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The Renaissance Faire

August 28th, 2017 · No Comments

A song about that peculiar American institution, the Renaissance Faire. Here, as usual, is the beginning. You can find the whole song in The Doug Skinner Songbook, coming soon from Black Scat Books, and you can listen to it on my album That Regrettable Weekend.

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Medulla Oblongata

August 22nd, 2017 · 3 Comments

My old band, White Knuckle Sandwich, often performed this lively and informative number. When we spelled out “oblongata,” Anne and Jen pointed to their T and A, which are other parts of the human anatomy.

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The Hypnotist’s Birthday

August 14th, 2017 · No Comments

What do you give a hypnotist for his birthday? Finally, the question has been addressed in a song. And you can hear all about it on That Regrettable Weekend.

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Le Scat Noir 226

August 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Le Scat Noir 226 is now available! The August issue contains, among many wonderful things, my translation of Alphonse Allais’s story “The Enchanted Forest” and another page of my musical instrument drawings. Your free PDF can be found here.

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A Concert in Lily Dale

July 30th, 2017 · No Comments

On July 28, 2017, I found myself in Lily Dale, NY, a center of Spiritualism, performing in an evening organized by Shannon Taggart. I performed what I called music attributed to ultraterrestrials, using a term favored by the late John Keel for non-human entities. My program included fairy music from England, Ireland, Wales, and Norway; the “trowie tunes” of the Shetland Islands in Scotland; the call of the banshee; the “outer space music” of Philip Rodgers; and channeled music by Rosemary Brown and Gustav BrabbĂ©e. I concluded with some of the tunes I’ve heard in dreams. Playing fairy music for Spiritualists! What next?

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Index Cards (82)

July 24th, 2017 · 2 Comments

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Breeders Can’t Be Choosers

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments

People who have children have to take what they get. And they shouldn’t be surprised if those children turn out no better than their parents.

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In Memoriam

July 10th, 2017 · 2 Comments

I don’t know when I’m going to die, but I do know what to expect.

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Le Scat Noir 225

July 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

The July issue of Le Scat Noir is the Patriophysics number, devoted to the heady mix of patriotism and ‘pataphysics. I contributed translations of two short pieces by Alfred Jarry (“Mobilization of Tourists” and “Hanging”) and the latest page of imaginary musical instruments. You can find it here.

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Bandwagon

June 28th, 2017 · 2 Comments

You’d better jump on that bandwagon! You don’t want to be left behind, do you? And now, you can listen to this cautionary song on That Regrettable Weekend (see the previous post).

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