The FaceBucket Challenge

RULES:

If you accept The FaceBucket Challenge, you must:

A) Promise that from now on, you will not share any alleged facts on social media without first reading the Wikipedia entry likely to contain confirmation of the alleged fact;

Or

B) Share a video of yourself putting a bucket over your head.

WHY?

The FaceBucket challenge is intended to spread awareness about media literacy, especially social media’s potential for spreading misleading information.

As participants in social media, we have a responsibility to the others in our networks to not disseminate an inaccurate portrayal of the world we live in.  This is especially true when it comes to political or ‘loaded’ topics where widespread misinformation can lead to negative consequences for large numbers of people.

Also, it’s kind of funny.

My Fall Creative Writing Bit

in the winter, orange leaves

will fall from old forgotten trees

that do not know what they can help you with.

 

And the wind will blow so cold

like your cruelest friends, so old,

the ones you are so yearning for right now.

 

Red and brown, it comes and takes

the comfort that the Summer makes.

We remember that we are just skin and bones.

 

Grey and blue, the things that Dew

It does to us the things it must:

It keeps us tied together in our holds.

 

Yellow tries and grey will die

and hopefully we’ll all survive.

Somehow all the flowers will still bloom.

 

 

 

 

Satanic/Gothic/Devil-Worship Dinnerware, Satanic Plates, Satanic Dishes, Satanic Houseware

I’m in the process of starting a business selling Satanic plates and other household items.  Here’s my first product.  It’s a Satanic Dinner Plate/Dish featuring an inverted pentagram, although really, it depends on how it’s turned.  I think red on black is pretty satanic so even if the plate is turned to not be an inverted pentagram, it’s still evil.
I plan on eventually making an entire Satanic Dinner Set available.  I also plan to make other Satanic House-ware, such as Satanic Towels, Satanic Napkins, Satanic Coasters, Devil Worship Wind Chimes Etc.designall

 

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erika.net is Rad!

Mostly, when it comes to finding new music, I’ve retreated to music recommended by friends and/or software-based recommendation systems like Last.fm.  I mean, I generally don’t listen to ‘Radio’ with the exception of my local NPR station, KQED, which I mainly listen to for News/Culture type programming.

But Erika.net plays such a high percentage of music that is interesting to me that I end up seeking out music I hear on Erika probably about as frequently as three times per hour!  And the rest of the music I hear on erika.net is almost always totally welcomed.

So in a nutshell, I think these people, whomever they are, have awesome taste in music.  From their homepage:

erika.net has been broadcasting a 24 hour mp3 stream since 1999. We hand-pick music and organize it freeform style: all types of music at all times of the day. Our goal is to bring you music you can’t hear on other radio stations, presented in a unique style. …[can be found] in the ‘Eclectic’ section of iTunes radio.

If you have more conventional taste in music, try erika.net when you’re recovering from surgery or, for whatever reason, under the influence of hallucinogenic substances.

The page that displays what they are currently playing and what has recently played is HERE

(about as eclectic as it could possibly be)

erika.net is a serious improvement to my quality of life.  I am listening to them frequently now.  I wish I could stream them while driving.

erika.net people: If you read this, thanks!  You are awesome.

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Hairy Butt Logo Pants

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Juicy Butt Sweats

A few years ago I noticed this new paradigm in logo placement on clothing.  I think it was the Company Juicy Couture that first put their logo right on the ass of the customer. I’m not sure if they were indeed the first, but the word “Juicy” is the first word I remember actually reading from the seat of the pants of a young lady walking in front of me on the street.

I don’t need to explain why the the word “juicy” is so provocative when placed prominently on a woman’s rear end, and perhaps this is why I remember it as the beginning of this era, whether or not the credit (or blame) is really owed to the JC clothing line for making this a trend.

Fast forward a few years and many colleges and indeed even my twelve-year-old niece’s junior high school’s athletic clothing line has the institution’s name featured in this manner.

