Hey All – I haven’t posted in an awfully long time because of the sudden eruption of a large, ongoing family crisis. The crisis remains rather large and ongoing, but I’m trying to regain some measure of sanity by reviving some of my “normal” activities, rather than doing nothing but dealing with constant emergencies, and hyperventilating every time the phone rings. So why not a blog post?
As I mentioned in the previous post so long ago, I went to LA to consort, cavort, and provide musical support for stand-up comedian and actor TJ Miller. Among other activities, I performed at Largo as the closer of TJ’s “Mayhem” evening, playing “a series of recorded comedy routines mashed up over hot breaks.”
I actually played v2 of that mix at Largo; v1 ran a bit long (20 min.) and reflected my bias towards comedians I was already familiar with. V2 was edited down to just under 15 minutes, and added some excellent newer people TJ steered me towards, like Maria Bamford and Katt Williams, among others.
I was quite pleased with both versions; v2 remains in the TJ archives, but if you’re interested, here’s a link to download v1. (19 mg.)
To break up the visual monotony of dumpy-guy-crouched-over-laptop-alone-onstage, TJ thoughtfully provided several popper/locker/breakdancers who shot out of the wings every few minutes and danced to the tracks. Not my regular gig; I had a ball.
Please post any reactions to the track in the comments; I’m curious to know what you think.
Sparing you a lot of tiresome explanation, I’ll say only that I’m honored to be appearing as part of the bill “TJ Miller Makes Mayhem” at Largo, Sunday, June 5 at 8 PM. I’ll be onstage for about 15 minutes or so, DJ’ing a series of recorded comedy routines mashed up over hot breaks. I’ll be assisted occasionally by some of TJ’s friends, who will draw attention away from the dizzying spectacle of me, standing almost motionless, gazing into my laptop. Every once in a while, I’ll twitch.
But my material is new, and fun to listen to. It’s a hot 15 minutes. Listen for Roseanne Barr, Seinfeld, Louis CK, Katt Williams, and others too numerous to mention.
TJ’s a pisser, and so are his friends. A laughable evening is assured.
Here’s a clip of TJ auditioning for his role as a park ranger in Yogi Bear 3D.
“There was also a sharp change in the U.S. economy in the 1970s, towards financialization and export of production. A variety of factors converged to create a vicious cycle of radical concentration of wealth, primarily in the top fraction of 1% of the population — mostly CEOs, hedge-fund managers, and the like. That leads to the concentration of political power, hence state policies to increase economic concentration: fiscal policies, rules of corporate governance, deregulation, and much more. Meanwhile the costs of electoral campaigns skyrocketed, driving the parties into the pockets of concentrated capital, increasingly financial: the Republicans reflexively, the Democrats — by now what used to be moderate Republicans — not far behind.
“Elections have become a charade, run by the public relations industry. After his 2008 victory, Obama won an award from the industry for the best marketing campaign of the year. Executives were euphoric. In the business press they explained that they had been marketing candidates like other commodities since Ronald Reagan, but 2008 was their greatest achievement and would change the style in corporate boardrooms. The 2012 election is expected to cost $2 billion, mostly in corporate funding. Small wonder that Obama is selecting business leaders for top positions.]”
Kembrew Mcleod – author, teacher, artist, filmmaker, and debonair man-about-town – wrote a book specifically about hiphop sampling called Creative License. It’s a companion piece to his film Copyright Criminals. He asked me to put together a mix of Golden Age hiphop stuff to accompany the book, and you can download the 40 minute piece from Illegal Art, label of the stars.
A very kind and thorough gent named David Taylor put together a lot of my uncollected material and posted it with an interview on his excellent blog “The Unheard Music.” He’s got stuff on there I forgot I did. You might find some of it interesting.
Dennis Coffey is a cosmically bad-ass guitarist, funky music a specialty. Former Motown session person, author, and creator of some of the most awesome old-school breaks in hiphop (like Scorpio, son). He’s got a new eponymous LP out (very nice work, too; he hasn’t lost step), and I did a few remixes of tracks, one of which is coming out as a limited edition Record Store Day 7″. If I can get permission from the people involved, I’ll post it.
If you’re not excited by quilts, then move along, move along. And if you’re not in New York between March 25 – 30, it doesn’t matter if you like quilts or not.
I’ll merely point out that the Museum Of American Folk Art will be taking over the Park Avenue Armory (an awesomely huge space) between the 25th and 30th of March, and is putting on a free free FREE show of 650 – yes, SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY red and white quilts.
Why red and white, you ask? Because it’s traditional. And 650 is only A PORTION of the quilt collection owned by Joanna S. Rose, a person who knows how to spend her money wisely (at least in my opinion).
If the exhibition is half as wonderful as the Photoshop rendering done by the exhibition company (above), it will be mind-blowing. If you can make it by, say hello to me. I’ll be sitting in the corner, drooling.
The NY Times rundown on the show.
ADDED: Photos taken at the exhibition. I’ve been twice already, and I’m planning on going tomorrow (Monday) before the show ends on Wednesday. If you can possibly make it, check this out; it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I don’t want to hear any bs about “Quilts? I’m just not into quilts.”