Thursday, June 29, 2006

Strategies of Beauty Profile: Samantha Moss and Emil Rapstine (by Defensive Listening)

Saturday's Strategies of Beauty performance featuring the duet of Samantha Moss of Jetscreamer and Emil Rapstine of The Angelus will be their second performance together, and like the first, it will likely result in some combination of haunting atmospheric music and spoken word performance. In their first performance, Emil played a bastardized wind organ to accompany Samantha's recital of passages from"Dakota: A Spiritual Geography," a non-fiction tome written by Kathleen Norris that includes a topical mix of weather reports, spirituality, and monasticism in the American Midwest. Sounds like Spin Magazine wasn't kidding about this being one of the "101 Wildest Parties" of the summer! But don't let the reading scare you, Mr. or Ms. Less Adventurous, because Emil Rapstine's accompaniment will be a sonic fit to the heavy subject matter, and will probably resemble his moody work in The Angelus. Unfortunately, Rapstine's wind organ died an untimely death, so he'll be forced to improvise other ways to embellish Sam's speaking. The two might also treat the crowd to duet vocals, but no promises. One thing I was promised by Samantha: this will sound nothing like Jetscreamer.


Anonymous Jackson said...



8:44 AM  
Blogger streisand said...

this sounds interesting...will be good to hear the two of them in another setting. Emil was really good solo the other night at doublewide so i bet this is great even though i always get him mixed up with josh.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous kate mackley said...

Nice photo.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous kate mackley said...

Nice photo. Photo credits are always polite.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought "emil" was just a pseudonym for "josh" ...

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought "emil" was just a pseudonym for "josh" ...

Wow! Good one! Man, where did you... How did you... A Totally Original Joke From an Anon Dude!
It's because they both, like, have a beard, and, like, sing really pretty, and like, both are from... Oh... You get it? Yeah it's a really witty and insightful... No, see, they both have BEARDS. DENTON. Get it? HA! High fucking five!

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how did spin magazine even know about this thing? figured they'd be buisy talking about some clear channel sponsored festival or some shit

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's my understanding that Spin contacted Sam at the Observer looking for D/FW tips. There are a few more local things mentioned on the list.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous ed said...

Yeah, I saw the Laptop Deathmatch on there as well.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

plagiarism at it's most uncreative extreme.king bee.queen bee.tending to the hive of enslaved little bees.but never producing the honey.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell does that even mean?
Cut the deep shit and speakuh dee english dude! I'm scared of bees!

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah.. what the shit are you talking about?

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam and Emil are the radness.

2:47 PM  
Blogger streisand said...

notes from the underground profile please!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous ed said...


3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam = Hott chick with a guitar

Emil = Some dude with a guitar


3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's it..this is my last post on here.
you people want lamens terms do you?
uh he stinks and she uh stinks.
together they are uncreative and to prove it..they are reading from a book that they happened to not write.i guess between grooming and hall monitering it's all they had time for.
now does that help any?

3:25 PM  
Blogger jamo said...

ok, I still don't get it, in what way do they stink? do they have some sort of unpleasant odor radiating from their beings? or is it some other form of stinkage? is this a mataphor? how hard would one have to try in order to stink thusly? did they claim to write the book? isn't falsy claiming to produce something that one didn't actually produce the true definition of plagiarism? if so, what makes this so? who are you? what do you want?

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, now you're just being an idiot.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not you, jamo. The dude above you. The idiot.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous M-. said...

Hey there...

For the record, Sam and Emil have once again been gracious enough to interpret some sections of a book I enjoy... at my request. They did so previously at another show I put together. I really enjoyed what they did with the text at the past performance, and I thought it would be a good fit for Strategies. If you are not into the idea, you don't have to attend. No big deal.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's a lamens?

4:10 PM  
Blogger jamo said...

a lamen is a tool used by alchemists, I think!


4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez... talk about beating a dead horse- it seems like EVERY time there's a post about SoB, an arguement breaks out. Grow up people- for serious.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous djtigerbee said...

bees rule!

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SoB is gonna be fun. HOT DOG CART!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Delmore said...

yay! im really looking forward to this one come saturday

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i'm not mistaken, the "lamen" is a civil war era battleship..

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to have to eat lamen all the time in college.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think lamen penatrated my butthole.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

buttholes? bees?


3:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a lamen is a physical abnormality that occurs in un-hygienic women. it's a fusing of the labia and hymen. inside out.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well when i wrote the word "stink"
I was trying to use a word that you people could understand.the poetic imagery of bees I used was a bit too much here.Therefore,the word "stink" was written.I still don't think you even understood moaned about me being silly and grade schoolish.ahh this is funny is it not?

1:27 PM  
Blogger jamo said...

I understand all of this, but I am not quite sure if you are aware of "stinks" various conotations: for instance: "that stinks..." what am I trying to say, does it literally stink? or am I saying something far deeper and more complex than a simple statement linked to my olfactory bulb?

as far as your poor metaphor concerning bees, this is even further confusing because anyone that knows anything about bees knows that the "queen bee" doesn't produce honey! infact, bees don't "produce" honey at all, they are merely a vehicle for that production!

and bees don't stink!

2:33 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

bee nice everyone!

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

read my post again jamo..I never said the queen produced honey.that was my point exactly.your just reaching now...stinky?,it's whatever you want it to be.... your the little enslaved bee I was talking about.

2:46 PM  
Blogger jamo said...

"your the little enslaved bee"

"your" is in the possesive form,

so I now possess a bee.


3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops you got made me look like a total idiot.I said your instead of you're..I wish these things really mattered.
nah,reach again.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous djtigerbee said...

what do you call a bee that dies and comes back to life?

a zom-bee

ok, back to the arguing...

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lamens termz pleeez!.!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yuck-who could argue over this mess.not worth it-it's all a joke.

2:54 AM  
Blogger jamo said...

I thought the flowery language I was using would have alluded to that fact that I wasn't being serious, but I guess some people are too dense.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would .... and I thought I would like it. It had the divine minimalist musicality, texture, imagery and atmosphere of Lee Ranaldo's spoken solo stuff.

4:19 PM  

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