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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the theoretical world-ending destruction. For the professional wrestling maneuver, see Doomsday Device.
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interviewer: When John [Lennon] died, I wrote Yoko the most thoughtful condolence letter that I could come up with. She responded, but she also sent my family Christmas cards for a couple of years after. I have them framed.
Preston: Really? Wow.
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AltCritic: What do you like in Roeg? (a friend of mine confessed the real reason she liked Bad Timing was her crush on Garfunkel hehehe)
Jim O'Rourke: Well, that's mine too! No kidding.There seems to be a comma missing after "No".
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“Apparently, when Nusrat toured in foreign countries, he would watch television commercials in order to identify the melodies and chord progressions popular in that country. He would then try to choose similar sounding songs from his repertoire for his performances.”
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“The lens system had to be made to very precise tolerances. The composition and densities of the explosives had to be accurately controlled and extremely uniform. The pieces had to fit together with an accuracy of less than 1 mm to prevent irregularities in the shock wave. Accurate alignment of the lens surfaces was even more important than a close fit. A great deal of tissue paper and scotch tape was also used to make everything fit snugly together.”
What have a bucket and a clean slate got in common?”
— Mayo Thompson
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interviewer: You deliberately keep your distance from other living writers.
Thomas Bernhard: No, not deliberately at all. It comes naturally.
I: What, in your view, is a conversation?
TB: When talking is supposed to become conversation, that's when things get gruesome. There are collected conversations, hundreds of them, books full. Entire publishing houses live off them. Like something coming out of an anus, and then it gets squashed in between book covers.
TB: You can sit at home, put your books on the shelf, and when you look at them, you think: "Sad".
Monday, July 21, 2008
10:07:49 [D—] Hello, are you there? 10:19:02 [Seth] yes 10:24:17 [D—] I usually dont ask priviledges but you have a song I have been trying to get for a while and whenever you're on the queue is huge and when I get closer to top either you log off or i "lose" places in the queue 10:24:32 [D—] Is there a way i could get it? maybe a trade of songs or whatever? 10:30:17 [Seth] sure, I'll cut you to the front of the line 10:30:23 [Seth] you know about the Portsmouth Sinfonia, right? 10:34:39 [D—] nope 10:34:43 [D—] and thanks a lot! 10:35:03 [D—] I just had like 15-20 seconds of piano music on my computer 10:35:06 [D—] unidentified 10:35:23 [D—] so I asked a pianist for some help identifying the music 10:35:32 [D—] and odds are it is that song that you have 10:35:58 [D—] I am far from knowledgeable when it comes to classical music, but I did find this one beautiful :) 10:45:48 [Seth] this probably isn't the version you want; the Portsmouth Sinfonia is made up of people who don't know how to play their instruments 10:46:11 [D—] oh 10:46:40 [D—] thought it was "serious" since its bach 10:46:56 [Seth] I dunno, the piece might be recognizable... barely 10:47:24 [D—] guess the original will be hard to find 10:48:06 [D—] lol yeah thats definitely not the song I was looking for
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thomas Dolby inspired me to create one of the first Floppy Disc files I ever owned
Another thing about this is that it was used in a Pantene commercial
I give it 4 thumbs - not pointing thumbs, just thumbs.
It still holds up, boys, never fear.
it has been an integral part of my life, the soundtrack to my inner thoughts and perceptions.
How I miss those electronic drums!
like Neil Armstrong's moon walk, a cul de sac
Pity poor Thomas Dolby.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Misha Mengelberg: I hate ballet. [silence] It's very... athletic... The kind of ballet I'd like to see is... very old ladies knitting or something... Not a lot of... jumping about...
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Recently, the mouse problem at my apartment has gotten out of control. They run up the walls and crawl into my bird's cage to eat seeds, nibble through unopened loaves of Orowheat, and most heinous of all, they ate out the crotch of my roommate's old panties.how it should begin:
They ate out the crotch of my roommate's old panties. They run up the walls, crawl into my bird's cage to eat seeds, and nibble through unopened loaves of Orowheat. The mouse problem at my apartment has gotten out of control.Isn't it much more entertaining in that order? I think so.
