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2006 must have been a fashionable year for jerks to reinstate themselves as counterculture.  I went to a meeting to organize a protest around then, and everyone told me that creating a lobbying group to paper jam a process was dumb and wouldn't work, and they decided to chain themselves to trees.   After the meeting was over some of them took an entire box of new chalk (that was provided by the meeting space) and shattered each piece against the wall and laughed the whole time. 

I didn't participate with them after that, and a few months later I saw flyers around town asking for donations from their community to bail them out of jail after they got arrested for chaining themselves to trees.
PIX was a friends hobby that turned into a bigger group of friends doing stuff I never thought was possible. 
Seeing a group of people build and connect their communities into something so much bigger than themselves is very inspiring.  I went places and made art that I never would have thought of creating if it weren't for all the people I met.
I would love to band together with more artists to build something positive, like organizing artists into buying their studio buildings instead of just gentrifying themselves out of neighborhoods, or something. 
I started to create a record label, but I'm now realizing a label isn't exactly what I think will create the value I want to see, but I'm still figuring it out.  If anyone has good books/sites/videos on how to explore ideas like that, please share.
What drew you to PIX and this board in particular?  What value did it create for you?  What parts of it would you want to rebuild if you could?  What are you creating or contributing to now?
I probably post as much as I ever did.  The unifying factor was PIX (which for me meant my town and a few friends and acquaintances), so all the random convos could at least connect back to that.

I play music more than I ever did, which feels great.  I like that music has stuck with me regardless of the various social scenes and dramas that always seem to rip stuff apart. Now I'm at that stage where I want to make it grow into another dramatic social scene that will rip itself apart... ok, not the drama or ripping it apart stage... I just want to build something or contribute to something that feels good and surprises me.

I still swing by this board regularly.  I may not post, but I'm reading.
General / Re: Watcha readin?
January 03, 2018, 12:47:47 PM
Quote from: rory on January 02, 2018, 06:33:57 PM
Society Of The Spectacle by Guy Debord which I'm so far finding to be terrifyingly relevant

I took an art history course on 1968 and it started off with Guy Debord.  That entire era is incredibly relevant to what is developing today.
General / Re: General Movie Thread
January 03, 2018, 12:42:50 PM
Wind River is really disappointing.  It is 106 minutes long, but feels like 3 hours.  The casting is really bad. The acting is fairly bad. There are scenes that feel heavily like foreshadowing, but never develop into anything. The cinematography is ok, but it makes the environment they are in seem small, not expansive.
General / Re: Louis CK
November 11, 2017, 03:59:25 AM
I'm finding it difficult to wrap my head around Louis CK and the interconnectedness of the other sexual aggressions.  The habitual actions of all the cases are really upsetting. It reminds me of people that I've met that are charming, treat people as poorly as they can get away with, and then turn the charm back on to gaslight the people with the complaints. It makes me wonder what else Louis CK might do to manipulate his circle of influence to his gain regardless of the value or loss of value for those he actively manipulates.

ack. i'm late for work. I have more thoughts on responsibility of sexuality/hormones as a non-narcissist, because this isn't just about blaming one bad apple and calling it a day.
General / Re: Harvey Weinstein
November 02, 2017, 10:45:47 AM
Regarding the current confrontation of sexual assault, the weirdest realization I've come to as a straight male is all the media that has affected our society without me ever thinking that much about it... mostly because I guess I never really had to.  I was more worried about bullies and jocks, but the misogyny passed off as entertainment has been hella prevalent in media that I actually have enjoyed most of my life.

This video broaches just a few examples of just one angle of misogyny, but I never really noticed how prevalent it was in movies I actually enjoy, like Blade Runner... and Ex Machina uses the trope, but turns a mirror on it, possibly?  It's weird to wake up to.

