Renewing my old website was too expensive, so here I am with a blog. The name 'sinnersbleeders' comes from the titles of my two full-length albums: Sinners, and Bleeders of the Vast Expanse. I could've included the two EPs, but I didn't think 'sinnerssleepyheadssuicidehillbleeders' was very practical.
After a three month break here's a greatest hits version of what I've been enjoying over the last while:
I found a perfect album. It's called Zuckerzeit by the German group Cluster. I've added it to the very short list of albums that really really matter to me because they seem to point the way to a dark, beautiful future (also on that list: Kid A, and Liars' Drums Not Dead).
Loving this album so much, I then bought their next album Sowiesoso, and found it dull dull dull. Soft soft soft soft Rock.
I'm late to the party, but I just discovered French author Michel Houellebecq. First I read (and was relatively unimpressed with) his latest novel The Possibility of an Island, but inexplicably remained curious enough to then read an earlier novel called Platform, which is the most exciting book I've read since I read Bukowski's Post Office a couple years ago.
Woe. This book Platform meant a lot to me. Or I think it has.
Three new films have entered the pantheon: Louis Malle's The Fire Within, Karel Reisz' Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and the 2003 film from first-time director Andrei Zvyagintsev called The Return.
The Fire Within cut especially deep. I need to watch it again. The first time was with Jeff Coutts in the middle of the afternoon in Edmonton. After the film -which he'd never seen before either- we smoked American Spirit cigarettes on his balcony, and I felt like my wounded spirit was floating into the horrible, meaningless sky.
The Return wounded me too; but in a much more constructive manner. I'm a person who can be changed by art, and The Return made a difference.
There was a woman in that movie who knocked a hole in me with her stillness and mindcrushing beauty.
I went to the Osheaga festival yesterday. I saw Cat Power, Spiritualized, Iggy and the Stooges, and a bunch of others. But the surprise highlight for me was a Montreal band called Duchess Says. It was the kind of rock'n'roll I'd forgotten did -or stopped hoping might- exist in anything other than my visual fantasies while listening to a record. For once a band was better live than they could possibly be on record. Amazing and out of control. I remember rock'n'roll. I do.
I also saw Bon Iver in July. It was the best concert experience of my life. The room listened quietly to his songs. I swear to God. It was the environment of my dreams. He rewarded our reverence with a wonderful performance, which included a new song called Blood Bank that was astounding.
Favourite song of the moment:
Birthing and Birthing by Slim Twig.
Also read and thoroughly enjoyed this summer:
for the first time:
-Joel Hynes' Down to the Dirt
-Walt Whitman's I Sing the Body Electric, and A Song for Occupations.
for the second time:
-Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One
-John Steinbeck's East of Eden
-Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
-can't remember what else
I'm making music again after a long hiatus. It feels like I'm beginning to finally make the kind of music I've dreamt of since I was thirteen and first realized that what Nirvana did on In Utero was within my grasp, if I could just learn a few chords on the guitar.
It's possible I'll release a small EP of old songs before I put out the new album.
If you're still reading this far down: thanks for the attention.