This year I will be listening to music from 1987. It looks like a good year. My wife and I went down that list talking about the bands that we loved and others we didn’t yet know.

1987

After clearing off my whole collection on Rdio I downloaded Guns N' Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction”, Prince’s “Sign ‘☮’ the Times”, and Dinosaur Jr.’s “You’re Living All Over Me”.

In 1987 I was VERY aware of Guns N' Roses and Prince due to MTV, but I wouldn’t discover Dinosaur Jr. until I got to college a few years later. “You’re Living All Over Me” is very likely one of my 20 favorite albums of all time. The other two I haven’t heard since they were popular. I am curious how the stuff I continued to listen to (Dinosaur, Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain) compares to the stuff I left back in 1987 (U2, REM, Depeche Mode).

It wasn’t until this morning that I realized how fun this project is going to be. Just flip through that list above: Public Enemy’s “Yo! Bum Rush the Show”, Big Black “Songs About Fucking”, The Replacements, the whole very underground Industrial genre I never really paid attention to…

I am pretty excited. Let’s see if I still am December 2013.

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A thing I’ll be doing to track my music for the project is summing up my favorites for the month.

Though January was rough, so far I think I found three good albums I’ll be listening to all year. If you have Rdio then you can play the albums in-line. Otherwise I included links to their Amazon pages where you can play them.

Palomar was a nice surprise. Turns out I actually remember when the band was getting started because a member of a site I run was in it and he sent me an album. Small world. [Amazon]

Dead Dog reminds me of the bands I used to see in the mid-90s in Southern California at places with names like No Life Records, The Ukranian Hall, Dizzy Debbies, or some random strip-mall record store in the Valley or Orange County. Loud and fuzzy 2-minute songs that were always under the spectre of being shut down any minute. That whole time in my life I was incredibly young and just wanted to hear loud music, get drunk, and have an excuse to do really stupid things. Anyway, here’s Dead Dog. [Amazon]

Cloud Nothings. I haven’t figured out this album yet. It’s unlike their last album (which I liked). I can’t stop listening to it. There’s really good stuff in there. [Amazon

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When you swing a guitar without strap locks.

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Only listening to music from 2012 so far: sucks. I pretty much stayed away from 2011, but only a couple weeks into the new year and there is seriously nothing. Help me if you know something good, because I am dying over here. I heard the new Sleigh Bells way more than I could deal. And the Miniature Tigers new song is okay…but not what I was hoping for. Come on new music Tuesday!

Meanwhile I decided I can’t stop participating over on This Is My Jam because it’s just too much fun. So far I haven’t been able to share any new music with anyone over there, but I have my fingers crossed as we hit the end of the month and get past all the albums the labels dumped after the new year.

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In 2010 I had a project where I only listened to music released in 2010 (except for January 2010: I listened to anything released in 2009 because I mean come on…). It was a fun experiment that introduced me to TONS of bands and music that I still listen to now.

The project changed me a bit. I feel like I can point to 2010 as the year I let go of a lot of shitty music in my past and shook loose a lot of the conceptions I had about what I liked.

There was a story today on the NYTimes about what a shitty year it was for music* but I don’t believe it**. I think it was a shitty year for whatever label-manufactured band that I saw plastered on busses and walls on my way to work, but music is always good. There is always good stuff out there if you look.

To illustrate my point, I am not even kidding, someone just pointed me to an Australian garage band I’d never heard of called “Eddy Current Suppression Ring” on This Is My Jam. Released just this past October:

Isn’t that great?

So yeah, I am doing my music experiment again. This time I’ll blog it here and on This Is My Jam rather than on a separate weblog. It’s hard. It’s fun. But it reminds me that music is always good if you’re willing to look and not worry if some label’s great hope didn’t materialize.

* The worst part is they lead off with the (terrible) return of one of my favorite bands and rhythm sections of all time. I saw Sublime play quite a few times in clubs and backyards (nearly 20 years ago!) before they blew it and Brad died. Stupid stupid stupid.

