Here's a Spotify playlist of songs from our show the other night (including originals of a couple covers by Grant Hart and Wreckless Eric), plus a couple of vids.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Some time back I decided to watch every movie (that I hadn't seen already) featured in David Thomson's book Have You Seen...? I got up into the B's before it became clear that following someone else's lead on my movie selections wasn't going to work for, say, ten frickin' years. I'm not 23 and living in a hut with tons of time on my hands any more. But I go back to the book now and again. A couple weeks ago it was a DVD of The Battle of Algiers that I got from Netflix sometime in summer of 2013 and carried with me all the way to KC. It's pretty current, still.
Today (Fourth of July) I watched The Battleship Potempkin. Art movies are a pretty good deep relaxation method, the slower the better. (Curt Kirkwood said once that he doesn't practice guitar, but plays a lot while he watches TV.) I played my Gretsch archtop and tried to figure out how Lou Reed fits the syllables in the lyrics to "Sweet Jane" against such a simple progression in such a complex way. The soundtrack to the film is Tchaikovsky, so that must have sounded pretty weird to the neighbors. Total A.D.D.
The next movie in the book is Beat The Devil but I had better get Pablo down to Loose Park for a walk before I turn into a total slug.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I'm up into the R's, adding all my vinyl to a single Spotify playlist. Ramones, Redd Kross, Lou Reed. I still buy records and cd's--a couple of weeks ago I found the first Green on Red for $8 at Zebadee's and also ordered the new Bob Mould from Merge. I don't like this whole free music thing, but if I own it and the artist has benefited as part of the traditional supply chain, I absolutely love having it randomized on a playlist.
Computers make it easy to go insular with your listening habits. I don't like that either. I want to stay open. But I don't have time to sit around listening to records much anymore, so having that collection on my phone, for commuting and exercising is pretty awesome.
If I've had any prescient moments in my life, they've all been pretty vague and I was probably mowing the yard at the time, listening to Quadrophenia. But I do remember puzzling over Itunes early on and brainstorming on how the radio could become more democratic and not curated by payola. As a teenager we used to call KY102 about a million times just so we could say, in squeaky adolescent voices "hey could you play something by The Stooges?" Yeah kid, we'll get to that.
No one has to bug a radio station anymore to hear a song they want to hear. We only have to be bugged by artists who want us to bug a radio station to play a song they want us to help the world hear--on the radio, not on a phone. That too is a worthy ritual.
Who is going to tell us what is good? I guess we are.
And here is a brutal and deadly proficient progressive punk rock band I heard at Middle of The Map, whose music I own in no format, but should. Anyone who likes this kind of thing would be crazy not to: