING STONES "2000 MAN"
BYRDS "BAD NIGHT AT THE WHISKEY"
BEVIS FROND "TERMINATION STATION GREY"
KINKS "I NEED YOU"
PINK FLOYD "VEGETABLE MAN"
CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND "EXPO 2000"
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA "THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS"
TAMRONS "WILD MAN"

hackmuth's set
stereogab's set


The Rebirth of Potluck
Originally uploaded by stereogab

Monday, November 05, 2007

Majick Mango Chutney

debuted our majick rainbow station at last night's Electric Possible. thank you to all who attended. enjoyed John Berndt and Tyler Wilcox intense Baltimore free-jazz sax scrawls, Aleasthete's tiny toy music, Field Shaman's ambient guitar and cello zone, Safe's bank of blinking lights and humming mics. thinking back I realized I was the only performer who stood up to play (this was not a conscious decision)...last night was also the debut of our "limited edition" (read: the stencil crapped out after 30 prints) 3 CD-R set, still smelly from paint and ink fumes (good for huffing before listening to the disc)....this will eventually make its way onto cyberpace somewhere.... Jason of Aleasthete compared our sound to the sensation when you first try mango chutney; you can't decide whether you like it or hate it.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Come Feel the Majick

We're debuting Majick Rainbow Station this Sunday at Electric Possible

$5--all money goes to the artists!
8:00 pm, Sunday, Nov 4, 2007
Phillips Hall, 801 22nd St, NW
Rm B 120 (in the basement)
(22nd and H Streets/GW Metro)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

(Photo by dronepop)

R.I.P. Stylus magazine.

Scene's from this year's Dupont Circle drag race.

My goodbye post to the library profession.

Clusterfuck Nation (via The Dust Congress)
"One of the stupidest assumptions made by the educated salient of adults these days is that we are guaranteed a smooth transition between the cancerous hypertrophy of our current economic environment and the harsher conditions that we are barreling toward. The university profs and the tech sector worker bees are still absolutely confident that some hypothetical 'they' will 'come up with'” magical rescue remedies for running the Happy Motoring system without gasoline. My main message to lecture audiences these days is '…quit putting all your mental energy into propping up car dependency and turn your attention to other tasks such as walkable communities and reviving passenger rail….' Inevitably, someone will then get up and propose that the transition to all-electric cars is nearly upon us, and we should stop worrying. As I said, these are the educated denizens of the colleges. Imagine what the nascar morons believe – that the ghost of Davey Crockett will leave a jug of liquefied 'dark matter' under everyone’s Christmas tree this year or next, guaranteed to keep the engines ringing until Elvis ushers in the Rapture."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

It's Finally Getting Cold


Two
Originally uploaded by BarrettJ

A good NY Times article about Andy Warhol's films
MV+EE are on tour. Go see them if you can.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Experience Hendrix Show Sucked

I'm an optimist. And I'm also a completist. So when the Experience Hendrix show was advertised awhile back, I bought tickets. The lineup looked promising: Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell, these guys backed up Jimi in his heyday- Rainbow Bridge, Isle of Man- they were there, man! And Buddy Guy playing guitar. This was the man whose guitar playing Jimi copied! Like I say, I'm an optimist. Then Robby Krieger, guitarist for the Doors. What was he doing there? Well, good chance to see someone who stood in Jim Morrison's vomit. He was there, man! And Mick Taylor, who backed up Mick and Keef back in the day: Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers- he was there, man!

.....I spent last weekend cleaning out my stuff from my parent's attic. Old school papers, drawings, toys- all this stuff that I'd left behind, thinking, at the time, that it was valuable. And at the time, that A+ on my first grade math homework was important. But that was a long time ago. As I hauled boxes of stuff out to the trash I realized that you can't hold onto past, because the past keeps growing until it makes all those thoughts and artifacts meaningless....

...and that's what's happened to those guys. To be fair, they were fighting an uphill battle. They were playing D.A.R. Constitution Hall, a space whose musical mojo has been bad since they banned Marian Anderson . And the sound was a mess. The drums were drowned in the mix. Vocal mics didn't work. The stage monitors weren't mixed right. Between songs musicians were yelling at the sound man to turn up the drums, fix the mix in the monitors. It was clear they couldn't hear each other...