** THIS GUY knows what I’m talking about

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I'm giving Apple's new product Ping a try. For no reason other than I hope they do implement these things, here is a few stuff I wish it would do.

  • Keep track of every song I listen to and post it someplace with charts and shit. I still have to use Last.fm.
  • An open REST API so I can pull that data or permit other applications to pull that data.
  • Treat my collection as one group, not of stuff I bought from iTunes and stuff I didn't buy from iTunes.
  • I don't want to like someone's like.

Anyway, you can follow me here.

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Just a reminder: I'm writing another weblog over here. It's documenting my year of only listening to music from 2010 and I would love any suggestions you have.

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That only music from 2010 project I mentioned? I'm keeping a weblog here: radio.torrez.org.

Right now I'm going through the 09's looking for stuff I missed. There's no way I can go without music for a month, so January 2010 I'm allowing myself to catch up to last year's music.

I think I'll have a go at reviews—but reviews are like, just my opinion, man.

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Every year I make a new year's resolution that sound nearly impossible. I enjoy the challenge of putting a goal in front of me that at the beginning of the year seems entirely ridiculous, but at the end of the year seems completely doable.

The best resolutions I've made are rarely about doing something, they're usually the challenge of restricting or cutting out something in my life—usually involving the act of media consumption. Self-portait-a-day projects sound fun, but I am far too forgetful to remember to take a picture of my dumb face. I see it enough already.

A couple of years ago I decided not to buy a book the entire year. When I started it seemed completely insane. I love books. I was commuting 45 minutes both ways by bus or boat at the time, and books were a favorite diversion. I finally broke down and made a rule that let me buy comic books, but it did create this reason for me to dive back into books I'd already read, and finish some I had given up on.

The following year I tried it with video games. I couldn't buy a new video game until I had played through every unfinished game I had sitting on my shelf. I wasn't able to keep that one. Some of those games were really terrible.

Last year I vowed to finish five projects or let the domains I had purchased for them expire, which was heartbreaking because I had some good domain names. I was unsuccessful launching those projects and the domains expired.

While I was walking to work this morning I came up with my next resolution for 2010. I was listening to Le Tigre's self-titled album (now 10 years old), and flipped to Operation Ivy's (now 20 years old). Then on the walk from the Embarcadero I switched to the xx (1 year old) and it struck me how I've probably missed a lot of good music because I was spending it listening to old Modern Lovers records.

So then it hit me: what if I only listened to music released in 2010? Okay. That's just crazy enough.

The rules are:

  • This includes re-issues/re-masters.
  • For the month of January I am allowed to listen to anything from 2009.
  • I will probably come up with more rules as I think of them because not listening to Bad Brains for a year is starting to make me sad.

And you can play along at home if you'd like: here is my last.fm stream. It has over 50,000 songs I've listened to over the past few years. The top 18 has 11 bands that aren't even bands anymore (counting Weezer).

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This synth/controller from Teenage Engineering is awfully, awfully lovely. I don't even have a need for it, but god, I love the design of the thing. Just lovely.

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I cannot turn down a happy song with a fast beat. A few years ago Catbird Records released an album from a band called Hemstad who were from Sweden. It was so good! And then they sold out. The album, that is, I don't know what happened to the band. (What happened to the band?)

Well, the CD is back on sale so get it.

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Rob Manuel innocently tweeted there could/should/might be be a flash mob celebrating Michael Jackson and people did what they do best.

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Thru You is something pretty special. A ton of real Youtube videos mixed into a whole album of songs. Found via that special guy Ze Frank.

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Snacks and Shit is a hilarious weblog run by two guys taking rap lyrics out of context because they are RIDICULOUS out of context.

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Take on Me: Literal Video Version. (I forgot who linked this, but thanks, and sorry for missing the credit.)

