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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Bubble and Scrap
I saw this record last night and thought, "Does the world really need a deluxe edition of a record by a band famous for making their finished songs sound like demos recorded over a phone?" Really, I think in complete sentences. Except for when I'm fantasizing about being able to smell properly. Then I think in pictures.

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celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: July 10th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It makes sense that you think in complete sentences. It shows in your writing--which I daily envy, btw. (Your piece on Reagan, for instance, blew me away on account of both its clarity and astuteness.) I, on the other hand, tend to think in sub-grammatical bytes and have to fill in the gaps between the major parts of speech, and it shows. I'm really really lucky if I have a day where the sentences flow naturally out of my head, through my fingers to the keyboard, fully-formed.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 10th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
But they are lovely gaps, which resonate through the flesh that later fills them in. I love your sentences, maybe precisely because they do convey the impression of having been hard won.

Thanks for reading the Reagan piece, BTW. In my current frame of mind, any positive feedback does a world of good.
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: July 10th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
::laughs::

See? You elegantly managed to make my inadequacies sound like a compliment, which, in itself, is quite a trick! :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 10th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, I'll take the compliment in return, since yours complements mine so well.

Seriously, though, I have talked to other LJers who feel the same way about your prose. You have a distinct voice, for one thing. But you also vary that voice a good deal for variety, which is hard to do.
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: July 10th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
and you are very welcome. i almost always read your pieces. i just don't always have something intelligent to say about them. :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 10th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I am so, so happy to have you as a reader.
flw From: flw Date: July 10th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I bought that the day it came out.

In case you were thinking I wasn't cool then. Or am not now. That seals it.

Also, I sold it to buy heroin. I am even that much more coolerer now.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 10th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No fucking way! It's one thing to sell a Dinosaur Jr. record to buy smack. But Sebadoh. Wow!

It's a fine record, in my book, though I actually prefer III and Bakesale, with the latter being my fave. I just don't get the deluxe repackaging in this case. Then again, I have all the Pavement reissues, so perhaps this is a case of the grass calling the grass snake green.
flw From: flw Date: July 10th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If it is remastered from original source materials, it is definitely justified. Even old boombox recordings can be "cleaned up" to an amazing degree. Or even just made to sound better... or have hiss removed, or even just softened. A tiny amount of hiss goes a long way.

I have opinions on the matter. But I know what you mean. Sebadoh seems an unlikely band for Gold Plated Special Editions.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 10th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're right. I almost took down the entry after posting it, because I knew it was a cheap shot. Lou Barlow gets on my nerves, even though I love much of the music he has helped to make.

Sometimes, of course, a reissue adds nothing of consequence. The Clash's London Calling, one of my favorite records, was given the deluxe treatment a few years back. But the demos are not interesting and the album itself sounds no better.

Those Pavement ones, by contrast, are a great value because they include all the B-sides and other odds-and-ends, some of which is among my favorite work of the band.
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