If there is something surprising in a sentence, it should go at the end. Thus "They ate out of the crotch of my roommate's old panties" is better writing "The crotch of my roommate's old panties was entirely eaten out" (and not only because the latter uses the passive voice and ends with a preposition). Conversely, and this is my main point: if there is something surprising in a paragraph, it should go at the beginning — especially if it is the first paragraph.
I am willing to give Pitchfork writers this kind of advice for free occasionally, but if they want it on a regular basis, they'll have to pay for it.
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“The sodium-vapor controversy also reached into the suburbs, especially those with architecturally or historically significant street lighting systems... The controversy raged most fiercely in Oak Park and Evanston... In Evanston, the city council's efforts to scrap all 6,800 lights in 1976 were met with immediate and widespread protest... [Eventually,] the city decided to reject crime as a reason for bright, high-pressure sodium vapor lights, and to allow neighbors to decide on the wattage of bulb to be used...”
— Mark J. Bouman, “‘The Best Lighted City in the World’: The Construction of a Nocturnal Landscape in Chicago”, Chicago Architecture and Design: 1923-1993
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INTERVIEWER: Do you associate with any other programmers who have developed major programs? Do you trade ideas with them?
SIMONYI: [...] We don’t have much to talk about. We feel good vibes and exchange three or four words. I know that if one of these guys opens his mouth, he knows what he is talking about. So when he does open his mouth and he does know what he is talking about, it’s not a great shock. And since I tend to know what I am talking about, too, I would probably say the same thing, so why bother talking, really?
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J—: So what else have you been listening to?
Seth: Well, I've been listening to that Andrew Cyrille record, What About...
J—: Oh, yeah. GREAT record.
Seth: Isn't it though?
Seth: So how about that John Cage triple CD, the 25 year retrospective? I've been listening to that a lot.
J—: It's great isn't it. I love that piece for turntables, “Imaginary Landscape”.
Seth: Me too. And "Williams Mix".
J—: Yup, that's great, isn't it.
Seth: So have you heard... [etc. etc. etc.]
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- Eat more tangerines.
- Ride around more on the CTA.
- Read more Japanese novels.
- Drink more coffee in more diners.
- Discard more unnecessary possessions.
- Gaze more at Lake Michigan.
- Buy more Cecil Taylor albums.
- Learn more German.
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To: Greg_Ginn@cyberden.com Subject: Re: Fwd: GREG GINN TOUR DATES UPDATE Date: 1994 In article 175370143.6682585 you write: >GREG GINN with Transition Tour Schedule >08/22 ATOMIC MUSIC HALL ATHENS, GA >[etc.] Mr. Ginn, This has nothing to do with alt.zines. Please confine your postings to appropriate newsgroups. == Seth Tisue (email@example.com)
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On sale: fresh pineapples, two dollars! I just ate one. I didn't mean to eat the whole thing but suddenly it was all gone. Honey tangerines are back in season — I’m in citrus heaven. (Though, I have two free grapefruit on my desk which I don't think I'll eat. Grapefruit are bigger than normal fruit like apples, but smaller than big fruit like melons. Which is disturbing. Plus, they are no particular color. Also disturbing.)
The new Veggie Fajita Wrap at Taco Bell gets a lukewarm thumbs up, but I still think they should bring back the Chicken Club Burrito and lower the price on the "Big" Beef Meximelt (smallest thing on the menu).
Grated parmesan: tastes better stale!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
- Homework grader
- Newspaper sports desk phone operator
- Sports writer
- Chemistry lab tech
- Copy shop worker
- As office temporary: secretary, data entry clerk, word processor, spreadsheet operator, desktop publisher
- Computer typesetter/desktop publisher
- Pizza deliverer
- Psychology experiment subject
- Computer lab attendant
- System administrator
- Research assistant
- Software developer
- University computer science instructor
- Music writer (two concert reviews for SonicNet)
- Music festival driver (normally I don’t get paid for this, but one year the festival did really well and I got $50 or so)
I think that’s everything I’ve ever been paid for, but I’m probably forgetting something.
