Friday, October 27, 2006
Yes, the connect_icut website finally exists.

Just a few things things I should mention:

1. At the time of writing, the new line-up for the Novermber 18 show is strictly to-be-confirmed.

2. Yes, that's a dash between "connect" and "icut". Seems you can't put an underscore in a URL.

3. There's some pretty exciting news about
upcoming releases, including the LA (An Apology) vinyl LP, which should be coming out on my own label CSAF in early 2007. This will be extremely limited, so tell me now if you want to reserve a copy.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Rats Saw God.
So Kris is in a used book store, selling some unwanted stuff, when a young-adult paperback sitting on the shop's counter catches her eye. Why is that title familiar?

Of course, "Rats Saw God" is an episode title from season two of Veronica Mars. And the author of this paperback? Why, if it isn't Rob Thomas, the creator of a certain TV show about a girl detective with an attitude problem.

Here's a little sample from the book...

I left my post for a few minutes to pick up my sophomore schedule. Upon returning, I was surprised to see a fair-sized crowd of potential dadaists clustered around our booth. Doug was in the process of explaining dadaist doctrine to three girls.

"What's the point?" the shortest of the three said. I was sure I recognized her from somewhere but couldn't place her.

"Exactly!" Doug answered.

All of which rather begs the question: were there books like this when I was a teenager and, if so, why didn't anybody tell me?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

I Liked It!
My main fear, on entering a screening of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette was that it would portray the pre-Revolutionary French upper class as glamorous and interesting. The moment Gang of Four's "Natural's Not In It" started blasting from the theatre soundsystem, I knew I had nothing to worry about.

Sofia's aristocrats are an unattractive bunch, for the most part: they're privilege cushioned by a smug sense of entitlement; they're indulgence desiccated by a regime of strict social ritual; they're senses eroded by years of petty sniping and gossip; they're minds numbed by the reassuring mundanity of the socioeconomic order;
reveling in the banality of their evil and the crapulance their of repulsive Anti-Glam.

Much like the contemporary ruling class, naturally. Of course, most of them can't be blamed, exactly. Like the rest of us, the truly privileged are generally just happy to play their little parts in perpetuating the status quo. They're just lucky to actually benefit from it more than we do, objectively speaking.

Anyway, into this unappealing milieu comes Marie Antoinette - a dreamer whose Pro-Glam can't be crushed by the machinations of The System. Clearly Sofia has more important things on her mind than historical accuracy.

The film
sounds great too, by the way: important dialogue is audaciously buried into the general ambient hubbub; pivotal scenes are soundtracked by new wave hits remixed by Kevin Shields(!)

What's remarkable is how un-pop it all is - in spite of the music and the punky graphics. It's more stylized than stylish; more thought provoking than thrill providing. It's brilliantly, subtly realized and the middle-brow film critics will never understand it.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Advanced Warning
For those of you who live in Vancouver and love experimental electronica, we are proud to present...

robot army

Sat Nov 18th 2006
@ Blim
#197 – East 17th Ave. (@ Main St.) Vancouver

More details closer to the time. Lots more exciting connect_icut news to be announced in the coming months.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Oval - "Do While".
Can Carl Impostume find a copy of 94 Diskont for a quid?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Current Listening - A Short Photo-Essay, of Sorts. these...

...and this...
Samm Levine!
A somewhat underwhelming Veronica Mars last night BUT:

(i) Samm Levine! What next? Martin Starr?

(ii) I guess I was wrong about the Humourless Feminists. "I'm on your side!" says Veronica, not yet knowing how wrong she is.

A shame but also a reminder of perhaps the most disturbing idea at the heart of this show: that attempting anything
constructive within The System merely contributes to and perpetuates that system.

You're not on their side Veronica. Truly you are The Great Destroyer.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Veronica Mars - Season Three
Starts tonight. I assume you wouldn't miss it for the world.