Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Getaway

See you all next year. Misbehave yourselves.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Handsome B. Wonderful's Thirty-Seventh Annual List of the Top Ten Rock Albums of the Year, sponsored by Aut-O-Post and viewers like you*

Not Freedom Rock.

Stuff I dig, standard caveats apply. Nearly off to the mythic land of non-furlough vacation (assuredly next fiscal year) so get your queries/hate mail/suggestions I'll gleefully ignore/nelsonmuntzing in now. Here's hoping you won't be sacrificed to Mithras even though you probably deserve it.**

What I want for Christmas? Neither a Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock & this thing which tells time nor a magical pixie dust that transforms politicians into the object of their deepest fears in a Cronenberg-does-After School Special kind of gig but a chronology machine so I can go back & be in the audience at this devilishly swanky concerto for group & power chord.

1. Rome, Nos Chants Perdus. Some soundscapes seem to be emblematic of a particular season. For many, spring wistfully soars whilst Beethoven's Sixth swirls in the ear, even sans the maestro's program notes. This album -- & this is neither good nor bad in & of itself, merely observational, though thank the gods for it -- possesses a flexible facility to boil its suitably melancholic folk alchemy using salty heat, decaying earthtone leaves, falling snow. The adaptability of this listener's already existing sentiment? The overwhelming power of these songs. A permanent rotation comrade, comrade.

2. Agalloch, Marrow of the Spirit. Being a moody, emotional clusterfuck kind of guy, I'm a sucker for the art of these Portlanders, sprawling, complex paeans to the beautiful & terrifying natural world, multi-chambered hallows of gentle acoustic splendor & electric power chords. Perfect for late-night headphoning, more so for walks around the long block in the refreshingly bitter December evening. Stuff like this only strengthens my joy that I'm not cursed to live in warm climes.

3. Ihsahn, After. Saxomophone. Sax-o-mo-phone & progressively hefty, occasionally quiet, shifty metallic runs. The anthemic, night sky power of Emperor, evidemment, remains a referent, as do the classic influences smeared over his first two solo works but this is unquestionably the wise-man-on-the-mountain pinnacle of the planned trilogy, though where the fuck Mr. Tveiten goes from here is up to a confluence of wintry cold, Scandivanian bitters, lutefisk, 7-strings & that sphinx known as inspiration. Majestic.

4. Les Discrets, Septembre et ses dernières pensées. The French Agalloch? Perhaps. There are certainly worse bands to share a passing stylistic affinity with, 99.9% of the rest if we're being technocratic &  since it's the 21st century, we are. Je reste triste that the spectacularly promising & oh-so-short-lived Amesoeurs split their constellation, but this fragment is a worthy spectral remnant, less a commentary on glass & steel dislocation of said century, more the workings of the human spirit in dis/concert with the world & the self.

5. Triptykon, Eparistera Daimones. Meaty, beaty, big & bouncy & big. Repetition is requisite, for these riffs are big, subterranean cavern full of unspeakable horrors big. But what do you expect from a guy who's vomited forth the likes of Morbid Tales, To Mega Therion & Monotheist? Doom takes precedence over speed, age being a factor. No, a decline in slick wrist flicking skill isn't the culprit, but simply the tremendous weight of experience, the space between filled with such grey bleakness; donc whereas unbridled rage may best be served by youth, an expansive, cacophonous brush is by us geezers.

6. Deathspell Omega, Paracletus. A religious experience. Does it really matter whether the object of worship is Old Scratch, a tyrannical Semitic sky god, Gene Roddenberry or the squirrel digging for nuts in your front lawn? Oh, you betcha, bet on a vortex of DSM-IV riffs needling through your skull, son, pulling tight like a torture from Barker's Hellraiser in reverse, the pieces torn inward upon themselves in a bloody, mashy goo. It is the end, after all, & by the way, ha ha, fooled you. There's no comfort. Thank Satan for Johnnie Walker Blue affordable hooch on a civil service salary.

7. Les Fragments de la Nuit, Demain, c'était Hier.  Brusque, lush neo-classical wondernoir -- that word may not roll off the tongue, but platitudes do & they stroll in that twilight glazed by dueling natural & artificial luminescence. Night music for true night owls, not out-on-the-town simulacra settling for middling faux-jazz stringy pickup lines; there's something less gentle rondo, more taut polonaise, a propulsive tugging/listen, you're not going anywhere. Maybe it's a French thing, maybe I'm hearing what I want to hear, maybe it's no matter. 

8. Electric Wizard, Black Masses. Look man, if I turned this website into a full-time Stuff Randal People Like gig, amongst other things, there'd be posts on grimy power chords, the bleak pall that hangs over existence [ed. note: so find your niche & make a hash of it with loved ones], Hammer Horror, Lovecraftian lunacy, smoke 'em if you got 'em, versification & the X-Files. These blokes + one chick cover all that save the last two on platter after platter & here's another serving, a bit less muffled special brownies, now rattling bones scuffling across basement flagstones towards the Marshall stack to turn it up.

