Last summer my friend Michael Blair passed away. I met Michael several years ago at a show via a mutual friend; I think we were watching Far at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, during the Noise Pop festival. We chatted a bit about bands and such, but nothing substantial (though it was clear we both liked a lot of the same bands). I kept running into Michael (via the same mutual friend) at show after show. Refused at The Warfield, The Promise Ring at Fillmore, Texas Is The Reason / The Jealous Sound at Bimbo’s and on and on.
A friend asked this on her FaceBook page earlier: “How do you start listening to music each day? What device? What app? What speakers? What time? How do you choose what to play?” Here was my response:
Devin Townsend is a genius. I just learned that today; I'm behind the times a bit. A lot. Anyway...
I've never spent a ton of time listening to Devin's bands, other than some Strapping Young Lad songs here and there. I've enjoyed everything I've heard from him, but overall it just kind of fell thru the cracks as bands do sometimes for me (too much good music, not enough time).
Fun night playing DJ at KDVS for a few hours. They keep asking me to start a regular weekly show playing local music over there; I really wish I had the time to do so. You can catch a recording of the show here.
Here's what I played...
"I am the DJ, I am what I play." -David Bowie
This Friday night (Sept 2) I'll be the guest DJ on KDVS 90.3FM from 8 to 10:30pm. We'll be spinning all music by Sacramento / Davis area bands. For 2 and a half hours! Tied up in rhythm of local music! It all makes less sense now
I woke up today and saw a link to "4 Commonly Misused Pieces of Audio Advice" in my news feed. Always up for learning new studio tricks, I gave it a read. I disagreed with nearly the entire thing. Here's my point-by-point breakdown as to why.
The Weeknd was nominated for 3 of the 4 songs in the “Best R&B” category. Nothing against The Weeknd but c’mon…NOBODY else had a worthy R&B song this whole year? Seriously? If that’s even slightly true, why is a genre so pathetic in its creative output even being mentioned this year? Also, just how crazy are your nomination rules that it’s even possible for one person to get 75% of the nominations? Are the Sammie Award folks now working at Billboard? ;)
A few things in the collection...
2 copies of the "Purple Rain" soundtrack
"Let's Go Crazy" 12-inch DJ single
"Little Red Corvette" 7-inch (one of the first records I ever bought)
"U Got The Look" 7-inch
"Purple Rain" 7-inch on purple vinyl
My proverbial basket was filled with vintage vinyl. Not kidding. :) A friend of the family was cleaning out his dad's estate and found a stack of 45's. I was the lucky recipient.
I lived in fairfield in the late 80's. Across the street I had this neighbor, Terri, who was just becoming a professional actor and photographer. I'd nerd out with her about the new Def Leppard record, she introduced me to Dokken and Triumph – I still have the dubbed copies of their cassettes I made while raiding Terri's music collection. Terri (and her then-fiancé-now-husband) was a huge influence on me.