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>anti-climactic droned out bliss

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…and the house that made it all possible

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May 31, 2008 at 9:24 pm

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>CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND?

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May 29, 2008 at 12:05 am

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>life is a cabaret

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>Being at home in Pittsburgh with a television really makes me feel like Michael York in Cabaret. In that movie, a young Michael York ventures off to Berlin in the 1930s and gets involved with the extreme glitter of Cabaret nightlife that had popped up in spite of the dire political and financial situation of pre-Nazi Germany. But you don’t need to go to the big city today to see culture at its most extreme; television has turned into a sort of visual metropolis, where demographics, politics, entertainment, and advertising meet. We select little neighborhoods or communities of channels and shows where we see the same personality night after night. Whoever called TV the vast wasteland might today call it suburban sprawl, a strip mall of choices and images that expose and reflect who we are but what we choose to see and buy. I put on the TVtoday, after four years without one, and I see the most clear juxstaposition of decadence and terror, just like Michael York saw waking up the next day after a rowdy night only to discover he had no money, and no way of making money. Between the performances of Sally Bowles and the economic and political reality of Weimar Republic Germany, Michael York had a sort of double conciousness in that movie, schizophrenically caught between entertainment and destruction. Sally Bowles insecurely promised that life was a Cabaret even while swastikas were filling her nightclub. What do our entertainers promise us today? The American dream, even as America flounders its poltics and economy away?

No, no, no, I don’t think Nazis are coming. But I can’t help but be struck by the two worlds that television projects upon America: terrible, apocalyptic tragedy and decadently, over the top, exaggerated excess glitter. Some channels heap image upon image of doom – gasoline shortages, civil wars, Iraqi failures, global warming, crime, corruption, flailing economy, depression of the dollar, etc. CNN and Fox News’s form of entertainment is a hyper-tragedy trainwreck. The rest of the channels choose a different poison as entertainment: The decadence of the metropolitan rich. MTV, E, VH1, HBO shows cities glittering with mini-skirted, buxom ladies and sunglassed iPhone wielding gentlemen jumping out of gigantic cars to crowd into dark clubs to order expensive bottles of alcohol. The proliferation of these two media images is astounding – movies, music videos, television shows, hip-hop singles show us BOTH worlds in excess. Recount, Sex and the City, Black Eyed Peas singing about corruption one day and glamour the next, champagned bejeweled music videos set in clubs, Bill O’Reilly, The Real World. I could go on and on, you know the list, it never seems to end.

This is not to ignorantly say that these media portrayls are correct understandings of my generation. After going to George Washington University, the college of the suburban aristocracy, it seems my generation is, at times, a willing conspirater in its own media image: a decadent, hedonistic affront in the face of news networks that would have us believe that the world is nearing an end. I can’t help but believe the two are related. Is life imitating art or is it the other way around?

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May 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm

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>I’M LIKE SUPER FUCKING YAWN

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>I’M LIKE SUPER FUCKING YAWN

“And uh, I don’t know if the phrase “power imbalance” means anything to you. But uh, I’m just not so sure I wanna be included in your little white rock boy fuckin hall of shame here, you know? I’m just like “Do I wanna be sandwiched in between some of these guys that are just doing the whole, like, big-white-baby-with-an-ego-problem thing?” I mean, get over it! It’s so boring. It’s like, a lot of these guys should just fuckin quit music and become lifeguards at like Wild Waves or some shit. So they can just like get their fucking, you know, anger management thing going. They can just get their power trips out on the kids, they can just do the whole thing. Maybe they’d be actually saving someone’s life. “Hey, don’t run by the pool. No cutoffs.” You know? That’s what I hear when I hear some of this you know music by a lot of these fuckin guys, you know? And I mean, I guess what I’m saying is “I’m just too cool… to be on your fuckin record.” You know?”

-Kathleen Hanna to Mike Watt, transcribed by Jessica Rose Calvanico

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May 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm

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>out of the closet and into the pit

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HELLO TEENAGE ANGST. f Limp Wrist two summers ago with 16 year old edge boyz!

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May 27, 2008 at 8:55 pm

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>summer anthem style

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May 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm

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>HELLO SUMMER LOVE

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May 26, 2008 at 1:07 am

>ZINE LIFE

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>this is from early 90’s zine by Anonymous Boy, which he of course dedicated to #1 dream boat Bruce LaBruce. I hope he wouldn’t be upset with me posting his artwork, but its so good. The rest of the zine is SO good and its downloadable on the internet if you do a little searching you can find it, PLUS original JD’s zines from the 80s which are AMAZING OF COURSE. Click to enlarge:

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May 24, 2008 at 9:41 pm

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>$5 if you recognize this cover!

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>my grlfriend jessica finds GEMS:

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May 24, 2008 at 4:46 pm

>bratty living

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>What has graduating done to my musical tastes? You’d probably say that one stupid day couldn’t change my whole ear, but I can’t help but be struck by how much I only want to listen to this one album:

Maybe its because my best friend/pseudo-sister Jessica was the number 1 Bikini Kill fan that ever walked the earth and I’m sad to leave her in washington d.c. as we graduate, but I can’t stop playing “Pussy Whipped” over and over and over again.

Its explosive, as my friend Julian put it, but its also indignant, pissed, and abrassive – all things I am, and all things i am becoming more of as I chafe towards adulthood.

Kathleen Hanna strings together angsty girl phrases and makes them lyrics “I AM SORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY WE ARE SOOOOOOOOO NICE TO YOU!”. Me and Jessica do the same to make our own bratty conversations. Jessica’s best friend from middle school Bethany, who, in turn, has become my friend, speaks the same way. As Cher from Clueless put it: “We are friends because we both know what its like to have people be jealous of us” No one is probably jealous of Beth, Jessica, or me, but we are friends because we know what its like to be bratty and, more importantly, SPEAK like brats. Bethany calls the lifestyle “Bratty Living” – “HELLO” “EXCUSE ME” “WHATEVER” “PLEASE” “I WOULD DIE” “I FUCKING HATE THAT BITCH” are the cut-up phrases that make a Jessica/Alex/Bethany album.

So when I listen to this album, maybe its just the appropriate soundtrack for a time when I’m savoring my youth angst, not wanting to grow up, to be indignant and disliked forever, to be disaffected and lame and moody, to fuck up relationships and piss everyone off. This album will always sound like Jessica to me, not because I’ve heard her listen to it a million times (I have), but because the girl talk is EXPLOSIVE and familiar and affirming and conveys exactly the discomfort that we feel every second of every day.

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May 23, 2008 at 9:52 pm