10.28.2017

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Nino Rota – Toby Dammit (Main Titles)
Norma Tanega – You’re Dead
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti – Fright Night (Nevermore)
Peter Sulley & The Orchard – Evil Woman
Dave Edmunds – The Creature From The Black Lagoon
Jonathan Richman – Vampire Girl
The Frights – Afraid of the Dark
Roky Erickson – I Think of Demons
The Cleaners From Venus – Only a Shadow
King Khan & The Shrines – In Your Grave
The Meteors – Little Red Riding Hood
Chromatics – Shadow
Crystal Stilts – Graveyard Orbit
Los Holy’s – Campo de Vampiros
OCS – Memory of a Cut Off Head
John Maus – Castles In The Grave
Steady Holiday – Terror
Islands – Of Corpse
Animals – Gratefully Dead, Vol. 4
Wand – Floating Head
White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die
The Symposium – Creeper
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch – Hold Tight!
Nino Rota – Toby Dammit Theme (Slow)

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10.18.2017

old dog
black tongue
death
I think of you often
Willie
when you ran
open door-spring rain
worms on the walkway
where would you go
???
you left so little
residue
on me

I don’t remember you
friend
but you slept in my bed
comforters warm under your
dog belly
black eyes
we’d wipe the sleep
and when we’d find you
(we always found you)
wet with warpaint
the color of aprilmay
We’d hold you tight
not imagining
a day your temper
would be lost on us forever

weeks and years come
old dog
they don’t stop
it’s been so long since
I really
I mean really
smelled the rain

eo

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10.14.2017

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Fruit Bats – Flamingo
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Blue Cheese
Abner Jay – My Baby’s Coming Back To Me
Fred Neil – The Dolphins
The Byrds – Everybody’s Been Burned
Ultra Orange& Emmanuelle – Don’t Kiss Me Goodbye
Wreckeless Eric – Whole Wide World
The db’s – Black and White
Wire – Ahead
Lindsay Buckingham – Trouble
Alex Cameron & Angel Olsen – Stranger’s Kiss
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Walls (Circus)
The Space Lady – Humdinger

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9.14.2017

The thought came to Kate abruptly and arbitrarily, interrupting the other panicked voices in her head, the ones shouting, “Fucking do something, Kate!” and “Keep swimming!” Like a conductor waving a baton, it silenced the orchestra of anxiety crescendoing in her head, leaving only the resonance of a solitary thought: Nobody knows I’m here right now.

It was Sam that had said it, with a deadpan expression on her face: “And then I realized, nobody knows I’m here right now.” The phrase had sent a chill through Kate’s spine as if it was some kind of cryptic omen. This was months and months ago, and Kate hadn’t really thought about it since.

But now, far from shore and struggling to tread water in the immensity of the Pacific Ocean, the thought was a blown-out siren. Big block text, all capitals, flashing against a red backdrop: Nobody knows I’m here right now. And as Kate looked up at the towering wave suspended in front of her – it’s powerful momentum sucking up all of the sound and light of the coast – that same chill ran through her spine.

Kate snapped her head back to the deserted beach, swallowing a mouthful of salt water. Nobody was there. Nobody had been there all afternoon. She turned back to the mounting wave, which had doubled in size in an instant.

The way that Sam had told it, she was driving back home from work when she realized she didn’t have anything in her fridge except for a carton of expired milk and a half empty bottle of hickory smoked barbecue sauce. “And I totally forgot to eat lunch,” Sam had told Kate, “And you know me – I was star- ving.” Sam had stopped the story there, squinting into her purse as she rummaged past wrinkled receipts and rogue sticks of gum. Kate had been unsure if this was the end of the story or not, and after a moment asked, “So what did you do?”

“Here it is!” Sam exclaimed, pulling a credit card out of her purse. “Sorry, Kate – what’d you say?”
“What did you do?”

“Oh – oh yeah, so I’m starving, right? And nothing’s open except for that little convenience store down the street from me – the one with the green awning that’s always playing reggaeton? So I’m like, “Shit,” you know, because I want to eat like a pizza or a burrito or something, and I know all that place is going to have is old gross cans of tuna and Funyuns. But nothing else is open so I went in and bought a bag of trail mix and a Diet Coke.”

Sam stopped again, sliding her credit card across the counter to the bartender. She ran her fingers through her hair, looking at herself in the oval mirror behind the bar. Kate nodded, once again unsure if this was the ending to Sam’s story. But then Sam turned back from the mirror, saying, “But when I walked into the parking lot, I remembered that I hadn’t talked with Jake all day. And I didn’t tell anyone at work what my plans were for the night. And then I realized, nobody knows I’m here right now. Nobody knows I’m here, standing in this empty parking lot.”