My mom would often walk by me watching MTV and would stand for a bit and watch with me. When the video was over she'd ask something like, "What did that mean to you?" or "What do you think that's saying to you?" The time she did that at the end of A-Ha's video was a tense moment that I still remember to this day.

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I'd never heard of Ivor Cutler until blackbeltjones linked Pussy on the Mat. My brain keeps wanting to make connections with Daniel Johnston, but that might just be that harmonium. Here he is doing Shop Lifters on the Old Grey Whistle Test.

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Near the bottom of this interview Trent Reznor admits to having been a member of OiNK.

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This is terrible. TERRIBLE. Stop it. This is what hell is to me. A "punk rock choir" performing a Pixies song. I'm told they also mutilate Fugazi's "Waiting Room" as well.

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Can we get over the teeth gnashing when a song we like from an artist we love shows up in a commercial? MSNBC's Adblog flips its wig (go me!) over the inclusion of "See A Little Light" in a tiaa-cref.org commercial.

Bob Mould himself is second to comment on the weblog that he made a "leap of faith that they are least likely to be quietly investing in unseemly causes". If it's good enough for Bob Mould it's good enough for me.

It seems like the mp3 free music revolution is being a little hypocritical in forcing artists to rethink how they go about making money from their music but then requiring them to live by the old standards where you can't get your art dirty by allowing a company to license it.

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Picture_44 Whoah, I actually listened to a enough music this year that was released in this year that I could pick a favorite. (note: Nelly Furtado is timeless, so she'll always be out of the running) Hemstad's self-titled album put out by Catbird Records wins! Except you can't buy it now. It's sold out. But wow, check out that sample song "Fyllekärring". You should totally go back in time and buy this album.

Here's the top 20 list of 2006 of my most listened to stuff recorded by Last.fm. Number in parenthesis is the number of times played. The problem with this list is I tend to throw one band on and listen continuously, so bands like Hemsted, who got over 100 plays on my computer, don't even show up. I'd say this list is a good representation of what I completely freaked out on for a good week or so this year. Definitely the case with Be Your Own PET.

