From the moment Zeke stepped outside, he could tell it was a most peculiar day.
If you had asked him what indicated this to him, he would not have been able to tell you—it was not anything that could be defined. But the clouds seemed to be bearing down on him, a succubus heavy on his chest, trying to suck the breath out of his lungs even as he desperately gulped in mouthfuls of the crisp mountain air.
He felt claustrophobic in spite of being outside. He couldn’t get somewhere much less confining, actually—there wasn’t another house for a good five miles. Still, he felt as if he needed to escape, even if he couldn’t put his finger on what was making him feel so unsettled. He decided to go for a walk. Continue reading →
It’s time for episode three of The Painful Threshold! The Painful Threshold is a brand new panel show where all the questions come from the Internet at large! You! Send in questions questions to the official show Tumblr, our Twitter account or our Facebook page! This week, our panel is blogger, podcaster and Kittysneezes contributor Richard J. Anderson, musician William D. Drake, formerly of Cardiacs and behind a whole bunch of brilliant solo albums, and Tumblr Superstar Madeleine “No Relation” Drake! Below the cut are the show notes, complete with direct links to all the questions that have been asked in this episode!
You will wander further and further off the path of what your life was supposed to be until you are in an entirely alien landscape.
Old friends will form search parties, flashlights and bloodhounds and your name called over and over, but eventually they will give up and, before too long, your name will be in a foreign and forgotten tongue. Continue reading →
This is NOT the new episode of the Painful Threshold, but rather a special teaser for Episode 3, which is coming soon! This is not going to be in the episode proper, but it was way too good to lose — especially for Cardiacs fans. Our panelists are Madeleine Drake, William D. Drake and Rich Anderson — and Maddie asked Bill about his days in Cardiacs, in particular the Television Organ! His answer is presented here unedited — and I hope you enjoy it — and the upcoming episode! Continue reading →
She stood beside the ice cream truck, studiously examining the various frozen confections that were displayed on its side. There were so many choices and picking the proper one felt terribly important. She finally settled on a popsicle which consisted of alternating layers of chocolate and banana, and also requested one of the little men attached to a parachute, which she’d greatly enjoy launching from the second floor of her house later. She sat on the front porch and sucked her popsicle, the sweetness of it combined with the insistence of the July sun feeling like summer in a nutshell.
It was only the last thirty-five seconds, but after four barren years that was enough. She sat there in her banged-up car, and as his familiar voice wrapped itself around her she felt like he was her Jimmy Stewart, wrapping her, wet and shivering, in a blanket after finding her in the San Francisco Bay. She hadn’t realized how tense and nervous she had been until the blank, blissful calm she felt upon listening to him again had enveloped her. Her mind was a shaken Etch-A-Sketch, ready for him to mark out the boundaries of again. Continue reading →
So, we’re stealin’ the idea from theSparks Project and doing one with probably even more records out there — The Residents! And this time we’re changing it up a little bit — we’ve got two hardcore Residents fans in me and Rich, but Aila is, at best, a casual fan, who will be hearing about 99% of these records for the first time. DANGEROUS! So, enjoy, THE RESIDENTS PROJECT!Continue reading →
The kittens played in the park. They liked the park, and the park liked them, or at least it would if parks could like things. It had been rumored that they could, and if the rumors were true, then this particular park liked these kittens. One of the kittens was grey and the other was one of those black and white jobs, all cute and adorable and basically everything you’d expect a kitten to be. They jumped and frolicked and played and did all sorts of things that kittens do, as these were very obviously professional kittens, having been in the position for some time now. In fact, they both felt they were due for a raise any time now, although neither wanted to ask their boss, since they felt that it might be a little forward and put themselves in a precarious position. Anyway, if they were fired, they didn’t know where exactly they’d go from there, and so they felt that it was best not to rock the boat and continue to be kittens that were perhaps slightly underpaid than unemployed, and that’s a very sensible attitude to take. Continue reading →
Check out episode 2 of The Painful Threshold! The Painful Threshold is a brand new panel show where all the questions come from the Internet at large! Anyone can send in questions questions to the official show Tumblr, our Twitter account or our Facebook page! This week, our panel is cartoonist Calamity Jon Morris, musician Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth of Bent Knee and Mr. Gavin’s Meat Farm, and zinestress Quinn Collard! Below the cut are the show notes, complete with direct links to all the questions that have been asked in this episode!
Welcome to the very first episode of The Painful Threshold! The Painful Threshold is a brand new podcast where YOU provide the questions to our lovely panel! The show runs off questions sent to the official show Tumblr, our Twitter account or our Facebook page! This week, our panel is comedian Nick Decktor, musician and KEXP DJ Troy Nelson of the Young Evils, and Kittysneezes contributor Jenny Byfield! Below the cut are the show notes, complete with direct links to all the questions that have been asked in this episode! Check it out! Continue reading →