Caddo Nanissáanah - Dancing With Ghosts 7.0

               Dancing with Ghosts lives in a haze. Caddo Nanissáanah enjoys working within this wasted lo-fi field. Vocals are half asleep. Instrumentation is kept at a minimum. While the vocals continually fall into the background the instruments eat up more and more space. Eventually the vocals are completely crowded out trying to scream out against their inevitable defeat. Both tracks go for an unbelievably bleak soundscape and succeed wonderfully at it. 

                Primitive percussion introduces “Rise above the Tide (From the Angel of Death)”. From there the guitar begins its descent. Vocals try to warn of the evil. Gradually the thing begins to pick up steam growing ever larger. Eventually after the guitar forces itself into the lower registers there is essentially no escape for the vocalist. Down the vocalist falls into the spiral. Little screams last longer with fewer and fewer words sang. “Haunted” takes a different approach. Bone dry beginnings display the vocalist with barely any accompaniment. A lonesome guitar is lazily plucked next to the vocalist trying to serve as a semblance of rhythm, marking the passage of time. Right in the guitar’s texture is a slight amount of feedback that grows almost imperceptibly larger.  Due to the overall sparseness of the piece every single aspect can be heard in full. Finally when the thing ends it has a final mournful amount of plucks before fading away into the abyss. 

Akin to a fevered dream Dancing with Ghosts manages to conjure up images of the terrifying unknown void.

Galactic Kaleidoscope - Revolutions of the Modern Age 7.4

                Revolutions of the Modern Age brings to mind Royal Trux at their most gone. Galactic Kaleidoscope is well aware of the psychedelic tradition they follow. For one they have a Spacemen 3 cover within their set of songs. On Revolutions of the Modern Age the guitars ring out to where they feel like it. Lyrics are meant to be felt not deciphered. The vocalist sings out as clear as possible and the result is something narcoleptic. With such minimal backdrops it is fairly remarkable that Galactic Kaleidoscope manages to convey an entire universe of weird. 

                “Fight (Against Control)” sings of smashing walls down. The guitar serves as punctuation rather than delve into riffs. Delays help the guitar gain a sense of rhythm. Serving as a protest song it feels visceral. Various forms of feedback and distortion mark “When Tomorrow Hits” which sounds sincere in its homage and even includes an actual riff of sorts. Putting the vocals through the same effects as the guitar results in a constant stream of consciousness helping build the song up. “Gonna Start (A Little Revolution)” ends off the collection on a hopeful note. By now the guitar is fully accustomed to the weird contorts. Here Galactic Kaleidoscope gets the most active soundscape out of all of the tracks. Indeed the finale serves as a highlight of the collection. 

                Defiance defines Revolutions of the Modern Age. Though the sound may be lonely the confidence is real.

The Unquiet Grave - Whispers in the Wind 7.5

                The Unquiet Grave is about as creepy as its name implies. Whispers in the Wind takes a lethargic approach to songwriting. Sounds linger in a deep fog. Industrial textures dominate the proceedings. Electronic textures involved help keep things grounded. Rhythms tend to go towards the driving variety allowing for an almost pop-like sensibility. Pieces are brought together by the smallest of instruments. A mere guitar, synthesizer and vocals come together to give off the sense of a singular hard working one man band. 

                Quiet at first “The Well” is a good ambient introduction to the collection. Over the course of the song the lyrics appear to stumble over each other. Delays help to provide this sense of disorientation. Such a near silent introduction allows the listener to focus on the half-slept lyrics. By far the best piece is “Running Towards the Money” which has a distinctive hypnagogic pop sensibility to it. Broken synthesizer put alongside a relatively memorable melody help to make it stand out above the rest of the songs. Length for “Running Towards the Money” creates a seemingly never-ending expanse of space. Much more minimal in nature is “The Night Guard” which celebrates the solitary single individual. Without any further adornment besides the synthesizer, lazy guitar, and the sad voice “The Night Guard” manages to express the lonely lives of the unsung. 

                “Whispers in the Wind” is a patient collection the sort of thing that takes its time and works with great purpose.

'May 18 2014'/'iPhone tweet-drafts I'm abandoning' poem by Tao Lin


                Repetitive tweeting is the present and is going to be the future. Witty things can exist for only so long before people realize they wrote their best tweet and chase the dragon after that. Before twitter writers did the same thing: Hunter S. Thompson used the phrase “Fear and Loathing” in multiple book titles because he knew it was good and that he might never outdo it. In the future writing is repetitive cyclical kinds of stuff. 

