Sunday, February 26, 2006

i finally saw animal collective

now i know i have been a bit of a naysayer lately when it comes to animal collective, and according to the little write up in the chicago reader this week i am not alone. their new record-'feels' is a big letdown for me after the amazingly original and multilayered album 'sung tongs', as well for as several other fans of theirs.

the last record was just two guys, alot of sweet acoustic songs (through tons of weird but organic processing) for this new one they've added 2 new(er) members and really created a "big" sound that on record does not translate, in other sounds like shit. i hate it. i even hate the cover art. there are parts that remind me of rush (my one misgiving about our move to canada is the proximity to that horrible fuckin band. seriously!)

so after suffering through my ranting you can see that i had pretty low expectations going into their early show tonight at logan square auditorium. i arrived a bit late, and more that a bit buzzed (give me some time to drink some more of my free fuckin whiskey) AC had already started their set but i couldn't have missed much.

the place was packed, i don't know what capacity is over there so i'll say there were several hundred if not a few thousand people there (a bigger crowd then the boredoms drew) i walked into a huge swelling sound, that droned and pulsated through my body. it was the kind of sound that makes you want to cry-cause you can't control it. it's the kind of sound that makes your knees buckle.

most of the songs they played were unfamiliar to me. i recognized a few from the feels lp that were not annoying live like they are on that shit disc. one of the last two songs they played was "kids on holiday" from sung tongs. a highlight for me. if there was anyone in the audience with cancer, i'm sure that this music healed it.

animal collective are the real deal folks, experience them while you can......

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Friday, February 24, 2006

what i did today

woke up
got outta bed
was immediately hassled by wife for blanket hoarding in the night
sat in the back bedroom
stared out into space
got ready for work
went to work via 74 fullerton bus to sheffield transfer to red line train to addison
noticed all the drunks buying cubs tickets (huge lines!)
bought a cheeseburger
ate it
cleaned the bar
drank a superfood
bought a book at bookworks- the key by junichiro tanizaki
went to home depot on halsted
bought a caulk gun
caught the 74 fullerton back west
got the mail
did the dishes
talked to the landlord on the phone
talked to my mom on the phone
cooked eggplant parmasean
ate dinner and talked w/my wife
wrote in my journal
took the dog out to shit
checked my email
supplied cia/fbi with detailed list of day's activities.......

Thursday, February 23, 2006

suggested biographies: Rainer Werner Fassbinder/Philip K Dick

this month i've read two biographies of artists that i am obsessed with. one for the past ten years or so and one for the past year or so. Both were insanely prolific, both died young. I'm talking about the science fiction novelist, Philip K Dick, and the German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

the Fassbinder bio I read first a few weeks ago. It's called "Love Is Colder Than Death" and was written by Robert Katz. It details Fassbinder's rapid fire work pace and drug intake. At one point he was doing 8 grams of coke a day! He was rather infamous in West Germany in the 70's as a degenerate homosexual and drug addict who constantly participated in orgies. A fellow Gemini (May 31st) Between 1969-and his death in 1982 he made between 35-40 films as well as the fifteen hour "Berlin Alexanderplatz" for German television. How much do I love Fassbinder? If our child due in 8 weeks is a boy, he'll be Rainer Gibson. So if any of this sounds interseting in the least, I urge you to read this biography as well as to go see his films. Some of my personal favorites include: In A Year With 13 Moons, Fox and His Friends, Ali:Fear Eats the Soul, Veronika Voss, and The Marriage of Maria Braun.

the Dick bio I just finished last night. It's called "Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K Dick" and was written by Lawrence Sutin (who has also written a bio on Aleister Crowley) I had been wanting to read this book for a long time as I heard that it was kind of the definitive Dick bio and has only recently came back into print. I first became aware of Dick while reading in Alec Foege's Sonic Youth bio "Confusion is Next" that Dick's writing was the inspiration for their LP Sister (A reference to PKD's twin sister Jane, who died after living less than a month) Some of the song lyrics were lifted from his texts. Then I moved to Texas and met John Stobaugh who immediately loaned me quite a few PKD novels like: Valis, Ubik, and Martian Time Slip and I instantly became hooked to this wonderful trippy writing that went far and beyond what you'd expect from trashy science fiction. This bio is incredible, the more you read it the more you realize how strange his life really was and how much of his fiction draws from that weird weird life he led. Five marriages, suicide attempts, stays in the psych ward, and communion with divine?alien? wisdom, too weird to get into here. Philip K Dick has been ripped off so much and when you are familiar with his work you can see what a huge influence he's had on things today. This guy is as or more important than Thomas Pynchon, Don Delillo, Jack Kerouac...I'll go so far as to call him the most important American writer of the past 40 years! This bio sheds so much light and is quite interesting even if you are unfamiliar with his writing.

so tell oprah to shove it up her bookbag- you've just found something better to read.......

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Derek Bailey 1930-2005

I just found out today that one of the greatest and most innovative guitarists has died. Derek Bailey died in England on xmas morning at the age of 75.

He saved so many guitarists from a Steve Vai/Joe Satriani Hell on Earth by showing us what ....else you could do with a guitar.

There is a nice article and tributes to him in the latest issue of the wire (with edan on the cover) check it out

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

man versus machine

i can't believe it's actually working. sorry folks but i haven't been able to access this thing for months, on a whim I give it a try and my inane ass is back yapping for yer (dis)pleasure.

the big news out of the gibson household these days.... my boys can swim! my wife is pregnant and has been for the many months i couldn't access this blog, and we are expecting our first child on or around april 24th. so congratulate my ass!