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July 25, 2005


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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. ~Kurt Vonnegut

About a year ago, my friend Dylan put together a hip-hoppish LP called Astral Projection, a sample-heavy first-person narrative of fast fame and even faster fall told through the persona of Gold Hick, a flaming out glam rapper. Some call it electroclash; the Bowie influence is obvious. At the time, I had come into a little money and used a good chunk of it to publish the record under the newly minted label Lonely Clone. I wasn't wild about the cover, but I believed that the artist should have full creative control over the product, so I rolled with it.

Well, it turns out I don't have much of a head for business or promotion, so here it is one year later and I've got boxes of records looking for a home. I still stand behind the music (especially the wicked Burroughs-style imagist lyrics), and I'm still unhappy with the cover, so today I started a program of creative defacement. Standing on our little balcony, I spraypainted the first four of what will be a continuing series of Gold Hick Variations, which you can view by mousing and clicking the standard covers above. It's not intended as any kind of insult, I just think they look better f'd up.

They're for sale at the usual price. You can order here; just please be sure to specify which # Variation you want.