Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Brown Sugar" - Short Short Story by Jeremy Brendan

This miracle pie, this delicious mish-mash of secret sugar, this bundle of baked pleasure, good enough to make you wish you weren't born yet... The girls were chirping about this pecan pie as if it was a web woven by miracle spiders to catch your palate and feast on your salivating remains.

"What's with that pie?"

"I know!"

"I had three pieces at my house the other day...gone."

"Gone?"

"All gone."

The brunette licked her lips, straining to taste any of the pecan filling that might remain.

"There is something seriously fucked about this pie."

I pictured the quartet lying in a burned-out basement, windows shattered, a mouldy mattress lying on the bare concrete floor, Velvet Underground playing on an old mono turntable, and the four girls huddled around a brown bag.

"Hurry up!"

"Chill out!"

Out comes the round heaven dream, the epitome of bacchanalian sugar sex magick.

Within minutes, all four horsewomen are lying on their backs, lips painted brown with sweet pecan memory.(1998)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Poem - "Jebus Mouse with quote from Tanya about her Lab."

"Keep giving the Von Frei / make sure he's feeling okay"
Pinned to a dart board
Saline solution being administered
it takes three minutes until the brain is clear
Art wrote Maus and I think this would fit in his sphere
the ol' born again again
But don't forget,  even back then
there were a hundred men accused of being him

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Country - Africa - Live @ Sala Rossa on May 24th, 2014- review & video

Beaver Sheppard has been making genius/frenetic lo-fi acoustic freak-folk here in Montreal for over a decade, but since starting critically-acclaimed Montreal SleazeRock band Country, his musical palette has become even more colorful and effective. 

Beaver has defined a goal for SleazeRock, specifically to remain 10 years ahead of Los Angeles musically at all times. What would LA think?

Working with  bandmate/DJ/Producer David Whitten, his new songs are boisterous and sometimes approaching My Bloody Valentine territory, if they were playing the Dance Revolution Arcade Game while recording their bed tracks. Think Ride (when they still had pedals) covering New Order. This is music made for when your friend Molly drops by, ancient folk wisdom married to an Asimo robot at drone-point.

Here is Country live @ Sala Rossa performing one of their notable songs "Africa" live @ Sala Rossa on May 24th 2014.


Expect more from Country in 2014. We will keep you posted. Also, if you are a Montrealer, Beaver is a chef at one of the most notable restaurants on the island called Bethlehem XXX. [Ed. Note:  Jeremy Brendan Foodie Review pending!]

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Review - Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Revelation"

Break out the paisley, light your Colorado sticks and smile a little because Anton is back.This album is basically 60's psychedelia filtered through a fractured piece of pyrex coated in hallucinogenic remnants. It is an animal born in our day but sounds like it was frrom another time. Here you will find grooves that you can sink your incisors into.  There is a lot of meat to be had on this LP. It is top grade sirloin.

Here is the full album on Youtube.Brian Jonestown Massacre - Revelation

Second Sighting is fantastic. Also, most of the other tunes will make you want to purchase a lava lamp forthwith. This record will spin for many years on a great many turntables across the world. I give it four August Spies out of five. (Look him up on wiki if you question my grading system.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Clipping from the Past!

Was just trolling the internet, not in the Gawker Comments style, but in the sense of trying to see if this humble blog had extended its sinewy arms beyond the limits of this page.

Imagine my sense of excitement when I found an ancient clipping from SF Weekly (http://www.sfweekly.com/2005-09-14/music/maple-leaf-boogie-woogie/) where I saw that our landmark interview with Dan from Wolf Parade had been directly quoted.

It doesn't pay the hefty legal bills that we've amassed over the years but it does certainly make me smile like I hadn't refused those braces the minute I hit puberty. (Sorry Mom & Dad, I realize how much the spacer & retainer cost, only to see the results backslide into some sort of Great Barrier Reef Grin.)

Who will be the next band to be interviewed by Jeremy Brendan? I'm open to suggestions.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Million Dollar App? Or Just Stop-Gap-Sap?

I just got an idea for an app that would have a sort of virtual pet/avatar that lives on your smartphone and corresponds with fellow avatars that live on your friend's smartphones. Ideally, it would somehow serve civilization in some way so more thought will have to go into this...

I guess it's not unlike a virtual nanobaby--recall the 90's when digital trinkets powered by CR2032 batteries were all the rage--except that it could have gigaflops to play with, and maybe this could be a good thing?

I can't see how virtual pets could really solve many challenges in our society but maybe if it helps to fund research that can bring us closer to the singularity/intelligent compute, then perhaps it's a frivolity that we can tolerate for a buck or so on our iTunes account.

Even though I just invented it with my MIND, I'm already convinced that the potential developer wouldn't have a Blackberry 10 version of the app. Also, how can it help us pass the Turing Test? I would love some feedback!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hello World again...

The intellectual malaise that I contracted while flunking out of Concordia's Journalism program with flying colours half a decade ago--which is a very competent, kind-hearted place, but where I failed Print Journalism with a 59--has finally passed by my door, and I am again feeling that desire to write about things that matter again. 

What would you be interested in reading about?