WELCOME TO V. VALE�s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #53, October 2006. HERE�S THE NEWS FROM SAN FRANCISCO… ALL READERS ARE INVITED TO SEND CONTRIBUTIONS AND FEEDBACK!
1. Sat Oct 14, 2006, 7:30pm: RE/Search presents the COUNTER CULTURE HOUR featuring V. Vale discussing �Art� with questions from Lola Be, SFAI student. Channel 29 (S.F. only), 6:30pm
2. RE/SEARCH PRANKSFEST (PRANKS 2 Book PARTY, Sat Nov 4, 2006 7-10pm at S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St/Jones, S.F. RE/Search�s new PRANKS 2 book is finally here! … Nov 18, RE/Search PRANKSFEST (PRANKS 2 Book Party) at Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA, with Reverend Al, Frank Discussion and Jihad Jerry.
3. John Shirley (Science-Fiction writer) Interview & a recent Blondie show, by Stephane von Stephane
4. What We�ve Attended: Ryoichi Kurokawa & PAN SONIC at RML, Mark Mothersbaugh Art Opening at SuperSeven (still up). And more.
5. What We�ve Been Listening To, Reading, etc… Andy Warhol. Jihad Jerry�s �Mine Is Not a Holy War.�
7. Recommended Links – thanks to: You Know Who You Are
8. J.G. BALLARD NEWS: new novel Kingdom Come released September, 2006! (order from amazon.ca)
9. Feedback from Readers
10. COMING EVENTS in the BAY AREA
**Pre-Order PRANKS 2 & get free shipping! (U.S. only; Save $4.00) Offer extended to eNews readers! Includes Billboard Liberation Front, Yes Men, Cacophony Society, Suicide Club, Ron English, Margaret Cho, Joey Skaggs, Reverend Al from the Art of Bleeding, Jerry Casale, Frank Discussion, John Waters, and more. You will get the first copies, before they hit stores! In stock; will ship immediately! Go to https://www.http://www.researchpubs.com/orderform.php or call 415-362-1465, or fax 415-362-0742.
First, the commercial: Please support RE/Search by ordering our latest from http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com:
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() J.G. Ballard Conversations (includes Mark Pauline, Graeme Revell, and more.)
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() William S. Burroughs T-shirt (�We Intend to Destroy All Dogmatic Verbal Systems� – photo by Ruby Ray. Sizes M,L only—other sizes sold out!)
1. Sat Oct 14, 2006, 6:30pm: RE/Search presents the COUNTER CULTURE HOUR featuring V. Vale discussing �Art� with questions from Lola Be, SFAI student. Channel 29 (S.F. only). This is a pilot episode �instigated� by two classes V. Vale taught recently at the San Francisco Art Institute, discussing questions like �How to become an Artist� and �What is Art?� In an attempt to give real world advice and inspiration, V. Vale quotes from the Surrealists, Andy Warhol, J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs: �If it wasn�t documented, it didn�t happen,� etc. Please give us your feedback. This idea is now in development for more episodes.
The Counter Culture Hour airs the 2nd Saturday of each month, 6:30pm, Cable Channel 29, San Francisco. If anyone can help show it elsewhere, please contact us: email@example.com. It runs 58:30. We�re especially interested in public screenings and television venues that pay (yes, we need an agent!).
2. PRANKSFEST celebrating RE/Search�s new book, PRANKS 2
Sat, Nov 11, 2006 – 7 PM (doors open 6:30pm)
San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut/Jones – tel 415-362-1465
$5 (get in free with purchase of new PRANKS 2 book)
PARTY, SHOW AND SPECTACLE: Due to the �illegal� nature of Pranks, key speakers (Cacophony Society, BLF [Billboard Liberation Front], SRL, hackers, etc) must remain anonymous! We CAN promise you that Monte Cazazza will appear, and that Prankster-Godfather Mal Sharpe will emcee. Rare and inspiring Pranks Video Clips and Visual Presentations will be narrated live, and questions from the audience will be answered. Cyclecide has promised a bicycle merry-go-round, and a party will follow the show. Other guests/events TBA.
Videos will include Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers� �Army Girls Gone Wild,� and Reverend Al�s �Art of Bleeding Safety Film,� PLUS excerpts from Ron English�s �Popaganda,� the �Yes Men� Film, and Scott Beale�s �You�d Better Watch Out� documenting the Cacophony Society�s wild �Santarchy� escapade in Portland. The evening will encompass a Mad Celebration, Reunion, Party, Film Showing, Panel, and Q&A�s with local Bay Area artists who appear in RE/Search�s newest book, PRANKS 2. All interested in RE/Search�s 30 year history, pranks, and cultural subversion in general are urged to attend. Hard-to-find RE/Search Publications will be available for sale, and can be autographed, as well as other pranks-related videos, CDs and books.
�In today�s current surreal political landscape, a well-executed prank can do much more than yelling theater in a crowded fire! In that spirit, RE/Search and [S.F.A.I.] present the Pranks Festival. This is a rare opportunity to engage with prankster pioneers, while supporting the counterculture RE/Search publishing team.�—Boing Boing
RE/Search�s new �PRANKS 2� book is now available fromwww.http://www.researchpubs.com or call 415-362-1465 to order! Review copies are available; email firstname.lastname@example.org (8×10�, 196pp, 200 photos, glossy paper, $19.99)
Thanks & Best,
founder of Search & Destroy/RE/Search in 1977, San Francisco –www.http://www.researchpubs.com
(Our thanks to Mark Van Proyen for sponsoring this event)
() Sat, Nov 18, 7pm – RE/Search PRANKSFEST (Party celebrating PRANKS 2 Book Release) at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA. with Reverend Al (L.A. Cacophony Society; Art of Bleeding), Frank Discussion, and Jihad Jerry (formerly Jerry Casale, DEVO founder). More TBA. Google �Beyond Baroque� to find out more…
3. John Shirley [Science-Fiction writer] Interview and a brief Blondie review, by Stephane von Stephane, ex-Search & Destroy staffer. [Google �John Shirley� to find his website]
Stephane: I am interested in knowing what got you started as a writer? What age were you, where were you?