9. Alcest, Écailles de Lune. Given the seductively atmospheric aural & visual qualities that are the ichor of this outfit, dissection isn't a word I'd associate, but black metal has been dissected here, drained & filtered, burned & reconstituted, stripped & restitched, nourished & refashioned into something as beautiful yet different (is it even black metal any longer? Not so much) as that genre's best. Here, the omnipresence of death dissolves under a filmy pall of some heretofore unknown otherland. 

10. Weapon, From the Devil's Tomb. What the fuck, Canuckleheadbangers, what a step up from number one, blackish death done old fucking school, beer n' brackish bongwater denim militia 1982 via Morbid Angel's stolen Tardis. It's metal, it's the Stones, it's Chuck Berry, it's Howlin' Wolf, it's always always always ALWAYS about the riff & here it lies, dead & kicking like Sam Raimi would want 'em, no, no, how 'bout that crazy shambling fucker from Return of the Living Dead.

Bang the head that doesn't bang.

11. Sabbath Assembly, Restored to One. If you'd like to know more about the Process Church of the Final Judgment, consult your local library. Or this record. Dexterous vocalist Jex Thoth praises the four deities over a gurgling bed of billowy, percussively hymnal 70s fuzz rock. Unsurprisingly expansive here & there, but Jesus, Jehovah, Lucifer & Satan are just alright with me.

12. Íon, Immaculada. The second neo-folk concoction from ex-Anathema bassist Duncan Patterson tastes like Gaelic, Mediterranean, this, that, mandolin & the other thing with a pinch of vocal & musical helping hands yet after all that is even more minimalist than his previous platter, just as delicately somber, but the most beautiful aspect is the natural charm of it all; nothing's forced, songs develop at the seemingly proper pace & quibbles are stylistic (& quite minor), never intent.

13. Lightning Swords of Death, The Extra Dimensional Wound. Speaking of unbridled, youthful rage a bunch of entries late, these upstarts from the city of angels are less Raphaelite than Luciferian. Chortle. Hammers smashing faces & other violent clichés various & sundry speed the dismemberment of cochleae, the riffs backing up the bravura. Plus the band name is fucking ridiculous in a Saturday morning cartoon Ed Wood sort of way. Banzai!

14. For some unknown reason -- subconscious directives, genetic quirk of personality, government mind control rays, magic mushrooms -- I have difficulty spending vast gobs of time actively searching out & listening to new releases, whether by heretofore who-the-fuck-are-theys or old favorites, preferring to glom onto a select few albums, often highly anticipated, oftenish random acts of senseless surfing, spinning/clicking buttons over & ad infinitum. Thus, as usual, a 738-way cop out for stuff I either haven't heard or haven't given sufficient hours to in order to pass judgment like an angry cracker op-ed columnist, Krauthammer I'm looking at you. I'll get around to 'em all, Apollo, swear: Darkthrone, Circle the Wagons; Shining, Blackjazz; Cathedral, The Guessing Game; Witchsorrow, Witchsorrow; Cough, Ritual Abuse; Swans, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky; Hail of Bullets, On Divine Winds; Monster Magnet, Mastermind; Gnomonclast, Tempus Null; Ludicra, The Tenant; Krieg, The Isolationist; Salome, Terminal; Triptykon, Shatter: Eparistera Daimones Accompanied; Jucifer, Throned In Blood; Slough Feg, The Animal Spirits, any suggestions I gleefully non-ignore et ceteroony neighborino.

*Rembrandt Q. Einstein is on hiatus. 2010 only spun currently-owned oldies.
**I'm kidding. Except for that one guy. You know who you are. Asshole.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cleveland on five acid tabs a day

Sorry, I old-man-wheezed. I can't afford acid.

One thing that is cheap (& abundant) during this holiday season even for non-festivarians such as myself is nostalgia & I tell you, what's more nostalgic than Tecmo Super Bowl? Happy Nintendo.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mike Shanahan & Marion Barry, ever see them together in the same room at the same time?

Always warms my heart when there's a franchise out there even more dysfunctional* than recent Browns' vintages.

*for the record, the Cavs aren't dysfunctional. They merely suck.

P.S. I can't believe I missed this & although not quite on the level of Miami's LeBron James 'frightened' of Cleveland in NBA, it's still comical.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Anger management, or, the semester's over, now I can waste even more time shaking my fist at the clouds

People get ready, there's a train a comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get in line
All you need is somethin' to block the diesels hummin'
Don't need no ticket, 'cause we're outta time

Sorry Curtis, I like my version better.

"This is how it all will end, not with floods, earthquakes, falling comets, or gigantic crabs roaming the earth. No, doomsday will start simply out of indifference."

