If i was from the big town I would be calm and debonair

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plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 22 November 2009 00:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

down from des moines...

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 01:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

best record ever imo!!!!

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 01:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/2738/83724594.jpg

bamcquern, Sunday, 22 November 2009 01:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

played this record on the radio a week and a half ago btw.

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 01:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

maybe an hour or so in iirc.

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 01:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

three men have loved her, one a decade on the average.

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 01:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

he took himself seeeriously

plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 22 November 2009 17:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

motel rooms had lost their punch for him

plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 22 November 2009 17:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

my mind turns and faces my breath iirc.

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 18:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

this is not a record, this is a story.

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 21:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

also, its not an easy situation

plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 22 November 2009 21:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

he handles himself in the morning. it's just like for any other man.

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 21:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

get a grip on yourself he said

plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 22 November 2009 21:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

ikr, have you seen the 2 DVD set of Perfect Lives? it's insane in all the best ways. it's kinda expensive but worth it imo.

ian, Sunday, 22 November 2009 21:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

i have torrented it and been drunk and insane with it

plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 22 November 2009 21:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

the bar is still the best bit of the dvd imo

plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 22 November 2009 21:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

we can have kids, and they will speak a seamless merger of poetry and sound.

ian, Tuesday, 24 November 2009 17:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

hold on i barely know u!

plaxico (I know, right?), Tuesday, 24 November 2009 19:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

lolol

ian, Tuesday, 24 November 2009 19:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

she is at the center of a ball of hot stuff that we haven't put our minds to yet

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 24 November 2009 23:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

he sat and thought about obedience.

ian, Wednesday, 25 November 2009 05:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

"get a grip on yourself" he said
"working against time" is another thing he said.

ian, Wednesday, 25 November 2009 05:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

she thinks about the two things that i know if
one of them is elevation, and that comes clothed in light so to speak.
she loathes the dark.
she sleeps in light.
she likes highness.
4,128 feet here,
4,218 feet there.

ian, Wednesday, 25 November 2009 06:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

the problem is to run that gauntlet again.

remove 'problem'
remove 'gauntlet'
remove 'run'
remove 'is to'
remove 'the'
remove 'that'

leave 'this'
make 'this' whatever.

cockslap twins (donna rouge), Saturday, 26 December 2009 06:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

i wish i could listen to this right now!!!!

ian, Saturday, 26 December 2009 07:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

santa did not honor request for the perfect lives dvd, but it's kind of $$$ so that is ok

cockslap twins (donna rouge), Saturday, 26 December 2009 07:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

no one in the world would have mistaken him for a real person.
obedience, etc.

cockslap twins (donna rouge), Saturday, 26 December 2009 07:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

donna rouge, where are you? are you a new yorker?

ian, Saturday, 26 December 2009 07:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

cuz like, i have that DVD and no one ever wants to watch it all in a sitting with me. (6 hrs or so.)

ian, Saturday, 26 December 2009 07:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

i am, tho i'm in nj for the holidays. (on ilx i am primarily a resident of gay thread but i post here and there everywhere)

i've seen clips on youtube but realllly want to see the whole thing sometime

cockslap twins (donna rouge), Saturday, 26 December 2009 07:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

we'll make a plan!! i think my friend R0bert might be interested.

ian, Saturday, 26 December 2009 07:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah! i would be way down for that. i'm free most of jan (before lolsemester starts)

cockslap twins (donna rouge), Saturday, 26 December 2009 07:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

