September 19th, 2019

A Mutable Exclusive

Song-A-Day

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John Manson of Neptune and Magic People fame, and Dan Madri, who played with John in The Gondoliers, became involved 4 years ago in a project at the Aviary gallery in Boston, where musicians and artists created a piece a day for the month of January, ending in a gallery show. The project was called Fun-A-Day. (Or FAD.) And now, 4 years later, John and Dan are continuing this tradition under the title Song-A-Day or SAD. Fun fact: the names of all the songs in this collection come from LFL team names.

 

Over the course of the coming weeks and months, the raw wonders they have produced will tickle at your ears and haunt your imaginings long after the audio’s cut short and the accompanying films have cut to black. For here at Mutable, we will be posting them regularly for your viewing and listening pleasure. Enjoy!

 

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April 4th, 2019

Manifesto of the Month

The Unraveling Prism
GBoyer

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1. You Get up in the Morning

 

You get up in the morning, and you go to our job, and you do whatever it is you’ve been trained to do, through school and circumstance, and you come home to this place that you call yours, except for maybe it’s just a rented bit of flooring in some basement and beside a work desk or under someone else’s pillow, but you got a stove to heat your food, and maybe someone to talk to, maybe not, and the years pile on the years, and your body turns to a more brittle version of your body and maybe every once in a while something shatters or starts to wobble in its seat of cartilage. Eventually, one of these things will end you. Is this the dream?

 

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December 3rd, 2017

3 Things

Episode 18: Big Babies, Group Think, & Willpower

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This week on Three Things we talk about adults who never grow up and still live a meaningful life, how no matter how smart we may seem on an individual scale, we’re not too bright in groups, and our struggles with self control.

 


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!