Seems that everyone's zeitgeist is riled up these days about various & sundry: angry loners; comrades in bookmanship; the unemployable; my sometimes-better-half, shockingly not at yours truly for once even though it's her fault 98.6% of the time. Is it navel gazing if I'm gazing at everyone's else navel gazing at everyone else's navel? Is it navel gazing at all if it's some form of political? Being stupid & lazy, questions way above my pay grade. Serendipitous in some respects, as said spousely anger spontaneously discharged in a conversation last night between noodles, the finer points of porn, a one-man rant on the awfulness of the non-Boobie Cavs gleefully ignored by the rest of any nuclears within earshot & the offspring's progress reports. Quite odd given that we usually spend our dinners alternating scowls & uncomfortable silence. Bet our kids spiked the teapot.

Anyway, I wouldn't say I suffer from indifference, merely that I just don't care. I kid, I kid. Sort of. Now, I can't say I've witnessed grocery cart chicken in the local feedbag -- though I once did get coins thrown at me whilst on library duty, true story -- but I'm on board with sporting the toga! toga! of anger, though chez Randal's brain, is it directed specifically towards our beloved generation of three-piece action figures with the kung-fu grip or at said plastics as merely the latest in a long, inexorable line of institutionalized assholery? Or is it rooted in something more selfish, since I honestly do prefer a minimum of face-to-face interaction, these monsters merely the most grotesque, thus convenient, visage placed on this quirk of my personality, a surfeit of righteous indignation soon discarded with the greatest of ease as I trapeze back into the Bat Cave?

Sure as hell ain't SAD as, contrary to certain cheese-eating surrender Californistanianites, I love me some cold, blustery weather. Misery loves my hospitality. The omnipresent, if sleeping, burnout ready to awaken & crawl up from Tartarus? Phlegm better kept under wraps? Who knows. What I do know is that I'm a firm believer that the extent of my, or anyone's, ability to permanently influence others rapidly (read: rapidly) shrinky dinks the further out from the inner circle we go, thus the best I can hope for is to teach my children well like a good non-hippie -- something gaining more & more TV time as one's about to sayonara high school & the other's nearly to join, Christ I'm old -- to 1)not be a motherfucker; 2)assume the worst of everyone & everything until proven otherwise & 3)distrust authority, the unholy headwaters, wellspring, font & source of motherfuckery. So unless 6 billion non-motherfucker motherfuckers flip the metaphorical, literal & extra-literal (conspiratorial hack 'em ups & assorted other extra-legal shenanigans) bird, good luck solutioning, suckers. Shrug, additional shrugging & tunes.

Pimpin' cynicism ain't easy. But it is comfortable. 

Whether that's a fault is a line for another day.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

7 5 2 0 days without a paper cut

Returns, beautiful returns, now and forever, amen.

I've always wondered what percent were actually read. While I ponder such a cosmically important conundrum in lieu of substantive posting in the frozen turf, click & read the fellow travelers on the lower right. Sadly, expect a dearth of metal, the fucking heathens. 


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter what-the-fuck-land

Such a fimbulvetr* that even we closed yesterday & we never close, & during finals week of all epochs -- Invasion of the Thought Snatchers! Pod people say the worstest is that the sequel to Customer Service Training Day was missed! Gasp! -- & now those poor shlubs gotta schlep on down next week to get their makeup on.

Squirrel, you have got the brass.

Kitchen window art.

Imagine how pretty that would look in the hands of a real photographer.

*it wasn't that bad, but apparently, certain people are currently shocked that it gets cold & snowy & icy in Cleveland in December. With that said, if you've got a job that won't can your ass for being late -- comical these days, I know -- make sure you're late. Don't leave an hour early, an hour of your time, for the sole benefit of The Man.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Reading comprehension

Oh, fortnight!


Oh! Old Doc Cholera's Doppler Specific says there's a Fearsome Lake Storm 'a brewin' an' if we all put on our Galvanic Chain Belts n' pray real hard to the Lord God Our Creator, mayhap this Storm'll last an'a won't hafta come in to work on Tuesday. Ay-men.

In the news or no, I'll never get tired of this

though what that says about me I have no idea, but one have that I do have is a question, an important one, a query of opinion all for you, gentle readers. In light of the universally applauded comic stylings of Bush the Smarter's offspring, has the once (& future?) gold standard of pretzeldential hijinks been superseded, & if so, is such usurpation temporary or permanent & if so-er, either/or, too early to tell? Inquiring Weekly World News readers want to know.

