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  • mono 6:13 am on January 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Beware, , , Live, , New Album,   

    Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Interview/Preview of “Beware” 

    bonnie_prince_billy-beware-cover_artI have written about the music of Bonnie “Prince” Billy in the past and will continue to do so as long as he continues making music. With a new album due out on March 17th, I would like to direct your attention to this radio interview/live performance that Mr. Oldham recently did where he performs a piece from his new album, “You Can’t Hurt Me Now” and talks about the new album “Beware.” I hope you enjoy this: Bonnie “Prince” Billy – You Can’t Hurt Me Now.

  • mono 2:10 pm on September 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Live, , My Bloody Valentine, , Reation, Ronnettes, Surf, Tell the World, , Vivian Girls   

    Vivian Girls: Reaction and Live Video 


    The more I listen to Vivian Girls, the more I am drawn into their brand of simple, slightly messy, yet smiley shoegaze-surf-punk vibe. Upon re-listening to their self-titled album, I conjure a faint trickle of The Ronnettes or the mutant child of My Bloody Valentine and southern California 1960’s pop with a twinge of anthemic punk. For those of us currently disconnected from any kind of “local” scene, the sound of the Vivian Girls provided an elixer of home, of the kind of shows devoid of media attention and corporate label support. A cassette copy of this material should be in order.

    A thirty minute live video from Vimeo (link below), shows me their live presence in what could be, an intimate venue. The lighting is almost non-existent, the cheers from the crowd are powerful yet few in number (sadly). All I know is that somewhere in Brooklyn, this took place – culture brews and is spread through social media channels. Meanwhile, someone in the dark forests of Japan tunes in and uses this music as the soundtrack to his “first day of fall” celebration. Thank you Vivian Girls.

    Vivian Girls live at Death By Audio (Brooklyn) (September 2, 2008)

    Vivian Girls links:
    Vivian Girls on Myspace
    Vivian Girls Official

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  • mono 7:06 am on September 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cutting Edge, , Harper's Magazine, Live, , University of California, ,   

    The Perspective of David Foster Wallace: Video 

    The sky in Japan has clouded over. Airplanes rumble overhead. A typhoon is coming this weekend. At six o’clock in the morning, I find a video that I want to share with you. Thirty minutes with David Foster Wallace speaking at the “Artists on the Cutting Edge” series from The University of California Television Channel on Youtube.

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    • samfrancis 1:35 pm on August 20, 2009 Permalink

      Thanks for the video, I’ll get to it when I’m more awake. Just getting into David’s work as of late. Currently reading “consider the lobster.” What a brilliant sense of observation ~

  • mono 5:40 pm on August 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Live, , runzelstirn and gurgelstock, taiwan, vinyl   

    Runzelstirn and Gurgelstock/Schimpfluch-Gruppe 

    The following text was written without any editing as the author focused on an exercise of writing + listening. This is simply one attempt to express the images the mind creates when indulging oneself in the sounds of Runzelstirn and Gurgelstock. Although, it must be said that these words do no justice to the music. Perhaps with a proper copy of the music, the ritual can wholly begin…

    Runzelstirn and Gurgelstock/Schimplfluch-Gruppe: Aktion 950908 Taipei, Taiwan (7″ RRR Records), an aural attack, a monster, a twisting, scrap metal, shrieking spectre of sound rising in intensity like a whirlwind, like a nightmare. The sound of the audience and the cacaphony of the aktion is indeterminable. A trumpet of sorts sounds. Choking. And then, there we are with some kind of announcement amidst screams, panic perhaps. A distorted hum hovers while grinding swirls of machinery and voices perpetuate, insist. Piercing tone collides with piercing screams. A fragmented voice and then pandemonium, a haunting laughter.

    • Jeff Jefferson 2:39 pm on August 29, 2008 Permalink

      Sounds very cool…uninhibited writing seems to turn out that way. The language makes great sounds. I’m definitely finding I need to remove inhibitions from my writing and just indulge in creativity and wildness. Even if things are clean and polished, maybe they shouldn’t seem that way. Maybe it’s just that you’re getting into such great detail with your sentences. Whatever it is, I like it.

    • jgrefe 3:10 pm on August 30, 2008 Permalink

      Thanks a lot. I really appreciate it. I got inspiration from your “Mumei Yume” piece. I hope you are doing your best in Illinois.

  • mono 8:05 pm on April 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Live, , , Wilding in the West, Yugen   


    Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s live album “Wilding in the West” will be my soundtrack to this spring. The satisfaction gleamed from listening to new live recordings of a familiar artist is beyond words. Songs that one has heard over and over heard again through the live context, altered slightly come to life in a new way, sound almost like new tracks. The pieces performed on “Wilding in the West” are masterfully selected and the new tracks, though still alien to me, I approach with caution, knowing that these are gems to be savored. New magick from Bonnie “Prince” Billy should be kept in a box and only be brought out when the atmosphere is ripe and the magick can be fully appreciated. I still hold the Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s music embodies and brings forth the sense of yugen from a uniquely non-Japanese perspective. More on this later…for now, sit back and illuminate the evening with “Wilding in the West.”

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