Saturday, June 26, 2010

4 Things

1. The show last night was one of my favorite local shows that I've played/been to in quite some time. Cough and Balaclava were great. Hopefully there will be more to come. This area needs some re-invigoration and diversity.

2. I went down to NC to see The Bastard Noise a few nights ago and they were incredible. Catch them on this tour if you can. You will not be dissapointed.

3. I made a Swans mix for a few friends who were asking for one. Here is the track listing:

1. I Crawled (from Young God)
2. Sex, God, Sex (from Children Of God)
3. Half Life (from Cop)
4. Coward (from Holy Money)
5. Weakling (from Filth)
6. Cop (from Cop)
7. In The Eyes Of Nature (from Love Of Life)
8. Failure (from White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity)
9. Trust Me (from Children Of God)
10. Empathy (from Soundtracks For The Blind)
11. Real Love (from Children Of God)
12. Helpless Child (from Swans Are Dead *live version of the song – originally on Soundtracks For The Blind*)
13. Killing For Company (from The Great Annihilator)
14. Why Are We Alive? (from Various Failures *alternate version of the song – originally on White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity*)
15. I Crawled (from Swans Are Dead *live Jarboe version of the song – originally on Young God*)

4. This is something I posted in another blog in response to a podcast on the relevance of analog media in the digital age. I'm posting it here to help keep my thoughts together:

I finally got a chance to sit down and listen to this. I think having a physical medium is important for many of the same reasons you've stated. I think the internet has made things too easy. It's made more people take art and music less seriously and view it as a casual interest rather than something that they need to put lots of time and energy into.

I collect music on all formats. Vinyl, cassettes, cd's, whatever. I consider myself a music collector rather than a record collector. For me, having the physical representation of the artist's vision and having to take the time hunt it down somewhere is what's important. Not whether it's a cd or record.

One thing that I hate about this recent popularity in vinyl culture is the myths that it's founded on. There's a whole lot of people repeating bumper sticker style slogans about vinyl that don't have a fucking clue what they're talking about. The whole thing about vinyl recordings somehow being better drives me insane because if you own a recording on vinyl that came out in the last 10 years, there's a 99% chance that it has touched digital at some point. Whether it be during recording, mixing, mastering, or at the plant. The idea that all of these records that are coming out right now are somehow more "pure" if you buy the vinyl is nuts. It was converted to digital at some point during it's process of ending up on wax if it's anything that has come out recently. So how is listening to something that is the equivalent of playing a cd into a record making machine any better than just listening to a cd. It's digital in either case?

Vinyl is cool, and I love records but they don't sound "better". They sound different, and you can like that difference all day long but they are, in the grand scheme of what you're hearing, an inferior version of the recording. The closest thing you can get to what the band heard coming out of the moniters at the mixing desk is gonna be a cd, as uncool as some people might think that is.

Steve Albini has an interesting take on this. He believes that analog is important because it's more permanent, not because of any of the warm, fuzzy reasons that most people claim to like analog. Audio computer files have to be constantly updated. A reel or record does not. We'll always know how to play a record. There's no wires for it to get lost in. It's physically engraved on that record.

For me, the idea of losing the physical medium all together is what's scarey. Vinyl vs CD doesn't matter because like you said, one day people are gonna sit around getting nostalgic about cdr demos haha. Whether it be a cd or a tape or a record, the important thing is the process of obtaining and learning in a way that takes time and energy rather than a click on the mouse pad.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I haven't mentioned this on here yet...

...but "Colonial" will be a 4 song, 45rpm, 2 sided, 12inch, EP. The total running time of the record will be somewhere around 18 or 19 minutes.

There's talk of a coinciding t-shirt.

The artwork for both will be done soon.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Another Debris Amour track...

...used in one of my friend Nathan's short films. NWS. Check it out here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Recording for the new Moutheater record...

...("Colonial") begins on July 8th and ends when Tim and I have a mental breakdown during mixing and mastering. More details to come.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Another Music Buying Extravaganza

Had to make a quick trip up to New York City to handle some stuff this weekend. Picked up some gems in the process.

Sometimes I debate whether to make these posts or not because it's not like they combine to make a definiteve list of my overall music consumption or anything. For example I don't make a post every time I get a new cassette or cd in the mail. I guess these posts are more just when I have a significant find, or when I take a trip where I hit multiple record stores, etc.

Anyway, the list:

-Black Leather Jesus-Trocar (/100)
-Cold Cave/Prurient (Collaboration)-Stars Explode
-Burning Star Core (feat./ Robert Beatty of Hair Police)-West Coast Spring Tour 2004 (85/300)
-Aaron Dilloway/Carlos Giffoni (Split)-Live At No Fun Fest 2007 (/350)
-John Wiese-Circle Snare
-Swans-Young God

-Snake Apartment/Landed (Split)-(Untitled)
-Bastard Noise-The R.A. Sessions

-Carlos Giffoni-Adult Life
-Carlos Giffoni-Severance
-Bastard Noise (feat./ John Wiese)-Decent To Mimas
-The Body Lovers/The Body Haters (Double Disc Re-issue)-(Untitled)

-Tortured Hooker-An Offender's M.O. Can Change. Static And Rigid Remains The Signature.

Saturday, June 5, 2010