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Monday, February 15th, 2010
1:46 pm
Top 100 records of the 00s
Disclaimer: I decided to only list one release by any given artist. This allowed me to highlight the work of more artists, as well as avoiding the glut of certain ones (for example, if I had listed every record by Diane Cluck they would likely have taken up half of the top ten). So enjoy!

1. Dianne Cluck – Oh Vanille/Ova Nil
2. Mirah – You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This
3. The Mountain Goats – The Coroner’s Gambit
4. William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra – Mayor of Punkville
5. Evangelista – Hello, Voyager
6. Ilyas Ahmed – Towards the Night
7. Robert A.A. Lowe -- Fazo IV: La Kvalito De Speguloj
8. Cooper-Moore – The Cedar Box Recordings
9. Albert Ayler – Holy Ghost
10. Anti Pop Consortium – Tragic Epilogue
11. New Bloods – The Secret Life
12. DJ /rupture – Gold Teeth Thief
13. Mika Miko -- C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.
14. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Playthroughs
15. J Dilla - Donuts
16. The Thermals – Fuckin A
17. Daniel Carter + Reuben Radding – Luminescence
18. Half Japanese – Hello
19. Konono N° 1 – Congotronics
20. The Gossip – Movement
21. Six Organs of Admittance – For Octavio Paz
22. Eliane Radigue – Adnos I-III
23. Iron & Wine – The Creek Drank the Cradle
24. Bill Dixon – with Exploding Star Orchestra
25. Michael Hurley – Sweetkorn
26. The Evens – s/t
27. The Extra Glenns – Martial Arts Weekend
28. Charalambides – A Vintage Burden
29. Ekkehard Ehlers – Plays
30. Kevin Drumm – Sheer Hellish Miasma
31. PJ Harvey – White Chalk
32. Christina Carter – Masque Femine
33. Burial – Untrue
34. Windy Weber – I Hate People
35. Kuwayama-Kijima with Carter Thornton – Shrine
36. Idea Fire Company – Stranded
37. Fushitsusha – Origin’s Hesitation
38. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein
39. Atomic – “Boom Boom”
40. Hell-Kite – You Make The Blood
41. Fennesz – Endless Summer
42. Rokia Traore – Bowmboï
43. Ida – The Braille Night
44. John Wiese – Soft Punk
45. Temples – Bestial
46. Mutamassik – Masri Mokkassar: Definitive Works
47. Bill Orcutt—A New Way to Pay Old Debts
48. Fugazi – The Argument
49. Mr. Lif – I Phantom
50. Tony Conrad -- Bryant Park Moratorium Rally (1969)
51. Anthony Braxton/William Parker/Milford Graves – Beyond Quantum
52. Enos Slaughter – On Sunday
53. The Magic I.D. – Till My Breath Gives Out
54. M.I.A. – Kala
55. Rachel Pollard – A Good Thing
56. Burning Star Core – The Very Heart of the World
57. The Handsome Family – Singing Bones
58. Matthew Valentine -- I Burned One With God...
59. Antony and the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now
60. Mariee Sioux – Faces in the Rocks
61. various artists -- Congotronics 2: Buzz'n'Rumble from the Urb'n'Jungle
62. Arthur Russell – Calling Out of Context
63. Drowner Yellow Swans – s/t
64. Mahmoud Ahmed – Ethiopiques 19: Alèmyé
65. The Focus Group – Hey Let Loose Your Love
66. David S. Ware Quartet -- Corridors & Parallels
67. Amy Anelle – Some from the Streams
68. Yasunao Tone – s/t
69. Nuclear Percussion Ensemble – Recorded Works 1996-1998
70. Inbalso / Marlo Eggplant – split
71. Eugene Chadbourne – Old Time Banjo
72. Paal Nilssen-Love & Mats Gustafsson – I Love It When You Snore
73. Lou Harrison – Rhymes with Silver
74. William Hooker with Eyvind Kang & Bill Horist – The Season’s Fire
75. Mike Ladd – Father Divine
76. Tatsuya Nakatani – Green Report 12
77. Kasai All-Stars -- In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and
Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic
78. Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature
79. Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
80. Radio/Guitar – Thrum
81. Poundland -- Eighteen Hundred and Froze-to-death
82. Wally Shoup/Jeph Jerman Duo – Rescue Mission
83. Jessica Rylan – Interior Designs
84. Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna
85. Yoko Ono – Blueprint for a Sunrise
86. Arthur Doyle Electro-Accoustic Ensemble – Plays the African Love Call
87. Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner
88. Allen/Drake/Jordan/Parker/Silva – The All-Star Game
89. Carlos Giffoni – Adult Life
90. LaDonna Smith – Rare Earth
91. The Bug – London Zoo
92. Ashley Paul – If Only Goodnight
93. The Perceptionists – Black Dialogue
94. Nautical Almanac – Transcriptedivisions
95. various artists – Clicks + Cuts
96. Sunn O))) – The Grimmrobe Demos
97. Mr. California and GX Jupitter-Larsen – Collaboration
98. George Steeltoe Ensemble – Church of Yuh
99. Common – Electric Circus
100. Salaam – Raqsat Salaam (Dance of peace)