Friday, December 10, 2010

I've got the end-of-the-semester-what-the-fuck-oh-it-ain't-really-the-end-aw-shucks blues

Today (tomorrow, actually, but Saturdays are freebies, essentially a dimension separate from the space-time continuum we pretend to inhabit) be the last chapter of the penultimate week of scholarship & next, everyone examines their failure with a drunken arrest chaser or whatever it is college kids do these days, smartphone sex orgies, Oompa Loompa hunting, public transportationista confessions, I just want it to be over, especially with the beautiful monolith of Ten Whole Days Away From Here Praise Cthulhu ready to fall with a ferocity, mocking the flaccid Pisan tourist trap, grinding panoramas into the nepenthe of sweet, sweet oblivion & snow shoveling why shovel, you won't have to go anywhere, won't have to conjure faux-pithy commentary on worldwide &/or local fuckery, won't have to do anything but conceive of an overly-intricate plan to assassinate writer's block with a soon-to-be-legendary sangfroid & toast yourself in the aftermath. Oh, & pizza rolls.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Will playing tiddlywinks cost students jobs with the federal government?

Future minions of the state & hangers-on at gold-plated Chechen nuptials, are you worried about job security due to drinking curiosity from the leaky faucet of The Man? A bit of advice from someone with years of experience in avoiding getting caught slacking at work: paper football. Find your local commie -- every burg has one -- purchase their friendship via ironic t-shirts, have them print Wikileaks out & after reading 'em, sportify 'em, then when you hear the big three-piece strutting down the gilded hall, hit that game-winning kick into la poubelle. Unlike tiddlywinks or porn surfing, cleaning up incriminating evidence is already built into the game & what are the odds that your cubicle is under 24-hour video surveillance.

Take that, fascists!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Stuart Smalley Meets the Phantom of the Stepford Cheerleader Camp

"It reads right here how to be good enough and smart enough so, gosh darn it, patrons like you."
"Then why do you still wear that mask, Gene."
"We all wear them, hired gun."
"That's not the mask I mean, Gene."

'tis amazing just how much the language of capital pervades virtually every sector of society & though I don't foresee an outcome as comically disturbing as this bit lifted out of a bad screenplay, there's only so much salesmanship & selling/growing the brand jargon one can take -- I do still work in a library, yes? -- before my corporate gobbledygook-addled brain drifts off to the land of Wikileaked bunga-bunga soirees.


Bros before hos.

Hold a gun to management's temple & they'll admit their preference for Colgate smile incompetence over mumbly grumbly quality because that's what we've all been conditioned to accept as the interactive default, the miraculous salve for feelings hurt from some uncomfortable truth. Of course, such pain only matters to the institution as concerns the public facade of said institution. Don't even get me started on the 'folded arms offend Shiny Happy People & promotes an unhealthy reliance on stark, clear language' bit. George Carlin is rolling over in his grave, vomiting profusely so his corpse doesn't choke & die a second death.

If I'm wrong or fuck up, I want to be called out on it. It really is okay to be wrong &/or fuck up & be called out on it, amply demonstrating that we're not a copy of the Cheneybot.

Speaking of things that make me mumbly & grumbly because I fucked up & am calling myself out on it, look, I get that the Cadavaliers reside in the lower reaches of the buxom East, but after their 52nd consecutive double double-digit loss, I hardly think it's coincidence that our arguably most effective player is nicknamed Boobie.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Whatever it is, I'm against it

"What's today, my fine fellow?"
"Today, why, Christmas Customer Service Training day!"

IT isn't enough, IT is never enough, goshdarnIT, to be powerpointillist assessed by our social betters through two, yes, two, separately different yet equally facilitating 120-minute empowering opportunities strategically placed at the culmination of the 24-hour employment cycle.

Let's walk it back a moment: how can one possibly assess the ultimate incentivized goal of exceptionally excellent resource quality gifted through the paradigm of assessing self-assessment sans preliminary pre-assessment?

Mind, boggle no more.

Lo, behold & hark! (ed. note: the following battery of percentage choices accompanied each pre-self-assessment statement but for the sake of blog cleanliness [right there next to Cthulhuliness], you only get one, though with a second, I bet I could repurpose my Demonstrate good times come on from 35% to 36%, thus vitalizing a whole other deliverable of rightsized reader appreciation. Thank the Old Ones that I work in the public, not private, sector or my healthy disdain for not-by-choice a-man's-gotta-eat face-to-face human-management interaction might have resulted in these cheap sneakers being lost post-downsize in a pile of shell casings ash. I'm a pyromaniac, not a fighter.)

1 - I hardly ever demonstrate - less than 5% of the time
2 - Demonstrate 6% - 20% of the time
3 - Demonstrate 21% - 35% of the time
4 - Demonstrate 36% - 55% of the time
5 - Demonstrate 56% - 70% of the time
6 - Demonstrate 71% - 85 % the time
7 - Demonstrate 86% - 95% of the time
8 - Almost always demonstrate - 95% - 100% of the time

I consistently show positive non-verbal communication such as make eye contact, smile, show open stance, do not treat customers as an interruption.

I thank the customer at the end of every interaction.

I remain calm under pressure and during difficult situations.

I restate to clarify situation(s) (e.g., Mr. Customer, are you saying that the payment for this fee isn't showing as credited?).

