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I've been writing this new story to Tom Waits. Tom Waits and PJ Harvey. Mostly, I've been writing the new story to this song from Waits' Swordfishtrombones (1983):

Rattle Big Black Bones
in the danger zone
there's a rumblin' groan
down below
there's a big dark town
it's a place I've found
there's a world going on
UNDERGROUND
they're alive, they're awake
while the rest of the world is asleep
below the mine shaft roads
it will all unfold
there's a world going on
UNDERGROUND
all the roots hang down
swing from town to town
they are marching around
down under your boots
all the trucks unload
beyond the gopher holes
there's a world going on
UNDERGROUND


Also, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that chimpanzees are more derived than humans, relative to their common ancestor. You can read more here: "Chimps are ahead of humans in the great evolutionary race." Of course, evolution's not actually a "race," and so no one is actually "ahead" of anyone else, and this is going to lead to all sorts of idiotic confusion, but I've learned you can only fairly expect so much of journalists.

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happyspector
Apr. 17th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
If you don't own it, get thee a copy of Big Time, Tom's live album with much material from Swordfishtrombones. You think you love that song now...

On the "music to write by" front, there really is no one like Tom Waits, is there? (that goes for in general, but you get the idea)
tagplazen
Apr. 17th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Fuck. I totally forgot this, don't know if you've heard that new collection buuuuttttt he does a song on the spoken word album that is King Kong and skull island. Meant to mention that a few days ago when you were talking about same, but a drink fell on me.

And I'm getting old. So senility plays a factor.
curt_holman
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Funny thing about "Underground" -- it appears prominently, sung by Waits, in the computer-animated kid film Robots, accompanying a scene at an infernal "chop shop" where robots work, sweat-shop style, dismantling other robots. Robots features an extremely annoying Robin Williams vocal performance and some obnoxious body-function jokes, but the film's Space Age/Rube Goldberg sense of design is actually pretty charming.
sovay
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
I've been writing this new story to Tom Waits. Tom Waits and PJ Harvey.

Yay. Which PJ Harvey?

I clearly need a copy of "Underground."
greygirlbeast
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Yay. Which PJ Harvey?

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.

I clearly need a copy of "Underground."

Yep.
setsuled
Apr. 18th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
Yay. Which PJ Harvey?

I've had "Dress" stuck in my head constanly since you sent it to me.

I sure wish I could send you a copy of "Underground", but my copy of Swordfishtrombones completely vanished about a year ago . . . It is, indeed, one of his better albums.
sovay
Apr. 18th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
I've had "Dress" stuck in my head constanly since you sent it to me.

I can't sincerely apologize, I'm afraid . . .

(If it helps, I'm having to listen to "Big Exit.")
derekcfpegritz
Apr. 18th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
No way in hell am I less evolved than some damn dirty ape!

Li'l bastards don't even have fully opposable thumbs.
serizawa3000
Apr. 18th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Chimps? As opposed to Bonobos?

Er... *is out of his depth*
greygirlbeast
Apr. 18th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Chimps? As opposed to Bonobos?

Er... *is out of his depth*


Well, technically, bonobos are chimps. The genus Pan contains two living species — P. paniscus (the bonobo) and P. troglodytes (the Common chimpanzee). Both are more closely related to one another than either is to Homo, though all chimpanzees and Homo share a fairly recent common ancestor and are more closely related to one another than to any other living primate species (including gorillas and orangs).

I haven't read the paper, just the news reports, and none of them have specified whether the study was looking at the genome of bonobos or that of Common chimps. Though I'm not a physical anthropologist, my guess would be you'd get the same results with either specie of Pan, as both are so closely related.
serizawa3000
Apr. 18th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh. Um... I was thinking more along sociological lines as opposed to genetic... Chimps hunt for meat, have wars, and occasionally engage in cannibalism... while Bonobos just sort of have little love-fests, and little to no violence. :\

I'm on some sort of ape kick now. I want to watch Greystoke, for no other reason than to scope out Rick Baker's apes... nothing like the judicious application of primates, as someone once said...
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