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dj kali & mr. dna @ the caustic lounge 01.06.11

having the caustic lounge on the first of the month threw me a bit... like it snuck up on me. as a result, i have to say that this set was a little further off the cuff than i usually like to get. i think that both of us managed to cover a remarkable bit of ground in these sets, which i suppose can be seen as either exciting or maddeningly schizophrenic, depending on your aural perspective. hope that we managed to touch a chord and not a nerve with most.

the next caustic lounge will take place on july 6th, same time and same place. but not the same set lists, because that would just be silly.

mr. dna's undercover opus...

the residents :: it's a man's man's man's world
dive :: isolation
sukia :: me! i disconnect from you
silicon teens :: let's dance
zombie zombie :: nightclubbing
the monitors :: i desire
polysics :: my sharona
the vandals :: heigh ho
dickies :: paranoid
dinosaur jr :: just like heaven
pixies :: head on
melvins :: going blind
killdozer :: cinnamon girl
helmet :: army of me
siouxsie & the banshees :: helter skelter [peel sessions]
the slits :: I heard through the grapevine
muffs :: rock and roll girl
devo w/ neil young :: hey hey my my
bauhaus :: ziggy stardust
sonic youth :: rowche rumble
les thugs :: moon over marin
it's ok :: wishing
superchunk :: girl u want
lcd soundsystem :: jump into the fire

dj kali's unprepared remarks...

joy division :: no love lost
devo :: freedom of choice
einsturzende neubauten :: feurio
gelatinous citizen :: big sounds for happy cows
ultravox :: the thin wall
soft kill :: borders comfort
novy svet :: rosas rojas
simple minds :: today i died again
portion control :: chew ya to bits
motruo similis :: past time of the glamour charme
zola jesus + l.a. vampires :: searching
siouxsie & the banshees :: dear prudence [snuck one in]
tuxedomoon :: new machine
holger hiller :: konnigen
severed heads :: we have come to bless this house
suicide :: rocket usa
cabaret voltaire :: spread the virus
sanity plexus :: a boy can get scared
christian death :: romeo's distress
eyeless in gaza :: voice from the tracks
wovenhand :: his rest


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mental health mondays :: where even the depressed ones are happy

this past week saw the publication of the annual world happiness report, a look at nations around the world and how people in each of them feel about their lot in life. i started following this a few years ago, and this year it occurred to me that it would be fun to look at how the happy places compared to the crazy places. i mean, what if those countries aren't really all that happy, but just have an extremely high rate of psychotic/ delusional disorders?

so, i set to work putting together a comparison. as it happens, that's a bit trickier than it sounds, because information on any kind of disability is more difficult to come by than you might think. and no type of disability is more controversial than a mental illness, which means that there are even more complications around definitions, seeking treatment, prognoses, record-keeping... it's hard to tell how reliable anything you're looking at is. [not that there aren't some good sources.]

and what sources there …


i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…