Now it’s jazz, the place is roaring, all beautiful girls in there, one mad brunette at the bar drunk with her boys. One strange chick I remember from somewhere, wearing a simple skirt with pockets, her hands in there, short haircut, slouched, talking to everybody. Up and down the stairs they come. The bartenders are […]
[Spoken Word] Jon Fredette – The Oddcast: Tales of the Occult, Weird, and Arcane
Composer Jon Fredette is a sound artist who married to some of the finest weird poetry ever written. The works of luminaries Edgar Allen Poe, Jorge Luis Borges and H. P. Lovecraft make appearances here.
[Literature] James Joyce – The complete recordings (1924-29)
It’s only about twelve minutes worth of audio recordings, but Sub Rosa Records has published two pieces of James Joyce reciting some of his works from between 1924-1929.
[Music] Mohammed M’Rabet & Paul Bowles – The Storyteller & the Fisherman
My first introduction to the world of Paul Bowles, as well as the Sub Rosa record label, was through this disc. The combination of stories read by Bowles himself, as well as the artwork and ambiance by storyteller Mohammed M’Rabet, made it wonderful bedtime listening, allowing me to transport my mind to what a hazy, stoned Tangier must have been like in the 1950s and 60s. This aged very nicely.
[Literature] T. S. Eliot reading Ash Wednesday
I wish goodwill and a prosperous Lent to my Roman Catholic friends. T.S. Eliot reads his poem, “Ash Wednesday,” which fits the day well.
[Music/Literature] William S. Burroughs – Ah Pook the Destroyer
Everyone’s favorite junkie uncle, William S. Burroughs, being his old cranky self. Splat, indeed.
[Music] Johnny Cash – Ragged Old Flag
There was no way I’d miss an opportunity to share a timely piece by The Man In Black.
[Poetry] Warmphase – Moulting
Tumblr is a place full of surprises (yes, and porn, and lame SJWs and freaks, and so on…). This is a happier experience. Wes Parham, recording under the name warmphase, reads some rather good poetry. If you have a Soundcloud account, consider subscribing to this.
[Literature] Jorge Luis Borges – The Library of Babel [Sci-Fi | Let’s Read!]
It’s good to hear people take a crack at reading works by Jorge Luis Borges. This one is my favorite.
Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81
Sure, people thought he was corny, and some of his poems were a bit… well… difficult to read without either giggling or smirking on occasion. But those albums of his… Truly masterful easy listening.
RIP, Rod McKuen. News on his passing can be read here, courtesy of Yahoo!