Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Last night...

...I did a short DJ set at a show my friend Dave booked. Here's the set list:

Greymachine-Vultures Descend
Akitsa-Antithese
Alberich-Open Warfare
Double Negative-Endless Dissapointment
Swans-In The Eyes Of Nature
Bastard Noise-Interior Warfare

Monday, August 16, 2010

Untitled

Perfection Through Imperfection

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Untitled

Strength Through Vulnerability

Friday, August 13, 2010

Internet/Downloading Killing Music?

No. It is hurting aspects of it though. The obvious example is the record sales issue. But that has more to do with the record industry, and the reality is that downloading isn't going away. As a business they are going to have to learn to adapt or go the way of the dodo. That's not what I want to concentrate on here though, I've illustrated my thoughts on physical medium here before. The aspect that I'm most concerned about is cultural.

People no longer appreciate anything when everything is at their fingertips. For underground culture this is a particularly troublesome issue. The result is less dedication to the culture behind the music.

The records you listened to and the things you knew used to be a reflection of who you were. Now they're just a reflection of how fast you can type something into google or wikipedia. You used to have to actually put effort in and really get down and dig. Now you don't have to do anything. It's all right there in front of you, ripe for the picking. This sort of touches on some aspects of an article that Ryan McKenney wrote a few weeks ago that I really enjoyed (it's a good read and I suggest you take the time to check it out). People not putting the time and effort in and being more concerned with getting those great seats at a sporting event and tickets to the latest flick instead of getting out and supporting something that they claim to love, and that actually NEEDS their support to stay afloat. This is sort of the classic example of the weekend warrior within underground culture. They want to take the tidbits that they're comfortable with and be involved when it's convenient for them. I believe that when looking at the big picture, that sort of thing is harmful to the cultural aspect of underground music.

On a larger scale, records coming back is probably just a passing fad. I used to not feel that way, I used to think that maybe they could actually come back on a grand scale. But I really just don't think it's possible. The reality is that the majority of people are lazy and careless. Right now within mainstream culture, records (and also cassettes on lesser level) are "cool" and "hip" and "making a comeback", but not something necessary to listen to music anymore. Things that are "cool" and "hip" go out of style. Things that are necessities stick around because people have no other choice. Records no longer serve a necessary purpose for your average, mainstream, music consumer. In 15 years cd's will be "retro" and thus "cool" and "hip" and "making a comeback" again. They're all bullshit passing fads, not a revolution in the way people look at music. The mass of people don't give a fuck about ideals or preservation and aren't going to cling to something that's expensive and makes life/listening to music more difficult after it's not "cool" or "hip" anymore. Especially when there's an easier option right in front of their faces.

I'm a huge supporter of music as a physical medium and I've stated that many times in this blog. To get to my end point, the underground needs to burrow further down and I believe that physical medium is one way to do that. In this day and age when every aspect of underground culture is accessible to every asshole on the internet, I think it's important for the underground to hold tightly to physical mediums as an attempt to burrow further away from the mainstream and the weekend warriors (because again, their fixation with phyiscal media will be over in a few years and it'll be a downloading feeding frenzy). It's a way to limit the access of our culture to the people that truly have their hearts and minds in the right place. It's also a way to slow down the information overload and allow time for reflection and appreciation of art/music.

So I guess to sum up, the internet and downloading aren't killing music. People thought the same thing about records ("people wont go out and see music anymore if they can listen to it at home") and cassettes ("people will just tape everything and stop buying music") when they first came out. Evolving times might change the way people hear music but they can never kill the artistic spirit. The desire by true artists to make true art is something that very few things in this world can stamp out all together. But I do think that the internet/downloading is aiding in the destruction of the culture of underground music. It's allowing people that don't care to have access to our culture and to hurt our culture. As I've said before, what makes underground culture so unique and potent is it's self-imposed exile from the mainstream. We can't ever give that up.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Joshua Norton Cabal-Between Two Fires

Out now on Swim Harder Cassettes.

Noise project of Andrew Nolan (of The Endless Blockade). Unbelievable recording from this long running project featuring field recordings, bass, vocals, found sounds, and extremely well orchestrated harshness. c20. Limited to 60 copies.
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