Vegan Poem

ol’ colonel Sanders & holy McDonald’s,

children addicted to cola-cocaine,

pieces of animals, burning, wriggling,

crowds od followers of the fast food religion

in the waiting line,

accepting killing and eating, looking away,

– my fat is my burden, my fat is my burden –

animals with their damn bad luck being an article,

nominated to be dominated,

honored to be dishonored,

violated.

don’t pretend it’s not happening, don’t look away,

have a courage to meet your meat,

meet your meat, meet your meat…

and then try to eat.

 

– Vyvyan Ost

 

TOP 10 Donald Trump Faces

10. Say “F-F-F-F*ck!” Face

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9. Angry Rugby Coach Face

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7. Snotty Snotty Lady Face

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6. Gotcha! Face

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5. Big Painful Poop Face

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4. “What the hell was that?” Face

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3. Diarrhea Attacked Singer Face

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2. Anus Lip Sync Face

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1. “Look, I am Putin’s helpless puppet” Face

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All Town’s Boys & Girls

All town’s boys & girls are sitting by the lake, pretending that the lake is a sea. Steve is a pirate, Martha is a fish.

“She is no ordinary fish, Steve, she is a mermaid, you silly, dummy, dumb dumb.”

Roger is a fisherman, he wants to catch Martha, but Martha resists because she knows that Chloe, who is damn fine queen of it all, is in love with him.

“She loves you, Roger, you silly, dummy, dumb dumb. You’re just trying to catch the wrong sea creature.”

Aaron is drunk like a cannon, Joy is happiness and the rest is just water between them. They are the happiest of all children, both of them are just sitting quietly on the shore, enjoying the beauty of the sea.

“I am drunk, Joy,” says Aaron.

“Why’s that?” Joy asks. “What did you drink?”

“I dunno, maybe I was drinking too much waves… with my eyes.”

“The waves… beautiful, aren’t they?”

“Yes, they are.”

“And what do you see in them?” Joy asks and smiles facing the sunset.

“You. I see you in them, you silly, dummy, dumb dumb.”

They kiss like two kids usually do when they discover the right beating of their hearts. And hundreds of ants start rolling in their bellies while Roger is angry with Martha and Chloe is angry both with Roger and Martha. And for those angry kids, the lake is just a lake again. The sea is here just for Aaron and Joy

by Vyvyan Ost

 

 

Pistol Jack’s TV Head

Pistol Jack had a gun in his pocket while he was circling ’round the bank for the last couple of days. He needed money to buy a new life – the kind of life he saw many times on TV:

Celebrities, fast cars, hot chicks, Empire-State-tall glasses full of drinks, Cola-Cocain & neon glows in the center of the city, bourgeois parties, diamond eyes, golden teeth, velvet skin & smelly smelly cigars.

In the end, he really did rob the bank but was shot in the back of his head while he was running away. A picture for TV News: motionless body on dry ground, police sirens, money spilled from the bag, Pistol Jack’s brain spilled from his head, some old lady shocked & in tears, cold gun in the dirt. And – of course – one foolish soul, invisible, flying away.

The Coroner of this town – Steve Coldfriend – said that Pistol Jack was dying slowly anyway – that he had growing TeleVision tumor in his head.

by Vyvyan Ost

 

TOP 10 Albums of 2017

10. Depeche Mode – Spirit

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Spirit is a really good record. Not as balanced as I hoped, yet still pretty good. Some songs are superb, specifically opening Going Backwards with its catchy guitar riff and radio hit-predestined Where’s the Revolution or poisonous Poison Heart. Unfortunately, no every song is as strong as these, but still, this legend’s latest electro-driven creature is a joy to listen if you are a fan of those black-clothed guys. It’s as simple as that.

 

9. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

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Groovy. LCD Soundsystem’s comeback sounds a little bit like some older Bowie songs… and that – of course – is a compliment. Well… actually it sounds a lot like Bowie in some parts. American dream is energic, with a lot of oldschool electronics and reminds me The Cure as well. Ok, so here we have the album which reminds two big legends… I think there is nothing else to say about its qualities, right?

