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The Mountain Goats

Mar. 19th, 2008 | 10:53 am
posted by: paulwitcover in theinferior4

Saw 'em last night at Webster Hall, on a bill with The Moaners.  I actually dug the Moaners a lot -- two women, one on drums, the other on guitar, playing these tweezed-out country/punk songs that I felt would go down great with a fistful of qualudes (which I lacked).  They sounded pretty good on just plain beer, too.  The Mountain Goats were good but not great.  They were missing something--like a lead guitar!  But some of their stuff was very intense in a drony, reggae-like way or in a frantic, manic way. . .   Their set featured a song from their new CD that's called "Lovecraft in Brooklyn."  I wonder how many rock or pop songs reference ol' HP?  Here's a clip from youtube, followed by the lyrics so that we can all sing along!  And a-one, and a-two, and a-Cthulhu...

It's gonna be too hot to breathe today
And everybody's out here on the streets
Somebody's opened up the fire hydrant
Cold water rushing out in sheets
Some kid in a Marcus Allen jersey
Asks me for a cigarette
Companionship is where you find it
So I take what I can get

Hubcaps on the cars like funhouse mirrors
Stick to the shadows when I can
Lovecraft in Brooklyn

When the sun goes down the armies of the voiceless
Several hundred thousand strong
Come out without their bandages
Their voices raised in song
When the streetlights sputter out
They make this awful sizzling sound
I cast my gaze toward the pavement
Too many bloodstains on the ground

Rhode Island drops into the ocean
No place to call home anymore
Lovecraft in Brooklyn

Head outside most every day
to try to keep the wolves away
Imagine nice things I might say
If company should come

Woke up afraid of my own shadow
Like, genuinely afraid
Headed for the pawn shop
To buy myself a switchblade
Someday something's coming
From way out beyond the stars
To kill us while we stand here
It'll store our brains in mason jars

And then a girl behind the counter
She asks me how I feel today
I feel like Lovecraft in Brooklyn

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Fancy Lamp

Mar. 19th, 2008 | 11:19 am
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

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Don't rush by this lamp when you're crossing the Brown University main quad, or you'll fail to appreciate its fancy feet!

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Tromp L'oeil Library

Mar. 19th, 2008 | 11:22 am
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

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Isn't this a great whimsical piece of art?

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Flaming Skull

Mar. 19th, 2008 | 11:25 am
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

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Note how this street artist, like so many, finds a source of free stickers in the USPS.

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Mar. 19th, 2008 | 12:00 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

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You might enjoy reading this article at the TELEGRAPH about strange Chinese signage, such as the one displayed above.


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Mar. 19th, 2008 | 12:24 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

Deb and I watched this just the other night, finally seeing the iconic scene of Carroll Baker in her crib. What a hoot!

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Back in the gutter again

Mar. 19th, 2008 | 01:51 pm
posted by: pgdf in theinferior4

At the always entertaining blog of Jeff VanderMeer, Jeff was having fun dissing a rather macho author photo. And then the author wrote back! Read about it here:


I myself have always been fond of this dustjacket image of me masquerading as the protagonist of my novel, JOE'S LIVER. That figure ends up in the gutter, begging for money, wearing a ripped coat whose stuffing consists of pages from READER'S DIGEST.

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Olympics, Movies...

Mar. 19th, 2008 | 04:00 pm
posted by: lucius_t in theinferior4

A couple of images here demonstrating the official Chinese view of the upcoming Olympics:

As opposed to the Tibetan view:

Bad news, I think. Paranormal Activity is going straight to video and Miramax is hiring Oren Peli to do a theatrical remake. Here's the trailer--it's not that good, the trailer, but the blurbs in between scenes say it all...

There's another movie along similar lines that's getting some buzz. Jaime Balugueros' (The Nameless) new one, (.rec). The definitive trailer is only in Spanish, but you can easily access it on youtube. Here's a teaser trailer.

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