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Fear the Bunnyheadsquad!!!

Miraculously, this year Easter Sunday was actually a nice, sunny day. To celebrate, I drug a couple hunks of cardboard, some paints, and a large quantity of DJ equipment (strictly for advertising purposes, of course) into the backyard and played some righteous tunes. True, we had family over, and there were obligations that I admirably shirked, but the most essential aspect of this particular Easter was the music. Here, for no other reason than “I can” is the playlist for my adventures that day. If you don’t know any of these songs, look them up. With the simplicity of electronic search engines, you really have no excuse, and all of these songs are awesome!

–Frankie Rose & The Outs – “Candy (Dinowalrus Remix)”

–Will Styles – “Say Yo Yo”

–Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – “White Lines (Don’t Do It)”

–Rihanna vs UB40 – “Rude Boy (DJs from Mars FM…

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“murderbeats” by Richard F. Yates

The CD I’ve prepared to burn for tomorrow’s drive to work is called “murderbeats.” I don’t have any particular reason for calling it by that name. The songs aren’t particularly murderous (except the Ministry cut, but even that is from their almost-disco era.) Anyway, let’s make this short and sweet so I can get to bed. Here’s the list:

murderbeats (21 Feb. 2012)

1. Phonat – “Set Me Free (Low Steppa Relick)”
2. Turntable Dubbers feat. Brother Culture & Campina Reggae – “Get Lively Now (Dreadsquad Remix)”
3. Visage – “Fade to Grey (Extended)”
4. Ministry – “The Nature of Love”
5. Reset! – “Don’t Let the System Control You (Turbofunk Mix)”
6. Magic Wands – “Space”
7. Beastie Boys – “Sabotage (Clockwork 2012 Bootleg)”
8. Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington vs Missy Elliot vs A.Skillz – “I Don’t Mean a Mash (DJ Frogg Mash-Up)”
9. Slyde – “Russian Girls (Re-Boot)”
10. The Moody Blues – “White Satin (Zeds Dead Remix)”
11. Division of Laura Lee – “The Truth is Fucked”
12. Paul Kelly & The Messengers – “Dumb Things”
13. JFB – “Wobble & Squeak”
14. Not Ordinary Dead – “Ghost in This Town”
15. ManMachine – “I Hate Human Race”
16. Carla J. Patterson, Omar Nasr, & Gérald DeGroote – “Monster in Me”
17. Sex Gang Children – “Cannibal Queen”

—Richard F. Yates

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“Web of Lies!!!!!” by Richard F. Yates

“Web of LIES!!! (Part One)” by Richard F. Yates

Every once in a while I do this. I try to find all the little bits of stuff I’ve got floating around on the interwebs and catalog them. In part this is a way of protecting myself  from inevitable earthly death. If you want to reexperience Richard F. Yates (perhaps in the form of one of his many aliases) just follow these links. As long as the interwebs is active and not too mind-controlled, these things will probably still be floating around! As I dig up more exciting links, I’ll post them, but this is a long and tedious  enough list for starters.

In no particular order, here’s things:

PHANTOM CONVERSATION was a zine that I did for a few years.

This was a blog I did for a while called THROBBLEFOOT SPECTRE AND THE ELECTRIC SEDATIVE.

At one time I was the curator of a mail art archive, The M.A.R.S. Project, which included works by nearly 100 artists from all over the world. Seems so long ago!

The number of years ago I was an active participant in the mail art culture. One of my favorite aspects of mail art was getting a piece of art in return for something I’d sent out, and when I sent materials to Laura Barletta I knew I was going to get something super-keen in return. The links above are to some of the pieces I sent to Laura, back in the day…

This is my “writer’s” blog that I started a few years ago and kept updated for a while. It also has a number of pictures of my paintings and drawings on the site, too.

This was a project I started where I planned to examine pop culture in a thicker and juicier way than usual. It didn’t last too long.

If you want to buy a few stickers based on some of my images, here’s the place to do it!

Remember when MySpace was so fancy? This is one of several MySpace pages that I started. If I can think of any others, I’ll list them, too.

The transplanted PHANTOM CONVERSATION, although this was quickly taken over by a million other interests. Some interesting photos and things here, though.

Formerly CAPTAIN GREYBEARD’S ETHERWAVE RADIO SHOW, now called SUPREME BUNNY WARLORD’S ETHERWAVE RADIO SHOW, this site is the official podcast for most of my internet radio adventures. For several years the ETHERWAVE RADIO SHOW ran as a live stream every Sunday on the AWESOMEVILLE.US server, but now it’s back to its original state: a “whenever I feel like it” podcast of whatever music I’m into at the moment.

My normal, average Facebook page, where I post silly notes and read other people’s silly notes.

And THIS site is my official, “artist” site, where I post new paintings, links to things people can buy, and messages of hope and good cheer.

That’s plenty for you to look through for now. When I get the hankering, if I ever get the hankering, I’ll post another batch of links to forgotten things. Forgetting is an important part of moving on, you know!

