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Thursday Tune

25 Mar

Hey everyone! the johnpaulcurtin old timey music extravaganza has released a new tune for your listening pleasure. According to lead singer johnpaulcurtin “this song, like, totally, like was unexpected. Like, it just basically happened and we went with it.” sounds pretty awesome if you ask me. follow this link for your listening pleasure.

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re: Spring

19 Mar

Esteemed Reader,

Spring is nearly upon us. Act and dress accordingly. Jean shorts, tank tops and sunburns are ascendant. Bicycles are unstoppable. Smiles are contagious. Sunglasses, Sunglasses, Sunglasses. Flip-flops are just barely this side of tolerable. Barefeet are lovely. Bare bodies are lovelier. Sweaty, Sweaty, Sweaty dance parties are mandatory. Undershirts are despicable. Man-cleavage, Girl-cleavage; if you got it, flaunt it. Unbutton as far as good taste dictates and then at least one more. Don’t be afraid to get a bit nautical. Don’t be afraid to get a lot nautical. Subtlety can be wonderful. So can excess. Make something beautiful as the sun rises. Make something beautiful as the sun shines. Make something beautiful as the sun goes down. Make something beautiful even if the sun isn’t shining. When you get down to it, almost as much as we wish we were birds we wish we were fish; fly off something into the water. Vitamin D intake is not a zero-sum game. Indulge guiltlessly. Bonfires are well worth smelling like one for the next four days. A good swimsuit all but guarantees a good time. Hugs are pretty rad. Eating ice cream is totally subversive. So is love.

Your Springtime Lover,

johnpaulcurtin

Happy Tuesday!

9 Mar

Another tuesday another new tune by the johnpaulcurtin old timey music extravaganza. This one’s called “Jesus Christ” get your church on and sing it at the top of your lungs!

Tasty Tuesday Treat

2 Mar

Well, well, well! Looks like the fellows over at the johnpaulcurtin old timey music extravaganza have written yet another smash hit. check that shit out.

Wednesday Weirdsday

24 Feb

SNOW DAY

9 Feb

Hey everybody check out this new short film by johnpaulcurtin featuring a spoken word piece (“Snow Day”) with musical accompaniment from the johnpaulcurtin old timey music extravaganza.

Embracing the Absurd: a generation awakened with someone else’s hangover.

8 Feb

We followed the path that seemed to be the most effective way to the heart of the middle-class. Yet nothing came of it. It wasn’t that the workforce was increasingly competitive but that the workforce was increasingly no longer in demand. We grew up under a bubble built and burst by immediacy. As children it seemed that we would make it. As children it seemed that we would have it. Now, as adulthood begins its advances, slowly crushing our ideals and smothering what is left of our youth, many of us feel the acute loss of a future. We must fight back and reclaim meaninglessness. The astonishing failure of the previous system allows us to build a new one. This is not a process we can afford to leave in the hands of those who built the prior failure. Now is not the time to revert to simplistic models of human behavior. Supply and demand are dead. Now is the time to embrace the absurd. Forget the economist’s wet dream of rational self-interest. Absurdity is not an excuse for ignorance and has no time for stupidity. In fact understanding the ordering of reality is perhaps the best path towards becoming absurd. In fact becoming absurd is perhaps the best path towards understanding the ordering of reality.

We can no longer put our trust in those who claim to know the way. We can no longer put our trust in hope for perfection. We must seek to become better not perfect. Minor failures are not an excuse to scrap what may be a major success. Think of it as surrealpolitik. Think of it as the marriage of Bismark and Discordianism. It is now revolutionary to compromise. Compromise is subversive. Everything matters only if nothing does. Accept your failures. Embrace your failures. Embrace others. Embrace others’ failures. Embrace the failure of the previous generations. Accept that their mistakes and lack of foresight are now our reality. Our reality is now absurd and a new tenet emerges: survival of the absurdist.

Wow.

7 Feb

While R. Kelly has been my go to songwriter for astonishingly bizarre and unabashedly sexual lyrics for quite some time, the few tracks I had heard off of Untitled had been far too lackluster for me to delve any further into it. So here we are two months after its release and what should come up on shuffle while I’m driving home but a little song called Pregnant by R. Kelly ft Tyrese, Robin Thicke, and the Dream. The songs starts off innocuously enough as all too literal baby-making music with mediocre lyrics (surprise, “booty” rhymes with “cutie”) and half-assed metaphors but at 1:09 R. drops a fucking bomb. You’re going to have to hear it for yourself but I can’t help but wonder if Rush Limbaugh ghostwrote that one. There’s far too much filler in this track for it to hold up to quotable classics such as Real Talk or my personal favorite The Zoo but I haven’t had an “oh, shit” moment like that in quite some time. Somewhere deep in there R.’s still got that able to stun with his boundless misogyny. Enjoy:

My Life, My Death, My Choice.

6 Feb

You’re probably snowed in and not doing much of anything so you might as well read this beautiful argument for physician-assisted death. I recommend pairing it with this: and some hot cocoa.