alternately- art punk junk // no wave funk. noise pollution for the ride home from work at an all too bright 7 am (i lead a small, sad life) 
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alternately- art punk junk // no wave funk. noise pollution for the ride home from work at an all too bright 7 am (i lead a small, sad life) 

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anti bummer tunes. northern soul/ a little funk/ some occasionally corny old school east coast hip hop. currently what’s getting me through the 4 am dead zone on my shift. last track slays me. 
Don’t You Worry Baby, the Best is Yet to Come – Bessie Banks
Don’t Let ‘em Tell You – Brothers & Sisters
We Got Our Own Thing – JVC Force
Keep on Keeping on – Ruby Johnson
Put it on – Big L
I’m Too Tough for Mr. Big Stuff – Vicki Anderson
Do it with Confidence – Mitty Collier
Baby You’ve Got it – the Radiants
Go on Girl (Rockin’ the Park mix) – Roxanne Shanté
Thing about the Good Times – Baby Washington 
Do Your Stuff – Perk Badger
Be Yourself – Whodini 
I’m Goin’ for Myself – Eddie & Ernie 
Do What You’re Doin’ – the Rising Sun 
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anti bummer tunes. northern soul/ a little funk/ some occasionally corny old school east coast hip hop. currently what’s getting me through the 4 am dead zone on my shift. last track slays me. 

  1. Don’t You Worry Baby, the Best is Yet to Come – Bessie Banks
  2. Don’t Let ‘em Tell You – Brothers & Sisters
  3. We Got Our Own Thing – JVC Force
  4. Keep on Keeping on – Ruby Johnson
  5. Put it on – Big L
  6. I’m Too Tough for Mr. Big Stuff – Vicki Anderson
  7. Do it with Confidence – Mitty Collier
  8. Baby You’ve Got it – the Radiants
  9. Go on Girl (Rockin’ the Park mix) – Roxanne Shanté
  10. Thing about the Good Times – Baby Washington 
  11. Do Your Stuff – Perk Badger
  12. Be Yourself – Whodini 
  13. I’m Goin’ for Myself – Eddie & Ernie 
  14. Do What You’re Doin’ – the Rising Sun 

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i noticed a group of cool mid twenty something roller derby chicks regularly come into the store stoned around 2 am to get slushies and snacks so i started making sure i had good music on the overhead whenever they came in- now in subsequent weeks they’ve started bringing friends along and just hanging out chatting in the store vibing to whatever i have on for while. there’s a whole bunch of them who come in at least a couple times a weeks now- it’s the greatest thing they’re real neat and i get to feel like a secret gas station dj or something

for the record: when you’re not cleaning up strangers’ body fluids or dealing with customers out of the twilight zone/ creeps, working graveyard at the gas station isn’t a bad gig. i’m starting to look forward to these shifts more than my main job at the book store. dicey and sketchy though it may be, i feel pretty safe there. i know how to hold my ground and i’m allowed to keep mace around since our store has been held up before. on slow nights i’ve finished entire books uninterrupted- i have control over the intercom music and can take liberal smoke breaks when it’s dead. management doesn’t care what you preoccupy yourself with as long as you: (2 quote my boss) “keep the store clean, shelves stocked, and customers happy.” 

you do encounter some nice people. they’re not as common as the weirdos and drunks at 3 am, but when you do, you can usually hold a substantial little conversation with them because you rarely have to turn a line quickly. it’s unlike any environment i’ve ever worked in before. night shifts at shitty convenience stores exist within their own surreal “why would anyone shit in a urinal (?) ” kind of realm, for the most part it works for me. 

excerpt from an older thing i abandoned cause it sucked

i picked up another part time at a gas station working the grave shift (11-7) a couple nights a week. i figured since i don’t sleep then anyway i might as well take what little i can get out of insomnia and use it to make a few extra bucks

my first week on the job:

