The blog of author Dennis Cooper

Gig #102: Of late 37: Leyden Jars, Katie Dey, Tristan Perich, Arca, Pan Sonic, Yohuna, Phew, HOX, Elysia Crampton, Rattle, Compton White, Gonjasufi, Cremation Lily, Nathan Bowles, Crystal Castles, Claire M Singer



Leyden Jars
Katie Dey
Tristan Perich
Pan Sonic
Elysia Crampton
Compton White
Cremation Lily
Nathan Bowles
Crystal Castles
Claire M Singer


Leyden Jars Entanglement Achieved at Room Temperature
‘From within the Glass Isle come Leyden Jars, continuing to reveal the strangeness which is to be found in what others gloss over. It takes patience to come to any sort of understanding with regard to ‘Heat Death’. Unlike their other project what’s being accessed here is primordial in tone, the very elements which when acted upon by a catalyst achieve sentience; those behind this album are that catalyst. Where once there was only a void now there is an intellect at work. Observing. Cataloging. Quietly moving through three dimensions whilst plainly coming from the fourth. Perhaps it is just artistic license but I suspect this record’s cover is indicative of what happens when the mysterious chemistry at work contained herein begins to leak out. Do we term this experimental? Would minimalism be the best summation? Both of these are part of the formula but they’re only employed to draw a person into the complexities which these two are gnawing away at. There are coordinates making up some of the titles, other compositions are just a single word while you get a complete diorama being depicted on several; the only similarity to what they have done before would be in the arrangement of elements. If you wanted to view ‘Heat Death’ as the darker, more subversive half you wouldn’t be far off the mark.’ — marks


Katie Dey Fear o’ the Light
‘Australian recording artist Katie Dey’s ‘nightmare pop’ weaves through gorgeous and unexpected sound- scapes – at times weirdly off-putting, at others beautiful and ethereal – all anchored by a hypnotic sense of melody. Following 2015’s Orchid Tapes-issued critical darling asdfasdf, Flood Network further explores the beauty in chaos and even destruction. Shape-shifting interludes realign the listener’s perspective between immersive sonic environments where melody and lyrics could mean anything, everything and nothing all at once.’ — Joy Void Recordings


Tristan Perich Noise Patterns live @ La Malterie, Lille
‘Like Lou Reed’s manic manipulation of his guitar signal on Metal Machine Music, Perich processes his single noise oscillator to incomprehensible pulsating structures. Echoing Reed, Perich punctuates his statement with a lingering, “infinite” wash of noise. Like Marclay, Perich pulls at the tension of cherishable objects and additionally draws his medium in as a performer, a direct, primary source of noise. Like Wiese’s, Perich’s album requires ritual, attention, and participation of the listener. Unlike Sachiko M’s Bar さちこ, however, the music on Noise Patterns overwhelms its object, eating it up with highly compositional material. Perich’s musical identity sits behind the MCU with every pattern. Where Sachiko M dissolves into the glossy surface of the CD — allowing disbelief that she was ever really there, holding a key on her sampler the entire time — Perich asserts his self: an individual, a voice.’ — Ben Levinson


Arca (feat. Mica Levi) Baby Doll
‘It’s ugly, because translation isn’t clean: a self can’t be translated perfectly (“Vicar” is the tension, stomp and stop, whips or wonder? A shout or a belch? Ecstasy or pain?). Entrañas is guts and bowels and entrails (and meat), and Entrañas is image digestion, self-processing. If you find an alien inside you, but the alien feels right, the alien is you. “Baby Doll,” an alien voice: “Girls can wear jeans/ Cut their hair short/ Wear shirts and boots/ Because it’s okay to be a boy.“ Art, like gender, doesn’t have to exist in a single fixed space: we can be at odds with our guts (“But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading/ Because you think that being a girl is degrading/ But secretly you’d love to know what it’s like/ Wouldn’t you?”) Arca’s art is fluidity, bodies chewing through boundaries and sounds, and the ventricles around Entrañas are personal. We can live as a becoming-text, between binaries and album releases and formats and identities. We don’t have to be on our way to a fixed point (Nelson: “How to explain, in a culture frantic for resolution, that sometimes the shit stays messy.”) But fixed points intrude, pressurize the safe space in our stomachs, implant their rigidity.’ — Frank Falisi


