Saturday, February 14, 2004

THE FEELIES: GROWING UP "FEELIE" "The Good Earth" for me the sound of the view from our place on East Georgia 1986
50 coolest monkeys of all time my resemblance to "Bingo" much remarked on during the period of the Banana Splits' ascendancy--
Animal Yawns time to go back to bed
from Plep---THE BOOK OF NOODLES: "Perhaps the original form is found in the Philogelos Hieraclis et Philagrii Faceti, edited by Eberhard. A citizen of Cumae was selling honey. Some one came up and tasted it, and said that it was all bad. He replied, 'If a mouse had not fallen into it, I would not sell it.'"

Friday, February 13, 2004

There he goes again!: "Journalists must ask themselves why the rumor of a private peccadillo deserves their attention and resources in the 2004 campaign. The press faces a more important issue: learning from its own failure to report the false rationale and abused intelligence that drove the nation to war. "
Edward Ardizzone - Diary of a War Artist
kid's book reprint series from NYRB
happy birthday Eleanor Farjeon!
Atelier Cezanne (flash)
The Grey Album
download The Grey Album

Thursday, February 12, 2004

CN named in reparations suit: "The amended suit will also likely contain accusations certain companies, including CN, continue to hide their complicity in slavery to 'maintain customer goodwill' and increase profits, said Diane Sammons, one of three lead lawyers representing the descendants."
The First Goddamn Week of Winter
--from Antarctica a review of Carpenter's "The Thing"
George Jones' 'Hayride' Recordings Surface: "A version of 'You Gotta Be My Baby' captured in 1956 opens the disc, which also includes 'Color of the Blues,' 'Nothing Can Stop My Loving You' and 'I'm Ragged But I'm Right' taped during a 1958 appearance at the show at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. "
1rpm--turntable geology (movie)

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Jane Meyer on Cheney and Halliburton
The grove in this abandoned Georgia railways photo looks just like some of the old rail and roadbeds around here--less muddy, though.
Malachi Favors 37-04 r.i.p.
portraits from Downtown Music
Arto Lindsay
Rashied Ali
Derek Bailey
thanks Bifurcated Rivets for these Abandoned Railways of Georgia
Armond digs Shakey : "Two authentic moments stand out. On 'Sun Green,' Young sings, 'No one could explain it/It just got great reviews.' That sizes up the current tendency to praise superficial product regardless of its content or intention. Young critiques the political acquiescence that has infected every aspect of popular culture, replacing actual thinking, ever since the late-80s triumph of capitalism (what some people like to call the fall of communism). And the glorious 'Grandpa's Interview' offers a daring bromide: 'It ain't an honor to be on tv/And it ain't a duty either'--blessed curmudgeonliness. Greendale's a modest movie, but it's also heroic. "

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Robert Johnson: What Is Wrong With This Picture?: "Christgau also observed that Elvis had many male acolytes, while Cooke was simply a 'heartthrob.' Indeed he was that, but he was also the biggest influence on his genre: All the soul men tried to sing like him. Out of such blithe error and dialectical conceit flows the received wisdom. That is, until an Elijah Wald simply looks at the music on its own terms, judging it by its own criteria. "
Lazy Sunday by The Small Faces (Interpretation by Matt Halliday) close my eyes and drift away...(flash)
Sleeping Girl by Denton Welch Pen and black ink on paper
Denton Welch: "Although Orvil's eyes still looked down at the page, they gradually came to focus far beyond it. He thought of ruins lost in wooded valleys; kittens with black faces; toast in a Gothic Revival toast-rack like the nave of some miniature cathedral; lovely uncut stones reminiscent of sucked jujubes; a top-heavy georgian coffee-pot shaped like a funeral urn; his mother's minute ring-watch, the face the size of a sequin, with little diamonds winking all round it. He saw it again on her little finger, and remembered how miraculous it had always seemed. "
from wood s lot--

