The Music of Erich Zann is a haunting reminiscence of a place found outside the normal rules of society, order and physics.
Something exists behind the high wall that only Erich Zann can see over.
Does he long to see?
Or is he afraid of the cold fire from beyond that longs to walk with him?
Like the town of Twin Peaks the Rue d’Auseil cannot be found on any map, and those who seek for it fail, unless they walk with their inner sight. We Invite you then to close your eyes in a tightly curtained room, and shudder along with us a we walk up that steep hillside street where the houses bend together like supplicants in prayer, they and we are anxiously awaiting the concert to begin.
For artists, their outlook of the world can be expressed in the form of discrete symbol systems, and in this way artists are likely to refer to their art as their children. For this is true in a partially incestuous way. Our start positions in life are given to us primarily by our experiential parents: Those brave humans who choose to raise us. We take on that gift (or baggage) and transform it over the course of our lives, our lived encounters with the human and natural world. This forms individual outlooks on the world, for none of us see all of it, or even an identical portion of it.
An artist cannot help but incorporate this subjective model of the unknown objective world into their object ‘d art, or can they? In this episode, we discuss the work and lives of a number of authors working in the genre of “The Weird.” From H.P. Lovecraft to David Lynch. Yes, it’s Arkham to Twin Peaks, by way of Cross Plains, Texas and Detroit, Michigan.
The Horla is all about a creature from “outside” that causes a previously good and sane person to doubt their sanity, indulge in actions of questionable moral turpitude and ultimately make a terrible choice with unknown consequences. Sound familiar?
She is the reason that we are first introduced to the town of Twin Peaks, but died before that lonely foghorn first blew. Homecoming Queen and sex worker, murder victim and drug dealer, charity volunteer and thief, Laura is a character that exists beyond the pale boundaries of “good” and “bad” that television–especially the soap operas that Twin Peaks was inspired by–tends to sort its characters into.
Using her Secret Diary as a guide we peel back a few of the layers, look under one or two fingernails, and ultimately become blinded by the brilliance of Laura’s mind and soul. Taken from us too soon, we hope to see you again… the 25 years is almost up after all.
Nathan Carson is the drummer for Witch Mountain, a Doom Metal band from one of our favorite Twin Peaks adjacent cities, Portland! He’s also (in no particular order) a Twin Peaks fan, a really cool dude, and the author of the Bizarro Fiction novel Starr Creek which is perhaps more Lovecraftian than Peakian, but is very, very good, which is the main thing, isn’t it?
We talk to him about music, the weird, weird things, writing, touring and really get down to the brass tacks about what kind of wonderful trees there are out there.
Also, his publisher is Lazy Fascist Press, which puts out many books that are enjoyed by us.
The Key to the Key of Theosophy, a Counter Esperanto joint.
Being a mostly Clear, although somewhat muddled Exposition, in the Form of questionable Question and improbable Answer, of the ETHICS, SCIENCE, AND PHILOSOPHY (such as they are) for the Study of which The Theosophical Society founded itself.
Also, trick riding and Owls that are not what they seem.
The detective hero falls into a few quickly identifiable types: There is the tough guy, like Mike Hammer or Dashiell Hammett’s Continental Op; the systematic police that shows up on Law & Order or CSI; and of course there is the brainy “Great Detective” embodied in Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. And then there is Dale Cooper.
In a forest of investigator protagonists, FBI Agent Dale Cooper is an oak among evergreens (Douglas Firs, specifically). Herein we run through the top ten (pre-season three) moments that we find wonderful and amazing about our special agent, and comment on their importance and meaning to the two of us at least, and possibly to you as well. As the man himself says, “I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange” (S2E18)
As promised, this week we take out our microscopes to examine things as they are, and as they might be. Jubel examines Weirdness as a literary and cultural phenomenon, while Karl goes and gets himself lost in the woods… and the mountains, the high plateaus, the river-bottoms, the deserts and mysteries of upper air. No joke, Washington is the only state in the Union that contains all of earth’s major environments, including a Rain Forest, but we investigated thatlast month along with our locally iconic Tree Octopus.
Psychogeography: is this real or some strange and twisted dream? Personally, I think it’s too Weird.
Along with the rest of the country, we have been a little too successful at our “Counter Esperanto,” and the heaping plates of Double R Diner Turkey Specials have done us in for yet another year. And yet, in our repletion, we have not forgotten you, gentle listener, and so we offer up this holiday song of sorrow and wonder. A somewhat carnivorous canto in three parts:
“The Lake” by Edgar Allen Poe, reading by Karl Eckler the Elder.
“Nyarlathotep” by H.P. Lovecraft, reading by Jubel Brosseau.
“Floating into the Night” by Julee Cruise, as covered by Universal Self Awareness.