—Richard F. Yates

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“Run Over by the Truck” by Richard F. Yates

I had to work yesterday (although I spent a large percentage of my time at work coloring with oil pastels, partially drawing my own project, part of the time as an official representative of the Writing Center,) and I’ve got to work again today. That’s, like, two days in a row. Now I don’t know how many people out there have to go to work that often, but it’s pretty rough. The good news is that after today I’ve got the next five days off. Not as long of a break as I wanted, but it will have to do.

So what I’ve got to do, then, is survive today—both the drive, and the terrifying idea that I might have to help some humans—and then I can relax for a bit. Probably take the younger kid bowling tomorrow (she has a tournament coming up in March in Tacoma, WA,) and then again on Saturday (the girls have league on Saturdays,) but beyond the bowling commitments, I don’t think we have any serious obligations for my time off. I might get to finish my BIG painting!

The question remains: How do I survive that drive today? My solution: Lots of new wave and 80s music, supplemented with  some early 90s pseudo-grunge and flinking techno. (“Flinking” techno is fast, blip-fest music based on video game noises. And, yes, I just made that phrase up.) Here’s today’s playlist:

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1. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – “Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Fruitness Mix)”
2. Real Life – “Catch Me I’m Falling”
3. Green Day – “80”
4. Hammerbox – “Ask Why”
5. Rod Stewart – “Do ‘Ya Think I’m Sexy (Mightyfools Remix)”
6. Necro Facility – “You Want It”
7. Depeche Mode – “See You”
8. Isotonik – “Different Strokes”
9. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “If You Want It (We Have Band Mix)”
10. Paul McCartney – “Silly Love Songs”
11. Adam & The Ants – “Ant Rap”
12. Magazine – “Model Worker”
13. Sauna – “Glitter Party”
14. Feed Me – “Pink Lady”
15. Kid Khaos – “The Omen”
16. Chelsea Wolfe – “Advice & Vices”
17. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – “Look for the Woman (Fake Blood Remix)”

If I’m feeling particularly chatty, I might post a review of these songs when I get off the freeway tonight. Maybe. If you’re lucky.

—Richard F. Yates

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“Before Breakfast” by Richard F. Yates

My guts are gurgling. What should I eat??? This eternal struggle, between a man’s horrifying tastes (mine run the gamut from sugar lust to a strong desire for fried fat) and his will to live beyond 50…

—Witchard F. Wates

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“Portrait of a Friend Sticker” by Richard F. Yates

And THIS piece ‘o work is a sticker based on a digital portrait of a friend of mine, which I constructed for literary purposes! Believe it or not, he wasn’t offended by the image, even though I draw like a five year old!!! Anyway, a sheet of six of these stickers is available for only five bucks! Click the link to own this MASTERPIECE for yourself!!!

—Richard F. Yates

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“Ninja and Ghost in Black Light Sticker” by Richard F. Yates

Another super rock’n’roll sticker for ya’ll!

—Richard F. Yates

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“You Know the Drill” by Richard F. Yates

Yes, yes… THE DRILL!!! It’s noisy and pokes holes in things, like boards and eyeballs. (I grew up in the 70s and 80s when killers frequently used power-tools to express themselves.) FRACK!!!

But that’s not why I really brought you here today. I’ve come to share another batch of CD playlists, which I think helps spread around some cool tunes without the evil powers-that-be raining down on me with vicious blows for copyright infringement and file sharing and all that. Besides, in this modern era, you can easily locate most of these songs on YouTube or some other similar service and decide for yourself if they are worth dropping the buck to buy! I even thought about doing reviews of the CDs after I listen to them on my drives and relaying my feelings about individual tracks. I might do that NOW. I haven’t decided yet. (Though I am ready for work already, and I’m just waiting for the wife and older daughter to get ready so I can drop them off at their destinations before heading back towards the freeway. But I digress…)

This CD, burn-eye, is for today’s trip. Again, it’s a mix of some songs that are new to me and some that are old favorites. Can you guess which songs belong to each category???

burn-eye (12 Feb. 2012)

1. The Soul Rebels – “Sweet Dreams are Made of This”
2. Royal Bangs – “TV Tree (Deerhoof Remix)”
3. Magic Wands – “Space”
4. Jahdan Blakkamoore – “All Comes Back to One (Nate Mars Remix)”
5. Icebird – “Charmed Life”
6. fiN – “Once in a Life Time”
7. autoKratz – “Temptation”
8. Al Usher – “Lullaby for Robert (Original Mix)”
9. Commander Venus – “My Other Car is a Spaceship”
10. Tommy Roe – “Dizzy”
11. Eurythmics – “Beethoven (I Love to Listen)”
12. Hockey – “Too Fake (RAC Mix)”
13. Fuzzbox – “Love is the Slug (Bargainous Longerer Mix)”
14. Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes – “For the Nasty (Cutloose Remix)”
15. Gang of Four – “Anthrax”
16. Tok Tok Tok – “Schokolade”
17. The Galvatrons – “Robots are Cool”
18. The Mekons – “Chivalry”
19. Xaver von Treyer – “Device of the Devil (Original Demo)”