But these guys are pros, right? Hey, Mick Taylor kept it going at Altamont fer chrissakes. First of the legends to appear was Robby Krieger, still totin' the Gibson SG. Problem was, he still can't play in tune. There were other guitar players, guys who played like the guys you hear at Guitar Center. Then there was poor old Mitch Mitchell. He can't really do those rolls anymore. He really needed those drum mics turned up to help him along. Robert Randolph never made it to the stage. They announced him but then a stagehand came up and said something to Billy Cox (whose look said "uh-oh!") while he and Mick Taylor and Mitch Mitchell limped along through a 12-bar blues something (yeah but Hendrix played that song, right?).

...by this time the crowd was barely clapping. Hecklers shouted at the sound man. I got up and made my way out of the place. Out in the lobby, guys in baseball caps were standing around drinking beer and looking at each other under the bright chandeliers. I headed for the door. A block away, a homeless man sat on a steam grate. I gave him my ticket. Maybe that guy went in and had a blast.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Rasta!

Today as I was entering my office building one of the security guards smiled at me and said "You look like a rasta! You're a rasta, right?" This is at an institution with one of the tightest sphincters in DC...and I was in a suit and tie...I''m baffled...is this good or bad?

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Horror

In chronological order, a list of horror movies I've seen in the past few years:

The Exorcist
Shivers
The Brood
Damien
The Fly (Cronenberg)
City of the Living Dead (Folci)
Possession
The Sentinel
Wicker Man
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
Rosemary's Baby
Cabin Fever
Deadly Spawn
Martin
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Edge of Sanity
The Beyond (Folci)
Blue Sunshine
House by the Cemetery
Natural Born Killers
Death Dream
Blood of the Virgins
The Thing (remake)
Shallow Grave
Curse of the Demon
Henry; Portrait of a Serial Killer

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

American Pride


American Pride
Originally uploaded by BarrettJ
John Sinclair moved to Amsterdam, he was disgusted with America...for those of you still here in the thick of it, there's another antiwar rally this Saturday- why didn't they join the last one?...Thurston who? I'm going for Christina Carter!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Several Saucerfuls of Syd

Here is my report on the Piper at the Gates of Dawn box set.

First, a little background....back in the day, boys and girls, it took some searching to find this record. I found an Italian pressing (stereo) in a record store in Greenwich Village and for the next 20 years (count 'em!) that's the version I played until every nook and cranny of the record was imprinted on my brain....so when I put the mono mix in the stereo yesterday, it was one of those times when you're in a familiar place that's changed slightly...something is different, but is it you? is it the drugs? or both? the nicest part of the mono mix is how close everything sounds. everything is up front, immediate.

The reprints of Syd's notebook pages (why did he use a typewriter?) give a glimpse of someone playing mad riffs of images and words, already slipping off the reels, never to return. Poor Syd! while WE are still around let's blast our stereos in full psychedelic glory!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sympathy for the Devil

"Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 examines the dynamic relationship between rock music and contemporary visual art, a relationship that crosses continents, generations, and cultures. Since the late 1950s this unlikely hybrid of rhythm-and-blues and country music has had an undeniable impact on society while drastically changing with the times. Artists from the 1960s to the present have maintained a strong connection to rock, beginning with Andy Warhol’s involvement with The Velvet Underground (who released their Warhol-produced landmark album The Velvet Underground and Nico in 1967 -- the same year the MCA opened its doors). More recently, artists such as Slater Bradley, Raymond Pettibon, and Mike Kelley have created album covers and music videos for rock bands, while many noted rock musicians such as John Lennon, Bryan Ferry, and Peter Townsend have emerged from art schools. " at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art

Thursday, September 13, 2007

All I Want is the Truth

Are you going to the die-in? I march for peace whenever I can. It's not hip to be political...why is Ralph Nader still showing up? And Cindy Sheehan? I want Patti Smith. No, I want Josephine Foster!

Listening to the Velvet Underground acetate tonight (thanks Gunnar!) ...funny they start with European Son, the most difficult song on the album. I thought of Lou's love for Nico as he penned "I'll Be Your Mirror"...Nico was so much more interesting than Lou...and I can finally hear the line "take a jack or two" in "Run Run Run"- all these years and I never could hear it. That's what's fun about demos, alternate takes, mono versions - new stuff comes out in the mix.

