I don’t know how I missed it my whole life but there’s an awesome record store on Bourbon called Skully’z Recordz which I visted for the first time yesterday. They had an amazing selection of records, CD’s, and cassettes. It’s about the size of a broom closet and they were playing an episode of South Park over the store’s speaker system. I picked up Laughing Stock by Talk Talk and The Money Store by Death Grips. The employees were nice and it was a pleasant experience.
Later, we went to Euclid Records in the Marigny and I copped the first Kris Kross album and Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden on cassette.
Wire: Depression is increasingly common amongst teenagers…
Burial: They seem to have people all around them, but that’s actually not true. Sometimes you’re surrounded by mates but you’re not surrounded by friends. You feel protective of people, because no matter who we are, we all return to quite a vulnerable place, a flat, mates, a family, a room or whatever. You can see through all that stuff, a lot of young people artificially take on adult issues, that have maybe been pushed at them, or maybe they’re living out an adult relationship, proper life issues, maybe their family isn’t looking out for them anymore, other serious stuff that you can’t take lightly. I’ve seen that if you take on that stuff early on, it fucks you up. My new tunes are about that, wanting an angel watching over you, when there’s nowhere to go and all you can do is sit in McDonalds late at night, not answering your phone.
I originally joined Tumblr in early 2010 b/c my 33 1/3 book on the Flaming Lips album Zaireeka had come out and I thought, “I should probably get in on this social media thing to help promote my book.” A little while after that I joined twitter. The Zaireeka book came and went and I hadn’t…
I’ve only listened to Zaireeka once (with 4 booming bass amps) and it was magical. I hope to do it again soon.
Noses in the air, mysterious vibe, internet is where you live your life. Viva la vinyl, ebay snipe snobs and posers feeding on hype never see any of you at a show parents basement is all you know credit card buys you limited trash reality is going to beat your ass shitty young kids that know everything a whole new generation but they're all hiding talk more shit, laugh til you choke you've turned your life into a joke
The Calgary based noisy experimental band Women released two of my favorite albums of the past 10 years. Their 2nd album, Public Strain, stands as one of the most interesting, challenging and intri…
Chris Reimer of Calgary’s Women had joined The Dodos in 2011 as a second electric guitar player in the band. I saw him play with the duo two times before he passed and it was amazing how these two bands of different backgrounds and incredibly varying sounds could feel so well meshed. Reimer’s noisy electric guitar playing rounded out the occasional hollowness that can come with being only a two-piece with an acoustic guitar at its center. I think that Meric Long’s take on how Chris changed their sound is really touching. Here’s the full quote from our talk in Interview:
"Chris was a huge influence when we were touring together. When he joined the band, I was already looking for a new approach and I was trying to break my old habits. A lot of the stuff that Chris did—even outside of Women, like with his solo stuff—he was so textural and he would get these tones out of his guitar that I was looking for, and he’d figured out how to do it. We’d go to guitar shops on our days off and geek out on pedals. When it came time, when we were going to start recording and writing this record, I had talked to Chris about collaborating because we sort of have an opposite approach to guitar. I have this aggressive fingerpicking thing, and he had this textured wall of sound, and we were stoked on the idea of seeing what happened when those two things came together. He passed away suddenly, so we never got to find out. In writing for the record, I didn’t want to try to intentionally focus on representing Chris, but he had already left his mark and he already had pointed me in a direction. I couldn’t help it. He’s all over the record—in the songs and in the guitar tones. He was somebody I really respected, as well. When I was writing parts or even playing live, I’d be like, "Ah, fuck, I hope he likes this." He has that place in my mind. I think when somebody occupies that space, it can influence you quite a bit."
The post on Tympanogram (above) is really interesting and thorough, if you were ever a fan of Women, as I was, and want to know what they’ve been up since Reimer’s tragic passing in 2012.
“This video presents some of the most stereotypical, if not corny American stereotypes. The desert. The galloping stallions. The beautiful woman. The soft porn. The lone ranger riding his motorcycle into the sunset. And it is all presented in such a simple and uninspiring way that it is almost a mockery of these things. The only thing not stereotypically American here, is the fact that the lone ranger is black. So why is Kanye doing this? Well it is pretty simple, he is talking White American culture, and he is replacing it with a black skin head. This is essentially an aggressive cultural takeover that the average person probably doesn’t even realize is happening. Why else would he debut the video on the Ellen show? It is a white American talk show, with a white American demographic. This man is literally destroying white American stereotypes by making them revolve around him. The funniest part is, hardly anyone realises it. Oh and who is White America’s favourite ‘white’ person? Jesus. I’m sure you all get where I’m going with this”—
“The majors have already announced that they are going to try to push “doinky-donk” music on us this year. By “doinky-donk” I mean the dance, rave and electronic music that dominates Europe… What they want to do over here is call it “electronica” and find a way to filter out all the subversive elements that made it such a perceived threat to people like the English government. It’s really just new age music for people who don’t want to admit that they have copped out and gone new age.”—
“Following in the lineage of “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” or “Jessie’s Girl”, the song itself is a karaoke classic for men grappling with the catastrophic realities of a woman choosing to have sex with someone who isn’t him.”—ahahahaha damn dude