Jun 24, 2012
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Mar 7, 2012
The problem with the NEA is that it's unnecessary.
Fuck the National Endowment for the Arts.
I'm an artist.
I think art is great! I love it! I'm super fucking liberal.
But I don't need money from anyone, let alone the government,
to make art.
Without any evidence, I will say this: No great work of art
from the 20th century needed money from the NEA.
But I don't think a person needs or deserves a sabbatical
to do their work either. I say, if you can't do it by your own means,
then fuck it. I'm sure there are exceptions: blah, blah, blah.
I'm mainly talking about poetry and writing. Poets don't
need a grant from the NEA to write poems. And Poetry wouldn't
be better if it got more grants from the NEA.
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
They say this stuff below here, which is very nice of them:
As far as songs about minivans go, Short Hand's "Family Van" is up there at the top like the ultimate astrovan. Played it on the radio this morning and WFMU's listeners christened it "new fave tune," "what the Rolling Stones would sound like jamming with Half Japanese" and "rollin stones with brains."
"Family Van" has an intelligent, wild-eyed sort of snarl that is unique to one Peter Davis. The Indiana-based poet, painter, and assistant professor also makes lo-fi freak-folk as Short Hand. You can learn more about Peter at artisnecessary.
"Family Van" comes from Attila, Short Hand's most voodoo-infected album. Check out that disjointed harmonica and delta blues guitar riffage on "All Is Right," and the anthemic "Certain Strangers."
Attila is one of four Short Hand LPs currently available for free via the new Creative Commons netlabel Infinite Lute -- check out their site for more and stay tuned!