Friday, August 31, 2007

Kevin's blog on myspace

women in children first

i think it is very bad for an artist to have a desire to be liked. it is also bad for an artist to want to be disliked. although, from an audience members perspective, both have there potential upsides. for example, the average Barbara Streisand fan is not going to want to be verbally abused by Babs at a concert, but, a G.G.Allen fan would've been seriously disappointed if that legendary figure wouldn't have, at the very least, thrown a little of his own shit on to the crowd. But did G.G. throw his shit on to the crowd in an attempt to be liked or in an attempt to be disliked? Who knows? Not the shit, that's for sure. But performing and writing/recording are very different things. Most songwriters aren't going to allow themselves to present their personalities/public persona in an unflattering way. Most songwriters try to release their songs in an attempt to be noticed and to be loved, probably, and, since it is a big deal to release an album and a great opportunity for a writer to express the things they feel the need to express, it's not surprising that most writers rarely display a side of their personality that isn't somewhat likable or flattering. I think it's a shame because, most of us, can relate to that unflattering side of humanity. We can identify with, or at least are fascinated by, the socially damaging attributes inherent in all of us.

An example of a writer who faced these subjects head on is, Jean Genet. I am fascinated by his writings. His portrayal of the criminal and the profane is wonderful. The thing is, Genet was a criminal before discovering his calling as a writer and, if he would have never written anything down, or at least never have gotten published, he probably would have remained a criminal until his death and would have been forgotten forever. As it is, though, he is a celebrated writer and an inspiration for many other great writers, like W Burroughs, J Kerouac, M Foucault...What's my point again? Um...oh yeah, i think more pop songwriters should write about the regrettable aspects of the human mind. We shouldn't be afraid of looking ugly or terrifying. The funny thing is,in hip-hop at least, writers are already doing just that. But the difference is, they are portraying themselves in an ugly way unintentionally. They don't realize that bragging about how much money you make and how much pussy you get and how many people you have killed is not endearing. Maybe they do realize it and they just don't give a fuck. They want to brag cause it feels good to brag. It feels good to let the ego rage. I'm sure it does feel good. In fact, I can say from experience that it does feel good, because I am doing it myself on my new album. Ha.

Actually, that is what this rant is all about. I am exploring the dark and gloriously detestable sides of my consciousness. A lot of the people I've played the new songs for have been confused. I'm probably going to lose some fans but I don't care. I don't care because, I'm enjoying myself. I don't care because, I'm following the organic path of my muse, or whatever. Most of all I don't care because, the indie rock world is too polite and likable and I feel it needs the drunken uncle to show up, uninvited, to the birthday party and vomit on the couch. Not every year of course, but at least once in a while.

Monday, August 27, 2007

New Myspace song

Head over to of Montreal's Myspace page for their cover of Royal Trux's "Back To School"

For an mp3, head over to the fine, fine, folks at You Ain't No Picasso.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

on Virtual Lower East Side, Thurs Aug. 23nd

b.p. and dottie will be chatting in the virtual world of the Virtual Lower East Side (vLES for short). Pick up your invitation HERE!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Beck Does Wraith

The uber-excellent You Ain't No Picasso has put up an mp3 of Beck doing a live cover of "Wraith Pinned To The Mist"! Check it out HERE.

An excellent warmup to the covers tribute album, which is coming soon.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


link to original story

Of Montreal
and Moby are amongst the artists who have contributed renditions of children’s songs to the third instalment of the charity album ‘For The Kids.’

Released Stateside in the first week of October, all album sale proceeds go to the Save the Music foundation.

Most of the songs – including Moby’s, Of Montreal’s and Rogue Wave’s contributions – are exclusive to the album. The remainder have already been released in some shape or form.
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The full ‘For The Kids III’ track-listing is as follows:

Of Montreal – ‘I Want To Have Fun’
Great Lake Swimmers – ‘See You on the Moon’
Over The Rhine – ‘The Poopsmith Song’
Rogue Wave – ‘My Little Bird’
O.A.R. – ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’
Barenaked Ladies – ‘The Other Day I Met a Bear’
Dar Williams – ‘The Babysitter Song’
The Sippy Cups – ‘I'm a Believer’
Anathallo – ‘If You're Happy and You Know It’
The Format – ‘Does Your Cat Have a Moustache?’
Moby – ‘Very Long’
Submarines – ‘My Darling Clementine’
Kyle Andrews - ‘The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round’
Blitzen Trapper - ‘New Shoes’
Piano – ‘Sunny’
Mates Of State – ‘Jellyman Kelly’
Hem – ‘No Hiding’
MC Lars – ‘The Lint Song’
Jolie Holland – ‘Pure Imagination’
Rosie Thomas and Damien Jurado – ‘As Small As Me’

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Kindercore Expo, 2000

thank you to blasticpubble and lou2ser