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Baby Carriage Full of Beercans

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There's nothing sadder than an aging hipster. That's why I've been so uncool all these years.

Wednesday, August 18

Latest CD Purchases

Buckethead
Electric Tears
Population Override
Monsters & Robots (pretty much sucks)
Bucketheadland
Colma
Giant Robot

Shin Terai - Unison

Thanatopsis
S/T
Axiology

Bill Laswell
Invisible Design
Ambient Compendium
Radioaxiom w/ Jah Wobble
Sacred System - Book of Entrance, Dub Chamber 1

Miles Davis reworked by Bill Laswell
Panthalassa

Ekstasis
Wake Up And Dream

Praxis
Transmutations
Metatron (sucked, returned it)

Material
Hallucination Engine

Funkadelic
Let's Take It To The Stage

Bootsy Collins
Player of The Year

Great stuff. A few more I will get in the near future: Cobrastrike - "13th Scroll" and "Cobrastrike II", Buckethead - "Somewhere Over The Slaughterhouse" and "Bermuda Triangle", Nicky Scopelitis - "Ekstasis, King Tubby - "In Fine Style", Bahia Black - "Ritual Beating System", and a Psychonavigation disc or two.

Friday, August 6

Lately

Listening to loads of Bill Laswell-related music: Praxis - Transmutations, Shin Terai - Unison, Material - Hallucination Engine, Thanatopsis and loads of Buckethead. At this point, I'm about ready trade all of my old rock music in for more of this genre-busting stuff. So many elements of so many types of music I didn't really like somehow meshed together to make stuff I absolutely love: ambient-dub-jazz-fusion-groove-IDM plus a few others I am afraid to mention for it will surely give the wrong impression. Part of the'"downtown" / "NYC Underground" scene is how I see it described everywhere. From Bootsy Collins to Miles Davis to a man with a fucking KFC bucket on his head.

Also on a non-musical note... (get it?)

Found this cool link for weirdness sake : http://deoxy.org/inc1.htm
I really enjoyed the story behind the conspiracy.

That's all for now. Weeha.

Tuesday, July 20

Sources cited for Farenheit 9/11

http://www.michaelmoore.com/warroom/f911notes/

This makes it a bit harder to pretend Moore "slanted" everything to his liking. Like I've said before, Moore's so-called "slants" are obvious to the audience. The facts are the facts.

Have another glance at the Saudi relationship.

Saturday, July 3

Farenheit 9/11

Go see the movie. There's so much already said about this, I'm not going to even bother to try to convince you. You just have to see it.

I will, however, use the words of Fox News.

Someone who works for FOX NEWS actually gave F-9/11 a GLOWING REVIEW! Seeing how Fox helped Bush steal the election with Bush's first cousin pulling the strings, I wonder if this poor reviewer is about to be fired:
Check out the review: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,122680,00.html

Quote from the review that says it all:
More than even "The Passion of the Christ," "F9/11" is going to be a "see it for yourself" movie when it hits theaters on June 25. It simply cannot be missed, and I predict it will be a huge moneymaker.

Quote from the review for people who didn't like Bowling for Columbine:
As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President George Bush, "F9/11" — as we saw last night — is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty* —* and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice.

Readers of this column may recall that I had a lot of problems with Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," particularly where I thought he took gratuitous shots at helpless targets such as Charlton Heston. "Columbine" too easily succeeded by shooting fish in a barrel, as they used to say.

Not so with "F9/11," which instead relies on lots of film footage and actual interviews to make its case against the war in Iraq and tell the story of the intertwining histories of the Bush and bin Laden families.

Friday, June 18

The Phish show last night...

Saw Phish's first show of their last tour ever last night. Fortunately for me, I didn't have to pay $35 or more to go stand in the rain in Keyspan park in Brooklyn; they had the show simulcast in Regal Cinema movie theatres nationwide. In NYC, not only did the show sell out, but the first theatre sold out so they added another. I was quite thankful for this since I haven't seen them since I was 18 or something back when they were a rather small-scale act playing at a local university. I was also thankful for several other reasons, which I will get into one by one.

CUSHY CHAIRS - Phish may be a great band to listen to, but they're not the most exciting band to watch from a standing room only situation, even with the over-the-top elaborate stagelights and sheer monstrosity of a huge plot of land filled to capacity. Since they basically just stand like plants, there's nothing really to see from 50 feet away except on the monitors. And then it's mostly just facial expressions and fingers moving. This brings me to my next reason I'm thankful...