But not on the men’s/boy’s shorts and sweats.  Only on the women’s/girl’s.

Hairy Butt Jeans
Hairy Butt Jeans

I have therefore decided to examine the cultural subtext of this phenomenon further by adding a twist to it, which I shall be wearing around town in search of truth.

Behold, the unveiling of the Hairy Butt Jean by Andrew A. Peterson.

Sorry for the camera-phone pic.  I’ll have better photos as soon as I’m ready to do a proper shoot for this amazing new addition to my artistic legacy.

Also, I know I’m not the best butt-model but I work with what I have.

Xiu Xiu – The Most Innovative Rock Artist Right Now…

On par with Radiohead and Bjork, Xiu Xiu is an amazing project.

I had a hard time with it at first. Remember when you were a kid and didn’t like onions? or coffee? Xiu Xiu is a savory experience.

I borrowed all of Xiu Xiu’s albums from friends.  It’s definitely going to inform my own art.

Production-wise, Xiu Xiu is some of the most interesting stuff I’ve heard that isn’t clearly “avant garde.”

Just google it.  Great music vids on YOuTube too.

What is Post-Rock

The music most people seem to accept as “Post-Rock” is instrumental music with long songs featuring rock-ish musicians grooving on a few chords and/or a motif, with a lot of dynamic variation and intensity for as long as an hour at a time.  

For most people, the term “Post-Rock” has become synonymous with a certain aesthetic, long, slow-moving guitar-centric (largely diatonic) songs that swell and die out with musical sensibilities largely created in the seventies and eighties.  

I want to extend the meaning of Post-Rock. 

I think that Post-Rock might include (just a few ideas):

  • Music that sometimes incorporates rock sensibilities, but is not made with the goal of being rock.
  • A temporary early 21st century terminology for “classical” music which uses rock-n-roll instruments. 
  • Impressionism in music in the 21st century
  • 21st Century music that is agnostic to typical marketing-driven categories such as hip hop, rock, folk, metal, Etc.
  • Rock music with a structure informed by electronica.
  • Any rock-based music that stands outside of its own genre.

On the other hand, when a friend mentions “post-rock,” I usually assume what they mean is ‘long-boring-electric-guitar-music.’  

If Post-Rock is a useful genre, I think we should include bands like The Fiery Furnaces.  Otherwise we should just call it “Bedtime Music…” 

I think Bjork is post-rock.

BitTorrent Tracker Specifically for Independent Artists

(just an idea I had in the middle of the night… maybe it’s a good one?)

It just occurred to me that what artists like me, who are non-label, totally independent, need is a tracker/directory site for us to upload out torrents to.  A tracker that’s 100% legal music.  

I’m thinking since when you launch a .torrent file, depending on the client, you can select what files you want to download, artists can include in one torrent, a few different versions of their releases.  For instance, I could include a flac version, and two different mp3 bitrates, all album artwork bundled with each compression scheme  separately, and each version in it’s own folder.  

The user selects the one torrent, launches it, selects the folder for the version they want, and they get what they want.  

*Artist is distributing without needing a central server…

*Fans of indie/niche music are getting what they want the way they want it. And there’s a central place  for hard-to-find and/or totally legally-distributed-via-P2P music. 

 

There may also be advantages to creating a recommendation engine that excludes major-label music:  Maybe major label music obscures the analysis of music taste in some cases?  Just a thought.

I wrote a letter to the peeps at The Pirate Bay.  Maybe they’ll read it and write me back.

Jack Conte Music Videos – RAD!

2 Videos from Jack Conte’s YouTube Channel

This is an interesting video.  Reminds a little of the film, “The Science of Sleep.

And this one is cool because it shows the recording process of the song.

So who is Jack Conte?  I have no idea.  He’s awesome though.

Here’s his MySpace, his Last.FM Page, and where you can buy his EP “Nightmares and Daydreams” on CDBaby, and the same record via the iTunes Store.   

 

I can’t afford to buy music, so maybe Jack will feel my pain and hook me up.  Jack?  Haha.