  • first night alone in the store. get a call around 3 am. “hello miss, many years ago i was a contractor- helped build the place you’re standing in right now. hid cameras everywhere… you look so tired tonight princess.” hang up and duck under the counter in panic for a second. contemplate calling the cops, write a note for my boss instead- he later tells me calls like this are a semi regular occurrence. joy.
  • it’s a dead hour on my second night so i decide to tackle the bathrooms, i scrub down the women’s first, then step into the men’s where i find a huge pool of blood on the floor. enough that I can’t imagine the person it came from is still alive, like someone was stabbed and bled out, but no one has been in the bathroom since midnight. i’m alarmed but there’s nothing i can do so i proceed to mop it up. i make note of this to my manager and he tells me that this too is not an uncommon sight. (?)
  • a sweaty teenager stumbles in and shouts “DO YOU SELL VASELINE HERE?” i tell him no, we don’t. “oh, uh, do you have- anything- that’s uh, SIMILAR to vaseline?” he rocks on his feet making hand motions till i pick up on his drift. i tell him that it isn’t safe to use oil based lube with condoms but he doesn’t listen, he buys 6 tubes of carmex and some mints. gross.
  • drunk guy walks in a little after midnight, picks up 4 hot dogs and a soda- places them on the counter. he gets in my face- “YOU KNOW HOW MANY DOGS I CAN DOWN IN 40 SECONDS?” i don’t respond, he growls and takes a swig of coke then inhales the hot dogs within a span of a minute and a half, starts crying with laughter and pumping his arms up in the air when he’s done. about 20 seconds later he pukes on the floor, slaps a five down on the counter, and parts with “HAVE FUN CLEANING THAT UP BITCH”
  • almost 5 am, i’m stocking shelves and come across a pair of socks with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a few dimebags of weed in them tucked behind a box of cheezits. i have to call the cops. they’re jerks, i almost suspect they only patrol our area and respond to calls because they get free snacks here. they interrogate me about the weed socks for at least 40 minutes, as if i have something to do with it. they confiscate the “evidence” and go on their way with 10 dollars worth of candy bars and nachos.

i should’ve pocketed the weed and quit while i had the chance

was bored as hell in seminar then became stupidly entertained with reimagining current cartoons as fleischer brothers productions 

Nothing feels as good to me anymore as a perfect drawer at the end of an obscenely busy ten-hour shift

stuff that happened today

  • i saw an older guy at the library this morning in a nondescript charles bronson shirt and ever since i’ve been wondering if it was for the powerviolence band or if he was just really into old bloated hollywood shoot em up and war movies
  • finally finished rene philoctete’s ‘massacre river’ on the busride home
  • a man came into the store to place a prison order for a bunch of GED test prep workbooks to go to his friend- he was very concerned as to which ones would be best at her reading level. it was tender and he seemed to be a sincere, good person so i knocked half off for him and i’m hoping my manager doesn’t notice
  • we got new issues of wire and maison française in the store today- another month and i am completely suckered into shelling out over 20 bucks for magazines 
  • i gave kip a ride home, he brought tunes but i can’t drive with jazz on without breaking every other minute in fear that a trumpet bit is someone honking at me. we listened to the radio instead
  • there was almost no food in the fridge but i didn’t feel like getting groceries or spending money so i had like 5 clementines, some saltines, and half a quarter pack of menthols for dinner then went for a walk. it was cold but bright and i like that
  • i wrote down a long list of everything i need to do- every call i need to make, appointment i need to schedule, person i need to contact, email i need to write- it brought me a huge sense of relief until i realized i hadn’t actually done any of it. i’m going to though

it was a pretty alright day as far as february goes. 

