Wednesday, July 28, 2010

score-age porridge

let's start 1001 off with a handful of recent scores:

first off, all scores are approved my major fuzzbro

new buttons? more to come on these guys...

found a box of brautigan at an estate sale a few blocks up. 75 cents! kind of rare in these parts, but i never pass these dudes up.

some bill daniel photos! bill blessed me with a couple prints when he was in town a few weeks ago. you need to go to his site and buy some!
i guess that's it.

also: camera back in effect!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

M in the roman sense

guess what?
this is the THOUSANDTH post here on crooked arm.
that's right, 1000. a thousand. dude.

i was gearing up for a mega-post last week, but then:
-my camera got stolen (again) or i lost it.
-i got 6 stitches in my toe (and i took out one of the stitches myself like RAMBO in reverse) and i couldn't even take a picture of it because my camera got stole.
-i went to chicago
-there was a heat advisory for 4 days
-i discovered my cat's secret bathroom in the basement
what a week!

you think we're gonna let that crap stop us here at blog headquarters?
in celebration of this momentous occasion in blog history (ie 1000 POSTS), i present to you TWO SWEET MEGAMIXES specially commissioned for your downloading and listening pleasure! because i love you!

first up we have DREAM KAT, an audible excursion into the mind and inner space of the kat of dreams, the universe of the gentle cruise.

by longtime Friend Of Crooked Arm and kind bud, Sorcerer.
you can download the mix, tracklist, and art for your pod here.


next up is SMUGGLER"S COVE, a classy dive into the sweet sweet indulgence of secluded underwater caves filled with drinks in coconuts and deep album cuts on the PA.

lovingly assembled by tight bro Andy Cabic of Vetiver.
you can download the mix, tracklist, and art for your pod here.

the special celebration posting will continue throughout the week with: more buttons! a new shirt! more pictures of the cat! a weird sign!

seriously: thank you for looking at this blog of my art and life etc. i sincerely appreciate all the support and comments. PEACE!

(ps any problems with the downloads? let me know!)

Monday, July 19, 2010

rainbo connection

for some reason, the "rainbows-on-the-package-with-a-cat" series keeps delivering. here it seems the cat is less cosmic and just sort of surprised and confused at the rainbow shooting out of his shockingly small litter pan. or is he befuddled by the mixture of fonts, some of them rainbow in color? while i do appreciate this package design and would like to see more of this in the future, i think we can all agree that the cloud treatment in this one is way inferior to the cosmic catnip package. that said, the weird aura around the cat model is amazing. also it looks like he vanishes from behind the rainbow and his torso is invisible. is this a magical invisibility rainbow from the cat pan? i think this design offers just as many questions as the previous, just in a more subtle and overall weirder manner.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

target market

-yes, i am your target market for this product
-world: bring back good package design! please!
-if mcdonalds or mountain dew had this sort of ad campaign i would be so into it
-i wish i had done this and not just dreamed about it. actually, not really: i'm so glad this exists and confirms that we are not alone.
-have you seen the cosmic alpine cat scratcher where the cat is marching up a mountain wearing lederhosen? dude.
-the cat clouds are such a good touch. also the tail wrapping around the rainbow.
-it almost looks like an actual photo of a cat manipulated and traced? teach me.

Friday, July 9, 2010

orphans etc

do you live close to indianapolis? if so, you should come over for this amazing event i'm helping out with for our buddy BILL DANIEL on sunday in a ssociation with the amazing mt. comfort and big car galleries....

read this about it:

Bill Daniel presents an evening of lost and found music films:

lost music films 1965-87


56 min. black and white, experimental/documentary

Who is Bozo Texino? chronicles the search for the source of a ubiquitous and mythic rail graffiti-- a simple sketch of a character with an infinity-shaped hat and the scrawled moniker, "Bozo Texino"-- a drawing seen on railcars for over 80 years. Daniel's gritty black and white film uncovers a secret society and it's underground universe of hobo and railworker graffiti, and includes interviews with legendary boxcar artists, Coaltrain, Herby, Colossus of Roads, and The Rambler. Shooting over a 16-year period, Daniel rode freights across the West carrying a Super-8 sound camera and a 16mm Bolex. During his quest he discovered the roots of a folkloric tradition that has gone mostly unnoticed for a century. Taking inspiration from Beat artists Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac, the film functions as both a sub-cultural documentary and a stylized fable on wanderlust and outsider identity.

film and photo tour!!!!!!

Film Tramp Bill Daniel is back in the van on tour with a new program
of recently unearthed16mm footage.

more about SONIC ORPHANS....

a compilation reel of lost and found clips projected on 16mm, mostly silent, of some rare celluloid gems that have beenseen by almost no one and have never seen the light of youtube. Most of this footage is truly orphaned film--- abandoned, lost, found, and now presented raw without editing. The presentation includes a discussion of “orphan films” as they are called by archivists, and at some venues on tour, a one-night photo

Featuring: The Beatles/Avengers/Huns/Boy Problems/Sonic Youth/Butthole Surfers/Johnny Cash

There is a flavor of goofy nostalgia to much of the footage, but the
images are also haunting--- rock and roll ghosts, still singing,
pogoing, sneaking hits on cigarettes, making direct eye contact. Some of these scenes have audio, but some of the reels were long ago separated from their sound tracks before they ever had a chance to be edited and printed.

Each of the films has it’s own story, like if a stray dog at the pound
could tell you how he got there. Part of the evening’s presentation is
a telling of some of these stories, and a discussion on the
relationship between underground music and film cultures.

***1965, Beatles in San Francisco--- raw news footage I rescued from a closing film lab (eerie silent mop-top photo op, teenagers convulsing with Beatlemania, etc.)

***1977, Performance footage of the Avengers and lost takes from a
student drama staring Penelope Houston, shot by poet/punk portraitist
Pamela Mosher.

***1980, Two legendary punk/new wave Austin bands The Huns and Boy Problems filmed live at Rauls Club. Evidence of the fertile crossover between the Film dept at UT and the music scene at Raul’s club.

***A couple of 100-footers of mine---Butthole Surfers performance I
shot while touring with them in '87 (footage confiscated by the club
for on-stage nudity, then inexplicably returned to me months later)
and an outdoor Sonic Youth concert shot downtown Houston in '86.

***Plus a haunting early Johnny Cash kinoscope, and probably some other curios.

At selected shows I'll be putting up a one-night photo
exhibit---photos I shot in the Austin scene ’80-’84
(, plus some random things from my current 35mm still photo practice (

future galaxy protest posters

in the future there will still be problems and there will still be posters for people to put on their walls.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

unexplained personal iconography means never having to say you're sorry

proposed titles for duck lips book project to be released by random house paperback editions:
-duck lips: the movie
-wandering duck
-duck with a person body
-follow the lips
-simply ducklips

Thursday, July 1, 2010