by Dan
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danny-zuko.pngGrown-Ups - "Actually Bankrupt"
Feel Alright - "Blood Cathedral"

Archives. I scurry through moldy, capillary hallways, head-height vaulted cabinets hung with files like gutted birds. I breathe shallow, I touch sparing and brief, to minimize the contact with this unburied graveyard of informal thought. Like if twitter could somehow be harpooned, its sprawling heaving corpse would smell like this. Hundreds of millions of death sighs, warm and steamy on the beach. I'm looking for a single phrase, I need to find a single phrase amidst this garbage. I need to find an instance, a printed instance, of the words "a nightmare involving Danny Zuko". Don't ask why I need to find it, I don't pry into your business, I just need to find it. So here I am, neck-deep in confessional columns and police reports and community theatre reviews on microfiche. I'm sitting hunched in the bowels, stacks of reproductions in the "checked" pile, and I can't believe the world ever saves anything at all. Recorded history is a relatively new idea, and history hoarding is even newer, the world entire is now a scribe, a scholar, and a preservationist. "Where are my emails? Where are all my blog entries? I wanna read the one I wrote about a nightmare involving Danny Zuko." Not a printed instance, it doesn't count, but it's getting closer.

[Buy Stopped Caring from Modern Documents (released June 21 as MD001)]
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Feel Alright is Craig Fahner's band, and he's also an artist, with art that I simply had to share with you. This is a piece by Fahner, called Organ, that is one of a few physiological instrumentation pieces he's done. Organ is controlled by an EEG headset, and it's programmed to play notes as the musician becomes less cognitively aware. Yes, that is less cognitively aware. If you can figure out how to even do that, you can play this organ. I want to try it so badly.

(I heard about Fahner, and Feel Alright, through the great Emma Healey)


BREAKING: Sean has won a National Magazine Award for his piece on UX & the Paris catacombs that was originally published in Brick and is now up at Gizmodo. This is great news.

Posted by Dan at June 10, 2011 12:48 AM

Congrats Sean!!! You deserve it!!!

Posted by Brian at June 11, 2011 10:43 PM

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