                Emails re-email themselves out of boredom. Technology likes taking things to the next level from intimacy to redundancy. With the help of technology millions of gainfully employed people can work from the comfort of their own homes. Good thing technology never feels anything like shame. Brought into multiple relationships technology refuses to date opting instead for open relationships for technology wants to work with everybody effectively. 

                Great moments increase with time. Life ages everyone. The government has a vested interest in ensuring its citizens stay alive as long as possible to fill necessary quotas. For some reason humanity is big into constant endless expansion. Without any checks reality crashes around people as the desirable becomes undesirable and popularity shifts with time. 

                Pigeons remain the most popular creatures in New York City. Better than the rats the pigeons can fly away. The rats of New York City find themselves hated. Sure pigeons suffer a similar fate yet they have the opportunity to escape. Rats lack this ability opting instead to develop New York accents and read the New York Post whenever a free copy becomes available which is always. Animals of New York City are full of pride happy to know they are living in the greatest city on Earth with plenty of wasteful humans ready to feed them calorie-rich scraps. 

                Distraction has always existed. Life makes ever greater amounts of distractions so people do not have to face themselves in their down time. Thanks to the power of literally everything nobody has to ever be alone with their thoughts and nobody needs to contemplate their existence. Self-awareness has been edited out of life in exchange for streaming on demand gratification a drug imbalance made socially acceptable even encouraged. 

                Birth happens every day. The world asks for more people and the world gets them. Why the world needs more people when it already has billions, nobody can answer that question. Plenty opt out of having children having remembered what sort of hell they put their own parents through. At least before anybody goes to bed they get a moment where they can reflect on their life free from any kind of interruption for a few moments. A handful of people take advantage of the moment but most waste it.

'May 18 2014'/'iPhone tweet-drafts I'm abandoning' poem by Tao Lin

                Repetitive tweeting is the present and is going to be the future. Witty things can exist for only so long before people realize they wrote their best tweet and chase the dragon after that. Before twitter writers did the same thing: Hunter S. Thompson used the phrase “Fear and Loathing” in multiple book titles because he knew it was good and that he might never outdo it. In the future writing is repetitive cyclical kinds of stuff. 

                Emails re-email themselves out of boredom. Technology likes taking things to the next level from intimacy to redundancy. With the help of technology millions of gainfully employed people can work from the comfort of their own homes. Good thing technology never feels anything like shame. Brought into multiple relationships technology refuses to date opting instead for open relationships for technology wants to work with everybody effectively. 

                Great moments increase with time. Life ages everyone. The government has a vested interest in ensuring its citizens stay alive as long as possible to fill necessary quotas. For some reason humanity is big into constant endless expansion. Without any checks reality crashes around people as the desirable becomes undesirable and popularity shifts with time. 

                Pigeons remain the most popular creatures in New York City. Better than the rats the pigeons can fly away. The rats of New York City find themselves hated. Sure pigeons suffer a similar fate yet they have the opportunity to escape. Rats lack this ability opting instead to develop New York accents and read the New York Post whenever a free copy becomes available which is always. Animals of New York City are full of pride happy to know they are living in the greatest city on Earth with plenty of wasteful humans ready to feed them calorie-rich scraps. 

                Distraction has always existed. Life makes ever greater amounts of distractions so people do not have to face themselves in their down time. Thanks to the power of literally everything nobody has to ever be alone with their thoughts and nobody needs to contemplate their existence. Self-awareness has been edited out of life in exchange for streaming on demand gratification a drug imbalance made socially acceptable even encouraged. 

                Birth happens every day. The world asks for more people and the world gets them. Why the world needs more people when it already has billions, nobody can answer that question. Plenty opt out of having children having remembered what sort of hell they put their own parents through. At least before anybody goes to bed they get a moment where they can reflect on their life free from any kind of interruption for a few moments. A handful of people take advantage of the moment but most waste it.

Three Pieces by Emily O’ Neill

                Life is full of tests. Many of them are multiple choice. Others require a great deal more finesse. Not everybody gets it right the first time. Those that fail early succeed often. People who go through life without any failures never really risked anything. For those people there are lots of difficulties as they realize they kept on taking the easy way out until there are no more paths to choose. Stuck due to their unease with risk they find themselves alone while others, those willing to fail, succeed much later on further down the path. Insecurities arise from the small successes in life as people openly wonder how much longer they can get away with it before they have to be honest with themselves. 

                Trips try even the heartiest folks. Various destinations try to celebrate their laid-back lifestyles. Yet usually the most laid-back option anybody can take is to simply stay at home. Movement requires a degree of planning. Ever since people decided they wanted to separate themselves with different countries moving the continents away to get nice beachfront properties, people have been fairly miserable. One day the Earth will decide the separation has been enough and will create a Pangea. Until such time people look longing across the seas hoping to discover new lands with the acknowledgement that everything on the map has already been discovered. 

