Sunday, March 29, 2009

and it's only just begun/while we don't have time to explain

THE LEMONHEADS have signed to Brooklyn, NY-based THE END RECORDS and will be releasing their long-awaited Gibby Haynes Produced covers collection, VARSHONS, on June 23, 2009.

VARSHONS Track Listing
* Original artist in parenthesis

1. “I Just Can’t Take It Anymore” (Gram Parsons)
2. “Fragile” (Wire)
3. “Layin’ Up With Linda” (G.G. Allin)
4. “Waiting Around To Die” (Townes Van Zandt)
5. “Green Fuz” (Randy Alvey & Green Fuz)
6. “Yesterlove” (Sam Gopal)
7. “Dirty Robot” v/ Kate Moss (Arling & Cameron)
8. “Dandelion Seeds” (July)
9. “Mexico” (Fuckemos)
10. “Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye” f/ Liv Tyler (Leonard Cohen)
11. “Beautiful” (Linda Perry)

Al filreis modern survey of modern & contemporary poetry that includes the ny school. I will be all American about this: a bottle of something and at home by myself reading and listening.

My guaranteed good time? oh yes, The fast and the Furious: new model, original parts. Am I seduced by the clever title? absolutely. That desperate? without a doubt. The adrenalin is pumping.

Janet Kurnatowski is pleased to present Linda Francis, Don Voisine, Joan Waltemath, Michael Zahn. The gallery is located at 205 Norman Avenue, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and is open Friday through Saturday, 1 – 7 pm and Sunday 12 – 6 pm. The exhibition will be on view from March 27 – April 26,

The paintings in the exhibition are:

Linda Francis, Neutron Star, 2008, Oil on Wood, 72” x 72”

Don Voisine, Debutante Twist, 2009, Oil on Wood, 72” x 18”

Joan Waltemath, Blue Highway, 2007-2008, Oil and Graphite Pigment on Found Wood, 9” x 9 1/2”

Michael Zahn, Modern Times, 2009, Acrylic on Canvas, 62” x 80” x 4”

And you need this (trust me you do):
Cake Shop 8pm. Wavves, Vampire Hands. 152 Ludlow St, between Stanton and Rivington Sts, Lower East Side [F,J,M,Z to Delancey St-Essex St]. 8 bucks. Nate Williams has made me reconsider my surfing career.

Insert note: Lately it's all been sleeplessness, Grizzly Bear and Infinite Jest. Gorgeous despair? A totally glowing bummer?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


this afternoon into evening

1) "I've thought how strange it is that people believe they know someone from reading their work, as if to know a fin is to know a shark, for indeed that is not a fin of a shark at all though it is a reproduction shark fin strapped on a boy's back and the boy with the reproduction fin does very much want to be a shark, wishes it a great deal, dreams some nights of being a shark in a great fleet of shark in some unexplored sea where sharks are in fleets and somewhat even more powerful that the sharks of the daytime world, say have shark banks full of money and minnows." Anne Boyer

2) pj harvey

3) joseph ceravolo. READING April 11, 2008 10:00 pm. The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church presents Spring in This World of Poor Mutts: A Reading for Joe Ceravolo. Joel Lewis, Jim Behrle, David Shapiro, Evan Kennedy, Eileen Myles, Susie Timmons, John Coletti, Dustin Williamson, Corrine Fitzpatrick, and more poets t.b.a. will read work by Joe Ceravolo.

4) everything taking too long

5) thanking greg bem

6) Poetry Reading: Come Hear ! at New York City’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. Bill Kushner, Stephanie Gray, Eileen Myles, Tim Peterson, Betsy Andrews, Moonshine Shorey, Carol Mirakove, Joseph O. Legaspi, Jen Benka, Guillermo Castro, Elizabeth Reddin, and Regie Cabico will read their work on Saturday March 28th from 1-4 pm at the Center located at 208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in the West Village. Tim's work alone is worth the trip.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

the idiot

how did i ever miss k. silem mohammad & dottie lasky? Easy. I'm a idiot. What would Gregory Peck do? He might say, " Foregt, Brooklyn. Try Japan." Tonight: The Bowery Ballroom 7pm. Japan Nite: detroit7, SA (Samurai Attack), Sparta Locals, Flip, Omodaka, Grapevine, Asakusa Jinta.