Pan Sonic Atomin Palluu (Part 2)
Atomin Paluu features the final studio recordings made under the name Pan Sonic (Mika Vainio & Ilpo Vaisanen). Recorded per their usual working methods at Mika’s home studio in Berlin from 2005 to 2011 and subsequently edited into this album format by Mika in 2015. The film, Atomin Paluu (2015) is a Finnish production, created by Jussi Eerola and Mika Taanila, documents the building of the first nuclear power plant since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986 – a project that fell foul of much bureaucratic wrangling and control which manifested itself in the need for over forty cuts of the film. Atomin Paluu, the soundtrack, shows Pan Sonic uniquely using selected third-party field recordings from filming at the building site. As the film’s soundtrack, these recordings were also bound up in a complex series of delays in the release of the film.’ — Forced Exposure


Yohuna Golden Foil
Patientness is an ode to patience: taking things slowly, enduring through difficulty, finding strength within yourself when what’s familiar feels so far away. Taking time in a world that wants everything to happen so quickly. It’s light and then dark, heavy and then weightless, with Swanson’s haunting words and pulsing dimlit beats stringing the stories together, often hanging atop swatches of ambient electronics.’ — Orchid Tapes


Phew Signal
‘Hiromi Moritani (Phew) is a Japanese avant-garde vocalist who started out as a member of the legendary punk band Aunt Sally. In 1980 she collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto on the single Shukyoku. In ’81 she and the members of Can made the album Phew. After taking some time off, Phew made a recording with former members of DAF and Neubauten. She subsequently released two albums with Anton Fier, Bill Laswell and others. She is currently active in a wide range of projects, including Novo Tono, Phew Unit, a duo with Seiichi Yamamoto, and Big Picture.’ — discogs


HOX It’s Too Much
‘Hox is Edvard Graham Lewis (Wire/Dome/He Said/He Said Omala/Ocsid) and Andreas Karperyd (Omala/He Said Omala/Woodwork). Duke of York is their second release following on from the highly acclaimed it-ness in 1999. Duke of York is a bittersweet contemporary electronic pop record which could only exist as a result of the unison of these particular, peculiar souls. At once tender, skewered, sophisticated and unsettling Duke of York is a both a journey through the collective minds of Lewis and Karperyd and a substantial representation of their individual talents. Whilst both tackling the sonic side of the outing Lewis also presents pleasantly paranoid lyrics, Karperyd drapes it all in a distinguished design. This combination presents a substantial study of the sonically impressive, visually inviting and songs rich in brooding, dark atmosphere and melodic content.’ — Editions Mego


Elysia Crampton Children Of Hell
‘In 2015, Crampton told TMT: “I stand for an unrepresented history of musicians and writers of color, female authors, queer artists… I stand for these histories coiled at event horizon, on the brink of new universe or total disintegration, braided with nothingness.” The darkest moments of Demon City are perhaps an approximation of this nothingness, the negative land that threatens voices outside the mainstream cultural narrative with the oblivion of erased stories and forgotten names. “Demon City” and the track that follows, “Children of Hell,” are a culmination of all the elements of darkness Crampton has brought down upon us: synthetic saxophones squealing with glee, prison gates clanging shut, a melodic figure trudging down toward the deepest darkness. “E,” says a deep male voice, as if reading the inscription on a tombstone.’ — Chris Kissel


Rattle Stringer Bell
‘In our maximalist, sensory overloading times it’s bewildering to find something as sonically spacious, sparse and economic as a dialog of two drum sets. Being bombarded with information reduces us to passivity and egotism; “We don’t want to assault the listener with too much to listen to, think about and take in, all at once.” Rattle’s very manifesto for music allows us breathing and thinking space. Theresa Wrigley (of Fists) and Katharine Brown (of Kogumaza) began playing together out of genuine curiosity and, as a result, have created a quietly dramatic and loudly intimate record. An honest experiment, this is not some vain exercise in being “experimental”. It sounds like they play some awkward version of sonic pictionary, giving each other the most abstract or apparently mundane tasks – silence, or waiting, or the sound of one hand clapping, or rain, or spiritual claustrophobia, or playing hide and seek, or a rattle.’ — Danijela Bočev