I manage difficult situations with ease (e.g., angry customers).

I project professionalism through appropriate presentation (dress, hair) and neat/clean work area.

I treat co-workers with the same (if not better) courtesy and professionalism as external customers.

I have excellent phone skills (answer within 3 rings, identify self and area, smile, pleasant tone, etc.).

I build rapport through excellent communication skills and timely follow up (e.g., tailor style to situation, overcome barriers, follow up within 48 hours, etc.). 

Sounds like we work in a high-class brothel. We don't, but if we ever add such a supplementary revenue stream to our operations in light of the austerity movement within state & federal government, you'll be the first to know.

Comments, questions?

Thank you now I feel like Ozzy I love you all.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The reason for the season

If I was a drunken, coked-out, amoral teevee exec, I would totally turn this odd couple into the worst sitcom to hit the airwaves since the last worst sitcom.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The proof of the pudding is in the precipitation

If it wasn't for the city's Lite Brite, there'd be no visual evidence that it's December. Cthulhu, I was real good this year so where's my fucking snow?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Arsenic and old lace

Any edumacated guesses as to when begin feasibility studies of this as a bioweapon? I say yesterday.

"So nasty, it'll kill ya twice!" 

Feds, a suggestion: instead of testing it on an unsuspecting & innocent populace, unleash it on the Cavs' olé D.

P.S. Can you all check your milk cartons? We seem to have lost a J.J. Hickson.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Guess who's coming to dinner

At least the attendees won't have this gazing down upon them.*

On a far, far, far less frightening, though sad, note, this development.

I think hiring the TSA would've made a sexier evening for everyone, don't you?

*whatever happened to the Velvet Elvis? No one has any standards anymore.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm François Rabelais and I approve this message

One ought to take time digging through these aural works & find the goodness that lies not only on the obvious surface, but below. Allegorical? Hidden meanings that aren't there? Pshaw & harrumph, respectively. Oregon's finest -- sorry, Ducks -- gift another masterwork with Marrow of the Spirit where it's nigh pointless separating track from track as each is a vital part of the whole, a biosphere of which the listener is also a part.

Neither the percussive, acoustic coil of The Mantle nor the immediate riff cascade of Ashes Against the Grain are what commences album number four, but a short, subdued almost-field recording of nature, They Escaped the Weight of Darkness, punctuated with somber cello measures.

I took this photo last week of the moon through the trees (aside: hey, for once, the graininess works), stepping into our backyard & onto a bed of leaves (aside deux: suburbanites, please don't rake; you lose a little ambient something) that crackled & dispersed with each movement of my feet, the insect world in counterpoint before the mechanical rudely intruded with the hum of a passing car. Even then, such transient sounds fold themselves into this construct misleadingly named silence. This tableau, found in the introductory track, transfers its analog, granular quality into the blasting blackness of Into the Painted Grey & her turns of quiet, despairing phrase, taxonomies of melancholy found in John Haughm's harsh vocals & in clean, labyrinthine grime, 'I can feel the era slipping into oblivion/no longer grasping the texture.'

Plucked from the maze of trees, the spaces between sound crash & recede with the breeze, as rising & falling feet in hill & ravine, crumbling sidewalk & concrete road, The Watcher's Monolith. Go on, take a break from plastic hurly-burly & walk through a forest. It speaks. Watch the sky on a violent autumn evening, find some place outside of the day-to-day. No musical Luddite manifesto, no call for stark devolution but songs for those who still dig the earth & the green things, the white of winter, the black of a storm. Romanticism with a capital R, a bridge spanning ten, twelve, seventeen minutes, you'll find no apologies here.

Guitars gurgle in an underwater reverberation before piercing the drawn-out glass of Black Lake Nidstång, strings shudder, anguished vocal, eerie bass echo, fretwork & chimes entwine in a darker mirror image of all things, the midsection of Mott the Hoople's Half Moon Bay, floating over the drifting leitmotif of the song & the album itself, the centrality of the journey. Forget Joseph Campbell, for this isn't heroic, isn't redemption, but losing yourself in the moment, drinking it all in. Sadly, a lost art.

Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires holds the essence, the ghost if you will *groan* of the band's debut closer, with a wink & a nod to the triumph latent within conscious disconnection, the song mirroring how effortlessly such a world comes into being out of such disparate musical elements. Again, that moment, that healthy, renewing separation from the manufactured. The slow motion instrumental echo of past sense, of memory crossing the liminal a shade before the seven-minute mark to participate in the marche funebrè of To Drown, a denouement that's almost a bit anti-climatic, especially with, ironically, the memory of the powerful catharsis of the last album's Bloodbirds still fresh.

