Saturday, December 15, 2007

No 4-leaf Clover here!

Smoke this!

I SWEAR I did not P-shop this in any manner (barring cropping).
Check out this site for more, or the primo politico blogger, Wonkette.

For your winter Olympian!

Happy fill 'er up!

J Paul Getty

Under the mistletoe!

and they're worried about STEROIDS?

Batters' up!

The Campaign Trail Mix

Buy the beautiful "Christmas-card" carton?
Yeah baby!

FUCK the D.A.N.C.E.
Haunting me.

If this song, and her voice, don't scorch your soul,
you don't have a soul.

And I've met quite a few of those people...

Tanita Tikaram's crowning achievement, here, in toto.

All God's children need travelling shoes
Drive your problems from here
All good people read good books
Now your conscience is clear
I hear you talk girl
Now your conscience is clear

In the morning when I wipe my brow
Wipe the miles away
I like to think I can be so willed
And never do what you say
I'll never hear you
And never do what you say

Look my eyes are just holograms
Look your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than twist in my sobriety (2x)

We just poked a little empty pie
For the fun that people had at night
Late at night don't need hostility
Timid smile and pause to free

I don't care about their different thoughts
Different thoughts are good for me
Up in arms and chaste and whole
All God's children took their toll

Look my eyes are just holograms
Look your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than twist in my sobriety (2x)

Cup of tea, take time to think, yeah
Time to risk a life, a life, a life
Sweet and handsome
Soft and porky
You pig out 'til you've seen the light
Pig out 'til you've seen the light

Half the people read the papers
Read them good and well
Pretty people, nervous people
People have got to sell
News you have to sell

Look my eyes are just holograms
Look your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than twist in my sobriety

Look my eyes are just holograms
Look your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than twist in my sobriety
More than twist in my sobriety
More than twist in my sobriety

Do the D.A.N.C.E.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Queen|News of the World: 1977

The original silkscreen display piece, produced in 1977, measures in at 2' x 3', and includes grommets in each corner. The condition of this original silkscreen isn't mint, or even near mint. It is in very good condition, considering its size and age. There are a few watermarks, mostly outside the image area. There are also dents and small creases on the original.

A high-quality, 1200dpi file was created, and via Photoshop and the original in a white-light viewing area, this is the proof final.

It will be printed on Canon semi-gloss, archival canvas, and will measure in at 3' x 4', minus a small white border measuring approximately 2" on all sides.

Should you be interested in learning about obtaining one of these limited edition gicleƩ prints, send an e-mail here.

Questions regarding this special edition can also be sent via the e-mail link above.

Additional substrates (Arches rag paper, removable and waterproof vinyl et al) are available by special order, with a non-refundable deposit.

All questions and inquiries will be answered within 24 hours.

Annie Live: The Playlist.

Annie Lennox
Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium
San Francisco USA
10 October 2007

An excellent FM Digital Broadcast

Download here:

And here's a great mirror site, with both files in the first part of the download:

I was fortunate to see the concert in New York at the great Union Palace up on 175th and Broadway. I even braved two-plus hours outside the rear stage door in the hopes of getting an authograph for my May 1985 copy of Andy Warhol's INTERVIEW magazine with Annie and the Richard Bernstein signature rework emblazoned on the cover.

The mix, however, of the band with Annie's voice left a great deal to be desired. The drums, and the higher notes of the band really did interfere, even to the point of a headache.

I hate "screwing" Annie and posting this concert link, but she's one artist I continue to support, as well as support causes she espouses.

If a DVD of her concerts comes out (Arista: are you listening?), I'll be first in line to buy it, whether digitally or physically. Hell, I was listening to SONGS OF MASS DESTRUCTION for over a week before it dropped legally. Same with the SING remixes.

And you know what? I ended up purchasing both through iTunes.

Because it felt good to do so.

Enjoy this concert, and pay it forward.

Connecticut's Casualties
The Iraqi + Afghanistan Conflicts

Sad updates
The Iraqi + Afghanistan Conflicts

Not just any fallen hero.

Born on the 4th of July, Spc Robert Hoyt sacrificed his life for his country this date in 2004.

The write-up from The Military Times follows:

Connecticut Guardsman killed in Iraq

Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. — A 21-year-old Connecticut Army National Guardsman from Ashford was killed Saturday while serving in Iraq, Maj. Gen. William A. Cugno announced Monday.

