Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Year's Resolution


First up, a nice interview I did on a podcast called The Secular Buddhist is up now. So go here and have a listen.

Next up, dig this review of the New Hope compilation. The New Hope was a compilation album dedicated the the Cleveland/Akron hardcore scene that came out in 1983. It was the very first record I was ever on!

If you don't wanna buy the LP, just look it up on iTunes. It's there!

That last post I put up got so much response I almost hate to break up the party. But I decided a while back to try and update this blog at least every three days. I've been traveling and haven't been able to for a couple days. Now I'm back in Brooklyn.

I'm going to do a book review of a book I borrowed from my friend Rod Firestone of the Rubber City Rebels. The book's called A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain. But since I haven't finished reading it yet, I don't think I'm ready for a review. It's pretty good. Maybe next time I'll review it.

I was also thinking of reviewing West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, which I just got and listened to on the road. Quick review: It's not quite as entertaining as the previous boxed set of Hendrix alternate takes, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. That had the full-length version of If Six Was Nine, which nobody ever thought would get released. The story goes that Hendrix left the master in a taxi and the take heard on the record was edited together from the undamaged portions of a badly stored rough mix. A couple years ago they restored the the damaged bits and now you can hear the whole thing. The rest of that anthology is mainly alternate takes of familiar songs from the days of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

West Coast Seattle Boy includes both pre- and post-Experience recordings. It provides a whole disc of Hendrix's so-called "chitlin' circuit years," when he was a struggling nobody backing up various r&b singers including Little Richard and the Isley Brothers. None of these tracks are especially amazing in themselves. But you get to hear Hendrix developing his soon-to-be signature sound.

The other discs are sometimes revelatory, sometimes cool, but often kind of boring. Jimi taped most of his jam sessions and he is damned good as are the people he played with. But jamming is still jamming. It's fun to do, sometimes fun to see done live, but usually boring to listen to decades later. Unless it's The Who's Live At Leeds album. But maybe that's because Pete Townshend was a songwriter and jamming by The Who in those days was more like instant composition right on stage than just noodling in the key of A.

My new year's resolution was to set myself a schedule and stick to it. I'm already way off schedule today. Ah well....

But I did get a new Suicide Girls piece done and turned in on time. It will run on Monday. It's about depression.

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Uku said...

My new year's resolution was to set myself a schedule and stick to it. I'm already way off schedule today. Ah well....

Sounds like realistic life to me! Life is life, shit happens.

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Anonymous said...

6!!

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anon #108 said...

Despite the very many happy hours I spent groking the Grateful Dead's jams when I first encountered them as a young stoner (unlike any other "jam-band" - sometimes miraculous, but often rubbish), I was never a fan of rock jamming- listening to it or doing it. IMHO, the Dead were at there best when they tightened it up - around the time of Europe 72 tour (yes, I saw them). Most rock musicians don't have the something-or-other to make jamming interesting for longer than a couple of minutes. Perhaps it's to do with the form/style itself?

Now Jazz is something else (pun intended).

So now you know.

Erm...that's all.

merciless said...

What kind of musician gets bored listening to Hendrix jam but keeps Abba on his ipod? Brad, are you French?

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anon #108 said...

I said already a blog or two ago, but I'll say it again:

That interview ^^^ on The Secular Buddhist is jolly good. There's riffing, vamping, key changing, free-forming...all sorts. Lots of fun and lots of sense.

Secular Buddhists RAWK!

And thanks to the Anon who linked THESE a while back. Required listening.

Seagal Rinpoche said...

Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.

john e mumbles said...

I recently watched the dvd of interviews (waste of time except for Buddy Miles and Billy Cox...(who really cares what Lenny f'in Kravitsz thinks?) and excellent concert footage titled BAND OF GYPSYS after the short-lived Hendrix-led band of the same name. The songs were structured (and ended up in different versions on the BOG albums) but the "jams" mainly consisting of Jimi improvising long solos are incredible. Especially "Machine Gun." F!

I bought the recent Valleys of Neptune but passed on West Coast Seattle Boy, IMO the very best posthumous lp was the first one, still a personal favorite (featuring the Band of Gypsys musicians), CRY OF LOVE.

