Zeus Speaks

unnamedPreservation Pub’s resident spiritual counselor holds forth on matters great and small.

Zeus, what do you make of the Internet furor over “the dress?”

Z: It’s a distraction, to keep people focused on stuff that’s not important. To keep them zombie-ized and under control. The dress means nothing. It doesn’t have life unless people give it life.

We talked about police violence against unarmed victims a few months ago. Now there have been more instances of police violence. What’s going on?

Z: It’s all about preparation for things to come. It’s all about control, and programming people’s minds for violence toward each other. We have to be Light Workers in this dark world we live in.

Everybody is beign tested right now, in the battle raging between two Masters–the Master of Light and the Master of Dark. A servant of the Dark will always seek out violence and conflict, to make sure he’s not alone in the dark.

What do you think about the members of the Duck Dynasty cast, and their outspokeness on gays, and political issues?

Z: The things they are judging, those things are not for us to judge. He who is without sin shall cast the first stone. We are not to judge; we are here to love one another.

How do you feel about the Hillary Clinton email scandal?

Z: What’s done can’t be undone. So let it go. You can’t go back into the past to fix the present.

Zeus’s Quote of the week/month: “It’s better to do good things than to live bad ones.”

Who do you think you are: Uncorked cook Josh Hyatt

josh pictureWhat’s the best joke you know?

Two cannibals are eating a clown. One looks at the other and says, ‘Does this taste funny to you?’

Who’s your favorite superhero?

Probably Batman. I learned something from Batman. The Batman is always prepared.

What was your most embarassing drunken moment?

The time I first got back on a bicycle after a whole year without one. I was so happy, I went out and got drunk, came back outside and face-planted in the middle of Market Square.

What actor would you like to see play Josh Hyatt in a movie?

Is it too over-confident to say Johnny Depp?

If you were going torture someone, how would you do it?

I’ll quote from Silence of the Lambs. “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.”

Describe the worst band you’ve ever seen.

I don’t remember their name, but I had to assist the Pub security in kicking their asses out of here.

Describe Hell.

I think we experience pieces of Heaven and pieces of Hell in the waking world around us. And the parts of Hell we experience are what we make for ourselves, what we make the world out to be.

I believe that when you hit the dirt, your spirit is going on to the next purpose, if it can. If it’s too exhausted and heavy, it’s not going to make that trip.

Who is your least favorite celebrity?

Carson Daly!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

To trust the light inside myself and keep rolling.

What’s in your earbuds? w/ Uncorked bartender Elizabeth Byars

Elizabeth Byars

1. Rilo Kiley: Their More Adventurous album.

2. A lot of mixes from the Miss Moss blog; she has lots of really good mixes.

3. She and Him.

4. Derek Trucks: Not Tedeschi/Trucks – that’s kind of like mom and dad rock. But his solo band is really rocking.

5. Of Montreal: They used to be one of my favorite bands, then I just dropped them. But I recently picked them back up again.


Now Playing: Funny Ears Fringe Festival, March 27-29

bunny-435170_640Preservation Pub/Scruffy City Hall’s forthcoming Funny Ears Fringe Festival–March 27 thru March 29–will act as a sort of local reflection of the internationally-renowned weirdness of the Big Ears Festival, sponsored by Knoxville’s ace promoter, A.C. Entertainment. And while we would be hard-pressed to preview every one of the 30-some-odd FEFF bands that will take the stage over the course of the long weekend, we can at least offer a few words on–and a few words from–some of the festival’s (predominantly local) stand-out performers.

-Wesley Wyrick, performing March 27 with visual artist Kenta Nolin, March 28 with hip-hop-jazz-fusion combo Box Set, and March 29 with math-rock duo GlassWorks:
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Wes Wyrick hails from everywhere and Nowhere at once. His hometown is “the Middle of Nowhere, Tennessee, in the backwoods of the Cumberland Plateau.” But he’s spent most of his adult life wandering, both musically and geographically.
Almost equally adept at guitar, drums, bass, keyboards, and synth programming, (“but no wood-winds,” he laughs.), Wyrick will draw on “a vast palate of influences” over the course of his various performances the weekend of FEFF.
For his project with Nolin, Wyrick says to expect “some far-out electronic music, taking a lot of inspiration from South London and Chicago Footwork. It will be a sonic ear-f@#$.”
Of GlassWorks, Wyrick’s prog project with drummer Rylan Bledsoe, he says, “Rylan and I grew up listening to a lot of the same stuff, stuff with lots of notes. We kind of feel each other.”
As for Box Set, Wyrick says the band “draws a lot from Chris Daddy Dave and the Drumheads; it’s hip-hop-influenced jazz and funk-inspired soul.”

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Downtown Dirt by Manhole: Funny Ears, and other assorted @#$

funny earsSo I’m sure that many of you, by now, are asking: “What the Hell is the Funny Ears Fringe Festival??” And, by extension: “Has the West family lost their collective f@#$ing minds?!”

The answer to the latter question, of course, is: Probably so. But that was established long before the events of March, 2015, so what of it? The answer to the former question is as follows:
Funny Ears Fringe is a Festival conceived by Preservation Pub/Scruffy City Hall assistant to the assistant entertainment coordinator and head custodian Scott West, as a complement to the better-known and ballyhooed Big Ears Festival, sponsored the same weekend by Knoxville’s very own A.C. Entertainment.

During an earlier conversation with A.C.E. Captain Ashley Capps, West relates that, “We agreed that the most fun parts of the Ediburgh Festival and South by Southwest were the non-official ‘fringe’ elements surrounding the official events.” Continue reading