Coping with Death and Destruction, the new book by Arrison Kirby, is beginning to receive reviews on the web. (Feel free to leave your own on Amazon or Goodreads or wherever, if you read it, yourself!)
Among the first is by Jeyran Main and it is featured on her site (www.jeyranmain.com) You can read it here:
In the meantime, Arrison Kirby has taken a break from music to write a book!
Here is the blurb:
The book is a collection of twelve, high concept, multi-part short stories reflecting on and inspired by the death and transformation of the year 2016. It serves as an elegy for that period of time, submerging into dark themes of loss, extracting what irreverence and hopefulness it can, and reflecting it through a prism of an eternal universe. Sorted astrologically, the stories sometimes span generations, depicting conflict based around such themes as apocalypse, dreams, aging, dying, ghosts, the afterlife, animals, nature, global politics and pop culture. Location also varies, taking the reader through several American states to North Korea, Africa, the Philippines and beyond – often peppered with heavy doses of Southern Gothic sensibility.
In the book, you can read about religion based on pop science fiction and fantasy, a 1960’s lounge singer marginalized by the Beatles, or a mixture of drugs that allows the user to summon the dead. Several of the tales blend fact into the fiction, nodding to the cultural giants whose deaths loomed over the year 2016: David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Carrie Fisher and others. These are detailed and developed stories, intended to instill within the reader a sense of timelessness and a comfort in the notion of infinity.
You can purchase the book here:
And if you read it, might you be so kind to review it as well?
Steve Wildsmith of The Daily Times interviewed DJ Fuq Yoo Infinity about the new Hypenkrünk release, Lords of Rap Volume 1: Just Da Tip. The article serves as both a review of the disc and a preview of the release show, which occurred on February 1st at The Pilot Light in Knoxville, TN.
Lords of Rap Volume 1: Just Da Tip
“Trappalachia (Meadow Fabulous)”
“The Devil’s Geometries”
DJ Fuq Yoo Infinity – beats
Nasty N8 – synth
D Mobile – guitar, synth
MC Realtree – lyrics, vocals
Produced by Hypenkrünk
Recorded at El Studio, Knoxville, TN
Mixed by Dustin Milotte at Secret Show Studio
Mastered by Arrison Kirby at El Deth
Art and design by David Dalton at Hot Mess Hotel
All songs by Hypenkrünk
2014 El Deth
“Biscuits-n-Davey” contains a sample from “Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love” by Peggy March
Lords of Rap Volume 1: Just Da Tip is the debut release by Knoxville based rap and psychedelia group, Hypenkrünk. Though they use aliases for this project, Hypenkrünk is a collaboration between musicians from across the music spectrum. The players hail from the backgrounds of hip hop, (Flashmob, Flack Jacket) electronica, (Star Mountain), jazz (Deep Green) and prog rock (Obadiah).
The lyrics of vocalist, MC Realtree, are as prurient as they are suggestive and subliminal. Where in one moment, he may be rolling in the dirt with an animal nature and the lowest of brows, in the next he is proposing an evolution of the collective consciousness and sharing glimpses into other worlds.
These lyrics overlay a bed of music that is at times danceable, industrial, improvisational, irreverent, ambient, rigid, rocking, progressive, gangsta and dancehall. It could be comparable to a Nine Inch Nails album, produced by Nigel Godrich and Dan the Automator, featuring 2 Live Crew in one ear and Outkast in the other…or maybe Sage Francis.
This is the twentieth release from the El Deth recording label. Get it online and in limited hard form on January 28th, 2014.
Stream the first single here: