stuck in long island city with the brooklyn blues again

by ieatpants

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1.
i went to my grandma's house and she baked me up some cookkies they were chocolatey and chewy and buttery and delicious i didn't know her secret until i looked inside her cabinet and saw fifteen pounds of weed and then it hit me i was suddenly high radiohead's my favorite band i went to see them in san fran and they played lurghee and how to disappear completely i was really into it i mean, really really into it i closed my eyes and coughed and then it hit me i was suddenly high i don't usually act this dumb i don't usually have this much fun now i'm blitzed out of my mind i could really go for a pork rind we're talking about the size of the galaxy and maybe we could turn down gravity i would jump into the sky and then i could sing i was suddenly high
2.
there's trouble when you wake up half drunk there's trouble when you in your own filth there's trouble when you wake up all alone there's trouble when you wake up in someone else's bed why is it like this every weekend why do i insist on torturing myself will there come a time when i'll be able to live with myself to live with myself without the help of something else there's trouble when you wake up still drunk and your eyes burn and your head's pounding your body wants to punish you for what you've done but my feeble will will bring me back to this place again
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03:00
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caroline was some girl that i never got to know she lived in the building across the street but we never said hello by the time i noticed her it was too late she was gone the building was torn down i don't know why whatever the reason it was the same reason that took my family's home and my mother's life my mother was just some girl that i never got to know she bore me and raised me and i never got to thank her so thank you
5.
04:45
stuck in a loop some songs don't give up i beg for your help stuck by myself humans don't give up who do i beg to now?
6.
i never thought i'd be the one making out on the corner i never thought i'd be the one making out in the street and if you would've asked me ten years ago what i'd be doing ten years from now i probably would say something about writing and i might have said something about playing guitar but i never thought i'd be the one making out on the corner i never thought i'd be the one making out in the street and if you were to ask me what i'd be doing ten years from now i'd probably say something about writing and i'll probably add something about playing guitar but hopefully i'll never think i'll be the one making out on the corner and hopefully i'll never think i'll be the one making out on the street
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07:59

about

kind of a short meditation on how my neuroses fills my free time in Long Island City, a small Queens community across the East River from NYC's upper east side.

the lo-fi aesthetic--i've come to realize--is my friend and i will use it to my advantage as much as i can.

In 1966 Bob Dylan released Blonde on Blonde.
On side 2, track #2 is "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again."
Dylan saw himself moving away from the moniker of a "protest song" writer that had defined him in the early 60s... this was mostly his own fault, as his early covers and self-written singles fleshed that persona out. But, he was more and more drawn to the rock and roll coming out of Memphis at the time, as was evidenced by the two albums before Blonde on Blonde, Bringing It All Back Home (1965) and Highway 61 Revisited (1965).

Long story short: there is a divide in the artistic communities and output coming from Brooklyn (namely Williamsburg) and Long Island City. The main difference is that there is no longer an oppurtunity for the struggling artist anywhere near New York City. Therefore, the LIC community is not struggling enough to actually build that ideal in the community--as it was in Williamsburg in the 90s.

Most struggling artists in LIC get paid lip service by the public who like the "flavor" of the neighborhood, but don't want to deal with the reality of struggling musicians and artists on their subways, in their coffee shops, etc.

The lesson is: the divine sometimes stinks like it hasn't had a shower in weeks. Nevertheless, it is still divine and deserves to be paid attention to.

I am not part of this. I work a full time job and could never adhere to the purely artistic vision of a "struggle" like a true artist. I just happen to be a journalist who writes in a different way...

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released November 18, 2008

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