Spc. Robert Hoyt, a member of the Bristol-based C Company, 102nd Infantry Battalion, was killed when his armored vehicle struck a bomb in Baghdad. The Connecticut unit was mobilized last year to help fill the ranks of Arkansas’s 39th Infantry Brigade.

Amy Schlesing, a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette embedded with the 39th, reported that Hoyt was mortally injured when a truck rolled over him as he lay in the road after the Saturday blast.

The bomb, planted in the road south of Camp Taji, detonated beneath Hoyt’s Humvee. The blast blew an armored door off and threw him to the road. Hoyt’s platoon was escorting tractor-trailer trucks loaded with confiscated Iraqi ammunition from Camp Taji to another base for destruction.

The truck driver following Hoyt’s Humvee was hit by shrapnel from the blast. In the post-explosion confusion, the truck rolled over Hoyt as he lay in the road.

“He was talking when we put him on the helicopter,” said Capt. Derald Neugebauer, Hoyt’s troop commander.

The second oldest of four children, Hoyt graduated from E.O Smith High School in Storrs and has family in the Ashford area. His younger sister attends E.O. Smith, school officials said.

“We don’t believe it’s really happened, but we know it’s happened,” his aunt, Terry Hoyt, told WTNH-TV. “The finality of it will be when he’s put to rest.”

Hoyt was not married and had no children, said Lt. Col. John Whitford, a spokesman for the Connecticut National Guard.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian O’Toole of Plymouth, the original platoon sergeant for the Connecticut group, called Hoyt a perfect soldier.

“If there is anything positive that comes out of Hoyt’s death,” he said, “it’s that it brings the reality of Iraq home to Connecticut, reminding people of the sacrifice and reality of war. As for the guys, they’re going to be all right,” he said. “I think it’ll hit harder when we get back to the States. It will hit us when we sit back and think, ‘What the hell happened?’ ”

“Spc. Hoyt was a valiant soldier who fought to protect and defend every one of us,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. “We are all indebted to him for his service.”

Staff Sgt. Wallace Rand, of Torrington, was also injured from the explosion, but was treated and released back to the same unit, Cugno said.

“It is very difficult to lose another great solider who answered the call to duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hoyt family and all our comrades still on duty in Iraq,” said Cugno, commander of the Connecticut National Guard.

Sgt. Felix Del Greco, of Simsbury, belonged to the same unit and was killed in April during an ambush while on patrol in Baghdad. Three Guardsmen from Connecticut have been killed in Iraq — Hoyt, Del Greco and Staff Sgt. Henry E. Irizarry, of Waterbury.

“Any young life lost today has to be devastating, especially for his family, and our hearts go out to them,” Ashford First Selectman Ralph Fletcher said. “It is just very difficult for anyone to deal with.”

At least 22 people with Connecticut ties have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002.

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Lost Negatives!
Kodak 110 Instamatic

and I know a few people who will tell me they were better lost!!!!
Long live Freddie Mercury!

Freddie Mercury|New Haven 1977
Front + Center

Considering this photograph is a scan from a 30 year old Kodak 110 Instamatic camera, this isn't really all that bad.

Besides: who else would wear harlequin ballet tights with a black leather jacket, wielding a "broken" microphone.

Buddy you're a boy, made a big-fucking-noise!

Annie Lennox: The Gift|Unplugged

Download both versions here.

Darling don't you understand
I feel so ill at ease

The room is full of silence and it's getting hard to breathe
Take this guilded cage of pain and set me free
Take this overcoat of shame
It never did belong to me
It never did belong to me
I need to go outside
I need to leave the smoke
'Cause I can't go on living in this same sick joke
It seems our lives have taken on a different kind of twist
Now that you have given me the perfect gift
You have given me the gift
For we have fallen from our shelves
To face the truth about ourselves

And we have tumbled from our trees
Tumbled from our trees
And I can almost...
I can almost feel the rain falling
Don't you know it feels so good
So let's go out into the rain again
Just like we said we always would

SING! My sisters, and brothers...

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Postcards from the Asylum
DM@MSG '05

Back from the edge:
Me + the big guy.

all photographs © Shamus Ian Fatzinger, the great.

After all, I was his professor in 1992.

Yeah. I know.
What the hell happened to me?