Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ace of Pentacles (reversed)

The Ace of Pentacles card reversed suggests that a possible sexual encounter or tempting material offer is little more than a chance to explore a purely physical attraction or craving. When seeking to gratify sensual pleasures, you may not need to look any further than your own backyard. You may just need a bit more support or nurturing, particularly if things like work, health or sexual dysfunction are interfering with making a love connection or enjoying yourself. Consider that avoidance or excuses of pressing romantic issues may be sapping more physical energy from you than if you were simply upfront or open about what is missing in your love life

Four of Wands

The Four of Wands card suggests that my power today lies in bonding. I celebrate our common connection, success, or attraction and recognize the equal status, protection, or reputation that results in the formation of this union is merely the beginning or negotiation of something new. I am empowered by positive results within the partnership and I transform through teamwork or marriage.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009


The Justice card suggests that my alter ego is a portal to a Reality Check, whose access to where truth lies is guarded by the superpower of my Karmic Credit/Debit Card. The verdict or results are in and I will get the payoff or payback I deserve today through the natural laws and cycles of accountability, reward, truth and consequences. But the return on my investment will diminish or intensify until I finally notice or reap the message sown loud and clear. Whichever way it comes in, at least it happens for a reason and keeps my life in balance. So today when it comes full circle, whatever the result, I accept that I will use it as an opportunity to either try again, make amends or make it right. Let it come around in its own time, keep my hands off the Wheel while this ride is in motion, or impose my brand and risk paying the price.

Nine of Chalices

The Nine of Chalices card suggests that to the world you've got it going on. You may be in an enviable position of seeming to have the perfect domestic life. Beware, however, of a tendency to flaunt your romantic success or pride over others or your partner -- you don't want that to be the only way you get to feel validated, acknowledged, powerful and important. Lording it over others could make an opportunity to experience true satisfaction into little more than a photo op. Also, watch out for a tendency to grab the spotlight or indulge in compulsive behavior. These enticements could be substitutes for genuine sensual pleasures and intimacy or be a cover for hidden fears. Recognize what is really going on around you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

today's tarot

Four of Chalices

The Four of Chalices card suggests that my power today lies in attitude. I am not alone. I offer kindness, support and inclusion without judgment. I reject temptations or hairs of the dog that do not sustain or respect my need for space, encouragement or my hearts desire -- but I don't cut my nose to spite my face. I am empowered by compassion and my gift is passive resistance.

Knight of Swords (Reversed)

The Knight of Swords card reversed suggests that now that the storm has calmed, you should take a break, slow down. It's time to consider the possible consequences of your past rigid approach to conflict within your relationship or love life. Make room for human frailty and patience, for no one can live up to such high expectations. Use this downtime to work with your own standards, fear and prejudices. It's time to rewrite your own rules through constructive criticism, self-analysis, meditation or other procedures that help you get down to the truth and release the suffering rather than hide behind a facade.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Edgar Breau: An Interview for Anthology Recordings

by Steve Krakow

To say the discovery of Simply Saucer in the late nineties was epiphanous for me would still be some sort of understatement. Here was the promise of everything great laid down in the late sixties made good; the UK free-fest roar, the Velvets’ street-tough chug, Syd’s early exploratory jams, even Krautrock’s primordial dirge—even the immediate influence of Eno’s oscillations were felt—and this was from mid-seventies Ontario?? The story was too good to be true—from-the-day obscurists with names like “Ping” totally out of touch with their contemporaries, in virtual isolation, morphing the best of the immediate past into what came to be called “protopunk.” In particular Edgar Breau’s seething lyrics, kick-ass hooks, and corrosive lead guitar shines in the few Saucer recordings to see the light of day, so it was honor to ask the underground legend a few questions (and it was even more of an honor to play some gigs with the reformed Saucer, but that’s another story).

What was the first music that got you excited?

