dominic mallary, totally great person, passed away last week in a fluke accident. thursday, while singing for his band at a show in boston, he developed a bruise on his neck, and later in the night a blood clot traveled from the bruise to the brain. he fell into a coma, and died friday afternoon. i met dom when he came in the shop with some noise cds he and his girlfriend angela made. soon he was volunteering at the shop every week, on thursdays. dom was always working on a new musical project or developing an existing one, and working the shop on our slowest day gave him a rare opportunity to do nothing but sit around and read books of philosophy, and interact with random people.
dom was 24 years old, and as a teenager frequented the firecracker bookstore, an anarchist bookstore in downtown worcester that i was a part of. one of the first times we met he claimed this as a source of inspiration, and this became a genuine point of personal pride for me– to think that i could have had an effect on his growth into a brilliant punk living beautifully. even more meaningful to me was that he wanted to be involved with the shop in an effort to carry this forward, and give others the experience of something new, something different. i will say this: he was someone i had a great deal of hope in, and we will have to simply imagine the fantastic heights he could’ve achieved. that i did not get to know him better, is one of my few regrets. but of course, i feel lucky that i got to know him at all.
punks rarely talk about an afterlife except to say that it doesn’t exist. nonetheless i can’t shake the feeling of dom watching over me, making sure i’m: squeezing every last bit out of life, falling in love a million times a day, trying my hardest to achieve my full potential, helping others do the same, and enjoying every minute of it.
dom, i have no intention of letting you down.
this saturday (the 13th) HBML will be having an event to raise money for hospital and funeral expenses. if you bring in a blank garment, we will silk screen onto it an image of a very very thorny and wonderful plant in tribute to our friend. the image will be available in both black or white ink. the print will cost $5 or whatever, and all money will go to dom’s family.
tonight (october 10th) dramatic instore performance by RUSSIAN ZARLAG (formerly russian tsarcasm). there will also be a movie, which will be NUTS. carlos (RZ/RT) is really unlike any performer or musician i’ve ever seen, really compelling. hopefully he’ll have some copies of his zine SLIME FREAKS.
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art opening this wednesday (tomorrow, september 3) from 7 – 9pm at HBML
ashleigh russell presents the best items forgotten in books of curious lore
ashleigh had a lousy job, hiding in a book depository like john wilkes booth, or that other guy, riffling through pages to remove foreign objects before they sold on the internet. well like i said the job sucked, she quit, and now the cream of the crop of foreign objects will be on display at HBML diabolical/angelical junk shoppe, for three weeks, starting tomorrow at 7pm, with cookies and perhaps tea available.
items include photos, notes, profanity, sublimity, stuff like that. what might be titled “memorabilia”, if the thing they had in common was that they were remembered, but in fact the opposite is true.
wednesday night come out and hang and mingle. i’ve been reading a scholarly treatise on profane folklore entitled “the rationale of the dirty joke”. watch me fight tooth and nail with my own id to refrain from starting sentences with “as an englishman was heard to remark on his wedding night…” or similar constructions.
i will also be displaying a new line of semi-durable plastic toys, which will be for sale.
interested in volunteering? let’s talk!
da press release:
this saturday HBML radical junk shoppe / fake gallery / noise universe will be hosting one of it’s acclaimed silk screening events WHEREIN you, a participant, bring in a garment, flag, or burial shroud, and we apply directly and permanently an image of our predetermined choice WHILE U WAIT. this saturday from 2 to 5, the image is going to be a massive drawing of an owl.
viewed as an emblem of knowledge and erudition, also a harbinger of death, the owl is the mascot of grey-eyed athena, warrior goddess of philosophy, strategy, and metal work, and inventor of the olive. i have no idea why, but people ask all the time whether we sell anything with owls on it, outshining by orders of magnitude the next most
popular requests, which are in order: jesus, popeye, tweety bird. there’s a thoreau quote on the popularity of owls… let’s see… “Let them do the idiotic and maniacal hooting for men. It is a sound admirably suited to swamps and twilight woods which no day illustrates, suggesting a vast and underdeveloped nature which [humanity] has not recognized”. i guess that goes for jesus, popeye, and tweety bird as well.
anyway, it’s this saturday (the 30th) from 2 to 5, it costs $5 per print. if you don’t want the owl screened on a clothing item, we can screen a massive sticker for you, big enough to really piss someone off. we’re also having a massive clothing sale, most items $1 minimum donation. there will also be free coffee.
