Urban Graffiti Mix #16 by Mark McCawley on Mixcloud
Love. Sex. Desire. Obsession. Smell the flowers while you can. Truth. Freedom. Justice. Anarchy. Poetry of love. Fiction of desire. Politics of sex. Dope. Music. Outlaw. Jazz. Smell the flowers while you can. Push the envelope. Transgress the status quo. Meat. Blood. Memory. Smell the flowers while you can. Nothing is as it seems. Even the flowers.
Blue Ghost Blues
review by Mark McCawley
Artist: Haunted House
Album: Blue Ghost Blues
Label: Northern Spy
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Comprised of underground cult avant blues guitarist Loren Connors, his life partner and vocalist/lyricist Suzanne Langille, guitarist Andrew Burnes (of the band San Agustin from Atlanta, Georgia) and Daf player Neel Murgai — Haunted House briefly reunited again in 2010 to record Blue Ghost Blues with New York’s Northern Spy label. After performing at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room on April 6, 2011, they reconvened a couple days later in the same old factory building where they laid down the tracks for Blue Ghost Blues — the follow-up to their 1999 Erstwhile release Up In Flames — at Seizure’s Palace Recording.
in conversation with
“Beginning Kali’s Day @ Bhadgaon Guesthouse, Bhaktapur, Nepal, 1997″, photo by Bonny Finberg
Mark McCawley: Any writer of transgressive, erotic, surreal writing is bound to be influenced in some fashion by the works and accomplishments of the late Kathy Acker. That said, how did it feel to win the 2014 Acker Award for Fiction (New York)?
Bonny Finberg: While Acker’s influence is probably felt by a generation of writers who came of age in the ‘80s and 90s, there have been many who were considered transgressive, erotic and surreal in their work before Kathy Acker came on the scene. In fact, one of her greatest influences, I believe, was William Burroughs. Considering that Acker and I were born in approximately the same year, we probably had similar influences. We came of age during a time when breaking rules and boundaries, literary, social, political, etc. was almost the norm. For many of us, writers like Burroughs and Kerouac held much influence, the power of using language in a way that the plastic arts had been experimenting with even earlier. Of course Gertrude Stein, another influence of mine, had broken real ground in this way, well before any of these guys had learned how to hold a pen. And, there would be no Kerouac, in my opinion, without Joyce. Read more
Life is Now:
The Art and Music
of Michael Alan
by Mark McCawley
“Mostly figurative, and based on the performances, the drawings here suggest an artist enthralled by improvisation. Alan’s thread-like lines are manically impulsive; they barely go an inch without detouring. Short, jagged strokes, tiny loops, and quick arcs make jittery, skeletal outlines of distorted human forms. Hasty daubs of blues and pinks wrap the frames with translucent skin while also conveying the blur of movement. Alan loves motion…”
-Robert Shuster, The Village Voice, Tuesday, July 20, 2010
a musical overview
by Mark McCawley
Danny Kolm, Gregory Kolm and Max Kostaras are three twentysomethings who’ve lived their whole lives in Queens, NYC. Danny and Greg are brothers who started playing music together in 2003 under the name Arklight, releasing dozens of cassettes and Cdrs on small independent labels. Their early sound was a harsh mix of no wave noise, free jazz energy and punk psychedelia. Various friends filled in the lineup, with Danny playing guitar and Greg manning the drums, until 2013 when Max, a childhood friend and sometimes collaborator, became a permanent member on lead guitar. It was then that their sound shifted to reflect a burgeoning interest in songwriting, structure and improved musicianship. For inspiration, Arklight looked to the music they grew up on and loved, including Neil Young, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, Nick Cave and Beat Happening. They hope to continue their development and follow the muse wherever it may lead them.