"Jonathan Horowitz: And/Or" P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, through Sept 14.

Courtesy of some of the finest bootlegg videos the borough of Brooklyn has to offer, I'm, finally at last what took so long, able to view some of the many movies I've been pining to see:

  1. The wrestler
  2. Milk
  3. Gran Torino
  4. Slum Dog Millionaire

Friday, March 20, 2009

tonighter: This Friday, March 20, 7pm. Tony Mancus, Myronn Hardy & Jess Mynes. petes candy store.

james tate: Writers Voice
5 West 63rd St. btw Central Park West and Broadway. 7p.m.

On Friday, April 17 the Whitney Museum of American Art presents eight poets associated with two cutting-edge movements in contemporary poetry: the Flarf Collective and Conceptual Writing.
Featured poets are Christian Bök, Nada Gordon, Kenneth Goldsmith, Sharon Mesmer, K. Silem Mohammad, Kim Rosenfield, Gary Sullivan and Darren Wershler.

Joan of Arc: Flowers CD/LP
Polyvinyl Records June 9, 2009
Track Listing
  1. Fogbow
  2. The Garden of Cartoon Exclamations
  3. Flowers
  4. Fasting
  5. Explain Yourselves #2
  6. Tsunshine
  7. A Delicious Herbal Laxative
  8. Explain Yourselves
  9. Table of the Laments
  10. Fable of the Elements
  11. Life Sentence / Twisted Ladder
  12. The Sun Rose

tonight im staying in with movie bootlegs & staying up with some bourbon.

Monday, March 16, 2009

beautiful machine

"Poems should echo and reecho against each other. They should create resonances. They cannot live alone any more than we can."

a forthcoming Breeders EP. Now, we can report that the EP, Fate to Fatal, will be out on April 21!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

forthcoming: PopRally: No One Does It Like You.

Date/Time:Tue., March 24, 7:00pm. Price: $14-$16

Department of Eagles: a new video.


Marcel Dzama and director Patrick Daughters, who is signed to Roman Coppola's the Directors Bureau, presents the premiere of Daughters's video for Department of Eagles's single "No One Does It Like You," featuring the art of Dzama, who designed the set and costumes. Following the screening, Dzama wil discuss discuss discuss and Department of Eagles perform. Part favor: All who attend receive a limited-edition poster by Dzama.

thanks to greg bem.

Friday, March 13, 2009

threshold and limit

Friday night is eating me.

what Friday night means:
  1. watching on cable a Rush union concert. apparently washing machines make for great stage props.
  2. reading Mike Heppner's egg code only to stop and watch Rush.
  3. thinking (believing) that i know many people who resemble Geddy Lee

4. realizing i don't know many people who look like Geddy Lee.
5. Friday night begins to eat me.

Charles Bernstein is the CFO of the Center for Avant-Garde Comedy and Stand-Up Poetry. His most recent book is Blind Witness: Three American Operas. Adeena Karasick is the 2008 winner of the MPS mobile award, poet media artist and author of six books of poetry and poetic theory. Forthcoming is Amuse Bouche Tasty Treats for the Mouth (Talonbooks, 2009). She teaches Film and Literature at CUNY.

funyy funny.

jason lytle has a new record and a new record label. One is called Yours Truly, The Commuter and the other is called ANTI Records. New album in stores and all that on May 12th.

Here's the tracklisting:

  1. yours truly, the commuter
  2. Brand New sun
  3. ghost of my old dog
  4. I am lost (and the moment cannot last)
  5. birds encouraged him
  6. it's the weekend
  7. furget it
  8. This song is the mute button
  9. Rollin' home Alone
  10. you're too gone
  11. fLying thru canyons
  12. Here For good
for my desert friends, hes playing plush on monday night. just go. give him the hat off your head.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Instead of pointing to empty signifiers and the simulacrum

forget the rem tribute, go see Ringo Deathstarr @ cake shop: 152 Ludlow St, between Stanton and Rivington Sts, Lower East Side.

