30 November 2010

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27 November 2010

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Quoted from BJ & da Dogs (c) Ben Jones

This is a story about the future, and also, about 3 dudes... (...) ...but forget about them for the moment. So...
It's the future now. Mistakes have been made, the earth's humans have scattered to be alone and brainstorm ideas... in space.
Inside spaceships they ponder what went wrong, some trace it back to the shortening of time between Holiday marketing, some to "The Incident" others to global poverty.
It's hard to ignore some facts though, men have ushered in a time of dark shitty chaos.
Of grabbing their genitals, acting like assholes and ushering in shitty brown darkness.
The New Dark Age.
One of fear, and punching darkness.
Smearing shit to draw their horrible self-portraits.
It's partly a reduction of male sexuality.
But it's mostly the American future that's shocking you.

25 November 2010

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Ben Jones installation views from "The New Dark Age" from 2008-9:::

+ here's a quote from BJ & Da Dogs, actually a re-quote from Hafiz:::                                             
the novice will often
lay down his tool
or brush
then pick up an
invisible club
on the mind's table
and helplessly smash
the easels
and jade
the vintage man
no longer
hurts himself
or anyone
and keeps sculpting

[Words I'm trying hard to live by]

all images (c) Ben Jones
more here

three dee room

23 November 2010

R-E "LO/60" EP - 6th December

LO / 60 EP
1. 1st Part
2. 2nd Part
3. 3rd Part
4. 4th Part
5. 5th Part
6. 6th Part
7. 7th Part
8. 8th Part
9. Last Part

Solo Analog Electronics EP by R-E
Cover by R-E

Out on 6th December for free download

19 November 2010

From Your Correspondent

Check out this lovely review of Legendary Weapons of China's Molten Mirrors here on the excellent Not For Resale blog.

The Happy Home LP is going to be called Forts. I'd hope to share some of it pretty soon, in the next month or so. I'm trying to finish "True Believers" first cos Super Sinister is shooting a video for it, so that'll probably be the first thing you'll hear.

Lydia Whitmore /// Super Sinister has made some beautiful photographs of me. She's getting a deer's head in next week, and piles of green beetles. Intense times.


12 November 2010

QQQuote of the day

How to play Guitar
by David Fair

(via Yuri Landman's Hypercustom site, here)

I taught myself to play guitar. It’s incredibly easy when you understand the science of it. The skinny strings play the high sounds, and the fat strings play the low sounds. If you put your finger on the string father out by the tuning end it makes a lower sound. If you want to play fast move your hand fast and if you want to play slower move your hand slower. That’s all there is to it. You can learn the names of notes and how to make chords that other people use, but that’s pretty limiting. Even if you took a few years and learned all the chords you’d still have a limited number of options. If you ignore the chords your options are infinite and you can master guitar playing in one day.

Traditionally, guitars have a fat string on the top and they get skinnier and skinnier as they go down. But the thing to remember is it’s your guitar and you can put whatever you want on it. I like to put six different sized strings on it because that gives the most variety, but my brother used to put all of the same thickness on so he wouldn’t have so much to worry about. Whatever string he hit had to be the right one because they were all the same.

Tuning the guitar is kind of a ridiculous notion. If you have to wind the tuning pegs to just a certain place, that implies that every other place would be wrong. But that’s absurd. How could it be wrong? It’s your guitar and you’re the one playing it. It’s completely up to you to decide how it should sound. In fact I don’t tune by the sound at all. I wind the strings until they’re all about the same tightness. I highly recommend electric guitars for a couple of reasons. First of all they don’t depend on body resonating for the sound so it doesn’t matter if you paint them. As also, if you put all the knobs on your amplifier on 10 you can get a much higher reaction to effort ratio with an electric guitar than you can with an acoustic. Just a tiny tap on the strings can rattle your windows, and when you slam the strings, with your amp on 10, you can strip the paint off the walls.

The first guitar I bought was a Silvertone. Later I bought a Fender Telecaster, but it really doesn’t matter what kind you buy as long as the tuning pegs are on the end of the neck where they belong. A few years back someone came out with a guitar that tunes at the other end. I’ve never tried one. I guess they sound allright but they look ridiculous and I imagine you’d feel pretty foolish holding one. That would affect your playing. The idea isn’t to feel foolish. The idea is to put a pick in one hand and a guitar in the other and with a tiny movement rule the world.