Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Ok, maybe this is just the absolute proof that I'm a complete geek for anything new & techy....but everyone else I have shown this to thinks it's cool as well. DARPA is currently working in collaboration with Boston Dynamics to develop a robotic "pack mule". Wow, big deal, right? It gets better.

The robot, nicknamed "Big Dog" uses a series of gyros (think Segway) to help it maintain its balance in any type of environment. It reacts to stimuli in the same any animal would--action & reaction--and as a result, it constitutes by far the most organic robotics that I have ever seen.

Keep in mind this is genuine, unaltered video--not a 3D generation. Check it out:

Cool, huh? For some reason, it really reminds me of the ED-209 from Robocop, especially the scene in Robocop 2 (I think...) where it gets blown apart and only the legs are left walking around.

Speaking of Robocop, there's this thing too...

It's an amazing age in which we live.

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Sorry for the late notice on this one, but if you tune in to 105.9 The Radiator tonight at 7pm you can catch a special installment of Spitting Out Teeth Radio called "Piles of Dirt: The Sounds of David Lynch". The show will feature dark & doomy tracks from a couple of Lynch's recent films, as well as the entire soundtrack for his early masterpiece "Eraserhead"....enjoy!

Friday, March 21, 2008


As anyone who reads this blog somewhat regularly knows, my music tastes tend to gravitate towards the "doomy"--doom metal, dark ambient, harsh noise, Schubert, etc. I'm not sure what speaks to me so much in melancholy music (maybe close to 30 years of long VT winters?), but I've always been a sucker for minor chords, droning bass & dark lyrical content.

However, music is not the only art form where doom appeals to me--I've always liked visual artists like Francis Bacon, Robert Motherwell, Picasso's blue period, etc. But most of all, I like really dark cinema.

With the help of my friends over at the Doom Forever, Forever Doomed forums, I've created a list of some of the best in "Doom Cinema". The criteria for inclusion on the list is as follows: heavily atmosphere, dark content, sparse imagery, and it MUST be in black and white. Even with such severe limitations, we were able to generate quite a list--here it is:

"Eraserhead"/"The Amputee"/"Lumiere" (David Lynch)
"Begotten" (E. Elias Merhige)
"Decasia" (Bill Morrison)
"Tetsuo: The Iron Man" (Shinya Tsukamoto)
"Shame"/"Hour of the Wolf"/"The Seventh Seal"/”The Virgin Spring” (Ingmar Bergman)
"Damnation"/”Satantango”/”Werkmeister Harmonies” (Bela Tarr)
"Andrei Rublev" (Andrei Tarkovsky)
“Vampyr”/"Ordet"/"The Passion of Joan of Arc" (Carl T. Dreyer)
"Nosferatu"/”Faust” (F.W. Murnau)
"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (Robert Wiene)
"L'Eclisse" (Michaelangelo Antonioni)
“The Exterminating Angel”/"Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel)
"Meshes of the Afternoon" (Maya Deren)
"Anticipation of the Night"/"Desistfilm" (Stan Brakhage)
"Stranger Than Paradise" (Jim Jarmusch)
"Man Bites Dog" (Remy Belvaux)
"Freaks" (Tod Browning)
"Blood of the Poet" (Jean Cocteau)
"Tales from the Gimli Hospital" (Guy Madden)
“Le Dernier Combat” (Luc Besson)
“Night Of The Eagle (Sydney Hayers)
“Night Of The Demon (Jacques Tourneur)
“Whistle And Ill Come To You (Jonathan Miller)
“I am Cuba” (Mikhail Kalatazov)
“Mother and Son” (Aleksandr Sokurov)
“Europa” (Lars Von Trier)
“Tokyo Story”/”Late Spring” (Yasujiro Ozu)
“47 Ronin”/”Street of Shame” (Kenji Mizoguchi)
“Ikiru/Seven Samurai”/“Throne of Blood” (Akira Kurosawa)
“The Addiction” (Abel Ferrara)
“Titticut Follies” (Frederick Wiseman)
“Haxan” (Benjamin Christensen)
“La Jetée” (Chris Marker)
“The Devil Bat” (Jean Yarbrough)
“Fires on the Plain” (Kon Ichikawa)
"Nadja" (Michael Almereyda)
“Onibaba” (Kaneto Shindo)
“The American Astronaut” (Cory McAbee)
“Diary of a Country Priest” (Robert Bresson)
“The Cremator” (Juraj Herz)
“Repulsion” (Roman Polanski)
“Night of the Hunter” (Charles Laughton)
“M” (Fritz Lang)
"Woman Of The Dunes" (Hiroshi Teshigahara)
"The Red Badge of Courage" (John Huston)
“Ashes and Diamonds”/"Kanal" (Andrej Wajda)
“Alexander Nevsky” (Eisenstein)
"Pandora's Box" (G.W. Pabst)
“Carnival of Souls” (Herk Harvey)
“The State of Things” (Wim Wenders)
“Harakiri” (Masaki Kobayashi)
“Sword of Doom” (Kihachi Okamoto)
“The Bicycle Thieves” (Roberto Rosselini)
“Ugetsu”/Sansho The Bailiff” (Kenji Mizoguchi)
“Pig” (Rozz Williams)
“Night of the Living Dead” (George A. Romero)
“Hiroshima, Mon Amour” (Alain Renais)
“The Wages of Fear” (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
“The Gospel According to St. Matthew” (Pier Paolo Passolini)
“Suture” (Scott McGhee & David Siegel)
“Pi” (Darren Aronofsky)
“Vincent”/”Frankenweenie”/”Ed Wood” (Tim Burton)

