Comments by nadajooksing
Posted on April 4 at 6:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I thought Zorn was astounding. And the friend who came along with me, who was brand new to this side of Zorn's work, said he found it inspirational.
In any case, I've seen Zorn many times, but this was easily one of his most personal and passionate performances. And, yes, there actually was structure. Each piece had two or three themes that were returned to, and the 4th improv was actually built around a traditional ethnic standard.
Posted on December 27 at 1:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I believe you have misread Strock's comments about Mexico, "wmarincic". He did not say it was safe for tourists, but rather that it is no more or less safe than anywhere else. It is tragic that 3 innocent U.S. citizens were murdered in Mexico this past Thursday, but that does not prove or disprove Strock's assertion. He may be wrong, of course (and I expect he is), but to demonstrate that Mexico is less safe for tourists than the U.S. requires more than simply pointing to those three deaths. Instead, one would need to compare the number of innocent tourists murdered in Mexico during some designated period of time, against the number of innocent tourists murdered in the U.S. during that same period. Again, I suspect making such a comparison would favor the U.S. over Mexico, but I also doubt the difference is numerically significant. Of course, even one innocent death is a significant loss.
Posted on January 11 at 10:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Though it's been reported that the shooters facebook page (or maybe it was his myspace page) listed Sarah Palin and the Tea Party as influences (these pages have since been taken down, so I'm unable to verify), that's certainly not a complete picture of this kid.
His youtube page, which does still exist (http://www.youtube.com/user/Classitup10), lists a lot of "liberal" books among his favorites: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pulp, Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver's Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.
Mein Kampf aside, that looks a lot like my college reading list!
The creepy flag burning video on this page also appears to be his:
Posted on September 1 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)
On the subject of former Schenectady residents who went on to receive a level of fame, I submit the name of Jean-Herve Peron. Peron attended,, and ran the half-mile for, Mont Pleasant High School during the '67-'68 school year. He was a foreign exchange student from France. After graduation, Peron ended up in Germany where - a year later - he became a founding member of the highly-influencial (and legendary... at least in experimental music circles) rock band, Faust.
Though I've personally been a fan of Faust for close to 30 years, I only discovered Peron's local connection when I began attempting to book the band for a rare North American appearance at Proctors (they've only been to the continent twice before).
Anyway, if this is starting to sound like a sales pitch, I apologize, but that's essentially what it is, given that it would be foolish for me to go this far without noting that I was successful in my attempts to bring Peron and his band here (the concert will occur 9/30).
Still, sales pitch or not, I think the groups connection to Schenectady is certainly worthy of notice!
From: Did you know Susie?
Posted on September 1 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Not sure if you are a fan of the legendary (really!) German band FAUST, or even know who they are, but if you are, or if you simply like to support experimental music, then I would ask that you consider helping to promote a rare North American visit by the band to Proctors on Sept. 30th. Interestingly, though not known to me at the time I began pursuing them for a performance here, one of the members (and founders) of the band, Jean-Herve Peron, actually attended Mont Pleasant High School as a foreign exchange student (from France) during the '67-'68 school year (and I have two Gazette clippings about him from that time!). That would be a mere year before he ended up in Germany as a founding member of Faust (think Velvet Underground combined with The Mothers of Invention, Pink Floyd, and post-WWII jazz). Faust have been credited as an influence upon Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire, Brain Eno (and Bowie in his "Berlin" period), The Boredoms, and even Wilco and Pavement.
Let me know if you would like more info. In the meantime, I leave you with these press quotes about the band:
"Faust are essential, not just as a history lesson, but as a living legacy and as a reproach to an underachieving age." —Melody Maker
"A radical mix of Musique Concrete, Stockhausen, the Velvet Underground, and moments of almost pastoral beauty." —NME
"There is no group more mythical than Faust." —Julian Cope
"Anyone who's loved the last half-decade's re-invention of the guitar, (Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine et al.), will instantly recognize Faust as a prime ancestor of 'our' music." —Melody Maker
"Faust were first!" —Time Out
Posted on March 31 at 1:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Just compared this review of SEASCAPE to similarly glowing reviews published in the TU and Post Star, and I felt I ought to comment upon my observation/opinion that the Gazette's review is the most critically impressive of the three.
Posted on January 27 at 9:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I guess I'll add my voice to the choir. SHOE and PEANUTS are two of the best comics in the paper. Don't replace either one. Only the single panel comics, PARDON MY PLANET and SPEED BUMP, are as consistently worth reading. DILBERT can also be good from time to time, and LIO, while usually horribly unfunny, is at least different! All the others, however, are fair candidates for removal, if you ask me. That said, YOU SHOULD NOT REPLACE ANY OF THE CURRENT COMICS WITH EITHER OF THE TWO YOU ARE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING. They're both pretty awful. How about adding DOONSBURY so I can cancel my TU subscription?
Posted on January 27 at 8:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Neither of these is worthy of space in the paper, and your poll is rendered next to worthless due to your omission of a "Neither of the Above" option.