<3

plaxico (I know, right?), Saturday, 26 December 2009 13:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

there was something like the feeling of the idea of silk scarves in the air

there was a kind of madness to it

plaxico (I know, right?), Saturday, 26 December 2009 20:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

the phone rang immediately:

one
two
three
four
five
six
seven

cockslap twins (donna rouge), Saturday, 26 December 2009 20:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

we don't serve fine wines in half pints buddy

plaxico (I know, right?), Saturday, 26 December 2009 20:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

watchin the perfect lives atm

if anyone wants to private msg me in the next couple days, i'll send u a dvd with the avis on it by post

plaxico (I know, right?), Saturday, 26 December 2009 20:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

imagine the self

plaxico (I know, right?), Saturday, 26 December 2009 21:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

look directly at the lens please

smile

there you go

plaxico (I know, right?), Saturday, 26 December 2009 21:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

this is a closeup

plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 27 December 2009 22:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

and our big muscles gone to seed

plaxico (I know, right?), Sunday, 27 December 2009 22:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

you could be standing in the choice of BAKED BEANS
or in the choice of CLEANERS
or in the choice of PET ACCESSORIES
or in the choice of PICKLES
or in the choice of SUNDRY DRUGS
or in the choice of WINES
or in the choice of BREADS
or in the choice of PLANTS, FRUITS, AUTO PARTS, MEAT, WHATEVER!

great sugar wall of sheena (donna rouge), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 20:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

i should watch this tonight but i always end up watching the bar, i think i might know it off

plaxico (I know, right?), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 21:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

hey ian & donna, you guyz both know me. :)

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 21:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

the design looks chinese

a flashpowder tattoo

in the beginning... there were rocks

and on those rocks with harder rocks we learnt to make a million bruises

spell out things like "we were here" and "watch your water"

the idea of bruises adding up to something

for rocks to skim

a tendency towards... motion pictures

plaxico (I know, right?), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 22:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ian I'm telling you, 'Private Lives' video is gold but the 'Atalanta Strategy' video is one of the reasons I don't throw out my VHS player

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

but WHERE am i to GET IT?

ian, Wednesday, 30 December 2009 00:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

i feel better about life when i listen to it

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 15 January 2011 17:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's very soothing, calming. makes you think about perspectives and people and the world around you. imo.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Saturday, 15 January 2011 19:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's "contemplative"

oOoOO on the TLC tip (donna rouge), Saturday, 15 January 2011 19:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

recommended: listening while in a hotel room by yrself

oOoOO on the TLC tip (donna rouge), Saturday, 15 January 2011 19:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

talking to a girl on okcupid who is working on casting & fundraising for a new production of Perfect Lives.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 19:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

!!!

finally listened to In Sara Mencken Beethoven - amazing

sarahel, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 19:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

sooo good. fuck we should listen to that right now, we have a copy at the store.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 19:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

hate you so much

bamcquern, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 21:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

come to new york & see it when it's time.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 22:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

more about your selection of girls on okc in brooklyn or wherever than the show. I get antsy at shows, expecially 6 hour shows. anyway, on this far-flung theoretical trip to ny, are you giving me lodging or what?

bamcquern, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 22:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

sure, i got a couch.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Tuesday, 15 February 2011 22:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Robert Ashley's Foreign Experiences is being performed at Mills on April 2nd

sarahel, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 23:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

ARGH I have a gig that night

that's a great one to present at Mills because it's all refracted anecdotes about living in Oakland while teaching at Mills in the late 70's

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

i have a gig that night too - but i'm playing late enough i can do both.

sarahel, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

we make one great weird curve

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 24 February 2011 01:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

the drawings of a geocentric solar system when we meet them in the books make us avert our eyes

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 24 February 2011 01:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

god, this is sentimental

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 24 February 2011 01:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

i am not sitting on a bench next to myself, whatever that means

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 24 February 2011 02:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

<3 <3 <3

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 24 February 2011 02:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

aw aw aw

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 February 2011 02:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

looking back, i didn't get the up and down part.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 24 February 2011 02:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

a notion they referred to as space

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 24 February 2011 03:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

robyn are you just listening to this over & over?

