Pedro Paramo is the book I’ve most given away. It's a thin, easy to read, very influential novel. It will haunt you. The second book I've most given away is Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. Through a series of alternating interviews, PKM traces the history of punk. From … Continue reading [Three by Five] 12. Please Kill Me
"You're into Devo?" he asked. "Aren't you?" His tone mocking. As if there was something wrong with it. Because for him, Yeah. Devo was too mainstream. Fake alternative. He was above that, and what he thought they stood for. "Of course I am," I answered, thinking, Whatanasshole. "How could you not be?" Because at the time … Continue reading [Three by Five] 8. Devo
Teenage Engineering is a Swedish manufacturer of synthesizers and audio gear. For my birthday, Tomás and Felix, my youngest sons, gave me a Pocket Operator Arcade. It's a calculator-sized, AAA-battery powered synthesizer. Pre-programmed with 16 video game sounds, 16 prebuilt patterns, and 16 sound effects, the Arcade is a simple, elegant sound maker. I'm using … Continue reading [Three by Five] 6. Teenage Engineering. Hemingway.
It's been a while, a long while, since I've posted anything music related, so I offer up a contrast of sorts. Here's Cabaret Volataire's brilliant Nag Nag Nag from their 1980 Live at the YMCA album. Simple distorted guitars, bristling synthesizer electronics, this was early – but still danceable – industrial music no doubt inspired by the Cold War … Continue reading Nag Nag Nag: Cabaret Voltaire vs Akufen’s (karaoke slam mix)
“Two hundred years of American technology has unwittingly created a massive cement playground of unlimited potential. But it was the minds of 11 year old that could see that potential.” - C.R. Stecyk My first stories were skateboarding stories inspired by C. R. Stecyk's Skateboarder Magazine articles, his fabrication and chronicling of the Dogtown’s Z-boys’ … Continue reading Why I Write (Or How I Started Writing)
In my world, Dr. Alimantado (born Winston Thompson, AKA The Ital Surgeon) and his Best Dressed Chicken in Town was my introduction to reggae long before I realized the power of Catch-A-Fire-Bob-Marley, Legalize-It Peter Tosh and Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread Lee "Scratch" Perry. Public Image Limited's Jah Wobble's reggae-influenced thunk-punk bass, morphed into dancehall and reggaeton drilled into … Continue reading Dub: Best Dressed Chicken in Town