AMAZING CAMERAWORK - This had better be released as a DVD (the FULL concert, not just the "best parts" of it). The 3 hours of concert footage I was privaledged to view last night were top-rate and obviously a very expensive production. The band said all of 10 words to the audience and just blew through 3 sets, during which time the cameras caught their hands and fingers playing some of the most impressive music I have actually ever been able to witness in detail. Hearing them play is one thing, but actually being able to SEE what their fingers are doing in order to produce such sounds is something else entirely. By the end of the show, I WAS EXHAUSTED, literally, just from watching them play from the comfort of my cushy theatre chair! I dragged my ass out of the theatre as if I had just danced all night on ecstacy or something and fell asleep on the trainride home.

THE ATTITUDE CAPTURED ON FILM - Besides the smirking attitude of the band, as they laughed about fun little things they'd just done musically, I saw this same attitude reflected in the fans. It was really just about the music and being happy-- not stupid hippy polyanna "everything is groovy, it's all happenning" kind of happy.... just pleasure in small things.

It started out with us (the audience in the theatre) sitting there watching the audience in Keyspan park just waiting for the show to begin. As I looked around the theatre, I saw a perfect mirror of the fans' general attitude. There weren't a lot of filthy hippies. There were just thousands of mature short-haired casual people more or less hanging out as comfortably as if they were in a family barbeque somewhere, hanging out with friends on a beach or something. So much different from your average rock show where people are either trying to "outcool" one another or are obnoxiously "psyched" to be rocking out in a concert venue.

When the band took the stage, a roar filled the audience, as one would expect, but after 15 or 20 minutes into the show, the audience was STILL standing (or sitting) in a civilized manner, just soaking up the music. Nobody in Keyspan seemed to be dancing all over everyone else's shoes or otherwise going "apeshit," which almost shocked me because I had also spotted in the crowd several teenage jocky looking guys. These kids had the typical sullen expressions of rebel kids who enjoy their drugs, but seemed to be willing participants in a peaceful good time. I can't tell you how surprised I was when the group of little hoodlums next to me who had been smoking pot the entire time, took it in stride when I accidentally kicked over their jumbo $6 movie theatre drink! I said, "Oh shit, was that a drink?! I'm sorry..." and was fully expecting them to act as any NY teenage prick would, but to my surprise, one just said casually, "That's alright." They didn't even try to be "magnanimously cool" or anything.

All these 12 year old kids were running to and from the bathroom yelling, "What'd I miss?" and "Did they start the 2nd set yet?" They didn't look drunk or high or even old enough to really be that excited about music. I was thinking, "Shouldn't you be listening to Eminem or something?" When I was 12, I think I would've been bored off my ass by Phish.

However, in contrast, if this was a Regal Cinema simulcast of KISS or Eminem or something, you can bet the general feel of the crowd would be somewhat hostile (remember the fires at Lollapalooza?). During the second set, the crowd peacefully went down the escalators calmly and smoked cigarettes. As I smoked, I was approached by all sorts of people who just wanted to talk to me. It was a gentle give-and-take sort of conversation I had with EVERYONE, talking about nothing in particular. So different from a standard rock show where there's this weird tension in the air and people are afraid to talk to other people... so different from NYC in general, where conversation is all about how witty or interesting you can be in the first 90 seconds in order to grab someone's attention. This left me with the realization that you just can't listen to Phish and not end up being mellow and genuine; they're not a band that's interested in "rocking your balls off" or getting you to join the KISS Army or some shit, so it's just really: "You like this music? That's cool, I do too." Sit back and enjoy it.

A GOOD SHOW, THREE TIGHT SETS - There really wasn' much fucking around with this show. The band just played to their highest standards and walked off the stage. Nothing more fitting for a DVD release than that. Let the music speak for itself. Let the sheer enormity of it all (gigantic stage, monitors, lights, audience, etc.) be a testament to the fact that this music is at the heart of it all. It has been fun for me to watch the reversal of opinion from critics and detractors over the years. Rolling Stone hated Phish in the beginning, but eventually called them "the most important band of the 90's." After all these years, when Phish has REALLY decided to pack it in and call it a day, critics are now complaining that the band is just "paranoid" or 'too idealistic"... suddenly, NOW the critics don't want the band to stop playing. If this show is released on DVD, it will be a great realization for the rest of the stragglers out there who still think Phish suck. They'll be middle-aged men and women somewhere and someone will put in this Phish concert and they'll stop and say, "holy shit, what did I miss? I was actually ALIVE back then and I actually chose to ignore this band..."

