Monday, June 27, 2016

Pheaturing VanDeRocker

Hey kids, it's Monday? How is your day going? Do you kids like Channing Tatum? You will after you read this story... On June 22nd, Channing Tatum weighed in with his thoughts on sex, feminism, porn, rape culture, and the incredibly short sentence Brock Turner received after being convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the Stanford Campus. ​You know, just a bit of light conversation. Speaking to Joanna Coles, the editor-of-chief of "Cosmopolitan" (via Facebook Live), Tatum said of rape culture, "I think it's tough. I think that rape culture is a very real thing... I think it's a horrible, horrible idea to let someone off because of possibly what they're gonna be capable of doing. Because if you start doing that, where do you end? Where does that stop? Where does that line actually quit? I don't think it's right. I think [Turner] should've been punished, personally, but I also don't know what the answer is to protect women, to keep you out of those situations." Brock Turner received a jail sentence of just six months, of which he'll probably only serve three, angering just about everyone in the world other than Turner's immediate family. Asked what he thought of the sentence, Tatum replied, "I just couldn't believe it. That is like if you killed someone, if you got caught red-handed murdering someone, and then just because you went to a nice school and you were a good swimmer, you somehow get a lesser sentence than what you would've for cold-blooded murder. I mean, that just doesn't make any sense." Nope, it sure doesn't, other than the fact that Turner was white and a star athlete at the university. So how do we fix the problem? Well, first we probably should be asking people other than actors, but Tatum's answer is just about as good as any. "I think we need to use education and we have to be comfortable talking about [sex]. Look I’m uncomfortable talking about it and I’m saying we should be comfortable talking about it. But it is, it’s an awkward thing to talk about, it’s an awkward thing to talk about especially probably with your kids. And how do we do that better? Like ow do we actually come up with a plan to be able to communicate about sex and what do we need from each other and what are the lines and how do you even know where the lines are if you’re not strong enough to say, okay, I’m not comfortable with this anymore... The only way to get to what you want is communication." And in case you didn't love Tatum one hundred thousand percent already, a woman in the audience asked him his definition of feminism in three words, to which he replied, "I can do it in one. Equality."
A news crew filming a group of religious protestors at London's Gay Pride parade on Saturday happened to spot actor Jesse Eisenberg (who's in London performing in a play) walking his bicycle through the crowd. Eisenberg stopped briefly to glance at the protestors' signage, as a man speaking into a microphone preached, "It's all very well saying God is a God of love. We would agree, God is a God of love. But he's also a God of justice. God has his laws." As Eisenberg shook his head in disbelief and disgust, one of the protestors holding pamphlets asked him, "Is your mind closed?" which, when you think about it, is a slightly odd way to ask someone if they're "open" to being hateful, judgmental, and homophobic. Eisenberg simply responded, "So sad. That's so fucking sad... Is my mind closed, dude, you're so fucked up" and continued on his way. Eisenberg, best known for playing real person Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and, more recently, not-real person Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman, is currently performing in a play he wrote called "The Spoils" in London's West End. In an interview with "The Guardian," Eisenberg explained that social causes were an important part of his upbringing, saying, "It was totally understood, growing up, that we should support people who are struggling. This was not debatable."
New polls show that Hillary Clinton has a lot more support from women than does Donald Trump (an estimated 52% versus 35%). But on Saturday night and all throughout Sunday, women who support Trump decided to show their love for the orange candidate on Twitter, using the hashtag #TrumpGirlsBreakTheInternet, and a lot of American flag bikinis. Before long, the hashtag was trending. Believe it or not, turns out some women do support Trump (insert cringe-face emoji here). Bear in mind, along with actual women, the hashtag attracted a lot of dudes who just Googled and posted pictures of women in Trump hats, shirts, or panties, in order to boost the hashtag and, you know, look at pictures of hot women Making America Great Again. And then, of course, there's the hashtag backlash. There were probably about as many liberals as conservatives using the hashtag, only the liberals hijacked the hashtag by posting it with memes of disgust and pictures of a different sort. Luckily, voting for president is not done via Twitter. Yet.
Texas tried to do this thing where they attempted to shut down three-fourths of the abortion clinics in the state, but the Supreme Court was not having it. With a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the court decided the proposed laws were in violation of the Constitution, and ultimately not in the best interest of women who are seeking healthcare and abortion services. Here is how it went down. Back in 2013, then Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill into law that stated that abortion clinics had to comply with the standards of surgical centers concerning buildings, equipment, and staffing in order to remain open. That would have meant that small abortion clinics would be required to have wider corridors, high tech surgical equipment, and that any doctor performing an abortion must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. But opponents of the law pointed out that an abortion clinic does not need these things in order to operate safely; these proposed provisions were not actually meant to help women at all, but rather aimed to shut down the majority of the state's abortion clinics.According to the "New York Times," under the proposed law, only about 10 of the 41 current abortion clinics in Texas would remain open. Just an FYI, Texas is freaking huge, so women who wanted or needed abortions would likely have to travel considerable differences to receive safe and legal abortion services. The Supreme Court deliberated for three months and ultimately decided that forcing women to travel 300 miles round trip for an abortion is actually a terribly unconstitutional idea. Uh duh. Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote the majority opinion, but was joined by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. "There was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure. We agree with the District Court that the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an "undue burden" on their constitutional right to do so." This ruling is being called the most important abortion ruling in the past 20 years, and pro-choicers everywhere are celebrating the Supreme Court's decisive ruling.
It's a tough time for the United Kingdom: 52% of its citizens voted to leave the European Union, plunging the country into economic uncertainty. But in tough times, when democracy is rough, luckily there's the monarchy to inspire hope again! Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are being the adorable couple that they are to make you like the British again! I'm British, so I hope you like me. Anyway, The couple were honored at gala fundraiser for East Anglia's Children's Hospices on Wednesday, and Kate thanked the Michelin star chefs with a self-deprecating comment. "William has to put up with my cooking most of the time," Kate said, to which Wills quickly quipped, "It's the reason I'm so skinny." Aww! A some li'l royal teasing! How cute! Here is a picture of William and Kate kissing to distract you from the fact that the Brexit launches a new era of economic and political uncertainty in the western world!

