Category: Music

Chan Changes

  I’ve followed her since “Dear Sir,” and while I know I’m not alone, I wonder how many of us have noticed the bathyspherical leap in both Chan Marshall’s music and her appearance this month, this year, this time around? But what would the community think? I guess people and tastes change in spurts and…

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“Do You Realize”

That everyone you know someday … The Flaming Lips are shakin’ & makin’ me quite happy today. If you can’t afford that extra flame or want a simple goose in your pants, listen to “Do You Realize” (& watch too) here. Oh, come on. Image above co-opted from cool drawings living on Toothpaste for Dinner.…

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Akron/Family

I think I woke them both that morning. Dana and Seth arrived at Gimme Coffee just in time to make up half an Akron/Family (Young God Records). I am very happy to give big-big props to Didi Menendez at miPOradio for taking this rambling conversation and editing it into an interview that will hopefully entertain,…

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Billy Collins Knows His Ganja

Okay, maybe he wasn’t smoking weed (aka marijuana aka pot aka cannabis aka Mary Jane, etc.) back then , but find out more about the U.S. Poet Laureate’s inclinations here. And big props go out to Reb (aka Rebaroni) today! Peace~ p.s. Not your mother’s musician anymore: Neil Diamond’s “12 Songs” will turn your underwear…

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Can a Poet Be a Badass?

Absolutely. Yes. I like this photo of Ron Silliman, albeit a younger version of the poet, because it reflects his inner badass-ed-ness. Hesitantly, I met him yesterday to do an interview for MiPo Radio. “Hesitant” because I was fairly intimidated and feeling highly underqualified. Call this kissing up if you must, but I often read…

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How Have I Lived …

without part four of Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s poem, “Suite Billy Strayhorn”? I mean, people are on the edge of their seats waiting for Bush’s next lame-o nominee for the Supreme Court, debating Roe vs. Wade and so forth, while I get to sit here and read poems from The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart. God…

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Speaking of Meaning

Last night I meant to post. But I couldn’t, thanks to Mialka and Terry, who graciously provided my ticket to hear David Gray play at Radio City Music Hall. Though you might not like Brit Pop (whyever wouldn’t you?!), you have to give credit where credit is born: Gray has a killer voice. The recorded…

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Monday Miscellany

Let’s see. What to tell first. Okay, the good people at LUCIPO selected and posted some of their short favorite poems, which can be seen at the LUCIPO Blog today. I enjoy this listerv very much. Poets are flocking to it as we speak. The tone is casual and friendly, and you can post on…

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The Darkness Surrounds Us

After a day spent dozing & using up the remaining tissue, I am now listening to Kathleen Edwards recent cd, “Back to Me,” in an effort to avoid the tv & CNN’s “Breaking News” that will surely bring more devastating updates about Texas evacuees and breached New Orleans levees. I can barely stand it. Allergies…

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Sucker for Stark Sentiment

This morning I am enjoying my new cd, “Life in Slow Motion,” by Brit singer, David Gray. My French friend, Elisabeth Picq, introduced him to me years ago, along with St. Andres cheese (which is surprisingly absent on the internet). I tend to prefer cheeses that smell like feet lately. Gubbeen is my most recent…

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Today’s Fresh Release

“But ultimately Mr. Banhart seems to circle back to the same American source that Donovan probably came from: the early beat poets. One of the best songs on ‘Cripple Crow,’ the most ambitious and complicated of his four albums, is called, ‘Dragonflys.’ (Dig the misspelling.) It is 52 seconds long, with only guitar and voice,…

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Do You Have Any Plans Tonight?

I wasn’t going to go out last night. This weekend is all about resting and preparing for the new semester. But then my neighbor, Nelson from “Hunter’s Run,” dragged my ass out to see our friends play. Now I’ve known most of the Akron Family band members, Dana, Seth, and Ryan, for at least a…

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Weekend Happening

he reading at the Bowery Poetry Club went well. Lauren Bender started us off with some very funny work. She’s usually performative in her delivery and calls attention to the artifice of poetry readings by engaging the audience directly and creating a dialogue, but this time, she really brought home what she’s doing with language…

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Birthday Night

Since I am too tired to replay the night, I will say, for the moment, that I had a stupendous time. Quite. Planet Thailand food, drinks at The Met, lots of nutty street behavior in between. Carra Stratton and I ran into Tunde (of ‘TV on the Radio’ fame) and Ohall (Israeli friend & bartender…

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Someone Snuck It

The as-yet-unreleased “Late Registration” appeared in my mailbox two days ago (thanks, you!). But it’s out this Tuesday, so I’ll briefly encourage people-with-ears to give it a go. First, the self-proclaimed Carlton of rap can lay down tracks. Even if you’re not into rap, you’ll move your elbows & knees to these beats. Clap in…

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A “Hole” New Start

When I was living in Buffalo many years ago, I went to a Hole show. Drew Barrymore stood by the stage holding Courtney Love’s daughter, Frances Bean, watching Hole do their thing. The pit became typically “boy-heavy,” and towards the end of the show, Love, I guess, was really feeling it, so she leapt into…

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Redemption?

Kanye West’s songs generally explore the tension of wanting to acquire the American ideal via material signifiers and the price of that image (consider “Diamonds from Sierra Lyone”) to celebrating his ability to be successful. Even after he gets the goods required to “succeed,” he’s still at odds with a history that haunts “what’s inside.”…

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Tags: Sexy

This blog has received regular hits for The Knife‘s “Pass This On” ever since I posted it at the end of May 2007. Since then, the video was removed by Youtube or the subscriber who posted it. Today, I found it elsewhere on the site (w/ an annoying “Z” in the upper corner) and posted…

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Poets Off Poetry

Thanks to Jackie Clark for inviting me to participate in the ten part Poets Off Poetry series. My contribution, “Fed You From The Blood of My Nose: A Medley Melodic,” appears under the heading, “In Which Nearly Every Human Knows This Desire.” Lots of links to music you might enjoy, and I hope you do…

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