John Shirley: Couldn�t help myself. Started publishing an alternative school newspaper when I was in Jr High, in mimeograph. School paper was called the Piper so I called it the Sniper. Not well received by school admin. Published in high school underground newspapers (HIPS: High-school Independent Press Syndicate, I think it was) and then regular underground papers, mostly in Portland Oregon, and then went to Clarion Writer�s workshop, where Frank Herbert and Ursula LeGuin and Harlan Ellison and Robert Silverberg and Terry Carr and Avram Davidson taught me, and encouraged me. I wrote for various little literary mags, I forget the names of, now defunct, too, and published in science fiction anthologies partly because they provided a ready market and partly because you could make any kind of wild statement in those things in those days, it was very progressive (there was the science fiction new wave, Dangerous visions, and so forth), and you could write surreally and get paid for it. I got kind of stuck in it, though.
Stephane: Earliest inspirations? (People, Films, Books, Artwork, etc.)
JS: As a kid I read adventure books of all kinds, whatever my parents gave me, including C.S. Forester, and I got a good sense of diction from P.G. Wodehouse. I remember reading the Mouse that Roaredbooks and Betty MacDonald�s The Egg and I, and Mary Poppins and lots of Heinlein juvenilia. But what inspired me later were the early works of J.G. Ballard because he took me out of the mindset of the world I felt trapped in, he ended limitations, in some sense, and he made dreams, phantasms, the surreal, seem as concrete as the grit in your mouth when you�re a kid and someone knocks you flat on the playground. His language enchanted me too-especially in books like Vermilion Sands and the Crystal World.
Then I started to read more progressive, avant garde stuff-associated with the art I liked in art books, the Surrealists and Dadaists. So I read Celine and Baudelaire and Rimbaud and got into that decadent thing, at the same time as listening to Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. I was an awkward, alienated, misfit of a kid, whose father had died early on, though I had my talents, and wasn�t a bad looking little fellow, in a spindly way, and the Mothers of Invention, Bonzo Dog Band, early King Crimson, Alice Cooper in his �Killer� phase, the Velvet underground, the Stooges, Bowie, all those �outside� people in rock, seemed to repudiate the mindset I felt so oppressed by, the point of view that made me feel alienated. This became even more pronounced when Patti Smith and then Punk came along. And then filmmakers like Bunuel, Roeg, Fellini. I was always more influenced by filmmakers than writers. I used some psychedelics in high school and when I was like 20, 21, so that had its effect. I�m not a big pro-drug guy but it was somewhat liberating I suppose, up to a point. I also read Alan Watts, D.T. Suzuki, Zen people�that affected my point of view, so I was looking for a way to combine the surreal with the philosophically liberating.
S: I believe you were around San Francisco during the initial Punk Rock period – give us one outstanding memory of those days?
JS: I came down to the Mabuhay, hitch-hiked down, saw the last Sex Pistols show here, went to the �Deaf Club�. Got into trouble, if that�s the word, with the trannies on Taylor street, in those days. Lived on the streets some. Knocked around almost randomly. I was like a bumbling bull in a china shop in my early life but I did pick up a lot of impressions. One memory is at the Deaf Club there were punk shows where actual deaf people were dancing because they could FEEL the loud music though they couldn�t hear it. They could feel the beat and the air�s compression with the loud amps. That impressed me – rock as a physical substance. My rock�n�roll-flavored novel CITY COME A WALKIN�-about the collective unconscious mind of the city of San Francisco possessing and transforming a man — relates largely to that chaotic period. I remember I sent the novel to Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith group and he was nice and wrote back, said he liked it, but cautioned me against megalomania or something�I was sure I was the Rimbaud of punk rock/science fiction. Maybe I was: Rimbaud ended badly. The Rimbaud in me ended badly, but I survived.
S: Were you always attracted to the Horror/SciFi genre? If so why?
JS: I have mixed feelings about it. What�s good in it, people like Moorcock, Ballard, Gibson, Sterling, Wells, Orwell, P.K. Dick, LeGuin, Ellison, Huxley, early Vonnegut, is that it gives us a way to re-evaluate our world through this other lens, to process the future before it comes, to critique the present. There are and were some fine writers in it, like Alice Sheldon aka James Tiptree. Jack Vance at his best. But some sci-fi can be very oriented toward engineer-mind, right-wing libertarian militarism (not that I�m a pacifist), even some racism with some of the straighter science-fiction writers. The genre is a great set of tools for allegory, satire, and escapism, though.
S: Did you have an initial fear or rejection, or fear of success?
JS: Who doesn�t, if they�re anything like sane, but I tended to have a near-maniacal belief that I was going to click, going to matter, I had to believe it because it was (along with music, I also write songs, and have had record deals) all I had. I was kicked out of high school (I only locked the teacher in a closet as a joke, temporarily), got through not quite two years of college before drifting away in a psychedelic haze (left all that behind long ago), had little to offer an employer, was pretty freaky altogether�what else did I have? I had to be a success as a writer. It�s been variable. I�m having my greatest success lately though I�ve always managed to publish and make inroads. I�m not so madly confident now-youth needs the denial, the blindness to the odds against them, or they do nothing-but I�m also very, very doggedly persistent.
S: Do you feel the artist has a responsibility to enlighten the audience, or is just being entertaining enough?
JS: It varies, from person to person. If you have the call to be the Woody Guthrie of writing then you do, you sing that song. It�s in your inner nature. I feel I�m supposed to help wake people up. We walk about in sleep and we do atrocious, selfish, destructive things as a matter of policy in our sleep – especially our group sleep, our consensual sleep. I�m not so very awakened, but it�s a matter of degree – I�m struggling to wake up and wake others around me. We�re like people in a coal mine succumbing to gas. I get up and stagger around and shake the other miners. �Wake up!� That�s in my nature. BUT I always want to entertain. Why be tedious when you write?
