Category Archives: Stuff not especially related to Grand Rapids

Sometimes I write about stuff that doesn’t involve Grand Rapids…. sometimes…

The Banjo Gods Demand a Blood Sacrifice;The Hangdog Hearts


The Hangdog Hearts prove that a one man band has no excuse for being thin on sound, shallow in depth, or missing horsepower in the delivery and execution. When the Hangdog Hearts play, people connect, the feel something, they get up off of their asses and dance! That’s a hell of a lot more than many “full” bands ma Continue reading

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Lou Shields and the high science of low fidelity


Another aspect of Lou Shields’ music that is notable is his combination of primitive percussion and loose sense of timing or phrasing. The harshness of the slide bottle clashing on guitar strings, a kick drum pedal pounding heartbeat rhythms on a 5 gallon bucket, broken skateboard decks stacked with rusty license plates and bolted on bottlecaps. Its the sound of an old Model T falling apart as it winds down a mountain road. A lineman’s tool belt falling off a ladder. The jailer’s keys striking the tumblers on the cell door locks. Continue reading

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Calvin College hosts Norman Finkelstein on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Norman Finkelstein, author of “This time we went too far (truth and consequences of the Gaza invasion)” spoke this afternoon at the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College. Discussion centered on the evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as solutions to obtain peace Continue reading

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At the Edge of the World – Analog Mutant Movie Review


At the Edge of the World is a documentary about an international team of activists who assembled under the name of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, taking direct action against the illegal whale hunting expeditions from Japan…..

….This documentary should serve to inspire anyone interested in stopping the illegal slaughter of thousands of protect whales every year. But it also should be considered a good study in tactics that aspiring activists everywhere can embrace…. Continue reading

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the DNA of a City


I was also keenly aware of the fact that sometime in the distant “future”, in a time where I couldn’t possibly fathom all of the radical social changes and stunning technological innovations that make up someone else’s commonplace “now”, some lonely kid would be discovering some long-forgotten artifact left by me somewhere in a filthy old warehouse or in the ground behind his parents’ garage.

Maybe this item would be a time capsule reaching out from a bygone era to unlock a hidden mystery for the future. Would this knowledge be transmitted like DNA to the next generation, only to further propel the ages old mysterious origins of this town onward for future generations? Continue reading

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Frida Kahlo: Face to Face, by Judy Chicago – Analog Mutant review


Frida Kahlo: Face to Face by Judy Chicago is a visually stunning piece of art in and of itself. The front cover bound in red material, features a self-portrait retablo by Kahlo framed in a replication of the Oaxacan tin … Continue reading

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Analog Mutant book review: CHOKE by Chuck Palahniuk


Choke by Chuck Palahniuk, is the story of 20-something slacker, sex addict, con-man, and all-around fuck-up, Victor Mancini. After dropping out of medical school to care for his critically ill mother, Victor takes on a job at a medieval themed amusement park to pay for her hospital expenses.

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