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The Perennials are a fairly well-established local band with a steady schedule of shows and a bit of press and label interest, and we are currently drummerless.

We're looking for someone who can commit to one practice a week in Allston, two or three shows a month in New England, and the possibility of recording and touring on occasion. Gender and age are unimportant but 18+ is definitely preferable, as are owning your own kit and having a way to shlep it around.

This is where I should list influences... basically we all listen to different stuff, but random people have compared us favorably to Morrissey, The Misfits, The Rolling Stones, The Strokes, The Ramones and a host of other bands who don't sound alike. In terms of drumming style, if we had to choose between someone with really crazy chops and really precise tech skills, and someone who hits really hard, has some stage presence and can ride a groove, we'd prefer the latter. If you are both, you are my fucking god. My favorite drummers lately are Mitch Mitchell, Janet Weiss and Keith Moon.

Anyone who is even a little interested, feel free to pm me or email perennialsareforever@yahoo.com

Thx,
JFLX

Oh and uh... those interested will probably want to at least be able to be AROUND pot smoke if you are not a smoker yourself...
Current Location:
Work
Current Music:
Burial
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The fine folks at Zig Zag paper products have made us one of 9 bands up for 4 free ads in CMJ Magazine, a song featured on their website and a spot on a CMJ CD compilation at http://www.zigzaglive.com

The internet has been kind to us. Help some brothas out so Mike doesn't have to sell his plasma to pay practice space rent anymore!

You don't gotta sign up for nothing, just go to http://zigzaglive.com and click the red white and blue button that says "vote for bands" then pick The Perennials!!!

Oh yeah and come see us at Hennessy's tonight with Mako, The Lie Society and Ben Weiser...

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-Master Musicians of Jajouka “Your Eyes Are Like a Cup of Tea (Reprise)”
-Sir Richard Bishop “Rasheed”
-Edward Ka-Spel “The 9 O'Clock Train to Oblivion”
-Crippled Black Phoenix “The Whistler”
-AXOLOTL “Natural Naturans”
-Stress “Kill the Brain”
-Sightings “Black Peter”
-Edgar Varèse “Integrales”
-Gowns “Mercy Springs”
-Fovea Hex "Allure"
-Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet featuring Mogwai "Death is the Road to Are"
-Ensturzende Neubaten "Die Wellen"
-Islaja “Sydanten Ahmija”
-Six Organs of Admittance “Strangled Road”
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
rushed rushed
Current Music:
Kanye West
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-Master Musicians of Jajouka “Your Eyes Are Like a Cup of Tea (Reprise)”
-Sir Richard Bishop “Rasheed”
-Edward Ka-Spel “The 9 O'Clock Train to Oblivion”
-Crippled Black Phoenix “The Whistler”
-AXOLOTL “Natural Naturans”
-Stress “Kill the Brain”
-Sightings “Black Peter”
-Edgar Varèse “Integrales”
-Gowns “Mercy Springs”
-Fovea Hex "Allure"
-Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet featuring Mogwai "Death is the Road to Are"
-Ensturzende Neubaten "Die Wellen"
-Islaja “Sydanten Ahmija”
-Six Organs of Admittance “Strangled Road”
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
tired tired
Current Music:
David Bowie
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Phyllis Dillon - Woman of the Ghetto
The Cramps- Human Fly
Bad Manners - Inner London Violence
Squeeze - Cool for Cats
Jim Carroll - People Who Died
The Buzzcocks - Oh Shit
The Jam - Eton Rifles
David Bowie - Watch That Man
The New York Dolls - Pills
The English Beat - Twist and Crawl
Choking Victim - Crack Rock Steady
The Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone
The Supremes - My World is Empty Without You
The Eat - Communist Radio
Generation X - Kiss Me Deadly
Cocksparrer - Because You're Young
The Impressions - Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey)
Current Location:
Home
Current Mood:
awake awake
Current Music:
Bob Dylan
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This is my new guitar...

The other one they're giving us will be sold so's we can buy other stuff.

We beat out like a couple hundred bands so far... One more to go (don't know which one yet) and we've got a $6,000 advance, a development deal including a free recording of a 3-song demo for Epic's A+R, three MORE new guitars and a slot on this year's WFNX Holiday show.

Life is good.

Current Location:
Work
Current Music:
Drug Rug
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Come on out TONIGHT to see debonair Perennials front man and WZBC vinyl fiend JOHN FLAX (that's me! No relation to DJ Lauren Flax...) spin a set at the Plough and Stars' new monthly dance night, this month's installment of which is lovingly known as BUMP YOUR ASS OFF!!!