"Keep on pushin', straight ahead... dododododododo.."

anon #108 said...

F!

Part 2

Heavy.


(There are others with footage.)

Mysterion said...

It's original sin that is missing from Buddhism (e.g. no Adam and Eve - or Adam and Steve).

The second point you need to follow up on in your next book is "The turning of the page" in Meiji (1868). Before 1868, Japanese talked about their secrets. After foreigners arrived, it became very taboo to talk about secrets - a foreigner might overhear the conversation.

I could recommend books but will name just one: Papinot, Edmond. (1910). "Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan."

It is a must read!

anon #108 said...

...That's "heavy" as in OMFG!

john e mumbles said...

Thanks Malcolm!
That's what I'm talkin' about.

The Experience were great, but after they toured and toured behind the Are You Experienced lp, Jimi was ready for something...different.

You said something about Jazz improv. Its interesting that after hearing "Machine Gun" Miles Davis was hot to jam with Hendrix. Never happened. Wot a shame...

anon #108 said...

Yes indeed, john e :/

Anonymous said...

1970 - at UC Berkeley!

A south paw from London...

THIS was @ Berkeley also.

“If I were founding a university, I would begin with a smoking room; next a dormitory; and then a decent reading room and a library. After that, if I still had more money that I couldn’t use, I would hire a professor and get some text books.” -Stephen Leacock

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the Secular Buddhist podcast -- had no idea you had been so involved with dungeons and such.
My sense had been this stuff was playacting in skimpy leather costumes but you mention that there is the risk of death...sounded pretty horrifying to me
I feel sorry for those whose eroticism needs such conditions--and even risk of death--to be satiated
I am glad there are safe places for them to go.

I liked all the discussion of music and from your blog post looks like you are doing more of that
Have you considered playing with another band or doing more solo stuff ( like D13?)

bizarro seagal said...

I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.

someday said...

some day they'll raise a memorial to him...

rainyday said...

If Brad gets bored by listening to Hendrix it's because he isn't paying attention.

Anonymous said...

hey brad, when are ya going to publish these comment pages as a book?

Moon Face Buddha said...

Very interesting podcast Brad.

Anonymous said...

BBC Horizon - The Secret You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbItRBc4Cp8&feature=player_embedded#!

Anonymous said...

Brad,
Any of your books on audio yet 'as read by the author'?
Are your books available on kindle, etc?

Mark Foote said...

I'm still mulling over the significance of the abbot of Antaiji misrepresenting the sentiment of Brad's letter, and casting aspersions on Brad's teacher for mentioning physiology. That was quite a long diatribe about masturbation versus family life, as well; very interesting attempt to establish a Catholic norm as a Buddhist standard.

Personally I have respect for the Gautamid as a teacher of zazen, but not as a teacher of social norms. The Cannon makes clear he was a bit of a misogynist, and of course the order split after his death over the question of whether or not an arahant could have a wet dream. Masturbation meant you went to the bottom of the food line; having children as a monk was out of the question.

I think in the West we are obliged to speak to the happiness that the Gautamid associated with meditative states; if zazen is just hard reality training, or is described that way, then the dream that I and many others have of the lotus becoming a more common practice in the West will remain unrealized. Could be that no amount of insightful description will convey how the practice is associated with happiness, and I should read more of the gentleman's talks I suppose, but I'm guessing Brad is closer to such description than the Abbot at the moment.

Mark Foote said...

p.s.- I did see Hendrix at the old Fillmore, although only the last couple of songs of his set; I was there to see the Jefferson Airplane, or so I thought at the time.

& if anybody missed it on the last set of comments, I offer here my take on that happiness of meditative states and its relationship to daily life:

http://www.zenmudra.com/zazen-notes/blog_detail.php?post_id=42

Brad Warner said...

The 3 books I published with New World Library (Sit Down & Shut Up, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate, Sex Sin & Zen) are all available on Kindle.

I am speaking to Wisdom Publications about an audio book version of Hardcore Zen.

Soulagent79 said...

Hendrix is the only artist I know who released far more albums after his death than in his lifetime - most of them are probably redundant, I fear.

Kevin said...