Compton White Track 2
‘When TNGHT released their debut EP four years ago, fans and critics lamented the fact that it was simply not long enough. The very same criticism is perhaps the only one that can be fairly levelled at Compton White’s self-titled debut: at just under 20 minutes, “quality over quantity” is quite clearly the intention. Though biographical information is scarce, one can glean that White – real name Lloyd Whittle – is from a lineage of Travelling showmen, and has lived his life between the Isle of Wight and London. As such, his album is steeped in nostalgia for a childhood spent between two radically different settings – juxtaposing the chaotic and the calm, the urban and the pastoral, the contemporary and the sentimental. On listening, the first thing to really hit home are the album’s varied musical influences: the first song, ‘Track 2’, is driven by a simple yet beautiful melody around which contorted vocal samples weave and clusters of falling drums stumble. At times, the textures of the synths recall sounds that formed the bedrock of the classic Warp Records sound (such as the acidic bleeps of LFO). White’s contemplative guitar riff, peppering ‘Track 2’, also echoes Campfire Headphase-era Boards of Canada and perhaps even the The Beach Boys. Similar influences can be heard on the new Avalanches album, Wildflower. With the Avalanches, however, one is always made aware of the referential nature of their music, whereas for White, his familiarity with the work of past masters never reaches the point of mimicry, remaining faithful to his own sound.’ — Christopher Sanders


Gonjasufi Vinaigrette
‘Ever since A Sufi and a Killer sent his scarred wail out into a wider world, Gonjasufi’s future has seemed pretty open-ended. What path would his hip-hop-influenced psych take? Subsequent releases—especially 2012’s MU.ZZ.LE—veered closer to a series of confrontational wake-up calls than the inner voyage of the mind than “psychedelia” typically suggests. Jay Z’s “Nickels and Dimes” might have lifted the hook from the Gonjasufi cut of the (almost) same name, but its mournfully introspective spirit was something too bare-nerved to co-opt, the catharsis of MU.ZZ.LE pared it down to just the “psych-” and laid bare just how many far more unsettling things could be attached to it as a suffix. Callus is deliberately abrasive proof of this: an album that’s disorienting at its catchiest, harrowing at its ugliest, and more than willing to run both of those modes at the same time. Gonjasufi’s described this album as a document of his effort to embrace hate and pain, not out of nihilism or defeatism but as a way to endure what he sees as a surplus of the stuff getting dumped on everybody’s heads so he can return it as love. The album title says as much—it literally suggests growing a thicker skin—and the record’s mode feels like a much-needed endurance test in turn. It’s harsh and raucous and even oppressive, despite the fact that it ventures only rarely (and briefly) into uptempo trad-aggro turf. It’s both a call for confrontation and a search of positivity.’ — Nate Patrin


CREMATION LILY live @ United Forces of Industrial II
‘Cremation Lily is the project of UK based Z. Zsigo. For the past 5 years Zsigo has been consistently working under most people’s radars with his distinctly personal take on power electronics, developing a modest cult following and a respectable catalog of releases through his Strange Rules label. In 2012 the project was brought to the attention of Steve Underwood from Harbinger Sound who subsequently released the ‘Fertility Servent’ 7” and the project began to gather a more visible live presence thanks to gigs with the likes of Consumer Electronics, Con-Dom, Natural Assembly and on the east coast of America too with Alberich and Âmes Sanglantes.’ — boomkat


Nathan Bowles Gadarene Fugue
‘Although a swamp boy by birth, Nathan Bowles — of the old-time stalwart Black Twig Pickers and moonshined drone ensemble Pelt — has a deep reverence for mountain soil. Perhaps a necessity for anyone who chooses to peddle in American folk traditions, Bowles has always been keenly aware of his place in tradition, not unlike fellow Virginian and NC transplant Daniel Bachman. Such a path has been well-trod and the thorns cleared long ago. We can trace lineages, if we are so inclined. Say, Mike Gangloff and Jack Rose into Fahey and Basho and Kottke into Charlie Patton and Blind Blake. However, what Bowles and our current generation of American revivalists have demonstrated is the clear vitality of this tradition, its powerful cling to our consciousness that requires we constantly revisit and reinvent it.’ — CYNOCEPHALUS


