Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chris Dankland presents ... OVERSTIMULATION


Stimulation is the action of various agents (stimuli) on nerves, muscles, or a sensory end organ, by which activity is evoked; especially, the nervous impulse produced by various agents on nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which the part connected with the nerve is thrown into a state of activity.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimulation



Vismic Rhythm directed by Steve Smith, music by Flying Lotus








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QUOTES


“Last comes the class of persons, of nervous organization and enfeebled vigour, whose sensual appetite craves highly seasoned dishes, men of a hectic, over-stimulated constitution. Their eyes almost invariably hanker after that most irritating and morbid of colours, with its artificial splendours and feverish acrid gleams: orange.” ― Joris-Karl Huysmans


"A modern man registers a hundred times more sensory impressions than an eighteenth-century artist" — Fernand Léger


"The human brain, it has been said, is the most complexly organised structure in the universe and to appreciate this you just have to look at some numbers. The brain is made up of one hundred billion nerve cells or "neurons" which is the basic structural and functional units of the nervous system. Each neuron makes something like a thousand to ten thousand contacts with other neurons and these points of contact are called synapses where exchange of information occurs. And based on this information, someone has calculated that the number of possible permutations and combinations of brain activity, in other words the numbers of brain states, exceeds the number of elementary particles in the known universe." — V.S. Ramachandran


“I try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.” ― Johnny Depp


“Never confuse Motion with Action.” ― Benjamin Franklin


“Never confuse movement with action.” ― Ernest Hemingway


"With the arrival of electric technology, man has extended, or set outside himself, a live model of the central nervous system itself. To the degree that this is so, it is a development that suggests a desperate suicidal autoamputation, as if the central nervous system could no longer depend on the physical organs to be protective buffers against the slings and arrows of outrageous mechanism." — Marshall McLuhan


"As a wise psychoanalyst once remarked of the autonomic nervous system...'It's so far from the head it doesn't even know there is a head.'" — Thomas Lewis



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I asked the same question to several friends on the internet and in person: "What happens to you when you get overstimulated?" These are their responses:


I get really nervous and everything kind of clouds over--if it's really bad my brain just stops and I'll start hyperventilating and freaking out, but these days that doesn't happen as much as it used to.


When I get overstimulated, I have to be alone. I'll go outside for five minutes, or I'll just sit in the bathroom until I can collect myself. Sometimes I'll get really dizzy.


i actually really love the overwhelming, mind-frying feeling i sometimes get when i am overstimulated. specifically with the images presented, i can really get lost. i'm not sure if i start to think about too many things, or about nothing at all, but i can truly loose track of time and feel totally swallowed up by my surroundings. yay escape!


I like being overstimulated so I try my best to prolong it! It makes me feel truly alive so it rarely bothers me. Overstimulation is great for those of us who feel dead inside.


Sometimes my penis gets overstimulated because I fuck so many gorgeous broads all day, nah'msaying? Can I get a high five for overstimulated penises? This guy knows what I'm talking about. [five minutes later] Wait, you're actually going to put that on there?


I guess there are two kinds of over-stimulation for me, long term and short term. Short term is much easier to deal with, where I just get momentarily frazzled and have to take a break to collect myself. But there's also the danger of adapting to a permanent state of over-stimulation, and that's what I struggle with the most. Between my job and all my friends and having to meet so many new people each day and go into so many unfamiliar situations, your brain learns to adapt and over time you might even start to get addicted to stimulation. Without it, you start to go into withdrawals--and that's a horrible feeling--the feeling that you can't stop, can't sit alone in a room, can't think about something for more than fifteen minutes. Actually I worry about that a lot.


I'll start feeling really shaky and nervous, and I start feeling like all the blood is draining out of my body. I feel really small and defenseless.


Do you mean drugs? Don't do drugs.


I feel like a million alarms are going off in my brain, like I'm screaming inside, and I get really nervous and really mean and touchy. I just want to run away from everything like a little animal or something, and just stare at a blank wall for a long time.


If the over-stimulation continues for a long time I tend to shut down and stop thinking in reality. I can see what's happening but I'm really detached.


all the gifs made my laptop overheat


I'm pretty deep into it and don't really feel overstimulated. Show everything bc it is impossible to know what's authentic or inauthentic.


I feel the need to be alone and away from things- without noise, screens, or talking too much.


Positive and negative overstimulation.

Negative usually happens when I'm around too many people. Parties, concerts, shopping centers, anywhere that I feel like I could be in somebody's way. First I notice that all my facial muscles have frozen. I'm staring into space really hard. I can't move my eyes. I feel like I'm getting pulled down deep into a core in my body, away from my face, away from my eyes, my tongue. All the expressive organs are empty upstairs rooms and I'm crouching in the basement, waiting for burglars to take what they came for so that I can come up and survey the damage. I become completely incapable of decision-making, even really trivial decisions. This is especially problematic at the store. I can stare at the bread rack at two identical loaves and I just can't pick one up. It's not that I'm afraid of the consequences of choosing the wrong bread, it's just that I can't see over the hill of the bread choice. There is no future past the bread choice. The world doesn't exist beyond the bread choice. The thing that eats bread is no longer me, I don't know what bread tastes like or understand why anyone would want it. Eventually I leave, or if I'm with someone who knows me, they understand and they choose the bread.

Positive happens almost exclusively while alone. Maybe taking a long walk, driving a car, looking at a piece of great work. Sometimes the landscape, or a piece of music, is so beautiful that it hurts to see or hear it; I can't fling my arms wide enough to encircle the intangible, and every chord or change in the light makes me ache with bittersweet, inadequate, superfluous love, the elated pain of the obsessed teenager, all of the world's energy flows in, gets absorbed, can't escape, every hair stands up, every molecule in my body vibrates, I can feel the electricity gathering in my fingertips, I'm sure I'll shoot lightning from them at any minute, I am careful not to point.



