Stepped out for a pack of smokes four and a half years ago, but I’m back now. I brought back Kelley Wise, artist in residence at Gallery 360 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The music is ‘Your Hand in Mine,’ by Explosions in the Sky.
Scales and fur fly in The Joyous Meeting of Creezus Jeightly and His Good Friend Arliss. This is the eleventh installment of News From the Edge, written and read by Carter Willet. The music contains samples from The Life and Times of the Clerkenwell Kid and At the House of the Clerkenwell Kid by The Real Tuesday Weld.
A couple of short pieces about the mess of war. War & Peace is by Luis Cernuda, translated from Spanish by David Unger. The End and the Beginning is by WisĹ‚awa Szymborska, translated from Polish by Joanna Trzeciak. In between is a million miles from saturday night by tehwa. And the capper is a remix of the Song of the French Partisan by Emmannuel d’Astier de la VigĂ©rie and Anna Marly. Mostly I remix the Leonard Cohen version, but I also mix in un peu de Noir Desire, Joan Baez and Anna Marly.
A remix of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the core of which was recorded on Disneyland Records with Rica Moore narrating and Shelly Manne sticking the drums. The first half gets a walking bass by Stett Audio, and in the post-slumber edition has samples from Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf. In between and after is Goldiloppers, Professor Stanley Unwin‘s sproken word interpetation of the fairy tale. Who knew how fun?
A cursory glance at the first page of each Gormenghast novel, by Mervyn Peake. Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone were published by Eyre & Spottiswoode from 1946 to 1959. Must-reads all for Goths and Steampunks.
Carl Sandburg was every bit as much a storyteller as a poet. This piece proves it. It’s called Many Hats and it was included in Good Morning America, published in 1928 by Harcourt Brace. His subject matter, as usual, was larger than life: the Grand Canyon. The stories it tells are many and ours.
Vickie hangs me out to dry for being so late. Excuses follow.
1. My blog has gone from fun pastime to scary obsession, what with all the collecting, remixing, painting, scanning, tweaking, posting and writing about all the critters there.
2. My business eats all my weekday daylight hours.
4. My Computer From Hell plays bucking bronco on a weekly, if not daily basis.
5. The search for written material for the podcast and open source music to back it up take still more time.
But five weeks? There’s no excuse for that.
Some Pure-D Drivel from Steve Martin.
A story like this makes it evident Steve Martin could have been a latter day Robert Benchley if he’d just not have been led astray by that pesky Hollywood. Come to think of it, Benchley was somewhat led astray by Hollywood himself, but still managed to write book after wonderful book. So far as I know, Steve Martin only wrote two; the one this story comes from, Pure Drivel, and the masterful Shopgirl. But he did make The Jerk and L.A. Story and plays a durn good banjer as well.
Carter Willet returns with Number Ten from News From the Edge, Arguments Over the Twilight Module and the Disposition of Vitreous Trimfins. The Trimfin voices are segments of Idle Chatter, Notjustmoreidlechatter, and Idle Chatter Junior, by Paul Lansky. He has lots of samples and info on his Princeton site. And check out his toys and the radio shows over at the Princeton Sound Kitchen.
A tribal grunt is followed by a Counting-Out Rhyme by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Then another Edna, The Singing Woman From the Wood’s Edge. Both are backed by Glass Drum by Stett Audio: OpSound here and MySpace here. Then, an Offering by Staraya Derevnya: OpSound here, Jamendo here and MySpace here.
Back next week with News From the Edge #10.