Crystal Castles Concrete live in Santiago, Chile
‘That’s not to downplay Glass’ importance but rather to illustrate that her departure — officially announced in October 2014, with Glass writing that she felt her artistry was no longer a good fit within the confines of Crystal Castles — never meant Crystal Castles was entirely doomed as a project. Yes, as a vocal, lyrical, and textural presence, Glass, who’s now pursuing a solo career, brought many unique traits to the table. There was something so likably genuine and honest about her very presence. But the new singer — whose identity was the subject of much speculation until it was revealed to be Edith Frances during a performance last year at Johannesburg, South Africa’s SoundsWild festival — is ultimately a fine fit. The most diehard of Crystal Castles fans were slow to embrace her, but ultimately, Amnesty (I) should be enough to convince of her capabilities.’ — CoS


Claire M Singer Diobaig
Solas (‘Light’ in Gaelic) is Claire M Singer’s debut album spanning 14 years of her work in acoustic and electronic composition.In recent years she has focused on writing and performing a mix of organ, cello and electronics with regular performances at Union Chapel where she is Music Director, running a diverse programme of concerts and educational workshops around the Chapel’s Henry Willis 1877 organ. Other performances include the Roundhouse London by The LCO Soloists; a’ fàs soilleir, an audio-visual work, exhibited at Tate Modern London, XMV New York City and Ceremony Hall Austin TX and she has performed as part of Spire at Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne and many more.’ — Touch




