For my inimitable wife

Posted in Eyewash on December 20, 2013 by jdoublep

I made something for you:

Love,

Me

Devious Bloggery’s Favorite Rekkids of 2013

Posted in Blessed Ear Candy on December 11, 2013 by jdoublep

In no particular order:

The Knife, Shaking the Habitual

The only tracks I don’t like on here are the auditory experiments. My favorite track, which also seems the least Knife-like, may be “A Cherry on Top.” Haunting, yet compelling, like a body horror film re-imagined for your ears.

Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels

El P and Killer Mike. And, though El P does lay down some great lyrics (second verse on “Job Well Done” is near perfect), Mike is just on fire. This is from one of his verses on “Sea Legs”: There will be no reprieve for the thieves / There will be no respect for The Thrones / No master mastered these bones / Your idols all are my rivals / I rival all of your idols / I stand on towers like Eiffel, I rifle down all your idols. Go home, everyone else. Go home.

Autre Ne Veut, Anxiety

This is some space-age R&B music to have sex with robots to and features a falsetto that will crack the windows of your flying car.

Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time

I have had this album on repeat since it came out. Pitchfork’s Carrie Battan writes, “it’s one of the most pleasingly conventional and cohesive pieces of pop-rock to come along this year.” Couldn’t agree more.

Tim Hecker, Virgins

This is a record full of spectres and fog and candlelight. I recommend listening with headphones in a dark room while you reflect on how little time you have left on this earthly plane.

Natasha Kmeto, Crisis

Dance. Emote. Dance some more. Have a drink. Check the melody. Emptiness and love can coexist. Now dance a little more.

Jon Hopkins, Immunity

Glitches and twitches and all sorts of sound wavy sickness. This album creates quite an atmosphere for me to melt right into.

Fuck Buttons, Slow Focus

This album was my biggest surprise of the year. The opener, “Brainfreeze”, dug into me and didn’t let up. The whole thing is an experience. I’d like to see them do this record live from start to finish.

Arcade Fire, Reflektor

Yep, it’s a winner (although the song “Reflektor” is pretty icky). I think I like it overall better than The Suburbs but don’t feel there is any track as strong as “Sprawl II” from that earlier work and, admittedly, I haven’t spent as much time with it yet as I’d like to.

Charli XCX, True Romance

I truly am a sucker for (overly?) crafted pop. Help me.

Poliça, Shulamith

I thought Give Up the Ghost was great and I think this record is even better. The vocals are a bit more comprehensible and the songs tighter. Good, good stuff.

Here is a link to the Spotify playlist.

You can (and should) download Run the Jewels for free here.

And for fun: http://flavorwire.com/428848/stereotyping-you-by-your-favorite-album-of-2013/

Aaaaaaaaand I think Yeezus is dumb.

For those requesting a transcription of Friday’s reading

Posted in KC, Writerly on September 9, 2013 by jdoublep

First, thanks!

Second, I’ll do you one better:

A full recording of me reading the piece + transcription

Boom! Happy Monday.

Thanks to those that came out and watched.

Everybody take your clothes off.

 

Poems. In Public. Me Reading Them. Hot Damn.

Posted in KC, Writerly on August 15, 2013 by jdoublep

FREE Block Party in the Crossroads on September’s First Friday!

The first annual C4 Fest stands for Communicate, Collaborate, Commemorate, Celebrate for the Kansas City Community. We want to celebrate Kansas City by bringing people together in a creative and positive space, bringing awareness to the arts and to those doing good.

Featuring:

4 murals from 4 regional artists will be unveiled on the corner of 19th and Locust.

Artists, non-profits, organizations, and businesses that support the local community will have booths throughout Locust Street between 18th and 19th St.

Bands playing in the Crossroads KC music venue: Bows & Arrows, Ruddy SwainLa GuerreThe PedaljetsThe Calamity Cubes!AY-MusiK.

Poets/writers from Kansas City Voices/Whispering Prairie Press reading between set changes: Jason Preu, Timothy Christopher Ryan Volpert, Melissa Sewell, & Amy Kierzek Ash.

A commemoration wall for all to write/draw tributes to loved ones that have passed away.

Food and drinks will be available on site.

Way Back Whensday – Faves of 2012

Posted in Blessed Ear Candy on December 26, 2012 by jdoublep

My overall fave: Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music…last few tracks bring tears to my eyes (for various reasons).

Enjoy: 2012 Faves

Hope to post more often in 2013. 2012 was pretty crazy.

Way Back Whensday

Posted in Blessed Ear Candy on May 2, 2012 by jdoublep

What we were listening to…

5 years ago (perhaps my favorite song of the 00′s)

I would’ve linked you to the official video but they sped the song up for some reason…cool video though.

 

20 years ago (this is for you, eco. good luck in MI)

Way Back Whensday

Posted in Blessed Ear Candy on April 25, 2012 by jdoublep

What we were listening to…

5 years ago

20 years ago (you forgot about this one…)

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