The Plough and Stars is a wonderful little Irish pub right on Mass. Ave between Harvard and Central Square. John will be sharing the turntables and the appetizers with Laura and Ryan the Terrible. Expect a set rich in 60s freakbeat, 70s mod-punk, two-tone, new wave, soul and even more high-energy awesomeness to get you over the Monday blues... This is a 21+ event.
Current Location:
Work
Current Music:
Bob Dylan
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First, the begging...

The fine folks at Zig Zag paper products have made us one of 9 bands up for 4 free ads in CMJ Magazine, a song featured on their website and a spot on a CMJ CD compilation at http://www.zigzaglive.com

The internet has been kind to us. Help some brothas out so Mike doesn't have to sell his plasma to pay practice space rent anymore!

You don't gotta sign up for nothing, just go to http://zigzaglive.com and click the red white and blue button that says "vote for bands" then pick The Perennials!!!

While you're at it, you can still vote for us in the WFNX contest at http://perennials.musicnation.com

And then of course there's the fun stuff... COME HANG OUT!!!

Come on out the night of Monday the 12th to see The Perennials' debonair front man spin a set at the Plough and Star's new monthly dance night, this month's installment of which is lovingly known as BUMP YOUR ASS OFF!!!

The Plough and Stars is a wonderful little Irish pub right on Mass. Ave between Harvard and Central Square. John will be sharing the turntables and the appetizers with Laura and Ryan the Terrible. Expect a set rich in 60s freakbeat, 70s mod-punk, two-tone, new wave, soul and even more high-energy awesomeness to get you over the Monday blues... This is a 21+ event.

and then...

A Friday night in Central Square is a night fraught with difficult decisions. There is so much to do in such a small strip of land that one could easily lose one’s bearings in a sensory overload and end up cowering at home… Well fear not, weekend warriors and committed party animals, because the Middle East Upstairs has the answer to your first-world woes!

Die Mannequin is a Toronto trio with a hip-shaking heaviness that is pure sex appeal. The group's new EP was produced by MSTERKRFT and they've toured extensively in Canada with the likes of the Deftones, Sum 41 and the new Guns n Roses (?!). The Perennials will be playing with all the energy of a pen full of march hares with a case of red bull, and pulling out hook after hook like your grandma’s crocheting circle! Get there early for openers Guillermo Sexo, who are releasing their second full-length of multilungual male/female psychedelic shoegaze eros, and popsters Silent Service!

The madness goes down at 9pm, admission is 18+ and it’s $9 to get in.


Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
drained drained
Current Music:
Wu Tang
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First, the begging...

The fine folks at Zig Zag paper products have made us one of 9 bands up for 4 free ads in CMJ Magazine, a song featured on their website and a spot on a CMJ CD compilation at http://www.zigzaglive.com

The internet has been kind to us. Help some brothas out so Mike doesn't have to sell his plasma to pay practice space rent anymore!

You don't gotta sign up for nothing, just go to http://zigzaglive.com and click the red white and blue button that says "vote for bands" then pick The Perennials!!!

While you're at it, you can still vote for us in the WFNX contest at http://perennials.musicnation.com

And then of course there's the fun stuff... COME HANG OUT!!!

Come on out the night of Monday the 12th to see The Perennials' debonair front man spin a set at the Plough and Star's new monthly dance night, this month's installment of which is lovingly known as BUMP YOUR ASS OFF!!!

The Plough and Stars is a wonderful little Irish pub right on Mass. Ave between Harvard and Central Square. John will be sharing the turntables and the appetizers with Laura and Ryan the Terrible. Expect a set rich in 60s freakbeat, 70s mod-punk, two-tone, new wave, soul and even more high-energy awesomeness to get you over the Monday blues... This is a 21+ event.

and then...

A Friday night in Central Square is a night fraught with difficult decisions. There is so much to do in such a small strip of land that one could easily lose one’s bearings in a sensory overload and end up cowering at home… Well fear not, weekend warriors and committed party animals, because the Middle East Upstairs has the answer to your first-world woes!

Die Mannequin is a Toronto trio with a hip-shaking heaviness that is pure sex appeal. The group's new EP was produced by MSTERKRFT and they've toured extensively in Canada with the likes of the Deftones, Sum 41 and the new Guns n Roses (?!). The Perennials will be playing with all the energy of a pen full of march hares with a case of red bull, and pulling out hook after hook like your grandma’s crocheting circle! Get there early for openers Guillermo Sexo, who are releasing their second full-length of multilungual male/female psychedelic shoegaze eros, and popsters Silent Service!

