Three Poems up at the Collapsar

I am very pleased to have three poems up at the Collapsar.

One of them, MANY PARTS FALL INTO BACKYARDS, mentions a video I once posted here (Former Bass Destroyed, 1/29/2009), of artist Christoph Draeger and friends reenacting the Who’s performance at the Monterrey Pop Festival at the Lyon Museum of Contemporary art in 2007.  He didn’t tell me he was going to smash it when I sold it to him, but I probably would have given him a discount if he had. Here it is again:

pillarunitThat poem also references the 1960 plane crash in my old neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, about which Christoph had created artwork in his series of jigsaw puzzles of disasters.

The contemporary NYT stories about the crash are horrifying, and the title of the poem comes from one of the slightly lighter headlines from that week: “S.I. HOMES SPARED BY FALLING DEBRIS: Parts of Airliner Land in Backyards — No One on Ground Is Injured MANY PARTS FALL INTO BACKYARDS Fuselage Hits 100 Yards From Woman Running With Her Infant. ” The crash occurred because two planes collided over Staten Island, but most of the United plane fell in Brooklyn.

The Times followed up on the story a few years back, and you can read a bit of that coverage here.




Being 15 Sucks

My good friend Dan Maloney made a (very) short film for the Quinze Film Festival, and he used a bit of music I recorded almost 15 years ago for the soundtrack. Film’s below. If you want to hear the full track, “Phony D’s Nothing Doing Dub,” here it is, but be aware, I built it before I really understood dub, just when I was starting to love it. Probably the best guitar playing I’ve ever done (maybe a close second to “Diet Wine Tonight”). Enjoy!

Warm & Heavy

Our entry in last year’s Syracuse One-Take Super 8 festival:

Warm & Heavy by Kelly Delevan & Patrick Williams from OTS8 Syracuse on Vimeo.

See my mother’s proud comment on the vimeo page.

P’s Favorite Albums of 2011

My top 15 records of the year, in an undisclosed order, each with representative video:

Les Blanks – In Country

Baxter Dury – Happy Soup

Panda Bear – Tomboy

tUnEyArDs – whokill

Yuck – Yuck

Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania

Wye Oak – Civilian

Moon Duo – Mazes

The Men – Leave Home

Hella – Tripper

Computer Magic – Electric Fences EP

Belong – Common Era

Black Angels – Phosgene Nightmare EP

Forma – S/T

Wild Flag – Wild Flag

Honorable Mention:
Sons & Daughters – Mirror Mirror
The Ettes – Wicked Will
Widowspeak – S/T
Pure X – Pleasure
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Com Truise – Galactic Melt
Beach Fossils – What A Pleasure
Ladytron – Gravity the Seducer
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath 1972
Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pines
Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore
Ducktails – Arcade Dynamics
Raveonettes – Evil Seeds
Blackout Beach – Fuck Death


One of my fondest memories

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