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Intelligence Failure: Buckethead And Viggo Mortensen Perceval Press

From the creative collaboration of previous Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Buckethead and prominent actor, musician, poet, photographer and indie publisher Viggo Mortensen comes this release of braided political-musical composition: Intelligemce Failure. In what has come to be expected from the indie publishing house Perceval Press, the cutting-edge, hard-hitting Progressive values of peace and anti-political corruption are more than mere overtones in this work.

However, there are subtextual elements present in the 2005 release of Intelligence Failure connecting the work to a 2004 release of PLease Tomorrow that creates a feeling the two are part of a continuing collection.

Dark phrases and well-crafted instrumentation leave the listener in the uncomfortable situation of unresolved feelings. Specifically the track, What Kind Of Nation uses open source quotes from persons of power in government and emotional imagery from the past three years of continual war. The threads create a need to be angry, rant, rave, scrunch the eyebrows, pace across the kitchen then let the tears fall as the Inbox drones on another person lost in a bloody and corrupt war. So too with the themes in Please Tomorrow. The feelings are musically driven. Similar phrases, dark imagery and guitar riffs of deep woodsy flavor one might find in a bold red wine.

The track Sunrise on the CD Please Tomorrow seems to be the root composition for many phrases in the track What Kind Of Nation. The track Swallows To Bats on the CD Please Tomorrow contains elements of taps found on Intelligence Failure's What Kind Of Nation.

The two CDs seem part of a genre of art that expresses the skullduggery of the powerful through pretzeling of emotions. In pictorial form, recent nationwide exhibitions of photographs show rows of boots with a soldier on bended knee in front of a pair of these boots.

In musical form, What Kind Of Nation uses sound to express the similar mixed-up and angry feelings. Marching boots cross the mind just before a thread of late 60's themes are windswept into a guitar segment of When The Saints Go Marching In.

Intelligence Failure also stars Mortensen's son Hank Mortensen and longtime musical collaborator Travis Dickerson. And as such, perhaps it's the interwoven creative drive of father and son, or the simple build of a work that seems the second act of a not yet finished three act play. Overall, the overt and hard-hitting political edge of Intelligence Failure seems to create a stronger fabric of feeling than the whole of the well done CD Please Tomorrow.

Intelligence Failure does not leave the listener with a clear sense of resolution. There are far too many unresolved threaded themes for there not to be a third act to finish off the set. This is just one artist's interpretation of what is really a complicated set of works.

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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