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p.s. Hey. D.l. Chris Dankland has cooked up a major bedazzling number for us today, and I am all buzzing eyes, and I hope you will find yourself staring helplessly at those suns too. Thank you, Chris, you rapscallion hypnotist. Today is also cool for me because I get the flames of my fetishes for animated gifs and Top Whatever Lists fed at the very same time. So, thanks a lot collectively to those of you who rattled off your long-playing faves yesterday. Speaking of which, ... ** Misanthrope, No more surprised than I am that there are six Doors albums in your list. Goodness gracious, have some dignity, man, ha ha. ** Bollo, Hey, J. Awesome list, obviously. And full of new stuff too. I made a random decision when making mine not to go too current, which is weird because I do believe in some kind of love at first sight. How to approach your list, hm ... How about things that stood out as especially surprising to me for some reason. Mm, ... Eels surprised me, I don't know why. And it was interesting to see what you seem to chosen from your 'younger days': Misfits, BF, Hole, Big Black, etc. Long story short, thanks, bud. Sweet. ** G, Hi, Geoff! It's a pleasure! Your list is great, of course, and, in addition to reminding me of things that I would have put on my list if my head had been differently clear that day, like, say, the Replacements and Big Star picks, there were some unexpected choices that will get me visiting and revisiting said things afresh: the Joe Jackson, the Jimmy Webb, etc. Anyway, thank you kindly. ** Joakim Almroth, Hey buddy right back! Thanks for your pix. Old Einsturzende Neubauten, yum, I think I'm going to head that direction today. Love, me. ** David Ehrenstein, Thank you! Great stuff! Intrigued that you picked that particular Van Dyke Parks and that particular Dusty Springfield. Nice to see 'Friends' on there. I love that too. Anyway, tip of the hat. ** Jesse Hudson, Hey, Jesse! Thanks a bunch. Very cool list. At least one of guilty pleasures of yours is also one of mine. You know which one, so luckily I don't have to damage my hipster cred in public. Otherwise, mm, ... 'Kings of the Wild Frontier'! 'Taking Tiger Mountain' was only not on my list because my memory didn't recall it at that moment. Cool. ** Jesse Bransford, Hey, Jesse! Thank you kindly. And, man, lots of love to you at this rough time. I lost my dad last year, and, yeah, I'm so sorry, and I've been there in my own way, and it's a very complicated mind and heart fuck. I streamed a bit of the MBV reissues the other day, and they do sound markedly better or at least new in a fascinating way. Lovely list, of course. Most interesting surprise: 'Yessongs'. Ones where I'm going, Fuck, how could I have forgotten to include this: 'Snivilisation', 'Bug', 'Reign in Blood'. Biggest sentimentality trigger: No Means No's 'Wrong'. Cool. Thank you, my friend. ** Chilly Jay Chill, Hey. I'm glad you thought the list thing was okay since you triggered it. It certainly turned out good once everyone else inputted. Really, really interesting list. I wouldn't argue with a thing. I almost picked 'Chairs Missing', but for some reason 'Send' just does me in. How could I have forgotten 'Entertainment!' The first Dolls album. Etc. I guess my list would include the things I just mentioned, for instance, but I don't know what I would cut. I think I might include more electronics-based music. The interesting thing in making that list for me -- and I wonder if it was a universal experience -- was trying to balance my sentiment/ nostalgia with my critical faculties. Since it was a 'favorites' list, the former seemed like it should have more sway, but the amateur rock critic in me was there modulating too. For instance, for some unknown reason, whenever I listen to the first Tears for Fears album, it brings back my life in the early '80s in NYC powerfully, but I could never justify putting it on a top list to myself. I understand about not wanting to talk about the section you're working on. I'm extremely like that too. Well, this is a very obvious suggestion, but I think Agota Kristof's 'The Book of Lies' is a remarkable example of using disorienting and oppressive prose to modulate a pretty forefronted narrative, but I think you probably know that book already. Mm, I'll keep thinking. I've got album lists on the brain this morning, but that will pass. Very happy to give advice or bat ideas around about your new work anytime you want. You know I love doing that. ** Cobaltfram, Hey. Thanks much for your list. Very interesting. I had that Steve Reich on my list until almost the last second when I switched it out for something else for some strange reason, but yeah, totally. Your list makes me want to go give Zola Jesus and Lykke Li another serious try 'cos I haven't been able to get into them so far. Your relationship with Chad sounds very cool and kind of ideal. Yury, like the majority of my previous serious partners, just isn't very interested in literature. I guess I must like that. No, he doesn't seem to be interested in reading my books. He had read one of my novels before we met, although, in hindsight, maybe he just said he that had, hm, ha ha. He respects what I do and is happy when things go well for me, but I think he sees writing and books and so on as my things, and he has his things, and that's that. I'm totally cool with his approach or non-approach to my work, which I guess might be strange, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. Thanks about 'Wrong'. It's pretty hit and miss. I'm still happy with four or five pieces in there, and, yes, I do think 'My Mark' is one of my best works. It was also the first piece of fiction where I found my style or voice or thing or whatever and made it work. The characters in the 'Wrong' works who have the same names as the characters in the Cycle novels are the same characters in an earlier stage of development, yeah. A lot of the stuff in 'Wrong' were early experiments I did to start the Cycle that didn't end up having legs. If the titles of the Cycle novels are in those works, that's just an accident because, when I wrote most of those pieces, I hadn't nailed down the titles yet. Thanks for the kind, great questions, man. How's it going with your novel and other writing? ** 5STRINGS, Hi, man. You are a rocker, buddy, for sure. Very cool, very curious. Biggest surprise for me: the Tori Amos. Choices that will get me listening or re-listening in most cases with freshened ears: the Jerry Cantrell, Sepultura, Joe Walsh. Nice, man, thanks! I did know that about nachos' origins, I think. I like mine swamped with cheese, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and jalapeños, although I pluck them away and put them aside before eating. You made me think of The Tubes. Yeah, I see you like Fleetwood Mac. I only like the Peter Green era, the first three albums. It's true that people here in Paris are good looking. It's true that apart from having newer cars on them, Paris streets look like they have for forever. ** Alan, Hey. Thanks a lot for your list. Monk! Les Rita Mitsouko! Nice. I'm going to go find out what 'Ethiopiques 4' is. Oh, that's what the 'KM' controversy was about? Okay, I guess that makes sense. Strange. Oh, on the poetry book, I don't know, just whatever press-run poetry books generally get. I don't want to do a ltd. ed. thing since the short version of the book already had that. It doesn't have to be an especially poetry-centric press. Maybe if it's a press that has published at least a little poetry, that would be good because they would know how marginally poetry books sell. I don't know. Awesome if unsurprising word on Paul's novel! I'm just about to start it. Cool day, man. ** ASH, Hey! Great to see you, of course! So true about 'Diorama'. It seems like that maybe outside of Australia, the stigma that got attached to them because of their early, derivative and popular work made 'Diorama', which is such a brilliant album, get lost and completely overlooked excepting by a handful of us, which is a real injustice. I read about the Death Grips tour cancelation, and I've been scared to check and see if their upcoming free concert here got axed, but if yours got nixed, I guess ours probably did too. Drag. I don't have the MBV remasters yet, but I will grab them, of course. Thanks for the great list. Really happy to see Pinback on there. The only reason they weren't on mine was because I spaced out when making it. It would be really hard to pick which album of theirs. Yeah, I guess either 'SiA' or 'Blue Screen Life'? Hm. 'Pretzel Logic'! Great choice! A bunch of great choices. Yeah, thanks. You good? What's going on? ** Sypha, Hi. No, I didn't know you had cut BEE from your squad. Big news, that. I guess I haven't yet found his tweets to be affecting my opinion of his work. Thanks for noting your faves. Siouxie! Who is Greyson Chance? Never heard of him. I don't think he has crossed over into the French market, yet anyway. ** Robert-nyc, Greetings, my friend! Always a truly lovely thing to have you grace this realm. And with a list in hand, no less! I'm reading it now. Excellent ... curious ... excellent ... Weird that I didn't have Joy Division on mine. 'Pornography', yes, duh! Etc. Thank you, kind sir. I hope you're doing ultra-great, man. Any chance for a catch-up? ** Killer Luka, Your taste isn't shitty, pal. There were a couple of double-takes for me: Tom Petty, 'Animals', but they were charmed double-takes. Oh, you're reading that Herta Muller! I'm very, very curious about that. I had already decided that I definitely want to read it, so, wow, if you really are sending it to me at some point, that is a hell of an awesome and helpful and super generous coincidence. Thank you, Killer! ** Steevee, Hey. Oh, then I'll go click my bookmark to your website and check out that list of yours a little later. Nice. Very nice piece on Alex Ross Perry. Really made me want to see his stuff. ** Wolf, Hi. Oh, sorry, I didn't mean to sound like a orders-giving guy. I was just ... excited. If Marc's making a post -- whoopee! -- that will suffice. I'm cool. I feel what you mean about Sendak's dog. The poor guy. I guess hopefully Sendak has at least someone near and close and somewhat ever-present in his life for whom his dog had strong affection and who will care for him now. All that food you made sounds killer, but that banana bread especially. Holy shit! I fucking love banana bread. It's the dessert equivalent of cold sesame noodle for me. Kill me now. Oh, wait, I'm talking to you, so I had better add that I was kidding, ha ha. That's a great, meaty albums list. Well, meaty is an unfortunate word choice, but you get what I mean. Solid and more. Plus, I've been wondering where to start with Alain Bashung, and now I have a place! You chose 'Bone Machine' as your Waits album. Interesting. It would have been my pick too. Zan Lyons ... don't know him/her/them. I'll investigate. Thank you, infinite W! