“What does it mean?” Context is a landscape for understanding. Music often triggers memories of place and time. Collage forces contradictions to confront each other. Dice and loop put things together to make something new.
“When I Cannot Discern” describes that time between dusk and dark where all things are possible and affirmation still can exist. Like the time between “before punk” and “after punk.”
Samples by James “TV” Nugent.
“An Awareness Grows” culminates in a line my Granny C. wrote on a newspaper article she clipped and sent me:
Samples by James “Prove It” Nugent.
What is it about certain objects that they have the power to recall people and things that have passed? “What’s Fallen Apart” was first published by Paper & Ink Literary Zine (UK) in the Birth & Death Issue.
Samples by James “Clash” Nugent.
“Manifesto” condenses history into a list of (mostly) paired concepts. It’s extracted from reading Blake, Ginsberg, Rimbaud, Genet, Burroughs, “Being & Nothingness,” and “The Rebel.”
Samples by James “1977” Nugent.
“A Pause Before Beatings Resume” was inspired by the sound a phonograph needles makes when it reaches the end of the record but fails to return and you’re already out.
Samples by James “Sonic Reducer” Nugent.
So what — “Penance.”
Samples by James “Pissing in a River” Nugent
“Palpitations” is about the sensation you get standing close to loudspeakers. The lows that reverberate in your chest. The drumming that realigns your heart beat.
Samples by James “Iggy” Nugent.
“Spleen” is a riff on a Baudelaire line from “Good Dogs” in his Le Spleen de Paris.
I sing in praise of destitute dogs, under-dogs, whether those who wander all alone through the tortuous ravines and gullies of the vast metropolis, or those who have said to some old outcast, with a wink of their witty, spiritual eyes, ‘Take me along with you, then perhaps we can make some sort of happiness out of our two poverties!’
Samples by James “I Wanna Be Sedated” Nugent.