Submitted by Justin Remer on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 7:08pm
I have a bit of an oddball sense of humor, which comes out in my music and in the movies and videos I direct. However, even my oddest projects come out of a fairly conventional approach to storytelling.
Well, Thomas Patrick Maguire recently asked me to post a video for his recently released song, "How To Fight (Maspeth Buzz)" online. I decided to go really experimental and abstract with it. I admit to being a little fearful with releasing a video like this online now. It's not quick or quick-to-please like a lot of viral-type videos.
Dog Got Your Cat Tongue is the sixth song to be released from Schwervon!'s Memphis sessions with Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power). Urban life informed this tune, especially the 2003 NYC blackout and the frequent circling of NYPD helicopters over Nan & Matt's rooftop in the LES. This is the last song to be released before Schwervon!'s move to Kansas City in April 2012. Stay tuned for more Schwervon! song news later in the spring! http://www.schwervon.com/
Cougar Pride is the fifth song to be released from Schwervon!'s Memphis sessions with Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power). The Cougar was Matt's High School mascot. Though the Cougar is a fierce predator of the animal kingdom, "Cougar" also has another meaning in American Pop Culture. A Cougar is defined as "A woman ages 40 years or older who preys on younger men." Nan's High School Mascot was the Bearcat. The question still remains: How can a Bear be a Cat?
(Schwervon! plans to digitally stream a new track every other Friday for the months of January, February and March of 2012. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, each new song will be offered as a free download for the first week of its release.)
The Sidewalk Cafe (MMM show poem 3/7/12 @ Sidewalk Cafe, NYC)
It was never my intention, growing up in Kansas, to live in New York. I remember just one time, as a kid, drawing a picture of me in the future. I was wearing black boots and long black trench coat. It was something like a cross between Robert Smith and The Crow. I had long stringy hair and pictured myself walking through some dark rainy alley in a city that I imagined was New York City. That’s when I made the decision that I was more of dark vs. light kind of guy. This had nothing to do with morals mind you. It was kind of more of an aesthetic decision. It’s made all the difference in a way. But other than this memory, for 24 years I don’t recall a particular attraction towards New York aside from the girl that I followed here. Read more »
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The final NYC Olive Juice Music "Juice Box" event will take place Wed. March 7th at the Sidewalk Cafe.
07:30 - Bliss (metal versions of Barry Bliss songs)
08:30 - Nan Turner
09:00 - Prewar YardsaleRead more »
(MMM show poem 2/26/12 @ Goodbye Blue Monday, NYC) Goodbye blue Monday.
Food bye glue run day.
Glue fry cow Hundi.
Blue die Al Bundy
I try to have fun day.
Blue Monday on Sunday.
Best buy, fruit fly, fry guy, big sky
Don’t be shy
Superfly hood Sunday
Hooper guy good gun day
Kiss this guy and run day
Play date, date play, plate day
Day break, plate bake, date rape
Goodbye Blue Monday
Good guy no one day
Die hard begun day
Day play, say play, play play
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Cyclone is the fourth song to be released from Schwervon!’s Memphis sessions with Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, Cat Power). On Nan & Matt’s second date, they went to Coney Island and rode the Cyclone. Unbeknownst to Matt at the time, Nan is scared of roller coasters. She has not gone on one since. This song was inspired by summertime in NYC and confronting your own personal cyclone. http://schwervon.bandcamp.com/track/cyclone
(Schwervon! plans to digitally stream a new track every other Friday for the months of January, February and March of 2012. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, each new song will be offered as a free download for the first week of its release.) http://www.schwervon.com/Read more »
Houston & Delancey (MMM show poem 2/16/12 @ Sidewalk Cafe, NYC)
I was walking home last night and a delivery guy stopped me and asked if I knew were Houston and Delancey was. I looked at him kind of weird. I’m sorry my friend but that’s impossible, I said. Anyone who has lived in the city long enough knows that these 2 streets run parallel to each other. He showed me a receipt and it was printed right there: Houston and Delancey. What a mean trick someone must have played on this guy. It seemed like he couldn't speak much English. I had to just walk away saying, "Sorry, I can't help you." I thought a little bit more about it. I flashed my high school geometry class lesson about 2 parallel lines that never intersect. I imagined this poor guy riding his bike down a Houstan street that stretched around the globe, for the rest of his life, forever searching for it’s never intersecting Delancey street. I started to think of how different the things used to be on either sides of these two streets throughout history, separated by a mere 3 blocks. And how each coming year the lines that they used to represent, like many neighborhoods around the world, are being blurred and redrawn. Read more »