TO THE EDITOR
Thanks for your reply. I have heard Transmaniacon,
listening to it right now, actually. It's not brilliant the
way Royal Trux is -- the absence of Neil is obviously crucial.
I think the musicians she chose are more surface, not earth
shattering like Neil.
That said, I think Trans is more in the vein
of Royal Trux, whereas Neil's solo stuff is such a departure.
And seeing as how the trux are my absolute favorite band,
I'm so THANKFUL for the return of some wonderful, dirty skank
rock. It pales in comparison to any N+J production, but it's
something....and it's comforting for me to hear Jenn's voice
again. For awhile I was hearing bizarre stories of her shooting
up in her neck -- and worrying she would be dead in no time
-- so this, in all of its overblown, fascinatingly perverse
mediocrity, is a gift. There are some awesome songs, too....I
don't mean to sell it too much, but it brings out these emotions
that I never feel in Neil's solo stuff -- there's some weird
soul connection to the early stuff, hence
RTX. Jenn made some statement about the past living on in
her, that there was no erasure....but that this was a new
start as well. I hear she surfs these days. :)
I also want to say I thought it was wonderful
that you guys put up Tosh Berman's essay on his father Wallace
Berman. WB is my favorite artist -- visual poetics and all
of that; also, emphasis on REVOLUTION.
Last thing, I promise. I'm tempted to print
out all of your issues, just to make sure they're not lost
in the vast web. (I have a weird physical archive impulse.)
I know some people just randomly take down their web productions
cost to maintain and all of that. How do all of you have so
much time to write? I mean, are you guys funded from outside
sources? That would be awesome if it were possible; at some
point my friend and I might try to put together something.....But
I don't think we'd be able to put out anything this thorough
-- it's kind of like you've created a whole psychedelic, alive
universe -- a trip into another's
mind....(Yet another resonance with Royal Trux.)
happened to Dave E of the Electric Eels?"
Mentioned in the Tarot or Aorta review. If you hadn't
already heard, John Morton mentions in his wild n'
wooly liner notes to "The Eyeball of Hell" that Dave
came down with that most dreaded syndrome of all
nihilist rockers: he become a born-again Christian.
Now look: I fancy myself a Christian (after a fashion
one I'm sure many conventional "Christians" would
displeasing), but can I just say I HATE THAT SHIT?!?!?
MB, Dave E, who the fuck else? I know, I know, their
souls are afforded relief, but I still subscribe to a
different school of Christian belief....there are
things in this society worth railing about, even in
the most pissy and bitter and nihilistic ways, and
it's not a sin to get on that podium. And the other
one that says creativity should always be rewarded,
not punished. I think of that priest that's
interviewed in the John Waters documentary "Divine
Trash." John's mother came to the priest who used to
let John screen his films in the basement of his
church and asked him what she should do about her son.
"I told her....ENCOURAGE HIM. Creativity is something
that's in such short supply these days, and shouldn't
be held back." David Thomas at least gave it a try,
trying to reconcile his Jehovah's Witness-ness with
his former band's chaos, and at least made some
interesting stabs in the '80s. Granted, he was better
when he was hateful/pissy, but hey...this is a really
difficult area of inquiry, and I'm not equipped to
duke it out right now. But I just wanted to bring that
up. That's where Dave E is. Two-point conversion by
- Noxagt. You ponder out possible pronunciations
the review. Just wanted to say, hearing it from Ben
McOsker and the band themselves when on tour, I think
it's pronounced "Noacks-akt", long O, short A. Very
brittle and angular pronunciation, almost eastern
european in its consonant-heavy clack. Like a sneeze.