p.s. Hey.  An early-ish heads up that, starting on Thursday, I’ll be taking a forced vacation from the blog for ten days. Zac and I are going away to shoot a music video, and it’s unlikely that I’ll have time while I’m working on that project to do the p.s. daily. If I can manage to along the way, I’ll pop in unexpectedly. So you’ll get a batch of restored posts from my murdered blog during that period, and I’ll be back for sure at the latest with a new post and a p.s. wherein I’ll catch up with all of the comments that have accumulated on Monday, September 26th. But I’ll be here and regular until Thursday. ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh. Thanks much! And I thank Ben for bringing that to the fore. ** David Ehrenstein, Thanks on Ben’s behalf — not that he needs my behalf — , maestro. ** Steevee, Hi. I keep wondering if there has always been a large, probably majority contingent of movie buffs who knee-jerk reject ambitious, serious, idiosyncratic films as ‘pretentious’ because I do feel like I see that attitude evinced a lot more nowadays, but then social media has allowed everyone to become a pedestal-ed pundit/critic, I guess, and when I think back on the days when serious, daring films were more prevalent, more accepted or maybe begrudgingly respected more widely, I was probably living a sheltered, in that sense, life. Oh, right, ‘Killer of Sheep, duh. I spaced on him having made that film. That’s a fantastic film, yes. ** Wolf, Le (La?) Maîtresse Wolf! Thanks, buddy, about the funding. Yeah, we’re just thrilled. Oh, I like some of Haynes’ films, don’t get me wrong. And I’m totally supportive of him as artist/filmmaker. His stuff just generally doesn’t reach me. There’s a self-consciously brainy, slightly forced-feeling, semi-subtextual thing about most of his films (for me) that doesn’t float my boat, I guess. No big. I love your love. Augiéras: yeah, I’ve been surprised that a lot of French people here whom I assumed would know him/his work don’t at all. It’s very strange. Very, even ultra-happy Monday! ** Cobaltfram, Hi, John! Very nice to see you in these new digs, my friend! The happy, or mostly happy ending to the Google thing was more than a bit of surprise. But yes! I’m actually going to be in NYC in October first, but briefly. Zac and I are going over for a showing there at long last of ‘Like Cattle Towards Glow’. On the 20th. Details soon. You should come! But, yeah, in November it’s possible I’ll be there for a bit. There’s the MoMA thing on the 7th, and then, on the 17th, the New Museum is doing an event about my GIF fiction books and as a launch for the new GIF novel. I think Zac and I are going to try to rent a car and do a amusement park-centered road trip in between the two events, but I should be there at least a little, and it would nice to do a coffee if that’s possible. I’m good, extremely busy, but with great projects across the board. That’s fantastic news about where you are and how far you’ve come with your novel! Congrats! Well, you can certainly be invested. It would be weird and self-defeating if you weren’t. ** H, Hi. Oh, very interesting about the film classes. The classes are specifically oriented towards queer cinema, or partly and helpfully so? Ugh, the hot weather there. We’ve been fairly lucky here in Paris. Just a handful of insufferable days. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi, Dóra! Well, because we got that funding from the committee in the Bas Normandie region, we’re obligated to shoot most of the film there. Our film is mostly set in the suburbs/a neighborhood. My guess is that we’ll probably film it in/near the region’s largest city, Caen, but we have to go out there and scout around. I see, about the reason for the move. But, yeah, it will be exciting to be in capitol city, no? Theoretically, you’ll have access to more culture and gigs and art and interesting things in general, won’t you? But moving is weird and sad. It’s weird when a house that was yours becomes someone else’s. But the melancholy about that kind be intreating in a way maybe. We’re still planning out what the music video will be and trying to decide on locations and how many people will be in it and how we can find them quickly. I don’t know what a ‘ruin pub’ is, but I like the name and what it calls to mind. Cool about the video you made there! That sounds really nice! Awesome! My weekend was pretty okay. A bunch of music video work/ planning. Pretty quiet. Last night I saw this kind of amazing animated film called ‘L’Enfant invisible’ by Andre Lindon. Here are some stills from it. It’s very strange and beautiful, and he made it entirely by himself, which is crazy when you see how much work that would have involved. He was there to talk about it. It was quite inspiring. Oh, and on Saturday Zac and I went to L’Etrange Festival, which is this Paris film festival where our film had its world premiere last year. We saw a program of short, kind of occult-y films, most of which were bad, but they were showing a film I really like — James Batley’s ‘Kneel Through the Dark’ — which I hadn’t seen projected before, and James was there, so I got to say hi, and that was cool. Other than that, I think just work and planning unless I’m forgetting something. How did Monday match up with you? ** Oliver, Hi, Oliver! I’m so glad you came back! Big congratulations on getting your Chinese degree! Wow, I remember when you were early on in that study, I think. I hope you will get back into writing, and I would love it if the blog can help nudge you in that direction in any way it can. Thanks so much about the guest-post. That’s very kind and cool of you. If I can do anything on my end to help or anything, just let me know. Have a great day! ** Mark Gluth, Hi! Ah, I see. Well, in my limited experiences with that sort of thing, those kinds of things can take their sweet time, or unsweet time. Interesting. Yep, mega-agreement about Steven’s gif work, big time. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben! Oh, my great — and far more — pleasure, sir! An honor, a thrill! ** Misanthrope, If it is, I want. That would be a good slogan for a band or a politician’s presidential quest or something. I suppose it’s remotely possible that Dahmer had a burning, uncharacteristic jones for a little snack that day, but still. I sort of like the artificiality when they lip-sync. Especially when they lip-sync songs by people who lip-sync during their own performances like Britney or whoever. That’s kind of meta. ** CodyR, Hi, Cody. That so sucks. I just texted with you, and I’ll talk to you later. ** Slatted Light, Hi, D of the Daisies. Wow, I have no idea where that sprang from. I just feel like the JT Leroy crap is just never ever going to end and just go away. I’m so sick of her. The Strum film is far, far, far closer to the actual. That new doc is a horror, and not in the good way. I was just reading about ‘Don’t Breathe’. Huh. Too good to be true, eh? That sure does seem to be a common thing with horror films these days. I saw ‘The Witch’ not long ago finally, and it was like, okay, yeah, kind of stylish, kind of nicely slow-ish, but … that’s it? That is deflating to hear about the Detroit context. Obviously, that was what almost entirely made me curious. Oh, your question. Well, it’s hard because we’re not interested in working with people with acting experience or only with very, very little previous experience at most. For ‘LCTG’, we ended up auditioning one actual actor because people were saying how amazing he was, and maybe he was, but his skills and go-to performance ideas within the context of what we were making made everything he did seem excessively carved out and even hysterical. So I can’t think of any known actor who I, at least, would want to work with. Okay, Shelley Duvall would be an insane dream. I’m sure we could get something weird and subtle out of her. But mostly I would probably think of known people who aren’t actors but rather, I don’t know, musicians or artists or something. I don’t know. Anyway Shelley Duvall. Or Lukas Haas. I’ll ask Zac today and tell you his answer if he has one. ** Kyler, Hi, K. Good. Not boring is life’s ultimate goal. And being busy with a million things is something I know all too well. Welcome home, though! ** Okay. What’s today? Oh, right, a gig. Stuff I’ve been listening to and absorbing with a positive effect and outcome. See if any stuff in there gets anything positive to happen anywhere inside you. See you tomorrow.


