b. Current Projects
Powder as a Lobster.
Xtal as a … well, just clearly awesome.
XTAL CHAOS: See: www.artknowsnoborders.com
My interactive narrative is here: www.discohillbilly.com
Bombardirovka is out in free e-book form now under a Creative Commons license… both it and Disco Hillbilly will be out in three forms by summer: web, audio, and print. My husband and I are slowly getting a multimedia production company together as a place for our own work (print, web, film, art) and the work of those whom we want to support… look for this website to radically change this spring: www.mediacauseglobal.com
We also will be launching a webseries late in the year: weareallfarmers.org
My blog: www.crystalallenecook.com
I am starting a Ph.D. this fall– focused on digital media as well as in innovation in learning– so about a year from now I plan to be asking folks to participate in designing a radical rethink of learning as we know it…. and I plan to have a few more creative projects up in the next year.
www.discohillbilly.com — is open for input and participation. It is an interactive narrative (still in progress)… made in an accessible form, on purpose… folks can respond, get involve, create the identity.
Scott Hollingsworth: I’m still writing, recording and producing music every day. I do a lot of music for TV and film. I also work a lot with Chimera Music. Its a fairly young record label that has some really amazing artists. I have a studio in upstate NY that I do some special record projects at. It’s set up with 1940s recording equipment and microphones because i am fascinated with the sound of recordings from that time. A few months ago I wrote 2 more world inferno songs with Jack. I believe he’s since recorded them with the band. Im looking forward to hearing how they turned out. Aside from that, just enjoying myself, traveling, learning to play new instruments.
Kika Von Kluck :
Cyphered Threads is the product of years of research. My passion is ancient cultures, archeology, comparative spirituality, languages and fashion. Then I gather some of that information and transform in performance pieces. According to the theme I collect pictures, texts and sounds, and bring the concept to musicians who try to translate what they feel from the lyrics and images.
Reform is a chant, an invocation to the archetype of the power that creates life.
That drummer is very special. He doesn’t play with me very often, which is a pity. I play with a huge roster of musicians to keep the flow of improvisation. The infinite combinations and possibilities with the same piece fascinate me.
& the BNS ESSIONS…
Yes there are great artists in the collective. That’s Shawn Butler’s child. We live together. He connected all those people by creating multimedia events where they could show their art. Eventually it evolved into a record label. BNS released 14 records in 20 months. We got distribution in England through Cargo Records who is still handling our digital distribution. The bands are comprised of highly collaborative, talented and curious individuals.
I’ve been researching more action and Performance art. Finding out about places where they happen, connecting to people in that world, participating in symposiums in Europe. Shawn helps a lot with Cyphered Threads and we are looking for Festivals to participate and spread the word. We go to a lot of live music concerts, but mostly stuff we know.
Steve is living in New Orleans & is re-opening a bar/pizza joint called SUGAR PARK. He also plays in a band called Doc Otis & the Junker Jazz All-Stars. Read about both in the NEW ORLEANS section in chapter 12.
visit the new place : 3054 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA
No more reunion plans. The balance between a super fun nostalgic revisiting and pathetic rests on a very fragile thread.
What have you been up to lately?
— A million essays and projects will be out over the course of the next year, but two opi I’m working on are “Tales of the Vox Super Voltus” wherein all of my vignettes are presented in definition form and a novel called “We Pulse in Pink”.
I have a few bands in Italy, Belgium, and Spain, but nothing stateside. I love music, but it isn’t my protein per se — writing is — so whatever’s up with it is always a crap shoot. Next year I have a final Van Pelt album coming out from the Spanish company “La Castanya”, and a Vague Angels album from the German Label “Expect Candy”. Yeah, so that means some Euro tours, release parties, etc. Should be a fun year.
David Demar: I scored an indie film last year, which was cool, and I’ve got a new band called the Checkout Girls that’s recordingand playing around LA.
LAUREN BLACK :
I bartended at Mars in the mid 90s–when Jay (the ancient Indian bar back) was still there. The era of Lara, my sister Dawn, Daria and of course, Tracy. Oh, and who can forget Felix or Gary Wreck?
Ahhh. The Kenn Firpo Rent Explosion. Back in the day before Williamsburg was a walking Gap add and you could actually drive down Bedford Ave on the weekends. Before the invasion of trendy hipsters rollerblading pushing bugaboo baby carriers. Ah, but I digress. The Rent Explosion was a good time. No one had any expectations and it was more about just getting together and having a blast. I mean, really–we had a theremin player. It was more of a fit for me as most of the members were Mars Bar/Sweetwater players and people who would crawl out of bed on Sundays and play softball in the park on the soccer field (before this was bastardized as well). Ah. The tourettes and the alzheimers. (Should I name drop here? Teams made up of former members/or at the time current members of Dick Army, The Swans, Yumm Yumm Tree, The Unsane, Tucker, Mongrel Bitch….)
