Monday, November 17, 2014
1993 - The Problem with Music - The Baffler: "Whenever I talk to a band who are about to sign with a major label, I always end up thinking of them in a particular context. I imagine a trench, about four feet wide and five feet deep, maybe sixty yards long, filled with runny, decaying shit. I imagine these people, some of them good friends, some of them barely acquaintances, at one end of this trench. I also imagine a faceless industry lackey at the other end, holding a fountain pen and a contract waiting to be signed.
"Nobody can see what’s printed on the contract. It’s too far away, and besides, the shit stench is making everybody’s eyes water. The lackey shouts to everybody that the first one to swim the trench gets to sign the contract. Everybody dives in the trench and they struggle furiously to get to the other end. Two people arrive simultaneously and begin wrestling furiously, clawing each other and dunking each other under the shit. Eventually, one of them capitulates, and there’s only one contestant left. He reaches for the pen, but the Lackey says, 'Actually, I think you need a little more development. Swim it again, please. Backstroke.'
"And he does, of course."
2014 - Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry – in full | Music | The Guardian: "The music producer, Shellac frontman and author of seminal 1993 essay, The Problem with Music, spoke in Melbourne about the advantages of the internet, the death of the major label system, copyright law and that ‘purple dwarf in assless chaps’"
Sunday, November 2, 2014
'via Blog this'
Friday, October 3, 2014
David J, Portland, 2014
Living Room Show. Portland, Oregon. September 9, 2014
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: October 3, 2014
This was an amazing show taking place in a house up in the West Hills. Those windows behind David offer one of the most spectacular views of the Portland skyline around. This is a pretty rough photo shot with my iPhone (all that was allowed) and I couldn’t get the skyline because I was sitting on the floor, in front, right at his feet. Bad for photography, great for a fan (which I am… David’s my favorite out of that old crew and Urban Urbane, to me, is one of the best albums of the 1990s)…
Been too busy recently and the photo of the day is working more like a photo of the week, but I press on anyway. Tons of work going into getting Illuminated Imaging launched and we’ve had a pretty serious health issue in the family (don’t worry, everyone is doing well), so time has been at a premium here recently. Hopefully things will settle out a bit next week and I can get a few more posts in.
- Retrovirus Lab: Alternative meaninglessness…
- Retrovirus Lab: What I Am Listening To Now: “D.I.Y.” by KMFDM
- Retrovirus Lab: Abash’t & Disenchanter: October 19, 2012
- Retrovirus Lab: What I Am Listening To Now: Betty X
- Retrovirus Lab: What I Am Listening To Now: "Heathen Child" by Grinderman
- Retrovirus Lab: Nine Inch Nails - 2013 Tours - Full Set Videos
- Retrovirus Lab: Songs of the long walk… “3rd Planet” by Modest Mouse
- Retrovirus Lab: Kelly Hogan on Sound Opinions
- Retrovirus Lab: Songs of the long walk… “Together” by The Raconteurs
- Retrovirus Lab: Bands Lost In The Foggy Wastes Of My Memory: Slam Suzzanne
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
HOWEVER, their next show is the evening my Seachickens are playing the Broncos in the freakin' SUPERB OWL (thanks, Colbert, for the trademark infringement workaround).
So, it will probably be next time...
Until then, here's the show info and some videos...
SUN FEB 2, 2014 - 8:00 PM
3939 N Mississippi Ave