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Palliativity 211: cover me

Posted on October 3, 2013

I love covers. They allow you to experience a band or song in a completely new way.

The best covers are not mere renditions, but when an artist totally geeks-out on a song enough to completely reinterpret the composition with their own aesthetic and style.

Some combinations can even help you learn to love those tunes you hate. It's really jarring when I find myself able to sing along to incidental waiting-room pop radio without having heard the original tune more than once. Interweb sound-stages like youtube only serve to make this crossover culture deeper and more complex every day.

The stranger the juxtaposition, the better the results:


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Palliativity 209: shake it out!

Posted on September 19, 2013

My chronic pain condition continues to linger on in its new muted form. Although the root cause, Cervical Facet Syndrome, has been dealt with, I have some residual myofascial nerve issues. I'm still better than I ever was before this year, and my current course of aggressive massage combined with amp-wave stim is helping loosen things up so that I can truly heal.

I'm still trying to figure out how to make this body my own again.

cervical spine MRI

When the autumn wind drives the cold into my bones, I just need to keep reminding myself:

"It's always darkest before the dawn— It's hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him out!"


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Palliativity 208: Gas Panic

Posted on September 12, 2013

Fire Dance on the Western Front, ©MMXI

The last century of war was dominated by an ever accelerating competition for who held the deadliest arsenal.

Although most weapons strive for ever greater accuracy and adaptability over time, some are simply meant to efficiently kill as many people as possible.

Chemical warfare got its start about 100 years ago. This new technology dealt quick deaths but without discrimination.

With these weapons, there are no such thing as bystanders. All damage is as merciless as it is incidental.

But, like everything of lethal importance during WWII, the US government knew just how to make its citizens feel safe enough to go about their lives:

The next clip shows how chemical warfare developed between World War II and Vietnam.

Enter sarin gas.

This is not for the faint of heart:


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Palliativity 207: Que Sera

Posted on September 5, 2013

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

— Albert Einstein —

Remember: everything is a remix

Wax Tailor | Everything is a Remix


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Palliativity 206: The Homesick Cabaret

Posted on August 29, 2013

You are here, on some level, because you too are fascinated with the retelling of the epic rock-opera that is

the 20th century.

And I your host, this contemporary creative, am tirelessly fetishizing the fetishization of the exotic,

and dissecting the legends of everyday people who lived with a genuineness that makes my teeth hurt.

A colonial march of good and evil, might and right, Axis and Ally, freedom blues and commie red.

A time built on accepting unknowns while furiously scribbling in the empty spaces on the map.

A time when we hadn't yet reached the depths of space or the seas outside of our dreams,

Until we chose to claim them.

When questions were more important than answers, but flags more important still.

And we humble apes huddled around the embers of spilt oil and split atoms.

A terrifying epoch indeed.

The only thing scarier still is that this story arc isn't over.

We are currently tearing thru Act 4 and, "something wicked this way comes."

Alas, we still live in an age of post-colonial world culture adolescence.

This is my heartbreaking nostalgia. This curse of memory. This march of time.

The beat goes on, but instead, I choose to dance.

The Burning Beat - Audio-Curio-Cabaret from The Roustabouts on Vimeo.


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Palliativity 205: Postmodern Jukebox

Posted on August 15, 2013

These guys get me.

An appreciation for history is one thing, but I'd rather just dive right in.

There's something humbling and pleasantly subversive about reopening a sealed piece of the past,

remixing it with the present and making it dance again.

Want more?


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