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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

PAK, PROG-PUNK, ETC

Meanwhile, a new Wyrd World: me on the intersection (and odd off/on alliance) betwn Prog and Punk. In particular, the music of Ron Anderson of PAK, RonRuins, The Molecules, etc infamy. Thanks to Ron for being a total dude and taking the time out to talk to me - I enjoyed our talk immensely. His enthusiasm for all sorts of music from Bartok to Boredoms and Mingus to Minutemen was extremely infectious to say the least.

You can dip into his back catalogue here (and you really should! - all sorts of interesting folk seem to turn up)

On a connected tip, here's some stuff by Jason Willet - a pal and collaborator of Ron's who I unfortunately ommitted from the piece - the pair of them worked together on "Be the First on the Block to Eat the Snake." Jason played in Half-Japanese for a while and has also recorded collabs with the likes of James Chance, Ruins and various members of Henry Cow. I think some of you might dig his stuff - check the mental collabs w/ Jad Fair.

Oh, and here is/are Ruins, of course.

HRRUUUK - HRAAK - ETC

Hrrruccck...hrrakk...huruuuuurggghck...hkkk...

Nope, not some new css by Infinite Spider-Writer S or a new Lost Causes jam, but me arising from the sputum-pit that has been home to me bones off n on for the last few days. Still, you can't keep a good man down, eh? Or phlegm, for that matter.

My wife had gone out, but had kindly left me a note on the kitchen table. It read: Baraak Baroma (sic) is President of America. In my quasi-flu-addled half-awake state I confess I did not fully have a proper grasp on reality and spent the first 15 minutes of my morning thinking that some minor character from one of the Star Wars prequels (who I was having serious problems visualising) had somehow become U.S. Commander-in-Chief.

Then the penny dropped.

Oh, him.