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In Defense of 2012 – The Best Worst Movie

One of my earliest memories of a palpable and completely irrational fear was camping with my father somewhere in Ontario, well before my 10th birthday. We had typically only taken family vacations to a cottage on Lake Michigan, which, while it was remote and seemed poorly protected as far as locks were concerned, at least had four standing walls and felt sturdy and protective, similar enough to my home to put me at ease. While I was camping, I began to consider the luxurious protections that a house afforded me in ways I had never before. Sure, I had always reasoned that the locks would keep criminals, zombies, and vampires out, but it also protected me from rabid raccoons, bears, falling tree trunks, and flash floods. Camping, I was totally exposed, and even my dad couldn’t adequately protect me from the runaway malevolence of nature.

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Josh Farrar : Rules to Rock By

Sorry it’s taken me so long to update. I’ve been working on things I hope to share with you in the near future.

For the time being, I’d like to share a piece that I didn’t record, but I helped edit. It’s an interview with Josh Farrar, the author of the forthcoming book Rules to Rock By, which will be released in June of 2010 by Walker Books for Young Readers. We ran into some pretty severe data corruption issues trying to get this interview completed, so I’m really happy that it is going to see the light of day.

Please head over to Sarah’s blog Desirous of Everything to learn a bit more about the book and the interview.

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Josh Farrar Interview

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The Dog Walker and The Russian Girl

This summer, notes started appearing at the bottom of the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge addressed to “Dogwalker,” and signed “The Russian Girl.” The narrative that unfolded in these notes, which appeared every couple of weeks, was about The Russian Girl’s love for The Dogwalker, and her fear that she may have inadvertently offended him somehow.  They have been noted on other blogs, and I seem to remember seeing one on the bridge that I haven’t seen online anywhere, but I assumed since I hadn’t seen one in over a month that their relationship had left the pavement for good. When I hit the Manhattan side of the bridge on Monday, there was a new one up, and it appears things have started to get weird between the Dogwalker and The Russian Girl.

Russian Girl

The full text of the note:

Yes I go to tomkins square park sometimes. Once I saw this stuff written in chalk there. It sounded like something you would say. I’m very sorry if I insulted you if you did the same thing it would just be normal, not insulting right? Let’s run away from our parents and get married. We don’t have to wait until we grow up. We can take Jack with us. You can get pregnant because you have fur on your stomach and I think the baby will like that. I like it. I’ll help the doctor take the baby out of your belly button. And we will make love. I love when you force me to kiss you. It’s so cute. Please be patient when we make love. It takes me longer to cum because of medicine I take. I love your spots. They are as beutiful as the stars in the sky night sky. Can I kiss them? I don’t want to be a prostitute or anything. I could spend all day with you every day and never get tired of you.

❤ The Russian Girl
(from the park)

I sincerely want to believe in this story, even as it’s passing into David Lynch territory, but something about this last note just doesn’t pass the smell test. I’m beginning to wonder if this is some kind of viral marketing. Still, if it is, why would they pick one of the least traveled bridges in the city to do it on? I’ll post any new notes I find on here, but I’m leaning toward hoax at this point. If you have any insight on this one, I’d love to hear from you.

Goodbye Blue Monday tonight – Brahloween 5 to Come

I am working on an audio piece to post here, but it’s going to take some time. I’m not sure that I’m cut out to be one of those regularly updating bloggers, because I get so caught up in whatever I’m working on that it always ends up taking much longer than a regular updating schedule could accomodate. Regardless, expect to see it here in the next month or so.

I’ve also been asked to do a couple more audio interviews in the style of the Oneida podcast that I did in July. I’ll provide more information as it presents itself.

In the meantime, a little shameless self promotion. I’m playing a show tonight with inimitable Jon Shina and Tempo No Tempo. It’s at Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn. You should come by, it could be fun.

Additionally, I will be providing interstitial sounds for Brahloween 5, at Secret Project Robot (210 KENT AVE) in Williamsburg on Halloween night. For the past three years, I’ve been Brahloween’s resident DJ, but this year, I’m trying something a little different. I’ll be bringing two synthesizers, my guitar, and an array of noisemakers to drop some marvelous space science to get some mouths watering. Some of my favorite bands, including Sightings, Red Dawn II, and THE FACES will be playing, along with Big Bear and The White Deer, two bands I’m excited to hear.

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Also, unlike the past couple of years, I actually have a costume idea and will actually be dressing up. See you there.

Full-Motion Video – The Future of the Past

The early 90’s were a landmark era in the evolution of home video game consoles. The Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis were brand new and bringing graphics into the living room that were nearly as vivid and colorful as those in the arcade. Console gaming was finally coming into its own, designers were refining and expanding the gaming experience, and utilizing the new generation of consoles to develop new types of gameplay.

Mario in 1990

Mario in 1990

When the Genesis was first released, bundled with the game Altered Beast, I remember it as a revelatory moment. The graphics were so spectacular that I was willing to completely overlook the fact that the game wasn’t actually fun. The sprites were huge and detailed, the characters had musculature, and I had spent the past five years playing as a big-nosed pixelated plumber. Now that I was a werewolf with the frame of an Adonis, there was no turning back. I was undeterred by the fact that the game had just five levels, that the controls were terrible, and that it was nearly impossible to beat.

This story is important because it’s an object lesson in the history of gaming. It was that very mentality – that graphics could supercede gameplay – that gave rise to the short lived Full-Motion Video (FMV) Game craze of the early 1990’s.

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Birdlaw – In Concert

My spacey noise project Birdlaw will be playing with a bunch of great bands at The Cake Shop this Thursday. I drew this attractive flyer to inform and intrigue. It should be a lot of fun. All the other bands sound amazing.

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Hope to see you there!