Archive for 2017

November 17th, 2017

ApesNest@Mutable

Gabriel Boyer performs w/ Talbot, Talbot, Talbot

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A few weeks ago, Mutable’s Gabriel Boyer read a story from his soon-to-be-finished Apocryphal Histories of the Parasite along with the musical mayhem of Talbot Talbot Talbot, not to be confused with their alter ego—Death Shepherd!


October 8th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 17: Cars, Apocalypse, & Internet Irony

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This week on 3 Things we talk about the cars we have owned, or in Gabe’s case, about the cars we never in actual fact have owned, the apocalypses we would like to see, and whether or not the apocalypse is even happening, although it is definitely true that the internet is killing irony, and I don’t mean it’s killing it, but more like it’s dead. Which is the third thing we talk about. Enjoy!

 


October 2nd, 2017

ApesNest@Mutable

If You’re Going to Shave Down a Seal
Chris Braiotte

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[There's this thing that's been happening around Boston where people read creepy stories over creepy music and it's called Ape's Nest, and we here at Mutable love it so much that we are going to start featuring the print versions of these stories, beginning with this remarkable bit below.]

 

If you’re going to shave down a seal — and I’m seriously not suggesting that you do — you need to pay attention to the contours.

 

You see, most of a seal is smooth and uncomplicated, a long curlicue like a hairy Nike swoosh. You’ll get lulled into a long careless shave, and that’s when it’ll go wrong. Because there you are, zooming along, and blammo. Flipper changes the angle. You nick that seal right in the fold of his flipper, and then you’ve got a mostly hairless, bleeding, pissed off seal. And once that seal starts thrashing you’re both trapped in an upwelling cycle of blood and resentment.

 

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September 10th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 16: Roko’s Basilisk, Workweek, No Sand

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For those of you who don’t know, Roko’s Basilisk is the premise that AI might develop to create virtual hells for those who didn’t help develop AI, and, speaking of hell, the 40-hour workweek is brutal—but worry not, because the Earth is running out of everything, including sand! As our three experts of nothing discuss these issues in their many infantile styles like overgrown babies as awlays. For the most part, they spend their time complaining about the future, the present, and the past, as usual. Enjoy!

 


September 9th, 2017

Mutable Sound of the Month

Sophia Darby

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On a quiet summer evening some several months ago, I found myself sitting out on the grass beside a farm in New Hampshire, while on a haybed left parked just by the sheep pen a pair of musicians were in the middle of the most dreamy set of folk-pop. Later, I was to learn the singer-songwriter who stood with her hair perched on top of her head was Sophia Darby. Her voice has a similar lilting confessional style as Cat Power—the same casual almost lullaby quality that I enjoyed so much on early Cat Power masterpieces, such as Moon Pix and Covers—Sophia Darby has the power though to grab your attention and keep it there. I hope you enjoy this other candid video. Someone please produce her album!


August 14th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 15: Stories, Roadtrips, & Magic Lost

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In this episode of 3 Things, Gabe, Mal, and Adam ponder stories and what makes them tick, their favorite most horrible road trips and losing the magic. Gabe has his own ideas of what makes a good story, Adam talks about wandering off in Alaska, and Malcolm consoles everyone about how great 90′s hip hop was, and maybe those days are done, but those were some days. There’s always spelunking!

 


August 13th, 2017

This is not a Review...

…of Haints Stay
GBoyer

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[What follows below is an essay about Haints Stay. It is CHOCK FULL of spoilers. If you haven't read Colin Winnette's remarkable western, please buy it here before continuing on to the reading of the essay, or resign yourself to having your experience sullied by the author's analysis. That having been said...]

 

Haints Stay is something like as if Cormac McCarthy’s bloody West were touched by the hand of Samuel Beckett, and something of the aesthetic spirit child of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, except for more honest. It breathes through its bloody teeth and sings in places you thought were immune to song. It has a power that is difficult for a reader to reconcile themselves with, but also difficult to turn away from, or something like rubbernecking a divine accident.

 

The book follows two brothers who are killers, Brooke and Sugar, and—as is often the case—a small altercation leads to one thing that then leads to another, and eventually a monumental tragedy. Around this aforementioned monumental tragedy are many series of other tragedies no less strongly felt. It is a brutal story told in the lilting tones of other brutal stories you may have read, but with a logic all its own. It’s true this isn’t a review, but that having been said, I loved this book.

 

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July 3rd, 2017

3 Things

Episode 14: All About Food!

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Malcolm talks about food trends, Gabe talks about his troubled history with food, and Adam talks about Roger Ebert’s cookbook this week on 3 Things. Is food an artform? What is “skin egg”? Did you know Roger Ebert used to bring a rice cooker with him to film festivals and cook up his favorite dishes in the pot while watching foreign dramas before his many unfortunate surgeries? Enjoy!