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. I remember when people were making those 15 albums lists on FB. FB felt so much more hometown-y back then, or I feel like it was. People used to play all those silly or maybe 'silly' app games there and post their progress and stuff. Anyway, excellent list, two years old or not. It's like a fine wine. Do I know Dopplereffekt? Hm, maybe not? I'll go find out. Have a great day, B. ** Chris Dankland, Hi, Chris. For a second there, I thought you were saying that you were going to post a list of your top five Dead or Alive albums, ha ha. Well, thank goodness that you didn't, no offense to DoA fans everywhere. I can't even imagine narrowing my faves down to five. That was brave, and fascinating to read 'cos, obviously, you can feel the pressure on each item, and each item seems so very telling in some way, and I like what they tell me. Oh, you added more. Still, they weren't in the intense five, so I will view them differently. Cool. That Bolano stuff you reported on sounds real good and true, yeah. I really have to stop being a curmudgeon and read him one of these days. You take care too, 'cos you're super awesome. And thank you most lustrously and straight from the heart for the gorgeous post today! ** Chris Goode, Okay, then, we will. I feel incomplete, and I clearly need it/ you. Aw. I did coax your list out into the open! And it's even motherfucking alphabetical! I rule! What an extremely interesting list. Some total surprises (Gong!, Billy Joel!), some very delightful surprises (Robin Williamson, Cornelius, FSoL, cLOUDDEAD ...), and whole lot of evidence that one fully mastered set of superb tastes has been ransacked. But I had better stop there or people will start whispering 'teacher's pet' behind your back, and no good could come from that. Well, yes, I asked about the The Wire thing because, as much I sometimes I think I know about that genre, I know you as a person who really knows. I guess I was mostly like, 'yay, sound poetry thing in the Wire!' You're taking GOD/HEAD bigger? Very interesting. And it worked really well apart from your current squeaking? I read this article yesterday where this embittered, bonkers right wing French Sarkozyite shithead posited that the only reason Hollande won was because he was usually hoarse when he gave his speeches -- it's true that he was -- and that he is not in fact a passionate person who cares, etc. like people wound up believing him to be but rather an uptight, cynical, creepy nerd, and the shithead said that he had 'heard' from people 'in the know' that Hollande would shake half a salt shaker's worth of salt down his throat before he gave speeches to give himself a false passionate, sympathetic veneer. No, someone stole the echo-sperm thing?! That's depressing and amusing. ** Fred, Wait, Fred? Fred from ... our game? Has Oscar B drawn you in here from your ... dimension? Wow, it's amazing to get to meet you, and, well, yeah, I guess I should apologize for all the wrongs that some of us here at the blog have done to you in the name of fun and winning prizes and stuff even though we ... created you, I guess? This is very morally confusing. Can you hold on for just a second? Everyone, I don't know how this has happened, but apparently Oscar B's winning entry last month has caused 'Fred' from our monthly game to find his way into the blog itself. I don't know about you, but I feel a strange combination of amazement at this inexplicable turn of events and a kind of, I don't know, maybe guilt for my part in what we've been putting him through? I guess what I'm saying is that I hope you will treat him kindly and respectfully and answer any questions he has for you/us as best you can. I certainly think we owe him that much considering some of the dark if innocently meant scenarios that have shaped his young life. Thank you very much! Um, well, let's see ... yes, now that you're here, you can for sure say what you want to happen to you next. The rules are that all entries to the game get equal consideration, but I can guarantee that your wish for yourself will be considered very seriously. I fear that your fate for this month has already been chosen, and so I think that whatever is happening to you right now or what will be happening to you very soon at the very least is irreversible. It's not too terrible, though. You'll be okay. But you can certainly influence what will happen to you after that, and I will pass along your hopes for yourself to the others here right now so that they can take your wishes into account. Everyone, one more thing regarding our plaything and new friend 'Fred'. He has given us an at least vague idea of what he personally would like to have happen to him when the next game day comes. As always, your game play decisions are yours, but I will pass along his initial thoughts in case you want to take them into account. Here he is in his own words: 'to start with i want to get out of that house. also its cold so can i wear somethin warm? i want to be dressed warm or be in a warm country. is mexico warm? it should be i think i wake up in mexico after a wild night of partying. people like that right? im standing in a mall where i woke up looking at strangers and trying to find somone to ask about how i get back to reality.' Again, it's very nice to have you here. I hope you will feel safe and comfortable, and I hope that now when people here can get to know you, their decisions about your future will take your presence here into account. I look forward to taking to you again, and, oh, I think it's remotely possible that the song you heard might be 'Call Me' by a band from the past called Blondie? ** Ken Baumann, Ken! Long time, indeed! But that's cool. But it's cooler that the long time is over. List, awesome. Interesting, interesting. A lot of both intrigue and common sense there. A nice combo. 'Houdini'! Thank you, buddy. Trippy about the new monthly shooting up routine. You made it sound kind of fun, although I will admit that I didn't let myself actually make a mental picture of a needle penetrating skin. An iOS app? Like what? It's probably too top secret to reveal, right? Like that book news of yours, which I want delivered promptly to the home that is my head when the right time arrives. Satori book! Wedding! I need to et my plane ticket, yikes! Love to you, man! ** Tosh, Hi, T. Envy on your vinyl fest. I can't wait to lift the by-now very dusty plastic cover on my LA turntable. I predict a technical KO during Round 2. Was I right? ** Bill, Thank you, Bill. I didn't mean to intrigue necessarily, although I didn't intend not to intrigue either, which I imagine is a rather intriguing stance for me to take? I'm a huge Spirit fan. Well, of the prime period, i.e. first four albums. They were my very favorite band when I was teenager, and they fully survived my maturity. Lovely list. That's a great Braxton! Dagmar Krause! If I were to turn the tables, and I guess I'm going to, I wouldn't have guessed that you're a Morphine fan. ** Postitbreakup, One of these days I'm going to get Bright Eyes and the related reverence, I just know it. I like them/him okay, but he hasn't saturated my heart or brain yet. Luckily, I've got an eraser the way John Holmes had a d**k. ** Omar, Hi, Omar! I've never come close to living in Joshua Tree, although I've done some time in the Oasis of Eden hotel in my life, but I can somehow imagine how weird/hard it would be to make friends there. Maybe it's that the buildings are really far apart, or I remember them being so? Does high heat make people more asocial? All I can say is that the folks there are fools not to group-hug you every time you walk out your front door, not that you would want all that moist brown skin all over you. I don't know. The blurriness in my eyes from the extended lists reading this morning has filtered into my brain now, I think. Fantastic list, though. I still have the brains to recognize that. I just scribbled down a bunch things from there that I'm going to follow through on later today. Is there a decent indie record store where you are, or are you just downloading everything? Thanks a lot, man. ** Dungan, Hi, Sean! Yay! You knew your first two picks were going to turn my desk chair into a bucking bronco, I'm sure. The next two as well. And the next ... Dude, such a good list. A few people picked 'Meddle'. That's very interesting. I like that one too, but I haven't spun it in years. Gonna. '#1 Record' as your Big Star pick? Interesting. Yeah, I dug the vertical perusing of your favorites big time. How are you? How's your work? How's LA? ** Rewritedept, Hey. A shitty day? Dude, sucks, I'm sorry. With the band, maybe the problem is just one member who's infecting the rest and if you figure out which member it is and nix him, they rest will become total rock 'n' roll cheerleader types? Wow, 70 albums! Let me check them out. Yep, awesome. Some good, interesting yet unexpected picks (to me): Boris, The Beat, Creedence, Iron and Wine. My favorite Iron and Wine, and an LP that could have easily made my own list, is 'The Creek Drank the Cradle'. I almost chose 'Lick My Decals' as my Beefheart pick. But I flipped a coin and it came up 'Clear Spot'. Dig your day, man. ** Jax, Hey. Thanks for the list. They aren't that old. Or am I old to have said that? Can't argue a thing. Oh, 'Cabin in the Woods' ... well, certain friends of mine with whom I had made plans to see it yesterday decided to go to see it the day before without me. So, I'm still a virgin. ** Schlix, Hi, Uli! How are you? Lovely list. A whole bunch of stuff that would have been on mine on a different day. Yeah, super tight, man! My brain has reached the fried stage from having overused my powers of concentration to pore over the lists, so I'm going to go smoke, walk, drink some espresso, and then start copying down things from your list to listen to and check out later on. Thank you! ** Changeling, Hey! Wow, it's really nice to see you! I've been really liking the new writings on your blog, man. In fact, ... well, check back here tomorrow. I agree totally about the list making thing. You put it very wisely. Weirdest accurate/ inaccurate thing to do, but not uninteresting. Anyway, like I said to Uli, my brain/eyes are toast now, so I'm going to get all intricate with your list after I let in some fresh air. But it looks awesome. I went back and forth between 'TNSG' and 'The Frenz Experiment' about ten times before I went fuck it and just picked one of them randomly. How are you? Tell me. Or ... you don't have to. It's really good to see you! ** Right. I'm burnt, and thank you guys so much for being so cool and smart and tasteful as to gradually burn me out. It feels good. And 'Fred' entering our world today has done quite a number on my brain cells as well. So, absorb Chris Dankland's eye-fest please, say stuff to him, be good, thank you, and I'll see you tomorrow.

