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ONCE TOUCHING NOW

This video’s about want & need & the feeling during a particularly conscious instant: moments of discovery, rise to protest, personal needing, freeing, forgiveness, longing, or ultimate regret. There’s a microscopic sound painful to hear, seeking to hear, could we ever bear listening, were we even physically able to bear to hear. The video’s about an instant or moment, like a particle, an instant of PTSD, a cloudless explosion, a blast, something zoomed in on, the moment an STD’s shared. The main character of the movie (hand & eye) has been whispering their whole life. :( Then the child becomes a teen – in the video, they reach out for connection. :) When grown – in the video, everybody’s generally failing but in these blinding instants, the subject of the video, sitting in sound, can share feelings of liberation/satisfaction. The moment in the video, as in other promotional materials & products has been drawn out for pleasure’s sake.

Hotel Castle Ruins * Montreal

Everyone, this is a new project, it’s a DIY hostel here in my house @ St. Laurent & Fairmont in Montreal. I’m calling it Hotel Castle Ruins (http://www.hotelcastleruins.com). I have 5 sets of keys on attractive chains, 2 beds plus extra cots… There’s tea everywhere, good water pressure, heat & AC, a Wii with Zelda & the stereo downstairs has loud power.

Anyway, if you’re looking for space to stick extra friends, visiting bands, artists here for shorter stays: it’s a private room with great common space in an easy location for visitors.

For more info or to make reservation requests & payments, visit http://www.hotelcastleruins.com.
There are nightly, weekly and monthly rates, all flexible.

H.C.R. is also open for quiet shows, readings, art shows, interview taping? meetings & feasts.

I know this is funny, but if it might work out for visiting friends or acquaintances, send them my way as you wish!!!
Thanks!!!!!

B D R 

Competition Among Men

hi brendan, i just received this e.mail about villa villa nola
domains. it sounds like maybe they want to use the domain, but it
says it's owned? by you, me? i don't know. it's up to you to
decifer as spam or what. hope all is well. i'm recording a new
album, i'll write more soon. send my friendly hello to all XXX XXXX
::ramón


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angela <[email protected]>
Date: 2010/7/5
Subject: Notice of Intellectual Property-Trademark Name
To: [email protected]




Dear Manager:

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration
center in Shanghai, China. On July,3rd,2010, We received HUATAI
Company's application that they are registering the name
"villavillanola" as their Internet Trademark and
"villavillanola.cn","villavillanola.com.cn"
,"villavillanola.asia"domain names etc.,It is China and ASIA domain
names.But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your
company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to
notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check.According to the
principle in China,your company is the owner of the trademark,In our
auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but
our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application
these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by
yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as
possible. Thank you!

Kind regards

Angela Zhang

Angela Zhang

Registration Department Manager
3002, Nanhai Building
854.Nandan Road
Xuhui District, Shanghai
Office:  +86 216296 2950
Fax:     +86 216296 1557
Email: [email protected]
web: http://ygnetwork.cn
web: http://www.ygnetwork.cn

When to Reach 4

“…The subject of employers googling  potential employees came up today. My current employer made it perfectly clear that they did, in fact, google me before I got hired. I was embarrassed. For gits and shiggles, I googled myself today. I swear I dont get paid each time I type the word “google”. I found a post about me on VVN. Whoa. Yes, I live in Raleigh and am doing fine. A band, a wife, a few kids, a job, a house etc. So now on to the important stuff, ish records. Or fabulous ish records. Or was it ish entertainment? Regardless, it was headquartered at various apartments and houses around Williamsburg. We never had a Froggy Bottom address. We were near a ravine and a palm reader, but never a swamp. The frogs and the swamp funk woulda put some crazy mojo on our “everything’s a dollar” cassette tapes. It looks like ish is still releasing music. Can ya believe it?
http://www.ishrecords.blogspot.com/ …”

“Hi, my family and I were recently vacationing in North Carolina and ran into an old friend by the name of Joel Lindelof.  He told me about your site and said that some of the information might be somewhat inaccurate.  So without any further ado…

Joel’s record label was called “Ish Records.”  Calling it a record label is a bit of a stretch, as it was essentially the same 4 or 5 people doing a million bands and making tapes more or less for each other and our friends.  Jolly Mortals were not really an Ish band, nor did we (to my knowledge) have any rivals in Williamsburg.
Tony Brown was in several Ish bands, and did indeed go on to be in the band RPG.

