Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I’ve just discovered Orphans and Vandals and I cannot stop replaying their sole album, I Am Alive and You Are Dead. It has all of the best parts of The Velvet Underground’s self-titled, Belle and Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister, Arab Strap but without the downer vibes, and maybe even the vocal ticks of the singer from Life Without Buildings. But it’s very much of its own thing, an entire world to itself. Avant garde chamber pop. Songs of life and death and sex and dreams.

This is my favorite one, “Mysterious Skin.” Banned for it’s bisexual lyrical content, apparently, which is garbage, because the lyric “and when he finally came, he came all over me!” is a call to arms, one of the most victorious lines I have ever heard delivered.

It’s invigorating. Life-affirming. I had no idea something so dorky and British could be this captivating. Spellbound.

the night went on and we cruised
they was getting pretty high The Wolf and Midnight
and I just sort of let their talking drift off and I just leaned out and looked
and let Tang mumble and I just did that
a wash woman was emptying her scrub bucket
and I thought about how you want to kill yourself on Sundays
and how much I hate going to school in Memphis
it was kind of like a haze when pilots go home
when she wrung out the mops and the sponges it was like lifting weights
except it was useless like when they put one of those bars up in their closet
those men that sell in the city and it’s like they do it cause they ain’t
got nothing else to do except make money and she’s got to do it to earn
I have to admit I might be wrong about a lot of things
though I might be prejudice so don’t pay me no mind when I get a idea
as we drove on I was only remembering this
because for a few seconds it was daylight and hot and I could smell
the mule and me and Dark was all riding to the baseball game
that is the mule he was riding in his second mind cause we was on him
but this only lasted about as long as a pop up fly
for soon it was the cool of the darkening evening after a day of work
it was the night before the first sunday after the full moon
and my lord he would be risen tomorrow on the morrow as they say
and I was riding alone with an old negro born in the 1880’s like my father
and a young negro born in the 40’s like Jimmy
and I for a moment was silent as Sleep my unknown brother and I am Death
and I felt if I were to get out of the car
that had just now just a fish rolling over moments ago
left the new road and struck a path into the woods
that if I were to open the door and go touch one of the dogwoods
it’d be as soft as a doe I felt as if the warm sides would move slowly like a
dream everything would move ever so slowly
like a river guide’s gull

I like to imagine Roy Wood was the happiest man alive in the 1970’s.

Monday, July 28, 2014

abloodymess:

grungebook:

Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow is releasing a book of his cat illustrations August 5.

now there is something we can all get behind. 

Durkheim divided suicide into four social types; egoistic, anomic, fatalistic, and altruistic assigning the first two to modern, western society while relegating the last two to pre-industrial social orders. However, contemporary studies of female suicidal behavior and depression show that such women exhibit personality characteristics of low self-esteem, passivity, dependence and living vicariously for others which correspond to the behavioral indices of impersonalism, submissiveness, passivity, and obedience that produce the lack of individuation characteristic of Durkheim’s altruistic/fatalistic suicide categories. On this basis, the author suggests that altruistic/fatalistic suicide may even in the modern world be relevant to the explanation of female suicidal behavior, a hypothesis which, if true, would support the contention that “men and women inhibit different social worlds.”

"Why do women kill themselves?" KK Johnson  (via toxicwinner)

exhibit personality characteristics of low self-esteem, passivity, dependence and living vicariously for others which correspond to the behavioral indices of impersonalism, submissiveness, passivity, and obedience that produce the lack of individuation characteristic of Durkheim’s altruistic/fatalistic suicide categories. ”

I’m not sure what makes those behaviors inherently female? In fact, I find it bizarre to rank any sort of behavior according to sex, at least without first ascribing it to “occurs more often in X sex.”

Signed,
A guy in a mental illness program with 20 women and no other men

theuprooted:

A Palestinian boy taunts a young yet heavily armed Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron. March 19, 2011. Gabriel Romero

#make this your definition of cool

theuprooted:

A Palestinian boy taunts a young yet heavily armed Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron. March 19, 2011. Gabriel Romero

I remember wishing I could be boiled like water
and made pure again.
Jeffrey McDaniel  (via some-velvet-morning)

(Source: rarararambles)

Sleepers - Holding Back

And there’ll be no more
holding back
those tears and drugs and
all those things

like a pure shot of psyche.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
zombiesenelghetto:

Iggy Pop, Feeling Magazine, France 1978

zombiesenelghetto:

Iggy Pop, Feeling Magazine, France 1978

wedevelopandwedecay:

Screamin Jay Hawkins

wedevelopandwedecay:

Screamin Jay Hawkins