The madness goes down at 9pm, admission is 18+ and it’s $9 to get in.
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
accomplished accomplished
Current Music:
Billy Bragg
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Okay, so in addition to being the first-ranked of four finalists vying for a $6,000 recording advance/Epic Records development deal/spot on the WFNX Holiday show HERE

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The fine folks at Zig Zag paper products have made us one of 9 bands up for 4 free ads in CMJ, a song featured on their website and a spot on a CMJ CD compilation HERE

The internet has been kind to us. Help some brothas out so Mike doesn't have to sell his plasma to pay practice space rent anymore!

Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
hungry hungry
Current Music:
Black Kids
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Given the spinning cycle of productivity and self-destruction that I've learned to call daily living, it was nice back up to Maine to see SG's parents' other Maine house, and to Northampton for A+S's wedding the weekend before... Even if I still managed little sleep in the process.



It's the price I pay for refusing to give in to that mid-20s urge to just go to work and spend my free time spending the checks at home with the missus... Instead I work a "real" job that requires a bunch of hours and a huge amount of brain power and commitment and continue to chase the dream, whatever my vague idea of it is. Sure, rock stardom is part of it but really what I've realized I want is for a scene to develop and coalesce around the stuff I like and promote, so that it can support itself. It is much easier to inspire this devotion among kids a few years younger than myself, I fear...

I feel like I've been "almost there" a few times and I think I'm "almost there" again... but it is really weird to think that I'm doing as much booking, promoting, performing and DJing now as I did at the peak of the Black Freighter, AND working a 50+ hour a week job with benefits and a 401(k) and an office with Guitar Hero 3 and unlimited Red Bulls where I'm allowed to post Vice "Dos and Don'ts" on the walls... Where does all the money go?!

They say that staying constantly busy is the best way to avoid depression but I have to wonder how long I can keep it up before the crash. Luckily I might just be enough of a pseudo-occultist to believe that my own projected arrogance and invulnerability could be a self-fulfilling prophecy... Hey, if it's good enough for Nietzsche it's good enough for me!



Anyway, Maine... It rained all day and into the night for the one full day we were there, and Maine is FREEZING in November, so we spent most of our time in the house getting plastered. We DID get out to the beach on Friday night and Sunday morning. We walked out onto a rock jetty that is apparently an island for the other half of the day to watch the sun rise. As the photos accompanying this post indicate, it was gorgeous.

Oh, and I kicked SG's ass at Scrabble.


A+S's wedding was a blur of awkward relatives (at least not mine), good food, free booze and bud and constant checks of the Sox score. The hotel was really pretty, and apparently me and Sarah managed to leave the afterparty just before the drama. We wish A+S the best. The next day wandering Noho with M+KT was much more chill. Good food and bars and record shopping in that town. Never seen a Betty Davis pin anywhere else in my life.

Even though I've heard nothing but poor reviews, I still can't believe I missed a Hallowmass. It's like just skipping Christmas for a year, except Christmas doesn't also have the "pilgrimage" element of a World/Inferno Halloween. Barring tragedy or maybe the opportunity to headline the Pill as the Jesus and Mary Chain, I will definitely return to the fold next year.

In the next few days I will finish mixing for our EP, continue to obsessively promote us on Musicnation, and prepare for the DJ gig I've got at the Plough and Stars with RyantheTerrible and Laura on Monday. Maybe this weekend I'll even manage to get out to a show or party that I'm not in some way involved in directly. That would be a nice break indeed.

A last suggestion before I wrap up this rant: Yesterday Netflix sent me both discs of the miniseries Bill Moyers did with Joseph Campbell for PBS in the 80s. See it. It's incredibly watchable and Campbell is much less dry when not in text form.

I really didn't intend for this blog to become just another patch in my promotions blanket, so I'm sorry if this is overly long and convoluted but it's a lot of stuff that I've been meaning to get out for a while. I will try to get better about it. Know this, though: I occasionally edit a lot of older entries and delete the chaff, so don't be afraid to go back through them every now and then. It's only the sense that someone's actually reading that keeps me from quitting, even though I've gone out of my way to hide the thing from all but my closest friends.



This is a little man who was chiseled into a rock on the jetty in Maine. Although it's antiquity could not be authenticated, I will go on record as claiming that it is from the immediate post-glacial period. That's all til next time!
Current Location:
Home
Current Music:
The Hives "Black and White Album" on REPEAT!
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Hey voters, thanks for all your help so far. The 4 finalists have been announced in the WFNX Rock Star Rising competition and we're currently ranked first!

As one of the four finalists, we've already won a new First Act guitar...

The other three contenders are a jam band, an emo band and a "sensitive" singer songwriter, so go drop some votes and let 'em know what "rock star" is really all about...

http://perennials.musicnation.com

Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
crazy crazy
Current Music:
David Bowie
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Are you people watching CSPAN right now?