No one from any Ish bands later went on to be in Action Patrol.  Eve, the drummer of Action Patrol, was in a band called Sistersound which featured Dave Garrett from Thee Squids (Ish band), but that’s as far as the connection goes.

Personally, I was in a few Ish bands myself (one of which was called Star Trap with Joel Lindelof), and later went on to be in a band called Ultimate Dragons, who essentially kicked me out, replaced me, and called themselves The Sword.

Whirled Records put out the Quadruped 7″ which was a comp of 4 bands, including Jolly Mortals.  Their second release was a full length Jolly Mortals 7″.  I’m actually selling a Quadruped on ebay, the auction closes tomorrow methinks.  Whirled went on to put out Action Patrol and Maximillian Colby.
The brownie made of human feces is a funny story, though it doesn’t involve anyone from Jolly Mortals.  A girl made a brownie from her excrement wrapped it in plastic wrap and left it at the doorstep of Dave Grant – the singer of Action Patrol.  Don’t get me wrong, us Mortals types did plenty of disgusting things, but this was not one of them.
It’s an honor that anyone would write anything about a band that broke up over 15 years ago.  Currently, I am in a band called Ratking; the bassist of Jolly Mortals is(?) in a band called Gilmore Guys, and the drummer of Jolly Mortals moved to LA and works on movies.
– D “

JOlly MOrtals + Lindeloft + Rival BANDS

When I was a kid there was this guy: Joel Lindellof, lindelloft… i dunno,, he had a record label, a tape label, he lived in the swamp section of town, called froggy bottom i think. His label’s name is unknown to me but they had jolly mortals I think and Brian Campus’ (son of gym teacher Coach Campus) band and there were many tapes out. So many tapes and they were all made by the same 5 gentlemen & big muff. Later people from this went on to RPG or Action Patrol?, or a stones throw… certain massive swords. Joel and I were never friends… I now think that tape label, name unknown, was of great inspiration to the VVN staff… I’m wondering if his copying skills, ability to make copies, was not a key lesson in the making then there. I’m going to do a simple Google search and paste here my findings. I am looking deep into time and real far away place, will you join me on a journey… I don’t think i will find much….

I looked up the jolly mortals and found this video… Whirled records is listed there and I remember that label… but that was not Joel’s…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2PNE0a0qoE[/youtube]

Error? I don’t know why…

There was story around the school about the Mortals gentlemen requesting all thee members of the band shit into a garbage bag… the band chef then proceeded to make brownies of shit. They cut up these brownies & sent them off to a rival band.

I am going to look up “joel lindelloff + jolly mortals”.

Okay, so his name was Joel Lindelof. I have clicked on a link to an article or someone’s blog…

I have found him. I found out what he is doing now and I know it is him because I recognize another name from his current band based in North Carolina. Raleigh NC, a cherished memory.

“Oh, Hat Contest” VIDEO


“Oh, Hat Contest” (from the Matrushka Series)

A scattered family has gathered at a ski lodge for a getaway. They spread out to rooms at the lodge, some set up their tents. They play games and engage in activities around the grounds… The little sis of the family is spending time with her friend Tink, in their room. Tink has found an aerial photograph of the surrounding area, there seems to be a river flowing nearby. On the second night, the family attend a show about quilts in the Grand Hall, for entertainment… Meanwhile, a few members are missing from the festivities. A son is in the slammer for a crime he committed against another family member, his little brother who died in the crime… A song performed in the quilt show reminds everyone of the bloody times gone by. After the Quilt Play some of the party go midnight hunting and kill a deer with a direct hit. The dead deer falls down the ravine and the hunters hear a splash… The next day they have a contest to see who can make the best hat. A cousin makes the winner, for it expands upward, high into the sky, infinitely, taller and taller, repeating forever… After the contest the whole party follow the aerial photograph and hike to the river, only to discover it has long since been dammed up and is now home to shimmering bars of healthy kryptonite, an invasive species flourishing in the stagnant water.