Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You lose

I watched Kanye West perform his Love Lockdown single on Late Night with David Letterman last night. Upon completion of the performance, Mr. Letterman repeatedly exclaimed "Whoa buddy," indicating his intense enjoyment of said performance. I immediately leapt at my television, yelling, nay, screaming, "This man is a pretentious egomaniac!! Do you not understand the auto-tuner's context in modern popular music?! The barbarians are at the gates, old man!! THE BARBARIANS ARE AT THE GATES!!!!"

After I'd calmed myself down, I listened to Mr. West's new album, 808s & Heartbreak, and realized it's actually excellent. Welp, looks like I got owned.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


It's going to take me ages to rebuild the ill will this shitpile used to garner, and that's assuming there'll be another update within a couple months of this one. I don't know why the idea of making my opinions coherent and in written form seems like such an ordeal, but it does. So I guess I'll see how that goes.

So what have I been listening to lately? Oh, glad I asked. That DJ /Rupture is back at it. Actually, he's always at it, you should listen to his show/read his blog, but he's got a new mix out. It's pretty own zone. Like, most of his mixes are really good, and have a bunch of brilliant/visceral/beautiful moments in them, but Minesweeper Suite and the new one, Uproot, aspire to a higher layer. This is the 'own zone' layer.

Wow, off to a great fucking start.

Anyways, it's a grower. The moments are subtle, revealing themselves over time. It's a mix about music, not any sort of overt culturasociopoliticanomical statement, which might seem like a strange think to say about a mix of music, but only if you'd never listened to DJ /Rupture.

Pink Reason released a live album somewhere on RapidShare. It's called Live and Joyless. I don't know where you get it now, but you should try to. Good recording, good backing band, vastly superior version of Borrowed Time to the currently available one.

Just found out about The Urinals. I sometimes worry about listening to too much music because I feel like I should still be able to discover bands like this when I'm like 40, but then I think "Wow, you gigantic polesmoker, you really think you know everything, don't you," and really put myself in my place. I'm like the Michelle Obama to my Barack Obama. Anyways, I'm sure if I make it to 40, I'll be a totally weird creep.

The Urinals are amazing. I would say they have a lot more in common with bands like The Fall or Swell Maps than any other bands from their 'scene,' but then I'd have to find a common thread between Black Flag, Angry Samoans, The Minutemen and Flipper, so that ain't happening.

I'll probly write about the new Fucked Up, Sex/Vid, The Hospitals and Shit & Shine at some point. I've actually been intending to write a big thing about Keith Hudson for a while, like even do some research and shit, so feel free to be amazed if that ever happens. Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang and Ray for all the good times.