As a disclaimer, I'm not sure if misogyny is the best word... it seems deeper than that, and across gender identities.
General / Re: I quit facebook
November 02, 2017, 05:11:20 AM
I think I followed a traditional social media trajectory through MOC, friendster, myspace, and then facebook, but I got creeped out when the ads started following me around, and I tried to wipe my fb account as best i could.  Now ads follow us everywhere and there isn't much one can do about it.

When I first quit facebook, my friends would actually stop their cars when the saw me walking/biking, and invite me to whatever event was happening, but that doesn't happen so frequently anymore... sometimes people will email me directly with the "Since you don't have a facebook account, I thought I would pass this on..."

I only have a few acquaintances who's use of their smartphone actually bothers me.  If they aren't the one doing the talking, they typically pick up their phone and tune out.  I literally walked away from one of them when it was obvious they weren't listening. I even verbally told them I was going to walk away, and they still didn't acknowledge that I was speaking to them.  Two minutes later I got a text from them asking me where I went, lol.

I basically have a secret fb account for promoting shows through a collective page, but I don't really like social media because I get annoyed with the constant feed of unsolicited information.  I like youtube, because I can control what is put in front of me somewhat, and I can search for videos on any of my hobbies or activities.  I am concerned about career oriented stuff, since I am a multimedia artist/musician by hobby and trade and I still have to think about paying bills and navigating jobs... but I don't even have a smartphone. 

I performed over the weekend with people half my age, and it was interesting to see them promote the event in real time as my band was setting up and sound checking.  I think 115 people showed up, which is the largest number I've played in front of in quite a while.

Sometimes I am concerned with social responsibility when it comes to staying informed, but sometimes the political stuff feels like a wave of gossip, so I haven't figured that one out. 

I guess it's all sort of damned if you do, damned if you don't... but I can honestly say I do more socializing through the internet on hijinx than any other digital platform.  I guess I use email and text to coordinate face-to-face meetings.

General / Re: What's everyone listening to?
November 02, 2017, 04:37:29 AM
I'm liking this drummer, Mark Guiliana, and specifically this combo with pianist, Brad Mehldau:
General / Re: i made a change or two.
August 30, 2017, 04:47:08 AM
Quote from: ramblinrabble on August 30, 2017, 03:58:48 AM
Quote from: jer on August 29, 2017, 07:43:45 AM
Quote from: ramblinrabble on August 29, 2017, 03:40:30 AM
So are we no longer pix affiliated?  Did Chris finally accomplish his dream of shutting down the  board so everyone will ride bikes and mail cash to each other?

eh, PIX is gone and I don't think a lot of us care to be associated with it right now.

oh, i made another change. that other theme was causing issues with jumping to the latest post, karma, font sizes, etc. hopefully this new theme will jump to the latest post again and it's not the fault of me changing the URL.

Out of the loop.  Deets?

I suggest reading through the WTF thread:
General / Re: I wrote a song
August 28, 2017, 04:07:10 PM
I work in a professional office, but I have a semi-secret tattoo that takes up the entirety of the palm on one of my hands.  It was inspired by a trip to Gainesville with One Reason and a trip back home with The Door-Keys.  The tattoo is a reminder that there are some amazing people in the world that really fucking care about strangers and get no recognition other than secret palm tattoos.  Other than the bands, I don't remember this Gainesvillian's  name, but I appreciated the shit out of loaning me a bike... hence, palm tattoo.  Also another dood gave me half of his sandwich and that made me feel good and isn't visually represented in the tattoo, but is there in memory.
Sad to hear you are going through a tough one, Rory. 

As far as what keeps me going?   

A mantra prioritized in this order:

  • Physical health - No matter how shitty I feel, I can still take nice deep breaths, drink water, do some yoga, and live to fight another day
  • Mental health -  A positive mindset. Pain isn't a weakness, it's awareness. Facing the pain is the only way to process it and get to the other side, and that process takes however long it takes and that's ok.
  • Future health - Spending my time and money in a way that will create positive growth for myself, and in turn, my community.

