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V.19 No.13 |

history lesson

DayBird - April 6th

1 B.C.- Jesus is born. Happy Birthday, Jesus Christo!

Many Latter-day Saints believe that esta dia es la actual date of Christ’s birth. This belief is based on the first verse of an 1830 revelation to Joseph Smith indicating the date for officially restoring the Church.

The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April (D&C 20:1).

He is called the "Lamb of God," for christsake. The Christians just co-opted the pagan party days, the Winter Solstice for Christmas, and the Spring Equinox for Easter (JBaZD).

I'm cool with Christ, he can have two.

885 – Saint Methodius (b. c. 815) Rap superstar!

1199 – King Richard I of England dies from an infection following the removal of an arrow from his shoulder. So Un-Chuck.

1895 – Oscar Wilde is arrested in London after losing a libel case against the John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde was having an affair with the Douglass's son, when the Marquess denounced him as a homosexual, and Wilde sued. He lost the case. Homosexuality was classified as a crime in England, and Wilde was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to two years of hard labor. Wilde was released from prison in 1897 and fled to Paris. Goodbye, frigid bitches. He wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol, based on his experiences in prison.

1917 – The United States declares war on Germany - Part Uno.

1937Merle Haggard, American musician, and tavern robber.

1965 – Frank Black, American singer/songwriter

1971Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer for Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Pops and locks for the last time.

1992 – Isaac Asimov, novelist, short story writer, essayist, historian, biochemist, humorist, and all around cool dude, shrugs off this mortal coil. In 1968, the Science Fiction Writers of America voted "Nightfall" the best science fiction short story ever written. I’ve never read, can I borrow someone's copy?

He died of myocardial and renal complications that were the result of HIV, which he had contracted from a blood transfusion received during a bypass surgery. He did not want to hide his disease, but his doctors convinced him to remain silent, warning of the anti-AIDS prejudice.

Asimov was a claustrophile: he enjoyed small, enclosed spaces.

V.19 No.10 | 3/11/2010

Sonic Reducer

Black Francis NonStopErotik · Pavement Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement · Blank Generation (film)

Like all of Black Francis’ solo career, NonStopErotik is stylistically all over the place. The album misleadingly starts with unexceptional alt. rock that harkens back to ’90s bands like the Toadies. Then it spans sexy Ween-esque synth ballads, bug-eyed surf noir and explosive rock that could only be called sweet noise. “We all got wheels to take ourselves away ... come on wheels, take this boy away,” the gigantic-voiced Francis sings on “Wheels.” You sometimes get to wondering what the legendary Pixies frontman’s personal life is like, spending sleepless nights recording this debaucherous long-play in Brooklyn, L.A. and London. In the album’s press release, Francis wrote “I want to be all inside you ... sucking at the only thing that matters”; NonStopErotik gets my vote of approval, but don’t blame me if you feel violated.

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