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May 18, 2003: Who loves ya, baby?

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  The danger of me filling my playlist with comments and personal anecdotes is the pressure it creates to have something Interesting And Informative to say every Sunday morning as I type this up. Unless you're a secret agent, a ninja, or live in Williamsburg and think your life is like a movie, you'd probably agree that few people's daily activities are really worth chronicling on a regular basis. That's one thing I really hate about the internet -- the ease with which boring people can now have an audience for their tedium via the Blog phenomenon. With all the smack I talk about the dot-com generation, their lazy pursuits, and their casual and despicable disinterest in the social effects and cultural fallout of their actions, it just occurred to me that I'm basically doing the same thing by filling this webpage with my ramblings.
  In my defense, however, (notice how I'm defending myself against *my own* criticism... jeez, am I neurotic or WHAT?!) I do try to avoid talking about the actual mechanics of the music and records as much as possible because, quite frankly, that stuff bores me to tears. Music is just as important to me as its ever been, but I have no desire to hang out in any social ghetto where topics such as colored vinyl, limited pressings, or how much somebody paid on eBay for some stupid record that came out before they were born are bandied about. I DON'T CARE. The stories of how people connect with music -- how, when, why, and under the influence of what circumstances -- are much more interesting to me, and offer 10 times the validity that a jive-shuckin' review in some fanzine can. Perhaps it's the manifestation of the punk rock idealism of my twenties, but I'm definitely weaning myself off of music as a thing which is to be owned or posessed, mainly because that aspect now seems disingenuous to me, given the current state of affairs on the local level (read: my life) right on up to the intergalactic arena (read: the goddam Space Ark STILL hasn't shown up to get me out of here!)
  So the question is this: As someone who rarely goes to shows anymore, hardly ever buys records anymore (in fact, last weekend I gave away about 200 punk records to some high school kids who do a radio show at my old station -- the hallmark of a former punk who now, in his early 30s, is trying to score brownie points and get into heaven), and as someone who often feels boxed out of many music-related conversations because they're involved so heavily with P-R-O-D-U-C-T, WHAT BLESSED BUSINESS OF MINE IS IT BEING ON THE RADIO?
  Keep in mind, I'm not asking you to justify my place here, I'm just wondering if any of you have experienced this cultural malaise I'm trying to describe. It's kind of like waking up one morning and suddenly feeling like a stranger in your own home. What am I doing here again? I spoke about this recently with a friend of mine who's an artist, and he reasoned that my apathy towards the established facets of the music world are the result of my no longer liking music, but liking art instead.
         
  So I punched him in the mouth.
         
Cliff Richard  Devil Woman   I'm Nearly Famous     
Erase Errata  Other Animals (Matmos Remix)   Dancing Machine EP    *  
J Live  Satisfied   Nice up the Dance  compilation  *  
Six Eye Columbia  Casanova   Frowny Frown  I admire any record's "thank you" list that mentions Hall, Motorhead, and THEN Oates. Yes, this was the Sabbath/Roxy Music thing, for all of you who phoned me up mid-set demanding to know what the hell they were hearing.  *  
Playmate  Upside Down   Japan Bashing Vol. 2 7"  compilation   
Slickee Boys  Hesitation   Fashionably Late     
Programme  A-Side   7"    *  
Akrobatic  Cooler Heads   Balance    *  
         
         
Neil Michael Hagerty  Watching the Sands   The Howling Hex    *  
Didjits  Killboy Powerhead   Hornet PiƱata     
Testors  MK Ultra   Complete Recordings 76-79 2xCD    *  
RJD2  Ghostwriter   The Horror    *  
DJ Camilo Rocha & DJ YAH  Batucada   "City of God"  Soundtrack  *  
Idris Muhammad  Tastycakes   Turn this Mutha Out     
Scoundrelles  Why doesn't someone get this goddam girl away from me?   Sympathetic Sounds of Toe Rag  compilation  *  
Original Sins  Just 14   7"     
         
         
Brand Nubian  Word is Bond   12"     
Non Prophets  Come Come Now   Lexoleum  compilation  *  
Ikara Colt  Maybe 1 Day #2   Basic Instructions EP    *  
Clikitat Ikatowi  8 Hours of Drama   August 29th & 30th, 1995     
Hissanol  The Brain's Just Over There, Next to the Potato   The Making of Him     
So-Called Artists  So you Wanna be a Rapstar or Recycling Bin?   Mush Filmstrip (Frame One)  compilation   
Little Beaver  I Love the way you Love   Miami Sound  compilation  *  
Greenhorn  Callous   7"     
         
         
Cobra Verde  Casino   Nightlife     
Bluetip  Salinas   Join Us     
1929  Space Bastard   Last but not Leased    *  
Dis-  Ed was Solace   7"     
The Cuts  The Early Bird (She Sings for You)   2 Over 10    *  
X  Riding with Mary   Under the Big Black Sun     
The Modernist  Kangmei Theme   Kangmei    *  
Awol One  Trilobites   Massmen Records Sampler  compilation   
Jaga Jazzist  Real Racecars have Doors   Animal Chin EP    *  
         
         
Corndolly  Sex Kitten   7"     
Electric Prism  I Would have liked you Anyway   Psychedelic States: Texas Volume 1  compilation  *  
Clue to Kalo  This Dies Over Distance   Come here when you Sleepwalk    *  
The Album Leaf  Another Day   split CD w/ On! Air! Library!    *  
Spacemen 3  Soul 1   Forged Prescriptions 2xCD  Outtakes, demos, unreleased, etc.  *  
Ulver  Lyckantropen (Third Eye Foundation remix)   First Decade in the Machines 1993-2003    *  
         
  Thank you for visiting the internet. Please see yourself out, and don't let the doorknob hit ya where the good lord split ya.

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