S: Do you attempt to address social issues in your work?
JS: I try to make such a perfect (try, again, is the word) fusion of the issue and the story that it won�t seem like that�s what I�m doing. I haven�t achieved that perfect fusion, perhaps, yet. Some things I wrote, like my stories in Black Butterflies or Really Really Really Really Weird Stories are mostly just shocks to get people to see how other people are trapped, how they might be trapped themselves, to see outside the dream�other stories are, ironically, dreamlike, but they�re really about a search for a higher reality through dream imagery.
S: Talk a bit about your new novel, The Other End.
JS: THE OTHER END is the �alternative apocalypse� novel. When you have dominionists, armageddonists, right-wing theologies and theocrats creating this end-times paranoia, like the Left Behind books, you�re letting them create a paradigm that affects people�s decisions. You�re letting them justify a world in which gays are oppressed and even moderate Muslims are not tolerated and art is put through an ideological filter, and people are submissive to the power brokers claiming to be Christians. Like the �Christian� corporation, Wal-Mart. So what if you could create your OWN end-times, your own Judgment Day. What would you create? This is mine. It isn�t God, per se, and definitely not aliens, behind it all, but it is a kind of Judgment Day-a Judgment Day that the left, instead of the ring-wing, is envisioning. The first edition is out from Cemetary Dance books late in October-the mass market editions are being negotiated for now.
S: Talk a bit about the film based on your book Demons, due to start production—
JS: There are several films based on my allegorical horror novels in the works. There�s In Darkness Waiting, coming from Gold Circle (White Noise, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), there�s Demonsfrom the Weinsteins (formerly Miramax), and there�s Her Hunger which I�ve just optioned to a director but can�t talk about that yet. My novel Crawlers is going out as a script this week called The All of Us. Demons is about a kind of worldwide invasion of giant demonic beings which comes about as a result of a massive program of human sacrifice by industrial big shots�Big Business has in real life shown for years that they�re willing to sacrifice human life for profit. Why not sacrifice it to the Dark Ones? I don�t know if there are any Dark Ones-it�s an allegory, but one rich with scary imagery, intensity, encounter, entertainment. It�s sort of like Independence Day with Demons and a social/environmental message, I guess. But I think of it as a much more multilayered tale of the fantastic, going back to the French imagist poets in tone in many places�My next novel is THE GAUNTLANDS about a huge famine in America caused by ecological disaster. It�s about social meltdown and people like Paris Hilton starving�
S: What could be more delightful? [end] – Stephane von Stephane
() The Blondie show was great [Conocti Harbor, Northern California]. The venue was bizarre! Must have been one of the first Indian Casinos built, kinda funky, old-fashioned, not posh, no booze, tons of security. Very bizarre, out in the middle of nowhere. The band put on a great show considering everyone was knackered from the pace of the tour and being in so many time zones in such a short amount of time. Debbie looked fabulous as usual. No time to hang out though – minutes only. By the time John and I were half-way home we questioned whether or not it even happened – so dreamlike and nightmarish at the same time…too long a drive. Probably good you gave this one a miss. – S.v.S.
4. What �We�ve� Attended: () Sept 8, Japanese New Music Festival.
() Sept 23, Ryoichi Kurokawa & PAN SONIC at RML
() Oct 7, Mark Mothersbaugh Art Opening at SuperSeven (still up).
() Sept 8, 2006 /|\ Japanese New Music Festival @ Bottom of the Hill, S.F. – Acid Mothers Temple SWR/RUINS alone/Zoffy/Seikazoku/Shrinp Wark/Zubi Zuva X/Akaten – an incomplete accountby Eidorian Kado:
�I arrived in time to catch the last bit of the 1st or 2nd? of 7 �ensembles� = variants of 3 musicians [Yoshida Tatsuya of RUINS, Kawabata Makoto and Tsuyama Atsushi from Acid Mothers Temple] touring as the Japanese New Music Festival, perhaps the smallest festival in the world. This 3-man, 7-band idea was spawned by Yoshida and has been carried out as the JNMF since 1999 or earlier.
�As expected, BotH was sold out and leaking with resonance from Kawabata�s guitarrorizing and Yoshida�s drumming. It would be safe to say I caught 1/4 of Shrinp Wark or Seikazoku before the trio clustered into their a cappella group Zubi Zuva X – which was like listening to a triple layer of complex and unique languages, each rocking hard in their distended rhythms (definitely a personal favorite). Was it Akaten after them? I�m sorry I can�t tell you.
�RUINS alone (RUINS sans bassist since 2004) is Yoshida on drums/bass samples and was the �mantle piece� for me that Friday. After missing a RUINS show at the Hemlock some years ago, as well as last year�s stop for the RUINS alone �bass player wanted� tour, seeing Yoshida play live reinforced my current re-kindled love and indulgence in harsh prog (particularly of but not limited to the late 70�s/early 80�s Magma, Heldon, and early 70�s less heavy Il Balletto di Bronzo).
�Some of the hearty laughter from the crowd was a result of Zoffy – Kawabata and Tsuyama as one of the greatest �stupidist duos in the world�, armed with small strings, interpreting �Smoke on the Water� like Capt. Beefheart and the Magic Band might, and singing �Immigrant Song� as if Tsuyama were the last Mongolian to be heard under snow. Aside from the popular covers, they parodied Miles Davis with a toy trumpet and played an obscure traditional Japanese folk tune that �nobody knows�…
�The SWR version of Acid Mothers Temple delivered the expected psychecore bliss-out, and I kept wondering what it would be like if Tsuyama had also been a bassist in the RUINS hall of fame. The three are a tight unit in all their variations and I was glad that for once i bought my ticket in advance.