If only the U.K. and the E.U. would kiss and make up.
At the top of the entry I mentioned Channing Tatum... well, I should mention his new movie...

I bet it's gonna be funny. Haha. Hey, there's some one new running for President and I love their campaign poster...

Hahahahahaha. That cracked me up... I am crying. I can't focus. Ugh! I mentioned the #TrumpGirlsBreakTheInternet hashtag, right? Well, in the new few weeks I will show you pics of first that support Trump. Why? Why not?

Speaking of girls, it's summer and one of the best thing about summer is the bikini. So, I am showing you bikini pics with something not so sexy in the background.

That could almost be a Mindphuck. Haha. And now from the home office in Port Jefferson, here is...

Top Phive Things Overheard At Kanye's "Famous" Video Shoot
5. We need a total shutdown of celebrities entering this bed until our country's representations can figure out what's going on!
4. This is the last time I book a room on Airbnb!
3. I can't believe this many people came to my cocktail party!
2. In the morning, I'll make my famous 40-foot-wide waffles!
And the number one thing overheard at Kanye's "Famous" video shoot was...
1. Christian Mingle, you came through AGAIN!

If you spot the Mindphuck please let me know. Okay, so, on the Discovery Channel this week it is Shark Week. Coincidentally, I just happen to know shark who makes an appearance here on the Phile every year during Shark Week. So, please welcome back to the Phile once again...

Me: Hello, Feargal, welcome back to the Phile. How are you?

Feargal: Okay, I guess. I had a nightmare about being attacked by a shark. When I woke up I realized it was just a bream.

Me: So, every time you're here you tell shark jokes. So, do you have jokes for us?

Feargal: Yes. What was the shark jazz musician's favorite illegal substance?

Me: Hmmm. I don't know. What?

Feargal: Reefer!

Me: Duh. Haha. Good one.

Feargal: Why did the mommy shark and daddy shark get divorced?

Me: Do we have to walkabout divorce? I don't know... what?

Feargal: They no longer loved each other.

Me: That has nothing to do with sharks, Feargal. Give is one more.

Feargal: Who was the first shark elected president of the United States?

Me: I don't know. Who?

Feargal: James K. Shark.

Me: Haha. I know someone who would like that joke. Good job, Feargal. Take care and come back on the Phile soon.

Feargal: I will. Now I have to go back into the ocean. Good-bye, people.

Me: Feargal the Shark, everyone. Beat that, Discovery Channel!

Electronic cigarette
An electronic cigarette is a battery powered vaporizer that gives you all the cancer of smoking but none of the coolness.

The 50th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is...

Phile Alum and author Martin Belmont will be a guest on the Phile next week.

Today's guest is a very talented and good looking singer whose EP "Jupiter's Kiss" is now available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile... VanDeRocker.

Me: Hello, there. Welcome to the Phile. How are you?

VanDeRocker: Thank you! I’m good! I’ve been traveling today, which always feeds my soul a little. 

Me: Okay, I was gonna ask you about your name as it's so freaking cool and original but it's your last name isn't it? 

VanDeRocker: Oh, thank you! It’s a moniker. My family is Dutch-Texan. I would say Dutch-American but Texas is a like it’s own little country. So the name is a little bit of homage to my roots. Literally translated it might mean “of the rocker” which was what I loved about it. My taste in music is so broad, and I just want to elevate anyone I can with my music. So there ya go.

Me: Your band is named VanDeRocker, right? So, should I call you VanDeRocker?

VanDeRocker: Sure! I answer to that. I answer to anything so long as it’s called with love.

Me: Is that your maiden name or did you get married? It is very suiting for you and what you do for a living.

VanDeRocker: Well, thank you! It certainly gets a reaction.

Me: So, where are you from originally? You live in L.A. now, right?

VanDeRocker: Yes, I live in L.A. now, but I grew up in Austin. I didn’t know how cool it was till I left.

Me: Did you move out to L.A. because of the music business?

VanDeRocker: My man and I moved out from NYC, and yep, pretty much because of music, entertainment, the arts.

Me: Okay, I have to talk about this... you used to sneak into bars when you were 12 to play in band because your sister was playing? Did I get that right?

VanDeRocker: Yes, that’s right. My age might have not been entirely clear to some of the bookers. And when it was clear I had to always use the back entrance and not set foot off the stage. But when you’re a kid, it kind of makes you feel like a queen in a weird way.

Me: I have so many questions about this... so bare with me. First of, how did you sneak out the house and get to the club?

VanDeRocker: Oh, my mom knew about that and was okay with it because she trusted my sister (hahaha). However, I did use to sneak out of my house to go perform in the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" when I was 14 every Friday and Saturday for a solid year or so. That took dedication. The shows weren’t until midnight so she’d be fast asleep which helped get me out the door. I also did a lot of sleepovers at my friends’ houses at the time, which helped. All of this has led me to decide that when I have 14 year old kids down the road, I will plant cactus outside their bedroom window. I’ll also get a yippy Chihuahua.

Me: How long did you get away with this?

VanDeRocker: As long as I possibly could. And if I got caught, I’d lay low for a couple weeks and then inch my way out as soon as I could. Normal teenage behavior, no? It felt like a calling at the time.

Me: When and how did your parents find out?

VanDeRocker: Well, I usually got away with it, but now and then I’d come home and my mom would be waiting up for me, sometimes in the front bushes with a flashlight. The usual parent child push hands competition. Funny little memories.

Me: Okay, so your sister... is she still playing in bands? Has she released any music?

VanDeRocker: She does more writing these days than performing live, but is planning on getting out there sometime soon. Her project is called Bojest and she did release an EP a few years ago!

Me: What does everyone think of your music career now and the album, "Jupiter's Kiss"?

VanDeRocker: "Jupiter’s Kiss" is being really well received! It’s my debut EP, and I had the pleasure and honor to work with some ridiculously amazing rock stars on this. There was some confusion in the beginning on where I’d fit in in the music scene because I fuse a lot of sounds together. But now, people are really starting to get it, to realize what I’m capable of, and embrace what I’m offering which feels good. I am pretty much doing all of this by myself so it’s nice to feel supported. A LOT of love is being put into this.

Me: What kind of music did you and your sister perform?

VanDeRocker: Her music is kind of neo classical rock. It’s really beautiful and fun.