Gorgoroth, My New Favorite Satanic Black-Metal Band

Listen to that name… “Gorgoroth” …It’s so… Viking.  So Dongeons and Dragons.  The following are links to a 5-part documentary about the band, and all the controversy surrounding them, particularly their singer called “Gaahl.”  You gotta love that name too.   I guess he tortures people and drinks their blood and stuff like that.  

The name “Gorgoroth” is derived from Tolken‘s Lord of the Rings books.

At their shows they have been known to feature goat heads on sticks and other charming bits of satanic stage decor.   This is a fun documentary to watch.  It also gives some interesting background on the whole Satanic Rock genre, particualy the “Norwegian Black Metal Scene.”  Hmmm.  Fun stuff.  I’d love to go to one of their shows.

Blogoshpere, Meet Chris Phillips

For years, my good friend Chris Phillips has dazzled me with his countless stories about his adventures. He is Bipolar and/or Schizoaffective since his first psychotic break in his early twenties or so. Because of this, his stories are nicely sprinkled with demons and divinity, loonie-bins, jails, vagrancy, magic, intuition and desperation, but through his pleasant approach to looking at his life, and the down-to-earth, articulate and even comical approach to his story-telling, there is always a sense of hope or connection in his stories, sometimes directly, and sometimes through his observations about people and the forgiveness he has had to maintain (for himself as well as the world around him), I suspect in order to survive.

I’m bringing this up because he called me the other night and told me that he has begun to write his own life story. He’s blogging about the events of his life over at ChrisThomasPhillips.WordPress.com.

This stuff is so fun to read! One of the first ones he posted is about trying to have sex with his mother’s house plants.  Really.  It’s interesting stuff–strange, but also very funny and very relatable.  You should go check it out.

I met Chris ten or more years ago at the beginning of one of his most recent manic episodes. He wasn’t fun to be around because he would never shut up about the shamanism he was pursuing and a bunch of other really annoying and over-done, overzealous baloney. I didn’t know at the time that I was seeing him in a manic state. I thought he was just an extremely high-energy person. He disappeared from our house for a while during during the peak of his mania and soon after, I observed the severe depression he went through on the other side of his cycle. He was sleeping on a couch in our garage, barely getting up to eat or shit, and having no desire to even talk to anyone for I guess, what must have been about a month.

Over time, I got to know him in his “normal” stage, in between the depression and mania he had been going through in 1-year cycles.

A year or two later, I reconnected with him at a “bad time,” and suffered through his unwanted presence in my life as his illness was beginning to take him over the edge. Truthfully, at the time, I was glad to see him go once his mania finally carried him off on some random adventure, leading ultimately to a mental hospital (rinse, repeat).

But a few years later, after he finally got put on an effective combination of prescriptions, I built a great friendship with him. I’ve learned a lot about him and his Illness and enjoyed his company and his beautiful songs and especially his stories. He has become one of my dearest friends and I wouldn’t trade him for anything. I regret that there was ever a time when I wanted him to disappear. If only I had known then what I know now, maybe I could have helped him. But at least we got more amazing stories out of him going nuts back then.

Four Eyed Monsters Video Podcast Lives! – Featured on MySpace HomePage

The final 5 episodes, 9-13 have begun rolling out.  This is being timed with the retail release of the film at Borders via Genius and IFC. The MySpace Home Page is a major traffic-driver!   MySpace has been a really big help with promoting the film since the beginning of the podcast series.  If you want to see the spot in action go to myspace.com, and hit refresh til it comes up in the rotation.

 I think this is like the 4th time MySpace has featured Four Eyed Monsters in one way or another.  I put the value of this spot at between $50,000 and $100,000, based on what I’ve heard.

 

The Lawn-Chair Idea. This May Help You To Understand Why I was So Into It.