I like to think of myself (usually) as some sorta 'man of
the people'. For all that browbeating type bullshit I do in
my column (ie--'You're a stain of shit if you've never heard
and dug on both SSD AND Dando Shaft', etc'), I think of opinions
in the cliched manner that they're just like shitholes, everybody's
got one and they don't really 'stink' per se, but they're
not gonna jump out and stab me from behind a brickwall anytime
soon, so let them be, y'know? But, Dolman, ole buddy, ole
pal, ole one last tram ticket for the road...THE SECOND BAND
ALBUM IS OVERRATED?!?!? Reading this statement at such an
early moment of the day (1 PM) made me put aside my coffee,
my cig and my Mickey Jupp tapes for one mo'...for I had awoken
to a sobering consequence. YOU'RE FULL OF SHIT! 'When You
Awake'? 'Rockin' Chair'? WE'RE TALKING ''LOOK OUT CLEVELAND'
FOR CATALINA'S SAKE HERE! 'King Harvest' is the finest white
funk ever committed to tape and I thought you had the ears
to hear and realize this. I mean, Hair Police gets ten green
lights, but something with the genius of 'Jawbone' on it is
overrated? Are you sure you haven't been puffing on those
jumbo rocks they sell in Humboldt Park? (I believe they are
called 'St. Germaines') (And as far as 'Stage Fright' goes...all
I gotta say is 'Just Another Whistle Stop', 'Time To Kill,'
this has made me stop and think about contributing to Blastitude.
Am I not even preaching to the converted, but to the ignorant
and prejudiced? It makes me wonder...
the positive side, 200LBU4 will be done by summers end, I
PROMISE. Was gonna interview The Magick Markers when they
blew through town this Friday, but I got caught up at the
happy hour at the Sounds Lounge and the next thing I knew
it was 2 AM and I was sitting in [NAME WITHHELD]'s sitting
room while Dylan's 'Brownsville Girl' blarred outta these
coffin sized speakers. (Some of my fave Dylan lines are in
that track...'I didn't know whether to duck or run...so I
ran' 'I feel pretty good right now, but that's not saying
much', etc) I remember some sorta spat occuring over the validity
of Tom Petty sometime over the night as well, but it's all
sorta foggy right now. Later I remembered the Heartbreakers
backed up Bob on that track. Right? Am I wrong? Jesus, look
who I'm asking...
you got me there, I have yet to hear Bob Dylan & The Heartbreakers
any song, including "Brownsville Girl," which might
indeed mean that I'm full of shit, but Antone, I do know this:
"Tears of Rage" and "Chest Fever" are
a one-two Big Pink punch that takes the whole Band
album out! No, actually, that Band review was pretty stupid.
Everybody puts The Band at #1 and Big Pink
at #2, and I just wanted to say that I think it's the other
way around, but for some reason it got kinda snarky and, correct,
full of shit. The Band is a mighty fuckin' album,
for sure. That shit about hasty token Americana didn't mean
that The Band wasn't playing and singing its ass off, but
there's no denying that Robertson fell off BIGTIME as a songwriter
over the years, and on this album I can hear him starting
to slip a little. But holy shit, you're right about "Look
Out Cleveland"! I'll be honest: I had missed that one.
you put those glamour boys The Strokes and that pussy Jack
White into the sacred New York vs. Midwest paradigm? That
battle is best fought with heavyweights, be they Lou Reed
vs. Neil Young or Jim Jarmusch vs. Guy Maddin or even John
Zorn vs. Miles Davis. But please don't think that T.I.J.W.
(That Idiot Jack White) and anyone named Julian would ever
be allowed into this title card bout.
the fact remains, and can’t be argued with—the
Strokes ‘re one o’ the best groups to come down
the pike in a long while."
can argue with it. It doesn't have The Spook. Some early Styx
songs have more Spook than The Strokes. And, really, what
is that telling you?
top 100 albums list was killer! And now TWO Strokes reviews!?!?!?!?
keep up the good work.
I am a poet from Nepal. I am submitting a poem at your persual.