"Look man, you can listen to Jimi but you can't hear him. There's a difference man. Just because you're listening to him doesn't mean you're hearing him."

Anonymous said...

rant.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hCQLEIWadk


all the seats at the sunday masses,
filled with the mass's massive asses,
classes pass as fast as molasses.
ceremonial reading glasses.
read a little bit of leviticus.
all the kids are a little too little for this.
all the parents nod in agreement -
"i think i can vaguely see what he meant."
it's too early in the morning glory
to read another allegory story,
the father, reads a little bit farther,
assuring the assured that they need not bother
"when god, in verse 45, said the slaves are okay to buy,
he meant that people, all from the start
each have slaves within their hearts.
things, that we have sold or boughten, that are forced to pick our moral cotton
god calls us to set these free, free our hearts from slavery...
and then as god goes on to explain the logistics of buying and selling slaves..."

in the back, i sit and i nod to the beats that are bumpin from my ipod
my god, they're starting to pray
and over the music i can hear them say
"dear god, dear lord, dear vague muscular man with a beard or a sword.
dear good all-seeing being, my way or the highway yahweh.
the blue-balled anti-masturbator, the great, all-loving faggot hater,
i'd like to thank your holy might for making me both rich and white
and though this is your day of rest, i come to you with one request
there's so much pain beyond this steeple,
wars and drugs and homeless people.
sadness, where there should be joy, hate and rape and soulja boy.
a world in darkness needs your light, so i'm sure your schedule's pretty tight
but my dog just had leg surgery if you could fix that first...

debra messing's fingers in a holy place, "hail mary full of grace."

obama, could you pass some hope to the pope
i know a couple dude's who wanna elope
see the pope said, "nope" so the bros can't cope.
(the bros can grope but the bros can't cope)
they've been in love, they've been addicted
who said they shouldn't? benedict did.
cause in the holy land of the lord he's the holy landlord and dicks are evicted.
cause you can be a benedict if you've been a dick under benedict but
you can't have benedicts because there's only one pope and only one dick
what? a dick on a pope is
just like a soap on a rope cause it's
pointless, unless in prison, throw up your bibles, christ has risen.
hallelujah, now it's raining men,
because the gender ratio is 1 to 10.
winos at the eucharist station, trans-gendered-substantiation
jesus wasn't the messiah, get back i'm a heretic and i'm on fire
it was oedipus, and those holy nights
the holy motherfucking christ.
i'm a blasphemah post-katrina cruising the marina. on a crusade to cruise aids
and blast FEMA
you're too late, we're fucked we don't need ya.

in the name of the father, son and holy ghost
head, shoulders, knees and toes
turn up your nose, strike that pose.
HEY MACARENA!

R said...

Where did your blog go, Kevin?

Anonymous said...

You haf a lot of splaining to do Kevin..

Anonymous said...

Brad as teacher:

Brad puzzles me
that is I don't always 'get' him
what I do get doesn't always fit

This tells me more about me than about him
and isn't that a koan

and isn't that what teacher's give you to work on

and therefore Brad, intentionally or not, at whatever 'stage' he or is student is at, is a teacher

teachers are puzzles
are puzzlers

at least those I have been around seem to have this trait in common, lord knows I haven't been around all of them, so I'll wager there are many other traits held in and out of common

good health in this new year us all

Anonymous said...

straight from the horse's mouth

Anonymous said...

Kodo Sawaki has a much different view on
The 9/11 War (Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan/Iran?)
than Brad Warner:

"Once there was a megalomaniac in the Sugamo hospital who called himself "Ashiwara Shōgun." He hung a cardboard medal around his neck and bestowed dignified words to those he met to take with them on their way. Now that the war is over, we can see clearly that what the military did wasn’t at all different. And now they want to reintroduce medals yet again... After winning the Russo-Japanese war, we thought we’d won colonies. But what really came of it? After losing the Second World War, we realized that we had only earned the hatred of the Russians... Everyone is talking about loyalty to the fatherland. The question is simply where this loyalty will take us. I too was completely convinced when I went to war against the Russians, but after our defeat, I realized that we had done something that we shouldn’t have. In any case, it’s better not to make war in the first place."

