Monday, June 29, 2009

We'll be doing a special collaborative set with our friend John Wiese

Mysteries to be revealed...


Friday, June 26, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


It was another rainy Saturday. Peter and I met up and headed to PS1 for our pal Frank Haines' big night of performances he curated which correlated with the Kenneth Anger exhibit.
On good Friday in 2006, driven by his intense fandom of Bruce Haack, Frank tracked down Chris Kachulis, a long time collaborator of Haack's (his voice can be heard on the Electric Lucifer LP). Somehow he managed to convince a man in his late 60's to partner up with him for an ongoing performance art project that came to be known as Blanko and Noiry. This has been one of my favorite projects to go see for the past few years. Combing elements of mysterious sounding synths, the occult, and even broadway. It's a very impactive visual experience.

Half car, half roof deck.

Nice shirt J!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

If you would like to order a shirt or an 8X10 glossy of the photo above paypal $14 in the US $17 outside to S, M, L available.


There must be something encoded in the DNA of all living matter that compels it to survive despite adverse conditions.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

City Center - City Center (Type)

Fred Thomas and I were both 21 years old when we met. At that age I spent a lot of time working out complicated inside jokes, oftentimes absurdly exclusive, i.e. I never explained them to anyone. My favorite at the time was to reply to the question, "how are you?" with the answer "never better." The idea was that people would think I meant "I've never been better!" which is the popular usage but in my head I was actually saying "I never get better." A really tidy way to hang onto teenage horror without letting anyone know. I felt like, if I explained the joke to anyone or actually clarified my meaning it would spoil it forever, but through some instinctual force I knew that it would make Fred laugh so I let him in on it. It became a constant call between us; at one point I think he wanted to call a Lovesick record "Never Better" but decided against it.

Last week I bought the City Center LP on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I also hid out in my room and stumbled upon the above pages from Graham Greene's A Burnt-Out Case. Greene's doctor makes a similar joke to "never better" but with a much grimmer outcome. But he was also 56 when the book was published. Life can get grimmer sometimes. Most of me doesn't want to overthink it; however I am aware of the fact that part of the key to "never better" is the idea of making something pretty to the world at the same time that you're being honest with yourself.

Fred just made a website with all of the lyrics to accompany the LP and it struck me that he figured out a way to make something pretty at the same time that he's being honest with himself. It's a dark record if you read the lyrics, one that begins with "the places we are are cold and slow" and ends with "say an unfinished hex over me." But I don't hear a dark record when I play it; I think there are definitely thunderclouds and wet eyes but mostly its a shimmering, light-hearted joy. I don't mean light-hearted like not serious, I mean it literally, like I feel my heart lift in my chest. When I first saw City Center play as a duo, Ryan jumped up and down as he played the drum and it made me so crazy and borderline jealous at his energy. That is like the embodiment of the record, a leaping, insistent and brave gesture. I'm okay checking out the darkness that's lurking in the record, I understand that there's a reason it's there but it's also really nice knowing that I can engage the spirit of the record and believe that the message is "never been better."

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

From one Chinatown to another.

This Friday we will be in Philadelphia with Led Er Est to play Sebastian Mlynarski's opening at Juanita and Juan's.