Me: So, who were your influences growing up? I read three of them are Prince, Bowie and Kate Bush. That's crazy that two of those have passed this year. 

VanDeRocker: Well, you probably know we had a classical foundation for the music played in our home. Both of my parents are classical musicians and my sisters were classically trained as well so that’s a huge influence. I still listen to it all the time. But growing up I went off on a really eclectic musical journey along with the rock and became obsessed with everything from The Beatles (naturally) to things like Gwar, Laibach, and Legendary Pink Dots. And I always loved world music like Fado from Portugal and Celtic music. And I also had a penchant for French and English renaissance music. I can’t begin to tell you how all over the map I am.

Me: Where were you and what did you do when you found out Bowie and Prince passed away?

VanDeRocker: Oh, man. Just today on the way to the airport I couldn’t believe about David still... 6 months after the fact. He and Prince both are such enormous losses... such icons. David Bowie I read about while I was on the phone with a DJ in O.C. I told this guy the news, who then passed it on to his listeners. I was nervous and hopeful I was giving him bad information, the slight chance that it might have been a prank. It really took my breath away. And then with Prince, I heard about it in the car, again, completely losing my breath. Such infinite talent. Too young. Completely unexpected.

Me: Okay, let's talk about your music... I love the album "Jupiter's Kiss" and the new single "Fly." Where did the title come from?

VanDeRocker: Thank you very much! “Fly” is simply the best word I could think of that represents the need to rise above and honor your own truth amidst the insanity of humanity. Don’t get bogged down with worldy crap that there seems to be an endless abundance of. Go fly! Go be! Go be yourself! Go do your best! Go get some fucking perspective and then come back and contribute.

Me: You have an impressive band on this album, VanDeRocker. Your bass player is Jane's Addiction's bass player. How did you get all these guys on the album?

VanDeRocker: I got hella lucky! And I have been learning so much from these guys! My producers have brought them on, I didn’t know them at all beforehand. But they liked the music and were interested in being a part of the project. I can’t tell you how much they brought to the table, each in their own way. And you bring up Chris, he was one of the best. So incredibly lovely and so, so professional and, such a crazy fierce talent! That guy could play circles around the rest of us. And Tim (Pierce) too. Tim started giving master guitar tutorials online by the way for anyone who plays. You should check him out. I study them too. He’s a gifted teacher, not to mention what an insane talent of a player he is.

Me: Tell the readers who the band is. 

VanDeRocker: So for the EP, we had Chris Chaney on bass, Tim Pierce on guitar, Jamie Muhoberac on keys for several tracks, and then Matt Chamberlain performed on drums for the album.

Me: I love the video for the song "Kissing Booth." Are you gonna make a video for "Fly" as well? 

VanDeRocker: Thank you!!! That video was filmed and directed by music video auteur, Matt Mahurin... a God in the business. He’s shot videos and done artwork for so many people... U2, Sting, Tracy Chapman, Metallica, etc. etc. etc. He’s done photography and illustrations for so many publications like "Time" and "Rolling Stone" magazines. He has art in the friggin permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA in NYC. He’s such a gorgeous artist, so endlessly inspired. I can’t begin to express how lucky I feel having gotten to work with him so early on in my career. As for “Fly," maybe I’ll do a video for it down the road. Time will tell!

Me: Do you like being in front of the camera?

VanDeRocker: Oh, yes, I friggin love the camera. I’m a ham and I love to play.

Me: So, did you write all the music on the album?

VanDeRocker: I did. And I’ve got much more on the way.

Me: You play guitar, right? Was that your first instrument you learnt how to play?

VanDeRocker: No, I grew up playing piano actually. I got my first guitar for Christmas when I was in fourth grade but just hid my report cards inside of it for a long time. Eventually, I did start figuring out how to play it, however, beginning with some Kate Bush songs I was obsessed with. She’s amazing.

Me: So, isn't one of your songs in an AT&T commercial? Maybe you can be the new AT&T girl. Ha!

VanDeRocker: Yeahhh!!! AT&T- take note!!! Yes, “Cupid’s Sting” was licensed for one of their Firephone ads, which was pretty magical and amazing considering I was still in the recording process for the album. It was a big help! I got very lucky... felt like a definite YES from the universe when I felt like I was swimming upstream.

Me: I saw on Facebook you know Adam Bentley... you're not from Canada, so how do you know him? I have interviewed Adam on the Phile so many times and hope to have him back here soon. It seems like every Canadian musician I interview knows Adam.

VanDeRocker: That’s because Adam is cool!!! Yes, he’s my friend, a very nice fellow indeed!

Me: Alright, so, what's next for you? Will you be hitting the road?

VanDeRocker: I will definitely be hitting the road in the not so distant future, a plan is slowly being sculpted. I say slowly because I’m actually about to embark on another recording adventure first... a sensual desert rock experience that I’ve been working on for a little while. Tapping into my Texas roots a bit for this one. But I am anxious to start playing out again and to take the project on the road. I need that balance between interacting with people and playing live, and then recording in the studio. The two worlds feed each other really beautifully to me. Some people do it just fine but I, myself, don’t know if I could have one without the other.

Me: I really enjoyed interviewing you, and like I said I love your album. Please come back again soon. Go ahead and mention your websites and stuff.

VanDeRocker: Thank you, sir, very nice chatting with you! Here’s all my socials. Please subscribe, follow, reach out, be my friend, connect! I love interacting with everyone. And then, of course you can find out about future releases and tour dates. ALSO, please create a VanDeRocker station on Pandora, Spotify, and all those streaming services. It really helps out indie artists like myself; it’s like putting a vote in for us. If you like the music, of course.,,, Love, love love to all.

Me: Take care, and continued success. Rock on. 

VanDeRocker: Likewise! Thanks again and be well!

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to VanDeRocker for a great interview. The Phile will be back on Friday with musician John Paul Keith. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Not if it pleases me. No, you can't stop me, not if it pleases me. - Graham Parker

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pheaturing Julian Grefe From Pink Skull

Hey, kids, welcome to the Phile for a Sunday. How are you? Let's start off with a story about a Bayer ad promoting rape culture is winning awards. Yep, in Hmmm news... an aspirin ad that seemingly hints at nonconsensual videotaped sex just won Bayer's advertising department a major award. Yup. This is that ad, the subtext of which is unfortunately clear...

