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do u know how many time zones there are in the soviet union

ⓢⓗⓘⓣ (am0n), Tuesday, 1 July 2014 16:32 (six years ago) link


polyamanita (sleeve), Tuesday, 1 July 2014 16:52 (six years ago) link

That's ridiculous. It's not even funny.

emil.y, Tuesday, 1 July 2014 16:57 (six years ago) link


OutdoorF on Golf (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 1 July 2014 21:37 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

Negativland have posted on Facebook that Ian Allen, a key early member who had to leave the band in the late eighties due to continuing health issues, has passed on after complications from surgery. Very sad news to hear -- he introduced the original group to Don Joyce, was a key force behind the design and concept of A Big 10-8 Place, pushed for the tape loop approach and more.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:30 (five years ago) link

Aw, jeez. RIP.

emil.y, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:56 (five years ago) link

this does not seem like a band that would use Facebook.

Poliopolice, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:49 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

Very, very sad news to hear -- Negativland reports that Don Joyce aka Crosley Bendix and many more, and the host of "Over the Edge," has passed on. A tremendous loss.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:40 (five years ago) link

When he and Negativland discovered their mutual love for “found” sounds, an intensely collaborative creative partnership was cemented. It continued non-stop for the ensuing decades, with Don endlessly scanning the airwaves of radio and television, along with his massive LP collection, for new material, day by day, week by week. There was often a TV and a radio on in his room simultaneously, cassette recorders always at the ready. And as an extremely shy and often quite reclusive person, radio was a perfect medium for Don. He could reach thousands of people each week without having to deal with very many actual humans, just as he preferred it. Creating art was not only Don’s full-time pursuit, it was literally his life’s work. He had made it clear to the group as recently as a few weeks ago that he was happy and satisfied with what he had been able to achieve in his life, and were he not able to continue to work, his life would feel as good as over.
Don Joyce’s singular editing style was laced with profundity and silliness in equal measure. His work was that of a dada humanist, able to wring unforgettable sentiments and statements out of material which originally spoke something entirely different. Hugely inspired by both the droll radio of Bob and Ray and the reckless free-form of the Firesign Theatre, he created a wicked language of repurposed purple prose which has inspired legions of other collage artists over the past three decades. He was the father of the form. One need only to listen to his work on “Time Zones” (on the Escape from Noise album) or “Piece of Pie” (in the No Business CD/book) to immediately tune into his unique wavelength.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:42 (five years ago) link


Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 23 July 2015 18:44 (five years ago) link

RIP. "It's All In Your Head FM" was one of my highlights from the first Big Ears.

dart scar rashes (WilliamC), Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:19 (five years ago) link

Had a chance to talk a bit about him:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 July 2015 00:32 (five years ago) link

good post ned midnight pacific tonight - over the edge

Milton Parker, Friday, 24 July 2015 01:48 (five years ago) link

sorry for yr loss, MP

sarahell, Friday, 24 July 2015 02:59 (five years ago) link

on my drive home from work this evening I saw a man who looked a lot like Don standing on the corner of Grand & Broadway, and I got sad.

sarahell, Friday, 24 July 2015 03:01 (five years ago) link

Thanks Jon, much appreciated. Awfully kind of the band to share that out on FB.

A tribute:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 July 2015 16:21 (five years ago) link

Tempted to smoke a cigarette in honor of Don.

I think I'd like to have a cigarette now. Where are my cigarettes, David?
They're on top of the refrigerator.
David, I'd like to know what you did with my cigarettes.
They're under the house.
My cigarettes are missing, David. I'd like to smoke. What did you do with them?
They're in the toad cage.
David, I'd like to have a cigarette right now but I can't find the package. I put them on the table and they're not there. Did you take them?
I think we may have left them up at Grandma's house.
My mother doesn't smoke, David. What did you do with my cigarettes?
I told you, they're on top of the refrigerator.
I looked on top of the refrigerator. They aren't there. will you please tell me what you did with my cigarettes?
Maybe you left them in the car.
I haven't been in the car all day. You must have put them somewhere and I can't find them. You better tell me now or I'm going to really get mad.
Oh yeah, I think I know where they are. They're in back of the TV set, where all the parakeet feathers are.
As you're cleaning the orange carpet, there'll be a voice that says: FETCH MY CIGARETTES.
Another voice will say: THEY'RE ON TOP OF THE REFRIGERATOR.
And then of course you've forgotten completely about the green slime.

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:29 (five years ago) link

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:12 (five years ago) link

And now praise in turn for MP's own words and remembrances:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 30 July 2015 23:19 (five years ago) link

That's ridiculous. It's not even funny.

stirmonster, Friday, 31 July 2015 00:23 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

Darn it. Richard Lyons has passed.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:35 (four years ago) link


it's not even funny.

stirmonster, Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:09 (four years ago) link

cancer. Ugh. Only 57

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:22 (four years ago) link

:( RIP

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:51 (four years ago) link


the 'major tom guy' (sleeve), Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:53 (four years ago) link

first time I saw them live was on this tour:

coffe growing vpon the skull of a sock (sarahell), Thursday, 21 April 2016 18:08 (four years ago) link

fucking hell

Odysseus, Thursday, 21 April 2016 18:08 (four years ago) link

holy shit this and prince? i was just listening to Dispepsi last week

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 22 April 2016 00:32 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Well, ok then.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:40 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

should I go see Mark Hosler solo?

alpine static, Sunday, 15 July 2018 19:53 (two years ago) link


billstevejim, Monday, 16 July 2018 21:06 (two years ago) link


alpine static, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 03:19 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

30th anniversary of Helter Stupid this year. One of the all-time "you could never get away with that today" stories. Imagine some metal band trying to piggyback on a school shooting by claiming the killer was an obsessed fan of theirs.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 11 January 2019 00:47 (one year ago) link

I could see the edgelords trying.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 January 2019 01:40 (one year ago) link

should I go see Mark Hosler solo?

I saw Hosler solo on Halloween (with The Weatherman opening!) - was way more groove-based, at times leaning dubward, than I would have expected. Very few vocal samples, and no explicit cultural-critical aspects at all.

sans lep (sic), Friday, 11 January 2019 01:44 (one year ago) link

xpost - singing Ned's post to the tune of Take The Skinheads Bowling

sans lep (sic), Friday, 11 January 2019 01:45 (one year ago) link

Helter Stupid is great, supreme entertainment.

brimstead, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:02 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

let's try again

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 26 October 2019 12:37 (one year ago) link

Nice, thanks! I think they’re playing a brief residency at Cafe Oto over the next few days. Might try to make it...

tangenttangent, Saturday, 26 October 2019 13:27 (one year ago) link

This is great, thanks for the heads up. The videos are excellent (More Data, Destroying Anything) too.

I guess they've been workshopping some of this material for a while? I've been out of the loop since Free or so.

Brakhage, Sunday, 27 October 2019 22:40 (one year ago) link

Oh cool, there's a nice video recording of a 2000 date in full on the Archive

Brakhage, Sunday, 27 October 2019 22:44 (one year ago) link

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