Month of December, 2003

ahh christmas time. nothing like driving across th...

ahh christmas time. nothing like driving across the rain splattered, concete barrier laden death trip that is the PA turnpike to inspire a little thought about music, namely, about the need for heaping novelty tunes onto the pyre of christmas kitsch. this year we have, to the tune of 'walking in a winter wonderland,' 'upstairs at neverland,' an uninspired 11th hour jab at poor michael. don't really understand why r. kelly escapes but he's the subject of bad shock jock parodies. well, i guess weird al established the precedent.

guess what? rolling stone is corrupt! duh. anyway,...

guess what? rolling stone is corrupt! duh. anyway, this interview with my fantastical editor Greg Kot drops this and other news. I respect Kot a lot for just what he says here, that good music extracts the essence of music, not the essence of the writer. I hope to follow his and Marcus' line.

duh, i never posted the call for 'front row center...

duh, i never posted the call for 'front row center'. here it is. get busy!

Hello writer/creative type and respected friend,

The closing of nyc's SeeHear (zine shop) has prompted me into the idea

that small run print publications, homemade DIY types, are terribly

unfashionable and deemed irrelevant in this modern digital age. Also,

with the new, broad rules given to the FBI by Congress under the

Patriot Act, granting said agency the right to tap personal information

not music, but a nice bit of daphne-writing mixed ...

not music, but a nice bit of daphne-writing mixed with xmas t&a, fer yr cold blooded pleasure.

i *love* how snow steals the grimy sound of the wo...

i *love* how snow steals the grimy sound of the world, renders all a meditation, even watching my roommate's car get towed was like being in a low video. it simply calls for machaut. or, george crumb's 'ancient voices of children,' which as i understand the dynamics of the human voice more and more, wows my snow-sogged pants off. they're currently sitting in the tub.

The truth behind me wanting to do a zine again is ...

The truth behind me wanting to do a zine again is in that my roommate but a copy of Cometbus in our bathroom. There's a quotation in this issue, called "Lanky," about how "punks are the glue that holds society together," and while that seems like something that might work better when walking down the streets in Berkeley, I sympathize with the sentiment. As we all get older, who does things for one another for no other reason but the love it besides religious freaks and punks? Secular conciousness, I tell ya.

last day of my first TAship in the land of Mozart....

last day of my first TAship in the land of Mozart. well, i know so many more Mozart fun facts than I did before (a list follows) but I feel like I have not much more understanding of the time period, the demarcation of genius or how the legacy was built. Alas, the questions of cultural historians.

Mozart fun facts

1. he was a freemason and tried to create a sub-group (like the illuminati) within the Vienna freemasons

2. he had his first sexual encounter with his cousin

following a thread about genuine passion in writin...

following a thread about genuine passion in writing, the wonderful Greg Sandow wrote this about Nick Hornby's Songbook for the New Music Box. It follows my thoughts about getting into reception theory as discussed with the fabulous Dan Cavicchi, author of Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning Among Springstein Fans. A good read for anyone trying to put it together in a formal fashion.

love how 'hey ya' has kicked out the 'sorry ms. ja...

love how 'hey ya' has kicked out the 'sorry ms. jackson' redux? i don't. that shit gets so stuck in my head, i've been drilling the hook for an hour now. the world is always hungry for more outkast.

Am posting a press release sent a while ago about ...

Am posting a press release sent a while ago about the takeover of MP3.com by Vivendi Universal. The gist of the news is that once UMG, reporting over 30 percent of the music market, takes over MP3.com, they will dissolve the entire archive of songs collected on the, some 1.6 million files deemed unworthy or too much of a legal hastle to deal with. Thus, the largest record company in the world dissolves the voices of the small so it can use the 'digital distribution platform' (see the Vivendi press release about the merger, it follows the first) to potentially have a UMG online jukebox.