The Mesmerist
the impressive whispers and esoteric gestures of baby universes?

/// say hello if you'd so please at kassetteklub @ gmail.com /// sometimes I make songs under the name mutual benefit
New Years has come and gone and I am a sucker for resolutions, even the idealistic ones doomed to fail if it gets me moving in the right direction.  A friend and I came up with a collaborative list and the one most immediately exciting was reading a book a week since I have a tendency to start lots of them and never get around to finishing a single one.
The perfect start was two short lil volumes sent over by a friend at New Directions (!)
The Helen’s of Troy, NY by Bernadette Mayer
Mixing poetry and prose with beautifully understated portrait photography, the title kinda says it all.  A book about some of the many Helens living in Troy, NY.  Faintly tragic just like the trajectory of the town.  A nice short read on the bus between Boston and NY especially while passing through all the industrial decay.
The Red Notebook by Paul Auster
A book covering a couple dozen or so unbelievable true stories of coincidences, serendipity, etc taken from the authors long life of adventure-taking.  It definitely reinforces the idea that the universe is hilarious and will usually take care of you if you put yourself out there which is a good feeling to bring into the new year.  I guess I got a little bored with the format by the end of the book though.  Maybe I shouldn’t have read it all at once.  Maybe I lost my sense of wonder ???
This is fun, maybe I’ll do it every week so I don’t forget what I read immediately.

New Years has come and gone and I am a sucker for resolutions, even the idealistic ones doomed to fail if it gets me moving in the right direction.  A friend and I came up with a collaborative list and the one most immediately exciting was reading a book a week since I have a tendency to start lots of them and never get around to finishing a single one.

The perfect start was two short lil volumes sent over by a friend at New Directions (!)

The Helen’s of Troy, NY by Bernadette Mayer

Mixing poetry and prose with beautifully understated portrait photography, the title kinda says it all.  A book about some of the many Helens living in Troy, NY.  Faintly tragic just like the trajectory of the town.  A nice short read on the bus between Boston and NY especially while passing through all the industrial decay.

The Red Notebook by Paul Auster

A book covering a couple dozen or so unbelievable true stories of coincidences, serendipity, etc taken from the authors long life of adventure-taking.  It definitely reinforces the idea that the universe is hilarious and will usually take care of you if you put yourself out there which is a good feeling to bring into the new year.  I guess I got a little bored with the format by the end of the book though.  Maybe I shouldn’t have read it all at once.  Maybe I lost my sense of wonder ???

This is fun, maybe I’ll do it every week so I don’t forget what I read immediately.

Jeanette - Porque Te Vas

thx nina

Jeanette - Negra Estralla

thx ross

鍾山春 - 周璇 (1941)

aka Zhou Xuan aka Street Angel aka The Wandering Songstress 

Fadhili Williams - Ewe Malaika

this playlist of Kenyan music (I think?) is giving me hit after hit today

TAKE off thy long johns; shed your winter skin. Behold thee beautiful exoskeleton, that winking freckle on your shoulder. Another year of existing and everything looks so different! What better way to celebrate than by yip yipping through the Eastern and Central timezones with your best friends, hungry for anything?
https://www.facebook.com/events/242737765864494/4/20 Fayetteville, AR @choomfest w/ messy sparkles4/24 Lawrence, KS @Seedco4/25 Kansas City, MO @FOKL4/26 Columbia, MO @geodesic dome in the woods w/cuffers4/27 St Louis, MO @backyard bbq w/ ghosts I have been4/28 Bloomington, IN @basement4/29 Cincy, OH @MOTR w/ sun country4/30 Pitt, PA @? (help?)5/1 Philly, PA @? (help?)5/2 Boston, MA @house showw/ Little Spoon! She’s playing drumbs +bloops on my set and sometimes doing her own sounds if you’re lucky.5/22 Philly, PA @house show5/23 Baltimore, MD @open space gallery w/ Soft Cat5/24 Brooklyn, NY @ho_se5/25 Boston, MA @backyard5/26 Kingston, NY @BSP Lounge5/28 Portland, ME @house showw/ Lizard Kisses and sometimes Emily Spragueemail me at kassetteklub@gmail.com if you want more info or hit up @mutual_benefit in that birdcage in your mind
thanks to all the wonderful people who spent their busy free time hours to help me plan this.see you in the future (or after?)jordan

TAKE off thy long johns; shed your winter skin. Behold thee beautiful exoskeleton, that winking freckle on your shoulder. Another year of existing and everything looks so different! What better way to celebrate than by yip yipping through the Eastern and Central timezones with your best friends, hungry for anything?

