The self-styled "Quasimoto Of American Literature"
is out to ring your bells. This cassette is a companion to a book with 28
of Bob Zark's poems and some intense illustrations, notably Chris Crielaard's
cover pix of a skeleton beating on a drum and a techno-destructo Kali avatar.
Not to mention Cary Gevanter's explicit but anatomically awkward sex act
on the cassette cover. Zark voxed and sampled eight of these numbers for
home performance. His bark-and-drone delivery over hyperspeed millennial
noise, fading out and back in virtually unchanged for each track, takes
his stuff which reads kinda flat off the page and brings it to 3D artsy
shithead life. That's the title of one of his poems, "Artsy Shithead",
not a value judgment. He didn't do a version of "Artsy Shithead"
on the tape but he does do "Incredible Stinkin' Art". Awful swill
swishin' round and round in its white porcelain frame, ingenious found art,
stinkin' so bad you're compelled to stand there and watch it, described
in a mock comic drunk slurring voice of artsy shitheadism. The tracks are
like glimpses of strobe-lit subway platforms speeding by the window of a
Number 5 express train in a dark tunnel. "Dirtwater Backstreet Brooklyn",
"A Gooey Lump Of Dreams", "Gotham", and "21st Century
Fux" are immersed in some corrosive urban-ness. "The Interview",
with its spooky, postmortem JFK idealism, "Meteor", about an athlete
superstar and "A Quiet Sunday Afternoon Hiking In The Woods" depart
thematically from that dark tunnel, but keep the same industrial throbbing.
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