BBC - Painting the Weather
Hawthorne--The Celestial Railroad: "The road now plunged into a gorge of the Delectable Mountains, and traversed the field where, in former ages, the blind men wandered and stumbled among the tombs. One of these ancient tomb-stones had been thrust across the track, by some malicious person, and gave the train of cars a terrible jolt. Far up the rugged side of a mountain, I perceived a rusty iron door, half overgrown with bushes and creeping plants, but with smoke issuing from its crevices.
'Is that,' inquired I, 'the very door in the hill-side, which the shepherds assured Christian was a by-way to Hell?'
'That was a joke on the part of the shepherds,' said Mr. Smooth-it-away, with a smile. 'It is neither more or less than the door of a cave, which they use as a smoke-house for the preparation of mutton hams.' "
Ives HAWTHORNE ["Essays Before a Sonata"]:

"If the same anyone happens to live in the 'Old Manse' near the Concord Battle
Bridge, he is likely 'of a rainy day to betake himself to the
huge garret,' the secrets of which he wonders at, 'but is too
reverent of their dust and cobwebs to disturb.' He is likely to
'bow below the shriveled canvas of an old (Puritan) clergyman in
wig and gown--the parish priest of a century ago--a friend of
Whitefield.' He is likely to come under the spell of this
reverend Ghost who haunts the 'Manse' and as it rains and darkens
and the sky glooms through the dusty attic windows, he is likely
'to muse deeply and wonderingly upon the humiliating fact that
the works of man's intellect decay like those of his hands'...
'that thought grows moldy,' and as the garret is in
Massachusetts, the 'thought' and the 'mold' are likely to be
quite native. When the same anyone puts his poetry into novels
rather than essays, he is likely to have more to say about the
life around him--about the inherited mystery of the town--than a
poet of philosophy is."
CHARLES Ives - "Concord" Sonata : "'Hawthorne,' the second-movement scherzo, is a phantasmogoria intended by Ives to depict the relentless of guilt, the elves in the forest, the Puritan past, and Hawthorne as the great national recorder of 19th-century American life. "

Monday, February 09, 2004

What people were overheard saying on the London Underground " Everything Morrissey predicted in the 80s is coming true."
from Jamie Reid--



will be held at the




Colin Browne, Pierre Coupey, Steve Duncan,
Warren Dean Fulton, Gerry Gilbert,
Tamsin and/or Jeremy Gilbert
Bernice Lever, Mike Matthews, John Pass,
Jamie Reid, Robert R. Reid,
George Stanley, Fred Wah.
The Bohemian Index
Letter to the Guardian "Star-struck--
Thanks to Alan Hollinghurst for discovering Frederick Tuckerman's poetry ('Intimacy with a stranger', January 31), but is the quoted star-description really 'unsurpassed'? Here is Basil Bunting's, from 'Briggflatts' (1965): '... Aldebaran, low in the clear east, / beckoning boats to the fishing. / Capella floats from the north / with shields hung on his gunwale. / That is no dinghy's lantern / occulted by the swell - Betelgeuse, / calling behind him to Rigel. / Starlight is almost flesh ... Furthest, fairest things, stars, free of our humbug, / each his own, the longer known the more alone, / wrapt in emphatic fire roaring out to a black flue ...' Surely Bunting takes the garland.
Mark Thompson
Oxford "

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Alan Bennett on Denton Welch: " Minor writers often convey a more intense flavour of their times than those whose range is broader and concerns more profound. Here the war is met with at every turn, but transmuted into an idyllic pastoral of soldiers bathing, prisoners harvesting and planes crossing the moonlit sky to the sound of distant singing from the pub. As drunken servicemen ride their girlfriends home on the handlebars his diaries sometimes read like the script for a documentary by Humphrey Jennings or notes for a film by Michael Powell."
Kurt Schwitters' Hannover Merzbau
Happy Birthday Robert Burton author of Anatomy of Melancholy
The Age of Dryden: "Besides, the double Rhyme (a necessary companion of Burlesque writing) is not so proper for manly Satir, for it turns Earnest too much into Jest, and gives us a boyish kind of Pleasure. It tickles awkwardly with a kind of Pain to the best sort of Readers; and we are pleased ungratefully, and if I may say so, against our liking."
Sir Hudibras and Ralpho in the Stocks
William Hogarth--"Hubibras Sallying Forth"
Happy Birthday Samuel Butler author of Hudibras!