The print ad, made for Bayer's aspirin brand Aspirina, won a bronze award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. According to AdWeek, Bayer has since ended this campaign. "We have asked that [the ad agency] BBDO discontinue any further use, dissemination or promotion of this campaign," said a spokesman for Bayer to AdWeek. "The concept was presented to our local marketing team in Brazil by BBDO as one of several campaigns that the agency intended to submit for this year's Cannes Lions festival. In order to meet the requirements for submission to Cannes, BBDO paid for limited placement in Brazil. Bayer has not advertised Aspirin through any channel in Brazil for several years." But how did any advertising agency think this was a good idea to begin with?
Kids, Switzerland is opening its first fellatio café. That's not a pun. It's easy to gently make fun of the Swiss, what with their neutrality, their punctuality, their secret banks, clockwork, chocolates and fellatio cafés. Wait, back up. One of those is not like the other. One aspect of Swiss pragmatism is that prostitution is legal and sex workers have permits from the government. Any business of two or more sex workers must be a licensed massage parlor... but apparently, massage parlors are also allowed to sell coffee, which is what the company FaceGirl will be doing. FaceGirl will open the country's first "fellatio café" in Geneva by the end of 2016, and it's innovative in more ways than one. Customers come in, pay an upfront fee of 60 Swiss francs (about $62, plus another $5 fee), order a coffee drink and a woman from the same iPad, and then sit at a bar. It must not be a normal bar, though, because you get a blowie while you sit there drinking your coffee. FaceGirl representative Bradley Chavet told the French newspaper Le Matin that the idea was taken from similar Thai cafés. Chavet further told the paper that unlike more relaxed coffee establishments, he expects men to be in and out of the shop quickly. ''In five or ten minutes, it's all over," he said, which some of his customers would probably half-heartedly claim wasn't true. As thrilling as it must be to people with dual sex and caffeine addictions, not everyone is pumped that Switzerland will be adding cream to its coffee. Some sex workers' rights organizations suspect the men setting up the business will be the only ones making a profit. And of course, being a barista always sucks.
According to both "The Mirror" and "Metro UK," a robot that "remembers and learns" has remembered and learned how to escape the confines of its lab in Perm (a city in central Russia), not just once, but twice. The implication is that somehow the robot, a Promobot IR77, has achieved sentience and now Short Circuit is real. Upon hearing this, you might be thinking, "Oh no, robot revolution, the end is nigh!" or maybe even, "HOORAY! THE SINGULARITY!" (ahem, guilty) but once initial excitement fades, perhaps you must admit that there's no way this can be real. Promobot claims that the first escape occurred when an engineer testing the robot in the courtyard left a gate ajar, allowing the robot to "escape," only to run out of battery in the middle of a crosswalk (ugh, typical, right?). The robot was missing for 45 minutes, during which time it was ogled by passerby in cars and on foot. If one were designing a publicity stunt, that sounds like a pretty good plan.
The company has the "escape" posted on its own website, with the headline "A robot fled the test site." Additionally, local news coverage of the robot's escape has been uploaded to Promobot's official YouTube page. If this robot's inexplicable sentience were actually a problem, it seems unlikely that the company would be broadcasting their design error. "Hey, buy our robots, there's a chance they might form an uprising and kill you, but theoretically they'll be able to give you directions to the nearest restroom until then." This is not a robot designed to get around. It moves very slowly and there doesn't appear to be any obvious means for righting itself when it inevitably falls off a curb. Mechanically speaking, it's not a whole lot more advanced than Rosie from "The Jetsons." So how did it even get to the street during its "escape"? Answer: it didn't. No proof, just a hunch. Kivokurtsev has said that they're considering "scrapping" this second version of the model, due to the minor problem where one of them seems to be alive and looking to flee captivity. However, he claims they're still proceeding with the release of the third version, scheduled for the fall. Hmm. If they were really so concerned with the "becoming conscious" problem, would they really still be on schedule to release the third version? Because that seems… unwise. Have these people ever heard of movies? Promobot has said that the other robots are "well-behaved" and this is the only one who's tried to escape. Kivokurtsev said, "We have changed the AI system twice, so now I think we might have to dismantle it." According to the "Metro," the plan to dismantle the robot has upset a "group of rights activists who say the free-thinking robot has earned the right to remain alive." Okay, NO, IT HAS NOT. There cannot be any ROBOT RIGHTS ACTIVISTS protesting the scrapping of the robot. Nor is the robot itself worried about being "scrapped." ("NO DISASSEMBLE!")
It is meant to assist in navigation, "broadcast promotional information," and collect customer contacts. It's no HAL 9000 (RIP, HAL). So there's probably no need to worry about imminent machine apocalypse. YET. So while it's terrifying/fun to think that this artificial intelligence has led to robot consciousness, it seems highly unlikely. Rest assured that if someone does design/achieve the singularity, it will not be by accident, and it will probably not be designed to get tourists to the correct airplane gate.
Last week, seven-year-old Peter Rapatas from Norridge, Illinois, was left behind by day camp counselors after a field trip to a water park. His sister, who also attends the same Salvation Army day camp, even claims she reported him missing to counselors as they left the water park. He used a lifeguard's cell phone to call his mom after he'd been left behind. Their mom, Gina Rapatas, spoke with CBS Chicago about the incident. She was mostly furious that she did not receive a call from the camp director once they knew her son was missing. "I was just so mad, and I was like I can’t believe you guys didn’t call me. He just walked away." The director did end up apologizing, though said there would not be a change in camp procedures. That's probably because either a counselor royally screwed up, or the kid didn't listen when he was told to get out of the water.
Many bros abroad in Britain are brexcited about the Brexit, which broils down to a brexpedited breconomic brexecution, brexpelling brexpats. Breplexed? Here's a quick brexplaination. Brexit, the celebrity couple name for "Britain" and "Exit," is a policy for a United Kingdom divorce from the European Union that passed Friday morning with a public referendum. The British people voted/broted to peace from the EU, with 52% of the British brublic voting to leave and 48% broting to stay. What is the European Union? Remember the time throughout basically all history when European countries were at war with one another? Like, there was literally a conflict called the Hundred Years' War? Surely you must remember World War I? And World War II, arguably the craziest one (and not just because it inspired the most movies), where England and Germany (at the risk of sounding too scholarly) bombed the shit out of each other? And that was only 71 years ago! Well, after World War II ended with a bang, postwar governments throughout Europe started a program to foster economic cooperation, because countries that trade with each other are less likely to go to war with each other (countries that trade together, stay together). Economic partnership bloomed into political partnership, a "single market" that allows both goods and people to move throughout the continent as if it were one country. Much like a singular country, the EU had its own parliament based in Brussels, Belgium, that makes policies about things like transport, the environment, and consumer and human rights. Why is Brexit? Well, many British chaps didn't like the idea of having to take "orders" from an entity across the English Channel, and having "foreigners" cross the Channel onto their shores so easily. Much like the rise of Trump in the U.S., the U.K.'s desire to leave the EU was largely enflamed by xenophobia. Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), is like the British Trump, campaigning to get his way with posters of refugees lining up at the border of Slovenia, a member of the EU. Much like Trump blaming America's problems on immigrants (both Muslim and Mexican), Farage insists that the U.K. must "take back control of [its] borders" and stop letting foreign entities (in Belgium!) make decisions on policies like trade deals. Farage also campaigned for the Brexit using Trumpian fear tactics and a nationalism that boils down to "Make Great Britain Great Again." The triumph of xenophobic propaganda might even be indicative of a future Trump victory. But one thing is for certain: in today's democracies, facts seem to matter less than fear.
The movie Planet of the Apes kinda predicted what would happen with Brexit...

