Wouldn't It Be Cool . .
. . If This Page Wasn't WHOLLY Self-Serving?
I have this here website, you see, and while it is for my own gain to an extent it is also a marvelous outlet to share sounds, experiences, noises and celebrate the fantastic work of others.
And gosh dangit, that's just what we're going to do with it!
So, among the slew of material which is mine populated on this page, I hope to match that track with one that inspires me in some manner. This whole thing starts to feel a whole heck of a lot more communal after that, right?
Hang tight just a bit so I'm not a blatant liar when putting that statement out there. This is a decision not to be made lightly. Oh, and I have this whole fucking website to restore as well. Get to it when we get to it!
Now, please make sure to follow the playlist above, or this attempt was entirely a wash. Let's kick this sucker off, though! I literally just slapped it together, so track by track, let's discuss!
I'm going to choose my tracks 'Jazz For A Rainy Day,' 'Monoarm,' and 'The First Road To Small World' for this first go-around. That way, I don't need to explain them :-P
The tracks for those whom inspire me will be cookie cutter for this first go as well. As time passes, I will ensure it gets more absurd and out there in general, my stuff included. The playlist above kind of shows my hand, unfortunately, but I'd like to do a little tribute to those added to the list most recently for each and every update.
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The Clash - Original U.K. '77 Punks with the musical and lyrical genius that keeps them riding high to this day. The song chosen has been 'White Riot' from their Self-Titled Debut Album. After Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon participated in riots at the Notting Hill Carnival '76, they began to understand apparent injustices being doled out to people of color. Whereas, this song could be taken in a whole 180 degree type manner and advocating for hate, it's actually calling out white people. Saying they are removed, daft, posh and too cozy in their white skin to ever understand being inside another's. Quite the statement for the time and even today. Why? Because it rings truer than ever, as sad as that is to type.
P.S. - RIP Joe, you beautiful bastard you.
LCD SoundSystem - One could argue they are a disco rebirth of NY Punk, circa the aughts. So, I will! That's at least what I've always thought of them as. Forever poignant, both lyrically and musically, these aging rockers could best bitches a QUARTER of their age and still go play a full live set, followed by a full DJ set after, followed by fancy wine and a pleasant chat about Faulkner. The song 'Dance Yrself Clean' is a tad stereotypical of a choice for this group. This is due to it's infamous drop, which occurs during a moment where it almost seems as though the song is winding down. No doubt it's one of the best drops ... ever. All in all, the track is seven minutes long. You're going to remember it for that split-second moment? Hell no! From it's very outset it's a genius piece, allowing polyrhythms and subtlety be the Kings of the Castle. The drop merely accentuates everything that has been said throughout the tune. Somewhat more impressive is how James and Co. manage their way back from that chaos, easing their way back into the subtlety seamlessly until *ding* The sounding of a singular note from a Triangle signifies the end of it all.
Lou Reed - A man who just emanated New York City from his ... core being. He looked like he was from there, he sounded it, spoke about it in detail, wore it (damn well) and probably hated it as much as he loved it. Now, full disclosure he was from Freeport, out in Nassau County in Long Island, a nearby City Suburb. But, I swear to GOD, if you were to call him anything but the quintessential New Yorker, head to toe, we'd be squaring off in the parking lot. He took this attitude, this no-fucks given sentiment, applied liberal amounts of leather and ultimately can be credited with the creation of Punk Rock. STOP!!! Before you begin writing your contrarian email - There were berjillions of reasons for the start of Punk Rock. While I'm decrying The Velvet Underground the first, I could just as easily say a band like The Beatles were the first. It came down to being different from the norm of the time. And Lou never fit in on Planet Earth ever. It defined his career. It defined his legacy. It lorded over him as evident in his music throughout his time with the living (outside the end when he got into Tai Chi and all that holistic shit). I just realized I've written more in this column than anywhere within the other two and am yet to even get to discussing the song, so I will recommend you read Ezra Furman's contribution to the 33 1/3 Book series on Transformer for deets on Perfect Day, but if you're not listening to Lou Reed can you say you're really listening to anything at all? I'd say no.