                Carnivals work to help people escape their realities. Nobody can live in a surreal landscape at least not for long. Even the most distant individuals those who have successfully rented out the space in their own head know at some point they need to interact with the rest of humanity. While they rarely if ever look forward to it they know they need to brace themselves. The devil is in the details which is why most people are not detail-orientated. By letting the devil handle the small details the big picture is easier to see. Filtering out the negative aspects in life is a must for there can be too much information at times to successfully handle. Instead what happens is any person realizes what can be ignored and what is pressing. For millions of people that process takes far longer than they are willing to admit. Such things occur with great frequency hoping that one day they will hear only what they need to hear not what they want to hear.

3 Poems by Dalton Day

                Bears need to be celebrated. Presidents have given their names to bears. Teddy Roosevelt used to hunt bears but upon discovering bears had children he refused to shoot the bears cubs. Such a kind gesture led him to introduce his own line of stuffed bears named “Teddy Bears”. With no actual resemblance to real bears he managed to do just fine. Royalties never went to Teddy Roosevelt for his teddy bears and he ended being okay with it. Other Presidents rarely had encounters with bears. Maybe Abraham Lincoln had bear connections, maybe he did not. All people know is Abraham Lincoln was a strong President and had he been a bear, he might have been a fine bear indeed. 

                Ghosts of the past and presents are well-acknowledged. Nobody stops to think of the future ghosts. Masters of time travel future ghosts try to go back in time to warn others of the terrible fate that might befall them. Every ghost comes in different shapes and sizes. Thankfully none of the ghosts manage to take up any room. One of the greatest ghostly benefits is being invisible. With this invisibility ghosts can live anywhere. Unrestricted by rents, neighborhoods, and size of the building ghosts tend to move to expensive neighborhoods with their ghost pals. Wealthy people dislike being bothered by the undead but it is the wealthy people that blew up and built mountains for the view. The living fails to realize how romantic ghosts can be. Most spend their entire lives trying to be affectionate towards each other only to perfect it in the afterlife when there is plenty of time to get everything right. 

                Metal is important to avoid. Metal has so many sub-genres even though it is basically the same loud thing over and over again. Skies are meant to be avoided on bad days when the sky cries something wet and something frozen. The truth needs to be told to the sky to get it to calm down that it is merely a season. Winter will end. April showers will bring beauty to the sky above and the sky works with the sun to bring new life to the Earth. Few bother telling the truth to the sky opting instead to curse it for months at a time. Flowers try to rise themselves to the Heavens. That is why people pick them from the ground to bring them a little bit closer. At least the trees are able to make it over the course of centuries they become a new sky.

Reflecting on my first year of Sobriety by Jordan Castro

                Sober is a great way to be. For plenty of people their lives might not start out this way. Maybe something goes wrong in their life. Maybe something doesn’t. Maybe it is simply boredom. Whatever the reason the days become cloudy. Whatever day, whatever month it is doesn’t matter. This is the scary part the disassociation from the normal daily routines where the body finds itself absorbed by things put into it for pleasure, now put into it for addiction. And the routine for addiction is never scheduled. It happens whenever it feels like happening taking control of a person’s life because it can because it is a chemical. 

                Things come to a head in different way. An overdose can happen. In other instances maybe the person looks too terrible to check into a nice hotel. However it happens there is the eventual intrusion of reality into the cloudy mind a moment of clarity. From there plenty of considerably better things can happen. During that precise instant a person has a choice where they can actually reflect upon their life and wonder what happened. Some people choose not to bother with it calling it a fleeting moment. Others try to do something different opting for a turn around. Those that turn around see what they did to people the lack of responsibility, of selfishness they were driven to because of a dependency. 

                Next comes the hard part: the letting go. Initially cleaning up hurts physically hurts. The sobering up after months and years perhaps of not being sober becomes wretched. At first it started out not as an addiction but as a way to simply be at parties morphed into something else. For a while the withdrawal symptoms are dreadful things hurting the mind. Insane schemes come up without any regard to their realistic nature. Upon reflection the mind realizes that sobriety is something that can be achieved. Such a realization is important for it realizes that the temporary pain is worth it to achieve a kind of balance in day to day life. 

                 After enough time being sober schedules start to form. The days become easier to manage. Work becomes infinitely more important. Everything becomes more important. Friends that helped individuals sober up become long term friends. Before this the only useful things involved meeting sketchy people in sketchy places. Gradually the highs of addiction are shown to be merely a subsistence lifestyle not something that could have been done long term. Having a sustainable life is of the utmost importance and that is one of the greatest things to gain after beating addiction.

