Summer Tunes

O.K., I know Summer’s not officially over yet but I’m going to call the official UBU507 song of the Summer proclamation — It’s “Mariners Apartment Complex” by my gal Lana Del Rey. I admit I was underwhelmed at first, but the more I listened to it, the more it got under my skin. Lana really understands dynamics and this tune is, well, complex…

I’d also like to shout out to three other newer women artists I discovered and enjoyed this summer — Nicole Dollanganger, Mitski and Stef Chura

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Pan Don’t Mind


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Lady Rat Jinx

In the creepy transactional haze
The visitation moment
Lady Rat Jinx presenting herself as
Made to order for monkey business
Darkly seductive and alienating at once
Cultivating the divine organization
Of her being
A stilted fetish object
For morally casual youths
A less incantatory figure
And more of a sexual one
The spidery branch weavings sway
Among competing versions of lucidity
Optical coherence
Only interferes with itself
A disturbing creature
Wedded to a landscape of possibilities
An attractive force between elements
A reality distortion field
Amid quantum whispers
About the nature of reality
A send trigger creating
Patterns among the tiny particles
Higher energies where discoveries
Seem more likely
The hope that high-energy
Collisions will reveal
New particles charged
Particles emanating from the sun
The chaotic stage of the goddess
A most complex piece of
Highly excitable matter
A Cone of uncertainty
Push her boundaries
Find distant places
Beyond the known world
Thresholds physical and ethical
The jade chamber
In her southern palace
A contact binary
An angle grinder
Information inside a black hole
The Hall of Dispelling Clouds
The Boat of Purity and Ease
Equally hypnotic and exasperating
As two crescents become one circle
Amidst the inevitable rise of the siren
Like an otherworldly glittering
Space crustacean whose brittle
Facade has finally been shattered
Breaches everywhere multiple breaches
What properties of an object
Are preserved when it is
Changed or deformed
The customary Englishwoman’s
Exceptional want of character
I’ll answer a question
With a question
Why is there something instead of


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Textural Brooke


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Nothing Beside Remains

A fleeting chirp
From vast ungoverned spaces
Conversation disorder
Borderline gibberish
Devoid of meaning
Backchannel chats
Impossible on any machine
That obeys the laws of physics
A brief coherence time
A temporal dissonance
A focal seizure
A significant brain insult
Causing violent relaxation
Creating a bewildered figure a
Feverish and somewhat feeble
High energy transient explorer
Of time domain astronomy
Slave to the Carrington event
A manifestation of what happens
When you have chaos
Still on moving ground
Past enchantment
Severely aberrant
Gazing into a terrifying black hole
The Uncanny Valley
Appearing in
Grainy detail
Marionettes and reptiles
A lost shipping container
Wedged in a sea cave
The doomsday rock
Mostly void with a veil
Of atmosphere
As empty as gutted fish
Small cores buried deep
Inside extensive balls
Of gas
Mingled with burnt
Tree trunks
The telltale fallout of
A planetary sized impact
The Chicxulub event
The cosmic blow
That ended an age
A vast evacuation
Grave thermal catastrophe
Light & Death & Life & Shadow
Buttering the sunshine avenue
The big rip of phantom energy
A cosmic repulsion force
Smooth and flattened
In the original chaos
To what end nobody knows

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You Want More


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Sad Details Emerge

Sad details emerge
The endangerment finding
Prep school sex inquiries
As a prelude to a classroom stabbing
A change agent
Taunting a police animal
Misbehaving before the enemy
Some kind of mascara-wearing
Massacre-seeking entity
Slaughtering the anointed
In the hallways
With the hallmarks of a
Grotesque thriller novel
A discourse saboteur
A drug-addled degenerate whose
Artwork celebrated consumerism
And the relation of individuals
To corrupted systems
On intimate terms with the deepest
Levels of physical reality
A bad sport strange atypical
The bloom of a flowering plant
A mass of combustible matter
A vexing gesture toward damage and delusion
The violation of parity and
The failure of the American ethos
Have I been discoursing to no avail whatsoever
Girls in heels holding objects
And gesturing to them
In the experience center
A census designated place
A bad place for a beef
The casualty officer
Wondering whether he’d killed the fuck

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Yes, she is….


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Our Time


The stolid institutions
Surrounding her
The walls of a maze
Skewing together
And apart
Lines and rectangles
Shifting like the
Hands of a clock
Our time

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