I want to be like you Burroughs

September 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm (Uncategorized)

This is a poem by Ben John Smith, who runs horrorsleazetrash.com. In the very near future, there will be a feature about me on this website… but I would also on my own end like to write about Ben, because he’s a very interesting character. For now, just check out this poem of his, “I want to be like you Burroughs.”

I want to cut off
my little toe
and I have my foot
on the table
with a chisel.

before I get to serious
I spray D’arnes perfume
all around me.

I’m interrupted by
my little sister who just
finished night shift
at the supermarket.

She has a 6 pack of
beer and a block of
marble chocolate.

I drink the beer
and wake up with the
Smudged all over my face

And a few minutes of memory
about a film
about a dude
who was trying
to fuck a chick
but she wasn’t into it.

I think it
Was in French

Like the sound a woman
Makes when she vomits

Red and cold.

The day starts with
A tummy

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Computer Love

September 6, 2010 at 1:21 am (Uncategorized)

Spent all day remixing Zapp & Roger’s insane 1985 track, “Computer Love.” This is what I got. I’ve been making a lot of music in this style lately, and a lot of it will be on my upcoming Ocean Telephones. I’ve been thinking of it as Monk House, or Boston House. It’s probably a manifestation of the tension inside me between hip hop and house – it’s got that four on the floor, dance-reckless feel, but a good 20 or 30 bpm slower than regular house, and built all out of samples. It’s just one of those things I’m obsessed with doing now. Other things I seem to be obsessed with at the moment include reading Irvine Welsh and getting in trouble with the police. Life is beautiful!

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Props in CM3 Interview

September 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Was stoked to see Carlton Mellick III mention The Deadheart Shelters as one of the three books he’s most excited about right now in a recent interview with Dark Recesses. It would have tripped my teenage self out to know that one of my literary heroes would end up being my book’s biggest advocate. This interview is terrific as well – for some reason, it’s rare Carlton does these. But he’s one of funniest and most intelligent people I know, so reading how he handles questions is a blast. Like this, for example:

If you were to write a novel about the Korean storekeeper from Leprechaun in da Hood in which he moves from Los Angeles to Montevideo, Uruguay to raise Cattle that look like Madonna and speak Lebanese slang, how much time would you spend researching and do you ever act out your ideas with toothbrushes and Slim Jims? 

CM3: I would do research by watching Lep in da Hood at least a dozen times and then listen to as many Uruguayan Chainsaw Metal songs as possible (chainsaw metal is a new type of thrash metal that is popular in Uruguay). That should be enough research and probably wouldn’t take more than a few weeks. And of course I don’t act out my ideas with toothbrushes and Slim Jims. What the hell’s wrong with you?  I use mustache combs and corndogs.   

He talks about his upcoming novel, Zombies and Shit, the state of bizarro and why it just keeps improving, his relationship with his extremely talented cover artist Ed Mironiuk, and a whole lot of goofy questions that Carl fields like a champ. If anybody is unfamiliar with him, get on his books right away… they’re more addictive than huffing whipped cream cans.

Read the interview here.


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Podcast Available on Pirate Cat Radio

August 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm (Uncategorized)

To all interested heads, the podcast of my interview earlier this week is now up for stream or download on Pirate Cat Radio – the direct link is here. Until Ocean Telephones drops, this podcast is the only spot you’re gonna be able to hear that new song, “Watermelon”.


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Really (Really) Good Dancers

August 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm (Uncategorized)

I hung out with my buddy yesterday preparing for a dance jam we’re throwing in our hometown – him the lead dancer, me the DJ. Besides walking away with a flash drive full of breakbeats, dubstep and flex music to spin, I watched some amazing dancing, and understood even more how someone could spend all their time doing this. I wanted to share one from two dudes from Paris and if I could dance like this I wouldn’t even walk normal anymore.

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Debuting New Song on Pirate Cat Radio Tonight!

August 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm (Uncategorized)

Just confirmed with the hosts that we’ll be playing the first track off my upcoming mixtape, Ocean Telephones, tonight during my interview on Pirate Cat Radio. So all Gas Monk heads, tune in! For more information about this whole deal, check out yesterday’s post – and check out Pirate Cat Radio, where this will be streaming live tonight at 8 PM West Coast time, 11 PM East Coast.

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Interview Tomorrow Night on Pirate Cat Radio

August 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm (Uncategorized)

This’ll be fun. Tomorrow night I’ll be on Pirate Cat Radio, a San Francisco-based station covering some nice underground beat music. So although I’m all hyped up about The Deadheart Shelters coming out the other day, this will be focused on my work as Gasoline Monk. They’ll be playing some of my newest mixtape, When You Can’t Afford Weed, Smoke This, and giving me the most thorough interview I’ve done on the topic of my hip hop.

The interview will stream live on their website around 8:00 PM San Fran time – which means, for all my Boston peoples and other East Coasters, about 11 PM. It’s also available as an iTunes podcast, and for those in SF with sensitive radios, you can tune in at 87.9 FM. And possibly other frequencies, they say. This shit is underground, raw, genuine – the kind of people that Gasoline Monk loves.

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Jeremy and I, Interviewed By Mike Daily

August 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm (Uncategorized)

Mike Daily, a great writer from Portland who wrote books like Valley and  Alarm, recently interviewed myself and Jeremy about this new book of mine, The Deadheart Shelters. This one had me talking about everything – the book (what went into it and what’s different about it from everything I’ve done before), artists I’m close with like Carlton Mellick III and Jase Daniels, my hip hop, different cities, different times… the most thorough interview I’ve done yet, and I got Mike Daily’s smart, inquisitive mind to thank for provoking me into all these different pathways of thought.

Read the interview here.

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The Deadheart Shelters is Now Available

August 10, 2010 at 8:26 pm (Uncategorized)

That was faster than we thought.

The book is out and available at Amazon: order it here. For a summary (the Amazon pages always lack one when the book’s first up) scoot back to my last post. But I like Carlton Mellick III‘s bite-sized summary the most: “The literary equivalent of an Alejandro Jodorowsky film.”


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The Deadheart Shelters

August 5, 2010 at 12:51 am (Uncategorized)

Two weeks until takeoff. 

Carlton Mellick III, who was a hero to me when I started getting into writing, already called it “The literary equivalent of an Alejandro Jodorowsky film.”

It’ll be published by Swallowdown Press, which is operated by Jeremy Robert Johnson (of Angeldust Apocalypse clout). I have him to thank for how slick this project is, every step of the way… he even gave the book its name. I honestly couldn’t be more excited. This shit is fresh.

Never fall in love, and never try to escape.

Born into a life of brutal slavery, Peter spends his days driven into the wild by vicious dog-masters, forced to pick delicate swamp berries from the skeletons of dead reptiles. His nights offer only the brief escape of hushed conversation and the strange magnolia perfume of fellow slave Lilly.

A moment’s opportunity turns to violence and Peter is thrust into a bizarre new world populated by devious goat-men, poisonous coal-slugs, and murderous royal processions. With the help of his newfound companion, a man-sized infant named Dirt, Peter must decide between embracing his narcotic new world or returning to his old life to save the beautiful souls haunting his dreams.

With a unique poetic prose style Forrest Armstrong delivers a surreal and resonant Bizarro parable for all those who find themselves trapped deep within…

The Deadheart Shelters


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