And they might feel like I do now. I ignored Phish for most of their glory years.

I bought the new album on the way home from the show and, believe it or not, listening to it this afternoon at work, my eyes started to tear up. The new album, "Undermind," is the most fitting end to Phish I could imagine. There are lots of little references sprinkled throughout the album that this is the end of Phish... maybe they weren't really intentional at the time they wrote them (but maybe they were)... in any case, subconcious thoughts say quite a lot....

THE FINAL REASON I'M THANKFUL - Like I said, when I left this show, I was EXHAUSTED (from doing NOTHING, mind you!) and as I walked away I thought to myself, "I can't believe that they've played shows like that for the past 21 years. I would never choose to work that hard in a band..." and then I remembered that Trey and Page especially have been visibily "drained" for the past 6 years or so, according to all their family and friends, who frequently urged them to stop. Trey threw out his entire CD collection and burned his TV last year (not the actions of a healthy man, regardless of whatever his reasoning may have been at the time). And, as I thought about this, it was not surprising in the least that they didn't say 10 words to the audience all night. They could have gone on and on about their decision to quit the band and become really emotional (like Courtney Love or something), but instead they were visibly enjoying themselves, most likely knowing and feeling what Trey recently said in an interview:

"It will be great to revisit all that old material one last time this summer, but I need something knew. I can't just keep travelling around the world playing 'You Enjoy Myself.' I need something new!"

I would have quit the band probably after the 2nd or 3rd major label release. If James Brown is the "hardest working man in showbiz," Phish is at least that times four.

I suggest everyone buy the new album, "Undermind" ... it's just good. The lyrics... well, they make me cry. Not for myself, but for them. What a struggle, what a life... and for what? Just for our enjoyment... 'You Enjoy Myself' indeed. They managed to release 400 songs and 30-something "official" albums, not to mention the downloads of dozens of shows, they provided free DAT soundboard taping for the fans and they donate the profits from their LIVE PHISH series to charity... what more can be said in favor of ANY band? Oh that's right, they didn't cure cancer.

Thursday, May 27

Sure are going out with a bang though...!

First I've ever heard of a nation-wide movie theatre simulcast of a live concert. Since the Brooklyn shows are sold out, I may just have to pay $12.50 and go to Union Square's theatre to watch the show.

I also just might pay the $149.50 to see that very last show in August.

And, in about 15 minutes, I'm going to watch Trey on Charlie Rose on PBS...

Just some swiped links for storage

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>> Everything below is copied + pasted.
I wrote none of it.
It is just an archive of links as described be other people.
Lots of free online books if you're interested, though...<<
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I AMs extensive list of Grimoires and other Magickal
Texts as well as some fiction...

http://www.geocities.com/neverclan/OF/links.html

http://www.schuelers.com/enochian/

http://www.alchemy.dial.pipex.com/index.html

www.spellsandmagic.com
Not really so useful, but an good intro for newbs and a spells resource for pros alike.

Here is a link to an underrated book in my oppinion. This is only part 4 which is the most curious in this book.
http://www.esotericarchives.com/solomon/sibly4.htm


Golden Dawn:
The Golden Dawn Sanctuary - http://home.earthlink.net/~lyam/index.htm
The Sanctuary of Ma'at Order of the Golden Dawn® - http://www.ritual-magic.com/welcome/
ISIS THOTH - http://isisthoth93.bravehost.com/
Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition - http://www.jwmt.org

Discordian
FNORD - http://www.fnord.org/

Misc
The Internet Sacred Text Archive - http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm
Norton's Imperium - http://www.hermetic.com/browe-archive/index.htm
The Mystic - http://www.themystic.org
LOGDOS - http://www.lawbright.com/logdos/

I AMs extensive list of Grimoires and other Magickal
Texts as well as some fiction...
http://www.geocities.com/neverclan/OF/links.html

This site is certainly worth a look, althogh it encompasses more
than just CM:
http://www.antiqillum.com/glor/gloridx.htm

And some more to keep us going:
http://ar.atwola.com/html/93167784/953482353/aoladp?SNM=HIDF&width=180&height=150&target=_blank&TZ=-60&CT=I

(esoteric archives)
http://www.lava.net/~pagios/basic.html

(Bardon comentary by Mistele)
http://www.abrahadabra.com/

(Im sure you remember this)
http://www.templex.org/reference_library.htm

(Chaos and Thelema)
http://fusionanomaly.net/

(A site Logos posted, interesting)
http://www.ordoaa.org/index.htm
(one of the A A sites)

meditation -
http://www.smokindiscounts.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=75

astral projection -
http://www.smokindiscounts.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=74
dreams -
http://www.smokindiscounts.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=76
magick -
http://www.smokindiscounts.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=73

Necronomicon links for historical reference:
The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature
This site has ODD spellings of common names but is the largest link I've found of actual table references complete with transliteration.