�PS: for the means behind the names see link below – also Acid Mothers will be touring as Acid Mothers Gong w/ Daevid Allen (Gong, University of Errors, Soft Machine) early Oct. Japan.�http://www.acidmothers.com/Cgi-bin/live/liveen.html [end]
() Sept 23, Ryoichi Kurokawa & PAN SONIC at RML (Recombinant Media Labs)
RML is the only rectangular room we�ve ever experienced with ten video �surround�-screens and 16-channel sound, including both wall and floor speakers. Curator is Naut Humon, a composer/musician/theorist in his own right.
Ryoichi Kurokawa is a slender pony-tailed Japanese man from Osaka (2nd largest city in Japan) who grew up playing with computers and software to test their limits (he uses Apple). He said he has �a lot of equipment� in his home studio – we are guessing a scanner, a mixing board, other audio equipment, and definitely some kind of �videosynthesizer� set-up whereby audio is linked to video image.
During last night�s concert, his first �piece� (each piece segued into the next without a break) had lightning-fast video editing with super-fast syncopated matching sound. This piece was described as �aggressive� by someone we met recently. The imagery appeared urban, like whizzing through a city on a train, although we could not determine the actual �content.� Subsequently we could discern a number of layered images (the most recognizable being a woman in a shopping center?) but nothing concretely �identifiable.�
Layered images, layered synthetical sounds, including little �squeaks� and �process� sounds were accompanying the changes in the video, which often morphed in 3-D, adding to the interest.
Now, because of the speed of the visual imagery (particularly in the first piece), we began to wonder if the speed in itself is the true �content� of the experience. Because if not, then what IS the content? To recap:
VISUAL: The visual program included contrasting �pieces� of organic beauty – what appeared to be crystals being formed and vague colorful flowery shapes morphing and a painting (semi-abstract) transforming, plus geometrical evolving of patterns.
AURAL: Besides relentless jet-propelled yet jagged sonics, there were moments of aural �beauty.� At a certain point, we heard what emulated a beautifully rich organ �chord�… and at another point, what sounded like the songs and sounds of synthetic birds.
To adequately �review� the Kurokawa performance, we must have access to a videotape of the event! There was just too much vision and sound hurtling by…
PAN SONIC. The �best� rock music dance rhythms. �It was really a rock concert,� remarked one woman. Wonderful mid-range-rich �analog� synth sounds, not digital, generated on their home-made �synth� equipment with intuitive controls (move a knob back and forth rapidly, and you hear the equivalent of a guitar vibrato). Hints of even Jimi Hendrix, Motown choruses, and of course we�ve been told that Hasil Adkins is a big favorite. The same woman really liked the simplicity of the visuals – just a sine wave of the actual music being played, projected behind the band. Another woman wished there had been a total video experience—for her, just the live �music� and sine wave visual was not varied enough. Well, historically Pan Sonic has made quite a variety of recordings (and concerts) with everyone from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Alan Vega of Suicide, and plans to continue changing, so … we look forward to their next �project�…
RE/Search video-interviewed both Ryoichi Kurokawa and Pan Sonic … if interested, write us!
() Oct 7, Mark Mothersbaugh Art Opening at SuperSeven (uberhip) store, Post/Buchanan in Japantown, S.F. Some �great� mix tapes of obscure music played – they were apparently compiled by Mark Mothersbaugh himself.
We had an all-too-brief conversation with Mark Mothersbaugh about one of his current book projects – trying to husband into print a photo/text book by Nelson Lyon (sic) who seemed to have known William S. Burroughs, Terry Southern, Andy Warhol, et al. We tried to comprehend Mark�s artworks – this time they were all in color – but the press of the crowd was distracting and we couldn�t concentrate, so we�ll have to return. It was a pleasure to see Johnny Brewton of X-Ray (profiled in our ZINES, Volume One book), who is now working to help Mark realize his various enterprises, one of which apparently involved producing �action figures� based on certain characters in his art. Incidentally, DEVO will be playing Oct 28 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium…
5. What We�ve Been Listening To, Reading, etc… The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, by Andy Warhol. Even more prophetic than when first read, some 20 years ago. Particularly chilling: �In the future, no one will read [books].� Well, there goes our income…looks like we need a new survival strategy! Next we�re going to dust off Popism (by Warhol)…
Meanwhile, our cohort �Wednesday� wrote us recently, after giving us a copy of Part II of the recently-aired-on-PBS Andy Warhol documentary by one Ric Burns:
�I own the Philosophy of Andy Warhol from A to B and Back Again 2nd printing hardcover (no dust jacket) inscribed and signed by Warhol. �B� is Brigid Berlin aka Brigid Polk. Bought it in 1988 or 89 from the Strand Bookstore after my first trip to NYC (mailorder avoided tax). Don�t think I had ever spent $150 on one single item other than a payment to a school in my entire life at that point. Forgive me for what I am about to unload, but I was on a path of being a Warhol buff by 1986 because Nick Rhodes in Duran Duran was a fan. My mind began then in my teens to focus on getting to the source and I still am that way but much more jaded. I would spend time in my H.S. library, OCD�ing on any video about Warhol and any books I could check out on his art… as well as videos about the Method actors. I was not a typical H.S. girl at lunch who used it as social hour. The librarians were tortured by my raving tangents on NYC and neither of us had ever set foot outside of New England. I had a guidance counselor and media director to go to about all my ambitions to be an actor and my plans to be in the movies one day. What a piece of work I was because I�d get home and would have to complete pre-college course level math homework, calling my friend who had advanced to the same math class for help who was a year younger than me, when I only wanted to watch Bette Davis, Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Katharine Hepburn for hours or watch MTV or the series �V� about the reptilian humanoid aliens that ate rodents. I had a neighbor in Salem, MA that showed me the movie Trash for the first time in my sophomore/junior year of college and he was so in the closet but wanted to be Joe Dallesandro and he was obsessed with the movie Carrie because Sissy Spacek looked like his sister. The poor guy had tight, kinky hair that could never be chemically straightened enough to help him emulate Joe�s image. I endured his ravings for hours as payback for what I did to those poor librarians.
