Archive for July, 2010

LIVE: Cornelia St. Cafe, NYC

Greg Walloch, Mark Allen, Pseu Braun, Jason Wachtelhausen at Cornelia St. Cafe

Hey New Yorkers, join me in the heart of the West Village on Wednesday, July 21st, 6PM at Cornelia St. Cafe (29 Cornelia St., between W 4th & Bleecker) where I’ll be sharing the stage with Greg Walloch (Studio 360, F**k the Disabled!), Pseu Braun (WFMU, WNYC) and Jason Wachtelhausen (AdBusters, Wired) as part of the cozy Cornelia St. Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival. These are all fellow friends and assorted shadowy characters, so I’m really excited about creating an evening of entertainment with this talented bunch (in a snazzy, downtown space). Remember: unforgettable isn’t always pretty, so come by! Should definitely be a fun, friendly, summer night (and reservations are recommended… so pick up the horn and let ‘em know you’re coming!) All info is here.

UPDATE: Show went totally great! Thanks to co-performers Greg, Pseu and Jason who tore up the place, and friends old and new who came out… a great night! :)

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I can’t shut up…

In case you’re missing it, I can’t shut up. Particularly on Twitter, where I post all kinds of things, several times a day… sometimes several times an hour. And you don’t have to be on Twitter to follow me on it. There’s also a relentless stream of photos on Twitpic, and videos on Twitvid.

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I’ve been up for 36 hours smoking peyote and listening to dusty, old John Denver & the Muppets LPs, watching OH GOD! repeatedly, and typing on Twitter. Where’s MY intervention?

John Denver 7

_MarkAllen‎: Is there anything hotter than this? http://tinyurl.com/yc25bqc
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:27:03 AM

_MarkAllen‎: I have a seriously unbalanced John Denver obsession… spontaneously watched 1st half oh OH GOD! in the middle of night last night. Bliss.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:30:30 AM

_MarkAllen‎: John Denver’s music is too big to be appreciated by folk purists, but not ridiculous enough to be camp. He’s like The Carpenters.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:38:38 AM

_MarkAllen‎: Lyrically he’s hopeless: “The children & the flowers are our sisters & our brothers, their laughter & their loveliness could clear a cloudy day.”
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:42:40 AM

_MarkAllen‎: The man had a killer dress sense. But like a homogenized version of a killer dress sense. Hard to pinpoint.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:43:52 AM

_MarkAllen‎: Is it possible to delve deeeeeeep into mediocrity? John Denver did.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:44:23 AM

_MarkAllen‎: Farewell Andromeda and Aiere are masterpieces, if you don’t count his sublime GHV1, which has re-recorded version of the songs it shares.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:46:10 AM

_MarkAllen‎: “The Eagle & the Hawk” is as transcendent a song as Sonic Youth’s “Expressway To Your Skull.”
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:48:41 AM

_MarkAllen‎: But where Sonic Youth’s “Expressway to Your Skull” = Glenn Branca, John Denver’s “Eagle & the Hawk” = more like Bernard Herrmann.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:51:57 AM

_MarkAllen‎: Not surprisingly, John Denver has an enormous following in Japan. He’s almost like a cult over there. I’m sure his blond features help.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:53:04 AM

_MarkAllen‎: John Fahey is more respected than John Denver, but Fahey’s death didn’t spawn an entire chapter in Blanche Knott’s “Truly Tasteless Jokes.”
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 9:56:48 AM

_MarkAllen‎: John Denver was hypnotized by nature, but could only create “elevator music.” A paradox.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 10:19:18 AM

_MarkAllen‎: John Denver’s music has too much male energy to ever enjoy a hipster resurrection, like the Carpenters enjoyed. The gays don’t like him.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 10:23:50 AM

_MarkAllen‎: There a great made-for-TV movie called TAKE ME HOME: THE JOHN DENVER STORY starring Chad Lowe. Recommended. More about Annie Denver though.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 10:27:40 AM

_MarkAllen‎: TAKE ME HOME really portrays Denver’s struggle w/being renowned for “canned country” & his addiction to nature, which bordered on unhealthy.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 10:31:26 AM

_MarkAllen‎: There’s an inherent synthetic quality to everything John Denver did. It’s like country music made by brilliant robots.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 11:40:39 AM

_MarkAllen‎: Like Madonna, beneath the multiple masks of John Denver’s work lays nothing but the work ethic. Inspiration is referenced, never channeled.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 11:46:38 AM

_MarkAllen‎: John Denver’s death sealed his legacy at the last possible minute.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 10:32:18 AM

_MarkAllen‎: If he were still alive today he’d probably be an Al Gore-ish, lefty political type… tethered to the global warming cause no doubt.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 10:35:11 AM

_MarkAllen‎: @_coye Another wave of John Denver obsessiveness took hold of me at 2AM last night. This is the hangover.
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 10:59:51 AM

_MarkAllen‎: I’ve been up for 36 hours smoking peyote and listening to dusty John Denver & the Muppets LPs. Where’s MY intervention?
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23, 2010 11:52:15 AM

_MarkAllen‎: @divideconquer thinks my John Denver obsession may relate 2 fact he looks like another of my obsessions: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/45/Loganlifeclock.jpg …good eye!‎
#johndenver via twitter for iPhone, Feb 23 2010 7:41:24 PM

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