  1. Scunnard

    Hi Dennis, weird I’m listening to Arca right now… and even weirder I missed this mixtape with Baby Doll completely and had been holding out for Reverie to come out… oops, so thanks for bringing to my attention. Also haven’t paid Crystal Castles much attention since Glass left, but the new singer seems to have her own personality and holds her own, so that is promising and warrants more attention. Did you have any connection with Alexis Arquette? Sad, does anyone know what the story was? Also, don’t know if you’ve released the name of the band you are working on the video for (and I missed?), but exciting and I look forward to!

    • Scunnard

      Oh also just discovered the record (only one track/side) that Fatima Al Qadiri (who is great) and Hito Steyerl did for the Berlin Biennial… how’d I miss that???

  2. h

    Hi Dennis,

    Apologies, I couldn’t read the post yet. Only the PS.
    (Looks exciting. Just weekdays I become insanely busy. Look forward to browsing it this friday evening when I have some time for beauty and fun outside my work.)

    To answer your questions, no, not really. Professors just help us to do individual research by providing resources and methodologies and following up with each project. When I entered this school, I addressed my project focusing on queer cinema and now I’m independently doing it in a link to what professors offer with their specializations which are racial matters, animation aesthetics, performances, narrative, etc. in cinema. This is a first semester, so I’m taking rather comprehensively disciplinary classes, but I think I will progress further with my own things in the following ones. Professors are great. Just not sure how much they are well versed about queer cinema itself. So far they seem particularly into African American cinema + women cinema. I don’t think it’s bad for my work because I’m already able to do research on my own as much as I’m trained in neighboring fields but I should be able to locate it in context of film specialists also. I interact with film making students as well. But I haven’t met any who works on queer cinema broadly except trans women and drag queen representations.

    More soon. Thanks for asking. I’m excited. Have a nice week!

    • h

      Oh also started reading Suite for Barbara Loden, yesterday. Leger’s writing itself is wonderfully poetic. Thank you for your recommendation.

  3. _Black_Acrylic

    @ Misanthrope, cheers! I guess if ART101 “success” is me being happy with it, then it is that. Yeah the humour’s really key I think, and maybe it’s more deadpan than the likes of Reddit would get.

    @ Slatted Light, thank you for that massive compliment, I’m feeling flushed here.

    @ Kyler, hope Florida has been smoothed out, and that you get to NYC safe and sound. Hope also that ART101 does something for you.

    @ Raymond, cheers, and enjoy your day off!

    Interested in the Arca track here and I’m a fan of Mica Levi anyway. You know Levi’s doing the soundtrack for a Jackie O biopic?

    I bought a couple of LPs: Scott Walker’s soundtrack for The Childhood of a Leader on clear vinyl, and also the reissue of Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks soundtrack on “damn fine coffee” coloured wax. I’m still in Leeds and my parents no record player but hey, I can still look at the packaging.

