avalanches proper official website launched today

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there are a few fans around here so i thought you might be interested

http://www.theavalanches.com

warning: do NOT look at it if you are eating or don't like grisly things

minna, Thursday, 9 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Hahaha, I don't have sound on this comp but I'm guessing that's Darren's operation?

Let me tell you this, minna mi mamacita, when I was in high school, there was this short lived local craze with the beads.......the necklaces and braclets you make with the tiny craft-shop beads and fishing line.......how fucking corny was this, guys giving BEADS to girls while trying to act all hard and street.......this Patrick kid was making them and selling them for five bucks each......i bought one off him and then decided i would cut his grass a little bit, get my own money......so i began taking orders, about 20 people.......that weekend I go to the craft shop and pick up the shit, sit down and get to making.......it was IMPOSSIBLE......the beads were so tiny, the fishing line would bend and wobble, and making a single one took an hour......fuck it, right?......but by then I had already spent all the money on pot and porn so I had to bullshit at school until people forgot about it.....mortifying.

Since then, whenever I think of entrepreneuring, I get scared......I'm just the type of guy to let everyone down with anything involving logistics.....like when I drive by a sign that says BRIDGE RESTORATION IN PROGRESS or a big modern building being made, I imagine myself somehow being contracted to do something like that BY MYSELF and leaving it till the last minute.......i don't even own a screwdriver.....I'd call up my mom, sobbing...."MAAMAAAAAA......I FUCKED UP...."........still, she'd show up in her sneakers that night with a tupperware box of pasta and some neon construction paper and say, "we can still do it, don't give up!".....just like all those other times......but I'd say, "Mom, not this time.......supplies for this, we can't buy at 7-11 at midnight"

I get the same feeling when I watch that surgery footage.....because I can also imagine myself somehow bullshitting my way into a position where I am performing surgery, actually beginning the procedure rather than admitting I'm a fraud and losing face, blood pouring everywhere, me having absolutely no clue how to close the guy back up......"ummmm.....scotch tape!"

I still love the avalanches, because how are they to know my esoteric phobias?

Ramosi, Thursday, 9 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Fuck the Avalanches, let's talk blood, failure and death. :-)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 9 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

it reminds me of dissecting rats in first year biology. you had to peel back their little fur coats just like darren's ankle there and mess around with their insides - i was worried enough about doing that - dumb because we didn't have to sew them up again and they were already dead so there was no real problem w/ stuffing up... it would just be messy for you in four weeks time (we took out their gastro- intestinal stuff one week, then we froze them again so we could take out their respitory system a month later, once we'd actually got up to learning about that stuff.) poor things, they had these little yellow teeth sticking out of their weary faces.

dissecting drosophila maggots was the real test for me. we had to isolate their salivery glands to get these giant chromosomes out of them. but to do that, you had to fuck up the maggot first. you watch them through a dissection microscope, a steel pin in one hand, tweezers in the other. you have to move quickly because the bastards wriggle around all over the place, and they get out of your field of vision really fast. when you can finally see it, you pin it down at the tail end and then grab its still wriggling head with the tweezers and pull. i couldn't stand pulling apart this still very much living creature while watching it so close up, and it took three maggots before i finally did it right... but when i did, it opened easily like a capsule. it was quite beautiful... the struggle stopped suddenly and all its insides fell out like a christmas bonbon. it became a tangled, very still, mesh of silver wires and glass loops and valves, more like an intricate machine than a corpse.

anyway... unlike ramosi i don't seem to be able to spectacularly link maggot guts with what i'm about to say next, but here i go... if you look in the bobbydazzler section on the site you'll note two things a) they like my bloody valentine, ned! :) b)you can download a whole lot of their sets, PLUS TWO (soon to be THREE!) individual mix/bootleg type things that are great. you may have heard the police/dj rolando muddle up at one of their shows, and the ebtg/royksopp/new buffalo thing sounds familiar too. i wish i could change the name of this thread to something more enticing.

minna, Thursday, 9 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Let's talk blood for now, I have to make a Cherry Garcia run real quick.........if you got a cut in a place where it's slow healing (hands, lip, anything moved or touched frequently), it is wise to use Persa-Gel (the acne spot treatment) on it......it scabs it up immediately.....of course the shit is near useless on actual zits.......oh what the hey, lets talk a little failure too......ironminds.com.....http://www.vrclub.at/cybzin/powerglove.jpg

Ramosi, Thursday, 9 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Not so much a failure as it is curious engineering.

they like my bloody valentine, ned! :)

Always a good thing, my dear Minna. :-) I'm actually not that surprised, there's enough echoes of a glazed-sound/swirl-is-all in the band's work to suggest dreampop escapee backgrounds (not to mention an open ear for beats, natch).

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 9 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

hey minna are you familiar with Battletown?

bc, Friday, 10 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

no... pray tell me more :)

minna, Friday, 10 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

they like my bloody valentine

The last song could fit onto Loveless no problem.

Ronan, Friday, 10 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link


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