42 comments:

Wolf said...

Holy Shiiiittt...????
I had to scroll, i'm afraid, but i saw that that was fucking excellent!! That kindof stuff is almost seizure-inducing to me. So, overstimulated? I'm not even sure what that means. If it's got to do with lights and/or fast motion, i'm sick and dizzy and sometimes pass out, and usually can't walk straight. Something to do with inner ear disruption, i reckon. Any other kind of overstimulation gets extreme and usually very violent response from me (eg smashing someone's jaws when i get spooked/jumped), so maybe that's another good reason why i decided being straighedge was the only way i'd survive 15 years ago! Haha. Jesus. But let me tell you, the laser-shooting red pandas towards the end made my day! RED PANDAS!!!!
Oh Man. Red Pandas.

Dennis! Kill you? Ok, i'm on my way. Wait, i might as well bring you some banana cake as well, and kill you with it, right? I'm gonna make another batch after i write this. This time i'll add medjool dates (the soft, gooey, insanely delicious ones) and walnuts. You ok with that?
Oh, Zan Lyons, yeah, he's a great guy and a great musician, and filmmaker too. Actually, you can stream that album i listed on his website. Off you go.
Bone Machine? Yeah, picking a Tom Waits is kindof impossible, right? I had the same issue with picking a Nick Cave. But, uhmm, yeah, i guess the fact that it's got Dirt In The Ground is a selling point, since that's one of my all-time-fav song, in the whole wide world, ever. Bone Machine has the perfect ratio of soulfulness to whackiness, in my opinion. Heavy and still an exhilarating ride. It's so varied, and yet gels perfectly. Traditional and modern. Bluesy and southern-gothic-clonky. Serious, sad, hilarious and bonkers. All of humanity in 16 songs, basically. It's my argument of choice to prove my "Tom Waits Really Is God" point.
"Infinite W", hahaha, wow, you know i just realized, you can write W infinitely! WWWWWWWWWWW.......... Good stuff.

alan said...

Chris Dankland, You know I just got up, right?

Dennis, I happen to be friends with the person behind Sentenia Books, formerly Artistically Declined Press. She is an author herself, about to be published by Mark Doten. I can ask her if she would be interested in soliciting you. She is also friends with the people behind Tyrant Books and Word Press, so she may have other ideas or be able to refer you elsewhere. No promises, obviously. Do you want me to ask?

cobaltfram said...

Chris! I love this! OMG I just woke up and I feel like I'm dreaming again! OMG! I like it.

D(sir)C
My love of Lykke Li and Zola Jesus may just be me being helplessly bourgeois, but I really like their stuff. Zola Jesus needs to re-invent herself soon, because she's starting to blur together, but Conatus has some good stuff on it. And Wounded Rhymes is just such a beautiful album to me, and drastically different from her first, which I've only grazed through and didn't find much to pick up on.