�Back to the documentary. I know people want to see more interviews WITH Warhol as the subject and that this documentary didn�t provide that, but if you see the other documentary (which I own) called Andy Warhol: Superstar, you�d see that he�s really boring and doesn�t say a whole lot because he�s a RECEIVER and not a GIVER.
�I was disappointed, though, in the fact that Holly Woodlawn, Joe Dallesandro, Sylvia Miles, Gerard Malanga and Brigid Berlin were not interviewed (I think because they wanted to be paid—anyway shall we find out really why they were not interviewed?). I think you would gain a lot of insight into the Factory by watching a movie called Pie in the Sky which is a documentary about Brigid Berlin, if you haven�t already seen it. We need to have a WARHOL night and watch movies like that one, Superstar, read from the book Popism and read Warhol�s diary and read some of Joe Dallesandro�s autobiograpy, Holly Woodlawn�s biography, Paul Morrissey�s film book and also watch Chelsea Girls. I have all these things except Chelsea Girls if you are interested, that is, if you don�t already own these and want to do this. I don�t think we could turn it into an event because I think many other people also own these things if they were interested in Warhol at all in the 80s/90s. We could drink black tea and rich coffee to get that sort of mild amphetamine high going for a few hours…� [great idea, Wednesday…]
() ART OF BLEEDING: the latest �Prank?� from Reverend Al of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society. Beautiful lasses in abbreviated nurses� outfits, a perfectly restored vintage ambulance, and grisly-outfitted �patients initiate the core madness stemming from the improv group�s �performances.� Music from the Magic Ambulance, Gory Details, and a Video Sampler may be available fromartofbleeding.com – a review or two from yours truly, V. Vale, may also be found there. Reverend Al will appear at the RE/Search PRANKSFEST Sat Nov 18, 7pm, at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California.
() A crowning plug for Jihad Jerry�s �Mine Is Not a Holy War.� The release date was Sept 12, 2006–the day after 9/11. This album from DEVO founder Jerry Casale and his �heavy� friends is unhesitatingly recommended by us as a classic. As a friend and recent listener put it, �If Jihad Jerry doesn�t win a Grammy, there ain�t no justice!�
Jerry Casale was recently in town and visited RE/Search headquarters, where we taped a mini (audio only) interview which we hope to transcribe soon… You can google �Jihad Jerry� and find stimulating weekly blogs, a MySpace mini-encyclopedia of hipness connected to Jihad Jerry; a manifesto, and other food for your brain. You can watch the 3-minute Jihad Jerry �Army Girls� video, and (as of now) stilllisten to free full 12-track CD: http://music.aol.com/songs/new_releases_full_cds?defaultTab=19
6. QUOTES – Sorry, next time; this newsletter is long enough! On second thought, how about �The limits of your language are the limits of your world�—Ludwig Wittgenstein. Or, �Conversation can be an art if real artists are talking.� Or, �Every detail is important,� or �Everyone counts or no one counts.� Or the neologistic pun �Fauxtography�: that is, all post-PhotoShop photography (now it�s impossible to tell if a photograph is �real� or has been �doctored�). Wanna know the formula for a portrait of yourself?: �It�s got to be mysterious, and as good-looking as you can look.� How about �Contradiction is the foundation of existence.� Or (thanks to Monte Cazazza), �Who gives the contract has the advantage.� Or, �Everything is negotiable.� Or, �Language seeks economy.� We liked the Warhol idea that everyone should bring to the dinner table a new scientific idea, notion or concept to discuss…
On third thought, here are some more quotes, gleaned from the Wall Street Journal:
() �We�ve reached the Too-Much-Information Age.�
() �An estimated 84 billion email message are sent world-wide each day.�
() �Email is terrible for conversations—for that you need the telephone [and, you don�t have to use a keyboard] …Email, stripped of paralinguistic cues (intonation) and nonverbal messaging (eye-rolling), can lead to ambiguity, naturally requiring more email. That�s why email conversations can drone on as much as five times as long as a telephone call.�
() �In Japan, people don�t talk on cellphones in restaurants and in subwy cars—and rarely on subway platforms. They speak quietly while chatting on mobile phones in public…�
() �The United Potato Growers of America aspires to be to potatoes what OPEC is to oil, by carefully managing supply to keep demand high and constant…One farmer recently buried $100,000 worth of perfectly good potatoes…In the past year, United Potato [that sounds �DEVO�] helped erase 6.8 million 100-pound potato sacks from the U.S. and Canadian markets…� (Is this criminal, or what?! People are still starving in this country, Africa, Middle East, et al.)
7. Recommended Links:
() Some may find the discussion amusing: http://mondoglobo.net/neofiles/?p=64
() RU Sirius has posted Part 2 of his mp3 interview with writer Chris Nakashima-Brown:
http://download.mondoglobo.net/neofiles/shows/neofiles-050.mp3. They talk about J.G. Ballard�s influence on cyberpunk, progressive rock, etc.
