Fluffy Schwartz

Ok, went to see Hank III, huge dis-appointment. Sorry to say, the band was great but, the mix was so loud & terrible that it was worse then a trip to the dentist for a root canal. After about an hour of trying every corn...

Fluffy Schwartz

You may remember the feature piece Sensitive Skin did on Ralph Carney last year - good news! The one and only Ralph has a new album out! Smog Veil Records announces Ralph Carney's new Serious Jass Project album titled, Se...

Fluffy Schwartz

Working on an amazing project with musical legend Fred Frith and the Berkeley High School orchestra conducted by the talented Karen Wells. Today was our first full rehearsal and run thru and it was a blast. The whole thing i...

Fluffy Schwartz

Did I tell you that I absolutely love Hank Williams. He has written some of my favorite songs ever. So a little while back I was with my son in a pizza place and they were playing some cool stuff and it turned out to be Hank...

Michael Aanavi

"What do these children do without storybooks?" Naftali asked. And Reb Zebulun replied: "They have to make do. Storybooks aren't bread. You can live without them." I couldn't live without them." Naftali said. —Isaac Bas...

bart plantenga

Rich Dana, is not just the editor of the retro-future activist aesthetics journal Obsolete but also a guy doing battle – and making his own peace – with the various seemingly overwhelming forces of displacement, corpo...

Sean Flaherty

"We have to distrust each other. It's our only defense against betrayal." - Tennessee Williams I don’t loan books: as a rule it removes the awkward event of returning the book. You begged to borrow it, charmed me with yo...

Bernard Meisler

I remember when I was a mere tot, I'd see old Rolling Stones albums (yes, these were actual physical objects made from vinyl, a fragile black petroleum-based substance) at the used record store, selling for what was a small ...

Carl Watson

As some of you may or may not know, I have been trying to restore an old barn in the Catskills for several years. I had thought of writing funny little stories about my experiences but never produced anything.  This year th...

bart plantenga

The Amble, The Ale: Walking Nowhere Into the Pale “Freedom knows no propaganda more effective than people calmly enjoying themselves.” • Raoul Vaneigm, The Revolution of Everyday Life    I was pointed to a youtu...

Ron Kolm

Doing book reviews is not really my thing. Years ago I wrote some for Jeff Wright’s Cover magazine, and though it was a chance to tickle the keyboard, and probably gain a few brownie points with the folks I reviewed, it wa...

Fluffy Schwartz

Talking about Zig's work has gotten me thinking about other types of visual music. J. Randolph Hostetler, also known as Randy, was a close friend of mine and a wonderful musician who passed away tragically in 1996. He was, i...