December 2007 update: Photographer (The Wire paid me for a few photographs once)
Sunday, December 16, 2007
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Friday, December 14, 2007
December 2007 update: I Googled her name just now and she and her mom both got free Pontiacs on Oprah.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Josh: Thanks for all the Scelsi info. I'll read it when I have about 4 hours to kill. Maybe perhaps you could trim it down to three or four essential sentences?Scelsi make-um music, one note. Scelsi no like-um, take photograph. Scelsi composition titles heap weird.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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“Punya tisue enggak?” “Punya, Pak.” “Ambil. Lap dulu keringatmu.” Zino tambah tegang. Dia gemetar mengambil tisue di atas lemari arsipnya.Apparently “tisue” means something in some weird language!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
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DAVID LEE ROTH: It should look like it sounds.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Josh: Just email me some random dialog.
Seth: "Hey John?"
Seth: "Could you remember to pull the shower curtain closed after you use it? If you leave it all bunched up, it doesn't dry and then it gets mildewy."
John: "Uh, yeah, I guess."
Robin: "Do they do penis puppetry as well?"
Seth: "Yes, but it happens inside their pants, where you can't see it."
Matt: "I have a question about coding style. When you do a typecast, do you prefer to have the spaces separating the name from the parentheses? Because I've seen it both ways in the source code."
Seth: "Yeah... I like it without the spaces, but that's a change I made -- when I started, most of the code had the spaces, so I've been taking them out as I go."
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- Entrances to bridges and tunnels too far from water
- Modem causes static on clock radio in motel room
Saturday, October 27, 2007
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Josh: There are Jim O’Rourke and David Grubbs interviews in You Could Do Worse #3.I’ve read them. The interviewer manages to insult both Jim (by calling his music “formless”) and David (by calling his lyrics “ironic”) and they both get noticeably annoyed.
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Saturday, October 13, 2007
- watched Senate committee meeting; Bob Dole made brief appearance
- listened to the strange little electronic tunes the Metro trains hum to themselves
- eat some of the 2000-pound U.S. flag cake unveiled at the Washington Monument
- witness the Senate’s passage of the Communications Decency Act
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The dream ended with David Grubbs clinging to the front of a bright red speedboat and singing a song about the trial. After he sang it I read the printed lyrics and they mentioned a Lee “Scratch” Perry song called “8'x9'x6.5' Spirit”. No, there is no such song. In the dream I thought the feet marks meant inches, because I remember thinking an object that size would fit in your hands.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Josh: C— is naked on the floor, writhing on blankets, in an arty not sleazy way.For a moment there I thought this dream was going to get sleazy.
Josh: She told me about her desire to do a poetry open mic this evening.I’d never confess that to someone I wasn’t really close with.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Josh: Have you heard the Nono piano and tape piece whose title begins with 5 (five) .’s and ends with 3 (three) .’s?No, but I’ve read “IIIIIIIIII” by Gertrude Stein.
Friday, October 5, 2007
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Sunday, September 30, 2007
Josh: People send me the weirdest stuff.You started it.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
So I went to the bike shop and bought a helmet. Today I rode my bike through the very same intersection where I saw the old man, and someone sarcastically shouted “Nice helmet!” at me out their car window.
Friday, September 28, 2007
MILES DAVIS: Ain’t no fucking Jesus, man. Get out of here. Shit.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
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Monday, September 24, 2007
Josh: overheard at work: “You make a little hole in the watermelon, pour in the everclear, then boom: breakfast.”Have you seen the film Boom!?
Josh: On my stereo unit: Harry Bertoia — the LP with the b&w photo of the sculpture on the cover.Yeah, that’s my favorite one, too.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Sonny Sharrock: I’m a tenor player, man. I’ve always thought of myself as one. I don’t like guitar, I don’t like it at all, and I’ve always been influenced by horn players.
Ben Ratliff: Why didn’t you just pick up the tenor?
Sonny Sharrock: I’ve got asthma.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
SONIC: I really like pyramids and triangles — I’ve done a study on them, how you can sharpen razor blades, keep milk fresh in them indefinitely.
FE: What’s the longest you’ve personally kept milk fresh in a pyramid?
SONIC: Well, I haven’t.