Reflecting on my first year of Sobriety by Jordan Castro

                Sober is a great way to be. For plenty of people their lives might not start out this way. Maybe something goes wrong in their life. Maybe something doesn’t. Maybe it is simply boredom. Whatever the reason the days become cloudy. Whatever day, whatever month it is doesn’t matter. This is the scary part the disassociation from the normal daily routines where the body finds itself absorbed by things put into it for pleasure, now put into it for addiction. And the routine for addiction is never scheduled. It happens whenever it feels like happening taking control of a person’s life because it can because it is a chemical. 

                Things come to a head in different way. An overdose can happen. In other instances maybe the person looks too terrible to check into a nice hotel. However it happens there is the eventual intrusion of reality into the cloudy mind a moment of clarity. From there plenty of considerably better things can happen. During that precise instant a person has a choice where they can actually reflect upon their life and wonder what happened. Some people choose not to bother with it calling it a fleeting moment. Others try to do something different opting for a turn around. Those that turn around see what they did to people the lack of responsibility, of selfishness they were driven to because of a dependency. 

                Next comes the hard part: the letting go. Initially cleaning up hurts physically hurts. The sobering up after months and years perhaps of not being sober becomes wretched. At first it started out not as an addiction but as a way to simply be at parties morphed into something else. For a while the withdrawal symptoms are dreadful things hurting the mind. Insane schemes come up without any regard to their realistic nature. Upon reflection the mind realizes that sobriety is something that can be achieved. Such a realization is important for it realizes that the temporary pain is worth it to achieve a kind of balance in day to day life. 

                 After enough time being sober schedules start to form. The days become easier to manage. Work becomes infinitely more important. Everything becomes more important. Friends that helped individuals sober up become long term friends. Before this the only useful things involved meeting sketchy people in sketchy places. Gradually the highs of addiction are shown to be merely a subsistence lifestyle not something that could have been done long term. Having a sustainable life is of the utmost importance and that is one of the greatest things to gain after beating addiction.

5 Poems by Parker Tettleton

                Lots of people ask for change. How to handle such situations depends on how long a person has spent living in cities. An excuse has to be made up for people. The sheer probability of someone eventually caving in and giving change is pretty high hence why people do it in the first place. Not making eye contact is a good way to avoid the question. Glazed over stares work well in many situations in life and is usually how people manage to survive in a world filled with strangers. 

                The world can become happier given the right circumstances. Many times the world is wrong. With pets the world becomes less wrong as people prepare to take care of the world outside themselves if only for a little bit of time. Public transportation celebrates the individual and takes away their responsibility for a short period of time as it shows people brand new worlds. On and off the public transportation people fill their lives with media because the media helps them focus on something besides themselves for a brief moment in time. 

                Little things can be found in brief moments in time. Sofa fill up lives with the unnecessary making them necessary. The art of laziness is a must. Anybody who works too hard finds themselves entirely burned out towards the end of their lives wishing they had changed a bulb every now and again. Nobody can constantly work hard every day. Even the weather needs the rain to wash the Earth out. Belief in oneself helps to make such forms of tiredness acceptable. From the past comes the present which forms the future. The future is a gussied up version of the present just with a few more devices and products.  
 
                Generations have their peculiar sounds. It is how the Rolling Stones came to sell life insurance, how The Who sells Roth IRAs, and how politicians sell pills to help people sexually satisfy each other. A fire pit is where all the enlightenment comes from after the wood is charred and the marshmallows burnt to a tender crisp. Out there in somewhere it is somebody birthday and even greater numbers of people need to care. Relatives are forced to give out cards for the special occasion as they hope for the absolute best. The transportation lets them out to nowhere in particular to reflect on what it means to age and to grow into becoming a family member.

5 Poems by Parker Tettleton

                Lots of people ask for change. How to handle such situations depends on how long a person has spent living in cities. An excuse has to be made up for people. The sheer probability of someone eventually caving in and giving change is pretty high hence why people do it in the first place. Not making eye contact is a good way to avoid the question. Glazed over stares work well in many situations in life and is usually how people manage to survive in a world filled with strangers. 

                The world can become happier given the right circumstances. Many times the world is wrong. With pets the world becomes less wrong as people prepare to take care of the world outside themselves if only for a little bit of time. Public transportation celebrates the individual and takes away their responsibility for a short period of time as it shows people brand new worlds. On and off the public transportation people fill their lives with media because the media helps them focus on something besides themselves for a brief moment in time. 

