April 18, 2014

IMPORTANT JAM OF THE YEAR (30 YEARS TOO EARLY) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeQhK79YkEo

April 14, 2014
See you soon, U.S. Americans. (And Montreal.)

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


March 30, 2014

I found evidence from last night. Apparently I DJed. https://soundcloud.com/emperorx/emperor-x-dj-set-casa-da

March 30, 2014
Skater Plankton/Sound Check


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.

March 22, 2014

March 22, 2014

On a completely different note, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

March 22, 2014

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.”

March 21, 2014
Bring back ideology: Fukuyama's 'end of history' 25 years on

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.

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.” 

March 17, 2014
Deep Time


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."

March 17, 2014
"Did existence ever seem worked for? One seemed simply to be here, less an accumulation of movements than a single arrangement continuously gifted from some inaccessible future."

— Tao Lin, Taipei

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