() from a comic by Basil Wolverton, who did a lot of work for EC Comics, Mad, etc. He�s a �roughhouse� style artist, and must have been a major influence on Crumb:
() �My name is Luciano Parodi and I�m the literary agent of Ivan Chirivella, the flight instructor of 2 of the terrorists of 9/11. Ivan published a book in Spain, the country where he is from. The name of the book is �Complice Inocente� – you can find the book on this page, among many others: http://www.agapea.com/Complice-inocente-n123723i.htm
In that book he tells, with details, all his experiences with the 2 terrorists. He also thinks that they were not really the authors of the attacks since they were not good pilots and they were really [unable] to learn the flight lessons. He also gives his conclusions about who he thinks were the real authors of the attacks. The book is really good and generates controversy with the version the government says about 9/11 in the media…�
() The Nairobi Trio: Maxwell was not interested in using his harp in just �any� orchestral setting. He knew precisely what he wanted. He wanted to build the ensemble around an accordion quartet—three accordions and a bass accordion—combined with guitars, in order to get a very hard, driving rhythmic sound. http://www.spaceagepop.com/maxwell.htm
() My name is Joe Butch and I�m with BrainDamageAttorneys.com. Our site is dedicated to informing the public about brain damage cases as well as providing the service of locating local attorneys and law firms for anyone in the United States. Description: Find brain injury lawyers and law firms that specialize in brain injury cases. Including the invisible injury, moderate to severe TBI, concussion in sports and organic brain injury/post traumatic stress disorder. Our site information is: http://www.BrainDamageAttorneys.com
() Kal Spelletich of The Seemen [seemen.org] writes: �Come on by, you�re on the guest list! I have some shows in The Balkans/the former Yugoslavia in the next 3 weeks. Sept. 27-Oct.20, Zagreb, Croatia – 15 machines and robots along with a talk and gallery installation at KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Zagreb, Croatia http://www.kontejner.org – also an exhibit Oct 4-20 at:
http://www.culturalprofiles.org.uk/slovenia/Units/5454.html and Oct 5-20 in Belgrade.�
() Why Independent [Print] Publishing Is Endangered: �…journalist Michael Weldon stopped publishing Psychotronic Magazine in July… Excerpt from Weldon�s farewell letter follows:http://plantweed.blogspot.com/2006/07/rip-psychotronic.html
�Self-publishing (except as a hobby) has become harder than ever. I�ve been writing Psychotronic movie reviews now for indie publications (mostly my own) since 1977 in Cleveland. It was a struggle to self-publish in the �80s and �90s but now it�s nearly impossible.
�When [Psychotronic Magazine] started (in late 1989) issues were sold in many independent record, book and comic shops. [same was true of RE/Search] Since then, most of them have gone out of business. In an attempt to adapt and grow, I started using more distributors to send more copies to several big national chain book stores. This works fine for high-circulation glossy publications but it can be deadly for smaller, lower-budgeted ones. Even with a high % of sales, after returns you�re lucky to break even. Meanwhile, the larger distributors (including several that went bankrupt owing us large sums of money) have figured out how to alter their policies, rig their complex contracts, add in hidden costs and fees, and squeeze every penny from the publisher – just like banks, insurance companies [last year our office insurance �doubled� from $200 to $500/year—now how was this �legal�?!], and credit card companies.
�It gets worse every year. Last year, a distributor that I had been forced to use a lawyer to collect from went bankrupt, and the one I thought would replace it turned out to be even worse. I love researching, editing and writing, and plan to continue, but can simply no longer afford to publish…
�If you wonder how some other magazines that are maybe comparable to Psychotronic manage to continue – here are some reasons. Be backed by a company or corporation. Have a full-time paid staff including ad sales people, bill collectors, and circulation, subscription, and shipping people. Have special insider deals with a printer. Be subsidized by a government (not the U.S.A.!). Be in full color. Have many full-page full-color ads. Give positive reviews to releases from advertisers. Run interviews and / or cover pictures that promote current releases (often from advertisers). Concentrate on and promote current releases. Concentrate only on nostalgia. Feature lots of nudity or gore. Have (usually unpaid) contributors write all or most of the reviews. Leave out politics and references to controversial current events. Censor swear words and anything else that might offend. Be independently wealthy and not care about profits and loss. Be a workaholic with little or no life outside of self publishing. Sell a LOT of your own self generated products (t-shirts, public domain dupes of movies…) and / or make % deals with advertisers. Promote and sell your publication frequently at conventions. Always publish on schedule. Be extremely well-organized… Thank you for your patience and support. Michael J. Weldon – July 2006�
() Hey Music Nerds, Check this out… (thanks, Stacey M.) http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1712031
() something bad: http://humor.beecy.net/misc/jobad/index.aspx?n=10
() floral urinals: http://www.clarkmade.com/urinals.html
() Superhero quiz: http://www.thesuperheroquiz.com/
() From �Paul H Williams�: �A real-life rocket man is America�s latest weapon in the war on terror. A German engineering firm has developed turbo jet wings for US Special Ops forces.The fixed-wing parachute system, codenamed Gryphon, will allow elite troops to zoom behind enemy lines at speeds of up to 250 mph when a conventional parachute drop is impossible. The carbon fiber glider features twin jets which will let commandos bail from a plane at 33,000ft carrying 200lbs of gear and soar for up to 120 miles, creator ESG says. A modified helmet pumps oxygen to the
pilot at high altitudes and a protective suit keeps out subzero temperatures. It is also fitted out with a GPS satellite system to keep the pilot on target. And a fuel tank built into the wing – which has a span of 1.8 metres – holds up to half a gallon of jet fuel. The pilot can guide his flight path thanks to a twist-grip throttle. A parachute allows him to land safely when he has reached his intended destination.�
() Mr Guo�s Emporium: file under strange… http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/5371500.stm
() Justo Gallego Mart�nez is building his very own Cathedral in Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain. This is no �model� cathedral and he is neither a qualified architect, nor engineer, nor bricklayer—he is a farmer. �The plans have only ever existed in my head� and have evolved over time in response to opportunity and inspiration. Nor does he have formal planning permission from the authorities of Mejorada del Campo—the town in which it is located (20 km from Madrid under the flight-path to the Barajas airport).� Text and amazing pictures at: http://www.citynoise.org/article/732
() Have you ever heard Bruce Haack�s song �Blow Job�? I think it has to be one of my all-time favorites… You can hear it on the player on this MySpace page:
�you left your courage in a tree and history gave you a blow job…�
�suffer good ol ones that always knew…that you were me and I was you…�
�PS – I think you would like the interview with Kool Keith in September The WIRE magazine –
he knows what �living� is all about� – [sent by] Eidorian Kado
() �Here is another piece of ridiculous marketing gimmekry that just makes me nauseous (and laugh, but I�m not sure which one is worse…). From a plastic bag of an �allergy-free� mattress cover from Target: �You�re free at last. You�re a free spirit. You�re free like the wind. You are now free to move about. You put things in the freezer� (my fave). �You drive on the freeway. You shoot free throws. You have free rein. You only wish you had more free time.�
�This is definitely up there with Washington Mutual�s marketing approach which is completely idiotic. If you ever wanted a bank to scare you away from their services, that�s the one.�—Eidorian Kado
() BABALOU on MATTHEW BARNEY�s Cremaster 3 film: �To understand a bit of what is going on in the movie one should first read the synopsis on the Barney site:
Then you need to brush up on your Freemason symbols and history:
The film utilizes the degrees and symbols heavily. Third, you should know who Hiram Abiff is. That is who Richard Serra�s character is:
Barney is the apprentice… If you don�t know who Richard Serra is…well, then read about him as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Serra
Then go look up the definition of the Cremaster muscle in wikipedia.
() sent by FRANK DISCUSSION (Feederz; he has an interview in PRANKS 2): �Bush�s �No Child�s Behind Left� Plan. This may explain a few things: http://feederz.com/NoChild.html �
() Street Artist DAN WITZ (interviewed for The Counter Culture Hour a few months back) has a website with new/recent art on it – check it out & send Dan some feedback:http://www.danwitzstreetart.com/bway1.html and http://www.danwitzstreetart.com/kilroy.html
() From our pal Graham Rae: Vale, here�s a coupla things you might find interesting that just went up on Laura Hird�s site (will interview you about the Burroughs book for the next one, okay? I haven�t forgotten!):
www.laurahird.com/newreview/irvinewelshinterview.html – Catcha shortly, G.
() Rene Magritte �Fauxtograph�: meeting of the minds: http://www.worth1000.com/emailthis.asp?entry=254582
() In Hoc Signo Vinces http://www.users.cloud9.net/~bradmcc/IHS.html
I have fought the good fight/I have finished my course/I have kept the faith. [ ] –Motto of �The Crusaders�: <http://www.users.cloud9.net/%7Ebradmcc/chapel.html> – St. Paul�s School for Boys,
() Into the valley: http://www.toddschorr.com/Home/index.html
() From Ian Haig: I thought you maybe interested in these: sex machines made from household appliances at: http://www.ianhaig.net/futurotic
() the guys get shirts – that�s just the fuckin� way it is:
() What Iggy wants (thanks, Kent!) http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1004061iggypop1.html
() DJ Ponak is back – The Nice Age on Luxuria Music: http://www.luxuriamusic.com – sent by Kent.
() a �harmless prank�: First Fox News �accidentally� labelling Mark Foley [accused child molester] as a Democrat, now this: http://mediamatters.org/items/200610060004 – James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family [conservatives, natch], declared that the Foley affair has �turned out to be what some people are now saying was a—sort of a joke by the boy and some of the other pages� who had reportedly come forward with sexually explicit instant messages that Foley allegedly sent. Similarly, in his October 6 column, Wall Street Journal deputy editorial page editor Daniel Henninger wrote that �a rumor emerged that in fact Mark Foley had been pranked by the House pages� and then added: �It is the first plausible thing I�ve heard in seven days.�
() The Nietzsche Family Circus: http://www.losanjealous.com/nfc/ not to be confused with:
() talk about cheesy – and Google paid 1.6 billion for this!
() http://apocalypseoz.com/Main.aspx# – Francis Ford Coppola talks about copying other artists to get started – Sandra D.
8. J.G. Ballard News: (Order J.G. Ballard�s new novel, Kingdom Come from amazon.ca – it�s not published in the U.S.A. Ordering from Canada may be cheaper than ordering from the U.K.)
() �A new type of delirious consumerism is breeding a new type of human being…� – J.G. Ballard
A new interview with J.G. Ballard on Ballardian (thanks, Simon Sellars!) :
J.G. Ballard talks about the politics of his new book, Kingdom Come – about the Ikea riots; Britain�s loss of empire; his distaste for horror films; being beyond psychiatric help; and his relationship toPlayboy magazine.
�I wanted the protagonist – the narrator – to be more involved professionally, and emotionally, in the events that are unfurling. If you go back to my previous novels, something like Super-Cannes – the narrator of that finds himself in this strange business park in the south of France by chance, really, whereas the narrator in Kingdom Come is directly involved. I wanted to show how disaffected and deracinated intellectuals often get drawn into political conspiracies that turn out badly. We have a clear example at the present time with many of the leading American intellectuals who are
involved with President Bush and his neo-cons – someone like Francis Fukuyama, although I think he�s recanted. These think-tank intellectuals in America provided a lot of the rationale for the whole neo-con response to 9/11.� – J.G. Ballard
Again, we recommend you order RE/Search�s J.G. Ballard Conversations from http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com
9. Feedback from Readers:
() Letter from Jean Jacques Perrey (RE/Search presented a concert by the musique concrete genius at Recombinant Media Labs on August 29, 2006):
�Hello, my good friends Marian, Valentine and Vale, (and Joanne) (and Jello)! At least, after a very hard and difficult jet-lag, I can find some calm time to write to you!
First, so many thanks for your kind help and interventions; I am very grateful to you for your kindness. Marian has also been a GREAT help, thank you Marian. My gratitude to you both. I am happy you all liked the Show.
I received your newsletter, thank you for your nice report in it. Please, forward also my thanks to beautiful Joanne for her nice lines in your newsletter. She is so sweet! I LOVE HER …
Thanks also to Jello for having been so kind to write and to make a so REMARKABLE presentation on stage. His presentation is really a fantastic �piece of art�. I appreciate it very much and will save it. By the way, I did not know that Jello and I had a Friend in common in Japan: Morgan Fisher.
These shows on the West-Cost were very exausting, but so gratifying! Patricia [Jean Jacques� daughter] also enjoyed her stay a lot, in San Francisco. She is the �Sun of my life�!
