“I’m really not a product fetishist when it comes to music. I don’t obsess over sleeves, or vinyl, or the actual artifact. I’m afraid I do in fact find digital music satisfying, in that it provides the thing I actually want, which is the sound and the song. I like the idea of record shops very much, especially for younger people, as a route into music and potentially other like-minded people with similar musical tastes. But I don’t carry with me that need or desire to feel and hold and possess actual bits of vinyl or plastic.”
I wish I could agree. I actually love holding, and owning, those bits of plastic.
While I love music “product”, including CD’s but moreso vinyl - I still can’t deny the ease & efficiency (not to mention portability) of digital music files. So I guess it’s BOTH for me. My favorite is buying a piece of music on vinyl that comes with a code to download the music (and sometimes bonus extra’s) digitally so I can enjoy the vinyl at home and take the digital files to go. Best of both worlds.
Ok, so I don’t know if you’ve noticed how this word “winning” has been so thoroughly dragged through the mud and deconstructed of late that I cannot imagine anyone other than a complete prick wanting to deliberately employ the thing. This is an egregious wrong, and it seriously needs to be rectified right away. This is the kind of word to which we each need culturally unfettered access at all times. Thus I urge us all to make the effort to incontrovertibly demonstrate that this word “winning” is, ultimately, more closely associated with words of integrity and, dare I say it, compassion than with words of narcissism and oppression.
Looking for inspiration for participation in such a noble endeavor? Blasting this lead track from The Sound’s 1981 sophomore platter, From the Lion’s Mouth, should do the trick nicely. Especially in our current moment, as scads of hipsters sink into the embrace of their inner goth, this song provides, as Andy Kellman so alliteratively opines, “a dash of cold water in the faces of all the bands that were wallowing and withering away at the weeping well.”
If you’ve yet to familiarize yourself with The Sound, it’s only surprising to the extent that, until the last few years, what would otherwise be your second-or-third favorite post-punk band somehow remained below nearly everyone’s radar. See, this is another wrong you can now make your mission to rectify. Start with their 1980 debut, Jeopardy, and work your way forward.
Thomas Tantrum is a four piece from Southampton. They’ve already made waves with their spell-binding live shows and can be compared to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PJ Harvey, Bjork, Sonic Youth and The Ting Tings.
Fronted by Megan Thomas (vocals and guitar) with Dave Wade Brown (drums), David Miatt (guitar) and Jim Shivers (bass).
I always told myself if I were to ever get high, it would be to this song. Instant chill whenever I listen to it.
Randomly I was watching one of my favorite movies ever last night, “The Great White Hype” - which is coincidentally the movie that this song featured on the soundtrack to. I remember seeing the video on Rap City way back in the day, and wanting to buy the groups’ album - unfortunately one didn’t exist at the time, so I had to buy the GWH soundtrack which, save for a few gems, mostly sucked. Thankfully Camp Lo did eventually release an album and this song was on it - along with another stand-out single “Luchini”. The album was pretty good as I recall, but that’s about the last I remember hearing of them. I think they hung around and kept making music, but I was getting more & more contemptuous of rap and just didn’t really care anymore.
I will say that you should check-out both Camp Lo’s “Uptown Saturday Night” record, AND the fantastic & underrated flick “The Great White Hype” - it features a great cast and some clever humor all centered around a realistic boxing theme, but for some reason it didn’t receive well. Too bad.
Here’s another one of my favorite singles of all-time, up there in the category of The Stone Roses “Fools Gold” - “Malibu” by Hole
I never really liked Hole all that much, so my love-affair with this song is fairly surprising, at least to me. When you really look at the song, however, it shouldn’t be surprising at all. It’s an absolutely brilliant & near-perfect tune. I think it could have been a smash hit for almost anyone, it’s just that good - that said, I think Courtney & Hole did a fantastic job with it.
The guitar work in the song is just awesome, and the vibe / atmosphere that comes through the music is something I can’t get enough of. I drive down the PCH in Malibu often and this song is like actually taking the experience and transcribing it to music. It’s just awesome. My favorite is the very end, where they finish off the song with the following line:
I’ve given Jamie some love before, but I just got a pre-release of his new record and… wow. Better than I could have expected or hoped for. I’m really enjoying it. It’s great in many settings, during work, background… this is some sensual music, too. Highly recommended for heavy rotation. Pre-order it here.