Lou Reed was dealt a pretty good hand: intellect, dexterity, a fine ear for composition…but it was his passion for the game that defined him. Bluffing and posturing behind those aviator-shades, taking wild risks and talking shit to all challengers. He learned from his mentor Warhol that “cool” was the cultural equivalent of a poker-face; inscrutable to and suggesting only contempt for squares. That he fronted a transcendent collective at art-flux ground zero didn’t hurt, and when he cashed out he kept that pile of chips in front of him…
“New York” struck me as the album where Lou Reed finally laid his cards on the table. And yeah he was dealt a pretty good hand, but the “game” felt over.
This inspired a re-listen; thanks for the grist!
Riiiight: The Stooges, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and *Los Federales*
I dig your show Dewtron. A lot of it is stuff I would never purchase or listen to on my own, but it's far more interesting than the standard fare being offered on most other terrestrial radio. I listen to KXCI Tuesday through Saturday morning and I do enjoy most of the programs, but your show & Julio Pena's fill a void that other predictably stale Tucson radio cannot. Keep up the good work and keep things interesting by digging up more of those oddities & obscurities. Regards, DC
Being an music enthusiast doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be a snob about someone else who claims to be but doesn't meet your standards. For all we know, the writer of this piece may own a few cds or cassette tapes; maybe the stereo in her car has kickin' speakers. (I will not ever label speakers as shit kicken [sic] because that to me implies that you are a fan of Country & Western music, which for the most part I am not; especially what passes for contemporary mainstream C & W music.) Maybe she's been into music as early as she can remember.
Hell, I'm a music enthusiast and I haven't owned a turntable in over 20 years; I still purchase vinyl as collector's items though. I understand the argument supporting their better sound quality & larger artwork, but that was never enough to make me stay committed. To me, vinyl was always sort of a hassle. You couldn't play records in your car and I always worried about playing the damn things too much & possibly damaging the grooves. Plus, when all new vinyl releases became expensive, hard to find (pre-internet boom) limited-edition imports in the early '90s, it made economical as well as practical sense to switch over to the compact disc.
I myself am a snob in certain ways though. I have never downloaded a song and probably never will. If the artist cannot make the effort to release their recordings on a viable media format, then the music can't be all that great as far as I'm concerned. If I cannot hold their products in my hands, then I will not bother to spend my money on these bands!
I also find it strange that there are cassette only releases/music labels, this tells me that the people involved in this aren't too concerned that the music reach a wide audience, which should be the only goal a music artist/label should have. The artist/label may think they're making a statement about how underground, trendy and/or unconventional they are, but all I'm seeing is a group of people who are going to have trouble making even the smallest amounts of money. As an artist or label I do believe that you should never sacrifice your visions, but this concept should never apply to the format that the music is presented on. This is a very strange concept, considering these artists/labels may assume that most people who never even owned a cassette deck would all of a sudden go out and purchase one because of music they like being released as cassette only products. What's next, reel-to-reel & 8-track only releases? Cookooo!
I think it's cool that Megan is expanding her horizons by considering the purchase of music media. I would highly suggest starting with cds though if she hasn't already and I would also suggest starting with artists that have more depth and talent than (ACK!) Fall Out Boy. Okay, maybe there is a connection between that enthusiast & snob thing. Thanks for reading.
Big fan of Josh Cicci. Great guy. Funny guy.
Josh Cicci is a music and comedy encyclopedia. I saw him do standup once. He's hilarious. Great that he's featured here. Josh is the quintessential Tucson artist. One of those people who you can't help but wonder why he's in Tucson... ask him why he's in Tucson, he'll say, "Because Tucson is awesome. Where would you prefer me?" Good job TW. You found our town's heart with this one.
If you listen to music on your computer and car stereo only I hardly think you can call
your self a music enthusiast. Go out and buy your self a real 2 channel amp and some
shit kicken speakers and a turn table. Listen to them for 25 years, then come back and
write an article on music, other wise stop wasting our time. Thank,s Doug.
I never could dismiss "Hope Against Hope" or "Love Agenda," but, alas, space was tight. Lord, to have seen them--let alone mix 'em--live! Insanely jealous. The Suicide gig, as suspected, merely confirms Poss' greatness.
Fantastic band + fitting tribute!
What, you dismiss "Hope Against Hope" and "Love Agenda?"
Anyways, i saw the BoS a bunch of times back when, mixed 'em a few times too (talk about glorious stage volume!) and they're great. Last time I saw Robert, he was mixing front-of-house for Suicide.
Life of Pi song is very soothing and refreshing. But back in India, there is a discussion going on whether the lyrics in Tamil are original. It resembles a lot to another popular lullaby in another Indian language called MAlayalam, spoken in the state of Kerala.
i was there. he tried to take my cousins phone because she was texting trying not to scar her mind.
I love, LOVE "Before My Time" from the film Chasing Ice. If I were able to vote, that would get mine for "Best Original Song" by far. With that said, I also like "Skyfall" & "Pi's Lullaby" an awful lot and if either of them win, that would be fine with me.
That voiceover is Dr. John
Great post! But I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that the Rodriguez show was on April 19th.
Thanks for the love Dan! Hope to see you there! -R Dub
Didn't destroy anything for me! KXCI, Calexico, Sergio & the guys... In the Barrio by the Tucson Museum of Art!! Take those phony casino concerts and toss your money to the wind... Local music and art and radio and people will be here and support you... the other guys won't.
A taste http://youtu.be/PmC0XiwBG3E
Nobunny really, really does love you.
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