This is a photo I took as a resource material. I was really more focused on aged plastic lawn chairs, with their patina of plastic degradation mixed with dust, dirt, mold etc… The aging of these things adds a layer of human-skin-like-ness… Real people have blemishes and unevenness in their skin. These plastic Lawn Chairs have all the qualities of manufactured ideals of organic beauty, and all the symptoms of how manufacturing makes something less organic. They have plucked eyebrows. They have face-lifts. And they are sexy but slightly repulsive and all too familiar.

Lawnchair Painting, Burnt Up In Fire

Another of the many Lawnchair Paintings I did over the course of a couple years. This one was destroyed in the fire, and I was glad to see it go in a way at the time. At a distance, now I see that there are some cool things about it. Oh well. It’s gone. Such is life.

Lawnchair Painting (one of many)

This is one of the last oil paintings I did… This picture was taken a little bit before I decided it was done, and the others in the series burnt up in a fire. Also, the more recent pictures had of it burnt up in my last hard drive crash. The ‘finished’ painting, I gave to some friends of mine and they actually have it hanging up in their home. I love that. I will try to remember to take an updated picture of it next time I’m at their house in the daytime. Anyways, I like the basic idea of it so I thought I’d post it here.

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I think it’s about 30 inches wide.

“In The Beginning” & “Begging”(from the Four Eyed Monsters Podcast)By Popular Demand

 

“In The Beginning”

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This is a piece of music I made for the first episode of the Four Eyed Monsters Video Podcast. Arin sent me a loop of him playing his nylon string guitar and said “See if you can do anything with this…” or something like that. So this is what I did with it and they liked what it added to the episode, so after a few revisions (there’s always revisions), this became the score for that episode.

Because I never intended for it to be listened to on its own, I can’t help but not really consider it a song. Musically, it’s sort of a one-trick-pony, doing the same couple of phrases over and over, but I get so many requests for it and so many people put it on their MySpace Profiles when it was up on myspace, that I decided to make it available to anyone that wants it. I guess people like it. :)

I should mention that Episode 6 has a piece of music I made to compliment this one. It’s based on a Minor-ized version of the same theme so I’m posting that here too.

 

“Begging”

(As heard in Episode 6 of the Four Eyed Monsters Podcast)

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Starting Over (Song)


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This track, I’ve been working on, off and on, for a few years. An early incarnation can be heard in the background of the Four Eyed Monsters Video called “Humanity Lobotomy,” about the Importance of Network Neutrality.

I’ve had some pretty substantial criticism of this one. Good suggestions, but very drastic ones that I’m not sure I completely agree with. So here is its current form. I may completely change it, or make it into different songs Etc.

If I work on something too long, I start to get this weird thing in my mind similar to sunspots, accept they’re audio. It’s like I just can’t hear it truely any more.

Also, after a few days straight of worrking on something, it’s nice to stop and forget about it for a while, cause when I come back to it we’re like newlyweds all over again.


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Promise Me Again and Again and Again (song)

This is the first of hopefully many, many posts of music I will be doing. This is music that I made. It probably isn’t finished. I get to a certain point with these things and I have to give it some time to cool down before I can know what I want to do with it next.

It will help me if I get feedback from people too. Why not do that here?

I’m using Blip TV to host it. Neato. Didn’t know they did audio. Thanks for the info, Arin.

I recommend listening at least twice, because part of what I like to do with my music has to do with memory. Also, if you don’t have a subwoofer or spakers with good bass, you’re not hearing the whole song

MP3 File HERE

Additional Info:
this track took me about 2 weeks to make so far.
time signature for the most part is 5/4 at 114 BPM
Instruments Used are an Electric Guitar, Accoustic Nylon String Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, Snare Drum, Roland Organ/Strings09, Mackie Mixer, Tascam Audio-cassette 4-Track, Alesis Quadraverb2, dbx Compressor, Stanton DJF-1, PreSonus BLUETUBE, AKG Perception 200 Condensor Mic, Nady SCM 950 Condensor Mic, iMac G5, Digital Performer 5.0, Reason 3.0.5,