A magic week, this one. For some a new millenium. For others a new year. Others too. ...and a new moon to boot.

PJ blogs from Moscow. And Tom posts from London.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Memories

There's less media hype than previous years but the date is still poignant.

My September 11, 2001 memories page.

Where were you six years ago today?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Hip gnosis

"Sun: I've always wondered why hipgnosis was spelled hipgnosis [and is pronounced hypnosis].

Thorgerson: ...It was actually scrolled on our door by some passing narcotic person in the middle of the night. It was scratched on the door of our apartment, and it appealed to us. It's a nice word, but it was spelled on the door like that." interview with Hipgnosis designer Storm Thorgerson, creator of many famous Pink Floyd album covers.

From this weekend's Nutstock 5:

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Make Music, Not War



I donated this autoharp to Operation Happy Note, a program run by a music store in Minnesota that sends musical instruments to soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I figure this instrument is easy to play and I hope it will bring some soldier happiness and perhaps a few moments of peace.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Kill Yer Idols

Hats off to Paul Addis, whose prank at Burning Man resulted in him being arrested for arson. Does anyone see the irony in this?

Back in the bad old nineties my downtown LA scenester friends would make the pilgrimage to Burning Man, returning with stories of psychedelic binges and artistic freakouts. I always passed on attending because I prefer my desert empty.

"....she sounds less like Public Enemy than the Spice Girls" Brent Burton reviews the latest M.I.A. record.




Friday, August 24, 2007

Dog Daze Update

Welcome back sun!


New book about The Source, the commune run by Father Yod.


Trailer for a new movie about the Brotherhood of Eternal Love (via Magpie)


The Foreign Press plays Mt. Pleasant tomorrow...Spectrum on Sunday!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Corporate Counterculture





Complete instructions here











Friday, August 10, 2007

Just Married


newlyweds
Originally uploaded by stereogab
August 9th we tied the knot at the courthouse in Rockville. A happy day indeed.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

wave farm broadcasting system


wave farm broadcasting system
Originally uploaded by BarrettJ
Drove the 730 mile round trip to Campfire Sounds at free103point9's Wave Farm this past weekend. It's an idyllic setting with friendly people and a hippy vibe. Nothin' wrong with that...caught some video footage of Sunburned Hand of the Man, who cranked out a heavy psychedelic jam in the summer afternoon.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Happy Birthday Jerry


Gone but not forgotten...

Friday, July 27, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

Thoughts While Driving the New Jersey Turnpike

When are cars getting colors again? Every one is silver. And most of them are SUVs. There are lots and lots of silver SUVs out there. Why is everyone driving a silver SUV? It is because everyone else is driving a silver SUV?......At the rest stop there is a rock band in line at the Starbucks. Each one of them is a different rock band dude stereotype. There is the surfer rock dude, the new wave rock dude, and the heavy metal rock dude. Gab asks who they are and I say "Bon Jovi". The woman behind me gets very excited. I don't have the heart to tell her that I was joking......Do people from Scagsville get teased about the name of their town? Girls especially, I would assume. Or has no one thought of that before me? ......Flipping through the radio stations near Fort Lee we come across a hyperactive organ solo. A few notes in I wager it's Deep Purple. After another 30 minutes of drum solos and a 5 minute ending "crescendo" I revise my guess to ELP. Wrong! It's Deep Purple, live. Never second guess on the Jersey Turnpike.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Homeland in Security

The Department of Homeland Security gives DC $62,000,000 to upgrade bomb squads, improve interagency intelligence "fusion centers" and link police databases in a network dubbed "Google for cops" at the same time our tap water isn't safe to drink. How does that make sense? I'm tired of terrorism.

