Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Rovian Paradigm Flatlines...

"I thought we were making an ad campaign about Obama. But I think we ended up making an ad campaign about the essential ingredient that makes democracy work: an open mind. We don't belong to our political parties. Our political parties belong to us."



Read more here.

At Betley Hall, a now-demolished country house...

To Live and Shave in L.A. - "Her-Her," the So "Her," the Put-Mouth

(1995, Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers C-90, no matrix number, out of print.)






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Side A (38:10)



Knitting Factory, New York, NY (21 Feb 95)

01 No More Was Needed to Inflame My Balls
02 Pull Chains of Memphis
03 One Navel of Decline
04 Moschino Powerslum
05 Gone and Bitched Up
06 Wanna Bust Up a Virgin Ass?

Gallery Film House, Ybor City, FL (12 Aug 95)

07 She Once Liked to Fuck a Drowsy Woman
08 The Genealogy of Orestes (According to Trace-Horse)
09 "Whore's Mug," Sometime Fustigator
10 Honeycomb Tripe
11 New Poem Dramatized for Lux Cudgel

i. Rat vs. Shadow Ring (13 Aug 95)

Side B (37:40)



Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC (16 Aug 95)

12 Kopenhagen Lounge
13 Flesh and Brimstone
14 Scrimshaw Woman

Dottie's, Atlanta, GA (3 Sept 95)

15 Scrimshaw Woman
16 Resurrection of Eve
17 Beyond De Sade

Local 186, Allston, MA (5 Sept 95)

18 She Once Liked to Fuck a Drowsy Woman



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Although transferred to hard disc at 96000 Hz / 24-bit, then ripped to mp3 at 320 kbps, this is still pretty goddamned no-fi stuff, owing primarily to the original cassette deck-to-cassette deck assembly, BWCD's third-generation transfer (necessarily, to low-grade tape stock), the ungovernable roar that was our 1995 live sound, and the absurd wind tunnel acoustics we captured via stereo cassette in the first place. Although the compilation underwent a cursory mastering pass in late '95 at The Studio in Miami, all I probably managed to do was brighten the inherent hiss and stir the already-smeared tonalities in the dregs of the moor... That noted, enjoy!!

Far higher quality versions of some of the material originally excepted on "Her-Her" (a title derived from fused serial cut-ups of passages from 70s porn novels) will likely appear on the forthcoming Menlo Park Recordings box, Refusal.

Rat Bastard - bass and snores
Tom Smith - voice and tape
Ben Wolcott - oscillator

with:

Jared Hendrickson - guitar (1-6)
Charlie Speight - guitar (12-14)

"Mastered" by TS on 14 Oct 95 at The Studio, Miami, FL.

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(188 MB, ripped @ 320.)

Here.

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At another country house in the village,

TS

We're Number... er, 36!!

Have the Bush years cowed you into drunken placidity? Prefer sloshed to sentient? Then peruse the following at your peril, as you'll sober up immediately...

"It is not economic prosperity but peace that guarantees press freedom. That is the main lesson to be drawn from the world press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders compiles every year and from the 2008 edition, released today."


Read the full report here.