m just got a setup so she keeps swiping all my staple nighttime spins forcing me to retreat back to adding atop the forever expanding repertoire of cds for when i cant sleep which is always. ambient soundscapes/ drones/ tape loops/ some floaty ethereal pop cuts & other noise
Flux – Andrew Chalk
Softscraper – Trouble Books
Daydreaming – White Poppy
Untitled # 6 – Imaginary Softwoods 
青春群像 – World Standard
Internal Compass – Infinity Window
Sense – Ombre
Stars in the Sand – Les Baxter
Span – Marcus Fischer
Transcending Spheres – Quiet Evenings
Sea of Pulses – Tim Hecker
Beautiful World – Jack or Jive
Floating Off – Black Eagle Child
Sei Note In Logica [Excerpt] – Roberto Cacciapaglia
Prélude Exotique – Bel Canto Orchestra & Pascal Comelade
Aerial Sapphire Show – Sean McCann
Dreamcatcher – Sad Souls
Slipstreams – Mark McGuire
Himitsu No Knife – Phew 
Mirror of our Sleeping – Mirrorring
Pre-dawn – Sore Eros 
Moonplay – Teiji Ito
The Happening World – Caroline K
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m just got a setup so she keeps swiping all my staple nighttime spins forcing me to retreat back to adding atop the forever expanding repertoire of cds for when i cant sleep which is always. ambient soundscapes/ drones/ tape loops/ some floaty ethereal pop cuts & other noise

  1. Flux – Andrew Chalk
  2. Softscraper – Trouble Books
  3. Daydreaming – White Poppy
  4. Untitled # 6 – Imaginary Softwoods 
  5. 青春群像 – World Standard
  6. Internal Compass – Infinity Window
  7. Sense – Ombre
  8. Stars in the Sand – Les Baxter
  9. Span – Marcus Fischer
  10. Transcending Spheres – Quiet Evenings
  11. Sea of Pulses – Tim Hecker
  12. Beautiful World – Jack or Jive
  13. Floating Off – Black Eagle Child
  14. Sei Note In Logica [Excerpt] – Roberto Cacciapaglia
  15. Prélude Exotique – Bel Canto Orchestra & Pascal Comelade
  16. Aerial Sapphire Show – Sean McCann
  17. Dreamcatcher – Sad Souls
  18. Slipstreams – Mark McGuire
  19. Himitsu No Knife – Phew 
  20. Mirror of our Sleeping – Mirrorring
  21. Pre-dawn – Sore Eros 
  22. Moonplay – Teiji Ito
  23. The Happening World – Caroline K

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a piece I did for my friends’ zine (yet to be properly published) a little while ago.

more or less a manic ode to depressive episodes i think. 

GAINING PERSPECTIVE ON GRAPHIC NARRATIVE: essential/ worthwhile/ personal favorite books regarding comics as an art, technique, style, or serve other significance

in short, i work at a book store and take great advantage of the ability to order whatever i want for the store without bearing the responsibility of paying for anything. i read a lot of books and texts about comics because i’m driven to make a graphic novel i’m proud of, these are just some of many i find noteworthy- b/c no one actually needs a bunch of courses or an art degree to obtain a broader upstanding of the illustrated narrative and subsequently grow as a comic artist.