That's why this new song is called Movin On

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My Society and the One Making the Laws are Different

I wound up doing time for something I should have been rewarded for. What I did was a community service, the way I look at it. I was punished for political reasons. Absolutely meaningless. Was I a criminal? No. I was a good member of society. Only my society and the one making the laws are different. from a SF Chronicle piece on acid magnate Owsley

The music is so completely giving you all you need and it's coming from a very innocent place. The love songs are so irony-free and unconscious. He's not going around saying 'Who's going to laugh at this?' You hand the guy a guitar and music comes out and it's as good as anybody. He's like Dylan. He should be writing songs until he falls over. Henry Rollins on Roky Erickson

Monday, July 16, 2007

Help Todzilla

from my friend Pat:

If I had a nickel for everytime somebody told me what a good friend toddzilla is, well, I'd have already paid his huge medical bill and I'd probably be rich!!! However, that isn't the case. In fact,
toddzilla was involved in a hit and run accident and was left with two broken hips and internal bleeding. His surgery is set for tomorrow morning and is quoted at $6,000, hopefully nothing goes wrong.

The reason for this email is to raise money for toddzilla and his surgery alone. Illus ideas, inc., has created a completely new t-shirt that we will be selling for $40 dollars. It is being offered to men and boys in all sizes and in these colors: black, navy blue and forest green. For women and girls we are offering t-shirts in all sizes and in two styles: low cut neck and a regular cut neck, colors: black, navy blue and forest green. Pull-over sweat-shirts are being sold for $60 and are being offered in all sizes and in these colors: black, navy blue and forest green.

Please understand that todd is my best friend and if my art doesn't sell then he can't get his hips fixed and that just isn't right especially because he did nothing wrong, and whoever it was didn't even stop to check on him...

The Doctor who will be operating on toddzilla has told me that toddzilla will be ready to come home wednesday or thursday, and at that time i have to pay the bill. Please, if not for the cool shirt you will be purchasing, donate $40 dollars to todd's hip surgery fund raiser and you'll recieve a free t-shirt with choice of color and size (paypal: illusclothing at yahoo dot com)

Monday, July 09, 2007

Tortoise

Caught a great Tortoise show at the Black Cat this past Saturday night. I heard echoes of 70's-era Miles and Faust in their jams. Two drummers are always a good thing.

After the show I tried to go backstage to say hello but Black Cat security wouldn't let me and wouldn't send word back to Dan either. I wasn't the only one; not even Ian Svenonius could get back there. I know bitching about the BC staff's bummer attitude is old news but I have to point it out because it does nothing for the scene. If dealing with drunken twentysomethings is making you miserable then maybe it's time to go back to school and get that degree.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Yes!


Negative
Originally uploaded by dronepop

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

If You Be My Dixie Chicken I'll Be Your Tennessee Lamb

28 years after Lowell George left his mortal coil in the nearby Key Bridge Marriot, I journeyed out to the pastoral splendor of Wolf Trap to hear Little Feat. I happen to like 10 minute guitar solos so their shows are my cup of tea.

Stereogab is demanding that The Aliens come to DC. So am I. So should you.

PJ has set up a blog for his Shanghai - Helsinki - Moscow trip next month.

Blind Bim now has a porch with a house attached.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Irish Poets Selling Cars

Made the mistake of watching a few minutes of network television this evening. Made an even worse mistake not muting the commercials. So I got to hear The Pogues "Sunny Side of the Street" playing over an ad for a Cadillac SUV. Now I know that song's far from their best, and I know selling songs for ads is old news, but it still sucks. It sucks because Cadillac sucks and SUVs suck and the whole finely-tuned consumer culture corporate juggernaut sucks.

The last line in the song goes: As my mother wept it was then I swore / To take my life as I would a whore.

Guess old Shane is just living up to his word.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Harold Johnson, September 30, 1918 - June 15, 2007

My uncle Harold Johnson died this past Friday morning. He was one of a vanishing breed. He was a farmer, like his father before him and like his son is now. He never traveled by jet and never had a desk job. He lived his whole life in the house where he was born. He was easygoing, witty, and had a love for the land and his place on it.

West Central Tribune obituary
WILLMAR — Harold Alexander Johnson, 88, of Willmar, died Friday at Rice Memorial Hospital.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Svea Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

He was born Sept. 30, 1918, on the family farm near Svea to Axel T. Johnson and Emily E. (Bouska). He grew up in rural Svea and attended the Sunnyside School. On Nov. 19, 1949, he married Millicent Forsberg in St. Paul. For many years he farmed on the family farm. He was a former member of the Sunnyside School Board, the Svea Coop Store Board and the church council.