Yes, new skinsman & rarities god Aesop Dekker's work is the most energetic heard on an Agalloch LP to date. The production's of a rawer air, no six bill Fostex four-track basement job, but organic, roots, the dirt, mud, experience, existence. The peaks aren't as immediately discernible as on past works (Limbs, You Were But A Ghost In My Arms, Pantheist) but the visceral, unifying thread is present. Tune in, turn on, drop out.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

No way, José

I know, I know, I too am sad that Frank Drebin's dead.

Didn't see that coming.

At least he didn't have his nuts bit off by a Laplander.

Does such a comically grisly fate await Julian the Aussie Apostate, one can only speculate, that rhymes & you know that rhymes, Marge; depends on which nation eventually imprisons the little scamp, I'd wager. The Us of A? As far as I know, we zap sacks, we don't chew on 'em.

Re: the war machine being irreparably damaged (hint: it's not): 'tis irrelevant. Just because you can't stop colonization doesn't mean you still shouldn't tell everyone about the Cancer Man's alien-human hybrid self-preservation gig.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy TSA Day

What seer could have predicted that a time known primarily for a rash of couch potatoing that leaves a rash, extraoverconspicuous consumption & the attendant flatulence, belching & other gassy emanations would now become the naughtiest time of the year?

Move over, Mr. Blackwell. My sartorial suggestion, a sexy TSA agent. 

You scoff, but my faux bus driver threads keep my junk from being touched by unauthorized playmates. You scoff once again, but just you wait till a public transportationista device blows up real good.

On a sadder note, death, you're the real jive turkey.

This sucks.

Yes, Miss Pitt, it does.

Chumps, you best show some respect & hit your pigskin & charred bird carcass with a Hammer. Speaking of pigskins, I hope The Ohio The State The University's The New Duds look as swanky as these. Question: is the army (& by subtle extension, the entire military, & by subtler extension, the state) still of one or strong or some other mad men slogan of which I am unfamiliar?

In the meantime, have fun painting the devil on the wall.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

(Don't Fear) The Reaper


'cause he makes the best brew.*

Run to the light, Carol Anns.**

*Mug was not placed by yours truly or anyone affiliated with yours truly, I'm no charlatan, get off my grave. Behold the awesome power of serendipity.

**First, pardon the grain as I was walking & chewing gum snapping at the same time. Second, yes, that's Jacob's Field in the distance. The city tried a Costner & only ended up with a localized zombie apocalypse. Third, as once we were all hockey fans, patriots, Georgians, kleptomaniacs, we're all future corpses & in the meantime, good luck with whatever system you were cursed to be born under. I've no solution outside of better living through chemistry because, aside from being stupid, I am too much of a fantastic combo of unarmed+lazy to go for that whole blood-soaked rebirth of civilization gig, en plus, given that all (read: ALL) -cies, -chies & -isms contain copious amounts of the most volatile variable known to man, man (& chicks & trannies & neuters & animal-/alien-human hybrids, too), one can only sit back, take a sip & watch the equation's slow burn, hoping that it's at least somewhat entertaining.

Bonus points if you can decipher this ancient pictograph:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A conspiracy, C-O-N-spiracy.

Not even the New World ADAMS Family can keep me from post-it noting nothing of importuning, my brother.

Uncle Fester would make a great agent of infiltration, just a past-his-prime old school goth hangin' out with the emo kids, settin' 'em straight, dig it, hep cats.

Know what's a conspiracy? Not the feds with their back-of-X-Men #177 Spy-O-Matic gadgets or their And-Arbeit-Macht-Three, but the truest black helicopter branch of the Bilderbergian Inner Earth Trilateral Illuminati, the *whispers* United States Postal Service*/whispers* who has yet to deliver my replacement USB cord.

I am so taking a shitload of pictures of federal buildings and posting them all over the internets, go on, arrest me, see who you'll get to open the library in a prompt & efficient manner then, victory for the little guy, motherfuckers.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fuck faces


I can't wait until this expands beyond Keeping Us Safe® & goes mainstream.
So much easier to further reduce everyone & their everything to a set of crunchy numbers, a nation of baseball cards. I wonder what my OBP, Overt Bomb Percentage, is. Bet the gum remains stale & sharp enough to slash gums, though. How about spending your bucks on fixing that, heathens.

"One ADAMS-12, One ADAMS-12, we've got a perpsh who just ordered tahini CRACKLE with his falafel. Oversh*."

"Hold -- that's a 4.7% chance of jihad FIZZLE, keep a patrol carsh in the area. Oversh."

*I hope everyone appreciates these little sonic embellishments in the name of realism.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sorry, mate, I don't do requests.

I do when I've got nothing lined up, i.e. every day.