The relationship with Chad is really nice; surreal, honestly, that's its worked out so well, that we found each other in this vast ocean of people, etc. And while I don't think it's necessarily the ideal everyone should aspire to, it's good for us, certainly the ideal I wanted. It's odd to consider myself sort of married, but that's the direction it seems to be heading. I think what you and Yury have is definitely very cool in its own way, especially the way you have a great deal of time to yourself to work, see friends, etc. I had that yesterday though, by myself from 10 to 9, and I honestly was going crazy by the end of it, so maybe the limited time I have to myself is actually a good thing. But in that time, I got some good progress made on my novel, which is very nice: about 1500 words. I'm right at the 10K mark, which makes me sort of happy. Novels are so weird. You have to do so much to get to the point where the ideas you have make sense, and the fact that the prose and pacing and etc has to be just as good in the in-between spaces as in the big scenes is just killer to me on days like yesterday, where I was really just laying ground work. And starting that groundwork is, in general I think, ludicrously hard on its own.

I definitely enjoyed "Safe", and I need to go back and pick apart early Cycle characters now. I just started Ugly Man, and I'm liking it so far; it's cool to be reading something so recent, vs something written almost 20 (20!) years ago. I !'d because it makes me feel old, too.

Oh, I added you on Skype the other day; is that alright? I was hoping, once I got the books done and started drawing up material for the article in earnest, that I might maybe take a few minutes of your time and go over some of the big themes, so questions I have, etc, if that's alright? I'd really appreciate it, and it'd be fun to chat, too, if you have time.

Much love, as always :). Hope all is well,JF

Kyler said...

Chris, all I can say is WOW. You have just shown what a typical day in my mind is like! I even got a message from Internet Explorer saying that my computer memory was over-stimulated. Thanks for starting my day with a big bang. Bravo, man. Hi Dennis.

DavidEhrenstein said...

Those Sarko-supporters sound like U.S. Republican operatives.

Great Day Mr. Dankland!Did you know that Overstimulated was the title of one of Jack Smith's many unfinished films?

I chose that Dusty Spingfield because it's a two-CD set with all of my favorte numbers, including several in French and Italian.

And I chose that Van Dyke becuae of THIS (among toehr things.)

Just got back a new set of print-outs of my Polanski book. And I've just heard his next project is a film about the Dreyfus case to be called D. ho better to undetake this than Roman Poalnski!

MANCY said...

Loved waking up to this today...

katalyze said...

Amazing day! I found a few of these really relaxing as opposed to what I'd call over stimulating. Or maybe that's a result of over stimulation.

Dennis, I wanted to post a list of albums yesterday but didn't have time online so spent a lot of time just thinking about what I'd have chosen. I have this aim to buy your 50 and have them on a shelf as their own collection. But I always intend to do that with every top whatever list I read!

Things are busy here, moving again, but this should be the last move for a while. I haven't been painting but I've started working on 'glitch art'. I posted some images on my tumblr Link glitches; you'll recognise one (hope you approve!).

MANCY said...

I made a list yesterday, but didn't post it. Here are a few that came to mind after the fact-

The Dead Texan - s/t

Judee Sill - Dreams Come True

Michael Snow - Music for Piano, Whistling, Microphone and Tape Recorder

NoMeansNo - Mama

Akitsa - Goetie

Hyrule Dungeon said...

Is there any way we can take today's blog and sneak it into Jansen's History of Art? Maybe drop Jeff Koons and substitute?

Silverchair? thats a surprising one. I'm also a bit surprised whenever chairs Missing isn't someone's favourite wire album, but I guess their 80's stuff is more geared towards industrial fans. I will say that the Melvin's cover of going blind on Houdini is one of my favourite songs ever.

So I was gonna make a blog day for you but after today I think I need to get my game up.

Dennis, I'm working on a portfolio all summer so I can use it to apply to MFA's in the fall. It's really exciting as the work I'm doing now is so obviously leagues beyond anything I'v ever written. I was thinking of maybe work-shopping it here on the blog later this summer if that's OK with you.

Did you ever read The Tears of Eros? I'm thinking about it.

Bollo said...

Hi Dennis

music from my younger days was pretty much Wolf's list, Eels first few albums are favs of mine electro shock blues is really great, Low shuda be on there too ive seen them live more than anyone else. i can believe i didnt have a Tom Waits album on there. and no Radiohead not so into them anymore tho. there was very little jazz too and no sparklehorse. id have to do a classic list and now. fun how these things work out. :) but i tend to always want to find new things for my ears.

oh a lovely friend has given me her ticket to see Tim Hecker next week, the gig is in a church, i saw John Tilbury play some Morton Feldman there which was great, the seats were not. actually ive seen 2/3rd's of AMM do improv in the place. the sound is really nice.

this might interest people who like Gifs http://twohundredfiftysixcolors.com/texts.html havent had a proper look but 2 gif nerds sent me the link so its at least ok.

@Chris D
eyecandyorgasmfunfunjoyjoysuperfun.

Ian Tuttle said...

@Chris, wtf?????? This just about made me chuck up my coffee. Unbelievable!!!!!!! How did you find so many gems???

And fred? I love it. You don't know what you've stumbled into, do you buddy...

@DC, thanks for the NY tips. The whitney biennial is high on my list. Bummed I missed the album swap yesterday! I have been preoccupied with less fun things. I'll say this, though: the one single album that always comes to mind first, the desert island or endless roadtrip or whatever would be Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." I've listened to it on repeat for days. I listen to it at parties, alone, when i'm ecstatically happy, and tremendously sad. I keep finding stuff in it. ANyway, hope you're well!

Pisycaca said...

Chris Dankland,

Trippy post! Looking at it while listening to MBV's EPs feels very appropiate.

Dennis,

Sorry I couldn't make it yesterday. It was a great day, I'm a big fan of your lists. I need to explore a lot of albums, thanks! I find it curious that you chose 'Brighten the Corners', but "Starlings of the Slipstream" is one of my favorite Pavement songs. Here's my list if it's not too late:

MBV-Loveless
Nirvana-Nevermind
Xiu Xiu-Fabulous Muscles
Pavement-Slanted and Enchanted
Pavement-Wowee Zowee
Sonic Youth-Dirty
Deerhunter-Halcyon Digest
The Cure-Pornography
New Pornographers-Electric Version
Atlas Sound-Logos
Stephen Malkmus-Stephen Malkmus
Cocteau Twins-Garlands
Elliott Smith-Either Or
Nine Inch Nails-The Fragile
Pj Harvey-Rid Of Me
Tori Amos- Under the Pink
David Bowie-Scary Monsters
Spiritualized-Ladies and Gentlemen
Hole-Live Through This
Pixies-Surfer Rosa

I just listened to some Death Grips and I have to admit it's not my cup of tea. They were supposed to be playing PS but cancelled. Same as Björk. I'm sorry for her fans but I'm actually quite glad about it, it won't be that packed!

