July 2009

read a write up on the powell’s blog about this book cultural history of punk: 1974-1982. they mention a seattle punk band called hellen keller. about the single they had this to say in part:

The voice is low and menacing, like someone shouting through gravel into the dark void. But then the soaring, soprano — sung by Valerie Yockey — extravagant and baroque and full of melody; it humbles you that no combination of words can do justice to the weird beauty of this song.

of course i had to hear it for myself. a quick check on the hype machine lead me to killed by death records. a blog that posts mp3s of old punk records. their tagline is i won’t pay for punk records. i’ll definately be checking out more of what’s on their blog. you can download the single here for yourself if you’re as curious as i was. hearing this, makes me wish there was more weirdness in most of the new music i seem to come across these days.


i’ve been wanting this issue of otona no kagaku just about since i knew it existed. when i asked eslite if they could order it for me they said they couldn’t get it. on tuesday i was at eslite and what did i find, but the very thing they said they couldn’t get. this isn’t the first time this has happened, but i’m glad it did since now i have it. this issue is a 16mm diy film projector which uses “paper” film. it doesn’t look too hard to put together, but it’ll probably take me awhile to get around to doing just that.