Autumn is now progressively coming, and I am going to take some quiet rest in Switzerland for a while, but I already miss you ALL! My love to you all, I hope I�ll be able to come back as soon as possible. And, once more:
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING
Your sincere friend and Buddy from the Old Europe, Jean-Jacques Perrey�
() From Tom A. RE Jean Jacques Perrey concert: �JJP was awesome. I really liked his stage presence and his interaction with the crowd… The absolute best part of the show was seeing how much JJP enjoyed being there.
�The Venue was very tight space-wise. They had technical issues in the secondary (video feed) room. If there was another show I�d go for a larger venue, but not too much larger because the audience/JJP chemistry has to remain.
�I would definitely go to see another show, even if it was in the same venue. I got as many of my friends as were available to see the show—unfortunately it was during Burning Man, so quite a few people were in Nevada already. Thanks!…�
() From Ken Knabb: A couple days ago I sent many of my friends a link to a remarkable spiel by comedian George Carlin…
People like Carlin are, of course, if not exactly part of the ruling �club� he refers to, very comfortably situated players who serve a rather dubious social role as tolerated court jesters. Part of that role is to occasionally reveal a few scandalous truths in such a way that the audience is titillated enough to appreciate the revelation without being sufficiently challenged to do anything about it. Nevertheless, credit where credit is due: Carlin�s spiel, which some people will take as comic exaggeration, is in fact almost literally true, and it is refreshing to hear such forthrightness amid all the usual political blather. It wouldn�t be a bad thing if it circulated much more widely…
The video clip (3 minutes) can be accessed here: http://media.smays.com/Video/Carlin_edu.wmv A somewhat longer excerpt, but only in audio, can be accessed here:http://www.trumpetamerica.org/audio/georgecarlinthetruth.mp3
() From Mason Jones: Here are some good sources of info on upcoming shows in Tokyo:
() Tokyo Gig Guide (pretty good overall, but doesn�t hit some of the more
obscure spots): http://www.tokyogigguide.com/
() Real Tokyo (occasionally interesting pointers): http://www.realtokyo.co.jp/english/
() Ongakuweb (my own small site, with links and info about some venues):
() Improvised Music from Japan (click on artists to see upcoming events): http://www.japanimprov.com/
() Tokyo Damage Report (punk, rock, etc info): http://www.hellodamage.com/tdr/schedule.htm
() PRANKS 2 can be pre-ordered – free shipping (save $4), PLUS get the book a month before it hits stores! http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com
() From BOING-BOING (thanks, David/Mark!): �RE/Search Pranks 2 book coming soon: This fall, iconic counterculture chronicler RE/Search will release the long-awaited sequel to their seminal Pranks! book published in 1988. The new book features inspirational interviews with The Yes Men, Ron English, John Waters, monochrom, Billboard Liberation Front, and many more tricksters. Hit the RE/Search site for excerpts and pre-order information. From the introduction: �What are pranks? For us, pranks are any humorous deeds, propaganda, sound bites, visual bites, performances and creative projects which pierce the veil of illusion and tell the truth. Pranks unseriously challenge accepted reality and rigid behavioral codes and speech. Pranks deftly undermine phoniness and hypocrisy. Pranks lampoon sanctimoniousness, self-glorification, selfmythologizing and self-aggrandizement. Pranks force the laziest muscle in the body, the imagination, to be exercised, stretched, and thus transcend its former self.The imagination is what creates the future; that which will be.� http://www.boingboing.net/2006/08/25/research_pranks_2_bo.html
10. COMING EVENTS in the BAY AREA:
() Oct 18, 7pm at S.F. Art Institute Auditorium: Bill Owens (with B. Ulrich). Free!
() Oct 21 2pm Lennon Art Expo with NO ALTERNATIVE, SOTHIRA�s band Proud Flesh plays Lennon studios: http://www.myspace.com/proudflesh
() Fri, Oct 27, 7:30pm, Jeff Ross announces: ROCK N ROLL HORROR SHOW – A benefit for the 9th SF Independent Film Festival (Feb 8-22, 2007): – Movie at 8p: STREET TRASH (�87) �Eraserhead meets Night of the Living Dead on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre�. Bands to Follow: SIK LUV, WIRE GRAFFITI, CHARM SCHOOL DROP OUTS, MADELIA @ Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell at Van Ness, 18up $5-10 donation, all proceeds benefit SF IndieFest – info: 415.820.3907, http://www.sfindie.com
() Sat, Oct 28, 7pm DEVO plays the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco with Bow Wow Wow, Flock of Seagulls, etc.
() Sat, Nov 4, 7pm – RE/Search PRANKSFEST (Party celebrating PRANKS 2 Book Release) at S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St, S.F. With Billboard Liberation Front (BLF), Santarchy, Laughing Squid, Cylecide, and more TBA.
() Sat, Nov 18, 7pm – RE/Search PRANKSFEST (Party celebrating PRANKS 2 Book Release) at Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA. with Frank Discussion and Jihad Jerry (formerly Jerry Casale, DEVO founder). More TBA.
() Nov 18 – The Slits are back together and touring the US. They�ll be in San Francisco on November 18, and since this newsletter goes out worldwide you might want to check and see if they�re coming to a town near you. The Slits were there at the beginning of the UK punk scene in 1976, playing on the same stages as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees and other UK punk pioneers. They were just as loud, funny and rebellious as anybody else was, but unlike those other bands they didn�t make a record till 1979. By then their sound had evolved. They were one of the first punk bands to move beyond a raw sound and experiment with reggae and African music. The result was �Cut,� an album that today still sounds fresh and creative today. (Although it didn�t get the attention it deserved at the time.) They followed it up with �Return of The Giant Slits� in 1981 and then, unfortunately, broke up. The Slits were also historically important as being one of the first all female punk bands (with an occasional male drummer.—John Sulak