--Bob Shacochis "Domesticity: A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love"
Not entirely sure why I wanted so strongly to quote this.
But, yeah, *that*.
Short version: New Media pro. Only use my king fu powers for good. Activist since I was in high school. MFA. Gardener. Occasional musician. From the deep ass south (north FL and south TX), but have been in Brooklyn 15 years, now new to Boston after a very brief pit stop in the Hudson Valley. Dad to two rescue pits that I adore. Progressive. Occupy. Social/economic justice. Solidarity. #Classwar. Art. Rock and Roll.
I own a shirt that reads "fuck frank gehry."
Tidy house, messy desk, passport beat all to hell.
Drinkin' man with a guitar problem.
I would like to go on some dates.
I love what I do.
Looking for someone to smooch with and make mixtapes for. It really is that simple.
Making connections among people who really should be connected
Making people laugh and/or dance
Making my point
My MFA is actually in film. This is something of a curse given that I find it difficult to watch almost anything these days without constantly re-editing it in my head. On those rare occasions that I don't feel compelled to do so such a thing, I know I'm watching something exceptional. Best example? John Ford's 1940 version of "The Grapes of Wrath."
My tastes lean towards the classics. I've probably seen The Philadelphia Story 20 times. I love that string of 50s films where Cary Grant plays a cranky American guy in the South Pacific, namely Operation Petticoat and Father Goose. My favorite film of all time is probably, again, John Ford's Grapes of Wrath. In fact, Ford might be my favorite director of all time as well. I also love Kubrick, Blake Edwards, Wes Anderson, Herzog, Wenders, Waters, Jarmusch, Sayles, Malick, Wajda, David Lynch, Kurosawa, Tarkosvky, John Huston and the Coens.
Movies I will watch anytime: Mystery Train, Captain Blood, The Thin Man, Dr Strangelove, Matewan, Lone Star, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Life Aquatic, Magnolia, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Touch of Evil, Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, (I have a thing for noir) Mullholland Drive, Kiss Me Kate, Singin' In the Rain, Bringing Up Baby, Notorious, To Catch a Thief, The Bicycle Thief, 'Paris, Texas.'
I spent years largely ignoring television. Then the streaming thing happened and now I'm kind of screwed. I found that being able to watch what I want when I want was kinda dangerous. I finally watched all of Battlestar Galactica one winter and I was hooked. I finally started watching both Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead last winter when it was just too damned cold to leave my apartment. I finally started watching The Wire and...I can't bring myself to watch the rest of it because I want to live in a world where there are still more Wire episodes for me to watch one day. Aside from the obvious ones, I really enjoyed "The Supersizers Go!" I've loved Doctor Who since I was a kid, which makes sense since it's still, essentially, a kid's show. I really like Call the Midwife and Broadchurch and Wallander. There's a whole bunch of shows that everyone, including perhaps yourself, has seen and obsessed about that I haven't. Please educate me about why I should. Really.
Hoo boy. Music. OK, here goes. Quite broadly, I love rock and roll. A lot. I've written about it extensively. I play it. It informs my tastes in many, if not most, things; my politics, my very worldview. More broadly, I really love American musics. I love classic American honky tonk, guitars, Cadillacs, and hillbilly music. Buck Owens and the Bakersfield sound. Western Swing, 50s-60s bop and hard bop jazz, 60s era Soul. I *love* string bands ("Old Time" and bluegrass). I'm a sucker for 60s girl groups. I've been waiting 20 years for a Shoegaze revival I fear will never actually happen. I love to listen to and play fuzzy, dreamy shoegaze-y, Nuggets-y pop-rock. It just makes me happy. If it's got some jangle with a little fuzz and scuzz, I'm likely smiling as I play it.
I *really* love 60s Nuggets era garage rock like the Sonics and their descendants like the Woggles, who may be the greatest live Rock and Soul band of all time. Wanna dance for 3 hours? Go see them. They'll blow you away.
I have something of a band crush on Lucero.
And, totally randomly, King Khan and the Shrines, Guided By Voices, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Turbonegro, Southern Culture on the Skids, THE KINKS, The Stones, T. Rex, Bowie, Ramones, Mojo Nixon, X, the xx, LCD Soundsystem, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, JAMC, the Dirtbombs, Sleater-Kinney, WILD FLAG, Wilco, Man or Astroman?, James Brown, P Funk, Fela, The Xx, Roy Orbison, Big Star, Alex Chilton, John Prine, Sonic Youth, Jon Spencer, The Kills, Superchunk, Wye Oak, Ted Leo, Sleigh Bells, Nick Cave, The Jam, Neko Case, New Pornographers, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Sharon Van Etten, Voidoids, TOM WAITS, Let's Wrestle, Screaming Females, Small Faces, HOLLY GOLIGHTLY, the Greenhornes, TVOTR, Pulp, Patti Smith, Smiths, Built To Spill, the Dirtbombs/Gories (!), Mountain Goats, Kurt Vile, Stooges, The Who, The Clash, Bad Brains, the Pogues, The Civil Wars, Ray LaMontagne, Leonard Cohen, Velvet Underground, Bob Wills, Buck Owens, Townes Van Zandt, Al Green, Elliot Smith, Flaming Lips, Pixies, Eels, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, Johnny Motherfucking Cash.
I'm also kind of a sucker for the more twee and/or noisy pop end of the spectrum like Belle and Sebastian, the Aislers Set, Comet Gain, Tiger Trap, Math and Physics Club, Bunnygrunt, Camera Obscura, Manhattan Love Suicides, Dressy Bessy, Rocketship etc...
And of course Nina, Otis, Dylan, Etta, Ella, Aretha, Django, Dolly, Monk, Miles, Bird, Louis, Duke, Coltrane, Merle, Patsy, Woody, Willie, Billie and Hank.
and....I could go on and on and on and on....
**Update** Also, holy shit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/arts/music/the-alan-lomax-collection-from-the-american-folklife-center.html?_r=1
I like to eat. I *love* to cook. I very much like to feed people, lots of 'em at any given time. It's a southern thing. I can't help it.
Something, anything, worth fighting for.
A pair of Chucks.
A table at which my favorite people can sit, feast, plot and commune.
All that said, things aren't all that important to me.
The way world politics over the last 600 years or so informed the evolution of naval architecture. (I wish I was making that up)
Emigrating to somewhere perhaps a bit more civilized.
Or writing run-on sentences.
Lesson? Feed me whiskey.
Also, that I just made a completely un-ironic visit to the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City.
You make/create stuff or ideas.
You're never too cool to dance.
You're a badass.
You are Kathleen Hanna.
You are Neko Case.
You are Holly Golightly. Not that one. This one.
You are Lysistrata.