* Zen ni kike (To you) (Tokyo: Daihorinkaku, 1987)

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous, thanks for turning me on
to Bo Burnham. Sweet!

Anonymous said...

"When the Venn diagram ceases to have boundaries (boxes) you get Buddhism."

love it. a math-oriented friend once referred to 'god' as 'the superset'.

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Kevin said...

Hey anon..

http://notesfromanotherday.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

m- again with the elegant anecdote! this one can't touch it, but is amusing. I once had a business with the name 'void' in it, although it was not incorporated and I paid taxes under my name. nonetheless, my best client, a large corporation, would persist in sending checks made out to VOID, which miraculously seemed to pass the censors unnoticed.

Is this love said...

http://graham-scam.blogspot.com/

Alternatively said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=UyyAf45bCRE

Anonymous said...

Episode 46 :: Paul Saintilan :: Buddhist Recovery Network
http://www.thesecularbuddhist.com/episode_046.php

Begging Bowl said...

Mystery on and on at 10:15 PM, doesn't this admission negate any "anonymity" from the act and render it selfish rather than selfless?

Why not pick out some old lady or old man in a cafe eating by herself -himself and pay their ticket without them knowing it?

And why did you capitalize Brad's "Bowl?" does he get a special bowl? Is it bigger than regular bowls?

Anonymous said...

then and now

Anonymous said...

Heil Obama!

Anonymous said...

50!! Back of the net!

Anonymous said...

Amerika: Home of the Slave

anonymous anonymous said...

Mysterion is a fake. He knows it and we know it. Whenever he makes a claim, take it with a grain of salt, the ancient antidote for poisoning.

Anonymous said...

"Barry Graham's latest move is he got a lawyer to write a letter to the place of employment of the Graham Scam blogger (Kevin) drawing attention to the blogging about Barry and the Sitting Frog Zen Center. Seems my friend could have posted a few things when he might have been on company time and Barry or someone figured that out and came at him from that angle. It is basically a harassment to get the blogger fired as the indictments stand on their on merit. So while there is a review of the situation the website has been pulled. Barry will not contest the allegations in an honest confrontation but it seems he will sneak up and attack
from the rear."

Seems a shame that the all that hard work compiling evidence against the evil Graham will be flushed down the toilet.

Anonymous said...

"Seems a shame that the all that hard work compiling evidence against the evil Graham will be flushed down the toilet."

No one of any influence will speak up. Brad certainly won't.

Anonymous said...

Mysterion is not just a fake, he's a chickenshit. He pulled the comment that Begging Bowl refers to at 10:15 PM.

Anonymous said...

"No one of any influence will speak up. Brad certainly won't."

Brad claims he has no influence whenever it's convenient. At the same time he hawks his t-shirts.

Mysterion said...
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Blogger said...

Hope you ass is OK. (- ROF at the age of 63) - Though you're not (really) supposed to think with it. - You can't relieve yourself through your head, - as hard as you try, you'd still be full of shit.

Though this does seem to be the only state you seem to realize.

His memory lingers on said...

http://monkeysandbirds.blogspot.com

http://buzfree.wordpress.com

+ said...

Google site:thegrahamscam.blogspot.com and look for the Cached.

Blogger said...

- Not "you ass", – "your ass". Just a mistake.




[E&OE,

R.]

Anonymous said...

TOUCHDOWN!

Stupid said...

"Given that true emptiness and the meritorious qualities of buddha

Have been correctly analyzed in accordance with Dharma

In the doctrines of both traditions and vehicles,

What bases for disputation could there be among the wise?"

-- Nagarjuna in the Ratnavali

Zatso said...

Stupid sed:
"What bases for disputation could there be..."

Is there any?

I doubt that there is any dispute - among your 'wise' and otherwise.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the guy who wanted to know Brad's dick length? He added better stuff than most of the regulars here.

Anonymous said...

“ If, by trying to understand the truth, you dispel the misunderstandings of some people and thereby some philosophies are damaged - that cannot be taken as criticizing the views of others. ”

Candrakīrti (600–c. 650)

Anonymous said...

The censorship on this blog starts to irritate me. Comments are deleted too often.