All great films too! And not a surprise the Ingmar Bergman seems to be the reigning king of cinematic doom. Check out a few that you haven't seen before spring rolls around and everything is all bright & technicolor cheerful again :)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

SOT RADIO SHOW - 3.15.08

Burning Witch, "Sacred Predictions" (from the album "Crippled Lucifer")
Akitsa, "Haine et Vengeance" (from the album "Goetie")
Avsolutized, "My Veins Are Open" (from the album "Den Svarta Vendans Genealogi")
I Shalt Become, "In The Falling Snow" (from the album "In The Falling Snow"
Nekrasov, "Freedom From Self Joy" (from the album "Into the No-Mans Sphere of Ancient Days")
Kammarheit, "The Poignant" (from the album "Asleep and Well Hidden")
Half Makeshift, "The First and Second Passing" (from the album "Final")


Enjoying a nice mellow Sunday morning here at home....sipping a latte, working on the new Solah blog & listening to a copy of Murcof's "Cosmos" that Pure Pop scored for me on 45rpm vinyl. JB is making breakfast sandwiches (VT eggs & sausage; Myers' bagels....drool) and we're going to watch a cheesy action flick or comedy. Perfect kinda day.

What's your favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


A co-worker of mine turned me on to this article about Davy Lauterbach, a former artist for "The Simpsons" who now paints photo-realistic Olan Mills style portraits of children. With, um, mental challenges. Apparently they're becoming incredibly popular amongst the Hollywood crowd (Bill Murray and Luke Wilson both own one).

I have to admit that they're fairly intriguing. I don't usually care for photo-realism, but the semi-surreal quality make them somehow cute, compassionate, offensive and revolting at the same time.

Sunday, March 09, 2008


As most of you know (and if not, I haven't been hyping it enough), JB and I started an experimental metal/ambient/noise collective called Solah. We've released one ep and we're currently working on our first full-length album, "Eternal Humm".

Short of actually doing some live shows (which I promise we will be doing soon), I figured the best way to promote the group would be to set up a band webpage. So I did...

Check out the Solah site at SOLAHTHEBAND.BLOGSPOT.COM


Just wanted to send out a quick thank you to all of you who came to see the le duo make some crazy cosmic jazz tones last night. It was a lot of fun (despite hauling gear through the slushy muck that was Burlington) and I'm looking forward to playing more shows once spring rolls around...

Also, a big thank you to Toby, Sara-Paule, Chris, Matt and Emily for joining us in the le duo jam, and for what were probably the best Oak and A Snake in the Garden performances I have ever seen. Which is saying a lot, as I've seen both acts at least a half-dozen times each in the past year.

Biggest thanks goes out to JB for organizing everything and to the Radio Bean for being one of the few venues left in this area where we could actually play this kind of music live and not be served with a restraining order afterwards.

Friday, March 07, 2008


Yours truly will have the honor of performing as 1/6th of the le duo; hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


Sunday, March 02, 2008


Not a single comment in the past fifteen posts...might be about time to abandon this blog.

Saturday, March 01, 2008



I first encountered Sam-Taylor Wood's installation video work at an exhibit at the Hirshhorn Gallery in 1999. Along with Bill Viola, her work was a huge influence on my decision to do video installation art during my college years.

While they're not quite as powerful outside of their intended context, Taylor-Wood's videos still hold up very well on their own. Ubuweb has posted ten of them on their site; check them out HERE.