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"I'm in a hurry, under pressure—all this unfinished business!"
David Bazan

—Wolves At The Door

Surprise!
They took your money and ate your kids
And they had their way with your wife a little bit
While you wept on the porch
With your head in your hands
Cursing taxes and the government:
'Cause you're a goddamn fool.

A waltz can tell you more about the soul than a hymn.

—Stuart Dybek

better than the 2nd person story in yr draft folder.

(Source: Spotify)

I interviewed Nathan Michel from Hospitality who played to a packed Schubas earlier this week. Three notes: 


1) I ran into Joe from Brighton MA at the show. He wore his hat and coat the whole time. We talked about what it’s like to be a touring band and drive across empty America in freezing temperatures and the snow. One of us, I can’t remember which one of us, also said we like Lang Lang, and we like Metallica, but we don’t know if we liked Lang Lang and Metallica together at the Grammys. Although I know I did.

2) No one at the show was dancing. Especially me. I thought of mp3 blogs. Mp3 blogs were a music distribution method in the mid-aughts that someone is either writing or has already published a great long form essay about. In particular, I thought of Teaching the Indie Kids to Dance Again. Since Hospitality makes danceable music, it’s obvious mp3 blogs didn’t work. 

2a) One girl, who actually was dancing, had comments when Amber broke a string. She said: “I saw Ben Folds live and he broke a piano string.”

3) I bought a seven inch record and received a free Hospitality pin I immediately affixed to my coat. I realized the best transactions occur when you get a free pin or sticker along with what you buy. In fact, anything you buy where you don’t receive a free pin or sticker is bought with blood money. 

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I interviewed Nathan Michel from Hospitality who played to a packed Schubas earlier this week. Three notes: 



1) I ran into Joe from Brighton MA at the show. He wore his hat and coat the whole time. We talked about what it’s like to be a touring band and drive across empty America in freezing temperatures and the snow. One of us, I can’t remember which one of us, also said we like Lang Lang, and we like Metallica, but we don’t know if we liked Lang Lang and Metallica together at the Grammys. Although I know I did.



2) No one at the show was dancing. Especially me. I thought of mp3 blogs. Mp3 blogs were a music distribution method in the mid-aughts that someone is either writing or has already published a great long form essay about. In particular, I thought of Teaching the Indie Kids to Dance Again. Since Hospitality makes danceable music, it’s obvious mp3 blogs didn’t work. 



2a) One girl, who actually was dancing, had comments when Amber broke a string. She said: “I saw Ben Folds live and he broke a piano string.”



3) I bought a seven inch record and received a free Hospitality pin I immediately affixed to my coat. I realized the best transactions occur when you get a free pin or sticker along with what you buy. In fact, anything you buy where you don’t receive a free pin or sticker is bought with blood money. 



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When I worked at Sam Goody this businesswoman came in one evening and said she knew nothing about jazz but knew what she needed must be jazz, something that would make her happy & angry at the same time. I told her I knew a little bit about jazz and the bit about being happy & angry at the same time, and sold her Coltrane’s Ascension, only to find it in the return bin at the start of my next shift. I wish I knew Joe McPhee back then, like I do now that I know more about jazz.

(Source: Spotify)

Out Into the Snow: An Interview with Simon Joyner

My dad played guitar and sang to us all the time as kids. He said stuff like “no one can really understand you quite like a good guitar does,” and encouraged me to take it up at an early age. He had a massive record collection so I grew up listening to singer-songwriters like Dylan, Neil Young, Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin, Leonard Cohen, and Phil Ochs, as well as great rock and psych stuff like Moby Grape, The United States of America, the Byrds, Stones, Beatles, and the Velvet Underground.

It’s true I was named after Paul Simon. My younger brother was named after Paul Simon’s song “Duncan.” Great song off the first solo record. My other younger brother was named Jesse Donovan, after a Donovan and Janis Ian song called “Jesse”, or maybe it was after Jesse Colin Young. I can’t remember. My folks were Alabama hippies!”

From my interview with Joyner. Check it out in full here.

I’ve been living in America in churches of greed, it’s sick!
Read my piece on Destroyer’s solo show last week in Chicago. Smoothest hour of music I’ve seen this year.

I’ve been living in America in churches of greed, it’s sick!

Read my piece on Destroyer’s solo show last week in Chicago. Smoothest hour of music I’ve seen this year.

A Chat with Dave Rempis: Jazz, Aerophones & Telepathic Empathy - Gapers Block Transmission | Chicago

I chatted with musician Dave Rempis about jazz & the Umbrella Music Fest & and some other topics. Here’s a bit that shows Dave as tuneful with the words as he is with the horn:

The history of jazz and social progress are deeply intertwined on every level, from the first racially mixed groups that Benny Goodman led and made no compromises with, to Max Roach’s groundbreaking Freedom Now Suite, and up through current times, whether it be in regards to the various wars this country has undertaken in recent years, or to social movements such as gay rights. On a less explicit level, jazz is inherently a music that allows for meaningful personal expression without necessarily sacrificing group integrity, and the balance of those things between the musicians offers a model for possibilities within the society at large.”

Simon & Garfunkel/Paul Simon

—Fakin' It

Simon & Garfunkel - Fakin’ It

So this has been happening all morning. 

Why does it make sense to put romantic music together with a little boy murdering people?

—Mary Gaitskill