Chives go good with garrulous young gristle!
Whistle while I chomp? Oui, cannibals
brook insolence, so stomp your tender feet --
for they are my next treat! Toes and nails,
a side of kale, scarf, scarf, scarf, yum -- Oh!
Hot potato, blind me with your science!
Operate an appliance? Nevermore,
and e'en wheels on the bus round and round,
thrown to the ground as I misjudge all sound.
All Cthulhu's creation's pow'r chord loud,
evr'y cricket a crowd. I'm bound to starve.
Hark! The herald devils will sing ditties
I bring, sarcasm and sugar-free, part
of a well-balanced diet of cruel glee.
Now, bastards, where is my goddamn money?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sonic reducer

My eyesight is poor, historically awful sans glasses. Some would say, given my musical choices, my hearing is equally poor. To those of you who harbor such offense, silently or no, I humbly retort with the immortal words of a legendary monster of screenland

"A low-carb diet of third world children keeps me fit & trim."

& now that we're all friends again, a particular, too familiar, passage from a tome I'm currently reading on the wheelie bus to & from work caught my ever-vanishing vision:
In the end, wearing spectacles is really not so difficult. Without them, life is a blur. My field of vision is restricted in all directions by the frames of my glasses; in low light levels I find it increasingly hard to read; swimming in the sea is a form of sensory deprivation. A rock might be a shark for all I know. This inability to see objects in focus unaided, or really understand subtle fluctuations of light, must accentuate the other senses and reconfigure an imbalance in the socially constructed hierarchy of the senses. In certain circumstances it can heighten feelings of interpersonal distance. Over time, I believe this has sharpened my sonic focus.

-- David Toop, Sinister Resonance 
I suppose that one could classify it as mere variation on a (cliché) theme -- other senses compensating for the weakening or loss of another -- but given the book's argument of hearing being of more relational & experiential importance than the place given it by society, I feel it's more a deepening of an already inherent predisposition towards this sense in contrast to the dominant visualcentric norm, the way one, after discovering an affinity for working with his or her hands, becomes a potter or a carpenter, or those who get a kick out of number crunching become math teachers, technocracy cubicle jockeys or professional fantasy baseball players, all low-paying gigs.

Tune in to next week's episode of Obvious Theatre where Randal discovers his enjoyment of a musical poetry, flush with assonance & scattered rhyme in contrast to those composed in heavily discordant tones. The point of all this is, looking back on stuff I've written, stuff I'm writing & stuff still on the drawing board that's tucked away in some dusty corner of my skull, vast gobs (i.e. 98.6% of it, +/- 3% error rate) are made of this. I've tried varying styles simply to see if anything sticks, but finding I've less facility there than I do here, dropped it like a hot baked potato with butter, sour cream, bacon bits & chives.

Thus, the actual actual point: is message (too global kumbayah, I hate people) sentiment (too sappy, but probably what I'm guiltiest of) content (now there's a nice, normal, vaguely critical term) being sacrificed, consciously or subconsciously, for a journey into sound?

A word in or out of context; the way it's voiced; that way to which person; in each case, a tiny variation in the aural quality of the recited letters can convey a subtly different meaning, especially if the out-loud reader isn't the original alchemist. Think sarcasm on a micro scale, minus the sarcasm.

Is there a 'danger' -- define that -- in taking it too far, a mirror image of an obscure, Mallarmé-styled hermeneutics -- which is only one way of reading him, especially since he's often sonically alluring -- that's nothing but presumably attractive sound structures poorly mimicking song?

If so, so what, as long as it's good. Now I just gotta get good.
Payday's Friday, hope good's not too expensive.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Is it live, or is it Chimpy?

"Calgon, take me away."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Diabolus in musica

The comforter ain't so comforting after all.

À mon avis, orthodox black metal howls for an unorthodox crispness, the buzz of dead leaves & bones under marching feet. The past efforts of said genre's favorite sons were pierced by high frequency peaks in a chain of trebly chaos; that self-requisite remains, but Paracletus glares out from the choking, Stygian smoke of oxidizing souls & audible bass. Re: structure, see Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice: sides split into four; this time, two, the choirs of First, et al Prayers (mostly) silenced, the spaces twixt tracks obliterated until left with a suite of noise canalized towards the approaching end point.

Doom-n-gloomers of all stripes, believers or no (hi there fellow Cthulhuians! punch & cookies after the show), short of a field recording of Ragnarok, you'd be hard pressed to spin a more appropriate soundtrack to worldwide fuckery.

The invocation, Epiklesis I, chords bubble, tap in the blood, recalling Matthew 12:32: 'Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.' Bubble, bubble, toil in the rumble. Tap, tap, tap.

On Wings of Predation, though more so elsewhere, inchoate violence is, given the album's subject matter, surprisingly lessened the merest of a smidgen. But consider, taking into account the folly of a strict chronology of mythic time, whether all this is pre- or post-Antichrist (going by the last EP's commentary, I subscribe to the latter), a vision of the future, or Armageddon at your door. In either case, 'It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.' Witness our Abscission, the bait-n-bludgeon blisters subsisting for a deftly placed handful of classic metal measures, the vine split in a pressurized denouement.