And there's posters all over England that kinda says it all...

Haha. So, I love the news, and turned on the news to see what is going on with Brexit and this is what I saw...

Haha! Noooo! Alright, enough about Brexit... it's summer and one of the best things about summer is the bikini. Well, I am showing you this summer sexy bikini pics with something not so sexy on the background.

I hope she stashed poopie bags somewhere in that two-piece. And now from the home office in Port Jefferson, New York, here is...

Top Phive Things Overheard At The House Democrats' Sit-In
5. I'll tell you when I'm leaving: the next time Pelosi sharts!
4. Damn, I can't access PornHub in here! What was the First Amendment?
3. That's right, I need 25 large pizzas... yes, charge it to the "American Taxpayer"...
2. I've been sitting here for 19 straight hours. I hope Obamacare covers hemorrhoids!
And the number one thing over heard at the House Democrats' sit-in was...
1. The Republicans have ignored dozens of mass shootings... but THIS will get their attention!

If you spot the Mindph... wait, this one is too similar than the last Mindphuck. That's bullshit. Here's another...

That's better. If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. Haha. And now for some sad news...

Ralph Stanley
February 25th, 1927 — June 23rd, 2016
The bluegrass legend is helping the green grass grow.

Umm, excuse me, but the definition is over here.

The 50th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is...

Phile Alum and author will be a guest on the Phile in a few weeks.

Today's pheaturd guest is one part of the band Pink Skull whose new EP "Neil Blender" is available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile... Julian Grefe.

Me: Hello, Julian, welcome to the Phile. How are you?

Julian: We're great. How are you?

Me: I'm really good. Okay, I have to say, you come up with some very cool and unusual song titles, Julian. "Either the Luminescent Wallpaper Goes Up, Or Do I" (is that the right title?), and "Bee Nose" stick out. What is a bee nose?

Julian: It is 'Either the Luminescent Wallpaper Goes, Or I Do"... a reference to Mr. Oscar Wilde's last words. And, as I told a friend of mine recently, a bee nose is the hole in a bee's head in between its bee eye balls.

Me: Good point. In a past album you had a song about Peter Cushing as well, right?

Julian: We had a song entitled "Peter Cushing." It was not about Peter Cushing, but it did mention him. I was more of a dream logic cliff notes about a film I envisioned. Interspace trade espionage and a worm that can be inserted in one's throat that would act as a truth serum.

Me: And on the new album "Psychic Welfare" there's a song called "Janine Aubergine." Who is she? 

Julian: She's a strictly fictitious heroine, a spinster at the end of the world, and... aubergine rhymes with Janine, which is handy in a song. Aubergine is also the color of an eggplant, or IS an eggplant, depending on where you are in the world. It's also the color she would turn if she was suffocating, which she does in the song.

Me: Ahhh. Back to Peter Cushing. Are you guys big Star Wars fans, is that why you wrote a song about Cushing?

Julian: No. We're not big Star Wars fans. I wrote a song about Peter Cushing because of The House of Hammer horror film series. I find he cuts quite a figure. I really like his profile. He has really minor role in Star Wars anyway. Who was he? Grand Moff Tarkin? Who cares about that dude? Not me. That movie is highly overrated. Give me Silent Running any day.

Me: He was Tarkin and this interview is done. Just kidding. While we are talking about names, is it a crazy coincidence you have three members in the band with the initials J.G.?

Julian: Indeed, it is.

Me: While we are at it, who is in the band?

Julian: Myself, (Julian Grefe) Justin Geller, Jeremy Gewertz, Mike Hammel, Sam Murphy, Robin van der Kaa, Adam Sparkles and occasionally Billy Dufala.

Me: So, "Neil Blender"... who is he?

Julian: A skateboarder.

Me: Ahhh. Have you all been making music together for long?

Julian: Yeah, I guess so. Justin and Billy have been making music together for about 15 years and Jeremy and have been off and on since about '99. Sam and Mike before that in various bands.

Me: You guys started off as a duo, right?

Julian: Sort of. Maybe a trio, if you count Ian St Laurent as an active member. He was like a kind of house cat who smoked cigarettes and sat on the couch as we worked. We'd have to feed him once in a while when he was awake... But he was definitely there. The first group effort was the "RVNG Intl." mix CD that we worked on and that was the beginnings of the group. That was the three of us.

Me: I listened to a lot of your music and I have to say you sound a little like Daft Punk. Are they an influence on you guys?

Julian: Really? I don't see that at all. They’re not an influence on our music. I mean, I like Daft Punk, we (the band) all do to some degree. They're really great. I think one of the song's melody line is similar to an older Daft Punk song. Other than that, I don't really see any similarities except for the fact that there's lots of synthesizers. Maybe it’s more like a cross between Human League and Jean Pierre Massiera? This Heat and Lou Reed? I dunno.