    • Kyler

      Ben, this is really excellent! I love this woman’s voice – and your writing that she articulates. Very impressed. The first video about self-absorption: such an important subject! My sister and her husband often talk about people who are self-absorbed in a negative way; but once when I was having it out with my sister over the phone, I paraphrased Julian Schnabel, who said he loved a certain city (I forget which one) – because all the artists there were so self-absorbed, showing the term in a positive light. My sister was taken aback by this…and I address this topic also in my first novel that I’m trying to get published now, about a painter. Thanks a lot, Ben…will copy this in a FB message, in case you miss it here.

  4. julian

    hey there! glad you mostly got yr blog back, although restoring it bit by bit sounds like a massive pain in the ass. read the old one for a while but never commented out of shyness i suppose. have you listened to any of the stuff on NON Worldwide? they’re a label closely associated with Elysia Crampton. there’s really a whole lot of exciting electronic music coming out right now from people who are queer and/or PoCs

  5. steevee

    I hesitate to bring up Laura Albert again, but I was glad to see the NY Times article about the new documentary’s use of her unethical practice of taping people without their permission or knowledge. A friend of mine interviewed her and did a Twitter post that was like “Hey, I talked to’ Laura Albert! Isn’t that so cool?” I replied by saying that I thought she’s scum.

    I do think reverse snobbery is growing. Maybe you’re insulated from it to a certain extent by living in France, but in the U.S. foreign-language films have practically stopped getting theatrical distribution beyond playing for a week or two at Anthology and Film Forum. When something originally intended for a 2-week run, like EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, breaks out and grosses $1.5 million, it’s greeted as a tremendous victory in some quarters even though that isn’t exactly a great amount of money.

  6. Dóra Grőber


    Well, I’d be lying if I said I know what Caen looks like but I really hope you’ll find locations that come close to your ideas!
    It’s going to be sad to leave this house behind because this is where I grew up. This is where my dog grew up and grew old. There are lots of dear memories. But now that it’s kind of… empty, I think maybe it’s time for a change. However difficult it might be at first. And yes, what you wrote is exactly like that! Moving to the capital city brings so many advantages! I’ll be a lot closer to most of the ‘happenings’ I tend to miss nowadays. It’ll be a lot more convenient to visit galleries and little gigs and pubs. I can’t wait that!
    Ah, I’m so excited about the music video! I’m really curious about the band you work with!
    A ‘ruin pub’ is basically a pub which is in a deteriorating, once-empty building. It’s usually full of second-hand furniture and all kinds of bits and pieces.
    I really love the stills from L’enfant invisible. They make me feel like it’s something really sensitive. It’s pretty hard to find anything about it in English, I read 3 reviews and all three said something different. I think I’d love to watch it. It must’ve been truly inspiring to hear what the creator said about it!
    Ah and once again! Thank you for the trailer, too! It made me think about some of my zine-ideas or rather zine-feelings. It must’ve been awesome to see the whole thing projected and to meet James Batley!
    I’m glad you had a weekend so full of inspiring bits!
    My day was mostly about my thesis today. I had to go and talk to my consultant and there’s lots of administration which is kind of boring and unnerving. Most of it is utterly pointless, too. So I had kind of a busy day but it was okay. Now I finally have the time to listen to some of the music you shared with us today and to write a little.
    How was your day?

  7. David Ehrenstein

    Laura Albert has reached the end of her con. The suckers now into her are brain dead.

    Your characterization of Todd is not without interest, Dennis. He’s one of those rare individuals who thinks and acts on several levels simultaneously. I hope you get to meet him VERY soon cause you’d really hit it off.

  8. Thomas Moronic

    Katie Dey is new to me and very cool. I like that track of hers that’s on here. Cool vibe. Nice to see what Pan Sonic has been up to of late as well. There are a few names here that are new, which is always good.

    Oh – I was happy that Queen Mob’s Teahouse asked me to be part of their In Bed With Series – I wrote a weird little sad new piece:

  9. Thomas Moronic

    Oh and Steven/MANCY – I’m still looking at and absorbing and loving your gifs from the other day. So great.

    Likewise, Ben: the Art101 day is excellent.

