My favourite song
Without Lou Reed, we wouldn’t have punk rock. We wouldn’t have The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Clash, Television, Dead Kennedys, or Devo.
Without punk rock, we wouldn’t have post-punk. We wouldn’t have Joy Division, The Cure, The Smiths, This Heat, Talking Heads, Wire, Gang of Four, Nick Cave, The Feelies, or Swans.
Without post-punk, we wouldn’t have alternative rock as it is today. We wouldn’t have Pixies, Radiohead, Nirvana, Pavement, R.E.M, The Replacements, Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins, or Weezer.
Without alternative rock, you wouldn’t have most indie rock as it is today. You wouldn’t have Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Pavement, The Strokes, Yo La Tengo, The Dismemberment Plan, Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Deerhunter, or TV on the Radio.
Without Lou Reed, we wouldn’t have noise rock. We wouldn’t have Sonic Youth, Big Black, The Jesus Lizard, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi, Boris, or Dinosaur Jr.
Without noise rock, we wouldn’t have shoegaze. We wouldn’t have My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, Galaxie 500, Flying Saucer Attack, or Have a Nice Life.
This is the legacy Lou left behind.
I thought I was someone else
aelfswithe asked: "This is going to be my last tour for a long, long time." Wait, how long is long long? I'd love to see you.
after this tour is over (I end in Vienna in mid-November) I am ending this round of the grand theft orchestra.
I’ll be doing 10 shows, solo, in Sydney for the Sydney festival in the amazing spiegeltent (January 9-19) and after that, i’m stopping.
i am going to write a book, start a home with neil in upstate new york, and take the summer relatively off for the first time in about…12 years. it’s been that long since I took a true break from touring.
i am also going to start work on a giant long-term theatrical project/original musical with my director hero, steven bogart.
i am also going to fully clean my apartment in boston for the first time since - NO SHIT - 2004. that’s the last time i vacuumed. expect interesting pictures.
i don’t know when I’m going to tour again, or how, or who with, but it won’t be for a while. I’ve been on the road pretty much non-stop since 2002 and it’s time to take a fucking break.
i also need to get back to writing music. as nice as it is to be known for being a feminist, a kickstarter maker, a blogger and a general pain in the ass, i miss the days when people knew i was a good songwriter. this last record i made, Theatre is Evil, was the best of my career, hands down, with the strongest production and best songwriting i’ve ever delivered…and i feel like the poor record itself got drowned in the murky seas of Everything Else.
time to balance the scales…brush off self, re-tune strings, collect thoughts, simmer the chaos, and ready myself for whatever is next, armed with a new song.
AFTERNOON TUNE: Benin City - Faithless
Brand new video from UK band named after a Nigerian state capital in which the lead vocalist Joshua Idehen was born in.
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Brim - Ólafur Arnalds.
I’ll spare you the biographical rundown until you’ve committed to reading further. Here’s the short and short of the track “Brim”: Icelandic composer; filed under “modern classical”; unusually beat driven for someone who’s generally stuck to minimalist orchestrations; the sort of track one of my neighbours would add to his songs-that-make-me-want-to-make-movies playlist.
Mr Arnalds (though it may be “Mr Ólafur” - I’m not au fait with Icelandic naming conventions) is modest to the point of self-deprecation despite having contributed music to various soundtracks, television shows and advertisements.
In an interview talking about “Brim” Arnalds said of his previous albums: “They’re kind of samey. All of them.” He says part of the motivation for putting the beat-heavy “Brim” so early on the album - it’s the second track - was to starkly demonstrate his departure from his previous work and warn listeners what to expect from the rest of it.
"For Now I Am Winter" includes a handful of tracks with vocals, something Arnalds has previously steered clear of. The result is a beautiful, haunting collection of tracks filled with lush arrangements of strings and synths (and occasionally synths made to sound like strings).
A friend in New York sent me the album a few months ago along with the message, “Blowing my mind!”
It’s still blowing mine.
Contributed by @craigwilson.