Me: Yeah, you don't dress as robots. Maybe one day you can write the score for a Disney movie as well. Would you ever consider scoring a film?

Julian: Absolutely. I'd love to. It's a beautiful marriage of art and functionality. Music with a specific, focused purpose. I like the idea of working in collaboration with visuals.

Me: When I first heard the name of Pink Skull, I thought you guys were gonna be a punk or heavy metal band.

Julian: So did we.

Me: Where did the band name come from? I know, I am talking names again.

Julian: I think, at the time, I was trying to come up with a name that would sound like an unsuccessful Japanese psyche band. ironically, I think Jeweled Antler has a CD-R imprint, also called Pink Skulls. So in a way, it's kind of dead on. It's actually comes from a taxidermy term. It unfortunately has also been a visual embraced by the Hot Topic set. Or so Google image leads me to believe.

Me: Where are you guys from?

Julian: Currently we all reside in Philly, except for Robin who lives in Berlin. Before that, we're all from the general mid-Atlantic region, with the exception of of Robin who's from Rotterdam and Sam who's from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Me: Is that where you recorded your albums?

Julian: We recorded all of the albums in Philadelphia. We mixed the last one in Brooklyn but they've all be tracked in the City of Brotherly Love.

Me: I imagine you guys would be pretty popular in Europe, have you ever been over there to play? 

Julian: Popular in Europe? That'd be really nice, wouldn't it? I'll settle for popular in St. Louis at this point. We've been over there to DJ, but not to play live. The live show is kind of a production and I don't know that our level of fame allows us to schlep the entire crew over. It's not very cost effective. I have DJ'd in Europe many time but it'd be wonderful to take the whole band over there. I'd love it. We’ve had a couple of opportunities this past year but they didn't pan out. We're just waiting for the beck and call...

Me: When I was a kid when you bought an album often you would get a poster, stickers, tattoos, or something extra inside, and you are doing that with your vinyl versions of your albums, right?

Julian: For "Psychic Welfare" yes... The record cover unfold's into a gatefold 6 panel poster with stills of some video art that was done by Justin, myself and our good friend and filmmaker, Adam Carrigan. On the flip side there's a poem hand written by Ira Cohen, who recently passed away. He was a figure in the beat scene in the ’60 in New York and internationally. Kind of like the cover for Hawkwind's "Space Ritual." Maybe some more goodies will be in there.

Me: Thanks, Julian, for being on the Phile. Is there a website you would wanna plug?

Julian: or @pinkskulldoods on Twitter.

Me: Thanks again, and come back onto the Phile again soon.

Julian: We'd love to. Thanks for having us. It's been really nice.

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to Julian for a great interview. The Phile will be back tomorrow with singer VanDeRocker. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Not if it pleases me. No, you can't stop me, not if it pleases me. - Graham Parker

Monday, June 20, 2016

Pheaturing Kristoff Krane

Hey there, welcome to the Phile for a Thursday, how are you? What's new? Well, it's time to add planes to the ever growing list of places a girl can't be unconscious. An Alaska Airlines flight had to be diverted Tuesday because a 16-year-old girl on the plane fell asleep, and then her unconscious body went ahead and let itself get kissed by a 23-year-old man. Come on, girl! Don't you know being unconscious is grounds for sexual assault in this country? FOX reports that the flight departed in Portland Oregon, and was headed for Anchorage Alaska when a the teen dared to fall asleep with a man sitting next to her. Like some airborne Prince Charming, the California man just assumed sleep means yes, and allegedly tried to kiss the teen, but the pilot was notified and landed the plane in Seattle where police were waiting to arrest him for 4th degree assault charges. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesperson Brian DeRoy said, "the male was cooperative when arrested." He was probably just waiting for the police to fall asleep before making his move. The teen continued on her flight to Anchorage. There have been no reports on what the girl was wearing, or how many people she has previously kissed while asleep.
A man who claims to have been Omar Mateen's lover came forward to Univison on Tuesday to give more information behind Mateen's possible motivation for shooting up a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month. The man, disguised with prosthetics and using the fake name "Miguel," went on the record to say that he does not believe the shooting was an act of terrorism, but an act of revenge against Puerto Rican gays that may have slighted him. Miguel claims to have met Mateen on the gay dating app Grindr and pursued a two-month-long sexual relationship with him. Despite calling 911 and pledging his allegiance to Isiis, Miguel believes that Mateen's motivation behind the shooting was an act of revenge against Latino gay men, and not one with religious ties. "The thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge" says Miguel, alleging that last year, Mateen had sex with an HIV positive man who did not disclose his status to him, and that might have set off the attack which took place during latin night at Pulse nightclub. Of course, anyone can slap on some bad special effects makeup and claim to know something. For that reason Univision reports that they could not verify Miguel’s story, but they were able to confirm that the FBI had interviewed him. The investigation is ongoing, and the FBI has neither confirmed or denied Miguel's story yet.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's wife became suspicious he was having an affair in 2014 because he texted her a red rose emoji... a gesture she thought was so sweet that she assumed it was meant for someone else, "GQ" reported. The lesson here, if you're a scumbag heterosexual guy, is always make sure you're not being too romantic with your wife... she might think you're confusing her for your mistress. It turned out that Bentley's wife was right... he was having an affair with his much-younger staffer Rebekah Mason, a scandal that led to his current impeachment (both Bentley and Mason deny that their affair was ever "physical," despite phone recordings by his wife that capture Bentley longingly reminiscing about touching Mason's breasts). Bentley's wife was able to ignore the major red flags until he sent her another red rose emoji with the name "Rebekah" next to it. And that's when she [dancer in a red dress emoji]'d out of that marriage.
Here's another story that took place in Alabama... Alabama teenager Darby Risner found a Barney the Dinosaur costume in the basement of her church and thought it would fun to try on the oversized purple noggin, but quickly learned that the inside of Barney's head is a dark, scary place. Risner wanted to scare her friends by popping out of a stairwell wearing Barney's head, but being in God's house and all, the man upstairs decided to punish her right then and there for the cruel prank when the opening for the head slipped over her shoulders and trapped her inside. Looks like whoever that costume was made for had a really beefy neck. Ironically, the way the head fell made it so she had tiny little T-Rex arms. Hehe. Even though her friends greased her up with Vaseline and tried to pull her out, her "giant biceps" prevented her from getting loose. It was time to bring in the experts... the local fire department. Darby told that although the situation was funny, she really started to panic the longer the head stayed on, "The head was closing in on me. It was like a stuck-in-a-small-place-and-can’t-get-out-panicking." Finally, the fire department managed to cut her out of the head, and the 15-year-old was officially delivered via cesarean. The whole harrowing experience was about 45-minutes long, or about two episodes of "Barney and Friends." This picture made me laugh...

