fucking hell. hello.
Welcome aboard. This is my new blog. My name is Chuck
. Welcome to my world.
Does the world need another blog? Yes! Because the world needs more conversations, online and offline
. I'm more engaged and informed than ever, thanks to MeFi
and the ensuing discussion at Space Waitress
. Me mates and I, we even pickup the conversation using REAL LIVE HUMAN TALKING over breakfast. Mostly about our evil/idiotic
"Our experience on the Web enables us to recapture the truth of our experience of the real world."
Oh yeah, I'm also doing a documentary (blogumentary?) about blogs. I need your help. Watch the saga unfold here and email me
your ideas and thoughts.
I really truly believe that blogs and the web are the evolved tendrils of our human existence and the interconnectedness
of all things. Like Space Waitress sez, it's our collective human memory. Our collective brain. Perhaps something greater will be gleaned from it all. Something like V'ger
MUSIC + FILM
Meanwhile - sorry, long-ass first entry here - I've been digging the Sound Unseen Festival
. I saw a short doc about the Langely Schools Music Project
. You know, where the school kids from 1978 sing all the classic rock hots of the day with innocence and despair in their little voices. The producer of the cd was there. He's a DJ at the esteemed WFMU
and remembers when he first heard this strange cover of Bowie's "Space Oddity" a listener had sent him. He thought it sounded like these children were in a cult singing in a dungeon... imagine a choir of children singing "Ground control to Major Tom." Creepy but glorious. Music of the gods! It's so heartwarming. I love the children. There was also a fine doc about Wesley Willis
. They showed the genesis of syuch lyrics as "Suck a donkey's dick" and "Suck a grizzlybear's bootyhole with Heinz tomato ketchup." I saw Wesley Willis in Chicago years ago before I knew who he was. I was super lamely standing outside a soldout rock show at the Metro (Foo Fighters, Mike Watt, and a band with Eddie Vedder's wife) and along comes this huge scary black man demanding to see Eddie Vedder. I know you are in there Eddie Vedder! I thought there was gonna be trouble, but the dudes at the door seemed to know him and Wesley said he had some new tapes. Shoulda got one yo.
I went to Cheapo afterward looking for the Langely cd. No dice, but I got the new LOW
which has my new favorite fucking song in the universe right now, "Canada". Lori thinks it's about a train. I'm not yet sure what it's about, but it.... rocks? Low's site sez their new album Trust "features cameo appearances by Gerry Beckley from soft-rock giants America and was mixed by Tchad Blake (Latin Playboys, Lisa Germano, Pearl Jam, etc.)" cool! Also: Daft Punk Live 1997 used, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Crap, this is long. I just have to say, my film action has been going strong lately. I made my big screen debut in a real film at Oak Street - "Stan Ridgway: Holiday in Dirt"
. I did the opening credits and treated some inbetween bits, all with my stoopid-fresh After Effects skillz. Now, "Mixtape Genius" is slated to screen at the Walker's DIG.IT festival
on Oct 17, 6PM. "Grandma's Elixir" and "Bad Date" apparently will screen at the Low Voltage Film Fest this fall. And, Brian just released the DV-CINEMA
DVD which has the Komedy Koven's
"I Told You Not to Tell Anyone" and "The Man Who Couldn't Breathe
." I'm also hoping Simon's Dream
gets included in the mnartists.org "5 minutes of fame
" webcast experiment. Great jesus gonzos.
Rock over London, Rock on Chicago. Diet Pepsi - Uh Huh!