Sonny Sharrock: No. I listened to Indian music when everybody else did. Everyone said Coltrane was listening to Indian music, so we listened to Indian music. I like the food much better.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
168:Is that a picture of R—? Dang! 188:lying. It is the photo from your web page. Dang! That's why I couldn't find 273:Dang! That's it: I am cutting you off. I think you should spend this weekend 289:Subject: Dang! 340:Subject: dang! makes Linda Barry... 340:Dang! 351:"Elite" group? Dang! Had I known I would have been part of an elite group 468:Dang, girl, get off my case! 630:Subject: Dang! 704:Dang! Yous hould have done something with the 780:Subject: Re: Dang! 99:Dang! I just did a web search on Johnny. He has a record of his own on 99:Dang! I just called Antone's Records, who "specialize" in blues here in 99:Dang! 273: Josh> Dang! It seems like the only place you aren't taking her is 273:make any situation funny: monkeys, swear words, and "Dang!" 398:since this Thanksgiving. I was like, "Dang! Get a life." 400:Dang! I've got a bunch of those. I think R— put a scratch in my 417:> Josh> Dang! Alright, you don't have my CD's, ok? 468:Cecil Taylor played with Boston?! Dang! And I thought that record 500:Dang! I'm going to have to reconsider my friendship with you. 560:Dang! 568:Dang. I guess I'll have to go for the Dinosaur Jr. box set then... 583:Dang! 585:Subject: Dang! 628:what happens. Dang. I hope I am more sympathetic when 656: their eyes pop out of their heads and they say "Dang!" 661:Dang!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Josh: What next? “Activities we think you might enjoy: sticking pointed stick in eye...”Your own eye or someone else’s?
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Look outside genitalsas in, “My love for you is more than merely physical”
Look outsideas in, “Look out the window! Genitals!”
Monday, September 17, 2007
Josh: Do you think she is interested in Ligeti’s use of obscured formal structures in his works of the early 1970s?I think you should wait to bring that up until after sex.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Josh: It’s obvious that “R—” is totally hot for you, perhaps enflamed by the photo of the back of your head on your website.
That would be understandable.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Josh: What would you do, for example, if you hypothetically posted on CraigsList, as a joke, that you were looking for a lead guitarist for a Viking Metal band and four people responded, serious about playing in said nonexistent Viking Metal band?I would milk it for all it’s worth.
The exact meaning is unclear, but the urgency is palpable.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Josh: You would like D—, who teaches in Cali now, but has a girlfriend in Chicago who owns a store that sells buttplugs.Should she give them away?
“In the healthy, uninhibited human, there is no sexual drive and no curiosity or interest in sexuality. Contrary to traditional thought, sex is a wholly artificial preoccupation. When a man or woman is given a chance for decent, normal, artistic activity — painting, writing, music — the so-called sexual drive withers away. Sexual activity is the covert, hidden form under which the artistic talent operates when mechanistic society subjects the individual to unnatural inhibition.”However, I did find this:
“The oddly prepubescent curve of her back, her ricey skin, her slow languorous columbine kisses kept me from mischief. It is not the artistic aptitudes that are secondary sexual characters as some shams and shamans have said; it is the other way around: sex is but the ancilla of art.” — Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Young horse loses race by width of fish’s fin; afterward, sulks.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Josh:I just checked out the Jandek page. Very nice. Could be a bit more detail oriented...I know when I’m being made fun of.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
CANDY UNIVERSEThis gives me an idea to start my own magnetic refrigerator poetry set by stealing one or two words each time I’m alone around someone else’s set.
Friday, September 7, 2007
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Friday, August 31, 2007
Josh: I don’t have time to read between the lines.That’s why my E-mails are one line long.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Josh: I am working on a surprise for you.Uh oh.
Ryoji IkeaStay tuned in 2011 for more...
Monday, August 27, 2007
Josh: She has been in no less than two of my dreams.I notice you don’t put a ceiling on the actual number.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
2/8/02: “Dude, she speaks perfect Chinese!”
If I’d begun this list years ago, it could be really long by now.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Josh: a search on google for my name brings up 730 entries. a search on google for your name brings up 685 entries.A search for “Don Rickles” brings up 32,600.
Autechre: Yeah, it’s growing, isn’t it?
