by carl wilson

'I've Already Got 400 Songs That Punch You in the Face'

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Rhode Island's Dearraindrop performing at Deitch Projects in NYC in 2003.

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats explains why he no longer wants to sing in that high strident a-pirate's-life-for-me voice in an engaging interview on Status Ain't Hood.

The track list and cover art (by Toronto's Shary Boyle) for Beast Moans by Swan Lake (aka Dan "Destroyer" Bejar, Spencer "Sunset Rubdown/Wolf Parade" Krug and Carey "Frog Eyes" Mercer) have been unveiled by Jagjaguwar, but no samples of the music as yet. I'm pretty fond of the title A Venue Called Rubella already. (Oh, and it's out Nov. 21.)

Mark has discovered a YouTube video of Yoko Ono performing Cut Piece, in which viewers come up and cut pieces off her clothing (you get the pun), at Carnegie Hall in 1965. It's a really eerie work, with its passivity, its aura of violation, and yet the deadpan comedy/sex-provocateurness of it. And seeing everybody dressed in modish mid-sixties fashions just makes it odder. Originally found on Bedazzled. So then I started searching for other YouTube Fluxus material (of which there's a fair bit) and somehow ended up at this completely puzzling Joseph Beuys video featuring Beuys and a bunch of fresh-faced kids singing a pop song about (I think) Ronald Reagan.

Providence, RI, "fluorescent futurist" collective Dearraindrop are coming to Toronto for a week or two, beginning Aug. 16, to do an art show at the Katherine Mullherin gallery and the Drake. Musically, they cite Suicide, Faust, Forcefield, Boredoms, Shaggs, Funkadelic and the Stooges as influences, and play "do it yourself folk music" on homemade electronic instruments. They play the Drake on Aug. 22 and participate (nonmusically, I think) in Paul Butler's Collage Party BBQ with at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art on Aug. 22 from 11 am to 6 pm.

| Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, August 02 at 02:30 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (10)

 

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Brooklyn Vegan has an MP3 of the lovely "All Fires."

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2006/08/swan_lake_destr.html

Posted by Sakamoto on August 8, 2006 10:12 PM

 

 

Said the Gramophone has has a track from Beast Moans up on the site (for now).

http://www.saidthegramophone.com/archives/the_new_humour_is_da.php

Posted by Alicia on August 8, 2006 12:06 AM

 

 

wow, he reall loves Dearraindrop!!

Posted by Glennis on August 4, 2006 06:04 PM

 

 

I love Dearraindrop!!

Posted by Lee on August 3, 2006 11:09 PM

 

 

I love Dearraindrop!!

Posted by Lee on August 3, 2006 11:09 PM

 

 

I love Dearraindrop!!

Posted by Lee on August 3, 2006 11:09 PM

 

 

I love Dearraindrop!!

Posted by Lee on August 3, 2006 11:09 PM

 

 

I love Dearraindrop!

Posted by Lee on August 3, 2006 11:09 PM

 

 

I love Dearraindrop!

Posted by Lee on August 3, 2006 11:09 PM

 

 

I love Dearraindrop!

Posted by Lee on August 3, 2006 11:09 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson