A Reminder

“…So I kept writing through the summer, and in August the baby was born and I’d cradle him in my left arm while writing melodies at the piano with my right, and I said, let Osiris the keeper of the gates be my witness, other songwriters may go soft when they get to be parents but I am going to keep going all the way down into the inner darkness, it will set a good example for the baby, and besides, what am I going to do, suddenly start writing songs about cute things instead of songs about how to wrest cries of triumph from the screaming places? Please. May the baby grow up to spit in my face if I should pose that hard.”

– John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats



I saw the future flowering like a ruptured vessel

Couldn’t think of a good rapture-y poem but here’s one of my favorite end of the world-ish songs.

The Mountain Goats and Kaki King – Black Pear Tree

I dug a hole and filled it up with compost
Rested on the cool grass for a minute
I saw the future in a dream last night
There’s nothing in it

I set the sapling in the hole
Started gently tapping down the dirt
I saw the future in a dream last night
Somebody’s gonna get hurt, somebody’s gonna get hurt

I hope it’s not me
But I suspect it’s going to have to be

I dug my heels in for the winter
And I waited for the snow
But something was stuck up in the clouds
Something was stuck up there
It couldn’t let go

And when its time came I could see it happen
Blossoms black and sweet as Texas crude
I saw the future flowering like a ruptured vessel
Somebody’s gonna get screwed
It won’t be me
Someday I am going to walk out of here free

Concerts reviewed in 2010

These are the concert reviews I’ve done so far for a local online magazine Guttersnipe News. Much thanks to Shawn Conner for giving me the chance to geek out over music.

The Books at the Vogue Theatre, December 5th, 2010

Grinderman at the Commodore, November, 26th, 2010

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang at the Vogue, August 14th, 2010

Vancouver Folk Music Festival (day 1) at Jericho Beach, July 16th, 2010

Kid Koala presents The Slew at the Commodore, June 29th, 2010

Matmos with So Percussion at the Biltmore, June 19th, 2010

The Mountain Goats at the Rickshaw, June 2nd, 2010