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Archive for June 2009

Mood: So, so good
Music: The Down-N-Outs-Wreck My World

O hai!  I just thought I’d let y’all know that I think our flag is awesome.  Just look at it…

It’s colorful, clean, modern, has our state’s inital in case we forget…did I mention it’s colorful?  And even though the North American Vexillological Association (lol, what?) only ranked it 16th out of 72, it’s #1 in my book.

Mood: So good
Music: Ween-I’ll Be Your Jonny On The Spot

I’m fine, things are great.  I have some things to share, but I’m not all that interested in writing a lot right now.  Instead, let’s talk about Rap names.

A friend at work asked if he could attribute a quote to me.  I told him he could, but only if he used my rapper name.  It occurred to me that I hadn’t chosen a new rap name since legally changing my name.  I used to go by Masta P, but that doesn’t seem fitting any more.  We hashed out some ideas and took advantage of some of the online rap name generators.  Is it weird that there are, like, more than five of these?  I think two is plenty.  Anyway, here are the contenders….

Missy P

The Notorious AEP

Magic Annie

Rich AP Love

Jiggy A Annie

Phat Funk AA

Handbag Bitch (wtf?  really, internet?)

Dynomite Bammy (this one came with a picture of Flava Flav (see below), so I think I have to use it)

I’m actually kind of disappointed in the selection.  It’s like female rap names are harder so they didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about how to generate them.  Here’s a hint tho…you prolly shouldn’t use Phat or Bitch…just saying.  Still, I think I’ll go with Magic Annie or Missy P.  What’s your rap name?

Also, for some reason, my office smells like ammonia.

Mood: Hangovery
Music: Antony and the Johnsons-Daylight and the Sun

SUNN O))) is pleased to announce that we will be touring the west coast again, this August.


5 Aug Neumo’s / Seattle (w/ Accüsed, Black Breath, Trap Them)
6 Aug Neumo’s / Seattle (w/ Earth, Pelican, Eagle Twin)
8 Aug Independent / San Francisco (w/ Accüsed, Eagle Twin)
9 Aug Historic Brookdale Lodge / Brookdale (w/ Accüsed, Eagle Twin)
11 Aug Center for Arts, Eagle Rock / Los Angeles (w/ Accüsed, Eagle Twin)
13 Aug Bluebird Theatre / Denver (w/ Accüsed, Eagle Twin)
14 Aug Avalon Theatre / Salt Lake City (w/ Accüsed, Eagle Twin)

They’re lucky they’re coming here.  We were going to have words (bad words) if they skipped us again.  I kind of wish I could go see them in Seattle too…Earth and Pelican are grooby.

Mood: The same as before
Music: Mates of State-Tan/Black

This one time I made a video about some of my favorite artists and put it on YouTube…

Mood: Peace-y keen
Music: The Brian Jonestown Massacre-Love

I’d hate for you to miss out on my YouTube videos from five months ago…

“What Bill [Burroughs] explained to me then was pivotal to the unfolding of my life and art: Everything is recorded. If it is recorded, then it can be edited. If it can be edited then the order, sense, meaning and direction are as arbitrary as the agenda and/or person editing. This is magick.”

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Mood: except for this headache, super…thanks for asking!
Music: Joanna Newsom-Sprout and the Bean

I’m all bunged up with the Art, so here…

Sometimes it just works out like that.  I saw a post on one of the art/design sites I subscribe to about this gorgeously weird movie by a film making venture called Terri Timely.   Which led me to fall in love with the video for this song…

It’s Sprout and the Bean by Joanna Newsom and my heart asploded the first time I heard it.

Oh, so what’s ydk over at iregret been up to?

Hey y’all, it’s Brian Willmont!

Wait!  Florentijn Hofman wants to bid you farewell.

Mood: Monday, y’all
Music: Spacemen 3-Feel So Good

I really like the band, Sunn O))) and have been wanting to see them for years.  But, since they’re snooty metal art hounds, they only seem to play in hip, sexy cities like…New York City!  Tokyo!  Tel Aviv!  Paris! I always figured it would be a long time/never before a trip to one of those sexy cities and a Sunn O))) show aligned.  So, I was shocked and delighted to see that they had deigned to play some shows in the lowly Midwest and in a city that’s sort of close to me and to my heart…Omaha, Nebraska!

Once I saw that, I planned out a mini vaca in a matter of hours.  My father lives in Des Moines, IA (which is like three hours from Omaha) so I decided to make the drive out to see him then swing back to the Big O for the concert on Monday.  I’ll leave the Friday after next and drive all day to Des Moines.  We’ll hang out and celebrate America’s birthday, then I’ll drive to Omaha for the show and stay overnight Monday.

This prolly isn’t a great time for a vacation, but whatever.  It’s been a long time since I did anything fun for myself and it will be really great to see my Dad and the band.  This is the first time that my Dad will have seen me since transition, so it’s going to be kind of weird at first and I’m the nervous.  But, I’m sure that will pass minutes after I get there.  I’m so happy and together these days, it’s hard for people to not be charmed to death by my…happiness, togetherness, and death-inducing charm.  And bless his little heart, Pops seems really excited and is already making plans for our time.  I’m excited too.  I haven’t seen him in a couple of years and he’s been really supportive of my transition.

I haven’t written much about my parents and their reaction to the news of my transition.  The short version is that my father has been very sweet and has really been trying to make an effort to accept the new me.  Mom is…incommunicado.  We spoke at Christmas and I have received, maybe two, terse emails from her.  And I’m not sure why she’s had that reaction.  She isn’t extremely religious and is fairly liberal, politically.  So…what’s motivating this?  Maybe she feels like she failed as a parent?  Whatever, it’s all pointless speculation until she actually tells me what’s going on.  Lord knows when that will be and I’m not sure what I can do to improve our relationship in the meantime.  So, I’m very much looking forward to renewing my relationship with at least one of my parents.

K, back on topic…so, Sunn O)))…

…is kind of hard to describe.  They’re basically doom metal slowed down to the point of ambient, diaphragm-crushing abstraction.  The reason I want to see them so badly is because their shows are more like a physical, rather than musical experience.  They usually perform in black robes and pack a smaller venue with dry ice smoke, a single light source and many gigantic bass cabinet guitar amplifiers.  I think the result is like swimming at the bottom of a very deep, frozen lake and witnessing an ancient summoning ritual.  Or, kind of like…

So, I’m excited (and frightened) but it should be an unforgettable experience and a very interesting way to end Summa Vaca ’09.

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