I've always appreciated your hustle, Rory.  I can't speak to the actions and intentions of your ex and your bandmate. People change when they see it is to their benefit. Sometimes it is positive and sometimes it is manipulative.
General / Re: What's everyone listening to?
July 14, 2017, 01:20:47 PM
Quote from: lindsey on June 01, 2017, 01:40:16 AM
I've been listening to S-Town, anyone else?

Just listened to two episodes of S-Town last night.  Pretty engrossing... looking at Google Maps and everything. lol.
General / Re: shits a little slow around here
July 13, 2017, 05:30:06 PM
Will you guys keep it down?  I'm trying to read my webforums.
I'm a big fan of "Do your Googles!" when telling people to learn some shit about shit.  I look forward to the day when it is popular to be sick of it. 
General / Re: Apple Music...
January 18, 2017, 10:52:09 AM
I just walk right up to bands and punch them in their genitals and demand they play me their songs right then and there, stupid musicians. 
General / Re: Congrats to Lindsey...
November 04, 2016, 05:55:04 AM
I log-out for one second and everybody goes and gets hooked-up?! 

Congrats Lindsey!
General / Re: Post Pictures of Yo Bad Selves mk. 3
November 04, 2016, 05:53:35 AM
right on, Tague! Congrats!
General / Oct 3rd - house show - Bloomington -
October 02, 2016, 05:31:35 AM
Hey team,

If you are interested in experimental music this is a very interesting show to check out.  The link to youtube is a live recording of a recent free improv session from one of the bands.  If that holds your interest there are further details below the video.

Monday, October 3 at 8:00 PM
The Artifex Guild
1017 S Walnut St, Bloomington, Indiana 47401

(Jack Wright - Zach Darrup - Evan Lipson)
These three have all been residents of the Spring Garden Music House in Philadelphia, Zach presently. Jack and Evan have been playing for over ten years, most recently in Wrest, with percussionist Ben Bennett. Zach and Jack started playing in the June of 2014, an intense engagement since then, the most regular musical activity for both of them, releasing Meet and Greet on the Spring Garden Music label. Their Nov. 2015 tour took them through the midwest and southeast.

Rachel Short
Rachel Short is a musician, composer, and poet in Louisville, KY. She enjoys weaving academic poetry into chamber ensembles and has written art song featuring local poets. Short has composed for short film and visual art, as well as experimental sound art. As a horn player she has performed with orchestras, rock bands, experimental musicians, performance artists, poets, and chamber groups. Her debut album "Nature: Industry: Self" on Gubbey Records pulls together field recordings, loops, live improv, and spoken word into a healing and destructive soundscape.

JMFS quartet
(Joe Stone - Chris Rall - Tony Brewer - Marty Belcher)
EXO Quartet members reconstituted and reassembled: reeds, samples, percussion, foley. Free turntablist acoustic jazz collage. Soon to release "Paris Suite," also featuring Jason Bivins and Michael Rings, collectively as Urban Deer.

(Colin Jenkins solo)
Every single drum machine has a soul. Drones & beats from vocals, pedals, tapes, machines, & elsewhere

$5 -- larger donations always accepted and appreciated
manmagic posted about a PWR BTTM Tiny desk concert a while back.  The song Nu1 got stuck in my head ever since... very Mates of State vibe on that one.  Also a Matt Tobey/Good Luck finger-pulloff-guitar vibe. 

General / Re: Worst Movies Ever
March 17, 2016, 12:47:34 PM

Starving the Beast: 

Great topic (i work at a university), but horribly boring movie.  Way too many interviews and news clippings, too much detail without substance. 

The first music I purchased with birthday money was J. Giles Band - Rage in the Cage/Angel is the Centerfold on 45.

I was 6 or something.  jumped around on couches raging in the cage. lol.

cassette was Run-DMC - Raising Hell.  probably 10 years old.

CD was Rage Against the Machine - probably 18 or 19.
General / Re: presidential election predictions
March 03, 2016, 08:54:04 AM
Thank you for your voice of reason, Jer.  First with RNNRHDS and now breaking me off some delegate knowledge.