  1. binky brown meets the holy virgin mary - justin green (duh. essential for contextualizing early crumb/ spiegelman/ a lot of work in the comix scene & era as well as serving as the ultimate ideal model for the autobiographical comic narrative.)
  2. graphic women: life narrative and contemporary comics - hilary l. chute (adore this one- its subjects and contents are the bible for women producing autobiographic comic content)
  3. panel discussions: design in sequential art storytelling - durwin s. talon (an essential and personal favorite and all around perfect book)
  4. comics versus art: comics in the art world - bart beaty
  5. the power of comics: history, form and culture - randy duncan
  6. cartooning: philosophy and practice - ivan brunetti
  7. german expressionist woodcuts - shane weller
  8. the art of the woodcut: masterworks from the 1920s - malcolm c. salaman
  9. wordless books: the original graphic novels - david a. berona
  10. graphic witness: four wordless graphic novels - masereel, ward, patri, and hyde (this and the former three are the best introduction to textless graphic novels/ expressionist woodcuts that i’ve come across. woodcut narratives have been so huge for me.)
  11. critical approaches to comics: theories and methods - randy duncan 
  12. underground classics: the transformation of comics into comix - james philip danky
  13. from staple guns to thumb tacks: flyer art from the 1982-1995 new orleans hardcore scene / punk is dead punk is everything (not a universal necessity but punk flyer art has always been a big inspiration and love of mine. it had visual command that lends well to comic structure)
  14. the visual language of comics: introduction to the structure and cognition of sequential images - neil cohn
  15. the art of possible! comics mainly without pictures - kenneth koch
  16. a hummet: a treated victorian novel - tom phillips 
  17. une semaine de bonte: a surrealistic novel in collage - max ernst (this and the former are some personal favorites and incredibly useful/ inspiring for incorporating collage elements into comic narrative)
  18. comics and sequential art: principles and practices - will eisner (any of eisner’s books are applicable here)
  19. the system of comics / comics and narration - thierry groensteen (all groensteen’s pieces on comics are so great.)
  20. how to draw noir comics: the art and technique of visual storytelling - shawn martinbrough
  21. comics and language: reimagining critical discourse on the form - hannah miodrag (a touch bloated and precociously academic but an insightful read nonetheless)
  22. best of comix book: when marvel comics went underground - stan lee
  23. panel one: comic book scripts by top writers - dwayne mcduffie
  24. AX volume 1: a collection of alternative manga - various authors (another personal favorite. but i think any comic artist can benefit from AX- it’s an amazing and diverse collection of highly stylized shorts that take really interesting and surreal narrative directions)
  25. vanishing point: perspective for comics from the ground up - jason cheeseman
  26. rebel visions: underground comix - patrick rosenkranz
  27. drawing words and writing pictures/ mastering comics - jessica abel & matt madden (yeah anything jessica abel touches is perfect)
  28. the graphic canon vol 1-3 - russ kick
  29. graphic subjects: critical essays on autobiography and graphic novels - michael a. chaney
  30. projections: comics and the history of twenty-first century storytelling - jared gardener
  31. lynd ward: six novels in woodcuts - lynd ward (..„there’s nothing i can say about ward that would do him justice really. he was the master of the craft and i just consider his work so intrinsically important.)
  32. the language of comics: word and image - n.c. christopher couch
  33. the daniel clowes reader: a critical edition of ghost world and other stories, with essays, interviews, and annotations - daniel clowes 
  34. comics, comix, & graphic novels: a history of comic art -roger sabin (one of my favorites)
  35. a comics studies reader - jeet heer (an on point essay collective, way really impressed with the diversity of topics addressed)
  36. making comics: storytelling secrets of comics, manga, and graphic novels - scott mccloud
  37. love and rockets: the covers - los bros hernandez (the entire series is more ideal of course but l&r’s covers are engaging even in a secular context from their narrative)
  38. writing and illustrating the graphic novel: everything you need to know to create great work and get it published - daniel cooney
  39. 99 ways to tell a story: exercises in style - matt madden
  40. framed ink: drawing and composition for visual storytellers - marco mateu-mestre
  41. perspective! for comic book artists - david chelsea
  42. TO END ON A FUN NOTE ::: wampus, vol. 1 - franco frescura & luciano bernasconi ((the stupidly fun dated as hell french comic book that’s supposedly a cult classic but i’ve never encountered anyone else who’s actually read it so like, help me out here)

 

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i met a girl crate digging yesterday when she nabbed a 12” i wanted and i got pissy at first (it was a rhythim is rhythim single :(( ) but we ended up talking for like 40 minutes and she has on point taste and and she works days as a waitress but spends her nights as a dj doing gigs so anyway we exchanged numbers and she invited me to load up some crates and spin with her some night this week then grab dinner at her favorite jazz kitchen and i’ve been internally squealing about it like all day. she’s just so cool and cute and neat and i’m way too excited about digging through her record collection than i should be