Yes, it takes a while to get into 'Threats' or at least that's been my case. Plotwise, it is a bit more conventional although the surreal elements are still there. I hope to finish it this weekend and I'll let you know.

Oh, I read your Rorschach Test on Número Cero, the Spanish website, a few days ago. It said there were no known plans to translate 'TMS' into Spanish and that surprised me. Have there been any changes?

Take care!

Sypha said...

Wolf, I hear you on the seizure-inducing thing: I had to skim a bit myself: I liked the cat-girl wearing the santa hat though.

Dennis, Greyson Chance is a 14 year old pop star who rose to fame when a video of him playing a piano and covering Lady Gaga's song "Paparazzi" went viral and he appeared on the Ellen show (you've probably seen it but here it is anyway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxDlC7YV5is). His first album came out last year and I liked it. He's kind of the anti-Bieber in that he can actually sing well and isn't an asshole.

Wolf said...

Haha, Bollo, thanks for making me feel like a lil' youngster! I usually feel more like an old crow... Yeah, Radiohead, i kinda drifted off them, but heard KidA randomly the other day and that reminded me just how fucking amazing and important that album was (and proceeded to make me all teary-eyed nostalgic, of course).
Oh, by the way, nice Shield Of Orion avatar picture! Betelgeuse is my favourite star. Don't ask, must be the name.

Dennis, i'm sorry man, but i have to tell you that the second batch of banana cake i just finished baking and am currently, shlomp, eating, slurp, is, well, even better than the first one. It's still warm, the crust is crunchy and slightly caramelized, the dough is moist and fragrant, the gooey bits of dates have melted in it and the occasional walnuts pieces contrast micely with the sweet ripe overwhelming banananess. Ooooh, it's hhhmm, it's just, well, shlurp shlurp shlurp, quite the achievement... Not sure there'll be any left by the time your Eurostar gets here...

The Man Who Couldn't Blog said...

Haven't stopped by in a few days, and missed seance day. In an odd and happy coincidence, I was scouring the internet for seance images for the last few days, as well, looking for inspiration for a piece of writing I read last night that involved mediums, music, and the cancerous tumors that did not manage to kill Adolphe Sax.

best,
-m-

Paul Curran said...

Amazing gif extravaganza, Chris! My mind has been wiped clear. Loved the quotes too.

5STRINGS said...

Dennis,

Hey. I do like to Rock. Cool like Coolio. Happy you liked my list. I'm happy to have these lists to expand my musical horizons. Oh gosh, Tori Amos, no surprise. Tori's my favorite female musician. She was one of my favorite things to trip to back in the day. We used to have a joke that her piano bench had "tickle-upholstery". Fresh ears for Cantrell and Sepultura. Those Cantrell albums are some very rich sounding albums. The song writing is phenomenal, like pure but painful. Every song is badass. Some of them like literary. I recommend headphones to get all the great sounds. William Duvall's old band, Comes With The Fall is fucking kick too. Sepultura's just great, they sound good all the way back to Schizophrenia but Chaos A.D. is their best in my opinion. It's raw and tight. I love nachos. I have a romantic thing for the old dirty style nachos. Missed you at the Paris Hard Rock, not bad nachos. The Tubes LOL! Punk rocks. Punkers! I used to know this preppy punk boy, used to swing from the rafters, "Paris please stay the same." The Fleetwood Mac! I like everything I've heard from them. I even like Steve Nick's solo work. I like the variety, I like the grey, I like the Italian, I like the blond. I want lots of sex with French guys. I have to learn to wear a condom first though. They're kind of strong on that like "Otter" feel. Yummy. I think their cars are hot. They remind me of like navy Volvos. The first time I was there it was raining and I was at Shakespeare and Co. and some other bookstores. I felt like I would be washed into the Paris underground.
What's up in Paris? Any luck with the poetry/novel? I'm going for this right now: bare bones/some metaphor + intricacy/facility + re-write… ? I just need to keep writing. I like these boys so far. Their words are simple yet they are stylish. Later

ChrisDankland,

Yes! Fucking awesome. Ever think of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds while reading the first pages of Naked Lunch?

Jesse Hudson said...

Whew, what a day, Chris! It is the equivalent of internet candy!! And it was indeed very tasty and bedazzling.
Many thanks!

I'm pretty sure which album you're talking about Dennis so no worries about ruining your cred. Unless, of course, you're referring to Rihanna and, in that case, I think it's time to come out of the closet, haha.
I don't know what my deal is with her but her music puts me in the best of all possible moods so I love her for that. And, coming from a gay guy, she is one sexy motherfucker, haha.
Everything here is normal. Philosophy and such. Fichte is the only philosopher (so far) who makes me laugh aloud. Mainly because of his unapologetic vitriol. It's charming though.
Hope everyone is good!

DavidEhrenstein said...

Latest FaBlog: Fait Diver -- Hair

Bernard Welt said...

Fred: Since Dennis has asked us to treat you as kindly and respectfully as we treat any putatively non-imaginary regular visitor: Welcome.

Fuck you and your needs. Do you think we give a shit what you want, you despicable slave? Get on your knees, ass up, and prepare to be punished. We're calling in Piper Laurie as Carrie's mother for this one.

Something along those lines, perhaps, or is that just crude? I don't really have much experience in this things. In fact, I'm not sure I've really pissed on anyone since the early '80s (les annees quatre-vingts, we call it).

statictick said...

Chris Dankland: An impressive collection that I can't even look at right now. Nothing against you, dude. Maybe the following might explain why.

Dennis: The withdrawal from the neuro-drug is incredible. I'm hallucinating. I have never hallucinated (not even after doing all that fucking PCP and whatever else).

So, I'm unsteady. Friends have helped, especially Marce B.; and KK said somethings to me that just warmed me like only he can.

This has all given me so much more material for Minus. I've been trying to at least notate it. My narrative has turned to very clumsy poetry. Maybe that will work. It would be honest, ha ha.

The last post I could actually look at was the seance stack. I felt like the result of a seance.

Many good thoughts to you all.
Njr

_Black_Acrylic said...

@ Chris Dankland: oh wow what a day! Gifs always make me happy, and psychedelic gifs mean joy unconfined.

@ DC, I guess Dopplereffekt are the most contentious selection on my list as I chose them ahead of their ancestors Kraftwerk. But that 90s era of techno was the soundtrack to my life: Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, the Other People Place, all of that. Also the only black musicians on my list, funnily enough. Drexciya were the subject of a film by The Otolith Group that was nominated for the 2010 Turner Prize. I'd love to see that someday.

I've started putting some Ben 'Jack Your Body' Robinson mixes on SoundCloud for free download if anyone's interested. The first is this from the spring 2010 Yuck 'n Yum launch. There'll be more uploaded over the weekend, so I'll keep you posted.

robert-nyc said...