My sisters used to dance to Elvis Presley '78's, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams, Marty Robbins—my father liked Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Italian opera (from his wartime experiences on the Italian front). My aunt Sharon turned me on to the Big O, Roy Orbison, sister Maureen to the pre-British invasion American bandstand acts. I liked all of that including Gene Pitney, Del Shannon, and Freddie Cannon. Then the Stones, Beatles, Kinks, Byrds came along and blew me away.

Tell me a little about pre-Saucer band the Shangs.

Actually, the Shangs are an excellent post-Saucer band put together in the early nineties by David Byers who had played in the proto-Saucer six-piece band circa '72-'73. The original six-piece Simply Saucer played in a more freeform, improvisational style. We were loud and noisy using audio generators, Theremins, a treated saxophone, and keyboards to create musical mayhem. Later on I channeled the improvised bits into song structures and thus was born the Saucer sound.

How was Imants Krumins the sort of “Svengali" of the Hamilton psych-punk scene?

Imants was there from start to finish, driving us and many other band members to concerts, record stores, providing us with a running commentary on all the latest happenings in the psyche-punk world, filling rooms and rooms with recordings. He is still at it…

I know "Mole Machine" is a Fantastic Four/Moleman reference—any other comic book allusions in SS songs?

Can't think of any off hand. We were reading a lot of Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, Fantastic Four, going to sci-fi B movies like Angry Red Planet, circulating fantasy sci-fi novels like David Lindsay's cult classic A Voyage to Arcturus, William Hope Hodgson's Nightland, E.R.R. Eddison, H.P. Lovecraft and a host of others. There were Dali books, the surrealists, as well as Golden Dawn by Arthur E Waite, some esoteric writings by Louis Claude de St. Martin—that kind of stuff.

When you produced the SS stuff, I read you brought in Pink Fairies and Velvets records into the studio to try and get that sound… what else did you bring?

“Raw Power” and “White Light/White Heat.” I wasn't too sure that the Lanois brothers (Dan and Bob) had recorded music like ours. I didn't want them cleaning up our sound.

Ping seemed to show the immediate influence of Eno in Roxy music—was this his inspiration?

Ping was influenced greatly by Eno both in and out of Roxy Music. Hawkwind (was it Dikmik?) and Kraftwerk as well. He used to give me money to buy him records on my forays into Toronto and Buffalo and I would return with stacks of Sun Ra and Stockhausen recordings. He learned quickly and soon developed his talent into something very special.

What was your guitar/pedal/amp set up “in the day”?

I Started out playing a blonde '67 Fender Telecaster through a big muff distortion pedal, an Orange Wah-Wah and a space echo into a Marshal 4x12 cabinet with a cast iron horn. The Marshal head I can't remember much about— it got real loud !
Eventually I traded the Tele for a brand new telecaster deluxe '75, played that for a few years until it was stolen, then bought a Gibson Les Paul with the mini Humbucking pickups, which I had rewired with EMG live pickups.

Was "Illegal Bodies" a song that grew to such epic lengths or was it always an 8 plus minute barnstormer?

No, the intent was always the epic length. I brought the song to the band in sections within which there was a lot of room for improvisation. I wanted to write something along the lines of the Velvet Underground's “Sister Ray” and “European Son.” Short lines which in retrospect were kind of Dylan-esque and then the long explorative instrumental followed, which was always different and over the top.

Up till recently had SS ever played outside of Hamilton? Like, Toronto even?

Oh yeah, we were part of the Toronto Queen St. scene in '77 to '79 and had played in towns like Smith Falls, Carlton Place, and St. Catherine’s earlier. Not until 2007 did we play the U.S.

What do you think of the rabid US/Europe following SS has?

It's great to be appreciated , and the fans have been phenomenal!

A lot of folks don't know you also play solo in the sort of "American (Canadian?) Primitive" template laid down by John Fahey—how did this start?

