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5th ESSAY ON MAKING MY NEW SHOW, THIS ONE ABOUT A CRAZY SHOW I DID IN AUSTIN LONG AGO!

Wicked Clown Love is the sixth full length show in my pop star/pop music based performance series. As I’ve been working on this show I’ve been thinking about the elements I’ve worked with as I’ve made this series of pieces. I’ve decided I’m gonna put up a variety of lil essays about these thoughts for you as they relate to my work in general and my upcoming Insane Clown Posse based show (Feb 2-4, 2012 at the Kitchen! Be there!!) in specific so that you, the American public, can read all about it, if you so desire… Here is Part 5, entitled:

THE LEGACY OF IT’S LIKE WE’RE INFILTRATORS

photo by Ada Calhoun for the Austin Chronicle in 2000

I started performing while living briefly in Austin, Texas. Back in 2000, when I made a new show every week and performed them in hotel rooms, in a public park gazebo, on the sidewalk, and in various art galleries and coffee shop poetry open mics, I did a show called It’s Like We’re Infiltrators. The show was kind of a glorious disaster. There were 6 of us and only two people in the audience: one a guy who had seen my posters around Austin (a xerox of my drivers license and the show info) and who convinced his begrudging roommate to come see what kind of person puts up posters like that. The roommate turned out to be a reporter for the Austin Chronicle who wrote a lengthy profile of me (the only one ever, so far) and who subsequently I dated and married and currently live with.

But back to the disaster. Read the rest of this page »

THE 4th ESSAY ABOUT WORKING ON MY NEW SHOW, ABOUT HARRIET MARTINEAU!

Wicked Clown Love is the sixth full length show in my pop star/pop music based performance series. As I’ve been working on this show I’ve been thinking about the elements I’ve worked with as I’ve made this series of pieces. I’ve decided I’m gonna put up a variety of lil essays about these thoughts for you as they relate to my work in general and my upcoming Insane Clown Posse based show (Feb 2-4, 2012 at the Kitchen! Be there!!) in specific so that you, the American public, can read all about it, if you so desire… Here is Part 4, entitled:

HARRIET MARTINEAU

Speaking of sampling, I have a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in Sociology. (I also have enough credits to have gotten a degree in anthropology/archaeology and Spanish, but, you know, I had to pick one).

My favorite sociological theorist was Read the rest of this page »

3rd ESSAY ABOUT WORKING ON MY NEW SHOW, THIS ONE IS ALL OF MY RAP MEMORIES!

Wicked Clown Love is the sixth full length show in my pop star/pop music based performance series. As I’ve been working on this show I’ve been thinking about the elements I’ve worked with as I’ve made this series of pieces. I’ve decided I’m gonna put up a variety of lil essays about these thoughts for you as they relate to my work in general and my upcoming Insane Clown Posse based show (Feb 2-4, 2012 at the Kitchen! Be there!!) in specific so that you, the American public, can read all about it, if you so desire… Here is Part 3, entitled:

NEAL MEDLYN’S RAP MEMORIES THRU THE YEARS

Besides the sampling aspect, which I already discussed here, hip hop itself had a huge impact on me, so it’s been great to re-think all of that as I work on this show.

Here’s some things that working on this show has made me think about: Read the rest of this page »

HERE’S MY SECOND ESSAY ABOUT WORKING ON MY NEW SHOW, THIS ONE ABOUT ICP AS A CARGO CULT!

Wicked Clown Love is the sixth full length show in my pop star/pop music based performance series. As I’ve been working on this show I’ve been thinking about the elements I’ve worked with as I’ve made this series of pieces. I’ve decided I’m gonna put up a variety of lil essays about these thoughts for you as they relate to my work in general and my upcoming Insane Clown Posse based show (Feb 2-4, 2012 at the Kitchen! Be there!!) in specific so that you, the American public, can read all about it, if you so desire… Here is Part 2, entitled:

ICP AS A HIP HOP CARGO CULT

Besides the sampling aspect, which I already discussed here, hip hop itself had a huge impact on me, so it’s been great to re-think all of that as I work on this show.

In regards to ICP, one of the things that’s been so interesting is how Insane Clown Posse’s version of hip hop is almost like those cargo cults. Read the rest of this page »

I’M PUTTING UP A SERIES OF ESSAYS ABOUT WORKING ON MY NEW SHOW AND THIS IS THE FIRST ONE– IT’S ABOUT SAMPLING

Wicked Clown Love is the sixth full length show in my pop star/pop music based performance series. As I’ve been working on this show I’ve been thinking about the elements I’ve worked with as I’ve made this series of pieces. I’ve decided I’m gonna put up a variety of lil essays about these thoughts for you as they relate to my work in general and my upcoming Insane Clown Posse based show (Feb 2-4, 2012 at the Kitchen! Be there!!) in specific so that you, the American public, can read all about it, if you so desire… Here is Part 1, entitled SAMPLING CHANGED MY WHOLE FUCKING LIFE

SAMPLING CHANGED MY WHOLE FUCKING LIFE

My Michael Jackson Thriller record on my Fisher Price record player, and watching him on Motown 25 fucking demolish everyone with his talent (while lipsyncing!!!!) made me want to be a performer.

Sampling in hip hop established what I would do as a performer. Read the rest of this page »

Farris and I had a Skype rehearsal!

Farris Craddock, who will be performing in Wicked Clown Love with me, Carmine Covelli, and a posse of monsters, has been living in South Korea for the last year. He’ll be there until a week before the show so we’ve resorted to rapping together over Skype.

Last night he grabbed a cup of coffee while I grabbed a beer (time differences, see) and we got down to business!

I’ve heard that the FBI considers Juggalos a gang. Rest assured America, I will not bow to official pressure! My wicked clown freshness will continue!!

The FBI has classified Juggalos as a gang.

I am on the lookout for new “friends” aka feds in disguise trying to infiltrate my show and find out what we have planned.

NM