  1. Be Your Own Pet (1,008) - I really liked this band (obviously). I guess they got a lot of shit for being children of musicians or something, but the lyrics are pretty good and the music is good so I don't know what the big deal is. Good band. I'm a little amazed I listened to them one-thousand times, but the songs are short, fast, and good. Except for that one with the line about Bad Brains. Eeesh.
  2. Sublime (666) - Perennial favorites. If you didn't live in SoCal in the early 90's you won't understand. I mostly listened to obscure studio stuff and random 8-track recordings done around the "Robbin' the Hood" days. Sigh...
  3. The Breeders (573) - "Rediscovered" after discovering how awesome The Amps were (see #11). I love their cover of "Shocker In Gloomtown", though I got a lot of hell for saying I liked it better than the GBV version. Ooh, I just did it again.
  4. Pavement (543) - Will be on my list every year.
  5. The Mountain Goats (461) - Made my favorite album in 2005, I managed to get a hold of a bunch of unlabeled lo-fi stuff and probably spent a couple of days picking through it.
  6. Guided by Voices (437) - Sometimes I spend a week just listening to GBV.
  7. The Vandals (317) - Oh boy. That's shocking. Totally punk rock Republicans, but the good kind. I spent a couple days picking through these old Orange County bands I had forgotten about, I guess the Vandals got more play than anyone else. Also, a lot of that has to do with the jokey song: "I Have A Date".
  8. The Fucking Champs (300) - Mostly listening to IV. This stuff is great for programming. I'm not much of a metal fan but this is just brutal.
  9. The Flaming Lips (275) - This isn't what you think. When that last album came out I had to remind myself how much I loved these guys and to clean my brain out. This is pretty much all "Transmissions from the Satellite Heart" and "The Soft Bulletin". I can still listen to "When Yer Twenty-Two" and have vivid flashbacks of driving around LA in my little truck, delivering shit in the heat, thinking how lucky I was. I was pretty lucky.
  10. Pixies (274) - The book on the Pixies caused this. After I read it I went back and listened to everything again with fresh ears. It's great to see them get the respect they deserved, but kinda sad they are pretty much over the whole thing and just cashing checks.
  11. The Amps (261) - I completely missed The Amps the first time around. Wow, Pacer is my favorite album listened to in 2006 for sure. Fucking Kim Deal is on this list three times.
  12. Weezer (260) - Oh god, what decade are we in again? I think this is pretty much all that "Dusty Gems" collection. Specifically Paperface.
  13. Mad Professor (249) - Though it doesn't show up on this list that much, mainly because dub and reggae songs are so long, I listen to a healthy amount of Reggae/Dub/Dancehall. I think Mad Professor ranks highest because of the dub work on my favorite artists (not shown: I discovered Jacob Miller this year! Whoah.)
  14. Tsutomu Kouno (249) - This is video game music from Loco Roco. The songs are a minute long so they get a higher play count. Also: nerd.
  15. The Jesus and Mary Chain (207) - I finally bought all those post "Automatic" albums I swore I was going to buy. They were okay, I dunno why I listened to them so much, I blame that "Moe Tucker" song.
  16. The Thermals (203) - New album was very good, definitely better than "Fuckin' A". Also, again, short songs chart higher. "Pillar of Salt" getting most of the play. I would love to be in this band.
  17. Ramones (196) - No wait, I meant this band.
  18. Sweetie (196) - Oh right, I'm in this band. Is it okay to listen to your own music? I don't care. Omar writes damn good songs.
  19. Green Day (187) - Living in the Bay Area made me remember the bands of yore. I saw these guys play once at some co-op party when I was at Berkeley and I thought they sucked. Look at me 15 years later listening to the album they had just put out back then. Me + teenage love songs = BFF!
  20. Lady Sovereign (185) - Embarrassing! And that's saying something, considering items 1-19. Make way for the S-O-Veeeee!

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Thanks to Justin for recording this. And thanks to everyone for coming.

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On our flight back from Ontario I happened to read an article in the in-flight magazine about indie record shops. At one point they mentioned an LA record store that outlasted all the other hole-in-a-wall indies (No Life, Rhino, Zed's): Aron's on Highland, and how it had finally closed.

For a moment I felt a little sad about the loss of that shop...and then I remembered how much I hated that place and having to go there.

  1. The parking lot sucked. See this photo of it? That shot makes it look like a football field of glorious LA parking. Here's the truth. It sucked pulling up to the driveway and seeing about three other cars bouncing around trying to get their car out because they couldn't easily turn around and there was no parking.
  2. A few minutes in their used section and you could always find CD-R burns of albums. If you didn't make sure it wasn't an CD-R you'd find yourself at home with a cheap, home-made burn that you couldn't sell back to Aron's because they had a sign up that said, "We Don't Buy CD-Rs!"
  3. There's a reason people in movies who play record store clerks snicker at the music you buy.

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A few days ago I started noticing a crackle + hiss in my headphones. Thinking they were broken I tried them out on my laptop only to realize it was the headphone jack on the front of the G5 (the same G5 I dropped down some stairs).

I researched a few of the USB sound cards from the usual suspects (Griffin, Creative) only to decide on something put out by a company that received nothing but high-praise from everyone who had dealt with them. HeadRoom (located at headphone.com) seemed to be selling exactly what I wanted, though for a bit more than I had intended on paying.

I just received the Total BitHead today and it's worth every penny. It set up right out of the box, came with the necessary USB cable, and delivered a full and dynamic (I realize this sounds like a cliché-filled, paid review) sound. Before if I wanted to hear the all the bits of music I had to just turn the volume up, now it seems like everything is accented and more real sounding.

I haven't ran it through my iPod Nano, and I probably won't be carrying it around that much considering it's slightly too big for my pockets, but it's nice to have the option, especially for my laptop.

