Fuck You and Your Underground

Happy 101111 033 to me and my new fangled life. I'd be remiss if I didn't add that grad school is exhuasting and frustrating, note the bookending tracks - but that inbetween bouts of wildly oscillating terrors there are hints of hope and joy. Like a sandwich or something.

  1. Blood Sausage - Fuck You and Your Underground
  2. AM & Shawn Lee - The Signal
  3. Sweatshop Union - Time Machine (Feat. Mat The Alien)
  4. Gang of Four - At Home He's a Tourist
  5. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Cornbread and Butterbeans
  6. World's Greatest Dad - Then Up the Ladder
  7. They Might Be Giants - Old Pine Box
  8. Young Marble Giants - Brand - New - Life 
  9. Withered Hand - Religious Songs
  10. SBTRKT - Hide or Seek
  11. Gloria Ann Taylor - Love Is A Hurting Thing
  12. Grizzly J - TOTORO
  13. Nick Lowe - I Read A Lot (welcomce to grad school)

Currently Reading: King City - or more realisticly Brandon Grahams RoyalBoilers.

Image from: same as the above.

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Itara Besigeya (The Other Summer)

If this summer has taught me anything it is that good friends are like physical objects that can be picked up at a later time in life, a time after you put them down to begin with of course, and also that they undergo changes in time, such as may be expected for an object coextensive with one's self. That is they exist in both space and time, and in a manner where, even if you do not observe them directly, they continue to persist.


  1. Sweatshop Union - Oh My
  2. Holy Fuck - SHT MTN
  3. Wire - Outdoor Miner (Long Version)
  4. Dick Justice - Cocaine
  5. Ty Segall - Caesar
  6. Admiral Fallow - Squealing Pigs
  7. April Smith - Colors
  8. Mekons - Trouble Down South
  9. Patrick Sky - Under All Flags
  10. Agent Ribbons - I'm Alright
  11. Liquid Liquid - Bellhead
  12. Wavves - Convertible Ballon
  13. Slim Harpo - The Hippy Song
  14. Beat Connection - Silver Screen
  15. Dom - Bochicha
  16. Keoki - Majick (Uberzone Remix)

Image From: Azumanga Daioh Currently Reading: The Scar by China Meiville Lastly: Thanks and well wishes to all my friends and family who so warmly reinvited me back into their lives this summer.

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Burgh

So.. .

I graduated. And then took a few weeks to relax and pack up and move (not in that order) - goodbye Brooklyn, goodbye Ditmas, goodbye undergrad, goodbye BC, goodbye lab mates and knowing what I'm doing.

Hello Pittsburgh, hello Carnegie, hello folks I don't know, hello a slower life, a safer town, a slice of hope, a machine to kill fascists.

Lastly, my adopted grandfather (and volunteer geneologist) has gone on to the other side. He is remembered fondly and in terms not suited to this genre of delivery. But his passing is noted and is, itself, passed over in silence.

  1. King Creosote - Bootprints | I've featrued them before here and this is another standout track of theirs, really good energy combined with a slick parsed down delivery, makes this into a toe tapping tune worthy of running from the cops over ala some trainspotting montage.
  2. Bell X1 - The Great Defector | This has been kicking around my que for a bit. I love the psuedo-Talking Heads open delivery and heart on the sleeve self confession over matters mundane. Too bad the album doesn't match the single.
  3. Black Pus - Juggernaut | Heavy man, real f'n heavy.
  4. Francisca Valenzuela - Quiero Verte Mas | Catchy tune with nice guggle bum pop hooks. 
  5. Frazey Ford - Blue Streak Mama | It takes a real solid piece to slow it down and still keep you going, inbetween the vocalist's low key delivery and the backburner walking rhythm this songs has got it going on.
  6. M. Ward - Flaming Heart | Oldie but goodie
  7. Blackbird Blackbird - Give You Everything | Nothing says summer like oversaturated keyboards with afro-pop jangle melodies and empty, ambitionless lyrics. Very early-esque MGMT.
  8. Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears - Humpin' | I'd actually meant to include Joe Lewis in another post but had to skip over it, this track got shunted in because of the low down funk it brings is just too much to pass up.
  9. 1,2,3 - Going Away Party | Song title releavance plus locale relocation - oh yes, I went there.
  10. Barclay James Harvest - Taking Some Time On | I really, really got into this track from BJH's 1970 debut. The psych'd out lyrics (For those who feel inclined / to talk about their mind) combined with the extended jam with roiling drum swells (unironic cowbell!) and swirling guitar (the jam happens mid song and as a closer, those damn hippies) add up to a reason to put on paisely.
  11. Jan & Dean - Heart And Soul | A solid pop gem from '61 with ascerbic undercurrents - dig the flat delivery on the chorus (much too thrilling). The song actually seems to pull out all the stops in the hook department featuring more change ups than an early era TMBG tune.
  12. Peter Wolf Crier - Crutch & Cane | What is this song about? Zanzibar? Freedom from hang-ups? Catchy as hell though.
  13. Charlie Mars - Listen to the Darkside | On a side note me and the babe and Nick (from pgh) caught Super8 at the theatre. Babe caught on to the Goonies/ET/Cloverfield mashup before any of us knew that was a thing. I think the zombie movie inside the movie is supposed to represent how Spielberg's early work has trapped him, turning himself into the movie which would not die. It is meta plus good, but you knew that already, right?
  14. Balmorhea - Clamor | You know what else happened? I got a drafting table off craigslist (of course) any way this fellow Steve Geist, nice kid, he's got it for sale for $40 so I go over and he's got a MoCCA poster with Craig Thompson's work on it - we chat about that a bit. Steve is gradu-macated from CMU and is off to Austin (stomping grounds of Balmorhea) to design UI. I am proud to have such a prestigious lineage for a draftign table. Take care out there man and have some fun.