Sam ended the story by tossing back a shot of tequila, stubbing out her cigarette in the plastic ashtray: “So I went home, and Jake was already at my place, and he asked me where I had been. I don’t know why, but I lied and said I got stuck in traffic. I didn’t want to tell him about stopping at the store, or standing in the parking lot, or thinking about how nobody knew where I was. Is that weird? I don’t know.”

At first, the phrase haunted Kate: Nobody knows I’m here right now. It would pop into her head while she was pumping gas, or hiking up the trail behind her house – all the little lonely moments in life when she would find herself alone, temporarily detached from the world spinning around. But after a few days, the thought began to dim and fade, until it disappeared completely.

Kate’s decision to go to the beach that day was impulsive – without any rhyme or reason: she was in her bathroom brushing her teeth and thinking about Amelia Earhart and then all of a sudden she was driving down the PCH, and then she was walking down the side of the road, and then she was laying out her towel across the sand, and then she was walking into the ocean.

By the time Kate was waist deep, the surf that had been crashing along the shore vanished. The water was eerily calm; stagnate and smooth as glass. The vacant shore behind her looked perfectly flat. A second later she was under water, being dragged across the rocky ocean floor. When she came to the surface, gasping for air, she saw a wave growing in front of her. It dragged her towards it with all the blind force of mother nature.

And it was then that she realized she didn’t tell anyone that she was going to the beach that afternoon. In fact, she hadn’t talked to anyone all day.

Nobody knows I’m here right now.

The thought passed through her head once more, this time not spoken by Sam, but by a choir of dissonant voices that she didn’t recognize. Before she could let out a scream, the wave crashed down on top of her in a blur of blues and greens and whites, taking her under.

EH

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9.06.2017

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Michael Hurley – Penguins
Graham Nash – Better Days
Joan Armatrading – Woncha Come On Home
Lucinda Williams – Fruits Of My Labor
Labi Soffre – Cannock Chase
Robbie Basho – Blue Crystal Fire
Smokey & His Sister – Creators Of Rain
Norma Tanega – I’m The Sky
Cooley & Munson – Slightly Sue
The Men – Candy
Lion – You’ve Got A Woman
Lijadu Sisters – Come On Home
Phil Cordell – Red Lady
Badfinger – Dear Angie

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7.31.2017

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The Flamin’ Groovies – Whiskey Woman
The Only Ones – The Whole Of The Law
Jeff Cowell – Momma
Mike Cooper – The Singing Tree
Nolan Porter – If I Could Only Be Sure
Jerry Jeff Walker – About Her Eyes
Elvis Presley – Summer Kisses, Winter Tears
Joel Alme – The Way We Used To Beg
Durul Gence – Your Summer Dream
Connie Converse – How Sad, How Lovely
Ween – Sarah

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7.31.2017

Did I dream last night? Did I dream of Lydia Cacho again? Did I dream of the desert? Am I in the desert? Are there shadows in my shade? Is there wind in my window? Am I a cactus? Am I a farmer? Does the universe sit on the sun?..The sun sits on the universe?

The universe was pulled back and released.

Moving forward, moving slow, passing stars, passing bars

Motel Motel’your heart, my heart

I’ve stayed in Psychedelic Kazakhstan, concrete bed

Run run

field field

good night Sam Shepard

Peel off your eyelashes and past them to the mirror

NM

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7.09.2017

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Bobbie Gentry – Reunion
Africa – Here I Stand
Josephine Foster – Child of God
Ofege – It’s Not Easy
Johnnie Frierson – Miracles
The Electric Prunes – Holy Are You
The Chocolate Watchband – Baby Blue
Dave Berry – This Strange Effect
Bill Fay – Omega Day
Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane – Just For A Moment
Robert Lester Folsom – See You Later, I’m Gone

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6.21.2017

Mixtape

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Vesuvio Solo – Don’t Leave Me In the Dark
Clan of Xymox – Cry In the Wind
TOPS – Petals
Frankie Valli – You’re A Song (That I Can’t Sing)
Loving – Bowlly Goes Dancing Drunk Into The Future
Mulatu Astatke – Tezeta (Nostalgia)
Nagisa Ni Te – Me, On The Beach
Oister – Little Stars
John Andrews & The Yawns – Drivers
Arlo Guthrie – I’m Going Home
Glen Campbell – By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Sun Kil Moon & Jesu – Twenty Something
Big Thief – Pretty Things
Deakin – Golden Chords

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5.01.2017

To commemorate the BluRay release of Shangri-La Suite, I’m proud to share the music video for “I Don’t Want To Die,” an original track from the film, performed by Emily Browning and written and produced by the Mondo Boys. 

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