Archive for 2008

December 29th, 2008

The Boston Phoenix

Thaww, Yeah
Matt Parish, Phoenix Staff

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It’s been awhile since Kevin Micka blessed us with a full-on ANIMAL HOSPITAL record. Like, 2004? Really? We’ve been watching his Flickr account for evidence of studio work for a while now. Solo recording stints in Oakland, San Francisco, Boston, and West Virginia (in a deserted old bank on the Ohio River) are finally going to see the light of day — Micka and his Frankensteinian setup of homespun drum loops and spider-webbing guitars will fill out two gloriously layered and dreamlike full-length records this year. The first, Good or Plenty, Streets and Avenues, comes out January 30 on Mutable Sound. The second, Memory, comes out March 3 on Barge Recordings.

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December 29th, 2008

Podcast #7

Why now?

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A pretty good year for music, not great. Jason Allen guest dj’s on this podcast. Gabe reads from the writings of William Burroughs, from a collection entitled Interzone, in the weekly segment of Book You! Rod Blagojevich is sexy, possibly more than Sarah Palin. Gabe doesn’t have issues with peanut butter, but does have issues with many other things. What happened in 2008? Besides Barack Obama being elected, Gabe went to Alaska, he and Malcolm formed a band, and Jason played a good friend’s wedding, utilizing the theme from Twin Peaks even. Great shows we saw in 2008: High Places (at the AV-aerie), Akron / Family (also at the AV-aerie), Deerhoof (at Metro), The Residents (at Lakeshore Theater), and The Ex (at Millenium Park). Here we are. Why? On the cusp. There’s the past. Why? An allegorical painting? Standing on the threshold, fist raised. Why now? But it is kind of answering itself in a way, because it’s now. But there is always then, which is in my mind, which is not real, but that’s only Jason’s opinion, whereas Gabe believes living in the past is kind of like living in the future.

 

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December 28th, 2008

Big Faker

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SP Weather Station — September — From fakeisthenewreal.org

SP Weather Station — September — From fakeisthenewreal.org



The above image is from a website entitled, Fake is the new real, containing the artwork and photographs of Neil Freeman. We just liked it, and thought others should check it out. Please do!


December 22nd, 2008

Podcast #6

Where Are You Going?

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What is the most unchristmasy place in the whole world? Maybe Darfur. It’s christmas at ground zero, and we are focusing on journeys of the physical and transcendental variety this week. Malcolm Cowley is most famous for discovering William Faulkner, but is also the author of a book entitled Exile’s Return, which Gabriel reads from during a segment fast becoming a tradition, and titled Book You. The question for the week is Where are you going? Any responses to this question (or any question for that matter) can be mailed to us at mail@mutablesound.com. We also sample the music of Animal Hospital, whose album, Good or Plenty, Streets and Avenues, will be out soon. The Scripted Cocktail Party was a complete success, but for the unclean underwear, after which another episode of Twilight at the Lady Jane Grey College for Little Ladies. Gabriel attempts to explain said episode afterwards in a long, rambling, and flustered monologue, Malcolm butchers a few scandinavian names, and Gabriel reports on his journey to Jacks and Jill’s Sunshine Retreat Center to meet with guru Colin Jacks. Gabriel attempted to make a world made entirely of marshmellow because he is shackled by his absurdist sense of humor. More than he has ever stared into the eyes of a woman, Gabriel stared into Colin’s eyes, which was a frightful occurrence, but what did he learn? To create a world within is to create a world without. Next thing you know, we are going to be wearing diapers and making googly sounds. Merry frickin christmas.

 

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December 20th, 2008

Scripted Cocktail Party

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To whom it may concern, I threw a party at my house on the friday last in which all conversation was meant to be scripted. Of course, it did not turn out as I had planned. There were scripted conversations, but they were more performances than conversations, which is not what I had intended, and as the evening went on, and the stage directions became more esoteric, they were often incomprehensible, but those who attended seemed to enjoy themselves, as I did, and we drank Moscow Mules, and enacted little parts of ourselves, and on the whole were pleased as punch at the end of the night. You can download the scripts here to throw your own scripted cocktail party.


December 15th, 2008

Podcast #5

Whatever Happened to Freud and his Quaint Oedipal Complex?

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Welcome. Perhaps we are implanted in your brain. Our first set of music is like lying back on a therapists couch, which brings on the question for the week, which is, Whatever happened to Freud and his quaint oedipal complex? Then Gabe reads from Oedipus the King, after which point Malcolm and Gabe are overcome, so much so that Malcolm comes close to suggesting they call it quits right here and now, but really only implies it through his musical selection. Does Malcolm eat the ears off living pigs? Of course not. Gabe pumps his scripted cocktail party, which will be friday the 19th, at 2206 N. Rockwell, at around 8. For more directions email him at mail@mutablesound.com, or call at 773-384-4642. You can also write to mail@mutablesound.com if you have a response to this weeks question or any week for that matter.

 

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December 13th, 2008

LeWitt & Lineland

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There’s a new Sol LeWitt exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and if you go to www.moma.org you’ll see a short, behind-the-scenes video that features some music from the last Lineland album, Logos for Love, still available from Audiodregs. The video is below, and a new album featuring Lineland and Crank Sturgeon is due from Mutable Sound later this year.


December 8th, 2008

Podcast #4

What’s Black and White and Red all over?

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Bloody snow rocks, among other things. Gabriel reads from A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay on a new segment titled Book You! The man died of a tooth abscess. Gabriel attempts to recount what has happened in past episodes of Twilight at the Lady Jane Grey College for Little Ladies, but only succeeds in confusing Malcolm further. Then we revert back to 1903 and the actual radioplay itself. All that talk of smoking and drinking has Gabe smoking and drinking. Then Gabriel reviews 2012: Doomsday, in which mayans attempt to save the world for christ, because obviously the whole of mayan civilization is dependent upon the work of christian missionaries from the third century ad. Gabriel advises to eat only lettuce and celery on his segment, Gabe’s Guide to Better Health. Malcolm is not so certain because we all are dying in the larger scheme of things, instead believing in a balanced meal, and Gabriel pumps the scripted cocktail party that will be taking place at his house at 2206 N. Rockwell St. For more information, email mail@mutablesound.com, or call 773-384-4642.


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