Hey Dennis,

Thank you for the birthday greeting on my FB page. And as for an update--life is pretty much good. Still in Brooklyn, a bit over a year now. Still with the same boyfriend; it's been more than a year and a half. We are extremely happy together, so that's a good thing of course. You should check out his band Katatak at katatak.bandcamp.com. I think you'd dig his music. I'm still writing and getting published here and there. In March I had one poem in Chelsea Station Magazine, and this summer I have three poems appearing in this gay poetry anthology called People Are Starting to Talk About You. I'm super excited about that. Hey, by the way, if I happened to ever get a poetry collection published, would you be willing to do a blurb for me? Been sending out manuscripts, so just curious--that's if it were ever actually to happen. I did a reading too back in March for Assaracus magazine. It was like five people from the first six issues and a release party for the new (at the time) sixth issue. So you can imagine that it was a roomful of many gay poets, but it was a blast--loads of great work and artists coming together. So, I guess that's about it.

How about you? Busy as ever with writing? I still haven't made it to the Whitney Biennial, but I believe I have another two weeks to get there. I want to see your piece. I have to get it together. Oh, and I saw Cabin in the Woods. Def check it out. It's very clever. I enjoyed it, but being it was so different, not your typical horror movie, I almost didn't know what to think when it ended. I think that's a good thing.

And Chris Danklund, I love the "BEES!!!" Oprah clip. I don't know why exactly, but that had me hysterical at my desk today on my lunch break. I just kept imagining hearing Oprah yelling, "BEES!!!" in that loud, excited voice that she uses during those Oprah Show giveaways.

Well, take it easy Dennis. I'll try to stop by here more often.

Robert

Fred said...

Dennis: its nice to meet you too but at the same time its all very odd. and oh, if its allready to late to participate i guess i will just have to wait and see what will happen to me now..
i don't know the name of the song but you are probably right.

Ian Tuttle: no this is all very strange and new, is there anything i should know?

Bernard Welt: i dont understand the reference, i dont know a piper or a carrie. then again i don't know a lot of people.

steevee said...

@statictick--I read your Facebook posts about your withdrawal. Did you ever go to the ER or see a doctor about easing it? How long will it? I hope you can get through it as quickly as possible.

paradigm said...

like wolf I had to scroll through this post too. the images made me dizzy i hope no one epiletic saw this for fear that it might have induced a fit.

i haven't been listening to much music lately but was interested in your choice of Fugazi- In on their killtaker as your favourite. Why that one? when i think over it those earlier albums like 13 Songs and Repeater have some good songs but the seem to lag a bit. With In on the Killtaker, Red Medicine and The Argument they seem to have a better whole album consistency. is that what you were looking for?

I liked the Varda day too. Gleaners and I is one of my favourite documentaries. There's something about that type of foraging that appeals to me. Used to do it more when I was younger now I don't. should get back into it.

gonna go and study and write before heading off for a weekend of camping.

Merkel an interesting one. saw an interview last night with some guy from the EU or EC who said that privately within Germany she herself believes in the some form of growth measure. I think he public stubborness is more directed at Greece then France and once things settle there a light shift will happened and Hollande supplementary motions will be added in some effect. Austerity not really working and a change of angles is needed. Take Australia for example we didn't suffer through the crisis as badly as other countries in part because of Government stimulus along with being China's major resource centre.

enough economics and politics. gonna go study and write before a weekend of camping.

listening to Beastie Boys Hello Nasty. forgot how good they could be.

enjoy your day and weekend.

Bernard Welt said...

Fred: I don't know what you're talking about. It's possible that some asshole has gotten into the comments section and posted as me. It's happened before. A LOT. My guess is it was one of these freakazoid dudes who hangs out here whose brain got totally fried as part of Chris Dankland's evil scheme.

OK, I just have to tell you that I heard a student read aloud an excerpt from the science-fiction novel he's writing, and one of the lines was:
"The doctor was an evil and terrible man."

Really stuck with me.

Creative Massacre said...

Dennis - It's kind of cool that there's a Johnny Depp quote on today's post. He was actually born and raised just a few blocks from me. He's a pretty smart guy, when asked where he is from, he doesn't mention this town. Haha, I wouldn't either to be honest.

Ian Tuttle said...

Ahhhh FRED! What was the name of your 2nd grade teacher?

Misanthrope said...

Chris Dankland, Sweet. I love things like this. Maybe because I don't think I can get over-stimulated. Though I guess a panic attack is an over-stimulation of sorts; I've only had one of those and it wasn't fun. But I can't think of anytime I've been overstimulated. Is overstimulation even possible?

Fred, I think the song you heard was "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, the first "artist" signed to Justin Bieber's new label. Catchy song, eh?

Btw, I hope you know that if SkyNet takes over before you get out of here, you're toast.

Dennis, Hahaha. My name and the word dignity should never be used in a sentence. Pestilence, famine, and death will result.

Hmm, I'd only include the Doors' first two albums in my list. Same with Suede, first two. The Killers' second one is ace all the way through, a concept album with great singles. But yeah, no surprises there.

Man, I can't believe I've been awake so very little lately. Dreams and sleep are so much better than real life. Though I guess they're a part of real life.

And luckily, I haven't had a nightmare in months. Well, maybe one. But that 6-8 months where I was having them every night...ugh. Now it's just hanging out with people in my dreams and being silly and goofy. Which is like real life. Or what it used to be like when I was awake more.

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Chris Dankland said...

@Everyone: This is kind of awesome but I guess the overstimulation post got overstimulated and electrocuted itself because it got too many views for my free photobucket account…I’ll try to see if I can fix it but maybe this is more fitting—it soared like a phoenix for one day and immolated in flight, now it’s all hung over and exhausted flopping down on the sofa to pass out for 14 straight hours, zzzzzzz…Thanks for all the compliments, I had a pretty cheerful day between this and listening to new music from people’s list…

@Wolf: it’s really sad how endangered laser shooting red pandas have become, there are hardly any left…@Alan: sorry I guess this is meant to be more of a late night post…thanks cobaltfram & Kyler…@DavidEhrenstein: holy shit I hadn’t heard of Jack Smith but now that I’ve seen some clips online I’m going to watch everything, that’s fucking awesome…thanks katalyze….@Hyrule Dungeon: I always thought someone shoul d start an online gif museum…@Ian Tuttle: thanks! sorry about the coffee though—everything was on tumblr, they’re just ones that I’ve been casually collecting for maybe nine or ten months, it’s insteresting to think about what’s the average lifespan of these gifs, they’re just floating around everywhere…@Pisycaca: I should have tried to find some MBV gifs...thanks Sypha and Paul…@ statictick: hope you feel better…thanks BlackAcrylic…@robert-nyc: beeeeessss…@postitbreakup: sorry, the gifs got fucked up…@Fred: Do not give into astonishment. Fear is the mind killer, the little-death. All matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration that we experience subjectively. Do not be afraid. The palm at the end of the mind, beyond the last thought, rises.