HBML is at 420 pleasant st worcester ma 01609
famous painter and interior decorator gary panter raves “[HBML] sounds neat!”
acclaimed 21st century novelist dave eggers says “[HBML] [is] OK.”
directions can be given from the shop to the super-delicious verycheap bootleg vegan chinese underground (shadow economy) restaurant DUCK YAO.
if you’ve been meaning to come to the shoppe, now’s a great time, as we totally don’t have any money, or anyway not enough for next month’s rent, not nearly. please, tell your pals!
also, in re: the cosby show idea, we have put filming on hold until october, when it’s do or die and we have to finish for sure, before november’s scheduled “JFK days”.
not a lie from my mouth
ps- saturday’s design will also feature jesus, popeye, and tweety bird, but really tiny.
oh yah, and we’re doing two screens- one with black ink, one with white ink, so bring whatever the hell color damn shirt you f-word want!
filming of our now-epic “cosby show idea” continues tomorrow (friday) and saturday, and probably next week too. in case you haven’t heard, this post has more information. so far we are a third of the way done with filming, and it’s really going really really good. like, surpassing goofy and going all the way to profound. i know that people out there are timid about being in a video, no one wants this to be another “superbowl shuffle”. well gang, this is some straight-up “we are the world”. come on down- be bruce for once!
ok, so we had to call the first day of shooting (wednesday) a wash, because our green screen was pretttttttty busted, but that’s ok because only sarah a showed up (and mike benedetti and jbruce, but they don’t count). yesterday (thursday) morning i went out and got “the good paint” and turned the back room into a nice little studio, and everything came together. lots of people showed up and we got a good ways into the episode. well, almost past the first scene. i’ve watched the dailies, it’s hilarious. today from 4 to 8, saturday 2 to 5, come on down!!!!!!!
we’ve decided on an episode to do for this week’s “cosby show idea” event. we were limited to the first season, because that’s all the video store had BUT WHATEVER. the episode we picked is “cliff’s birthday”, from the end of the first season. here’s a clip from the end of the episode, featuring special guest lena horne (also pictured above):
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now, the entire show will be re-enacted, but this exact section only will be lip synced. ms horne makes some pretty amazing faces, so be sure to practice in the mirror first!
uh, here’s another picture of lena horne, but itdoesn’t have anything to do with the task at hand, it’s just for daily inspiration:
all this week at HBML, we will be filming an episode of the emmy award winning show “the cosby show”, and we invite you to come down and star in it.
anyone that shows up will be asked to don a costume, memorize one line of dialogue, and perform it for our cameras. for logistical reasons you will not be able to select your line, you just get the next available line. in this way we will re-enact an entire episode from start to finish. editing will be done the following week, with a premiere showing on friday the 15th. soon after that it will be available to watch on the internet.
this is happening wed thursday friday between the hours of 5 and 8, and saturday from 2 to 5. if we don’t get it finished we will continue into next week. if we finish early, i don’t know. maybe we’ll film some commercials, or, um, 2001 a space odyssey.
this saturday from 2 to 5 it’s another silk screening day at HBML junk shoppe. bring a garment and we will print on it a design of our choosing, and this week we choose a design based on the idea ‘DINOSAURS”. if you love dinosaurs, and you love to think about them stomping around, eating things, evolving into birds, and so forth, well the path is clear- make your time. right now it’s a toss-up exactly what the image will be, but what it will not be is goofy- it will be one or more dinosaurs rendered with as much precision as i’m available for. magestic and proud; fierce or possibly ambivalent; in black ink. the price is ssteady at $5 per. i will have a fabric marker, if you want me to write a swear word on the garment, that’s free. and we will have cold canned coffee for sale, a summer treat.
this saturday from 2 – 5, HBML is doing another awesome silk screening day. what this means is that you bring in a garment and we silkscreen a special image directly onto it WHILE-U-WAIT for the lo lo price of $5 per garm. the last time we did this it was massive, and tons of people left satisfied with snarling tigers emblazoned on their frocks, tunics, brazilian-cut jeans, skorts, kaftans, bomber jackets, aprons, union suits, sleeveless turtlenecks, ball gowns, muumuus, princess shirts, etc.. this week we have two designs, one of which will be printed in white ink, one of which will be printed in black. the designs are the CRASS logo, and the PUBLIC ENEMY logo. both of these circular logos will be sized for t-shirts, so between 8 and 12 inches in diameter– what i’m saying is, if you want to print onto a bikini or underpant, the design will be cut off, which maybe is fine, or maybe you have a big butt, which is a blessing unto the earth and heaven.
even though you really want to print one on top of the other, i think that actually might not actually totally work out great. the ink takes about a half hour to dry, so plan on doing some shopping around, or take a jaunt to the comic book store down the street (still new england’s best), or go browse the totally incredible fabrics at the african clothing shop a block away, or just sit on the bench out front eating tabouli LIKE A CHAMP.
from now until the singularity 10% off all purchases for anyone wearing short sleeves, gloves, knickerbockers, high socks, a sideways baseball hat, carrying a cane and eating a carrot.