Images from: Unknown (saw it on Chive but cropped it for more awesome)

Regards: Lewis Johnson

Reading: The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (A four and a half out of five stars here, people.)



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The Savages on the Moon

I wonder what would have happened if space was a tangible frontier. In that small sliver of time when there was an American Frontier we had the myth at arms length and the proximity compelled anyone and everyone to consider its' potential. Was the immediacy of the frontier the compulsion, a niggling sense of the other side, ever constant in the periphery of one's vision?Would our history of space exploration have been different if we had an Oregon Trail to Mars, if it could have been about space colonization?

If you imagine the frontier as a sponge which absorbs the excess and luckless then it is no surprise that high entry costs have prevented the expansion of mankind. It is the hardup, the deviant, the desperate, and the dreamers who live and die out there because they can't even manage just living here in polite company. Half these songs are about getting out there, the other half are about freaking out. 

This has little bearing on things, except that I desire to escape - and space seems like the last best place. Let me take a step back and think for a second on this - right, so apparently since last I posted some things have transpired. I am enrolled for grad school for this fall in a biology program, it is "not easy" I have been told. I am finishing up one month left. A few weeks really and then finals. This can not happen soon enough - not only have I become exhausted at the labor of it I have also become tired of pretending to care. It would have been diffierent if I had a class (besides Advanced Biochemistry) which was relvant to me. So it goes. 

Also zeerust.tumblr.com

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1. Empire of the Sun - We Are the People 

2. Beautiful People - Get Your Mind Together 

3. YACHT- Dystopia 

4. The Savages - Gone To The Moon 

5. Buchanan Brothers - When You See Those Flying Saucers

6. Dave Edmunds - Playing With the Queen of Hearts 

7. The Black Keys - Howlin' For You

8. NewVillager - Rich Doors 

9. Shuggie Otis - Happy House

10. No Monster Club - Wish Me Well 

11. Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armeni

12. Marnie Stern - Patterns of a Diamond Ceiling

13. Explosions In the Sky - Trembling Hands

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image from: http://aqua-velvet.com/2010/12/kate-banazi-astronaut-silkscreen-prints/

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Got What I Came For

A very busy few last months have culminated in a huge success at my first grad school interview. I still have a few more interviews to go on - but without any hesitation I can confidently say that (baring any horrible tragedy) I will be working towards a Ph.d in the not so distant future.

F'n fantastic - now I just need to finish up my undergrad, which is much harder now that I can taste the freedom of the other side. Also I found out you can get some kickass microscopes from eBay for ridiculous prices.

A lot of other stuff happened - but I'm trying to to keep a Positive Mental Attitude so I'll hold off on the narrative.

Stand out tracks; deadmau5's "Hi Friend!" which is the titular feature of the show and served as a bolster for the research year, as after all it was what I came here for. (And look where that got me!). Esg - Dance is an tight low-fi rocker which easily slips into my top 100. A wild feat for an album cut in '83. I spent a lot of time listening to music without words as they often distract me if they are either 1) good lyrics, 2) novel lyrics, or 3) the reason for the songs existence. Not much of this lyricless music made the cut but Stillway and Bonham's "Insomniac Sunrise" certainly demanded a place on the playlist.*

The Challenges of Bringing -omics to the Clinics
deadmau5 - hi friend!
esg - dance
Young Marble Giants - Eating Noddemix
Broken Social Scene - Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl
Tame Impala - I Don't Really Mind
La Sera ‒ Devils Hearts Grow Gold
tUnE-yArDs – Bizness
Chilly Gonzales - You can dance (Fare Soldi Gonzobot rmx)
Stillway and Bonham - Insomniac Sunrise

Image From: Five Fists of Science

Currently Reading: The Universal Traveler, a Soft-System Guide to Creativity, Problem-Solving And the Process of Reaching Goals by Don Koberg and Jimbagnall.

If you ever wonder what Ram Dass would have put out if he'd gone into cybernetic theory instead of eastern mysticism this is your answer. And it is good (if you like this kind of thing).

*Really short episode this time since the hosting company Libsyn has moved to a new platform and some of my dedicated space is presently occupied. Regular Size show next month (or thee months from now. Whatever.)

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