@Dennis: Bolano’s benefited from a lot of hype but as a reader I really feel close to him, he definitely isn’t a poseur. The Savage Detectives is a really beautiful book, that’s my favorite. Thanks for hosting my post today Dennis—you’re awesome, have a good morning…

nb said...

Dennis, Look who is back from the dead, or well, somewhere northern? Uh, I just wanted to say Hi and that I miss you. I'm missing NYC something serious tonight. SF has been, well, interesting. I'm still here for a while longer and next month makes a year. This place (the blog) is like walking into my old high school or something (I can't think of a good analogy right now, I'd say alma mater but my college is a fucking joke). I need to catch up, but I'm totally blown apart by the enlarged comment page on Blogger and how the hell does anything work here anymore?

All I see are bandwidth warnings. It's a little overstimulating in that if I keep looking at the word popular it loses all meaning.

rewritedept said...

chris dankland-

glad i got to catch this before i left for work this morning when the pictures were still working. it made an excellent counterpoint to getting ready for work.

d-

yeah that list was lots of fun to throw together. if i had to do it today, it would already produce some vastly different results. pretty much all of those bands are bands who i like multiple albums by, so it was extra difficult to choose.

i think i'm not going to lose my shit over the band thing. cupps is starting to record soon, so i now have to work that in as well. plus i have the next two days off. probably won't practice, but i'm going to enjoy sitting at my apartment. maybe try to write some more so i can be extra prepared when we jam next. and i have to do some cleaning on the echoplex and maybe some light repairs.

today was pretty uneventful. worked. zoned out a couple times. generally overcaffeinated and extra wired day, sorta jumping off the walls kind of afternoon. read a lot. watched a nirvana dvd. smoked. that kind of thing. filled a page and a half. some of it's decent.

some co-workers are discussing starting a twitter to post things i say at work. i'm not sure i'm into the idea. i guess i make people laugh? it's not intentional or anything, so i don't really get it. but i am going to write more dirty limericks just in case.

i'm beat. have a more eventful day than mine, or at the least a more fulfilling one. if not that, enjoy some peaceful contemplation. personally, i'm thinking an LSD vacation is in order sometime in the next 24 hours. see you at the other end.

-chris g.

rewritedept said...

also, sweet holy mother of fuck did you see this!?

l@rstonovich said...

Sorry I'm tardy... and great overstim Chris, been getting into the psychedelic properties of animated gifs lately. A super new art form.

Whoa, glad I caught this this morn... looks like a photobucket revolt now. Weak ass sauce.

D-

Top albums I've been listening to since quitting the radio show...

Visitor - (Chick from Grouper) (Social Music Club/Yeti Guy)
Bombino - Agadez
Group Inerane -Guitars from Agadez 1 & 4
Ty Segall - Comp for Social Music Club
Must Jesus Bare The Cross - Jamaican Gospel comp (Social Music)
The Kinks - Something Else
The Love Joys - Reggae Vibes
Led Zep - Discogrophy
Gun Club - Fire of Love
Lilacs and Champagne - Grails side project
Feelies - Only Life
Neil Young - Decade
Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets
Random Dan Mechoir
The Flaming Lips - Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
Detective
Echo and The Bunnymen - Discography
Danile Kroha The Folk Blues Stylings of... (Social Music)
Bill Orcutt Singles
The Cramps - Bad Music For Bad People
Thelonious Monk - ??

2012 continues to be revelatory. Much understanding of my own brain and baby steps to righting perceived wrongs, dig? Me and Jen had our 14th anniversary yesterday, a couple burgers, a martini and margherita to commemorate. I am a blessed man when it comes to Jennie. Hot weather coming. Gonna get a vitamin d overload this summer. been a reclusive for the last 9!!! I already feel better after a trip to the river and a day with a cooler full of beer, a book, and an umbrella in the back yard. no couching it this summer. nothing good has come of it, my naps will be outdoors!

love,
Larsty

Schlix said...

Ok, I see. Everything is OVERSTIMULATING: this great post, the photobucket, the cool lists of everyone yesterday...
Thanks, Chris Dankland.

I found this a few minutes ago and thought it fits to the post.
Very cool videos from the artist and musician Freida Abtan

omar said...

Hard to read this morning after the visuals but yeah, you are right.A group hug is terrifying to me, i do better in a mosh pit, besides all i see when i walk out of my door is creosote. J.T. ain t the end station for me. The heat and dryness are to much for a Amsterdammer.
No indie record store here, just warped copies of Fleetwood Mac and David Essex at the swap meet.
I order records on line. David Lynch's 'crazy clown time' the last.With hundreds of my old records here i got music and the thing about yesterday's lists is that i too write down stuff from everybody's list to re apriciate or check out and look it up on line. I was writing that list with the gusto of a real music geek and chopped of the last 30 or so to make it 50.(that is why my list became Cave less). In the shower afterwards i thought to myself that thinking up my favorites so fast made me include things not always for how good they are or not but more how important the music was/is (to me) or the moments/memories attached to them. Anyway, to combat the isolation i got my first computer about a year ago and although the 'social' network facebook somehow (fucked with my head) in ways that did not work for me (so i let it go) it's been a steady source of entertainment and weird interactions. And i love the way i can just drag a photo of a page and store it on my machine. Couldn't get my head around that at first if one considers all the ways people expose themselves on the web...Porn does nothing for me but your 'best escorts' are intriguing and made me wonder what i'd do with a million dollars. So thanks for that. and a lot of other awesomeness.

Bollo said...

ha the over stimulation got over simulated : )

omar said...

Chris Dankland. The overstimulation was absolutely seizure inducing and awesome this morning. When i wanted to see them again this evening most where replaced with a text about exceeding bandwidth. bummer, that was. Omar.

Bollo said...

Thanks Wolf :)
a river runs through it too.

Changeling said...

I like how it's calm and grey now - like you have to fry your own synapses with - uh - inner resources?

I put the frenz experiment cos of oswald defence lawyer so it was almost not in the spirit of the whole album thing. do you listen to the sonic youth peel session - like - the one where they play only fall covers? it's supernice, but i didn't think it counted as an album.

I'm OK - I guess - stuff fucked up for me last year and everything is different now, or some things are. Writing was a major casualty - but i'm sort of - I don't know - able to at least fake it some now? I feel weird talking about it like mental health is something achieved only by stealth - but I'm sort of returning to myself. Are you all right? I read TMS - it took this really long time and I had to read it very carefully and sort of - conscientiously, or something. Like - I kept hitting something where I then had to go back to the previous point where this occured - and reread in this new light then eventually it got more fluid and silky - or like fluid with sharp lumps within it anyhow. i just spent ages trying to think of a substance that was that - some kind of spiky soup? I don't think it exists. that was probably the dumbest critique of that book you got - right?