IMPORTANT JAM OF THE YEAR (30 YEARS TOO EARLY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeQhK79YkEo
See you soon, U.S. Americans.
Wed. Apr. 30 — Philadelphia, PA — Golden Tea House
Thu. May 01 — Montclair, NJ — Bat Cave
Mon. May 05 — New York, NY — TBA
Tue. May 06 — New Paltz, NY — TBA
Wed. May 07 — Bennington, VT — South Street Cafe
Thu. May 08 — Montreal, QC — SYR HQ
Sat. May 10 — Easthampton, MA — Sonelab
Sun. May 11 — Lowell, MA — Mill No. 5
Thu. May 15 — New York, NY — Spectacle
Fri. May 16 — Washington, DC — Velvet Lounge
Sat. May 17 — Fredericksburg, VA — FAA
Thu. May 22 — Orlando, FL — The Space — ALBUM RELEASE! — More info soon.
Fri. May 23 — St. Petersburg, FL — Green Bench
Sat. May 24 — Sarasota, FL — Growler’s
Thu. May 29 — Atlanta, GA — Wonderroot
Fri. May 30 — Phoenix, AZ — Trunk Space
Wed. June 04 — Santa Cruz, CA — SubRosa
Wed. June 18 — Milwaukee, WI — Milwaukee Opry
Sun. June 22 — Bloomington, IN — Plan-It-X Fest
Mon. June 23 — Kalamazoo, MI — Corner Record Shop
Thu. June 26 — Pittsburgh, PA — Spider House
I found evidence from last night. Apparently I DJed. https://soundcloud.com/emperorx/emperor-x-dj-set-casa-da
I’m drowsy, laying half-asleep on a flat foam couch in the dressing room, gazing out at the scene below. The sun’s going down on the victory column in the traffic circle outside, everything’s golden. Skaters dart like plankton across the white marble apron of the Casa da Musica, avoiding each other effortlessly, following the primary commandment of all motile life, “Thou shalt not collide with hard objects or other creatures,” following it well. The window I look out of is angled down 45 degrees, the bottom surface of the crystal shape of the buildling, giving me a direct overhead perspective most windows don’t offer; I look down, not just out. I’m visible to passersby, but they don’t seem to notice as I stare shyly. The sky dims, the streetlights come on, the skaters scatter, the white stone pavement turns yellow in the lamp light. It’s time for sound check.
On a completely different note, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.
J. S. Bach, BWV 54 - “Widerstehe doch der Sünde”
“I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.”
The most important-feeling thing I’ve read so far this year — the kind of article that makes me feel less alone. See, everyone who calls me dramatic? Other people worry about this too. And they’re smart and British.
Francis Fukuyama’s influential essay ‘The End of History?’ announced the triumph of liberal democracy and the arrival of a post-ideological world. But was it just a rightwing argument in disguise? And has the demise of utopianism ushered in a ‘sad time’? By Eliane Glaser
This topically sprawling article is the most important thing I’ve read all year. “My childhood correspondence fills several cardboard boxes, but during the 1990s the paper trail peters out. The rest is on email accounts owned by corporations with infantile names; some of those accounts are lost….In my grander moments I feel like an embodiment of Slavoj Žižek’s Living in the End Times, meandering mournfully around Spotify and fretting about the left’s intellectual bankruptcy.”
I got a commission for a song cycle from a totally rad podcast you might listen to. I can’t post anything about it yet. But I’m doing research for the commission today, and I have to post this Gregory Benford quote because it’s too great to not post:
"…[T]here are ways of shaping a message so that it has some plausible chance of sailing intact across the great ocean of deep time."
- Did Malaysian Airlines 370 disappear using SIA68/SQ68 (another 777)?
NOTE - An update and follow-up has been posted at:
The reason I write
is to make something
as beautiful as you are
When I’m with you”
I want to be the kind of hero
I wanted to be