'Et la solitude du jardin de Gethsémani en partage!' Everyone share in the hypnotic suffering, a Dearth of escape routes. 'Thy pomp is brought down to the grave.' Hark, the trance goes black, in the blinding Phosphene, spitting venom, celebratory mocking of the vine's failure; & a messenger:  'He breathed on them and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,' as the film of voices from works past play a gorgeous fin du premier acte.

Where there was once abscission, there is now recession, the second fall in another boiling Epiklesis, the end beginning with the Chaining the Katechon-esque riffwork of Malconfort, 'in fire and hail, in fire and hail,' a grinding, serpentine second death. Have You Beheld the Fevers? I've beheld its bursting, neo-death metal chop & its lyrical anticipation of Devouring Famine, all points swallowed by shadow, a kernel of the band's orthodoxy found amidst the musical detritus of apocalypse: 'I am an accomplice and my disheveled laughters and moans/Are of the same essence as the fervour of a Saint/It is senseless to fight against this infinite stream.'

'L’exclusion inconcevable d’une seule âme serait un danger pour l’Harmonie éternelle.' Thus, the final restoration, Apokatastasis Pantôn, the sound up above (lit. & fig.) the source of the grace of salvation in the form of Origen & Gregory of Nyssa's cleansing fires, a now famously Dantean notion (but not that lovable little scamp & (ex?)perv, Augustine), turned on their heads. Whom you leave behind leads to what you find; not what you thought: 'You were seeking strength, justice, splendour! You were seeking love!/Here is the pit, here is your pit! Its name is silence.' Good times.

Building, but rarely climaxing, the edifice, Deathspell Omega's trademark sprawling harmonies of discontinuity flower tension, tension, tension, yet, whereas past works (for the better in Si & Kénôse, for the worse in the at-times brilliant, at-times forced Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum) skewed their time- & lyric-signature tendrils like an acid-saturated octopus, the groaning textures of Paracletus are built upon a more unbroken path, the final thrust of creation into the fires of the end. Though here, there's no return to paradise, only ash. Perhaps Augie was right about the punishment, but fell short on just how many get to burn.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Support Our Potatoes

Look man, when I'm Tribal Warfare Day channel surfing, I expect a fresh batch of brand new Hitler Nazi extraterrestrial reptile occult UFO jazz, not staid & obvious Americanish herotastic programming whose commercial breaks repeat said Americanish herotasticism of The Greatest Country In The World Ever MotherFCC® brought to you by Freedom Isn't Free Corporations Pay For It Not Responsible For Inadequate Distribution All Rights Reserved, agitprop drooled forth by a parade of John McCain lookalikes at least they don't crash, an AIM-7 sticking out the back of your torso. So next time, less jingoism, more Nostradamus Swap Believe It Or Not in between hawking some Time-Life DVDs or Viagra or Ritz or life insurance don't make me watch the Food Network or cable access schwing or *gasp* read a fucking book is that too much to ask?


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You all thought I was being funny referencing Frankenstein, didn't you.

Diabolical creatures + a shrinking habitat + high technology =


It's not just a bad SciFi Channel movie any longer. En plus, once the water wars commence & a Joint Chiefs of golf clubbing retirees & their private army march across the fruited plains to steal our precious Lake Erie, we can use these killer electric aquatic vertebrae with scales for good, scare the Ben Gay right off their desiccated gooseflesh & then we get drunk on that sweet, sweet H20.

Keep watching the seas!

P.S. Apologies (not really) for the lamer-than-usual (not really) air of recent electrons. Not a single solitary hardware store, big box, technobabble shack, head shop or apothecary seems to carry a USB cable that fits my camera's oddball jack, so until that arrives via post, instead of pretty (not really) pictures, more meaningless verbiage, plus ça change, et ceteroony, neighborino.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tales from the Library




"By Jove, I think I've got it!"

Friday, November 5, 2010

I'm from the internets & I'm here to help.

Ronnie, I blogged about Vladimir Putin, I knew things about Vladimir Putin that I read somewhere, Vladimir Putin was a friend of other ex-KGB agents until he garroted them in a dark alley. Ronnie, you're no Vladimir Putin.

No, no, today's entry isn't the latest in a long line of examples proving the maxim gorky that all posts can be improved with Putin. If you're in the moniker market for your brand new hip rock &/or roll combo -- apologies that the coolest one is probably already taken & by the way, translating isn't a job, it's an art form don't any of you fucking 'professional' douchebags understand the poetry inherent in language? -- help me help you by choosing from among the following:

Summer Entropy Commandos
Morning Sabotage Group
Conspiracists for the realization of insecurity
Immoral City De-Structuralists

Organizers of Night Entertainment

The rest found here. Sure, a bit creaky in this instantly gratifying coffee, what have you done for me tomorrow, ADHD-addled age, but I rarely crawl out of my Bat Cave & it's still better than anything you could come up with, I'd wager.