Note the hysterical man on the left.
Great news! Now, when a charming Girl Scout is at your door during that special cookie time of year, you can ignore her just like you ignore everyone else who comes a-knocking. That's because Pillsbury has just released a new line of Girl Scout cookie-flavored baking mixes that you can bake in your very own home, no child salesperson required.

Okay, so technically these mixes aren't for making Girl Scout cookies; they're for making other treats that have Girl Scout cookie-inspired flavors. Specifically, for Thin Mints and Samoas/Caramel deLites. So when your spouse asks you to make Thin Mint cupcakes for their birthday, you can now just buy a box mix instead of getting a recipe off of some insufferable food blog. Really, it's good news that you can't make the cookies yourself (well, unless you get a copycat recipe from the aforementioned insufferable food blog). After all, Girl Scout cookie sales are a funding source for an important organization. But, at the very least, the Pillsbury mixes can help when you've eaten through your entire Girl Scout cookie stash in one week and still need to get that sweet, sweet fix for the rest of the year.
Okay, so, Finding Dory is out, and I haven't seen it yet... it looks kinda scary.

Summer is here and Lay's has come out with three new flavor of potato chips... I am not exactly sure what they are thinking...

Which one would you try? Hey, have you heard the rumor about the "Doctor Who" movie? I did and didn't believe it until I saw this...

That's crazy! I love the Queen of England, and I even like her even more now that her fashion sense has changed. Last entry I showed you that she wore a Batman themed outfit. Check out another recent outfit she wore...

Hahaha. How ironic. So, one of the things I like to do in my spare time is to look u certain words on Twitter. One of those words I look up is "Foghat" and this is tweet I saw recently...

Hmmm. Okay, it's summer and one of my favorite things about summer is the gray invention... the bikini. This year I am showing you bikini with something unsexy in the background. Like this one...

How I met your mother... Hahaha. Okay, so, my son is in town and we were talking about how we used to watch "Sesame Street" together. That show is not the same as I remember it... that's why I have a pheature called...

Ernie and Bert watch the struggle of the four-year-old they pushed into the gorilla enclosure, whilst listening to the horrified screaming of his mother. 

If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. Hey, it's Thursday... you know what what that means...

Oh, man, I'm sooo sorry... I hope you're not eating. Okay, so, I love comedy, and I am sure you do as well... well, the other day I met this 100 year old comedian who wanted to come onto the Phile and tell a joke. The problem is, I understand him but I'm not sure you will. So, I will let him tell the joke and I will translate it. So, please welcome back to the Phile... 

Me: Hello, Alan, welcome back to the Phile, sir. How are you?

Alan: I'm good, young man.

Me: That's good. Alright, tell us a joke...

Alan: A certain lady, to excuse herself for a frailty she had lately fallen into, said to an intimate friend of hers, "Lord, how is it possible for a woman to keep her cabinet unpickt, when every fellow has got a key to it."

Me: That's a joke? Okay, here we go... A lady apologizes for having some sex, but says to her friend, "It's kind of hard to keep your vagina locked up when every man has a penis-key." Is that right?

Alan: Yes. Men are spectacular lock-picks.

Me: Haha. If you say so. Alan Raglafart the 100 Year Old Comedian, everybody. And now from the home office in Port Jefferson, New York, here is...

Top Phive Reasons Why Donald Trump Fired His Campaign Manager
5. It was the first thing on Donald's "Batshit Crazy Things to Do Today" List.
4. He was an insane, polarizing bully... and THAT job is taken, thank you very much!
3. Being cleared of assaulting a female reporter proved he was a loser who didn't have what it takes.
2. He suggested Trump switch from his neon-orange self-tanner to a more subdued apricot.
And the number one reason Trump fired his campaign manager is...
1. Satan became available. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a fictional group of humanoid turtles who successfully fight crime as a team despite their very different Myers-Briggs scores.

Before I tell you what the 50th to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is I have to say that when I first saw this picture above I thought it was a book store. Well, the other day my friend Rich (who was once on the Phile in an anniversary entry) told me it was a bakery. What?! I Mindphucked myself? That's crazy! No one one ever caught that. Good job, Rich. Okay, now for the 50th book to be phratured in the Phile's Book Club...

This book is solo good. Phile Alum and author Martin Belmont will be a guest on the Phile in a few weeks.

Today's guest is an alternative hip hop artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was also a member of Face Candy, an improvisational jazz rap group from Minnesota formed by rapper Eyedea. His new single "Out of Line" is available on iTunes right now. Please welcome to the Phile... Kristoff Krane.

Me: Hello, Kristoff, welcome to the Phile. How are you, sir? 

Kristoff: I am better now than I've been in the last 8 years. I feel like I just got off an expensive roller coaster ride that was as frightening to the same degree as it was exciting. 

Me: I have to ask you about your name, Kristoff Krane, what is the origin of it? It sounds like a cool super villains name for something. A James Bond movie perhaps? 

Kristoff: No reference whatsoever. Micheal (Eyedea) called me one day when he was mixing the first Face Candy record and told me that I should come up with a "rap" name before we press up the record. He asked me what I thought would be good, I said I wasn't sure. He asked me if my family and friends ever called me anything other than my real name when I was a kid and I said Kristoff. Then he said, "how bout Kristoff Krane... that has a ring to it." And I said, "That sound good" God knows I wasn't about to not accept my new rap name given to me by my hero. 

Me: Kristoff, how long have you been performing and song writing? Is that something you wanted to do all your life? 

