Imagine a world with no pain. Would it be heaven or would it be hell? 

In this episode, we try to guess what Strymon will do next, Aaron gives Cole and Phil an update on Ja Rule following the Fyre documentaries of recent months, Cole wonders why his cohosts are so excited about dice knobs, Phil tries to trick everyone, and the gang wonder about the relative merits of vintage and modern production overdrive units. 

Aaron may have coughed occasionally, although he worked really hard to always do it off mic and to remove the sound from the final track where possible. 

Today Michael Cohen openly called the president of the USA a racist cheapskate, so that was fun. 

Here's your poem of the week. This time from the incomparable Frank O'Hara from his collection Lunch Poems: 

The Day Lady Died

It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine
because I will get off the 4:19 in Easthampton   
at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner
and I don’t know the people who will feed me
 
I walk up the muggy street beginning to sun   
and have a hamburger and a malted and buy
an ugly NEW WORLD WRITING to see what the poets   
in Ghana are doing these days
                                                        I go on to the bank
and Miss Stillwagon (first name Linda I once heard)   
doesn’t even look up my balance for once in her life   
and in the GOLDEN GRIFFIN I get a little Verlaine   
for Patsy with drawings by Bonnard although I do   
think of Hesiod, trans. Richmond Lattimore or   
Brendan Behan’s new play or Le Balcon or Les Nègres
of Genet, but I don’t, I stick with Verlaine
after practically going to sleep with quandariness
 
and for Mike I just stroll into the PARK LANE
Liquor Store and ask for a bottle of Strega and   
then I go back where I came from to 6th Avenue   
and the tobacconist in the Ziegfeld Theatre and   
casually ask for a carton of Gauloises and a carton
of Picayunes, and a NEW YORK POST with her face on it
 
and I am sweating a lot by now and thinking of
leaning on the john door in the 5 SPOT
while she whispered a song along the keyboard
to Mal Waldron and everyone and I stopped breathing

 

 

 

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