WARNING: It’s Not The Sound of Music

LIVE ON PAGE!!!

Doug Skinner‘s delightfully absurd musical instruments appeared each month in the pages of our journal, Le Scat Noir. The artist has now rounded up all these drawings (along with previously unpublished specimens) for his new collection Instrumentarium: A Book of Curious Musical Instruments. Even if you’re  tone deaf,  this book will have you humming along, snapping your fingers, tapping your feet and laughing out loud.

Jam-packed with 180 drawings in blaring black and white, this trade paperback edition is available worldwide on Amazon for only $12.95.

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The Music of Fairies & More

For this fall’s second installment of Utopia / Dystopia, an ongoing series co-presented by Hauser & Wirth and Morbid Anatomy, Black Scat author and translator Doug Skinner presents a concert/talk on music attributed to fairies, trowies, spirits, aliens, and other supposedly nonhuman entities. Selections include fairy music from Norway and the British Isles, the wail of the banshee, and snippets from seances and dreams.

Thursday, November 15, 7 pm, at Hauser & Wirth, 548 W. 22nd St., NYC. It’s free, and it might trouble your dreams!

“In” Tunes for the tuned in 

THE DOUG SKINNER SONGBOOK has arrived!

Black humor hits a high note in this grand collection of music & lyrics. “Buenas Noches, Little Roaches,” “Breeders Can’t Be Choosers,” “My Pal Satan,” and many more of Skinner’s greatest hits in one snazzY large format paperback EDITION. This compilation of hand-crafted sheet music makes the perfect accompaniment to every nuclear family gathering. SO huddle round the piano and rev up those vocal cords!


CRITICS RAVE FOR DOUG SKINNER’S TUNES

“Chillingly zany” —The New York Times 
“Deceptively dark and satirical” —Cover
“Very witty and well-written jeux des mots” —Woodstock Times 
“Scathingly witty… lullabies etched in acid” —Metro Magazine
“Clever and delightfully barbed” —Paper
  

AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ON AMAZON — CLICK HERE TO ORDER

 


About Doug Sinner

Doug Skinner has contributed articles and cartoons to Black Scat Review, Oulipo Pornobongo, The Fortean Times, Strange Attractor Journal, Fate, Weirdo, The Anomalist, Nickelodeon, Cabinet, and other fine publications. Black Scat has published several books of his stories and cartoons, as well as his translations of the French humorist Alphonse Allais.

He has written music for several dance companies, including ODC-San Francisco and Margaret Jenkins; his scores for actor/clown Bill Irwin include The Regard of Flight, The Courtroom, The Regard Evening, and The Harlequin Studies. He has performed his songs (the ones inside this book) in many theaters, clubs, and cabarets. His puppet shows with Michael Smith have been seen everywhere from Caroline’s Comedy Club in Manhattan to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

TV and movie appearances include Great Performances, The ‘90s, Martin Mull’s Talent Takes a Holiday, Ed, Crocodile Dundee II, and a smattering of commercials.

He lived for decades in Manhattan, but has moved to New Paltz, a few miles to the north.


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“THAT REGRETTABLE WEEKEND”

Black Scat author and translator Doug Skinner has just released his new album—THAT REGRETTABLE WEEKEND—featuring 21 songs that will make you laugh, cry in your beer, feel  nostalgic for old New York and those better (some might say bitter) days that never existed. Golden vocals with traces of dark humor and a haunting uke conspire to lull one down a slippery slope.

Take a listen to the title cut:

You can purchase the full digital album for only $9, or nab your favorite tracks for a buck.

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Watch for THE DOUG SKINNER SONGBOOK coming later this year.

Pop (Music) Quiz

Q: How many Black Scat authors and contributors are gifted singers and musicians?

A: Two for certain (Doug Skinner and Opal Louis Nations)—we’ll have to ask the others. Skinner can be seen performing in the previous post. And here’s a link to a rare audio clip of Opal Nations singing Take the Easy Way Out.

Opal Nations and The Frays
Opal Nations and The Frays

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Extra credit:

Q: Do they have groupies?

A: We’re putting our money on “yes.”

More of Opal’s music here: opalnations.com

Order his book, The Complete Unabridged Lexicon 

It’s Nostalgia Friday!

Here’s Black Scat author & translator Doug Skinner performing a ukulele solo: The Regard of Flight 23 — Second Homesickness Song. This clip was broadcast on TV in 1983 and is from a comedy play on tour starring Skinner, Bill Irwin, and Michael O’Connor.

A sweet treat to launch the weekend. Enjoy!

A man of many talents, Doug Skinner has translated Isidore Isou’s Considerations on the Death and Burial of Tristan Tzara and Captain Cap (Vol. I.) by Alphonse Allais—both in our Absurdist Texts & Documents series. In addition, he has written numerous scores for theater and dance, particularly for actor/clown Bill Irwin. His articles, cartoons, and translations have appeared in The Fortean Times, Fate, The Anomalist, Nickelodeon, Weirdo, and Black Scat Review. His translation of Giovanni Battista Nazari’s alchemical dream vision, Three Dreams, was published by Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks in 2002.

You can follow him on his blog here.