Flasher: A Memoir by Tsaurah Litzky — review by Mark McCawley

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Flasher: A Memoir


by Tsaurah Litzky


review by Mark McCawley


flasher coverFlasher: A Memoir
by Tsaurah Litzky
Long Shot Productions (September 14, 2013)
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
£3.98 UK, $ 6.31 CAN, $6.12 US

Flasher: A Memoir [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
by Tsaurah Litzky
Narrated by Dina Pearlman
Audible, Inc. (September 15, 2013)
£13.64 UK, $17.96 CAN, $17.46 US

Tsaurah Litzky’s erotic memoir, Flasher, is a transgressive tour de force — a journey of personal transformation, self-examination and sensual self-discovery. The story of a one-time hippie love pirate, slum goddess, Ruby Tuesday of the 1960s who mutates into a blossoming writer on the Lower East Side art scenes in the 1990’s. When Litzky meets a sculptor who designs fetish-wear at a New Years Day party, her life changes, becomes an intrinsic consideration of the values and costs of love, friendship, and sexual freedom, as well as the underlying importance of family — both real and inherited.
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AltrOck / Fading Records Releases (2013) — review by Mark McCawley

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AltrOck / Fading Records Releases (2013)


review by Mark McCawley


NotAGoodSignCOVERNot a Good Sign is a project by AltrOck/Fading Records and some bands’ members of the label. Marcello Marinone, Paolo «Ske» Botta and Francesco Zago, after a successful collaboration in Yugen and Ske, proposed a new blend of their musical attitudes. The result was an ominous, fascinating sound melting vintage keyboards, powerful guitars and voice, supported by a compelling rhythmic drive. In 2011, Botta and Zago began to write the music, and Zago provided the lyrics. Soon, Gabriele G. Colombi and Alessio Calandriello, from La Coscienza di Zeno, also joined the band. The drummer Martino Malacrida completed the line-up in 2012. In the following two tracks — “The Deafening Sound of the Moon” and “Afraid To Ask” — many will recognize the Old Prog School sound from the 70s, albeit in a modern key, with a pinch of hard-rock and psych. Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics complete the band’s melancholy but colourful imagery:
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The Geographical Rewriting of Memory by bart plantenga

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The Geographical Rewriting of Memory


bart plantenga

Listen to Wreck Travel Memory as you read 

It all begins with some lit fuse, an old jingle for Palisades Amusement Park you’re still able to sing along with [“shows & dancing are free”], or the snap of a finger, the way she used to from the edge of the bed with a smirk, some glance of exposed warm skin holding the aroma of sun tan lotion, the sea lions in Central Park Zoo that remind you of Salinger – & reading Salinger on the 1979 F-Train & meeting Sylvina. I used to be a foot messenger & would pass through the zoo when it was rundown but free & I would talk to the animals between deliveries. [The old zoo serves as the final destination in BEER MYSTIC.] Or maybe its some vintage news report from the 1968 Chicago Riots, or an email from an old flame you came to NYC with from Ann Arbor who is wondering how you’re doing, or a sound – in my case, the sound bites here included, plus a few elusive bars from “Funk #49” by James Gang. Or is it Paloma taking photos of turtles in Central Park because she remembers my touching stories about my turtle “Spotty” when I was 10 & how the neighbors released him & I was heartbroken. “Was that what Spotty looked like?” she kept asking.

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Urban Graffiti Mix #13

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Urban Graffiti Mix #13 by Mark Mccawley on Mixcloud

Transgression. Pushing boundaries. Territories. At times, obliterating them. Sarah de Leeuw — poet and human geographer — examines and explores the territory of human sexuality in her excerpt from ‘Geographies of a Lover‘ from NeWest Press. Tsaurah Litzky celebrates her own sensual transgressions in her excerpt from the memoir, ‘Flasher’ from Audible Books. Ron Kolm invites various Unbearables to recite poems from his new book of poetry, Divine Comedy, from Fly By Night Press at A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery. Max Blagg recites an except “Mugshot” from his novel, ‘101 Nights’, at The Gershwin Hotel.

New 2013 Releases From AltrOck — review by Mark McCawley

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New 2013 Releases From AltrOck


review by Mark McCawley


hg_guzzle_it_upArtist: Humble Grumble
Album: Guzzle It Up!
Country: Belgium
Sub Genre: Avant Prog, Jazz-Rock/Fusion
Label: AltrOck
Release date: February 27, 2013

Each time I receive a package from AltrOck I am amazed by not just the variety of alternative music offered by this Italian label — from experimental to avant-jazz, Rock In Opposition to contemporary classical and progressive rock — but by the sheer excellence of the musicianship of the bands as well as the musicians themselves. The new 2013 releases from AltrOck (including one co-released with Fading Records) continues this ongoing tradition of filling their catalog with the best artists of contemporary progressive rock, anti-folk, fusion, avant-classical, avant-jazz, and RIO, nodding both to great musical innovators of the past while reaching forward with innovations of their own.

Humble Grumble is a Belgian band who has built an original sound mixing skilfully and effectively a number of genre – rock, jazz, folk, prog. They follow the great tradition of Belgian alternative bands such as X-Legged Sally, Fukkeduk, Think of One. In their unique style one can easily find complex structures, rhythm intricacies together within an expressly melodic vein. With an inexhaustible ironical attitude, one can hear the influence of early Zappa as well as that Captain Beefheart (circa Trout Mask Replica).
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