Pitchfork: What the fuck? I was just in London at this Melvins show and I saw him and damn, he looks like Aragorn in Lord of the Rings or something. Totally cute. Is it a girlfriend thing?
Autechre: It is, yeah.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Then they introduced Ultra Dawn. It was a success. For a long time, there were Dawn and Ultra Dawn.
Now, Dawn has been renamed to Non-Ultra Dawn.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Josh: Does that mean the enemy of my friend is also my friend?Enemy.
Josh: What about my best friend’s girl, who used to be mine?Enemy.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
My nasal passages were completely sealed and I was gasping for breath. Along came Miles & Co. You may not know it but when you become stimulated and your adrenal glands go to work, it acts as a wonderful nasal decongestant. Well, after one set I was breathing freely. After two, I had forgotten that I ever had hay fever. That is the kind of excitement this group generated.
Josh: Google hits for “Josh Ronsen” = 907. Google hits for “Seth Tisue” = 910.It’s personally disappointing to me that most web pages do not actually mention either of us.
At one point, the general changed his mind about attacking the Asiatic general and decides to head back west for a while — only delaying the inevitable confrontation, not abandoning it. All the prostitutes are upset, because they’d just gotten finished making themselves up as Asian women, to be used as spies against the enemy, and now they had to undo their hair and wipe off all the Asian makeup and prepare to look some other way instead.
In one long scene the mad general mentally prepares to confront his enemy. His relationship with the enemy general was personal. Perhaps they were once close friends and allies, now become bitter enemies. Or perhaps they’ve never met but are just really into the nemesis thing, like Rommel to Patton in Patton, the only-he-is-truly-fit-to-be-my-enemy thing. The general storms around operatically, declaiming, and at the climax of his monologue he calls out his enemy’s name. It was Latin-sounding, something like “Arrhenius”. He declaims the name Arrhenius on an ascending scale, going up at least an octave, almost singing: “ARR-RHEN-I-USSSSSSS!!!” Suddenly, I realize everyone in the theater but me is shouting it in unison with him, and then everyone laughs. Obviously it’s a famous scene, not just to film buffs but in popular culture too, considered a great scene but also a little corny and overblown, so people laugh at it too, very much like when Stanley Kowalski shouts “STELLA!” in A Streetcar Named Desire. I’m puzzled, sitting in the theater, that I don’t know the line, and I’m also puzzled why it’s famous.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Josh: I thought the Lilith Fair solved all those problems.Liz Phair is creating them again as fast as Lilith Fair can solve them.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I sat on a rock
by the rusty fence
separating the woods
from the overgrown parking lot
behind the abandoned restaurant
on the highway
leaving the city
and read a comic book
to the gamelan musicians
of the royal family of Jakarta.
Later, I passed through
a child-sized hole
in the fence
and walked past the poison ivy
growing by the stagnant creek
and stood among the asphalt markings
and shattered machines
of the extraterrestrial signaling beacon.
Josh: He feels that music aligns itself with the thought plane but the waves can be shared on all living beings’ path toward the absolute.No they can’t.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Derrida: Who knows?
1) “This is very thorough.”
2) guy #1: “Rachel’s.” guy #2, agreeing: “Rachel’s.”
3) “I’m telling you, I didn’t fuck her yet.”
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Josh: You can translate 100 pages of Ligeti interviews for me, right?I can if there’s only one word on each page.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
A design committee includes a perceptive highbrow. Due to his criticisms, the proposed flag design is nixed.
A tale of three women.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Josh: I guess it takes all types.This is one type “it” definitely does not “take”.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
“Vast Loud Lust King” — sounds like a Soundgarden song. I don’t know Jay.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Rocket Boy: Imagine a bee the size of a dog.
Bananafish: Oh, boy.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Josh: They have both dated Winona Ryder.Really?
