Today will consist of rereading Portrait of the Artist by Joyce as preparation for finally conquering Ulysses, and Friends In America practice ahead of our headline slot at Nice N Sleazy on Saturday as part of the Tenement Trail. Contrary to how I look in this photo, I’m pretty excited.

Today will consist of rereading Portrait of the Artist by Joyce as preparation for finally conquering Ulysses, and Friends In America practice ahead of our headline slot at Nice N Sleazy on Saturday as part of the Tenement Trail. Contrary to how I look in this photo, I’m pretty excited.

'I hear the Irish Republic is a better place to live since a hierarchy's hold on it loosened. Even before then hardly anyone in the Irish Republic wanted to be ruled again by the London parliament, hence Brendan Behan's words:

The sea, the sea, the blesséd sea!

Long may it flow between England and me,

God help the Scots, they’ll never be free.’

John Tunnock/Alasdair Gray - Old Men In Love

"

ANYTUS: We followed him because he tricked us! He made us think his allies were rich by showing us treasure chests full of broken pottery with a layer of gold on top!

SOCRATES: You must have been very keen to be fooled if you were fooled by a schoolboy prank like that. I honestly thought a democratic majority would have more sense, but when (Alcabiades) stood up in parliament and announced his grandiose, world-conquering scheme most of you acted like a Persian Empire gone gaga. Instead of laughing at him you idiots voted for him!

"

— When rereading this passage from ‘Old Men In Love’ by Alasdair Gray, all that I could think of was ‘devo max’. Socrates gets it.

Anonymous said: Was told that I'm a misogynist because I argued that Lena Dunham is shallow, overrated, self-indulgent, and boring. How do I respond?

selfdefensefamily:

  • "Welp."
  • "I mean, I said the same thing about JJ Abrams…"
  • "Be that as it may, it really doesn’t absolve Lena Dunham of being a turd, does it?" 
  • "How dangerous of you to dismiss my zersonal tastes and ascribe all my preferences to something you can’t possibly know about me. Is this how you approach every idea you don’t agree with? Have you considered wearing a red arm band with your logo on it?" 
  • "Does being a misogynist mean I don’t have to sit through another season of Girls? Because that would be sick.” 
oh man.

oh man.

(Source: quietpepsi)

Anonymous said: 2 dicks are before you and you have to suck one. 1 is dave grohls, the other is justin biebers, whose do you choose and why

selfdefensefamily:

I couldn’t identify a Justin Bieber song if my life depended on it. 

That makes him way, way better than Grohl. 

I’ll rim him while I’m down there. 

selfdefensefamily:

Also playing Fun Fun Fun NITES.

This is what we’ll probably sound like next year.

that would be GR8

selfdefensefamily:

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1964)
Miles Davis - Miles in the Sky (1968)

Given that tension and emotional extremities tend to yield such genuine manifestations of artistic expression, it makes perfect sense that some of the more captivating works of art come as a result of crisis. With these two records, that crisis is a stylistic one, situating both of them as transitional recordings within the jazz masters’ respective oeuvres - Davis’ album heralding a shift towards the synthesis of jazz with rock and funk formulas, and Coltrane introducing elements of a looser free jazz stye that would come to dominate the latter part of his career. A fully-formed and confidently executed idea is certainly something to admire, but there’s almost more charm in witnessing an artist only beginning to flirt with a nascent one, as though you’re seeing a child hold a fascinating new object in their hands, curiously trying to figure out how exactly it works and what it’s capable of. Even without having heard the records made on either side of these two, one gets a sense of that uncertainty, the thrill of it, and glimpses of where it might be headed. They are ostensibly works in progress, though rather than be diminished by their infancy, there is a peculiar excitement in the descent towards previously unexplored terrain. 

- Alan

selfdefensefamily:

Ignore for a second that we look like Jucifer, and check out the Most Viewed. 
Then listen to our new record. 

everything about this is great.

selfdefensefamily:

Ignore for a second that we look like Jucifer, and check out the Most Viewed. 

Then listen to our new record. 

everything about this is great.