During my days with Simply Saucer I had collected truck loads of recordings by people like John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Lightnin' Hopkins, the British folk acts like Pentangle, Nick Drake, Dando Shaft, the Incredible String Band, and those artists who were basically songwriting geniuses like Syd Barrett and Kevin Ayers—and so in the dying days of the band I decided to detune my guitar and begin experimenting with open tunings and finger style playing. Somehow I knew that I was very liable to be in the wilderness (figuratively speaking) for a few years having really played for keeps with Simply Saucer and having it crash and burn like it did. I decided to keep alive musically by learning to play acoustically. I purchased a Laskin guitar, which turned out to be a very wise investment as the luthier who built my guitar went on to international fame. His guitars are now in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, and are very expensive.

Anyhow, the troubadour thing appealed to me anyways as I had grown up listening to Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, Ray Davies, and had a love of Mississippi John Hurt, Bukka White, people like that. So it was an inspirational time for me; something completely different.

I heard you have a big family too—how many kids again?

Five—and I've just become a grandpa, which is very cool. There are a couple of others as well. The Breaus hail from New Brunswick on the east coast. We go way back to 1755 or so and I'm hoping to make it to the big Acadian Reunion this year and play some shows as well. BTW-I'm told there were Breaus who fought with George Washington!

I'm always asked if I'm related to Lenny Breau…

equal rights for all

Tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr's case, and let loving, committed couples marry. DEADLINE: Valentine's Day

as ineffectual and pointless as this type of shit may seem it still only takes a moment to sign...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


from a music blog i like a lot, Green Fuz, comes this bit of wisdom about the two types of guys who play rock n roll, which one are yoooouuu?

" my opinion, rock n' roll degenerates come in two flavors: cool, popular guys that turn to music because its a quick and easy way to get girls. These are the "Jim Morrisons" of the world and include anyone who's ever worn leather pants.

Then there are the hopeless-causes. These guys have either bad teeth, bad hair, bad skin, or all three. Girls don't like them and they turn to rock and roll out of shear desperation. This includes everyone who has ever been a Ramone. Chances are that hours of practicing "Stairway to Heaven" in their basement will, somehow, manage to magically inject them with just enough sex appeal to get laid at least once. But, unsurprisingly, this will not help them overcome their painful social incompetence and out of frustration they are forced to write songs about the bad girls who they don't ever want to see again, the good girls who they do, and the girls who they just can't seem to get to notice them at all."


if you know me you know I LOVE ALICE COOPER, happy birthday ALICE

Monday, February 2, 2009

weekend tarot

The Fool

The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. He represents the mystical cleverness bereft of reason within us, the childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world. The sun shining behind him represents the divine nature of the Fool's wisdom and exuberance. On his back are all the possessions he might need. In his hand there is a flower, showing his appreciation of beauty. He is frequently accompanied by a dog, sometimes seen as his animal desires, sometimes as the call of the "real world", nipping at his heels and distracting him. He is seemingly unconcerned that he is standing on a precipice, apparently about to step off.

The number 0 is a perfect significator for the Fool, as it can become anything when he reaches his destination. Zero plus anything equals the same thing. Zero times anything equals zero. Zero is nothing, a lack of hard substance, and as such it may reflect a non-issue or lack of cohesiveness for the subject at hand.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

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Atascadero High Schoo1 1940s

atascadero lake 1963

Temporary Zoo Headquarters Atascadero CA 1914

Atascadero Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2009



SeeqPod - Playable Search

i wish i could claim responsibility for how awesome this playlist is, but the truth is i listened to 'living in america' on imeem yesterday and afterwards it played these songs in succession and it was fucking amazing

Joe Esposito - You're the Best Lyrics

Try to be best
‘Cause you’re only a man
And a man’s gotta learn to take it

Try to believe
Though the going gets rough
That you gotta hang tough to make it

History repeats itself
Try and you’ll succeed

Never doubt that you’re the one
And you can have your dreams!

You’re the best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ow-own

Fight ‘til the end
Cause your life will depend
On the strength that you have inside you

Ah you gotta be proud
starin’ out in the cloud
When the odds in the game defy you

Try your best to win them all
and one day time will tell
when you’re the one that’s standing there
you’ll reach the final bell!

