Jesse Jacobs blog *

Diamanda Galas’s statement on Whitney Houston’s handlers is damning, righteous & true, as is her custom: “Whitney was put back onstage before she was ready to perform – by the colossal pig Clive Davis…” *

Who knew Mike Kelley was the nefarious grand wizard overlord that sentenced rock n roll to death by excess conceptualism? The Wire magazine’s Tony Herrington knew, that’s who. But he waited til Kelley was dead to denounce him? Coward.

Dr. Cornel West: “People cannot live on arguments. They might be influenced by them…but they live on love, care, respect, touch, and so forth.”

Paul Krugman: “Cornell University’s Suzanne Mettler points out that many beneficiaries of government programs seem confused about their own place in the system. She tells us that 44 percent of Social Security recipients, 43 percent of those receiving unemployment benefits, and 40 percent of those on Medicare say that they ‘have not used a government program.'”

“Canyon Cinema Filmmakers’ Cooperative Sees Grim Future” * [Get a projector, rent a film from Canyon, show it in your house. Wonderful way to be.]

“The world’s most perfect paper” *

“The cigar tobacco was a lot stronger back then—the amount Jack Kirby smoked would send someone into an altered state” *

Beautiful photos of present-day Arcosanti *

Just received: my copy (779 of 1000) of new SWANS “we rose from your bed with the sun in our head” 2xcd, a fundraiser for future Swans recording activity. Features live Swans, new demos and a direct, verbal plea to the listener from Swans leader Gira to not share the music online. Ever.

David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker): “Record labels and artists don’t need to re-invent their business model to match the new reality. THEY ALREADY DID. THE NEW BOSS in the new model is iTunes and Amazon (also indirectly Google). And THE NEW BOSS is actually more greedy than the old boss.” *

Alan Moore on big-biz cultural wasteland: “The only things left are breakfast cereal mascots. In our lifetime, we will see Johnny Depp playing Captain Crunch.” *

Here’s Dana Gould as Maurice Evans as Dr. Zaius as Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain…

‘Zazen’ author Vanessa Veselka: “At lunch every kid said they believed in Jesus. This is Portland! The adults play kickball in knitted kitten caps. Why all the Jesus? Are we really going to be the first generation that thinks they’re too cool to be seen with their kids?” *

“Anti-German sentiment is on the rise in Greece, where memories of the Nazi occupation are still vivid.” 82-year-old Greek woman: “This is worse than the ’40s. This time the government is following the Germans’ orders. I would prefer to die with dignity than with my head bent down.” *

“[Goldman Sachs] alumni hold sway in almost every Euro nation, as they have in the US thruout the financial crisis” *

Artist Arik Roper and musician Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire, Howlin Rain) discussing how the “Russian Wilds” cover artwork came about…

Arik Roper’s design for our DEFEND JOSHUA TREE T-shirt ($20 plus postage; order info here)..

Photos of Mike Kelley’s art pieces based on Kandor, the Krypton city miniaturized by Braniac and kept in a bottle by Superman *

And a video from that show…

That is all for now. You can follow me on Twitter at!/jaywbabcock.