Return to Asphalt 

shut down
asphalt modified
decided focused efforts
racing dirt
New Egypt
gave several reasons
modified weekend
native running
Saturday nights
four tires minimum
dirt race season
right front payout
enjoy the challenge
get there every week
and you’re struggling
just to qualify
transitioning trickier
mud all over
a little bit of getting used to
but we made the transition
it’s close to home
as far as returning to asphalt
isn’t ruling anything out
maybe someday my phone
will ring again
until then enjoy slinging dirt

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Reconciliation 

The past is
hard to forget
for some
harder to remember
for others
the future
is hard to reconcile
so many possible
outcomes
so many worries
but
fuck them both if
I cannot live in
the present
if I cannot accept the now
that is the trick and
that is the test
and that is the way and
that is the sigh
fuck it all sometimes
if I cannot accept the new
embrace it at all times
so many possibilities
but this is
the only way
to reconcile
who I am
to balance you and I

Skinny Puppy Q+A

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Photo by Emile Elizabeth & John Kraw

Last week I got to interview one of my biggest creative/musical inspirations, Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy. He talked about his fascination with the horror genre, the end of the world and a secret project he’s working on. He also hinted at a new ohGr album.

Here’s a snippet:

You speak out on a number of issues, like animal rights and, most recently, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. From the band’s onset, what was foremost in your mind – being an artist or being an activist?

I never considered myself an artist. Animals obviously were one of the most important things to me because the abuse of animals when I was young was horrifying to me, and factory farming, vivisection – all of these things.

The idea of Skinny Puppy at the beginning was life through a dog’s eyes and seeing things and not being able to really speak, and you just bark, you just yell, and that’s all you could do. So that kind of was the initial thing, as well as a childish sort of need to want to scare people or freak people out or wake people up.

Click here to read the full Q+A I did for Reverb.

I also had a chance to catch their show with Youth Code on Nov. 18 in Boulder. Click here for my review.