Tag Archives: mysticism

Tree of Smoke

I’ve just finished reading a book. One line—”Now James felt as if his head had been chopped off and thrown in boiling water.”—made me burst out laughing. Another two—”Courage is action. Thought is cowardice.”—made me burst into tears. There is … Continue reading

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Religion is Psy-Tech

Angels and demons are states of mind, perspectives. We conjure God through chanting, trance, meditation and prayer. While these technologies take different forms, they all operate on the same material: a self-aware nervous system. As Dr. Leary once said, “The … Continue reading

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The Mosh Pit’s One Foundation

The other night I saw Bad Brains at the Paradise. “These guys were gods to us,” I told my friend Ken. He and I had played together in a band that was inspired by the Bad Brains and even had … Continue reading

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Revisited

I saw Kurt Rosenwinkel and his New Quartet (Aaron Parks, piano; Eric Revis, bass; Justin Faulkner, drums) last night at the Regattabar, almost a year to the day after I last saw him with his “old” quartet. While it took … Continue reading

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Check Out the Levels

I have a friend who, when I first met him, spent a lot of time making trompe l’oeil drawings (well, really doodles in the margins of lecture notes he was taking). One night he was showing us some of these … Continue reading

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How High Was My Fire (or Why High on Fire Matters)

Easily the best band on earth. I sincerely hope other bands pay attention and decide to eschew all the pretension and all the trends and just focus on creating real, honest-to-God ART. That’s a rare thing these days. – urdisturbing … Continue reading

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Chris Potter at the Regattabar, 2nd Set, October 6, 2010

First thing I noticed was that Chris Potter doesn’t have an iPhone. He took a call right before the set and it looked like he just had one of those free phones, or maybe a Blackberry. A Blackberry would make … Continue reading

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My Santana Problem

Fine. I’ll admit it. I like Carlos Santana. Not the resurgent, iPod friendly, Michelle Branch cum Matchbox 20 Santana of several years back, but the Evil Ways-Black Magic Woman -Oye Como Va-Santana of the hippie era. Heck, I even dig … Continue reading

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The Ecstasies of Metal

Learn from the mystics is my only advice. – Roxy Music [misheard] A friend suggested that I write a review of the Opeth show I attended on Saturday, May 2, 2009. I find myself quite incapable of doing so because, … Continue reading

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