How Are You Feeling Today?

August 23, 2010

by Tommy

Cos I’m feeling great. No seriously, and naturally. This past Saturday was the release party for birdsong #13 at Rose Live Music in Brooklyn.  We read some things, sold some zines, I got to reference that Roseanne/Ab Fab crossover, PAPS made everyone cry (god, “Sometimes” is like the best song in the Universe [it plays toward the end of the video]), Wilkes talked about w33d and a story where a sparrow named Jack is getting surgery to appear more human I mean– we have it going on. And now, starting the birdsong publication cycle over has made me realize there are some loose ends to tie up and new beginnings to mention.


Mainly I’ve been using it to visually catalogue where stickers of ours have popped up

and where our publications have made themselves available,

but I also have a different intention.  With birdsong #12, I made a bunch of postcards, addressed them to the Birdsong HQ, stuck each one with a stamparooni, and began leaving them around neighborhood cafes, inside books at The Strand, against bathroom windows, inside refrigerators.  I also had friends in Philly, San Francisco, LA, San Diego and Seattle leave them around for me.  The postcards simply say, “How Are You Feeling Today?” leaving the rest up to the discoverer.  I’m sure many got lost in the mail, thrown away, or still sit in the books, BUT.  A few made it back to me, and starting today I’m going to publish them on a regular M/W/F schedule on the tumblr until I run out of lovelies.  Here’s the front of them:

The first polaroid is of a brick wall that used to say “DO NOT FALL IN LOVE” but is now washed clean (and a pet grooming store!).  The second is a polaroid from 2007 when I lived with Isabelle and Sav, in a windowless room in an apartment Max lovingly named “Pussy Heaven.” The guy sitting is Jesse Benjamin (who created the buzzing animated series Nature Boy) and the hands belong to Jess Paps.  There is a painting of a pug, a picture of John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever, Mondonna in her “Italians Do It Better” t-shirt, and a poster of Janis Joplin (amongst other ephemera).  The back says, “birdsong year 2.”

SO follow us on tumblr and see results of all the casting.


L Magazine contributing editor and birdsong contributor Paul D’Agostino also operates the Centotto gallery, which is now housing Citational Graphologies or A Show of Hands, and they are still open to submissions:

Select a quote, in any language and from any source — book or film, song or speech, periodical or website, or even something you’ve heard uttered by a stranger in passing — write it out BY HAND on any sort of piece of paper, scrap or not, noting the source and your name, and send it via post to Centotto or bring it to one of our events. Submissions from any and all will be welcome, and all will be exhibited.

You can see some of the entries they’ve already received here, and it’s a good addition to yr CV!


Birdsong fave Erin Markey will be performing this coming Wednesday for Our Hit Parade at Joe’s Pub @ 9:30 pm (you can get tickets here).  This Thursday Max will read some poems for a night of contemporary poetry and music at A Gathering of Tribes, with other local literary luminaries like Chavisa Woods, Gian Maria Annovi, and Tiq Milan, with Maria Gran on sax– 6 pm.


THIS WEEK IN BIRDSONG – Bushwick Open Studios Edition

June 1, 2010

by  Tommy

Sorry this is a day late.  I spent yesterday in a fishbowl with a cold compress, slices of cucumber and processing.  There’s lots of art happening this week, in addition to it being Bushwick Open Studios this weekend.  You can catch us tabling at 3rd Ward (the big one) for the Bushwick Open Pages mag-and-zine fair.  Although you should definitely check out the BOS directory for yourself, with almost 300 listings, it can be overwhelming.  So I thought I’d make a lil Birdsong-friendly survival guide for a few associated shows.  Feel free to comment with yr suggestions!

Friday June 4- June 5 –  BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS!!!

  • The Cedar House, where veteran birdsong artists Julia Norton (1/2 of PAPS) and Danielle Rosa lay their weary heads, is hosting a massive group show called, “Hey, is that our boat?”  Lots of artists, lots of fun, closing party on Sunday night.

12-7pm (Friday and Saturday); 1-11pm (closing reception 6:30-11pm, Sunday) @ 751 Bushwick Ave

12pm-6pm @ 3rd Ward (the big one), 195 Morgan Ave. (Saturday and Sunday)

  • Sometime birdsong artist Cat Glennon is showing some guache and colored pencil drawings alongside sketch collages which, if the above drawing is any indication, will be completely rad.  Cat is like MacGyver + James Bond + Jessica Rabbit—maybe variations on a theme? Anyway, check it out!

12-7pm @ HOTEL, 796 Broadway, 2nd Floor

  • Centotto :: galleria [simposio] salotto, “Hinterlands and the Hegemon” curated by birdsong’s own maven of tablin, Paul D’Agostino. Featuring works by Brock Enright, Andy Piedilato, Tim Kent, Oliver Jones and Nat Ward.  “Fervidly disquiet, indistinct visions of histories decadent, horizons distant./ Apotheoses of severance,/ forces, depths, instants./ Dashed angels aloft in the wind of ruin./ Egressive tumult in periled glow.”

2-7pm @ Centotto, 250 Moore St. #108 (Saturday and Sunday)

  • 7&7: An Evening of Lushy Lit with the Numu Arts Collective, plus booze.  Readings by RYDELL BIXBY, MATTHEW ZINGG, GUS IVERSEN, MIKE LALA, CASSANDRA KATSIAFICAS, ERIC NELSON, LEILA BEN-ABDALLAH

6pm @ The Numu Loft, 75 Stewart Ave (I assume there will be some chalk markings directing you to their lair) Saturday only

8pm @ their co-op, 75 Stewart Ave #425, Saturday only (swing by after Numu?)