OK, thanks to the lovely and talented stutefish
, there is now a syndication feed so you can add my new blog to your old friends' list, should be so inclined
to your friends list, and experience the magic!
I started blogging for realz at http://www.alexvcook.com aka http://alexvcook.blogspot.com. Feels like its a time for a change.
Not to say I won't occassionally be posting here, but I will be there. I'm trying to sort out the RSS feed situation for reading a number of you. Evidently, all LJ accounts have an RSS feed
but there is some weirdness with the digest version, being able to read locked down stuff. I have a number of you added to my iGoogle RSS aggregator but they still all say information not available.
My new hotness can be fed upon at http://alexvcook.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
or at a syndication LJ account I'll set up out of shear vanity.
saying I dig Damien Hirst and his diamond-encrusted $99 million skull (click for more info)
I like that:
- its called For the love of God, which opens up such an easy linguistic dichotomy. Its like Rod McKuen - he's so dumb and easy yet it still works.
- he embraces the horrible-ness of it being made from death, about death and encrusted with horrible things that people likely died producing, and that the care, insurance and upkeep of this thing is going to be a financial and logistical nightmare for him forever
- upon showing this to my ever insightful pop-art-indifferent, pretentious, antiquarian friend Terry this morning, he said that Hirst is the contemporary Fabrege, and boom. It all made new sense to me in a new way. I always approached him as applying alchemy in a result-bankrupt sphere of conceptual art, but no. He's is a blue-chip egg painter.
- I actually think Hirst's work in general is rather compelling. It is amazingly crafted and his theme is sharp as a laser pointer. And I always thought it was shallow as fuck, but I spent some time with his over-designed tome I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now and he said that he wished people had the blind faith in art that they did in medicine. People in general have no understanding of medicine they take, yet are undeniably reliant on them, but require a high degree of understanding to accept art, something that has much lower stakes from a survival standpoint.
- he gets hubris, and flambouyantly embraces it.
- boiled down, it is a bauble. It might as well have come from a gumball machine, lowly and disposable. Split the stick and there is Jesus.
I have some sort of gmail virus (?!) that is sending out random racially inflamatory emails to people in my address book. Its awesome.
So if you are wondering why I'm saying some hateful things to you but getting your race entirely wrong, that's why. I promise to at least get that right in my hatespeech in the future.
|Alex V. Cook on The Jim Engster Show
WRKF 89.3 FM Baton Rouge or at http://wrkf.org
Friday, March 23, 2007. 9AM CST
I might as well get with the program, so here is a flickr of the night's procedingshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/44888545@N00/sets/72157594535922716/show/
This is an old Juke joint off fabled highway 61, one of the only ones left around here. Teddy, the guy in Red, turned 61 last night and had a party at the club. He was born in the spot where the keyboards are now.
Release party for
Darkness, Racket and Twang: Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Music
by Alex V. Cookhttp://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Racket-Twang-Listening-Unpopular/dp/097768492X/sr=1-1/qid=1158073481/ref=sr_1_1/103-8433466-7931807?ie=UTF8&s=books
Please come and please bring friends. Help out on my bid for cult-stardom
Hors douvres, book signing, meet the author, meet the cover artist, psychedlic light show, music from the book
All this in the cozy, urbane embrace of the Red Star
222 Laurel St.
Downtown Baton Rouge, LA
Buy it direct: http://www.sidecartel.com/detail.php?side=3
also available atAmazon
and Barnes & Noble
all you proofreaders are getting free signed copies as soon as I have them!!!!!
Darkness, Racket and Twang - Alex V. Cook
Darkness, Racket and Twang announces a new passionate voice in the world of rock journalism in Alex V. Cook. Instead of miring articles in this collection with dull history and celebrity gossip, Cook lays bare the relationship between the listener and the music. Each article in the book depicts a short, often temporary connection with a clutch of records you probably have never heard, letting rock music serve as a launch pad for enlightenment. His opinions are as vehement as they are controversial. Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, who gets discussed in the book, described it as "enlightening and at times infuriating (like any book about music should be)." While the music buying public grows ever more jaded, Cook's urgent and impassioned prose is a necessity on the modern cultural landscape.
Originally published in personal journals and public websites, the pieces in this collection capture an original voice stepping beyond the veneer of rock-n-roll and and opening the doors of constant epiphany that the author experiences along the margins of popular, and more often, unpopular music. It is as much travel writing, documenting the psychic terrain of the music-obsessed, as it is criticism.