Totally worth buying. I am not a golden-eared, audio-phile who goes all wobbly at the idea of a glass-plate turntable, but I know what sounds good, and this sounds great.

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Two great pieces of Sonic Youth showed up this weekend.

Someone noticed a similarity between Brad and Angelina in Italy, Ray Pettibon's album cover for "Goo", and the original photo taken in 1966 of a "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"... It's no "Lincoln killed in Ford's Theater, and Kennedy killed in Ford automobile", but it's neat nonetheless.

And...

My friend Mike found out some stickers he had made found their way onto a Sonic Youth guitar.

I used to follow SY pretty closely until whatever album came out after "Goo". I couldn't even tell you what the album was. It was one of those things where I just worshiped and collected anything I could get my hands on, and one day I just stopped listening.

And although it coincided with their small pop stardom that was blown out of the water by their protégés Nirvana, I don't think it had anything to do with it.

I can't even identify with the person who traded live bootlegs with other people in the dorm and ran a BBS called "Silver Rocket BBS" in homage to a song off "Daydream Nation" (yeah, I know, stupid name but would you have gone to Master-Dik BBS?).

I can listen to them now, mostly "Daydream Nation" and "Goo"+"Moo" (the Goo demo tapes produced by JMascis), but only as songs from my past. Whenever I've picked up a new SY album I am completely turned off and regret thinking I could enjoy them again. There's just nothing there that I like and nothing I can understand.

Sonic Youth was my first music crush. I never understood deadheads, or worse, Pink Floyd-heads (do they have names? Owners of silly stickers?) but almost instantly I became the alternative music-geek version of a deadhead or owner of a silly sticker: The Sonic Youth Fan.

I bought or copied everything. I owned rare EPs and even rarer demos of EPs that existed just because someone left some recording equipment running. It was stupid.

 

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I did not know the back-story of the song "Ring of Fire". It makes me love Johnny, June, and the song that much more.

I clipped the story out of an episode of TAL and put it here temporarily. Shh. Though I suppose you could use that yucky real media and fast-forward to the last act.

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I think one of the biggest reasons I continue to be bothered by the Minor Threat reaction is that a few friends and other webloggers have said, "Some people probably thought Minor Threat and Dischord  endorsed it!" (To paraphrase)

It reminded me of an argument I had with my sister a few months ago about seeing "Ocean's 11". She told me she'd never see it because George Clooney was in it and George Clooney was a liberal and he says things against our President that sways people's minds. Not hers, just people. Other people she didn't even know. She was looking out for them, you see.

This attitude of "I know what's best for other people" is a pretty pervasive attitude these days. We all seem to know what's best for everyone else because everyone else is weak and I'm the only perceptive one who needs to save them from being confused about shit.

I think knowing who Dischord is and who Minor Threat were provides a bit of immunity to the piece. It seems like all the ranting that's going on is by people who would never be led to believe Dischord would give a green light to that image. That was the point, I thought. Make it as close as possible because it's a skate tour ending in D.C. and you want people (people who know of the image) to say "What The Fuck?"

Heck, I said "What The Fuck?" when I first saw it. Then I laughed because something from my younger days was being co-opted by Nike—which was pretty damn funny to me.

Maybe years from now people will pose like that album cover to sell things the way so many companies have used Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues'" man-in-the-street-flipping-cards-over image. And nobody will care because it's just this iconic device that people use to sell shit and get your attention.

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My friend Mat turned me onto the Mountain Goats this year, and I had been anticipating the latest album ever since I heard a really rocking "Dance Music" on the John Peel Show.

Well, I happened to get an advance copy

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I actually went to a physical record store and bought CDs. Used CDs no less. Very rare for me since I spend my life in front of a computer.

While checking out, and probably due to having two Minders albums and some Dub Narcotic EPs, I got this promo CD single. I've never been a fan of Apples in Stereo but I do like this song. More on Ulysses.