It reminds me of buddhist censorship on (in)famous buddhist forum e-sanga. Sadly, it finally ceased to exist because of hackers attacks.

YKW said...

I liked Stupid a lot. - "What bases for disputation could there be among the wise?". - But then the contemporary modern advanced and enlightened would see nothing but unvarying opinions and proof of stubbornness.

- I mean why do all those who have eyes have to insist on the same opinions? Blindness offers such a great variety. And flexibility too, - you can change your opinion like a mole in the absolute freedom of its damp hole. Eyes are a hindrance to redemption.

http://www.kalavinka.org/jewels/book_excerpts/Ratna_excerpts/Ratna_X-20_X-08.pdf

Some Random Cat said...

Where's that SG article we were promised?

Kasper said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"What happened to the guy..."

I think he is back in group therapy and taking his meds again.

Or else he is in a padded cell somewhere.

Either way, he is in a better place.

Anonymous said...

Brad:
Do you have a good SG link to your new article?
The link to the left of your post takes me to past articles not the current one....

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

"It is a claim made before by, among others, Lenny Kravitz and the Swedish garage band the Hellacopters. But today, after years of struggle, came evidence to support the fearsome claim: rock'n'roll is dead.

Last year saw the number of rock songs in the singles chart fall to its lowest level in half a century, with only three tracks appearing in the top 100 best-selling hits in the UK.

The percentage of rock songs plummeted from a sickly 13% in 2009 to a terminal 3% – far behind hip-hop/R'n'B at 47%, pop at 40% and dance 10%, according to figures from MusicWeek."

Guardian

Anonymous Bob said...

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

CAPTCHA : backsm : I kid you not

Anonymous said...

In Mandarin Chinese, 'nan' means man and 'nu' means woman. Put them together and you have 'nanu' or man-woman, which means sex.

check out the greeting and handshake at 0:20

Anonymous said...

I have a refrigerator magnet that says

'scissors and paper are dead, long live rock!'

Anonymous said...

I have a refrigerator magnet that says

'scissors and paper are dead, long live rock!'

Interesting discussion said...

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=22980#p22980

Anonymous said...

According to a CBS poll, "Overall, 57 percent of American respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the Arizona shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did." Just under half of Democratic respondents said there was no connection between the two, while nearly 70% of Republican respondents thought the two are unrelated.

Brad Warner said...

Anonymous said: "The censorship on this blog starts to irritate me. Comments are deleted too often.

"It reminds me of Buddhist censorship on (in)famous Buddhist forum e-sanga. Sadly, it finally ceased to exist because of hackers attacks."

I think this comment must be intended for someone else's blog. I do not delete any comments except for the occasional obvious spam. And I haven't even done that for almost a year. The comments you see deleted are deleted by the commenters themselves.

Brad Warner said...

Anonymous said: "'No one of any influence will speak up. Brad certainly won't.'

"Brad claims he has no influence whenever it's convenient. At the same time he hawks his t-shirts."

I am not obligated to speak up for or against the things you believe I should speak up for or against. Sorry. Get your own blog. They're free.

My T-shirts, are not. Buy one today!

Anonymous said...

"Barry Graham's latest move is he got a lawyer to write a letter to the place of employment of the Graham Scam blogger (Kevin) drawing attention to the blogging about Barry and the Sitting Frog Zen Center. Seems my friend could have posted a few things when he might have been on company time and Barry or someone figured that out and came at him from that angle. It is basically a harassment to get the blogger fired as the indictments stand on their on merit. So while there is a review of the situation the website has been pulled. Barry will not contest the allegations in an honest confrontation but it seems he will sneak up and attack
from the rear."

Seems a shame that the all that hard work compiling evidence against the evil Graham will be flushed down the toilet.

Anonymous said...

<<I think this comment must be intended for someone else's blog. I do not delete any comments except for the occasional obvious spam. And I haven't even done that for almost a year. The comments you see deleted are deleted by the commenters themselves.

I did not know. I thought you personally deleted those missing comments. Anyway, I am sorry. I am very glady that there is no censorship here.

hmmm ... said...

"The comments you see deleted are deleted by the commenters themselves".

- mumb?

john e mumbles said...

"Not I, said the Cat"