SEMRA ERCIN: “now I’m just looking to play with different people. I haven’t played with World Inferno in a couple of years but I still see them and hang out with them. I wouldn’t mind playing a show with them one of these days…
I also want to have more free time to myself to spend with Erik and the baby. But I want to be able to play!”
Cat – and little Roman has been learning the drums?
Roman is! We had a drum lesson the other day. He knows how to sit down and hold the drum sticks. We were trying to learn the difference between loud and soft. Well, he’s real good at loud but he’s not that good at soft! [laughter] We went to this baby rock show the other day at Ft. Green park. On Wednesday mornings they have these baby rock shows. Who the fuck goes to rock shows at 10 in the morning on Wednesday??? Me. And Roman. That’s who.
But when the band was playing they were like OK this is going to be our last song. I put him down and he just walked right up to the drummer grabbed the sticks out of his hand, pulled himself up onto his lap and started playing! The guy was like WHOA and the singer turned around and was like “I think we have a new drummer!”
Cat- I hear Inferno needs a drummer again….
Yeah! He could try out! Loud is good! He could walk to the practice space now! And maybe um play real loud!
I’ve been playing with my friend Amanda,Kelly, Morgan from Casa De Chihahuas/Dogwoods, & Emilyn Brodsky.
Morgan O’Kane plays really punky blue grass, I don’t know what he calls it : scum-billy, urban hill-billy. He’s great. You know who else is great? Zach O’rion. He was the one that really made me want to play with Casa. He’s such a great song writer and a good singer, he’s just great. And yes, I did stalk them until they let me play…..until their drummer didn’t show up. At which point I stabbed him in the back. With a knife. There’s been a lot of stabbing. http://www.myspace.com/morganokane
-Ok .. Amanda has a big voice. She plays a lot of covers. Soul, funk, paul simon and she’s writing her own stuff that is like bluesy/ jazzy. That’s what she does. Its just me, Dylan [Fusillo], and her.
-Emily is singer song writery type stuff. Girl ukelele playing and phenomenal lyrics. Kind of sad but also poigniant and awesome. http://www.myspace.com/emilynbrodsky
-Kelly plays really piano driven mood music that is almost little circusy and a little riffy. I’m not sure how to describe that one. That’s still kind of forming. http://www.myspace.com/privateincome
I’m hoping to find another good rock band to play in again. My friend Marc from Kid Casanova and I might start playing again. He just recommended me to play with this other band. We’ll see what happens. Yeah…. I want to play in more bands!
Cat- So you are still looking?
Cat- So for anyone reading and looking for a drummer should I tell them to get in touch?
Cat- what? You don’t want me to give out your contact info?
No! DO NOT GET IN TOUCH! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU EVER CONTACT ME!!
Cat- and semra’s phone number is….
Punishers beware !!!
SANDRA OGLETHORPE: I moved to Seattle for a year and a half and then I was in San Fran for 5 years. Then I moved back to Maine and I’m very Maine based so my lifestyle is very different. I don’t go out or keep up what is going on. But I am just pleased they keep it going. I should get myself together and travel sometime when I know that they are playing but my life is just totally different!
I would also love to get them to MY town up here in Richmond, Maine! I would love that! I only go to Portland to train and do martial arts, which is actually in some ways similar to my experience in Inferno. I practice Aikido which is non violent conflict resolution. Its so fun it should be illegal. I wish I knew about it back then but I do know about it now. Its basically kind of like the vibe of being with Inferno. You don’t know whats going to happen, it’s a little bit chaotic, but there’s this fine ethic of inclusion.
When I first moved to Portland my ex and I used to go to Roller Derby a lot. I loved it. It was a small city so there’s not really all that much to do so all the subcultures are thrown together. The hippies, the punks, the rockabilly people, young families with toddlers. They’re all thrown together. I definitely enjoyed the whole derby scene. The culture in a small city is good in a way because you can’t isolate yourself from other influences so easily.
If there’s one thing that I’d like to get across in this interview, aside from information about this band that people care about, is how my life is completely different now but the ethic and the core of what they’re about colors everything I do today. It really does. The kind of stuff that I gravitate towards, my approach to most things.”
I realize I did not have a lot to say about specific experiences with the band, but more about how the whole scene affected my life going forward.
MASHA ALOVERT : ?
JOHN MOORE :
I can talk for hours about coffee. I can tell you everything you want to know about all these bottles in this bar. Or all the wines in the world. But I can tell you just a little bit about the World Inferno. Ask me a question about distillation or all the different types of beans.
Giant Cat: Mr. Polier was the one to tip me off that you left to open a coffee shop in Germany? I found an old article in a German paper about how successful it was. The article also mentioned you quitting your “Vaudevillian Ska Big Band” in order to do so.
Oh yeah, that was in “Munich Found”. I worked this place in NY called New York Coffee & Bagel. It ended up being a bagel place but in Germany as soon as you have food, you have beer. So it was a bakery, a cafe, and a bar. That was fun. I moved outside of Munich and had a cocktail & espresso bar there. I started importing spirits there and then i moved to Berlin, which is where I years later caught the band again, which was awesome. It was weird being in the crowd but my calves were screaming for a week from all the bouncing up and down.The energy at some of them was just through the roof!! Pounding, pulsating energy, just dripping in sweat. It was so awesome to be a part of that conduit. Pe-Jack, whatever. He’s just so phenomenal. He’s like a shark. If he smells that energy in the room he can just whip that shit into a frenzy. One of the best showman I’ve ever met in my entire life.
And meanwhile he’s writing songs about the Weimar Republic and the people there just get it. Unlike Americans, who need someone else to tell them that something is good or acceptable. In Germany they’re wide open,they’re the opposite. They want to be like “oh I heard that first, thats awesome”. They’re anti-mainstream, they want crazy and new. The U.S. is just too jaded.
But eventually you found your way back home to eventually become the VP of Dallis Coffee!
As a coffee maker, there are times that I have to wear a suit , if I have to. The coffee insdustry is great, its very down to earth. At the core, at end of the day you end up dealing with farmers. Its funny, you go to a coffee farm in Brazil or El Salvador or Columbia. You’re wearing your punk fatigues, your ripped up t-shirts and then you realize that these farmers are putting on their Sunday best. Theyre wearing the best new jeans, a shirt they meticulously pressed. And it just makes you go wow, i’m going to respect that guy. I dont care what people look like or what they wear. I mean thats even one of the funnest parts about World Inferno. Its a band of people that come from all over the place, bringing in crazy experiences from everywhere.
How did you get into that world?
What Color is Your Parachute? Ever hear it? Its fucking awful. Worst book I ever read. Got to college and its supposed to tell me what to do and guide you. Ever read Plato’s Republic? By the end they talk about the idea of “crafts” and how you need a craft. Some old world stuff. I was way too clumsy to be a carpenter and I’d blow up someone’s house if I was an electrician. Luckily there was this guy who started this small micro roastery (God Bless him, he got crushed like a bug by Starbucks) but through that I kind of got bitten by the ‘coffee bug’ . I started roasting, I started tasting, and all of a sudden I was in New York City running a couple of coffee bars. The next day I’m in Germany. I get back & worked for these guys in Philly called Milkboy, which was also a recording studio owned by musicians.
I was out of the country for 7 years & the landscape of everything changed. Luckily, I had this weird set of coffee chops. Then
I started working for a company called Counterculture. And then Lo and Behold an opportunity came up to work for this old school NY-Based-since-1913 company in Ozone Park Queens. Talk about an untrendy uncool neighborhood as you can get. So it was as legit ny as you get. And theres no pretense, no contrived anything. Talking about diversity theres guys from all over the world at that place. Through that company I got a chance to go to other countries to go to these farms and I love that.
So this weekend there’s a big coffee industry to-do in the area? To tell you the truth I was excited to meet you by the meeting , possibly see this expo, & to tag along to this industry party with you at Solace. First hand insight to the seedy underbelly of the New York Coffee scene.
[laugher] Theres a big coffee fest at the expo center over by the Meadowlands. All these different coffee people from all over the place are going to converge in this hall and talk coffee for 3 days. For us its great, for other people its like wow, these people are weird. I’m setting up a trade fair stand and will be at the show all weekend
So Fair Trade is a big part of your company philosophy?
Yeah, we have a farm in Brazil. Rain forest alliance certified, theres organics on the farm, we work with other guys that are fair trade certified, other guys that are organic.
What would a punk rock zine where coffee was discussed without the author bringing up Starbucks?
You know what, im not going to rip on them. In many ways they make the perfect standard so that anyone that wants to be special can be special. In other industries, I mean just look at whiskey. What was it like 10 to 15 years ago? Jim bean or jack daniels. Or maybe if you were really cool , a Dewars. All of a sudden you have malts and others shows up. And its kind of fun. If you didnt have those other guys setting the table that wouldnt of been possible. So I think thats cool.
In all fairness the coffee world has much worse players. Theres huge monster conglomerates that dwarf Starbucks in size. You dont see as much as them because starbucks have these retail outlets and these guys dont. They remain behind the guy behind the guy behind the guy with like generic brands on a shelf somewhere. They do volume that starbucks would only dream of.
Ok. Top 3 favorite coffee shops in New York City. Go.
1. First one i would have to say would be RBCNYC. They just opened in Tribeca. I’m somewhat selfish in that because I have an affinity for the farm that i work with. I also love the work those guys do. Their coffee is delicious.
2. Cafe Grumpy. I love those guys, I think theyre great. I set up a non-profit coffee thing over the summer and all the stuff went to causes dealing Austism. The only person that showed up from the coffee industry (twice) was Caroline who is one of the owners of Grumpy. She helped me out for hours. Also, the coffee is great.
3. Also, the third rail in the village.
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