Special thanks for suggesting, lending, burning, or giving me gifts of some of these records: Jason Horodyski, Kris Janik, Barron Johnson, KR Roberto, Sarah Slater, Alan Wittlich.
Please send along any comments or questions you have.
Saturday, January 16th, 2010
2:20 pm
TOP 9 OF 09: BOOKS
okay, last one, let's wrap this up.


HONORABLE MENTION:

Penny-Ante #3 looks like a book when it's sitting on my shelf, and it smells like a book when i'm holding it. it's even called a book on its website. but it's not a book, so there. that's why it's not listed below.


so let's get on with it!


THEE TOP NINE:

9. The No Nonsense Guide to World Music by Louise Gray

8.. Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix by Denis Kitchen and James Danky

7. Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong by Paul Chaat Smith

6. Freedom, Rhythm & Sound : Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art 1965-1983 compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker

5. Map of My Heart by John Porcellino

4. Creative Life: Music, Politics, People and Machines by Bob Ostertag

3. The Complete Jack Survives by Jerry Moriarty

2. You'll Never Know -- Book One : A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler

1. The Fat Studies Reader edited by Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay.

that's it for this yr! bye everybody!
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
10:42 pm
TOP 9 OF 09: FILM
ok, this one didn't turn out quite as i had envisioned it. i saw a lot of great documentaries in 2009, but practically no good feature films. and since i didn't manage to catch some of the most promising feature films that were out (in the loop, precious, etc.), i decided to just make this list the best documentary films of 2009. before we move on to those...


HONORABLE MENTION:
at this past year's denver film festival, i had the good fortune to see a special screening of a "rough cut" of chuck workman's film Visionaries: Jonas Mekas and the (Mostly) American Avant-Garde Cinema. not sure what's in the works as far as the future distribution of a final cut of this one, but do keep an eye out for it, it's truly a wonder.


and now for some documentary films that were actually officially released in the year of 2009: my cineaste friends, i present to you...


THEE TOP NINE:

9. For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism

8. Points on a Space Age

7. The Windmill Movie

6. Bill Dixon: Going to the Center

5. I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of The Independent Record Store

4. Outrage

3. Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country

2. The Yes Men Fix the World

1. Herb and Dorothy

please check these out! hope you enjoy!
Sunday, January 10th, 2010
10:30 am
TOP 9 OF 09: RECORDS
okay! if you are a list nerd like me, yr probably tired of end of the yr lists by now. these things seem to start appearing earlier each year. it was getting questionable enough when these lists started showing up around the beginning of december, but then you started to see them in november, and this yr publishers weekly published their best books of the year list online on november 1st! it makes one wonder, what yr are they talking about? (their list was lousy anyway)

so, lest anyone think that my lists are late to the game, allow me to gently correct yr misconception: this list and those that will follow shortly are intentionally published after the end of the yr with some additional time to reflect on what was actually released in the yr 2009. therefore it is the most authoritative list, and will remain the most definitive reference for historians. accept no lesser lists.

with that disclaimer out of the way, let's move on to some preliminaries:

HONORABLE MENTION:
Various Artists -- RRR-1000 Lock Grooves (RRR)
i didn't feel like i could rank this as i haven't listened to all of it (and presumably never will), but there's no denying the fact that this is a very special thing.