Josh: Oh no! Seth’s replies are getting shorter and shorter! Does this mean this thread is near its end?Could be.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Art Elvis - Coelacanth Floor Elevators - Action-Situations LP
Art Ensemble - Official Wafer Falling CD (For 4 Ears)
Ayler, Albert & Guhl, Andy - Knackmaster Everywhere/Budd CD (Drag City)
Ayler, Alice - Love It Up LP (MCA)
Ayler, Alvin - I am Sitting Swine CD (Eighth Day)
Bailey, Bo - Go Bo Diddley, Bo - His Grind! LP (Streamline)
Beatles - Skew-Whiff: A Tribute to Sounds CD (Drag City/Bad Vugum)
Braxton, Anthony & Bailey, Derek - Music by Phillips, Butterflies, and Hone Special LP (Emanent)
Braxton, Anthony & Lovens, Paul - Mouth Eating Circus - The Ice Masterpiece Colossus CD (OJC)
Cage, John - Big Gundowns and Military Waltzes CD (Factory on a Trip to the United Stars)
Cage, John - Forbidden Planet of the Apes CDx2 (RRR)
Coleman, Ornette - Attitude: The ROIR Sessions CD (ROIR)
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Nice LP (no label)
Doneda/Rogerigegege - Towards Thirsty CD (Island)
Ex, The - 68 Millions to His Father Yod CD
Feldman, Ornette - Science Fictims CD3 (Merge)
Giuffre, Jimmy - Walkin’ Tuff Dub Encounter CD (Virgin)
Haters - First Love CD (Hat Hut)
Haters - In Toronto 1969 LP (Capitol)
Howlin’ Wolff, Christian - Relaxin’ CD (Blue Note)
Merzbow - Noisemble of Chicago (Les idees fixes/Mute/Spoon)
Mirijanian, Ray - The Electric Spanking Tiger Mountain CD (Tzadik)
Music by Phill - Spasm Band Their Feet Froze to the Ground CD (ESP)
Nancarrow, Conlon - Studies for Prancing CD (SST)
O’Rourke, Jim - Solo: Live at Moers LP
Rypdal, Terje - What’s the Mothership Concerto For CD
Shellac - The Misty Music for Making Heads LP (Nessa)
Sonic Youth - Confusion is the Most Popular Finger 7″ (Drag City)
Spontaneous Music for Bondage CD (Distemper)
Sun Ra - Cosmic Tones for Frank O’Hara/Metallic K.O. LP (Bomp)
Tudor, David - Microphone Improvisations Sex CD (Gyroscope)
Young, Lamonte - New York is Sex/Kill CD (ESP)
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Josh: I actually had an enjoyable evening of social encounters last night.How much were they?
Josh: Seth Tisue, a bureaucracy of one.[refiling to +zRonsen for later response]
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Amid drunken revelry at a fraternity party, Rena, a female guest, is accidentally killed. The brothers bury her body in a swamp outside town to avoid discovery.
ROLL MUD CURE HOUR CHIN SIN
By rolling in mud, I can improve moral standards among youth on the streets of Chicago. (HOUR CHIN = urchin)
reminder, mistakenly directed at me, of money owed on ancient Israelite helmet that keeps out sand
Saturday, July 28, 2007
When you could have Ligeti mania
Why have Boulezmania
When you could have Lachenmann mania
Why have Boulezmania
When you could have Braxton mania
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
J—: Hi. How are you?
Seth, with perhaps excessive enthusiasm: Great!
J—: Why, what were you, out smoking pot with Anthony Braxton or something?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Josh: I love saying “in fact”.I’m more of a “as it so happens” man myself.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Josh: What exactly do idiots eat?Sandwiches.
Josh: Did you read how if you teach one of those worms something, then grind it up and feed it to other worms, the other worms will acquire that knowledge?I tried that with my students, but it didn’t work, and also I got into trouble with the dean.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Kahn is the bear’s name. “Hard Troy ape” is an ancient Greek statue of a monkey, dug up by the bear while enlarging his cave. Naturally he hides it again.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Josh: My Austin friends are all baffled by the Peanuts comic you sent concerning emotional bankruptcy.How come no one asked me about it either time I visited?
Josh: Seth, I need your help. I have to give a short speech vilifying Luigi Russolo. These are my talking points [...]It doesn’t seem like you need my help at all...?
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Josh:You mean I orbit the Tangerine Dream album, Alpha Centauri?
From now on I am pretending that you live on a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri, hence the 3-4 year delay in your email replies.