where the hot coals of poetry are burning

yo, try the yo yo

shamelessly, i urge you here 34......................left

Sonic Youth, John Paul Jones

the school i teach at is almost a week away (tomorrow) from a quality review. the stress of such has been and it has been and continues to be. this with some whiskey......and eric baus's book the to sound have been a solace.

as reported earlier and elsewhere, i was the recipient of 2 free tickets to anton newcombe's latest incarnation of brian jonestown massacre. cool. i might grow a beard for this one.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

energies and failings

Glasslands Gallery: 8:30pm German Measles, The Beets, Teenage Night War, Gold Dust, Womb Sharks. 289 Kent Ave, between S 1st and S 2nd Sts, Williamsburg [L,G to Metropolitan Ave. hooray Jackson Heights! i love the beets: "dungeons without the dragons"

i may be there since it's soo close to my apt. and i am soo close to feeling totally bummed about some friends leaving Brooklyn for the jersey suburbs.

applause buttons:

joshua marie wilkinson has three, that's right 1, 2 and 3.

1 All Types of Breath Included/Cold Faction
. Cover art by Dan Perry. Cover text lovingly hand-stamped. Saddle Stapled. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Edition of 100. $6.oo (includes shipping) use the paypal button below or send check/cash and your address to: B.J. Love 5110 South Kenwood Avenue, #209 Chicago, IL 60615.

did i chuckle when i read bj love? yes, i'm ashamed to confess.

2. i go by edgar huntly now. Letterpress on graph paper, Japanese paper, and maps. $7. doublecross press. and

3. 12 x 12. Conversations in 21st-Century Poetry and Poetics
Edited by Christina Mengert and Joshua Marie Wilkinson. univ. of iowa

jeff mock has published his manuscript Ruthless (selected by Deborah Keenan) on three candles press.

Boyer Rickel, reliquary [Editor's Series, #4] seven kitchen press.......


(seven chapbooks)

Four Cities
by Kazim Ali
Luminal Equation by Maureen Alsop
House by Sommer Browning
Into the Eyes of Lost Storms by Karla Kelsey
Sycorax's Retinue
by Laura Goode
You do damage by Kate Schapira
Yellowcake by Jared White

180 pages, hand-sewn in signatures, screen-printed cover, limited edition of 100

If you got a copy of Narwhal with smearing cover ink, we'll be happy to send you a replacement copy, as we've solved the ink issue.

To better keep up with demand, we will no longer offer the Cannibal Books 2009 Subscription after April 1, 2009.

david byrne reviewed

  1. Grizzly Bear: Yellow House
  2. Morrissey: Years of Refusal
  3. Department of Eagles: In Ear Park
  4. Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear
  5. sobi Seksu: Hush
  6. Antony & The Johnsons: The Crying Light
feels like 64 degreez. feels like slowed down by "er" and "um" interjections

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

and so there is my friend steven, the spruce swivel chair david byrne dancer, dancing lily-white on steven colbert. can one say that one is "proud" of one's friend without sounding condescending? but I am. i am really happy for him.

The Home Video Review of Books is a monthly online review journal of poetry & lyric prose.

Reviews and such...........look, find and listen.

Monday, March 2, 2009

less absolutist

thank you, linder.......

really, i've nothing quite to say about snow.

perhaps there should be a note of gratitude for the day off, the chaise lounge-like leisure, the cookies, (insert the neighborhood scoop-sound of shovels also known as laborieux), the time with my family the stereo played Michael Jackson's Off The Wall against, well then,



ok enough. i baked cookies. no, i ate cookies. oatmeal chocolate chip.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

hear my dear

album of the weeks:

here my dear
, recorded by marvin gaye for tamla records in 1978 to generally dismal sales (it flopped) in comaprison to his earlier work, is a human chronicle of pain, the break-up kind. court-ordered to hand over the cashola (alimony) from the sales of h.m.d as well as a cut of the next record to his x anna (sister of berry gordy, owner of motown records), marvin gaye stripped bare in a confessional double album that finds his three-octave-vocal range inhabit, ransom and possess songs that are at the same time bitter and naked, belligerent and tender, churlish and reflective, ireful and seductive, petulant and pleading, sarcastic and threatening. even the album art work suggests as much.......................check it out.