Blonde Redhead: Another Clue

28 09 2007

Blonde Redhead

Music is a time machine. It puts events, things, and feelings in a tangible vessel. Today the Proustian madeline is working its devastating magic on me with this band.

We went to a Blonde Redhead concert at the Knitting Factory. It was probably 1996. Ian Svenonious was there too I think. We went backstage. It made me think about fame. Jeremy was still friends with James. But he didn’t trust me yet. I bought La Mia Vita Violenta.

My friends Ari and Ethan are twins. Devin uses an MPC. My childhood idol, the Svengali, has fallen from favor. Spencer and I plan on punching him in his traitorious mouth at the opening next month.

This band is so beautiful. These songs makes me cry.

MP3: “Violent Life” – Blonde Redhead

MP3: “In Particular (Baron von Luxxury Edit)” – Blonde Redhead

Theresa and Blake

Buy Blonde Redhead Music Now.

Baron von Luxxury is my Fake Name


Theresa and Jeremy

23 07 2007

Theresa and Jeremy

i don’t know where else to put this
i need to say how sad i am to have lost two of my best friends in the world
theresa killed herself on july 10
just three blocks away from where we are staying in the east village
jeremy is missing
he was last seen walking into the ocean at rockaway beach on july 18

i have known theresa for 13 years
she was like an older sister to me
i was there the night she met jeremy
who became like an older brother to me

if you’ve read theresa’s blog ‘the wit of the staircase’
you’ll know how erudite, witty and gorgeous her writing and thinking were
well, so too was she as a person
hyper-intelligent, hyper-beautiful, hyper-ambitious
not to mention generous and loyal: fiercely loyal

but she scared the hell out of some people with her sharp tongued rapier wit
i’ve seen so many people turn on her
i’ve seen so many people afraid of her
and i’ve seen how they harrassed her
literally to death

you people should be ashamed of yourselves
theresa had no power
she just wanted her art to be in the world
that’s all

beyond their friendship and artistic mentorship
i was so so proud and honored to have been able to work with them
theresa did my liner notes and jeremy did my album cover art
theresa’s words are so evocative and accurate and personal and witty
a perfect summary and introduction to the music
(you see, theresa is really sable starr.
now you know.)
and jeremy’s cover is so striking and gorgeous and perfect
70s filtered through the 80s
the sexxy babysitter in a day glo future retro disco daydream
and its kind of her too

(i’m not going to link to anything, you can google whatever, its everywhere…
this is just me needing desperately to put my version and anguish somewhere)

Theresa + Blake

god damn you pop music
i can’t believe that song came over the PA last night
so ghastly as to be comic
i swear it was hot chocolate’s 70’s FM ballad “emma”
“’twas a cold and dark December night/When I opened up the bedroom door/ To find her lying still and cold Upon the bed/A love letter lying on the bedroom floor/it read: “darling i love you, but i just can’t go on livin’ on dreams no more/i tried so very hard not to leave you alone/i just can’t keep trying no more”…’

theresa adored pop music and irony
she would have found that amusing
so i’ll let myself laugh

as for jeremy
i refuse to believe he’s not coming back
so i’ll hold out hope
because i also can’t believe that band played that pixies song last night
that can’t be a coincidence:
“cease to resist/given my goodbyes/drive my car/into the ocean/
you think i’m dead/but i’ll sail away…”

jeremy adored pop music and irony
he would/will find that amusing
so i’ll let myself laugh

here come those santa ana winds again…

RIP Theresa Duncan 1966-2007
jeremy, please call me back…

i love you both
xx blake

Theresa Duncan