Smog (AKA Bill Callahan)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I apologize, as life has been busy. Currently I’ve got Capstone (or my thesis class) which I am behind on as well as the constant struggle of school and work, because Thai Food isn’t going to serve itself. (Drive through Thai Food? If this isn’t real, it should be.)
But enough about me. Bill Callahan has successfully done what many musicians only dream of, developed a cult following that has led to enough success to be “heard of” but not enough to betray his underground status.
As I had heard of Bill Callahan before, I actually had never sought anything he had worked on out. A year or so ago, I had become obsessed with this lo-fi project called “Smog” which almost instantly made me a fan. A constant on my Pandora radio I delayed looking up much about Smog for no real reason.
About a year later, I struck up a conversation with my friend Kevin Mallon (I’ve tried to insert a picture of him but for some reason I can’t. It would have been great, funny captions and all) who mentioned the name Bill Callahan tied up with Smog (about which I was trying to sell him on. It wasn’t a hard sell.) Only then did I start my research of the extensive amount of work that is Bill Callahan.
This performance is at the ever impressive NPR tiny desk concert series, which holds some of the best of the best of bands around today. In the typical NPR fashion, they even can discuss music with an aptitude rarely seen today.
So check it out and as usual relax and listen well.

Shakey Graves

So I have to admit that I have absolutely no information on this guy. I’ve just found him today and so I thought of you my faithful followers of music. I write today because his voice reminds one of that Appalachian sound mixed with some modern blues, rock guitar riffs. It’s truly awesome. As a Saint Louis native I was glad to hear that he had come through a few times. With nothing else to say and current tasks at hand (SPRING BREAK!) Ill leave it to you to find something and get back to me about this young musician.
Relax and listen well.

So it goes…

Today I’ve been thinking a lot about “love”. As a single male that is on a campus that is mostly women (many of whom are very attractive) I’ve also found that a lot of them are rather shallow. Not to say that I’m so great, but there is a “cookie cutter” type on my campus in particular. I’ve also been watching one of my roommates interactions with his girlfriend (who honestly drives me up a wall. God I hope they don’t follow this blog….) and when looking at in comparison to other relationships he’s been in, it seems to me that people are willing to be unhappy so long as their not alone. Bukowski (not a great source but….you know….) states that there are worse things than being alone. After looking at my roommates current situation this is looking to be more and more true.
Now on the topic of loneliness, I recently watched Louis C.K. talk about how our generation tries so hard to distract ourselves from the imminent feeling of loneliness with our phones and technology. I liked how he began to say that allowing that moment of complete loneliness to “wash over you” makes you a better person, meaning that today people are so absorbed in being distracted from being alone that we’ve lost a unifying experience in isolation. Empathy has been lost because people are so “plugged in”.
Not to sound too depressing because obviously there are still people out there who are good and still working towards it and just as always, it’s not the majority.
Today, Lou Reed gives us a little bit of his experience with love and different perceptions of love.
So just relax and listen well.

Not Necessarily Stone But Beautiful

If you don’t know the influence of Hendrix then you’ve been under a rock for most of your life. Known for the tumultuous mix of flash stardom and a desire to be genuinely heard, the combination brought about one of the greatest rock trio outfits that the world ever saw. Though talked about constantly, his early years are quite the mystery to the world still. One of the earliest memories was a story of Jimi showing up to play with Muddy Waters who only briefly interacted with young Hendrix before disappearing after the set. Described as a quite “boy” who didn’t like to talk about home too much. So today we remember that shy kid who loved to play music and wanted to be truly heard in word and watch his performance of rock god-dom.
Relax and listen well.

“Anji” “Angie” “Angi”

I have recently been obsessed with this song. I actually came across it on a pandora station and immediately began to research it because it haunted me. However, I had the hardest time finding it because, as the title(s) show(s) there are multiple different names for this song and each arrangement of it has been called something else by each different artist performing it. The song, originally from Davey Graham, has been covered but other such musicians as Paul Simon and Bert Jansch.
I hope that you too become captivated in the same way.
Relax and listen well.

not quite an instrumental by Bowie

I apologize to my many followers (hah!) that it has been so long between posts. My last semester of school and I’ve got a Capstone and a Research Methods class that are totally kicking my ass.
Moving on, I am posting today this almost instrumental off of the first collaboration between David Bowie and Brian Eno. The album “Low” was a first breaking away from typical Bowie form as he moves into a new era of music. While the album itself has had many mixed reviews, history has looked kindly upon the album, as many appreciate it as a new direction for Bowie and as a starting point for soon to be renowned Brian Eno.
This song is by far the best piece on the album (my opinion but in this blog it’s the only one that matters).
Through a combination of random assignments to clicking and a masterwork of production, the latter half of the album is truly truly amazing with almost no vocals to be told of. Warszawa is a prime example of the mix of orchestral rock that Bowie was moving into showing his mastery of non-western influences.
A complex album, its worth a listen to.
So check it out……
and relax and listen well.

The Art of Dating Discrimination

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I’ve only had three girlfriends ever make it past the get-to-know-you phase.

It’s because both my mom and dad had gone through divorce, and both preached “playing the field” and to not be in a hurry to get married.

Spend time with lots of different girls, they said. Figure out what you like. Figure out why.

Not every girl approved of my way of thinking, but I didn’t particularly care. The thinking was: As soon as you know there’s no chance of this ending in marriage, why be in a committed relationship with one another?

I didn’t believe in having a girlfriend simply for the sake of having one.

That was an easy choice to make back then. I was young. With a hard stomach. And constantly surrounded by young, single women.

I’m sure I wasn’t as honest as I should have been. But I also…

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