I know... nobody is ever watching CSPAN...

But this shit is for REAL.

Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
ecstatic ecstatic
Current Music:
Bobby Brown
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The Pill was such a blast... I don't think I could even enjoy seeing Bowie himself as much as I enjoyed seeing the Daily Pravda, wigs and glitter aplenty, rock "Life on Mars" into "All the Young Dudes" from directly in front of the stage with my bandmates on either side of me. I unfortunately missed all of Blur's set because I was handling some illicit affairs behind the club, but I'm told it was great fun. Mako did an excellent Stone Roses, especially the truly epic, over-10-minute closing rendition of "I Am the Resurrection". As for the Libertines... well... the photos tell the tale (with thanks to Katie and Lillian):









































Yesterday I spent most of the day feeling like I was hit by a truck. A glorious, sweaty anglophile fucking lorry. Maine this weekend!
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
hungry hungry
Current Music:
Studio
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They are all among the six featured artists here. See also: Playaz Circle, Lovearcade, Darren Brass from Miami Ink.
Current Location:
Work
Current Music:
The Libertines
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For ANY branch or persons in the state Department to issue Blackwater contractors in Iraq waivers which basically grant them immunity from criminal proceedings?

I mean, I thought that I couldn't be shocked by ANYTHING going on in Iraq at this point, but this is COMPLETELY FASCIST. The Bushies are setting up a private army with blatantly partisan ties with government-granted Carte fucking Blanche!

"I further understand that neither my statements nor any information or evidence gained by reason of my statements can be used against me in a criminal proceeding, except that if I knowingly and willfully provide false statements or information, I may be criminally prosecuted for that action."

BULLSHIT.

If the Justice Department lets them get away with this I'm running for the fucking woods.
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
pissed off pissed off
Current Music:
Dead Meadow
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Five years ago we had no idea it would become this. When our friends in the Information and the Cignal stormed the Paradise Rock Club, performing as the Cure and the Happy Mondays, it was the lone "cover show" that Halloween in Boston. Since then, the pill Halloween show has spread throughout the city, sparking many imitators among the night's extended family, and reaching throughout the local metal, punk and rock community. This year, the pill continues its tradition with a sterling four-band lineup that once again raises a glass to UK heroes:

On Wednesday night at Great Scott, we welcome the Daily Pravda as a theatrical Ziggy-era David Bowie, the Lie Society as Britpop pioneers Blur, Mako as the legendary Stone Roses and the Perennials as the meteoric Libertines. Four bands you will never see live again, done by four of Boston's best new acts.



We don't fancy '70s-era David Bowie as an opener, and neither should you. Check a sneak preview of "Ziggy Stardust" at the Pravda's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/thedailypravda). Then close your eyes and visualize the glittery spectacle. Then imagine Ian Brown and John Squire on the same stage together -- with dynamic chemistry that launched the Stone Roses; witness a fully-functioning Pete Doherty leading the Libertines -- well, almost functioning; delve into the Cool Britannia popscene with the one and only Blur -- in a world where Coxon and Albarn hug every hour.

They join a resume of pill Halloween performances that include Pulp, Depeche Mode, Primal Scream, Joy Divsion, Bauhaus, the Velvet Underground, Suede, New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen and the aforementioned Cure and Mondays. Doors are at 9pm for this 18+ show, and tickets are $10. Costumes are encoraged, not required. Look bloody sharp!

If Halloween cover gigs aren't your scene, we're back at Great Scott on Friday for another all-night dance party with DJ Ken and host Michael V.

Current Location:
Work
Current Music:
The Chromatics
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CNN) -- A crew battled pirates in a deadly fight Tuesday to regain control of a North Korean cargo ship off Somalia, the U.S. Navy said. The Navy is still chasing a second ship held by pirates in the area.

The USS James E. Williams ordered pirates to give up their weapons, the Navy says.

When the fight aboard the Dai Hong Dan was over, two pirates were dead and five others were captured, the Navy said, citing initial reports from the crew. Three seriously injured crew members were transferred to the destroyer USS James E. Williams, according to the Navy.

Pirates had seized the ship's bridge while the crew was holed up in engineering and steering compartments, the Navy said.

After the Navy received a radio report revealing the commandeered ship's location, the Williams steamed to intercept the Dai Hong Dan, ordering the pirates via bridge-to-bridge radio to give up their weapons.

At that point, crew members stormed the bridge, sparking the deadly battle. After the crew regained control, Navy sailors boarded the Dai Hong Dan to help with the injured.

The incident took place about 70 miles northeast of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the Navy said.

It is the second incident of piracy reported in recent days. A second U.S. Navy destroyer was searching waters off Somalia hunting for pirates who hijacked a Japanese-owned ship, military officials said.