Fiddle sticks and fall-der-ah! (Not sure why I typed that.) This next CD was created for my Thursday trip, last week. (It suddenly occurred to me that I make a LOT of CDs. One might ask why I don’t listen to the SAME CD a few times, and I can’t really answer that, aside from saying that I get bored rather quickly and need NEW stimulation to make it down the road.) Anyway, this disc was called crashtrippin. And, actually, now that I think about it, I made this CD on Thursday NIGHT, after my trip to Vancouver, to listen to while driving around town over the weekend. Maybe? My memory is total shit, sometimes. Anyway, here’s the list:

crashtrippin – 3 Feb. 2012

1. Gary Numan / Tubeway Army – “Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Renegade Soundwave Remix)”
2. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “Souvenir”
3. The Human League – “The Lebanon (12″ Extended)”
4. The Human League – “Do or Die”
5. APB – “Shoot You Down”
6. Die Antwoord – “I Fink U Freeky”
7. Digitalism – “Circles (Dillon Francis Remix)”
8. of Montreal – “Coquet Coquette (Yip Deceiver Remix)”
9. The Limousines – “Call Me Al”
10. The Black Eyed Peas – “The Time (Dirty Bit)”
11. Punks Jump Up – “Get Down (Special Cccrash Mixxx)”
12. The Zombies – “This Will be Our Year”
13. Justice – “On’N’On”
14. Book of Love – “Counting the Rosaries (Full Confession Mix)”
15. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence (RAC Mix)”
16. Spandau Ballet – “To Cut a Long Story Short (12″ Version)”

One more FOR THE ROAD! (Ha! I’m funny. If you don’t know why I think that’s funny, you’re fired from reading this blog.) This one is from sometime last week when I was still using nonsense phrases for titles. And wait!!! THIS CD, not the previous one, is what I made for my drive to work last Thursday. I’m pretty sure. The one directly above WAS for driving around town, but it was from the weekend BEFORE this last one. (I noticed the date when I pasted the list into this post.) Can’t keep my facts straight for nuthin!!! Here’s this:

waago grabohda (8 Feb. 2012)

1. Strawberry Story – “Close My Eyes”
2. Freiheit – “Keeping the Dream Alive”
3. Real Life – “Let’s Fall in Love”
4. Dillinger Four – “Noble Stabbings!”
5. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – “Accidents will Happen”
6. ABC – “How to be a Zillionaire (Wall Street Mix)”
7. INXS – “Never Tear Us Apart”
8. Communiqué – “Ugly Moon”
9. Steve Hillage – “Frame by Frame”
10. Spoon – “Jonathon Fisk”
11. South Central – “Soloud”
12. Stopmakingme – “Rattle (Bumblebeez Remix)”
13. Trans Am – “Futureworld”
14. The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me (Disconet Mix)”
15. Cassius – “The Sound of Violence (Kick-OH Retro Bootleg)”
16. Of Montreal – “Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse”
17. Beastie Boys vs The Bloodhound Gang vs Run D.M.C. – “Sure Fire Way (Bass211 Mash-Up)”

If I don’t review any other song in this batch, I want to mention that I really didn’t care for the Beastie Boys mash-up. The songs didn’t really work well together in my opinion, and the addition of the Run D.M.C. lyric for no apparent reason as a bridge seemed unneeded. Not my favorite. Other songs to consider: I liked the Trans Am song quite well. It reminded me of something from The Buggles (“I Love You, Miss Robot” maybe) or ELO, and I thought the song really kicked in around five minutes into the cut when they BREAK IT ON DOWN, slow things to a crawl, and get funky. I wasn’t, however, as happy with the cut by South Central, which is a real shame, because I usually love them. The problem with “Soloud” is that is sounds like a Skrillex clone. South Central have a sound all their own, particularly when they are doing remixes, and I hope they remember that and get back to being themselves. The cuts by Steve Hillage, Strawberry Story, Spoon, are old favorites of mine, and I still love them, along with the super lovely Disconet remix of “Don’t You Want Me.” That’s all I really want to bother with today. Maybe, for fun, I’ll do an entire review of some disc someday. That might be enjoyable, and as I’ve said before, fun is the best thing to have!!! (I’ve never actually said that before, by the way.)


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“Stickers for Sale!!!” by Richard F. Yates

I have decided to start selling stickers based on some of my paintings and drawings. Here’s a link to the first image that is totally available for you to put on your school binder or on the window of your crappy car!

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“I love spam comments, sometimes” by Richard F. Yates

I just deleted what was possibly my favorite spam comment ever left on this site. It read:

“I have learn several just right stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how much effort you place to make any such great informative web site.”

Poetry. Dada-poetry, but I’m cool with that. Attached to this comment was a link to a web site about being an electrician, or so the tag said. I can’t help but imagine something bad would happen if I had followed the link, which I didn’t actually do. Like following a trail of half-chewed gum-drops into the forest towards that lovely candy house, right? Instead of being eaten by an evil cyber-beast (disguised as an electrician) I just enjoyed the gibberish. Remember this: they can’t stop you from having fun, if you know how to squint your eyes JUST RIGHT!!!

—Richard F. Yates