He is survived by his wife; six children, Rebecca Johnson of Lake Lillian, Deborah Johnson of Willmar, David Johnson of Willmar, Jennifer Johnson of Willmar, Barbara (and Wayne) Stomberg of Renville and Douglas (and Teresa) Johnson of Willmar; three grandchildren; a sister, Barbara (and Wendell) Jones of Ridgefield, Conn.

He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

New Song

A new Leafy Green song for summer.

Also have to commend film maker Esther Robinson for her poignant documentary about her uncle Danny Williams, a film maker in Warhol's Factory scene who got lost along the way. Interviews with Gerard Malanga, Brigid Polk (aka "The Duchess") and Billy Name, among others.

Donovan is blogging! And check out this Modern Lovers bootleg courtesy of Parabells.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Opel



Originally uploaded by tsogy
clever flickr people

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

My Friend Has Been Sentenced to 13 Years in a Cambodian Prison

Boris is a programmer I worked with until last fall when he went off on a vacation and never returned. Born in Korea, he picked what he thought at the time was an English name "Boris". I didn't talk to Boris every day but I probably chatted with him once a week. We would joke around; he has a good sense of humor. He reads the Wall Street Journal and is curious about politics and culture. We went out for drinks once. Nothing wild, just a few rounds at a nearby bar. Whenever he traveled he'd bring souvenirs back for everyone on the team. I have them at home and in my office. A wood carving of a bird, a vase with a glittery flower, a wallhanging from Peru, a t-shirt from Vietnam. He would do these funny lotteries where we all drew slips of paper, each with a number (in Korean). We'd have to guess the number and the lowest got to pick the first souvenir. He is a nice guy.

Yesterday I learned that Boris was arrested last fall in Cambodia for having sex with a 14 year old girl. The story hit the wires yesterday when the verdict was announced. He was sentenced to 13 years in a Cambodian jail. From what I can tell, being in jail in Cambodia is awful. Although I don't condone child prostitution, I also don't think that prison is a cure for addiction. It obviously isn't a deterrent. I'm sorry that my friend's life has been seriously derailed and my heart goes out to him as he is in a place I cannot imagine.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Kick Out the Jams

Just started reading Guitar Army by John Sinclair and I'm already lovin' the agitprop hippy revolutionary vibe. It's along the lines of Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book or Jerry Rubin's Do It

Sinclair and the MC5 all lived and worked together in a collective called Trans-Love Energies. Guitar Army reads like a police log; one bust after another. Being a long haired freak in Detroit was not an easy choice (and probably still not).

Six years into the creepy American police state mentality, the overseas killing machine, and the deepening cultural rut, it's fun to read about people taking risks, openly defying authority, and trying to figure out an alternative to the status quo.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Your Tax Dollars At Work

"According to the most recent figures available from the FBI, police arrested an estimated 786,545 people on marijuana charges in 2005 -- more than twice the number of Americans arrested just 12 years ago. Among those arrested, about 88 percent -- some 696,074 Americans -- were charged with possession only. The remaining 90,471 individuals were charged with "sale/manufacture," a category that includes all cultivation offenses, even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use.

These totals are the highest ever recorded by the FBI, and make up 42.6 percent of all drug arrests in the United States. Nevertheless, self-reported pot use by adults, as well as the ready availability of marijuana on the black market, remains virtually unchanged."

from http://www.alternet.org/rights/47815/

Monday, May 14, 2007

What I'm Diggin Lately

The new Clientele album is already my summer soundtrack, and it's not even summer yet (look, they have a blog)

The Holy Mountain, a tripped-out movie by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Twitter

60 Minute IPA

Riding bikes with Stereogab

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates












Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Media Mavens

Wow, what a day! Stereogab's commentary gets published and this video promo for the Open House project is screened at a press conference in Congress. That jangley song on the soundtrack? Pure Leafy Green goodness! Yowza!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Family Photo


jonesclan
Originally uploaded by stereogab.
April 2007, New York City

Monday, April 30, 2007

Free Fall at 614 Miles per Hour

This cool video for the Boards of Canada song"Dayvan Cowboy" uses footage from a skydive by Joseph Kittinger who "made the final jump from the Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,330 m). He was in freefall for 4 minutes and 36 seconds reaching a maximum speed of 614 mph (988 km/h) before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m)."