Over the weekend, gunmen aboard two skiffs hijacked the Panamanian-flagged Golden Nori off the Socotra archipelago near the Horn of Africa, said Andrew Mwangura, a spokesman for the Kenyan-based Seafarers' Assistance Program.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke has been pursuing the pirates after entering Somali waters with the permission of the troubled transitional government in Mogadishu, U.S. officials said Monday. In recent years, warships have stayed outside the 12-mile limit when chasing pirates.

Two military officials familiar with the details confirmed the ongoing operation.

The Navy's pursuit of the pirates began Sunday night when the Golden Nori radioed for help. The Burke's sister ship, the USS Porter, opened fire and sank the pirate skiffs tied to the Golden Nori's stern before the Burke took over shadowing the hijacked vessel.

When the shots were fired, it was not known the ship was filled with highly flammable benzene. U.S. military officials indicate there is a great deal of concern about the cargo because it is so sensitive.

Benzene, which U.S. authorities have declared a known human carcinogen, is used as a solvent and to make plastics and synthetic fabrics.

Four other ships in the region remain in pirate hands, the Navy said.

U.S. and NATO warships have been patrolling off the Horn of Africa for years in an effort to crack down on piracy off Somalia, where a U.N.-backed transitional government is struggling to restore order after 15 years of near-anarchy. See how piracy is worsening »

In June, the destroyer USS Carter Hall fired warning shots in an attempt to stop a hijacked Danish cargo ship off Somalia, but the American vessel had to turn away when the pirated ship entered Somali waters.

In May, a U.S. Navy advisory warned merchant ships to stay at least 200 miles off the Somali coast. But the U.S. Maritime Administration said pirates sometimes issue false distress calls to lure ships closer to shore. See the warning area »

The pirates often are armed with automatic rifles and shoulder-fired rockets, according to a recent warning from the agency.

"To date, vessels that increase speed and take evasive maneuvers avoid boarding, while those that slow down are boarded, taken to the Somali coastline and released after successful ransom payment, often after protracted negotiations of as much as 11 weeks," the warning advised.

The agency issued a new warning to sailors in the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia and Yemen, after Sunday's hijacking.
Current Location:
Work
Current Music:
Celebration
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In an incredible bout of impeccable timing, Rough Trade has released the Libertines' first-ever greatest hits album exactly two days before The Perennials take the stage as England's top band of the 21st century... The track listing includes 6 songs that are in our set list for Halloween, so pick up the record and give it a few spins to hype up for the craziness!
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
accomplished accomplished
Current Music:
The Libertines (duh)
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GO SOX!!!!!!

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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He used our song "Delirium Tremont" in the newest edition of his music podcast, the4am. Listen at warrenellis.com and then go to perennials.musicnation.com and vote for us in the quarterfinals of WFNX's Rock Star Rising competition. If we win we get a development deal with EMI and can buy working gear! (For the record that site's been uploading our stuff at the wrong speed and it sounds really slow. Vote anyways!)
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The Rockies Pitch Religion

[posted online on June 2, 2006]

In Colorado, there stands a holy shrine called Coors Field. On this site, named for the holiest of beers, a team plays that has been chosen by Jesus Christ himself to play .500 baseball in the National League West. And if you don't believe me, just ask the manager, the general manager and the team's owner.

In a remarkable article from Wednesday's USA Today, the Colorado Rockies went public with the news that the organization has been explicitly looking for players with "character." And according to the Tribe of Coors, "character" means accepting Jesus Christ as your personal lord and savior. "We're nervous, to be honest with you," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said. "It's the first time we ever talked about these issues publicly. The last thing we want to do is offend anyone because of our beliefs." When people are nervous that they will offend you with their beliefs, it's usually because their beliefs are offensive.

As Rockies chairman and CEO Charlie Monfort said, "We had to go to hell and back to know where the Holy Grail is. We went through a tough time and took a lot of arrows."

Club president Keli McGregor chimed in, "Who knows where we go from here? The ability to handle success will be a big part of the story, too. [Note to McGregor: You're in fourth place.] There will be distractions. There will be things that can change people. But we truly do have something going on here. And [God's] using us in a powerful way."

Well, someone is using somebody, but it ain't God. San Francisco Giants first baseman-outfielder Mark Sweeney, who spent 2003 and 2004 with the Rockies, said, "You wonder if some people are going along with it just to keep their jobs. Look, I pray every day. I have faith. It's always been part of my life. But I don't want something forced on me. Do they really have to check to see whether I have a Playboy in my locker?"