They're playing today at Amoeba Records in LA.

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This song by Neil Cleary called "When All Of Us Get Famous" makes me a little sentimental. I'm no musician, but as a web tinkerer with aspirations of doing something grand, I can relate to what he's singing about.

Neil links this song on his site, so I think I'm okay offering it up. Please buy the album.

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Eponymous Songs

  1. Minor Threat - "Minor Threat"
  2. Bad Religion - "Bad Religion"
  3. Beastie Boys - "B.E.A.S.T.I.E. Boys"
  4. Big Country - "In A Big Country"*
  5. Talk Talk - "Talk Talk"
  6. Tin Machine - "Tin Machine"
  7. Living In A Box - "Living In A Box"
  8. Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath"
  9. Dag Nasty - "Dag Nasty"
  10. The Monkees - "The Monkeys"
  11. The Ramones - "R.A.M.O.N.E.S."*
  12. Motorhead - "Motorhead"
  13. Descendents - "Descendents"
  14. Madness - "Madness"
  15. Belle & Sebastian - "Belle & Sebastian"
  16. Iron Maiden - "Iron Maiden"
  17. Murphy's Law - "Murphy's Law"
  18. Green Day - "Green Day"
  19. Butthole Surfers - "Butthole Surfer"*
  20. General Public - "General Public"
  21. King Apparatus - "King Apparatus"
  22. Dr. Octagon - "Dr. Octagon"
  23. They Might Be Giants - "They Might Be Giants"
  24. The Pharcyde - "The Pharcyde"
  25. Bad Company - "Bad Company"
  26. The Selecter - "The Selecter"
  27. Sigur Ros - "Sigur Ros"
  28. Aphex Twin - "Aphex Twin"
  29. Pet Shop Boys - "Pet Shop Boys"
  30. Porno For Pyros - "Porno For Pyros"

*Close enough.

Many thanks to the men and women of FilePile for helping compile this list.

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I finally got to see GBV on their farewell tour on Friday night. While skimming the GBV site I noticed these City Proclamations declaring certain days "Guided By Voices Day".

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References to The Jesus and Mary Chain in pop culture.

I took the Pixies' Trompe le Monde on my trip to visit my parents this weekend. It's one of my favorite albums of theirs and has the most aggressive stretch of Pixies (tracks 2-6) I can think of. Great mountain driving music.

Their cover of JAMC's "Head On" is always perplexing to me. It's a good cover and a great lead into "UMass"*, but it always seemed like a strange choice for the Pixies considering it was such a 'hit' for JAMC.

I was surprised to see that The Jesus & Mary Chain's albums were all imports on Amazon—"out of print in the U.S.". For a few years all I ever listened to was Barbed Wire Kisses, Darklands, and Psychocandy on cassette, and when I made the jump to CDs I could only afford Psychocandy. I never thought those albums would fall out of print when you consider influences keep popping up this many years after. ("Do you remember the J A M C, and reading aloud from magazines?" - Death Cab For Cutie Transatlanticism)

*Probably my favorite Pixies song of all time, even if the chord progression got nicked by Nirvana.

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Ashley Simpson seems to have raised a ton of interest in another infamous SNL performance. A few years back I wrote about Elvis Costello and the Attractions doing "Radio, Radio" on SNL. When the Ashley Simpson thing happened the conversations in all the little PHPBB boards and Fark boards and Honda Acura Fan Site boards and secret file trading boards eventually turned to the subject of his performance, which lead to Google, which led them all to my little server.

I'll put the video back up in a week or so, as soon as the Farkers move back to boobies.

If you can find the song "Radio, Radio" please have a listen.

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This is a cute little record player for the Mac. Go ahead, download it and drop an old .mp3 on it. Be sure and grab the player's arm and move it.

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Mindersalbum Well, new to me at least. Been listening to The Minders (hit play in the bottom left corner), Tullycraft and I finally got the re-release of Jawbreaker's "Dear You" after having only Sluttering (May 4th) to go by for a few years now.