Later in the video there is footage of Laird Hamilton, big wave surfer extrodinaire (profiled in the movie "Riding Giants")

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Soft Machine

Lord Fuzzy has a great 1971 Soft Machine concert recording that's been making my Metro ride better lately. And there's footage from the UFO Club in 1967. And then there's Gong

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

More Ways to Spend Your Time and Money

Other Music unveiled their digital store (with the same clunky design of their original web site). I prefer Anthology Recordings, with their uber-obscure sixties/seventies titles and well-written descriptions. Don't know much about Klicktrack but they're the only ones who have this Charlie and Edsor release that I want after reading this post on Great God Pan. Still, nothing beats flipping through the bins of musty vinyl at Joe's Record Paradise.

Youtube continues to provideth, here with two clips from the same film on the hippy scene in London circa 1967. Opening clip shows The Who, another clip shows a Pink Floyd freak out along with goofy crowd shots.

Monday, April 23, 2007

love


gabislove
Originally uploaded by BarrettJ.
Love is in the air this spring.

Friday, April 20, 2007

it's 4.20

celebrate accordingly

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

New York Squeeze

Up in New York City for a few days, some wet, some dry. Saw Roky Erickson play the Bowery Ballroom Sunday night. I've been a 13th Floor Elevators fan for a long time now and it was great to see one of the last psychedelic renegades going strong and loud. Roky keeps the Devil at bay with rock and roll. It can save your soul, you know.

Speaking of rock and roll salvation, we said hello to Jimmy when we stopped at Trash and Vaudeville. There's not much left of the New York I roamed 25 years ago. Coming up on Avenue A I started getting nervous, because that used to be the final frontier. Silly me.

Oh yeah, there was a wedding too.

Here's a new song called New York Squeeze.




Monday, April 09, 2007

Newport Police Department of Arbitrary Fascism

"This past Wednesday night [April 4] Don Bolles suffered a bizarre and unfortunate interception with the Newport Police Department. He was stopped for a broken tail light. We believe his unconventional looks and old army green van made him the victim of police profiling in this very affluent, quiet town. They searched his van. The only thing they found was a bottle of Dr Bronner’s soap.

"If you are a good friend of Don’s, you know this is the only cleaning agent he uses for every thing from tooth paste to laundry detergent. The police ran a drug field test on the soap and it came up positive. Dr. Bronner’s is made with hemp seed oil. Maybe this is the reason behind the arresting officer’s error. I spoke with someone who is familiar with forensic drug tests. They said the field test is not absolutely accurate. There are two other drug tests that need to be conducted on the soap. Also, the drug they are ascertaining that Don is in possession of is unusable in a soap base.

"He is being charged with a felony. His bail is $25,000. He could get up to 20 years in prison. This is very serious. Through a bail bonds company it is $2,500. Currently we have roughly $1,000. He is now being held at the Orange County jail. This is not a safe place for Don.

"With all my heart I do believe Don is innocent. I talked to the Police yesterday at the holding facility. Their attitude was harsh. This is truly a horrible and sad incident. I spoke with Don a number of times. He is in utter disbelief that this is happening to him. We are asking friends if they could make a contribution of 10-20 dollars or more to help get him out of jail as soon as possible so he can seek legal assistance.

"Please make contributions to the paypal account below. Also, if anyone knows of a lawyer that can donate their services, please contact me as soon as possible. I spoke with criminal lawyers yesterday and their fees are unbelievably high. Please repost this on your bulletin if your network of friends can help.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Since We Last Talked

They say in Web 2.0 that full disclosure is now the norm, although the phrase nobody sane strips down naked in front of their peers has me a bit worried....


Went to the Dean and Britta show last week. My fandom for Dean Wareham has remained constant since his Galaxy 500 days. This latest show was weak but I think it's admirable that he's trying a new direction (The Post's review was too nice).


I continue to slurp groovy tracks from the Neglected Stairways blog. The latest post contains a couple of songs (well, one and half, actually) from a Nick Drake Peel Session.



39 years ago this city was burning. Does a Giant supermarket or a Target (ironic name) heal the wounds? Still, things are changing despite the rednecks with rifles.