Mini Tarot Card Readings Now Available

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I’m offering mini-tarot card readings for $10 on my big cartel storefront. Basically you ask a question and I use the cards to determine the past present and future around subject. So hop on this mystical wave and ask me a few questions bruh bruh.

http://spontaneouscombustibles.bigcartel.com/product/mini-tarot-card-reading

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555 Vol. 1: None So Worthy is finally available!

555 vol 1- none so worthy555 Vol 1: None So Worthy just dropped on Amazon and is part of the first wave of books released by Carrion Blue 555. Contributors were asked to write 55 stories of 55 words each. I have 55 stories in this anthology and I think they’re pretty badass. My section is called “Paradise Falls” and mostly revolves around drugs, urban horror, and surreal weirdness. This probably was one of the most challenging writing exercises I had to do, but well worth it. And anyway who knows me, knows how much I love numerology so 555 is the perfect antho for me. Don’t forget to check out the other contributors, who are pretty amazing in their own right, listed on the attached cover image and you can purchase the book at the link below.

Plus, I still can’t believe they put one of my short stories on the back cover.

Purchase link below.

http://www.amazon.com/555-Vol-None-So-Worthy/dp/0996276823/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1434565835&sr=8-2&keywords=joseph+bouthiette

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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment-Surf (Album Review)

soxI’ve been listening to Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s surprise album SURF over the last few days slowly digesting it. Of course I wanted this to be a Chance the Rapper album, but it’s so much more than that. The fact that he actually puts his friends at the forefront of an album and stepped aside says a lot about the man.

It reminds me of a huge soulful jam session. Of course the frequent Chicago collaborators are there such as Joey Purp, Saba, Noname Gypsy, King Louie, Jeremih, etc. The entire collective hits a soul endearing vein of funk and mines it’s just right. The overall warm vibes compliments this summer season and the positive messages come across as truly genuine.

Then there’s the two songs where Donnie Trumpet really goes in on his solo tip. “Nothing Came to Me” is a jazzy expanse resembling something akin to beautiful nothingness. “Something Came to Me” feels triumphant as if Donnie overcome a huge obstacle and finally figured something out. Also, I love the fact that there’s no other vocalists. Simply Donnie and his Trumpet putting in work.

Surf is definitely a win for the Social Experiment and I can’t wait to see what the crew cooks up next.

“Warm Enough,” “Rememory” and “Sunday Vibes” are my favorite tracks this very moment.

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New Interview Flow

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So Christoph Paul recently interviewed me on his fantastic podcast The Passion of Christoph. We discussed Yeezus, hiphop, rap beef, American girls vs. Spanish girls, and life.

Listen/Download the podcast here: http://thepassionofthechristoph.podomatic.com/entry/2015-05-24T23_01_05-07_00

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Matt Meets Vik (Book Review)

mattmeetsvikandishThere are certain presses that always deliver the goods aka that literary dope and Civil Coping Mechanisms is one of them. The latest book I’ve read is Matt Meets Vik by Timothy Willis Sanders and it’s certainly worth a read.

Matt, the protagonist, meets a pretty Czechoslovakian girl at a bar and the narrative details all of the ups and downs of their budding relationship. One huge component that makes you feel for the narrator is the drug aspect.

It may not seem like the most original plot, but the way it’s told is what makes the book magical. Sanders employs this disarmingly simple prose to hook you and lets you in on these snippets of Matt’s wide spectrum of thoughts. You know those little fears and nagging doubts we have when we first start dating someone. It’s all here and then some.

Also, it’s really cool to see a black protagonist who isn’t in a bad neighborhood or selling drugs or any other stupid stereotypical shit certain writers like to do. Kudos to Sanders.

When I finished reading the last page on my kindle and stared the 99% completion bar. I couldn’t believe it was over. I laid on my bed slightly depressed and happy. I stared out the window and watched the birds move in cryptic patterns and wondered when the hell Sanders is going to come out with another book. I need another fix.

Matt Meets Vik is an engaging albeit unconventional boy meets girl type of of story, but it resonates like a mofo.