Kristoff: My first performance was senior year of high school at the talent show. Shouts out to: Patrick Adams, Dan Delambert and Jared Jones-Henry Sibley 02. I was privileged enough to have parents who signed me up for The Boys Metropolitan Choir when I was like 8 or something, but that was the only real musical path I took as a youth. I never thought that I'd grow up to be a rapper/musician, but I did always know that I would be doing something that made me feel like I was making a difference in the world (as an adult I realize that that's a hard picture to frame). 

Me: You were in the band Face Candy, but have been in a number of different bands as well as doing your own thing. What do you prefer? 

Kristoff: Yeah, I've definitely loaded my plate with an assortment of goods. I am a member of these bands: Abzorbr, Face Candy, Saturday Morning Soundtrack, Puppy Dogs and Ice Cream, Kristoff Krane and Prey For Paralysis (a new group that I formed with produced Graham O'Brien and Sadistik). They all provide me with different nutrients, but the two that have been most fulfilling (like whole grains) are Kristoff Krane and Face Candy. 

Me: I downloaded Face Candy's last release "Waste Age Teen Land" which I take it is a spin of The Who's "Teenage Wasteland." Are you a Who fan? 

Kristoff: I haven't listened to enough of Who to know, but because Micheal and Casey were fans, I'm assuming I would be... I'll go listen now. 

Me: Another member of Face Candy is no longer here with us. Eyedea passed away in 2010, am I right? 

Kristoff: Correct. 

Me: How did you find out he passed? 

Kristoff: I walked in his apartment with his mother and found him the night he passed. 

Me: Did he perform on all the songs on "Waste Age Teen Land"? 

Kristoff: No. 

Me: After he passed, did you or the other guys think of not releasing another Face Candy album? 

Kristoff: No, we all knew that it had to be shared with the world, 1. because that's what Micheal wanted and 2. because everything was all ready to go (it was mastered, artwork was complete, etc.). 

Me: By the way, who else was in Face Candy with you? 

Kristoff: Casey O'Brien (bass) and JT Bates (drums).

Me: I was excited to see that you published a book called "The Other." 

Me: I will add that to the Peverett Phile Book Club. When did that book come out? 

Kristoff: Yes I did, back in September of 2008 it was released (it took me 3 years to compile the innards and arrange them in their current form). Although a part of me wants you to add it to the book club, another part of me wants to inform you that everything in it is a recycled lie. But if you do add it to your collection, make sure you also add, "The Illuminotous Trilogy" by Robert Anton Wilson. 

Me: Okay. It's full of essays, thought exercises and poems, right? What do you like to write about the most? 

Kristoff: I don't really "like" to write about anything, but I do find that I have a handful of common themes that I have found to run through my expression. Some of them being: knowing that at one time (a long time ago... or perhaps now, but in a distant layer) I was part of a "society/community" that was much more aware and connected that the reality/world that I exist in now. Personal conflicts and epiphanies... the perspective of one who has been lied to, taken advantage of, oppressed and exploited. Solutions to some of the major psychological dissonance that we are currently experiencing as a collective.

Me: When did you decide to release a book and would you release another? 

Kristoff: I decided to release the book on the Appetite For Distraction tour that I did with E&A in Jan. of 2008, after Mike suggested that the ball was in my court and that when I get home I should get Protools, make my own album, write my book and start really doing exactly what it is I want to do. 

Me: How old are you, Kristoff? You seem young, my friend. When you were a teenager you spent a few months in jail. How long where you in jail, and what was it for? 

Kristoff: I am 32 and will be 33 in November. I'm glad I "seem" young to you, hopefully you'll say the same when we interview 40 years from now as well. I spent 4.5 months in Dakota County Jail (MN) in the summer of 2003. Long story short: It was my first year of college in Mankato, I met a couple dudes who were on the football team, who I wanted to impress, so I told them I could get them some pot from the cities. I took their money, came into town, gave it to an acquaintance of mine, who in turn stole the money from me. When I went back to Mankato, the football fellas were upset and demanded that we go back to get the money. I came back into town, had a friend call them over. When they pulled up, we jumped in their car, locked the doors and demanded that they (the thieves) drive to their home to get us our money. When we got to their home, there were 5 squad cars waiting. I was charged with 2 felonies (which I am currently in the process of getting expunged). 

Me: You must of really changed coming out. Did that effect your writing and performing at all? 

Kristoff: I indeed changed. Aside from Micheal's death, and meeting my wife Sharri, this was undoubtedly the most influential experience I ever had. When you are confined you are forced to either being super growth oriented or super decay oriented... I prefer growing. I was in a condition where my time could only be occupied with a few things. One of them was writing/reading and the other was doing push ups/wrestling. Yes it did effect my writing, mostly because I was putting a lot more information in my head, which is bound to come out in some manner and because when I was in jail I decided that writing and sharing was something I was good at, something that I got validation from and something that I could use as a means to communicate and "help" others. 

Me: Okay, on Face Candy's other album "This Is Where We Were" you had proper album titles, but on "Waste Teen Land" your songs on titled "One," "Two," "Three" and so on all the way to "Fifteen.". There has to be a story behind that, am I right? 

Kristoff: I can say that it wasn't a mistake, but as far as a story behind it, I can't really kiss and tell on that one. 

Me: Before I let you go, I have to tell you I downloaded your own album "Picking Flowers Next To Roadkill" and I love that album. How would you compare it to Face Candy's work? By the way, where did THAT album title and song title come from? It's disgusting. Haha.

Kristoff: I'm glad you like the record (I do want to urge you to check out "Hunting For Father" and "This Will Work For Now," for they are my babies that I built all by myself). As far as comparing "Picking Flowers..." to Face Candy... I won't really go there. Face Candy is stripped down, raw and in-the-moment and "Picking Flowers" is processed, well thought out and polished. 

Me: You're coming out with a new CD this year, right?

Kristoff: Yes.

Me: Kristoff, thanks for being on the Phile. Please come back when your next project comes out. Go ahead and plug your website and please, take care of yourself. All the best.

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to Kristoff for a great interview. The Phile will be back on Sunday with Julian Grefe from Pink Skulls. So, spread the word, not the turd. Don't let alligators and snakes bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Not if it pleases me. No, you can't stop me, not if it pleases me. - Graham Parker