 

8. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

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Mogwai went back to guitars after latest significantly electronic album Atomic. They are still ethereal but with Every Country’s Sun there is again more of rock’n’roll in their sound. These songs have a more distinctive rhythm but they are hypnotic as usual. If you know Mogwai, you’ll know what to expect – it’s just more of the same, to be honest. No experiments, they just do what they are best at and we can not blame them. Simply, if you need another dose of Mogwai – a hypnotic post-rock ride – you you won’t be disappointed. The experience is almost transcendental (especially when listening Don’t Believe th Fife which is Mogwai at its best).

 

7. Linkin Park – One More Light

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I grew up on Hybrid Theory and Meteora but I don’t listen to these albums anymore because… well because these were most of all for angry youth. But with Minutes to Midnight, which is still my most favorite LP, Linkin Park got out of their comfort zone and started experimenting with various genres. No, One More Light is not one of their best albums, but seems to be the most personal one, and because of songs like One More Light, Talking to Myself, Sorry for Now, Good Goodbye and Sharp Edges it simply deserves its spot in this list. Oh, and yes – Chester’s vocals are just amazing, stunning in various shades & colors. Rest in peace, Chester.

 

6. Me and That Man – Songs of Love and Death

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To be honest, I don’t like country. I don’t like it at all. But Adam Darski’s dark country project Me nad That Man is just damn great. Yes, that Adam “Nergal” Darski from Behemoth has made a country album…well sort of. It’s no ordinary country, it’s much more than that. You can feel a good and wise storyteller (like Nick Cave or Tom Waits) in it. The sound is heavy and the melodies are smashing. It’s dark, it’s depressive but if you are in the right mood, it can be a really good companion. Dark, calm and wise companion.

 

5. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

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I was looking forward to this one because I just adore Cigarettes After Sex’s first EP, simply called I. Finally, here we have their first long playing self-titled album and it’s exactly what you’d expect – a melancholic pop with blurry sound, calmly vibrant and darkly atmospheric. The whole album maintains its unique feeling from beginning to end and listening to it is just like living through one smoky black & white story. A great music for daydreaming, remembering or just dreaming.

 

4. Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence

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Ok, Add Violence is just an EP but it doesn’t matter because its single Less Than is one of the best things (maybe the best thing) I’ve heard for the whole year… so this album just has to be here. It is more accessible than its predecessor, Not the Actual Events, but it doesn’t mean that it is less distinctive, no, not at all. Can’t wait for the last piece in this soon-to-be EP trilogy.

 

3. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

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Well, Queens of the Stone Age have released a new album, what else do you need to know? Whatever they are doing, turns into gold. They are still idiosyncratic, crisp, original, powerful with their raw guitar sound and incisive melodies. Listening to them always feels like watching a 70s Grindhouse movie full of hillbilly villains, bottle-demons, roaring american cars and dangerous strippers – and their 7th LP is no exception. Every single song is as cool as the LP’s hella-good cover artwork, again made by Boneface. Lovin’ it!

 

2. Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down

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The God of F*ck is back! His previous album, The Pale Emperor, was an interesting move, an awesome rock album with shades of blues, mostly thanks to the new guitarist (and soundtracks composer) Tyler Bates. In Heaven Upside Down Manson remembered his earlier works, especially Mechanical Animals and Antichrist Superstar, which means more raw and brutal songs (Antichrist) and more electronics and glam-rock tendencies (Mechanical Animals). Anyway, Tyler Bates remains in his place and he is the main figure of this LP because the guitars are just amazing! Oh, and yes, you can still feel The Pale Emperor in some songs – mostly in KILL4ME (my new favorite!), Saturnalia or Threads of Romance. With his tenth album, Manson showed us that he still has a lot to offer although his live performances are no longer what they used to be. On this album every song is a success.

 

1. Lorde – Melodrama

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Lorde… she is the Queen of this year. Her second album is just stunning. Every piece of it. Really. It’s unbelievable how that young girl managed to create such an adult record. Melodrama is deeply emotional, distincitive, layered, rich in motives and catchy. And also very personal. You’ll love Lorde in the position of angry midnight viper (Green Light), heartbreak tamer (Liability) or touching storyteller (Writer in the Dark). The whole album is a party-flavored drama about young loves & losses. And when it reaches the final Perfect Places, which is incredibly energic, you’ll want to experience it all over again.