Sunday, May 31, 2009

No Goddamned Meerkats Either...

The CP and I took a bike tour to Zoo Hannover earlier today. Too many fucking kids and family types for my liking (and dogs too, at eight Euro a pop), but not as awful as I imagined it might be. Although some of the enclosures appeared to be designed from the original Rake's Progress schematics (a leopard, nervously pacing a sandlot, was definitely batshit), a lesser realm of Bedlam was on display.

Below, a hippopotamus skewers a banana. Right place, right time.



(As always, click for a larger version of the image.)

Wish you'd been there with us (bearing psychotropics, and no rugrats),

TS

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Mood Perpetual...

This illustration, found at our friend Andrea's flat in Berlin, nails it. We're forever on the verge of something volatile, something revelatory. It's a perilously exciting time to be alive...



(Click above for a larger version of the image.)


TS

Five Sacks of Fries for BriWi...

I like this C-SPAN clip, and despite Geithner and Summers, the backpedaling on detainee rights, and a handful of other disappointments, I still quite like Obama. One thing's for certain - as a political animal, he has few peers...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Or Is Wider Dress More Modest?

TLASILA - Bondage Fairies vs. Rudimentary Peni vs. Rainier Lericolais



The Black Friday album's last lawsuit...

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(Four tracks, 19.9 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Her nature was pregnant,

TS

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Security Violence Targets Death...

TLASILA - The Peace vs. Terrorism vs. Randy Greif



Sometimes protests, precautions...

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(Four tracks, 20.6 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Last hit is this year's thrift solution,

TS

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

During This Period of Voluntary Broadcasting...

TLASILA - Descending Darkness vs. Sickcunt vs. Tony Carey



He completed two years (in 1948)...

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He became 1917,

TS

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Stars! (And Milk)...

TLASILA - John Cale vs. John Cale vs. John Cale vs. Prostitute Disfigurement



Comforted, I kissed mother not enough...

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(Four tracks, 17.7 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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I dial and unbalance us,

TS

Monday, May 25, 2009

From "Der ewige Tag"...

Images shot outside Local Fist in the Passerelle (the mostly abandoned subterranean mall adjacent to Hannover's central train station, or Hauptbahnhof) during the May 22nd vernissage for Wolfgang Höpfner's 28-hour (!) video documentary from 1983, Der ewige Tag ("The Eternal Day"). Embedded into the ruin of the mall (selected ravaged storefronts were re-opened, with their woeful contents recycled as narrative elements), with period posters, designed by Höpfner, affixed to doorframes and crumbling columns, the cumulative effect -- one sending up the notion of utopian design -- was stirring. Superb urban art, flawless in its execution, witheringly satirical in every detail...

TS

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

"A closet divided against itself cannot stand."

Rich rips it up again...

It's hard to believe any politician here in Deutschland, apart from the odd far-right kook, could rake hay from this issue. Yet the churls back home still moan about "marriage protection" and "unit discipline." (The latter, as you may recall, was a big club hit for En Esch back in '94.) Herr Rich frames the issue with his customary acuity...

TS

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Senior Block, Senior Boxing Sight...

TLASILA - Oak Ridge Boys vs. Eurovision Contest 2009 vs. Mddl Fngz



In cheap postmortems lay retrospection to longing...

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(Four tracks, 17.9 MB, ripped @ 320; this represents #333 in the occasional series, comprising compositions 1,045-1,048...)

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New London fifties surprised department,

TS

Friday, May 22, 2009

Soderbergh on "The Girlfriend Experience"...

The CP and I watched Soderbergh's latest HD experiment last week, and enjoyed it, despite and because of its tonal ambiguities. The New York Times' A.O. Scott examines the film's oblique qualities, and more, of course, in his review, which appears today. As an addendum, the Bubble/Kafka/Che/Ocean's 13 director contributes a brief audio slideshow ("Mood Lighting") about the making of The Girlfriend Experience. You can find it here.

Soderbergh's exegesis on commodification stars actress Sasha Grey, who has made quite a name for herself as an exemplar of contemporary porn. For those unfamiliar with her work in this realm, you can exhaust yourselves here.

Cheers,

Tom

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Disruption of the Circadian Clock...

TLASILA - Zola Jesus vs. H.Y. Sledge vs. Death Dust Extractor



Henry Molaison’s temporal lobes were moved to cosseted monocultures...

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(Four tracks, 17.3 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Larks tend to be owls,

TS

(P.S. This was #322 in the occasional series, comprising compositions 1,041-1,044. Fecund and forward, always...)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tobacco Plants, Stocks and Evening Primroses...

TLASILA - City Preachers vs. Beherit vs. Shontelle



Inversely proportional to deep laws of collective organization...

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(Four tracks, 17.1 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Only a million or so neurons,

TS

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

From "Disco," 1971: Samantha Jones!

Imagine this cornball opening transposed to the present, with, I dunno, Susan Gutfreund on the telly, and The Golden Filter performing. My eyes bleed nonetheless... Disco made Musikladen seem like a third-gen VHS transcript of the "CyberArts" symposium from Ars Electronica 2002.

Everything is wrong with the present, nothing is wrong with the past, and vice fucking versa, forever...



Und mehr:

Monday, May 18, 2009

Stumbling into the Bond She Formed...

TLASILA - Bill Fontana vs. Rock Follies of '77 vs. Frankie Dymon, Jr.



Keen answers to spluttered nakedness...

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(Four tracks, 16.7 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Ardently determined replica,

TS

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Not Just a Neo-Con Freak...

... but, completely fucking insane.

First read Rich, then check out the gallery.

TS

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sterile Bulls Point at Haunts...

TLASILA - Percy Faith & His Orchestra vs. Oasis vs. Pekkanini



Fill the air with a pierced impulse...

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(Four tracks, 20.1 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Eye-popping obstinance,

TS

Friday, May 15, 2009

Her Hair Dyed a Slight Gravitational Tug...

TLASILA - Franz Ferdinand vs. Now That's What I Call Power Ballads vs. Deadmau5



A dynamometer to transport slim people...

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(Four tracks, 17.0 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Human clones heighten users,

TS

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cutting Crew -- Live! -- at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial...

TLASILA - I.U.D. vs. Big Mama Thornton vs. Sparks



Representation versus agitation versus adumbration. The former is always trumped by the latter pair...

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(Four tracks, 18.7 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Herr Komunyakaa, rest easy...

TS

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Throw in the Gorillaz and You've Got a Triptych...

From today's Times: "Matthews and Green Day Find Bonus Tracks Are Now the Norm."

There are grousers, of course.

"Not all artists are willing to go along with a retailer or cable company’s marketing strategy, however. Although few artists or managers will voice their complaints publicly for fear of retaliation, many say that retailers’ requests for content are effectively demands, and that refusal to comply can result in diminished promotion. Managers and some labels also argue that alterations to an album made on behalf of a retailer can compromise it artistically, breaking up the unity of a creative product and including material that is by definition secondary.

Here is the inadvertently ironic bukake-splooge money quote:

“'The more content you make available, the less interesting the artist becomes,' said Jeff Antebi of Waxploitation Artists, which manages Gnarls Barkley and Danger Mouse."

By all fucking means...

Oh well, by this metric, and considering our monthly tsunami of (cough) content, I reckon we're down in the sewer with Werner Peiner.

Special double flexi for all FYE purchasers of The Cortege!

TS

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Eight to Ten Hours of Nuvigil...

TLASILA - Vanessa Hudgens vs. Dan Deacon vs. Chris Macro



Synopsis: aleatory test #326. Methodology: analysis of linear stacking processes, edit diminution sequences, and exaggerated mastering exercises. Frequency traffic both abetted and ameliorated through the use of randomly selected auto-equalization curves. Rock the fuck out.

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(Four tracks, 17.6 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Protest diaphanous dirt,

TS

Monday, May 11, 2009

An Overdub Has No Choice...

(Amended May 12, 2009.)

Bob Rafelson directed Head from Jack Nicholson's ayahuasca/dextromethorphan-infused screenplay, and on release it went straight into Rudy Vallee's zinc-plated megaphone. Of course, it ain't perfect, but as a searingly lucid document of self-immolation, the Monkees predated everyone, even the Stooges' pean to Heraclitus' ultimate notion of logos, Metallic K.O. (Ja, it's that prescient, and often as lacerating, although it must be noted that "Swami (Plus Strings)" isn't quite on par with "I Got Nothing.") Head's final sequences are especially outré; its ending is perfect. Undergirding themes of suicide, drowning, falling, entrapment, and collapse were perhaps more seditious than the film's creators intended, as implosion and wanton calumny followed. No matter - it stands, it works, and, despite its modest budget and middling backlot origins (bridge and dune scenes notwithstanding), and its failure to connect with much of anyone 41 years ago, it is the model.

Below, please find screengrabs of torrent deformations at 82% download.

Best,

TS

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