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 24 February 2011 03:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

down from des moines

sarahel, Thursday, 24 February 2011 03:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

yes
(i'm writing, and what i usually do when writing is put songs/albums/playlists on repeat, and so the music comes in and out of consciousness but at the same time creates this steady non-disruptive rhythm/tone)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 24 February 2011 03:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

<3

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 24 February 2011 03:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

<3

and all rooms were not the same, some better than others

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 24 February 2011 03:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Title:
A Performance by Robert Ashley
When:
Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium
154 Angell Street
Description:
Distinguished composer/librettist/singer David Ashley will perform scenes from two of his operas, "Concrete" and "Atalanta (Acts of God)." Robert Ashley has an international reputation for his work in new forms of opera; his recorded works are acknowledged classics of language in a musical setting, known for their original style and their distinctly American subject matter and use of language. His music has been described as "nothing less than the first American opera."
Cost:
Free

sorry ozzy but your dope is in another castle (Edward III), Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

^ @ brown university providence rhode island usa earth

sorry ozzy but your dope is in another castle (Edward III), Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

and here's a 14 hour PBS series ashley did on modern decomposers in the 70s

http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Ashley.php

sorry ozzy but your dope is in another castle (Edward III), Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^ every second of that worth watching, that 14 hour work is one of my favorite films / videos of the 70's

http://www.sfcv.org/event/mills-college-dept-of-music/robert-ashley-%E2%80%9Canswers

“Selected Lectures Written to be Sung”, Wednesday, March 29 10:30 AM
“Answers”, Thursday, March 31 7:00 PM.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 24 March 2011 17:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

are you gonna play hooky from work to go to the Weds. thing?

sarahel, Thursday, 24 March 2011 20:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm guest lecturing Zeena's class on tuesday, so two days of hooky (& three consecutive days of Mills) is probably pushing it. Maybe, though.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 24 March 2011 21:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

that simple notion
a coincidence among coincidences
is all one needs to know

it's time for the fish in the perculator (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

enough light on clear days for ordinary occupations

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

In the beginning, there were rocks
and on those rocks with harder rocks
we learned to make a million bruises
to spell out things like "we were here" and "watch your water"

Trip Maker, Thursday, 2 June 2011 20:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

he sat and thought about obedience
he had resolved that, of the two kinds,
the kind that takes every message of order, rule, law as error
that everybody who passes along these messages
that loathes the buildings
that contradicts the inner voice
that resists, in short, was his
and the other kind...
how could it be?

from shmear to eternity (donna rouge), Thursday, 2 June 2011 21:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Introducing Susie. Susie works at the bank. That’s her job. Mostly she helps people count their money. SHE LIKES IT

Milton Parker, Thursday, 2 June 2011 23:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

my facebook "text box" when that was still a thing had that line it, but with my actual name

from shmear to eternity (donna rouge), Friday, 3 June 2011 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

it takes one to peddle and one to steer

plax (ico), Monday, 5 September 2011 20:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://thatmorningthing.blogspot.com/

your girlfriend on facebook (admrl), Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

if i was from the big town i would be calm and debonair

plax (ico), Monday, 13 May 2013 22:52 (five years ago) Permalink

- marion finucane

i gave ten pounds and all i got was a lousy * (darraghmac), Monday, 13 May 2013 22:58 (five years ago) Permalink

he worked with the forwardness and the backwardness

Clay, Monday, 13 May 2013 23:08 (five years ago) Permalink

was talking to a musician at a show tonight and she told me she is going to perform with robert ashley here in mtl in early june and i am like aaaaaah

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:37 (five years ago) Permalink

"try to keep in touch with forms of disorder that have been successful in other places so that you can adopt them to local conditions. you can't think of everything."

Milton Parker, Friday, 17 May 2013 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Introducing Susie. Susie works at the bank. That’s her job. Mostly she helps people count their money. SHE LIKES IT

sarahell, Saturday, 31 December 2016 00:14 (one year ago) Permalink

and here's a 14 hour PBS series ashley did on modern decomposers in the 70s
http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Ashley.php
― sorry ozzy but your dope is in another castle (Edward III), Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:54

just dl'ed these, thx. the glass performances are crazy

am0n, Sunday, 1 January 2017 19:32 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFuBczVTCBw

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 20:38 (one year ago) Permalink

having seen them play 'The Backyard' for about 9 years now, including once sitting right next to Ashley, it's been amazing to see Martin begin by interpreting very much in his own voice (with his own occasionally more snarky tone bringing an edge to the more ironic lines) and very gradually move closer and closer and closer to purely inhabiting Ashley's original persona.

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink


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