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There's sunlight, and cold air, and my head hurts. This time last year, Providence was turning green. Damn you, snow.

There was no work yesterday. No writing, and very little of the busyness of writing. I suppose it was a day off. Maybe. It all blurs together. I begin to fear that the meds are failing me, losing that potency. No, not that. My body developing a tolerance. And oh won't that make life fun? But no, let's not go there.

Regardless, I'm back in that place where there's mostly just the low-grade humming in my skull, which I begin to think is the white noise of the universe.

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Yesterday was the 33rd anniversary sale of Newbury Comics in Warwick (well, Newbury Comics everywhere, but we go to Warwick...usually...and it's pronounced "War-ick," NOT "War-wick"), and since the check from Suicide Girls had come, Spooky took me out of the house to be bad and spend money I can't afford to spend on things I can live without (but wicked cheap, 25% off everything). In fact, yesterday sort of took this weird nosedive into a day of getting neat stuff. It was like Xmas, if Xmas wasn't a steaming pile of shit. Um, anyway. At Newbury Comics I picked up:

Fever Ray (deluxe three-disc set)
Rasputina, Great American Gingerbread
Rammstein, Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Rammstein, Sehnsucht
The Pogues, If I Should Fall From Grace With God*
Radiohead, Pablo Honey (two-disc collector's edition)
Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here*

* Only have on vinyl, which is in storage.

If I confess my crimes, I'll only go to the Hell where you're allowed to keep your pornography and drugs. Also, I don't know what to make of the fact that All but one of those albums begins either with P or R.*

Then, at the P.O. Box, there was a very generous CARE package, which added to the guilt load, since I'd just bought all those CDs (though, like I said, 25% off, and most were already used). Thank you, SL. Garona and the fifth volume of the collected Popeye comic strips were especially appreciated. And as if it couldn't get any more absurd, we arrived home to discover a box from Bill Schafer. Mostly, it contained copies of the lettered, boxed edition of In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers that he recently discovered buried in the depths of the Subterranean Press stockpile. But ALSO, a copy of the new expanded edition of Unca Harlan's Deathbird Stories, a book that influenced my own writing beyond any ability for me to elucidate, and it's a fucking beautiful edition. I haven't had a copy since the early nineties, when I loaned it to a friend, and he never returned it (I no longer loan books).

Later, dinner at Trinity Brew House (I just had a salad; no appetite lately), and then we went to the Brown Bird show down the street at the Speakeasy at Local 121. This awesome sweaty guy from Chicago opened for them, and then Tik Tok ("sounds like tin pans and chicken bones") played, and finally a very short set by Brown Bird (who are so cool they push the outside of the cool envelope). After the show, I got a copy of Brown Bird's The Devil Dancing, which made it a day of eight cds, but at least this last one didn't begin with P or R.

There were three frat boys in the back of the bar heckling, but you never have a blowtorch and needle-nose pliers when you fucking need them, right? Also, I'm pretty sure all the facial hair in Providence was in attendance last night. Which is cool; these days, too few men have beards.

All in all, it would have been a fantastic day, had it been twenty degrees warmer and had the white noise in my head have been turned down about two-hundred decibels.

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Today, in theory, I begin the story for Dark Horse (TBA, so don't ask). I'd like to have it finished by Monday evening (if I live that long).

I don't know. I just don't know anymore.

Oh, there are photos from the show, behind the cut:





The sweaty guy. But he has a name Al Scorch.



Accordion!



Tik Tok!



The best band in Rhode Island (since we don't have Throwing Muses anymore).



Upright bass and violin.



Just rock.

All photographs © Copyright 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac



Pitching and Yawing,
Aunt Beast

* To be fair, we haven't bought a CD, I don't think, since the new Legendary Pink Dots, back in October.

Date: 2011-04-07 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vrykolakes.livejournal.com
The two Rammstein CDs you mentioned are excellent. How nice it is to find groups who are serious about their metal.

Date: 2011-04-07 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

How nice it is to find groups who are serious about their metal.

Rammstein just makes me...I don't know. They hide the noise in me a little.