You’re the best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ho-how-ho-own


You’re the best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ow-own

Fight ‘til you drop
never stop
can’t give up
Til you reach the top (FIGHT!)
you’re the best in town (FIGHT!)
Listen to that sound
A little bit of all you got
Can never bring you down

You’re the best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!

repeat to fade, occasional background shouts of “Oh Ye-eah!”

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

wiggly business - b. kliban comics

b. kliban

only the most humiliating and violent death is good enough for these people

"Bank of America is now not only getting bailout money. They are lending their name to participate in a campaign to stop workers from having a majority sign up [provision]," said Stephen Lerner, Director of the Private Equity Project at SEIU. "The biggest corporations who have created the problem are, at the very time, asking us to bail them out and then using that money to stop workers from improving their lives."

Monday, January 26, 2009

An Anarchist Perspective on the 2008 Election

We stand in solidarity with the hopes for profound change of the millions of people who voted for Obama. However, we also recognize that the capitalist system is in a serious crisis which is dragging down all working class and oppressed people and which even the best-intentioned high office-holder is incapable of solving.

Let’s Not Get to Know Each Other Better

We’ve grown up in an age of rampant divorce and the accompanying tumult. The idea that two people can be happy together, maturing alongside each other, seems as false as a fairy tale. So when a relationship ends, it isn’t seen as bad. It’s held as evidence that the relationship was never any good to begin with.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

song of the day: Brenton Wood- Gimme Little Sign


Pro-Life Group up in Arms over Krispy Kreme's Abortion Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme, being the genial purveyor of glazed goodness that it is, decided to get in on the Obama inauguration craze and is offering one free doughnut to every costumer on January 20, Inauguration day, and released this seemingly innocuous press release:

"Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is honoring American's sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies -- just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet 'free' can be."

Well, The American Life League noticed the liberal use of the word choice and decided to blast the chain bakery for producing abortion doughnuts.

"The unfortunate reality of a post-Roe v. Wade America is that 'choice' is synonymous with abortion access, and celebration of 'freedom of choice' is a tacit endorsement of abortion rights on demand," the group's president, Judie Brown said in a statement.

File this under "Overreactionary Wing Nuts" and another attempt of conservatives to redefine words for their political means (You can try to rewrite the Constitution, but not the dictionary). Of course, the "overreactionary libtard" counter to this is that conservatives want to demonize all choice from America until we're living under a fundamentalist dictatorship. A fundamentalist dictatorship without doughnuts.

UPDATE: The ALL has declared Victory in thier war on doughnuts.

The full, completely unbelievable press release follows after the jump.


The following is a statement from American Life League president Judie Brown:

"The next time you stare down a conveyor belt of slow-moving, hot, sugary glazed donuts at your local Krispy Kreme, you just might be supporting President-elect Barack Obama's radical support for abortion on demand - including his sweeping promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act as soon as he steps in the Oval Office, Jan. 20.

"The doughnut giant released the following statement yesterday:

'Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is honoring American's sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies -- just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet "free" can be.'

"Just an unfortunate choice of words? For the sake of our Wednesday morning doughnut runs, we hope so. The unfortunate reality of a post Roe v. Wade America is that 'choice' is synonymous with abortion access, and celebration of 'freedom of choice' is a tacit endorsement of abortion rights on demand.

"President-elect Barack Obama promises to be the most virulently pro-abortion president in history. Millions more children will be endangered by his radical abortion agenda.

"Celebrating his inauguration with 'Freedom of Choice' doughnuts - only two days before the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to decriminalize abortion - is not only extremely tacky, it's disrespectful and insensitive and makes a mockery of a national tragedy.

"A misconstrued concept of 'choice' has killed over 50 million preborn children since Jan. 22, 1973. Does Krispy Kreme really want their free doughnuts to celebrate this 'freedom.'

"As of Thursday morning, communications director Brian Little could not be reached for comment. We challenge Krispy Kreme doughnuts to reaffirm their commitment to true freedom - to the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - and to separate themselves and their doughnuts from our great American shame.

"American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Julie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death."

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009