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Matt-Meets-Timothy-Willis-Sanders/dp/1937865290

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Potholes & Robots

150417-N-VJ282-063I’ve been off the map lately but busy as usual. This last weekend I performed at Rota’s Got Talent–a local talent show they have on base. I was a little nervous beforehand, sweaty hands and all, but the other contestants were just as nervous. It’s been over a year since I last performed anything. I thought about rapping. However, I wanted to do something outside of my comfort zone so I memorized a poem I wrote called “Pothole Mansions.”

A Flying Lotus instrumental “Lately” played in the background giving it a spacey vibe. I slipped up on a line, but I pulled a Beyonce and got back up on my verbal feet. I received a lot of love from my people and my friend’s daughter gave me a gold medal. It was mad cute. I didn’t win, but I got some good feedback and I was happy to perform. Sidenote: I wore the medal out to the club.

The weekend before the last I went to watch the Running of the Bulls in Arcos de la Frontera. It was intense. Expect a non-fiction piece to hit the web in the future.

destroy all robotsIn writing news, my short story “Night of the Ratchets” was recently published in the anti-robot anthology Destroy All Robots. You can buy that here.

I’m still trying to figure out how to expand my hardcore novelette God’s Leftovers into a novella. The crime fiction book Black Gypsies is still coming slowing and I’m working on something experimental and fresh called Young World.

Plus, there’s another poetry collection I’m working on called Pothole Mansions. Expect some music somewhere in the mix too.

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The Nights Neon Fangs (Book Review)

nnfSometimes it’s a gift and a curse being a book reviewer. On one hand you get a shitload of free books, but then you realize this tower of gold actually has to be read and it becomes a burden of sorts. However, The Night’s Neon Fangs is a gift that’s meant to be cherished.

The Night’s Neon Fangs by David W. Barbee is a collection of four novellas: Night’s Neon Fangs, Noah’s Arkopolis, That Ultimo Sumbitch, and Batcop Outta Hell.

The title piece “Night’s Neon Fangs” is about an electrifying werewolf named Buster Wade who’s forced to wear a rubber suit to keep the monster inside him restrained. Barbee paints a bizarre world where deities run governments and thanks to a slick joker, the US is forever cursed with a mummy cloud—a cloud that literally rains down mummies. It’s funny and absurd, but a number of corporations have learned how to make a pretty penny off the natural disaster. Buster works for one of these companies as security and dreams of the day his contract ends.

This novella is weird and funny and a nice appetizer for the next three pieces in the book.

“Noah Arkopolis” takes the story of Noah’s Ark and extends it way out into the future. The ark has become an entire city in the middle of oceanic Earth and Noah has disappeared, but he comes back in the form of a ghost to guide the protagonist. There’s highly advanced dolphins, humans with animals parts thanks to breeding between humans and animals over the years,

It’s endlessly funny, inventive, and has a nice sense of pacing. It pokes fun at the absurdness of religion, God, and the Bible. Also, makes you think about greed and the perils of abusing our natural resources such as oil.

“Ultimo Sumbitch” is a steampunkesque spaghetti western novella and my favorite out of the four in the book. Savage hippies, cyborgs, mutant goons rogue gunmen, etc.

My dad used to make me watch western movies when I was little and they bored me to death. If I saw something like this growing up, I would have completely different thoughts about the genre. Seriously, if Barbee made ten more books set in this universe, I’d buy every single one.

Imagine Batman meets Spawn and you might have an idea of “Batcop Outta Hell.” Thanks to fuckup in paperwork, officer McNulty wakes up in hell while his wife and daughter are stuck in limbo. He makes a deal with the devil to get revenge and to make sure his wife and daughter makes it to heaven.

He goes back to work in world full of people who are literally bats. Barbee riffs on all of the police tropes and cliches and makes them hilarious.

It’s a shame it took me this long to finally read Barbee’s work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some quality bizarro, great world-building, and sharp humor.

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Nights-Neon-Fangs-David-Barbee/dp/1621051757/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428527403&sr=8-1&keywords=the+night%27s+neon+fangs

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