Date: 2011-04-07 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
Deathbird Stories and If I Should Fall From Grace with God - two things I need to replace and they're wonderful things. I also love Partners In Wonder, the book of collaborations, but ANYTHING by Harlan is an amazing thing. Hmm, time to listen to Turkish Song of the Damned I think.

Date: 2011-04-07 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Deathbird Stories and If I Should Fall From Grace with God

I'd been without both far too long.

Brown Bird

Date: 2011-04-07 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
I'm envious, I hope the very short set was still outstanding. I found out about Brown Bird from your LJ, and I enjoy them immensely.Do you have they're other 3 CDs?

Re: Brown Bird

Date: 2011-04-07 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hope the very short set was still outstanding.

Very.

Do you have they're other 3 CDs?

Nope.

Re: Brown Bird

Date: 2011-04-07 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
We'll have to rectify that immediately. Did you receive 2 care packages? The items were too large to fit into one single box.

Re: Brown Bird

Date: 2011-04-07 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Did you receive 2 care packages?

Yes! I should have said that...

We'll have to rectify that immediately.

You really are too kind.

Date: 2011-04-07 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
I'm mildly baffled that you listen to Sugar Ray. Not judging, just a bit surprised.

...or did you mean to write "Fever Ray", given your "now listening" entry?

Date: 2011-04-07 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm mildly baffled that you listen to Sugar Ray. Not judging, just a bit surprised.

...or did you mean to write "Fever Ray", given your "now listening" entry?


Fuck.

Date: 2011-04-07 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
We can delete this thread if you want... *wince*

Date: 2011-04-07 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com


You'd think I would have caught that before this entry was posted... And I would have, if I'd actually read the list of CDs...
whoops.
Sleepy people around here today.

Date: 2011-04-07 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You'd think I would have caught that before this entry was posted...

Yeah! You should have. Okay, I hold you accountable.

Date: 2011-04-07 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miakodadreams.livejournal.com
You sound like you're apologizing for buying music. I don't think that counts as a crime -- in a just world, writers would get a tax write-off for inspiration- and sanity-bolstering fodder.

Now, the blow-torch and pliers thing, that could be a crime. If done poorly.

Date: 2011-04-07 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You sound like you're apologizing for buying music.

I apologize for spending money on anything.


Now, the blow-torch and pliers thing, that could be a crime.


It would be art.

Date: 2011-04-07 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
"I don't know. I just don't know anymore."

Neither do I. (Actually, I don't think I ever did.)
Edited Date: 2011-04-07 07:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-07 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Neither do I. (Actually, I don't think I ever did.)

You'd think this sentiment would be more popular. Maybe people are just afraid to say it aloud.

Date: 2011-04-07 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] niamh-sage.livejournal.com
these days, too few men have beards

I was just thinking yesterday how very rare it is to see a young man with a moustache. I see quite a few beards on young guys, but moustaches only on older men (over 50 or 60 years or so). Then it occurred to me that Movember pretty much runs on the novelty value of growing a moustache, and now I'm wondering why moustaches have dropped out of sight. Changing fashion? Or something else?

Rammstein could probably advise you on selecting a good blowtorch for dealing with hecklers.

Edited Date: 2011-04-07 07:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-07 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Rammstein could probably advise you on selecting a good blowtorch for dealing with hecklers.


Indeed.

Date: 2011-04-07 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
I congratulate you on your CD purchases. An artist needs some means of filling the creative well, and music seems to serve as a fine muse for you. If I were the Almighty Empress of The World, rock stars like you would never need do more than point to what you need for either relaxation or inspiration and you would have it.

Date: 2011-04-07 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

An artist needs some means of filling the creative well, and music seems to serve as a fine muse for you.

I truly cannot write in its absence.

Date: 2011-04-07 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I keep meaning to buy the Fever Ray album; I don't know how different her solo work is from The Knife. I loved Silent Shout.

The gig looked cool. I misread part of the entry as 'frat boys necking', though, then wondered why you wanted to apply a blowtorch. I think I need new glasses.

I disagree about beards! I've never dated a man who shaved.

Date: 2011-04-08 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spank-an-elf.livejournal.com
How right you are about the bands. Damn good memories.

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