  10. Chilly Jay Chill

    Hey Dennis,
    Great gig day. Rattle in particular is intriguing. Arca too and hadn’t heard the new Gonjisufi. Excited to explore the rest tomorrow.

    Congrats on the funding for the new film – that’s fantastic! And is there anything you can share about the music video you and Zac are about to shoot?

    I’ve been wiped out recently with freelance work, two art events I’m hosting this week –Battle Trance, an amazing sax quartet I think you’d dig, high praise in The Wire and P’fork, then a reading by Robert Lopez (you a fan of his work?) — plus trying to find time for this local residency, house issues, and some writing. Feeling maxed out.

  11. _Black_Acrylic

    @ Thomas, thank you, really appreciate it!

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    I’d heard the new Rattle and Gonjasufi. I’m intrigued by Elysia Crampton and will look her up on iTunes. On the opposite end of the adventurousness spectrum, I’m continuing to explore pub-rock and ordered Dr. Feelgood’s MALPRACTICE and Eddie & the Hot Rods’ LIFE ON THE LINE. Also, in my ongoing wallow in Gen. X nostalgia, I really like the new Nick Cave and De La Soul albums.

  13. Misanthrope

    Dennis, Damn, I didn’t even get in before the spammers. Fuckers.

    Though they’re kind of interesting in a way.

    RE: Dahmer, frankly, I’m in the “but still” camp too. Just find that angle fascinating.

    Oh, man, yeah, I’m like those Australians who walked out of that $350-a-ticket Britney concert when they realized she was lip-synching. I can’t take it. I can’t even watch it on TV.

    Though I read two reviews of the Bieber concert here this summer -in the Washington Post and the USA Today- and both remarked how brazen and blatant he is in his lip-synching now. He just ain’t give a shit any more. They said he just put the mic down by side for whole verses. There was something oddly charming about that to me. It kind of endeared him to me a bit. Kind of like Kanye West asking Mark Zuckerberf for money on Twitter. Something about that was really cool and funny to me.

  14. Misanthrope

    Black_Acrylic_, It’s a success because you’re happy with it, because you completed it and in/on your own terms, and it is really fucking good. Let’s measure success here by quality and not some lame quantifiable thing like views or income or whatever, which I suspect you do anyway (that is, you measure it by quality too). Cheers back to you, my friend.

  15. MANCY

    Thank you for this, I have been needing fresh music ideas badly. That Pan Sonic thing looks especially intriguing, I am a huge fan of theirs. Need to hear that new Katie Dey.

    _Black_Acrylic – sorry for chiming in so late, but I highly enjoyed art101.

    Thomas – thank you!

  16. Slatted Light

    Coop-de-Loop! I hear you, man, it’s shit you can’t get off your shoe. Hope my mentioning of it didn’t exasperate — I just liked how trenchant you managed to make your soundbite comment for the NYT article. I suppose it fascinates because it fits into a certain history of “scams” in art but, again, from what I’ve gleaned, I find that whole framework actually tends to miss the point altogether. I’m not going to bother with the new thing, will watch the Sturm eventually; it definitely seems an incisive investigation and recap, as well as a way superior bit of filmmaking, if still perhaps operating in that “literary scandal” frame ultimately. Admittedly, though, that’s not a wrong frame, per se, just that it isn’t what I find to be most elucidating about it or that I’d be most interested in drawing out and parsing for public consideration about the whole matter were I the one who was approaching it.

    I figured that it’d be tough for you to answer that, for the same reason that ‘LCTG’ operates more on the Bressonian ‘model’ principle in order to enact film personae, rather than acting per se. Cool you could come up with an answer! Shelly Duvall, super intriguing answer — a great and way underutilized performer. Maybe she’ a clandestine DC fan, reads the blog and will get in touch! =D Lukas Haas, that makes a lot of sense, of course, yes. What did Zac say?

    More challenges! Would you ever try to adapt one of your own novels, do you reckon? Like, if someone came along and offered you and Zac finance conditional on your making a film of one of your books? And which, if you would? Also, if you could pick any living director you wished (outside of Zac!), who would you like to adapt ‘The Marbled Swarm’ were it going to be turned into a film?

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