Then there is manager Clint Hurdle and GM O'Dowd. Hurdle, who has guided the team to a Philistine 302-376 record since 2002, as well as fourth or fifth place finishes every year, was rewarded with a 2007 contract extension in the off-season. Hurdle also claims he became a Christian three years ago and says, "We're not going to hide it. We're not going to deny it. This is who we are."

O'Dowd, who also received a contract extension, believes that their 27-26 2006 record has resulted from the active intervention of the Almighty. "You look at things that have happened to us this year. You look at some of the moves we made and didn't make. You look at some of the games we're winning. Those aren't just a coincidence. God has definitely had a hand in this." Or maybe the management that prays together gets paid together.

O'Dowd and company bend over backward in the article to say they are "tolerant" of other views on the club, but that's contradicted by statements like this from CEO Monfort: "I don't want to offend anyone, but I think character-wise we're stronger than anyone in baseball. Christians, and what they've endured, are some of the strongest people in baseball. I believe God sends signs, and we're seeing those." Assumedly, Shawn Green (Jew), Ichiro Suzuki (Shinto) or any of the godless players from Cuba don't have the "character" Monfort is looking for.

Also, there are only two African-American players on the Rockies active roster. Is this because Monfort doesn't think black players have character? Does the organization endorse the statement of its stadium's namesake, William Coors, who told a group of black businessmen in 1984 that Africans "lack the intellectual capacity to succeed, and it's taking them down the tubes"? These are admittedly difficult questions. But these are the questions that need to be posed when the wafting odor of discrimination clouds the air.

Then there are the fans. I spoke with journalist Tom Krattenmaker, who has studied the connection between religion and sports. Krattenmaker said, "I have concerns about what this Christianization of the Rockies means for the community that supports the team in and around Denver--a community in which evangelical Christians are probably a minority, albeit a large and influential one. Taxpayers and ticket-buyers in a religiously diverse community have a right not to see their team--a quasi-public resource--used for the purpose of advancing a specific form of religion. Have the Colorado Rockies become a faith-based organization? This can be particularly problematic when the religion in question is one that makes exclusive claims and sometimes denigrates the validity of other belief systems."

You might think MLB Commissioner Bud Selig would have something stirring to say about this issue. But Selig, who hasn't actually registered a pulse since 1994, only said meekly, "They have to do what they feel is right."

It's not surprising that Selig would play it soft. First and foremost, Bud's First Commandment is "Thou Shalt Not Criticize the Owners. Second, Selig and Major League Baseball this year are experimenting for the first time with Faith Days at the Park. As if last season's Military Appreciation Nights weren't enough, the New York Times reported yesterday that this summer "religious promotions will hit Major League Baseball. The Atlanta Braves are planning three Faith Days this season, the Arizona Diamondbacks one. The Florida Marlins have tentatively scheduled a Faith Night for September." These religious promotions are attractive to owners because they leverage a market of evangelical Christians who are accustomed to mass worship in stadiums at events staged by sports-driven proselytizers like Promise Keepers and Athletes in Action.

As part of the MLB promotion, the Times reports, "local churches will get discounted tickets to family-friendly evenings of music and sports with a Christian theme. And in return, they mobilize their vast infrastructure of e-mail and phone lists, youth programs and chaperones, and of course their bus fleets, to help fill the stands."

At one of the Faith Days in Atlanta, the team will sell special vouchers. After the game, the stands will be cleared and then only those with the specially purchased vouchers will be re-admitted. Those lucky chosen "will be treated to an hour and a half of Christian music and a testimonial from the ace pitcher John Smoltz." Smoltz is the player who in 2004 opined on gay marriage to the Associated Press, saying, "What's next? Marrying an animal?" Good times for the whole family.

The Rockies right now are a noxious reflection of a time in US history when generals speak of crusades and the President recounts his personal conversations with Yahweh. ("You're doing a heckuva job, Goddy!")

If Monfort, O'Dowd and Hurdle want to pray on their own time, more power to them. But the ballpark isn't a church. Smoltz isn't a preacher. And fans aren't a flock. Instead of using their position of commercial power to field a God Squad, the Rockies might want to think about getting some decent players. There was once this guy named Babe Ruth. Not too much for the religion, and his character was less than sterling. But I hear he could play some decent ball.
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
bored bored
Current Music:
The Simpsons
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If you'd like to hear a rough mix of "Delirium Tremont" from the upcoming "Perennials are Forever" EP, go to http://perennials.musicnation.com and stream the song. Make sure to head back to musicnation next week when voting starts for the quarterfinals of the Boston Phoenix's Rock Star Rising competition.

Thank you and have a lovely tomorrow.

