Justin Vernon

So much respect for this dude.  From the wood works, he’s gonna bring all of Eau Claire, WI wherever he goes.  I’m saving my Bon Iver, Bon Iver review until it’s official release and I have my vinyl in my hand.  Michicant is deep, though.

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Mobile Webvolution

I’m impressed by the evolution of the mobile experience. Are apps going to still be a dominant force or will the web be stronger because the developers don’t have to stress over the multiple formats to keep everyone happy? For general purpose, it’ll be sufficient. For work or heavy users, it may be too A-B-C.

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As for Facebook and Twitter taking the forefront to make their mobile experience just like their native apps, it shows that they know not all users are smartphone users. And that it works well.

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Anyway, just paying attention to social and technological trends.

Drop it Low – Low-Fi – Finite – Nite at the Record Store

Looking forward to these blokes at ACL this year.  Just ironic that I remembered about Modest Mouse last night.  I used to kill this song to death.

Broken Social Scene cover Modest Mouse’s The World at Large.

So last night, I headed over to Waterloo Records just to see what they have.  It brought back a lot of nostalgia as to why I am such a music nut.  It’s just passion driven because I feel like I connect to the music in some shape or form.  I got brought back to why I wanted to start collecting vinyls again.  You will also notice that they hooked it up when you buy a record and typically on a lot of the new records, they give you a code to download the digital version of the album for free.  It’s a legimate way of collecting the artworld and a quality physical copy of their album.

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I don’t remember the wax being printed in so many ways.  Props to Kanye and his 12″ singles of his artwork to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  The album was a tri-fold selling for ~$40.  Looks like a jumbo version of the deluxe CD copy.  Anyway, my point is that I forgot what it’s like to open up the record packaging and examine everything from the front/back cover, the vinyl sleeve and the record itself.  It’s so funny how we revolutionized so quickly into digital that you forget what we appreciated about the music… it’s the art included with the package.  I think the mobility factor got ahead of us and there’s nothing to take in anymore.  Like forgetting how an album was always most of the time a type of story.  The album versions were almost always different to the radio edits.  Songs weren’t just 2-3 minutes.  I actually am starting to appreciate 12″ single tracks again.  You get caught up listening to the music.

So I got caught up looking at music for almost an hour and a half.  Record shops are gems because I forgot what it’s like when you find music that you forgot about or surprised to see that they even have it.  I’m glad to pick this up again because I can have the hugest record collection in the world but all I really want is a modest collection of quality albums that I listen/will listen to from beginning to end.  People have coffee table books, I’ll just invite you to look through my record collection – old and new.  Btw, when I was a kid I had the Tommy Boy – Stetsosonic maxi because my cousin told me to buy it.  I can’t believe I found that again.  I shoulda bought it for nostalgic sake but that’s just hoarding.

Childish Gambino – Be Alone 

Hard for a Pitchfork, soft for a Roc-a-fella
Music was my side chick, but now we’re movin’ in together
Always felt misunderstood, I guess I have to tolerate
My swag Jehovah Witness, dude, it never take a holiday
APC jeans, brown leather jacket on
Kitsune cableknit, cardigan from Rag and Bone
Thick Filipino chick, homemade bracelet
Her booty make her just a rapper, she ain’t gotta say shit
I’m someone they admire
Set the game ablaze, I’m an Arcade Fire
Laughed at my rise like my motion was funny
Yes, ashy to classy, my lotion is money

 

Man, the days of Sound Warehouse.

New Order – Hellbent

New Order – Hellbent (Previously Unreleased) by Rhino UK

So today marks the death of Joy Division’s lead singer, Ian Curtis, 31 years ago.  The band was able to re-invent themselves with whom is now today is considered to have the cult following of the group called New Order.  Ever heard of them? 

I’m trying to convince my sister to give me her vinyl copy of Substance – 1987.  Online that mug is selling for about $80 imported.  Damn. 

Up-coming album – Total: From Joy Division to New Order on June 6.

Bon Iver – Calgary

What makes this song awesomely written?  The use of elision. Also, the fact that you have to listen to the song and read the words a thousand times to understand the song’s meaning.  It’s like reading poetry in English class in high school and hating that you have to explain each line and what it means.  It’s different now.
I want this. 
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Calgary 
….
don’t you cherish me to sleep
never keep your eyelids clipped
hold me for the pops and clicks
I was only for the father’s crib

hair, old, long along 
your neck onto your shoulder blades
always keep that message taped
cross your breasts you won’t erase
I was only for your very space

hip, under nothing 
propped up by your other one, face ‘way from the sun 
just have to keep a dialogue
teach our bodies: haunt the cause
I was only trying to spell a loss
joy, it’s all founded 
pincher with the skin inside
you pinned me with your black sphere eyes
you know that all the rope’s untied
I was only for to die beside
so it’s storming on the lake
little waves our bodies break 
 
there’s a fire going out,
but there’s really nothing to the south
 
swollen orange and light let through 
your one piece swimmer stuck to you
 
sold, I’m Ever 
open ears and open eyes
wake up to your starboard bride
who goes in and then stays inside
oh the demons come, they can subside

http://pitchfork.com/news/42542-new-bon-iver-calgary/

Be Interesting to Stay Relevant

Where are all the writers?  Everyone’s blogs have almost turned into something where everyone is giving advice.  All of a sudden everyone has become an expert about everything.  I remember there being so many personal sites where people didn’t necessarily talk about their everyday lives from point to point but actually had thoughts.  Epiphanies, even.  I guess we’re saturated with information now that we run out of thoughts to express.  That’s what happens with the create of social networks. – instantaneous informational outlets.

I guess the older I get, I start to realize what it is become old school.  Sometimes I want to stick to traditional ways but you also don’t want to lose touch with reality and keep up with the Jones’.  

Clutter: Now that so many things have gone “green” in the sense that a majority of things we do is done digitally, I still feel like I have tons of stuff.  Then again I think about how people used to collect cassettes, video tapes, DVDs (which people still do) and CDs.  One type of collection I would like to start up (again) is collecting vinyl.  I remember when I was growing up, I used to be fascinated by album covers.  I would stare at them for hours.  My dad and my sister had a pretty extensive collection.  The abstract covers of the 80s, the vintage-ness of classic artists that my dad listened to and then the quarky covers of the handful of albums I bought, ie. Digital Underground, Technotronic, Color Me Badd, etc…

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(No idea how my mom let me buy this from Sound Warehouse. Haha)

I honestly just want a respectable amount of records to keep around.  They are good conversation pieces.  No one knows what you have anymore unless you’ve seen it on Facebook or scan through all the music on someone’s iPod.  It just isn’t the same anymore.  I’ve honestly downsized a lot of my stuff.  Got rid of about 80% of my DVDs.  Donated or sold my books to a local bookstore and invested in a Kindle, which is pretty dope but still doesn’t replace a book.  I kinda like knowing how far I am by the location of the crevice that the book is opened to not by the percentage page I see on the bottom of my Kindle.  It’s just convenient.

So back to matter at hand.  I think I know enough about what people do nowadays but I’ve lost inspiration because I don’t know how people think anymore.  I’m glad to have friends in Austin that like to throw in current events into the conversation so we can stay relevant and open up the opinion box.  May it all be factual?  I don’t know but to hear another side or another opinion is interesting because it keeps you from becoming closed-minded.  I like that.
Anyway, be interesting.  Let’s talk.  I realized that there’s a lot of things I still want to learn.