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Thursday, March 4th, 2010
2:01 pm - "To those who made it out alive..."
A sound like a ghost howling inside a reverb-tank breaks free, and today it is still real. My heart races in spite of the cup of coffee which sits undrunken and the drugs that sit undone. The physical waves of emotion are stunning, stupefying, free entirely from the mark of nostalgia. This record is now, this connection euphoric, this moment I'm lost in something more than a memory.

And to someone else, it's already the long sad shadow of another time. And to someone else, it's nothing at all. Ethereal, free-roaming messages. The world at that window looks bluer than white. The air coming in is cold (and now so is my coffee) but it smells of waxing life. And I can feel myself returning with the winds as they settle down to breezes.

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Sunday, February 14th, 2010
4:24 pm
I listened to Crimpshrine this morning. The last time I'd really heard those songs was on a Measure tour, and long enough ago that I don't remember which one. I greeted songs that once were the world to me and I felt the distance in time. The morning was almost ruined with the stink of nostalgia when "Living in the Past" came on, and while the faces the lyrics called to mind were, for the most part, not the same one's conjured when I was 19, the feeling was exactly the same. I seem to get used to changes, but never to change.

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Friday, December 4th, 2009
11:56 am - New Recordings
So last month I went on Bad Hug Radio on RLC (90.3 Piscataway) and played a few acoustic versions of Asteroid Blues tunes - a few of which I've put MP3's of up at: http://www.myspace.com/asteroidbluesnj

And check out Bad Hug Radio at: http://www.myspace.com/badhugradio

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
11:57 am - New Column
My InGenre column for this month is up at: http://ingenre.com/2009/09/v/#more-524

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
10:35 am - New Column
Hey Everyone,
I'm writing a new monthly column for the website "InGenre". My first column is up now at http://ingenre.com/2009/08/cowboy-bebop/ so come check it out. Thanks!


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Sunday, November 16th, 2008
6:48 pm
We shape the universe; always towards the ends of story.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
8:47 pm - Defibrillatorism #1

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E-mail: quit.talkin.claude@gmail.com to order.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
1:19 pm
This has become little more than a singular destination which allows me, in the mornings, to follow Mitch Clem's Stupid Life, receive PJ's eccentric updates, and, on occasion, see a passing word from more distant friends, all with as little typing as possible.

I make no assertions about follow-through or frequency, but my intention is to reposit any future communiqués to the collective entity colloquially known as "the internet" at:


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Monday, December 31st, 2007
5:03 pm - Tortilla Flat
I've nearly posted passages from this book almost every day this week, this one was too good to resist:

"They did not awaken quickly, nor fling about nor shock their systems with any sudden movement. No, thay arose from their slumber as gently as a soap bubble floats out from its pipe. Down into the gulch they trudge, still only half awake. Gradually their wills coagulated. They built a fire and boiled some tea and drank it from the fruit jars, and at last they settled in the sun on the front porch. The flamin flies made haloes about their heads. Life took shape about them, the shape of yesterday and of tomorrow."
- John Steinbeck

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
9:10 am
Mediocre worker seeks par time oppurtunity:

Minimal responcibilities wanted. Job must be "Dog Friendly" and preferibly in New Brunswick. Being able to come to work high a must, being able to get drunk on company stock while at work a plus. A cable package including the history channel, discovery, and at least two related channels an absolute must. Expected salary of $5-10, but $15-25 if I have to do actual work. The ability to play pool for free all day a plus; a lax attitude towards punctuality and attendance a definite plus.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
7:45 pm
Dear friends,

G4 is running a contest to send an American to compete on Ninja Warrior... this is, in fact, the single moment I've been looking towards, unknowingly, for my entire life.

In order to enter the contest I must submit a video demonstrating to the judges why I am qualified to compete.

I need from you, my friends, suggestions of deeds to do and treacherous places in which to do them; preferably unmolested by officers of the law.

Also, I video camera.

Please help me fulfill my dream!

I'm very serious!

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Monday, May 7th, 2007
2:01 pm - california stars
even with the sress and uncertainty of tour looming on the very immediate horizon, being finished with school and work for two whole weeks i feel an immense releif. i challenge anyone to listen to "california stars", in the car with the windows rolled down and on a day like today, and not feel that you're moving uncontrolled and inevitably west. we're all ultimately moving toward some kind of paradise; today i'm driven, mostly, by the sound of eighth notes being clattered out on a piano and the smell of fresh cut grass.

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
3:54 pm
i feel like i owe myself words... not words composed to tell a story, to batter my head against the gates to a dream i'm losing sight of as i begin to size up the opposition... but words inward, to reflect on the past year... and the time before that... i don't come to grips with my missing of things past, of people gone... i ignore and bury till the first warm breezes come with the marking of another year and blow my cover... exposing what i try to hide, thrusting it into my drunken face like, "happy birthday, asshole"


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Friday, March 10th, 2006
11:55 am
here we go!

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005
12:32 pm
"and how good it felt to kill the memory of nights spent holding your shirt for the smell" and jay smalls leans into me, sums up everything i'm feeling saying, "i can still remember what this song used to mean to me, i'm going to get another drink."

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Monday, October 24th, 2005
3:00 pm - providence
through the rain through the afternoon, to liquor stores that don't carry 40's and greasy spoons with "coffee milk"...

ratty carpets, grey walls, the double hits of tuning guitars (they never quite make it)...

there's a sudden excitement of basements or living rooms filled with strangers...

strangers with comic book backpatches, and pretty strangers, and strangers who know about tomatoes and blueberries. strangers who paid attention and strangers who moved.

breakfast, repeatedly, throughout the weekend and constantly improving.

new records, old comics, polaroid pictures.

100,000 miles...

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Sunday, October 16th, 2005
12:06 pm
if someone ever compiled a book of my life and there were quotes at the openings of all the sections (and of course there would be), i think i'd like one of them to be:

"mr. narrator, this is bob dylan to me, my story could be his songs, i'm his soldier child" - d.boon

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Monday, August 22nd, 2005
12:16 pm - "can you see the sunset from the southside?"
check one more dream off the list and head up route 18 with the windows rolled down. double nickles on the dime plays low and the conversation rolls freely, from social schisms to tour plans and onward to 6am. tales of jackassery and unlikely dialogs chew away at the night. why does anyone bother to sleep through nights like these?

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Sunday, May 29th, 2005
12:16 pm - i'm not usually very big on the self promotion thing...
but then again, i've never done anything in my life i've been as proud of as the recordings i've just finished with "the measure" www.myspace.com/themeasuresa

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Saturday, March 26th, 2005
10:18 pm - daily affirmation
my fingers are passed sore and into numb... the nerve endings have shut down from 9 hours of steady abuse... i have a new used leather jacket that somehow became mine in a bartering to finance this recording... i have hours of overdubs and desperate attempts to sing to a reel of magnetic tape ahead of me... i still have half a bottle of jameson's left, and monday morning i will have me a sammich should hell itself try and stand in my way...

winter exits lamb-like stage left, we are done with you motherfucker!

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