-Flax

Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
cold cold
Current Music:
Pizzicato Five
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10:04PM Christopher Walken “The Raven”

10:12PM John Carpenter “Halloween Theme”

9:13PM Goblin “Phenomena” from Phenomena Soundtrack

10:21PM Blood Feast “Blood Feast Movie Trailer”

10:23PM Todd Gallant “Halloween Sound Effects”

10:25PM The Order of Retribution “Dirge of Paradise”

10:30PM Burning Star Core “When the Tripods Came” from Operator Dead...Post Abandoned

10:50PM Biyi Amez “GooDoo”

10:54PM Current 93/Nurse With Wound “Disintegrate Blur 36 Page 03” from Bright Yellow Moon

11:10PM Cannibal Holocaust “Cannibal Holocaust Trailer”

11:14PM Goblin “L'alba dei morti viventi” from Dawn of the Dead LP ALBUM

11:15PM Return of The Living Dead 2 “Return of the Living Dead 2 Trailer”

11:20PM Coil “Hellraiser Main Title” from Gold Is the Metal

11:25PM Vaporous Apes “Yaje (live in studio)” from Unreleased

11:33PM PTV3 “Milk Baba” from Heaven is Invisible, Hell is Her/e (2007)

11:38PM PTV3 “Hookah Chalice” from Heaven is Invisible, Hell is Her/e (2007)

11:39PM PTV3 “Lies and Then” from Heaven is Invisible, Hell is Her/e (2007)

Next show won't be until November 30th, as I have to miss a few due to a wedding and our CD release show... but when I get back the show will return to normal, non-Halloween/Lady Jaye tribute themed stuff...
Current Location:
Work
Current Music:
Angels of Light
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Tonight Flax Radio has a very special show planned for you.

There will be a live in-studio performance by the Vaporous Apes of their new (first) track Yaje...
AND a tribute to Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge...
AND a full Halloween set featuring Goblin, J. Carpenter, spooky halloween noises and Christopher Walken reading E.A. Poe's The Raven, among other things...

This is more fun than going out on a Friday. You know it is.

10pm-midnight 90.3 FM in Boston, wzbc.org everywhere else.
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
nervous nervous
Current Music:
Serge Gainsbourg
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...upon hearing of the death of his other half Lady Jaye, in his/her arms, in their Brooklyn home. I can only imagine what it means to feel, quite literally, like half a person. It will take strength to internalize that essence and become whole again. Best of luck to him.

Though I ended my last installment with "The Orchids", I will be planning a full tribute show for the next installment of Flax Radio. Live and studio material of the PTV3 era, and anything I can find which potrays a sense of "filling the emptiness". In the meantime while I have no access to an FM signal, I am sending out the most comforting mental signals I can and I recommend that others who felt PTV3's influence over the last several years do the same.
Current Location:
Work
Current Music:
Justice
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Tarantel “Tied to a Tree in a Jungle of Mystery” from Ghetto Beats on the Surface of the Sun (Temporrary Residence 2007)

Carl Craig “Twighlight” from Just Another Day (Vinyl) (2005)

Ryuichi Sakamoto “Bachata” from BTTB (Sony Classical www.sony.com 2000)

James Joyce “Anna Livia Plurabelle” from The Complete Recordings (Sub Rosa www.subrosa.net 1929)

Test Dept “Bang on It!” LP ALBUM (Ministry of Power www.pias.be 1993)

Derrick May “Beyond the Dance - The Cult Mix” from Innovator MP3 ALBUM (transmat 1997)

Grant Morisson “Disinfocon Speech” from Teh Internets (Teh Internets)

Steve Reich “Fifth Movement (Fast)” from Tehillim / The Desert Music CD ALBUM (Cantaloupe www.cantaloupemusic.com 2002)

Scanner “Documenta X” from Sound for Spaces CD ALBUM (Sub Rosa www.subrosa.net 2003)

Ravi Shankar “Sitar Todi” from The Essential Ravi Shankar CD ALBUM (Columbia www.sony.com 2005)

Agama Yoga “The Art of Dying Workshop (Excerpts)” from Teh Internets (Teh Internets)

Sounds of Disaster “Fit to Die” from End (Ipecac www.thrilljockey.com 2004)

Massive Attack “Group Four” from Mezzanine CD ALBUM (circa 1998)

Masada String Trio “Kedushah” from 50' CD ALBUM (Tzadik www.tzadik.com 2004)

Ennio Morricone “Lolita (finale)” from Lolita Soundtrack (Milam)

Nadja “Now I Am Become Death, The Destroyer of Worlds” from Radiance of Shadows CD ALBUM (Alien 8 www.alien8recordings.com/ 2007) N

Psychic TV “The Orchids” from Dreams Less Sweet LP ALBUM (Some Bizzare www.somebizzare.co.uk 1983)



...just a reminder this show is every other Friday from 10pm to midnight on WZBC. 90.3fm in Boston or wzbc.org world wide. 
Current Location:
Home
Current Mood:
awake awake
Current Music:
The Gun Club
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    Last weekend's tryptamine-fueled adventures in what is left of Boston's old-growth forest prompted a few moments that were by far the closest I've ever felt to correspondence with higher intelligences. Since then I think I've finally internalized the point that Robert Anton Wilson made on every page for the first several hundred of "Illuminatus!": I really am just another ape enjoying the shit show that is ecological and biological evolution here on Terra, and that is totally fucking awesome.

