January 28th, 2015

the Making it Free Project

MUT015: Cast and Costumes

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We here at Mutable are going to be converting one album into a free download every month for the next six months, and we’re starting with a favorite of ours from several years ago. (Although, of course they’re all favorites.) Cast and Costumes is an album that should have received more attention than it did.


Cast and Costumes is the brain child of Paplib and Paplib is Germain Caillet. More than just a genius of psychedelic electronic rock, Paplib is truly unclassifiable. His music has a dreamy pop quality too and these jarring cut-up moments, but regardless is should be enjoyed and explored in all its complexity, and it should be listened to by you.


Listen to and download Cast and Costumes for free here, and check in next month when we make another of our many Mutable products free!

January 28th, 2015


The Least I Can Do
AD Jameson

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[AD Jameson, author of the Mutable release, Amazing Adult Fantasy, has a new story out at Matter, entitled, The Least I Can Do. We here at Mutable just wanted to make you aware of this fact. First three paragraphs and link to the rest of the story found below.]


Antoine lived in Ontario, an awful place. Despite this, he’d never left. “I just like it here,” was what he said whenever anyone asked. Some people criticized him for not ever leaving town, not even on a day trip; they called Antoine a dirty, dirty chimp but they were just goosing him he knew.


Regardless, way up there, Antoine spent a good part of each morning at the Ontario Public Library, sounding his way through the words in one of its books. Today the book was called The Wishy-Washy Walrus. It opened like this: “Once upon a time there was a wishy-washy walrus.” After that, things got pretty complex pretty fast. It seems that the walrus, whose name was Washburn, was wishy-washy. To elaborate further, on certain days Washburn wished to be washed, and on other days Washburn wished not to be washed. You can see how that would be a problem.


Antoine finished reading, closed the book. And you’ve probably already formed a negative opinion of Antoine but it’s not becoming to make fun of adult illiteracy.


[To read more, go here.]

December 5th, 2014


Gabriel Chad Boyer and Normal Feelings

No Place to Die

17 Tracks | Digital Download | $0 | Now Available


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It begins with a few good lies. Then something terrible happens and those lies are shattered. You’re looking for someone to blame but also terrified and barreling off into god only knows where when you see something else—maybe a girl on a rock, or a hummingbird midflight, but something—and you see that where you are is just nowhere, and you see where you are for what it is, and everything becomes clear for a moment. You’re going to die someday, and it’s terrifying. This is the album.


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September 11th, 2014

On the Road with...

The Glasgow Pineapple Baron
James Mansfield

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[A one-day guide to Glasgow---13.35, departure time 16.12---from the co-founder of the Museum of Imaginative Knowledge.]


1. Kelvinhall to Buchanan Street


The Glasgow subway system is an underground railway which is small enough to be disconcerting. The water running on the tracks at Kelvinhall was disorientating, and the bright orange decoration reminded me of the subway in Brussels, New York and Milan. But not London. Yet having spent some time away from the metropolis, to visit another city was reassuring. On the subway I was reading Paul Theroux’s 1975 book The Great Railway Bazaar in which he travels from London across Asia to Japan and back again.


My journey on the subway was 12 minutes long and I almost stayed on longer just to carry on reading. I should perhaps have been studying my fellow passengers in the four carriage trains which circular around the inner ring and outer ring of the Glasgow system. It was enough just to remain in the system, looking up at the same adverts for Glasgow in bright pink. This tropical shade reminded me of the jacket worn by Douglas Dalrymple, a 19th century explorer and businessman. While the painting of him (hanging in the Kelvingrove Museum) may have been over-restored, his pink jacket was unlikely to be something he had ever worn.


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August 29th, 2014

Ben: Letter 3

Excerpts from the Wes Letters
Ben Segal

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[The Wes Letters is a collaborative epistolary novel composed of letters to the film director Wes Anderson and recently released by Outpost 19. The below is part of a series of single-letter excerpts from the book. Look for other entries from one of the three authors: Feliz Lucia Molina, Brett Zehner, and Ben Segal.]



Dear Wes Anderson,


There’s a thing Feliz didn’t mention. Let me explain or at least narrate:


We left Crestline quickly and got our lunch in Lake Arrowhead Village. It isn’t really a village, just a collection of shops and underdeveloped attractions with a free parking garage. Its got an ugly bit of walk by the lake and seems mostly bent on clouding up its natural beauty with commerce. Still, the lake itself is beautiful. They can’t take that away.


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August 24th, 2014

2 of 2

Places Outside of Place
Luther Phillips

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[This is the second part of a 2-part article. To read the first half of it go here.]


Imaginary Realm: History, Memory, & Self


“Answer my prayer, God, and tell me, pitiable as I am, be pitiful to me and tell me this: did I have another period of life, which died and was succeeded by my infancy? Was this the period which I spent inside my mother’s womb,” (Augustine, Confessions, p. 22)


Both Thomas More and his friend Desiderius Erasmus were humanists. Meaning specifically that they emphasized the dignity of Man and the power of Reason while remaining deeply committed to Christianity, and through all of his many successes—entering the service of King Henry VIII in 1518, becoming Chancellor in 1529—More remained a profoundly religious Catholic. Because he couldn’t escape his desire for a wife, More chose to become a “chaste husband rather than a licentious priest” but all the same longed for a Christian vita contemplativa from early youth, and throughout his life, More followed many of the ascetic practices of monks: rising early, fasting, engaging in prolonged prayer, and wearing a hair shirt. He also was famous for his immense poverty.


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August 23rd, 2014

Lina ramona Vitkauskas on Spiny Retinas!

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[Lina ramona Vitkauskas recently released her Spiny Retinas with us, a truly indescribable and wonderful book. Recently we wrote her to get a few answers to the questions that had been plaguing us concerning Spiny Retinas. Below is her response.]



Gabe, you are writing to me from Tokyo.


Whenever I think of Tokyo, I can’t help but think of the film Lost in Translation. And I’m going there now (mentally) because Bill Murray starred in that film, and one of his great contemporaries, Robin Williams, tragically removed himself from this planet this past week. This also transitions into the questions you’ve asked me about my work, most relevantly, Spiny Retinas, because before Williams’ death, he was interviewed specifically about the perception of the “sad clown” archetype: what did mean to him, how did he relate (sadly, he fully committed to that life role).


I think of this specifically because I often use humor to confront personal challenges and I use it in my work to address the “darkness” of our times, which is what I believe Spiny Retinas somewhat deals with. In past work, I have let this sardonic voice come through a bit (e.g. my e-book from 2012, HONEY IS A SHE, often trails off into dark humor [it deals with going through a divorce]). More so with Spiny Retinas.


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August 13th, 2014

My Asinine Life

The ejaculating soul’s unlikely apocalypse
GB Chad

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The first thing you incoherent erogenous zones should understand is that there is no apocalypse. The apocalypse already happened, you pleasantly subdued psychologies. There will never be an apocalypse if you keep this up my half-whored verb friends, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for it like you would prepare for one of your notorious cyclical weddings or any of the other great beginnings or endings of you. It is in this way that your brains become peopled with new and colorful crustaceans of the cartoon variety.


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