Gateways to Babylon
NOTE: This site seems to be a little free with their translations...going so far as to even blatantly make stuff up! But even their fiction is a pretty good read...and I figure if the necro works for you...these might as well

Argos

This is a series of links for middle eastern studies...there is a lot of info linked here, but ya gotta sort through a BUNCH of other stuff.

Sumerian Lexicon
Translate the words in the Necro yourself! (NOTE: most of the words in the necro are actually Akkadian )

Sumerian Mythology FAQ (Version 2.0html)
Fair to accurate information...and it cross-references itself for ease of use.

GUIDE TO THE SUMERIAN TEXTS
I just found this site...it "looks" good...but could be a bunch of crap...read at your own risk!

The Necro in HTML
I've not compared this with my book! (it has audio of Evil Dead *shudders*)


THE SEVEN EVIL SPIRITS
R.C. Thompson, translator [The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia, London
1903].

You can actually BUY this book from Amazon or your local B&N!


WWW-VL HISTORY

GREAT site! One problem...most of the content is too current & not related
to anything even remotely magickal
Digitized Titles for Etana>
Electronic Tools and Anceint Near-Eastern Archives. A MUST! Some of these books actually have spells in them!!!

Online books:
http://www.blackmask.com/page.php
(seems to have bandwidth issues )
There are two or three books on Sumer in here...one of them is pretty good!

http://www.livingwithmagick.com/LBRP.html

http://www.livingwithmagick.com/SIRP.html

http://www.kats-robes.com/robes.htm

http://www.tylwythteg.com/guide.html

http://www.crystalinks.com/ancientastronauts.html

http://sobek.colorado.edu/LAB/GODS/index.html

http://home-2.worldonline.nl/~gibbon/enki_enlil.htm#5

http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ema/

http://www.coldsteel.com/
[QUALITY knives!]
http://www.satanism101.com/

http://www.mysteriousworld.com/Journal/2003/Summer/Osiria/

http://www.world-mysteries.com/sar_7.htm

http://deafening-silence.deviantart.com/

http://www.dslreports.com/stest?loc=97

http://www.guardians.net/egypt/giza1.htm

http://www.sacred-texts.com/ufo/ourpast.htm

http://www.harmonikireland.com/index.php?topic=LivingWater

http://www.prairieghosts.com/

http://www.vortexmaps.com/htmla/megalith.php

Wednesday, May 26

Bummer, Phish is gone for good

As the message from Trey below shows, the band is done for good. It also seems to indicate that the new album must really suck! That really blows cuz I only saw them twice back in, like, 92-93 on college campuses. Never once saw the huge arena tours. I had gotten so much back into them in the past 2 years that I fully expected to see them at the Garden next time they came around...
Looks like I won't get to.

Really sucks, too, because their side projects are not great. They're barely good.

Ah well, I can still buy up all the old LIVEPHISH cd's ... that should satisfy me for a lifetime. A catalog of over 400 different songs (not including variations) and enough available music to listen to for probably a month or two before you'd have to repeat the cycle... who listens to music 24 hours a day, anyway?

AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TREY 05.25.04

Last Friday night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly about the strong feelings I've been having that Phish has run its course and that we should end it now while it's still on a high note. Once we started talking, it quickly became apparent that the other guys' feelings, while not all the same as mine, were similar in many ways -- most importantly, that we all love and respect Phish and the Phish audience far too much to stand by and allow it to drag on beyond the point of vibrancy and health. We don't want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act. By the end of the meeting, we realized that after almost twenty-one years together we were faced with the opportunity to graciously step away in unison, as a group, united in our friendship and our feelings of gratitude.

So Coventry will be the final Phish show. We are proud and thrilled that it will be in our home state of Vermont. We're also excited for the June and August shows, our last tour together. For the sake of clarity, I should say that this is not like the hiatus, which was our last attempt to revitalize ourselves. We're done. It's been an amazing and incredible journey. We thank you all for the love and support that you've shown us.

-- Trey Anastasio