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Mopping Up
Instead of going to sleep at a reasonable hour, I decided to finally mop the kitchen floor I'd been promising to mop for days. The iPod Shuffle is persuasive. Here are some of the thoughts that coursed through my consciousness during the unusually long procedure:
• I wonder whose kid is singing the theme song to Barney on that Giant Sand song
• I'm glad I saw Interpol, even if it was at the barely lamented Coconuts.
• Why doesn't anyone mention the fact that the Werner Herzog film Joy Division's Ian Curtis watched before hanging himself is about someone traveling from Europe to the United States only to find that despair follows along as a stowaway, a detail rendered significant by the fact that the band was about to embark on its first North American tour
• And how come no one explains how he managed to watch it in the middle of the night. Was it on television? Did he have a very early VCR?
• I know it's uncool to admit this, but I still like The Killers' album Hot Fuss, particularly "Mr. Brightside"
• I'm sick of the narrative promulgated by both NME and Melody Maker whereby The Cure's passage from Seventeen Seconds to Pornography is a steep descent
• I went to college in the Bay Area because I was fixated on the psychedelic 1960s and ended up falling in love with the post-psychedelic 1970s, trading the Haight-Ashbury for North Beach in the process
• I need to start composing lesson plans to tripped-out dub records
• The Sufjan Stevens song "Romulus" off Greetings From Michigan, the Great Lake State is perfect in its downplayed anguish, capturing the feeling of being abandoned by one's mother in details that resonate all the more for being off to one side
• Lindsay Buckingham must have had really good cocaine and a lot of vitamins during the making of Tusk, because the record sounds better with each passing year
• I love pop music because it makes me feel the rush of thinking that dissipates in less compact forms: three minutes is not very long
• I'm in love with you and I'm not ashamed to confess it
That's all for now. Time to burn off all the random energy stirred up by my exertions by contemplating further exertions.
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flw From: flw Date: September 27th, 2005 11:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Down in front

Did you go see Sufjan Stevens at the PLUSH down there? That was some show. I was happy and in the absolute perfect spot. I've seen a lot of shows, and I have got to say, I was concerned that the sound would be awful at that show. There were like 20 mikes on stage, and all those instruments. I looked back and the guy running the board looked to be about 12 years old. I thought, "this is going to be a trainwreck." and in my opinion it was one of the best sounding shows I've ever seen, anywhere.

I liked it when Sufjan said, "I am playing such and such a song for so and so," and the kid doen in front whipped out his cell-phone and called him. That was a rock moment. And a cell-phone moment. I wish I had my cellphone with me to record that moment.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 27th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Down in front

I was there. In fact, I just wrote up my experience in an abstract mode -- not specifying place or time -- for a piece I wrote about Stevens. The cell phone moment was great. And the sound was super. I was a little too far over towards stage right, a little too close to a speaker, yet still marvelled.

BTW, the sound at Solar Culture is generally excellent, if you have yet to visit there. The man running the board for most shows knows what he's doing and the wood floor and walls resonate beautifully. The inevitable midsong train whistle is an added bonus.
sisterblister83 From: sisterblister83 Date: September 27th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i want to marry lindsey buckingham
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 27th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
May I refer to you all those Stevie Nicks songs about what it's like being with a perfectionist on drugs. . . :-)
From: zokah Date: September 27th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
¥ I know it's uncool to admit this, but I still like The Killers' album Hot Fuss, particularly "Mr. Brightside"

ummm, I was listening to this yesterday. When did it slip to uncool status and why the fuck doesn't anyone *ever* tell me these things?!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 27th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Actually, I don't think it was ever cool to listen to. But as the band has gotten more attention in 2005, the pressure to not like the record has grown. That's alright. I'm not proud.
From: zokah Date: September 27th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
damn it - just when I thought my cool-quotient was increasing!
tommix From: tommix Date: September 27th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The whole cool vs. uncool thing is way too high-school for me. I mean, remember, you're talking to people who like Britney Spear's "Toxic." Ironically, of course!

I like my enjoyment opaque.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"Mr. Brightside" gets me every time and it is SO uncool. I even sing it at karaoke bars. I tell friends I like it ironically, but it's true: it puts a lump in my throat. And to top it all off, the Killers are Mormon. It's a sad day for my palsied hipsterhood.

-- Mark S.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 27th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Songs about one's love screwing someone else work for men like us, don't they? What makes that song for me is the relationship between the beat and vocals. I like an excess of stress, regardless of genre.
From: e4q Date: September 27th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i don't know if ian curtis had a vcr, but even if he didn't, not all telly finished at midnight with the national anthem at that time, and late night movies are often good/highbrow/cult here
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 27th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I figured there must have been late-night movie showings back then. It seems early to have had a VCR, but not impossible. He could have taped the film when they showed it earlier. Still, it wasn't that popular a film, even by German standards. Did they show foreign films much on television back then?
From: e4q Date: September 27th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
yes. the more foreign the film the more likely to be shown late. still true now.
From: hey_tiger Date: September 27th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Just got an iPod nano and immediately cleaned the kitchen and bathroom. For some reason there's a difference between playing it loud from my room and having it in my ear.

Definitely up for making more mix CDs if you need any, esp now that I have access to a lot more mp3s (special thanks to the p4k ftp).

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 27th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, G-d yes! I can send you money to cover the postage and CDs. Whatever you need. I've lost your e-mail address, so send me a message.
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