AltRock Label Releases — Review by Mark McCawley

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AltRock Label Releases


review by Mark McCawley


4 new AltrOck releases, February 2011.

4 new AltrOck releases, February 2011.

From the instant I first received the review CD Iridule by Yugen from the independent AltRock label from Milan, Italy I have been increasingly impressed by the exceptional quality of their releases. Indeed, the AltRock label appears to be increasingly the “go to label” for prog music lovers worldwide.
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Urban Graffiti, Issue 11 [Vice & Debauchery Issue]

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After a long gestation period, I am very pleased to publish (and post) Issue Eleven of Urban Graffiti featuring new fiction by Amanda Earl, Bart Plantenga, Catherine Owen, Matthew Firth, and poetry by Mandie Lopatka and George Amabile. These stories and poems are not for the faint of heart, the timid, or the prudish. They upset, they outrage, they titillate and then make you ask why? All the things excellent transgressive literature should do.

Beer Mystic: A Novel of Inebriation & Light by bart plantenga

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Beer Mystic:

A Novel of Inebriation & Light

bart plantenga

Beer Mystic Invitation: Participate in a unique literary adventure that will take you on the longest, rowdiest literary pub crawl ever. Follow the Beer Mystic’s story around the world through a global network of host magazines [next excerpt at end of chapter], each hosting an individual chapter of Bart Plantenga’s novel, Beer Mystic: A Novel of Inebriation & Light. Urban Graffiti is pleased to be hosting Chapter 31 as this blog’s first post. Check out bart’s full bio (and bibliography) at the end of this chapter.

<< Beer Mystic #30: Brews & Books

>Beer Mystic: A Novel of Inebriation & Light by Bart Plantenga

Beer ~•~ Danger ~•~ Night ~•~ Obscure Music ~•~ Mysticism ~•~ Research

The Beer Mystic is Furman Pivo, a dreamer inhabiting the NYC of 1987. One night, like many other nights, Furman is drinking to slow the world down. He discovers himself drunk under a streetlight when suddenly this streetlight goes out, on the blink, extinguished – Poof! – it’s dark. In the ensuing weeks the same phenomenon occurs again, then again and again until the unusual becomes the uncanny, and perceived synchronicity is interpreted mystically – he begins to believe that he is the cause of these streetlight outages. And somewhere in the psychic seam between identity and delusion the Beer Mystic is born. Furman Pivo is inauspiciously called upon to become the Beer Mystic and beer does battle with light – beer vs. light, him vs. cars….

Furman’s life changes, gains substance, focus – a sense of purpose. He believes his new (in) sight empowers him to convert beer and loneliness into belief and respect, a parapsychological alchemy of quasi-religious fervor. His mission: extend the boundaries of fecund darkness, constrict the fields of light, those arenas of control and paranoia. Everything can be explained in terms of light and dark, beer and lust.
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