OLD STUFF
these records are collections of stuff that was previously issued a long time ago. i considered listing them since the collections themselves are new, even if the material is old. i decided to stick with the new new stuff, but these are all good and you should get them:

Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa (Honest John's)

Mortika: Recordings From A Greek Underworld (Mississippi Records)

Rocky Mountain Low: The Colorado Musical Underground of the Late 1970s (???)

AND, NOW...


THEE TOP NINE:

9. Ata Ebtekar and The Iranian Orchestra For New Music performing works of Alireza Mashayekhi -- Ornamental (Isounderscore)

8. Poundland -- Eighteen Hundred and Froze-to-death (Corpus Callosum)

7. Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn -- Farmers by Nature (Aum Fidelity)

6. Inbalso/Marlo Eggplant -- split (Shark Bite Tapes)

5. Antony and the Johnsons -- The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian)

4. Bill Orcutt -- A New Way to Pay Old Debts (Palilalia)

3. Temples -- Bestial (Peasant Magik)

2. Bill Dixon/Aaron Siegel/Ben Hall -- Weight/Counterweight (Brokenresearch)

1. Robert A.A. Lowe -- Fazo IV: La Kvalito De Speguloj (Rainbow Body Records)

special thanks to sarah slater for introducing me to marlo eggplant and poundland.

congratulations to all chosen!
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
12:11 pm
pure honey
by the mountain goats

i had a thousand good questions
i was gonna ask you when you finally came by
but now that you're really here
there's only one question that comes to my mind.

and that question being:
what's with all the portuguese water dogs?
i'd like to repeat the question.
what's with all the portuguese water dogs?
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
2:38 pm
Let America Be America Again

 
by Langston Hughes
 
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark? 
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?
I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart, I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars. I am the red man driven from the land, I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek-- And finding only the same old stupid plan Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak. I am the young man, full of strength and hope, Tangled in that ancient endless chain Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land! Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need! Of work the men! Of take the pay! Of owning everything for one's own greed! I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil. I am the worker sold to the machine. I am the Negro, servant to you all. I am the people, humble, hungry, mean-- Hungry yet today despite the dream. Beaten yet today--O, Pioneers! I am the man who never got ahead, The poorest worker bartered through the years. Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream In the Old World while still a serf of kings, Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true, That even yet its mighty daring sings In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned That's made America the land it has become. O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas In search of what I meant to be my home-- For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore, And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea, And torn from Black Africa's strand I came To build a "homeland of the free." The free? Who said the free? Not me? Surely not me? The millions on relief today? The millions shot down when we strike? The millions who have nothing for our pay? For all the dreams we've dreamed And all the songs we've sung And all the hopes we've held And all the flags we've hung, The millions who have nothing for our pay-- Except the dream that's almost dead today. O, let America be America again-- The land that never has been yet-- And yet must be--the land where every man is free. The land that's mine--the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME-- Who made America, Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain, Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain, Must bring back our mighty dream again. Sure, call me any ugly name you choose-- The steel of freedom does not stain. From those who live like leeches on the people's lives, We must take back our land again, America! O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath-- America will be! Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies, We, the people, must redeem The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain-- All, all the stretch of these great green states-- And make America again!
Thursday, August 28th, 2008
4:36 pm
home of the denver zine library, where i volunteer
below is a press release sent out by the other side arts in denver:

Denver Arts Organization Targeted by Police

Denver Police targeted The Other Side Arts, a non profit art center as part of an effort to, "clean up the neighborhood" just before the Democratic National Convention. On Sunday afternoon, a number of police officers from Denver and Aurora Police Departments appeared outside of TOSA, some dressed in riot gear, and begin to investigate the property. They asked one of the residents if the cars parked along side our building belonged to them and began asking about the graffiti pieces on the building. The police were told by the resident that the cars belonged to TOSA artists and that the graffiti pieces were done by local artists with the permission of the organization. They were also told that the creation of one of the pieces was even commissioned by the organization and documented as a time-lapse video on our website.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAB6kMPWf0Q

TOSA has a long history with providing graffiti artists with space to create their pieces in a society where graffiti is under appreciated and misunderstood. After about an hour went by, the police proceeded to paint over all of the art pieces on the building. They entered the property and went through items in storage and destroyed TOSA signs in an effort to remove small "tags." They removed the organization's dumpster which also had some "tags" on the side of it and removed other private property belonging to another tenant of the property. One of the artists in the building was pressured by police to chain a gate which then blocked a fire exit and investigated the political art show "UnConventional" that was hanging in the gallery. The goal of the show was "to spark dialogue between diverse communities around our current political climate and how it affects the future of our country." Though the name of the exhibition is the same as a loosely organized protest group, there was absolutely no connection.

When the executive director, Crissy Robinette called officials to find out what happened, she was told that the organization was targeted by police because they had evidence that radical protesters were using the building. The City of Denver agency, Denver Partners Against Graffiti denies any record of the incident despite witnesses that saw their vehicles. On their website, the Denver Partners Against Graffiti have a policy that states: "The city must have a signed authorization form to remove graffiti from private property."
http://www.denvergov.org/DenverPartnersAgainstGraffiti/AboutUs/tabid/384234/Default.aspx By the time the "clean up" was finished, there were so many officers on the site that an RTD bus had to pick them up.

This is the second time the organization was targeted by police. In May of 2002 the Denver Police Department responded to a fundraiser organized and benefiting Breakdown Book collective, another non-profit organization, that rented space at TOSA. At around 11 p.m., just as a DJ was firing up the turntables for the hundred or so peaceable attendees, a police helicopter and eleven squad cars arrived, reportedly in response to a noise complaint. The attendees were told to disperse or the police dogs would be let loose on them.
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
12:36 pm
the wonders of science!
the most incredible project i've seen in years. i still can't believe it was actually carried out. amazing.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
10:32 am
some real fundamentalism!
pentecostals, southern baptists, etc. have nothing on this guy.
Monday, September 10th, 2007
11:34 am
disgusting!
should anybody out these still believe the line that the internet provides a level playing field for independent artists to compete with corporate conglomerates, you really really oughtta read this article from the fuckin' wall street journal, of all places.
Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
11:35 am
fingered
kevin huizenga's blog is so excellent, because you get to see things like this.
Saturday, June 9th, 2007
12:26 pm
wondering
does anybody know why pharoah sanders looks like a robot on the cover of coltrane's live at the village vanguard again?
Friday, February 2nd, 2007
3:43 pm
rotten
i'm a few days late on this, so many of you no doubt already know, but i just found out molly ivins died. i'm still a little shocked and not sure how to express just how tragic this is. if you've never read her work, you really need to do so. it's more important these days than ever.
Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
6:49 pm
news
there is some good news today, but you know me, i can always find some bad news.
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
5:24 pm
once again...
a news story about censorship. thanks to syndetic for passing this along.
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
9:24 am
trouble
does anyone else find this troubling?
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
2:40 pm
the merry merry month
out of the 12 months of our year, is there any that can really compete with may? i can't think of one that could even come close.
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
5:08 pm
empty mind
i had intended to update my journal today, but now i can't remember what i was going to say.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
3:23 pm
hmmm...
i was wondering if anyone out there has seen this article:
Conservative Blogs are More Effective
and if any of you have any thoughts about it. please comment if you do!
Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
4:20 pm
it looks like i'm going to be distributing arthur magazine at the college campus where i work beginning with the next issue, due out next week. hurrah!
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