                Little things can be found in brief moments in time. Sofa fill up lives with the unnecessary making them necessary. The art of laziness is a must. Anybody who works too hard finds themselves entirely burned out towards the end of their lives wishing they had changed a bulb every now and again. Nobody can constantly work hard every day. Even the weather needs the rain to wash the Earth out. Belief in oneself helps to make such forms of tiredness acceptable. From the past comes the present which forms the future. The future is a gussied up version of the present just with a few more devices and products.  

 

                Generations have their peculiar sounds. It is how the Rolling Stones came to sell life insurance, how The Who sells Roth IRAs, and how politicians sell pills to help people sexually satisfy each other. A fire pit is where all the enlightenment comes from after the wood is charred and the marshmallows burnt to a tender crisp. Out there in somewhere it is somebody birthday and even greater numbers of people need to care. Relatives are forced to give out cards for the special occasion as they hope for the absolute best. The transportation lets them out to nowhere in particular to reflect on what it means to age and to grow into becoming a family member.

my heart rate is 1 beat per minute by Steve Roggenbuck

                Haircare is of the utmost importance to Steve Roggenbuck. Gelled up mohawks are beautiful things to experience firsthand. People with mohawks tend to be highly lauded and respectable members of their community. Necklines too remain an important part of the haircare experience. Fortunately Steve Roggenbuck takes good care of his neckline. Steve Roggenbuck makes plans to shit next Saturday. In today’s fast paced world it is important to set aside time to shit. Without this time how can shit truly get real? Besides this Steve Roggenbuck has a heart that beats so hard it beats only one time per minute. If Steve Roggenbuck’s heart beats more than one time per minute YouTube cannot handle it. Too much love comes into the YouTube clip and it becomes a spiritual-ass experience, probably. 

                Steve Roggenbuck talks about the poop shoot quite a bit in this video. The poop shoot is symbolic of a poop shoot. Without a poop shoot people have serious difficulties. For individuals born without an anus they dream of poop shoots, of going to the bathroom like normal, anus-wielding individuals. Good thing Steve Roggenbuck gives a necessary shout out to a courageous individual who had a NILLA WAFER up in their poop shoot for a half hour. Oddly this is how NILLA WAFERS are usually made. Every time a person eats a NILLA WAFER they taste the poop shoot of a master NILLA WAFER expert. Passed down for generations the NILLA WAFER recipe originally came from ancient Mesopotamia.  

 

                Towards the end of the video Steve Roggenbuck feels quite randy. This is encouraging. Years go by without people feeling their inner randy. Randy is the inner child for everybody’s lust. A life without lust is a life that is hella boring, to quote the famous some random guy. Judging by the extreme emotional expression that graces Steve Roggenbuck’s face, his inner Randy comes forth. 

                For a while Steve Roggenbuck moves away from his inner Randy. Sometimes it can be hard to express love for the world. The world can be a cruel and unforgiving place, a place filled with gel pens but a place that might not actually gel for anybody. At the very tip top end of the piece Steve Roggenbuck expresses true love. Seemingly out of nowhere a dog appears and makes out with Steve Roggenbuck. Obviously the love between the two of them is palpable. Steve Roggenbuck loves life and loves the dogs of life.

Hanetration - Murmurist EP 8.0

                Hanetration moves into the light with the “Murmurist EP”. The sound remains distinctly Hanetration’s territory: warped drone, glitches, found rhythms, and subtle melodies. Within this territory Hanetration’s music appears to be more at ease. Sounds have brightened up considerably since Hanetration’s last effort. As a result this is easily Hanetration’s most optimistic effort to date and perhaps the most heartfelt. 

                Music from a long thin distance defines the elongated opening of “Morning”. From various shifts and distortions the song eventually settles into an abstract rhythm towards the end with the glitch effects working to make the ending rather gentle. On “Begin” the song settles into a natural rhythm with the many glitch pieces working together to create a groove of sorts. Easily the best thing on the entire collection the song has a slight surf vibe to it, if surf music had been thrown into an unthinkable number of filters. There is something incredibly calming about “Begin” and its hypnotic repetition. “Wither” takes things into more naturalistic territory with clearly discernible environment noises adding a human touch to the delicate drones. Melodies are longing at first yet unlike Hanetration’s previous efforts he lets that longing end for the sweet release of the end where the many pieces are brought together to create a full picture of the sound. 

                For “Sundown” Hanetration ends things on a quiet ambient note with tribal aspects coming through with strange hesitant rhythm adding additional depth to the piece. Hanetration’s “Murmurist EP” is a true thing of unusual beauty.