    I've been intellectually aware of this fact since grade school, but I am thrilled to actually drop the baggage and presumptuousness that comes with thinking that you are part of an inherently superior species with a sense of right and wrong that outweighs your biological imperatives. I've never been happier with myself and my fellow man than upon knowing, REALLY knowing, that we're just another cog in the planetary entropy machine, and in five years when we're gone or unrecognizable or whatever happens happens all that's gonna be left to do is laugh at our absurd little sense of self-importance.

    It's a shame that we haven't evolved fast enough to clean up all the shit that we've been flinging at each other on such a grand scale for the last few millennia. Darwin and Freud were just not able to topple the memetic juggernaut that is patriarchal monotheism... but on the upside, plastic loses its shape in the face of erosion and we will leave almost no recognizable trace of our silly little monkey culture. The earth will remain more beautiful than any of us can even fathom (barring giant comet) until the sun eventually explodes. At no point will it or its future denizens miss us.

    I've been telling this to people lately and they all think I'm depressed. I personally don't think I've ever felt this gloriously, deleriously happy regarding the nature of the universe and its endless, boundless spiraling beauty.

    The other high point of the night would have to be the two people who WEREN'T tripping informing me that I momentarily took the form of a faun. I still can't tell if they were joking but at the time I believed it completely. Io Pan! Io Pan! Io Pan!

    Digressions aside, does this mean evolution is a lost cause? Maybe, or maybe the Holy Guardian Angels are waiting in Sirius for us to join the astral party. All I know is that the data is in and our time's almost up so it's time to start hunkering down for the painful part and loving the ever living shit out of each other.

    By the way, yes I am fully aware of the hilarity in making repeated references to fecal matter in a journal entry about our ape nature. Hope someone appreciates it... I imagine one of you will...    ;)
Current Location:
Work
Current Mood:
contemplative contemplative
Current Music:
The Art of Noise
* * *
-Gustav Mahler “Allegro Maestoso” from Symphony no. 2 in C Minor (Ressurection) (Westminster HiFi)
-Throbbing Gristle “Rabbit Snare” from Part Two - The Endless Not CD ALBUM (Mute/Industrial Records 2007)
-Master Musicians of Joujouka “War Song” from Brian Jones and the Master Magicians of Joujouka  
-Cabaret Voltaire “Yashar” from 12" 12-INCH SINGLE (Factory 1981)
-The Dave Pike Set “Mathar (seven inch edit)” from Sitar Beat!  
-The Orb “A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld: Live Mix MK 10” from Adventures -Beyond the Ultraworld (Island w 1991)
-Ulrich Schnauss “A Strangely Isolated Place” from a strangely isolated place CD ALBUM (Domino www.dominorecordco.com 2003)
-La Mystere Des Voix Bulgares “The Dahlia Blossoms and Doesn't Fade” from A Cathedral Concert (Jaro)
-West Lawn Dirge “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” from v/a: Trauermarsche  
-Ulver “1” from teachings in silence CD ALBUM (Black Apple 2003)
-Orbital “Attached” from snivilisation CD ALBUM (FFRR 1994)
-Dead Can Dance “Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book” from Aion LP ALBUM (4AD www.4ad.com 1993)
-Tremme Brass Band “Old Wooden Cross” from v/a: Trauermarsche  
-The Durutti Column “U.S.P.” from A Night in New York (ROIR www.roir-usa.com)
-Diamanda Galas “Confessional (Give Me Sodomy or Give Me Death)” from plague mass CD ALBUM (Mute www.mute.com 1991)
-Current 93 “All the Pretty Little Horses” from All the Pretty Horses CD ALBUM (Durtro www.durtro.com 1996) 

This playlist also included liberal dispersion of sounds from a "Spooky Halloween Noises" cd, an old LP of sound effects, and clips of spoken word by Israel Regardie and Aleister Crowley; among others. Really conjured some fiery stuff to kick this season at the station into gear.
Current Location:
Home
Current Mood:
groggy groggy
Current Music:
Devendra Banhart
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