https://www.facebook.com/events/242737765864494/

4/20 Fayetteville, AR @choomfest w/ messy sparkles
4/24 Lawrence, KS @Seedco
4/25 Kansas City, MO @FOKL
4/26 Columbia, MO @geodesic dome in the woods w/cuffers
4/27 St Louis, MO @backyard bbq w/ ghosts I have been
4/28 Bloomington, IN @basement
4/29 Cincy, OH @MOTR w/ sun country
4/30 Pitt, PA @? (help?)
5/1 Philly, PA @? (help?)
5/2 Boston, MA @house show
w/ Little Spoon! She’s playing drumbs +bloops on my set and sometimes doing her own sounds if you’re lucky.

5/22 Philly, PA @house show
5/23 Baltimore, MD @open space gallery w/ Soft Cat
5/24 Brooklyn, NY @ho_se
5/25 Boston, MA @backyard
5/26 Kingston, NY @BSP Lounge
5/28 Portland, ME @house show
w/ Lizard Kisses and sometimes Emily Sprague

email me at kassetteklub@gmail.com if you want more info or hit up @mutual_benefit in that birdcage in your mind

thanks to all the wonderful people who spent their busy free time hours to help me plan this.

see you in the future (or after?)
jordan

Bhavacakra (Wheel of Cyclical Existence)
Symbolically, the three inner circles, moving from the center outward, show that the three poisons of ignorance, attachment, and aversion give rise to positive and negative actions; these actions and their results are called karma. Karma in turn gives rise to the six realms, which represent the different types of suffering within samsara.
The fourth and outer layer of the wheel symbolizes the twelve links of dependent origination; these links indicate how the sources of suffering—the three poisons and karma—produce lives within cyclic existence.
The fierce being holding the wheel represents impermanence; this symbolizes that the entire process of samsara or cyclic existence is impermanent, transient, constantly changing. The moon above the wheel indicates liberation. The Buddha is pointing to the moon, indicating that liberation from samsara is possible.
wikipedia

Bhavacakra (Wheel of Cyclical Existence)

Symbolically, the three inner circles, moving from the center outward, show that the three poisons of ignorance, attachment, and aversion give rise to positive and negative actions; these actions and their results are called karma. Karma in turn gives rise to the six realms, which represent the different types of suffering within samsara.

The fourth and outer layer of the wheel symbolizes the twelve links of dependent origination; these links indicate how the sources of suffering—the three poisons and karma—produce lives within cyclic existence.

The fierce being holding the wheel represents impermanence; this symbolizes that the entire process of samsara or cyclic existence is impermanent, transient, constantly changing. The moon above the wheel indicates liberation. The Buddha is pointing to the moon, indicating that liberation from samsara is possible.

wikipedia

album update

this false domesticity is coming to an end

broken seashells reaping welcome chaos

talking to a psychic at the neighborhood cafe

she really spelled it out

riding for hours

past the spray-painted wall with a radically simple manifesto

land and liberty

past the reservoir cut jaggedly through the sand

no swimming allowed

danger

past where the air grows thick

familiar shops jutting rudely

I could be anywhere

further still, weary legs instinctively avoid

thinking of turning around

towards home

or rather somewhere

resting on a patch of brown grass

accompanied by an ant exploring a Sprite can

like an alien planet

and on I go as well

to the road where trucks grow even more audacious

this Sprite can is unlivable

secreting danger chemicals to alert my friends

where is somewhere?

where is somewhere?

losing myself in an evening softball game

the park lights make such dramatic shadows

rooting for the team with the worst posture

panic as a friend’s text crosses my screen

pulled away from my new team

this baby universe where the park light is my sun god

worshipping the pleasant punctuation of aluminum collision

where only my cheers are needed as the de facto initiation

pulled away from the present into the meta-present

goodbye you lil sluggers 

you earned those snacks

at the recording studio now

absolute stillness

silence takes perfect cooperation amongst all things

but just one destructive egotist can break it

tonight that person is me, naturally

I am arranging tones

wanting it so badly to sound like water

hammering away on a machine much older than me

it is changing electricity into sound

magic is the only explanation my mind accepts for this

endlessly fascinated

I waver the pitch to give the song an imperfect foundation

my muscles relax

mind drifting to the life of coral

now I am asleep

from this lullaby of colliding particles in the air

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

directed by Tinatin Gurchiani

I went to True/False in Columbia, MO and saw this soul-crushingly beautiful documentary about young people living in post-Soviet Georgia. 

龙翔凤舞(1959) - Calendar Girl - Songs of Fishermen 渔光曲