Robert Johnson Reconsidered

Robert Johnson Reconsidered

What Really Went Down at the Crossroads?

Looking at it one way, yeah, he got his music from the devil. But what devil? It’s commonly assumed to be an archetype from Voodoo called Legba. This Legba isn’t exactly a devil but more of a trickster guru. He’s actually a loa, which in African mythology is an intermediary between the human realm and the bigger largeness. His main job is to scare you out of your skin. Not your human skin, but the skin of your conceptual identity, which is as false as a Halloween costume, anyway. And if you let him, he’ll really crack your coconut.

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Future Blues: Eternal Liner Notes

Future Blues: Eternal Liner Notes

Blues for a Buddha

Commentary on Blues, Buddhism and a special word about Hell 

By Martin Booe

You can’t turn away from that kind of art because it tells you the truth about where these untamed instincts lead us. Buddhism is all about unscrambling those instincts. 

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Stunt Driving Made Easy

Stunt Driving Made Easy

Reaching a hundred miles per hour at the top of the ramp and seconds away from the foolish end of this mad scheme, the height reached and the steering wheel engaged and O’ shit….nothing.  Weightless the Jimmy catapults off the ramp and into the arroyo. Plummeting as if from a blundered Evel Knievel jump.  On the impact you can feel the axils give way from the thirty-foot drop. 

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The Hell and the Heaven of Amusia

The Hell and the Heaven of Amusia

By Nadia Query

It took several days for this to sink in on me, but the more profound result of this fall was that I now suffered from acute amusia, the inability to hear musical tones. It fell on me in a rehearsal when I tried to play the viola; I read the notes, I could feel the vibrations of the tones, I could register them as sounds but not notes.

 

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Lucy in the Sky with Daggers

Lucy in the Sky with Daggers

Song and Story by John H. Richardson

Like I said, I was thinking stupid. But more stupid was sending it to her. I guess I expected her to think it was funny in that "life is funny" way, or maybe be so impressed with my awesomeness she would drop the new guy and come running back, but she sent me back an email saying it really hurt her, that she always dreamed of having someone write a song for her and then someone did and it was called "mean & ugly." 

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Blues for a Buddha: A Creation Myth?

Blues for a Buddha: A Creation Myth?

B.B. spent seven years in the Production Facility talking to no-one, or so he said to several of us after he’d escaped the Production Facility and started talking again, to other people, anyway. I’m kind of enchanted by the notion of this “Production Facility.” I visualize it as being rather like the movie Metropolis and B.B. turns into one of the maschinemensche every time he goes inside, and he stays there until the big explosion that comes every seven years.

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Download the Future Blues EP!

Download the Future Blues EP!

Charmingly eclectic and disarmingly unpredictable, this EP of six songs is the first of an anticipated four Future Blues releases. Subtly inflected with Buddhist view, and a preoccupation with the devastating beauty of impermanance, these sessions include two punk rock luminaries, keyboardist/composer Paul Roessler, and drummer Jeff Mince, who amidst these sessions left music to ordain as a Buddhist monk.

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