Title: Suppression, I accept not
into this world
not like the river
but like the drop of water
and will evaporate soon
I am only
a drop of water
in the majestic ocean
a vigorous ripple
in the eternity of the water
For, I am the man,
of eternal freedom
I accept not
I will accept not
The living God
within me, urges
Me to be free, and
march on the road
of freedom sans any dread
thinks in another dimension
unknown and unknowable
even to my mind
And like Goethe
looks at things
in a different manner
different than those thinkers
bestowed with pristine minds
the gift of God
is the inherent right
of every individual
in this compressed world
I will fight
till the end
to free the masses
from the grip of suppression
and ignite the lamp of freedom
I will free the
or die in the attempt
but I will never
live to see
the naked dance of repression
I am not afraid
of those suppressors
nor I am afraid of the death
that they are planning for me
they can kill me but not freedom forever
My blood boils,
Whenever, I see the strong ones
pulverizing the lean, and my heart cries,
whenever I see the starving pauper
in the abattoir of the prosperous butcher
a red rose is a red rose
it is not white
just because they call it white
to disguise the ignorant folks
conquer the Everest
but not my spirit
they can stagnate the river
but not my impetus
my vision of freedom
tongue into pieces
my voice of freedom
Stab me, with the dagger of despotism
But not impede
The blood of freedom
the road to freedom
is blocked with obstacles
but obstacles causes no despair
if they are encountered with hope
We must act now
not just look on,
when our freedom
is threatened from within
it is better
to perish without freedom
than to have a yearn for freedom
but not the valor to harvest it
Be prepared to
bullets on your chest
because, in the struggle
of freedom, tolerance
of suppression is offense
Gather your courage.
in the field, lets march hand in
hand together. Right beneath the
nose of the suppressors, for the
emancipation of our freedom
Let us not forget
The ocean is composed
Of water, and all drops possess
Equal potentials, but only, when
They mix with other drops
They form a powerful bond
Listen, my oppressed
listen, my trodden sisters
to the natural desire
of your ceaseless soul
do not fear
trust your soul
and march ahead
with a resolute heart
for the better tomorrow
the seeds of freedom,
where does it go?
it does not matter
scatter it more with hope
Welcome the freedom
welcome it today
and enjoy it evermore
but do not use your freedom
to suppress the peoples soul
to suppress the peoples soul
2004 Bhuwan Thapaliya
wow, thanks Bhuwan. I very rarely publish poetry in Blastitude,
but this is kinda heavy, so I'll sneak it on the letters
page. I must say, though, your central image of "freedom"
doesn't work for me like it maybe should. I feel like the
meaning of the word has been ruined through overuse by the
American president and the American media, particularly as
a buzzword excuse for sending the lower middle class to war.
To you, a resident of Nepal who speaks a language other than
English, the word "freedom" might mean something
deeper, but in America it feels more how Brian Eno described
it, in an interview with Kristine McKenna, in response to
her question, "What's the most over-rated idea currently
popular in western culture?" His answer: "The idea
of the free individual. That's a very over-rated aspiration
and American society is full of its symptoms. There's a limited
sense in which people differ from one another and those differences
are fairly superficial. There are many more ways that people
are alike, but the whole accent of contemporary culture is
to stress the differences. People are encouraged to want their
own this and their own that, and told that these preferences
are indicative of their individuality -- and such is the basis
of consumer culture."
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That ain't Arthur Doyle...that's me motherfucker! Pam Anderson
= Samara Lubeski.
Sorry about that. I guess I got you and Arty Doyle confused
because of all the similarities you two share (i.e.-You're
both Ecstatic Peace recording artists, you both smoke Black
'n' Milds, etc.)
shoulda remembered Samara's knockers from the first annual
'New Wet America' t-shirt contest they had at Sin'e over the
summer. Remember...Marc Orleans won! I wish I had my 'instamatic'
on that night!
is always a fun bathroom read, though a laptop would be easier.
goob scored two bullseyes, calling Keith a joker and me as
ass. You Jersey guys are so angry!
'You Jersey guys are so angry!'
pal, don't forget where you come from or we'll publish the
'bathrobe' photos post haste!
the next time you enjoy the 'Tude while dropping the Cosby
kids off at the pool, you can use your 'craptop' .
Thanks so much for the kind words. Your review of my album
definitely hits the mark that I'm aiming for.
What's this? A kind letter? I don't know how to react...Um,
work Tone. Do you still have my Santana 'Carvanserai' cassette
you stole from my white Lumina back in 1995?
I read the intro and breezed through the text body. No wonder
you stress over that writing you do...It's in depth, leaving
no stone unturned and it's full of hate and humor. I will
go over the whole column Friday or Saturday (My days off)
with a fine tooth hair pick.
Letterman and Gilbert Godfreid on Stern today!
I had that Santana tape all laid out and ready to give back
to you when I heard Gilbert on Stern today. I quickly slapped
a band aid over the 'no recording' holes and taped away. Sorry
dude. But at least I have Gilbert on tape!
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