Monday, August 24, 2009

NOO Journal has a nice review by Ryan Call of my chapbook, The Tornado is not a Surrealist. Cool.

Friday, August 14, 2009


IsReads hangs poems and things around Nashville, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. I have two poems somewhere in the vicinity.

In other news, I'm enjoying the new Behemoth record.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hi. I have two poems in the new issue of Strange Machine.

Monday, August 10, 2009

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There's a list going around Facebook to name 50 bands you've seen in concert. I started at fifty, then quickly recalled another fifty, then found the list shooting past 150....As an exercise in memory I just kept going. This list below is not fabricated. I kind of wish it was. I'd have a lot more money. I also didn't include many local bands or friends bands (too many to count), but ones that would be recognizable to others, worth remembering, etc.....Right Now, this is as many as I can remember. I feel slightly proud and lucky to have had these experiences, for better or worse.

Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you've seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can't think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw (you can remember that, can’t you)?


Archers of Loaf (x2)


Cannibal Corpse

God Forbid (x2)

Guided by Voices (x3)

Yo La Tengo (x4)

Sunn 0)))


Destroyer (x2)

Sonic Youth (x3)

Jesus Lizard



Converge (x2)

Jonathan Richman (x2)

Man…or Astroman?

Hot Snakes (x2)









The Chameleons


Oxes (x2)

Arab on Radar (x4)

Locust (x2)

Young Widows

Acid Mothers Temple

Magnetic Fields (x3)

Lambchop (x2)

New Pornographers (x2)

Neutral Milk Hotel

Crooked Fingers (x4)

Spoon (x2)

The New Year (x2)

Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy (x4)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Murder City Devils (x3)

Iggy Pop

Harvey Milk

High on Fire

Les Savy Fav

!!! (x2)


Pig Destroyer

Devendra Banhart (x2)

Johanna Newsom

Playing Enemy

Smog/Bill Callahan (x3)

Godspeed You Black Emperor


Six Organs of Admittance

Deerhoof (x2)


Superchunk (x3)

Isis (x2)


Cave In

Animal Collective

Fugazi (x2)


Interpol (x3)


Olivia Tremor Control

Pretty Girls Make Graves

At the Drive In (x2)

The Black Heart Procession

Neko Case

Silver Jews (x3)

Califone (x3)


Pleasure Forever




The Damned

Versus (x2)

The Bats


Blonde Redhead

Angels of Light

Rye Coalition (x2)

Built to Spill

Modest Mouse

Belle and Sebastian

The Strokes (x2)

Interpol (x3)

Karate (x2)

Sleater Kinney (x2)

The Fucking Champs

Dead Low Tide (x2)

Papa M



The Hives

White Stripes (x2)

The Joggers

Rocket from the Crypt

The Natural History

Ex Models


The Rapture

Warlocks (x2)

Dead Meadow (x3)

French Kicks (x3)

The Walkmen (x3)

The Faint (x2)

Convocation of…

Steve Earle

Sunburned Hand of the Man (x3)


Wolf Eyes (x2)

Growing (x2)

Brightblack Morninglight

Lamb of God

Darkest Hour

Howling Hex

The Sadies (x2)


American Steel

Get Up Kids

Rainer Maria

Jack Rose

Amazing Royal Crowns (x3)

Ben Folds Five


Burnt by the Sun

Drowning Man

Magnolia Electric Company


Yeah Yeah Yeahs





The Ex

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (x2)

Black Eyes

Vetiver (x2)

The Gossip

Erase Errata

Stereo Total

Pilot to Gunner


Victory at Sea




Tunnel of Love


Wolf Colonel

Nautical Almanac


David Thomas Broughton


Les Georges Leningrad

Devil Musik

Xiu Xiu

David Kilgour

Portastatic (x3)

The Music Tapes

…And You’ll Know Us by the Trail of Dead


Richard Buckner


Cypress Hill


Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The International Noise Conspiracy

Milemarker (x2)

Ashley Stove

Sahara Hotnights (x3)

Brian Jonestown Massacre (x2)

My Morning Jacket

Reverend Horton Heat

Kings of Leon

Rogue Wave

The Kills

Mates of State

Dr. Dog

The Ravonettes

Langhorne Slim

Mark Robinson (x3)

Q and not U


Hot Hot Heat (x2)

The Apes

Radio 4 (x2)

Mooney Suzuki

Von Bondies

Frightened Rabbit

Trans Am

Ten Yard Fight

Showcase Showdown (x3)

Major Stars (x3)

The Catheters


Mount Eerie

Julie Doiron



Ladybug Transistor

Mr. Airplane Man


Bark Haze


Out Hud

Young People

Green Day

Saves the Day


Trial By Fire

Pedro the Lion

The Explosion

Calvin Johnson

Mirah (x2)

The Rondelles

Bad Religion



Sir Richard Bishop (x2)

Daniel Johnston (x3)

Wesley Willis

Antibalas Orchestra

Chinese Stars (x4)

Extreme Elvis


The Butchies

Bruce Springsteen

Bottomles Pit

Black Nasty

Big Bear

Gates of Slumber


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gore for the Poor

I have a poem in the (new) New Yinzer. Thanks to Claire for inviting me. Good stuff by Justin Taylor, Blake Butler, Shannon Tharp, and this essay by Katy Henricksen.

Did you get a copy of No Theater by Chris Tonelli yet? It's been about two weeks since its release and we're down to about 40 copies left! Moms are really into it. Some dads.
We've mailed all orders up to this date. If you've received it and read it, add it to your Good Reads, or maybe blog some thoughts about it. That'd be great.

Click Here to purchase a copy

Anyone who has seen me in the past few months knows I've become infected by metal. This usually happens every summer; I don't know why. But this year it seems a more permanent thing. Like, I bought a skateboard. Again.

Anyway, here is some of my preferred Summer Listening

Slayer: Christ Illusion, Season in the Abyss, Reign in Blood
Darkthrone: Blaze Over the Northern Sky
Absu: Absu
Elder: Elder
Wolves in the Throne Room: Two Hunters
Burning Witch: Crippled Lucifer
Harvey Milk: Life....The Best Game in Town
Grief: Torso
Zoroaster: Dog Magic
Nachtmystium: Assassins
Yob: The Great Cessation
Agoraphobic Nosebleed: Agorapocalypse
Repulsion: Horrified
Deep Purple: Machine Head
Sleep: Holy Mountain

And for the jam of the summer, Metallica-Ride the Lightning slowed down!!!! This is ripped from the 45rpm vinyl, played at 33rpm. I never thought I'd be able to hear this record in a different light, but whoa man, its heavier, more crushing, and so much better. Do yourself a favor and download this. (Note to Suetallica: I did not upload this, I'm merely pointing.)

Last weekend we saw Until The light Take Us. A documentary about the Norwegian Black Metal Scene. I was afraid it would rehash a lot of the same dirt (church burnings, Euronymous murder, etc..) and in some ways it did, but mostly it was interviews with those involved looking back upon their lives and the ways black metal has changed since then. It barely made mention of the music, which played in its favor since there are so many documents fully covering the phenomenon. What was most interesting was the differences in which key players viewed their musical efforts. Varg Vierkenes as a political rebellion, and Fenriz of Darkthrone as an artistic statement that has since been raped by co-option.

Yesterday we went to the Mayhem festival. The bands were mostly awful, but it was an awesome time. We were there for Slayer and people watching, neither disappointed.

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