I also picked up the Exploding Hearts, which were a band I had only heard about because of a small article in Rolling Stone Magazine a while back. While picking through the racks at Amoeba I remembered the story and figured if they were good enough for Lookout! they were good enough for me. So I bought it and I'm not the least bit disappointed. They probably weren't the greatest band ever, but I'm pretty glad I have this album. It's good.

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I saw the Pixies last night at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. It was hot but once the show started I forgot about the heat. Great show, great sound (when it was working), lots of nice people who really loved the Pixies, and a great Indian dinner afterward with friends.

Since the concert was above the UC campus we had to walk through the north end of it and I got to see parts of the campus I hadn't seen in nearly 13 years. It's definitely been cleaned up and buildings that had been hidden behind ivy have been landscaped and painted. It made me wish I had finished college.

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I'm a big fan of any song or cycle of songs that are carried on through the years and build upon each other. Lyrics swapped, and spun around to play with the years of use and meaning that preceeded it.

I wrote a bit about Stagger Lee and its versions a few years ago, and always intended on learning more about St. James Infirmary after reading about it in Deep Blues.

Rob Walker has written a very fine and detailed story about St. James Infirmary in his Letter From New Orleans section on his site.

I'll try and dig a version of the song up, I remember hearing the White Stripes do it, but I can't remember if they really messed with the structure and just sampled bits like the Clash did with "Stagger Lee" on "Wrong 'Em Boyo".

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Two years ago I wrote about Elvis Costello's performance of Radio, Radio on SNL. My friend Benny just found the video for me and I thought I'd offer it here for download.

Elvis Costello - Radio, Radio (SNL) (36 megs)

Also, as a side-note, that bass Bruce Thomas is playing is the same styled p-bass I play. For a brief time in the late 70's Fender started putting black pickguards on their blonde and walnut basses and for a brief moment they looked pretty damn cool. Then the 80's came and they fitted them with white again. To further geek out about that bass, if my memory is correct, when the Beastie Boys repeated this performance on the SNL 25th Anniversary, Adam is playing a late 70's butterscotch blonde p-bass just like Bruce did.

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I bought a ticket for the first day of Coachella. I was going to drive up, see the Pixies and then haul ass out of there.

Unfortunately, I have to work. So this ticket is for sale. $100. Hopefully you work in or around Marina del Rey to come pick it up.

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A lot of my friends and co-workers, as well as myself, are using an iTunes plugin that puts the current song you're listening to in your AIM status message. It's called iChat Status and it's a fun way to see what your friends are listening to at any moment.

Oh sure, I have to deal with "Andre, what the hell are you listening to Ben Lee for!?" or "Can you zip up that entire Wu-Tang album for me and upload it to your server?" But I like sharing music and turning people on to stuff, so it's cool. (btw, Ben Lee's "Grandpaw Would" is the only album worth listening to)

Anyway, what I'd like to be able to do is point my iTunes at my buddy list and when it notices someone playing a song I own, I'd like it to queue up that song to play when it gets a chance.

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I am enjoying some Toots & The Maytals this morning. One Eye Enos. Testing out my new media server... doo doo dah doo.

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Since nobody reads this blog, I'm probably safe to link this zip file containing the Pixies first show (all gone!) of their reunion tour. Ripped at like 224 kbps VBR from what I assume is the actual board. It sounds great. It's about 100 megs.

(Email me for the link now..)

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big-bass About two months ago, before the band broke up, I ordered a new bass. I had been using an old 1962 Fender Jazz Re-issue that sounded beautiful, but not really a rock guitar. It had a wonderful growl and resonance, but no punch. I needed a punch.

Last weekend it finally arrived, a special order through Guitar Center. I've been playing it every night as soon as I walk in the door. That cat hops up on the bass cabinet and purrs right along with the basslines.

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