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Cranky old man says you kids don't know what you're missing.

Steve Almond:

As a kid, it was LPs, black vinyl discs the size of dinner plates that I handled with elaborate caution. Then came the miracle of cassettes - an album you could fit in your pocket! I amassed 500 of those, before compact discs took over. I figured CDs would be the end of the line, technologically. Which just shows what a rube I am. Within a decade, the wonders of digital music had rendered them hopelessly outdated. CDs? Those were, like, so 1999.

The problem, of course, is that I had devoted most of my 20s and 30s to collecting discs. I had worked as a music critic and haunted used record shops and scavenged from yard sales and college radio stations.

The result was an "archive'' of 4,500 CDs, which filled most of the shelves and closet space in my apartment. Full disclosure: a significant portion of this archive resided in the trunk of my car.

I am not about to argue for the psychological health of my conduct. I realize I'm a nut. But we're all nuts when it comes to our obsessions. We all go overboard. That's what makes us human, as far as I'm concerned.

The problem - again - is technology. Five years ago, I bought an Apple computer and fell under the spell of iTunes, which offered me the chance to transfer my entire collection onto my hard drive.

That's certainly what my wife hoped would happen.

But every time I head downstairs to the basement room that now houses the Almond archive the same thing happens: I start browsing the discs, and inevitably find one I haven't heard in years and slip it onto the crappy boom-box I keep down there and pretty soon the record has transported me back to the exact time and place where I first fell in love with it. The physical object, in other words, becomes a time machine. And who in their right mind would throw away a time machine?

The younger generation has no romantic attachments to records as physical objects. To them, music exists as a kind of omnipresent atmospheric resource.

And it's not that I begrudge them their online treasure troves or bite-size iPods. But I still miss the way it used to be, in the old days, when fans had to invest serious time and money to track down the album or song they wanted.

What I'm getting at here is a deeper irony: technology has made the pursuit of our pleasures much easier. But in so doing, I often wonder if it has made them less sacred. My children will grow up in a world that makes every song they might desire instantly available to them. And yet I sort of pity them that they will never know the kind of yearning I did.

I'd get rid my my CDs in a second if the task of putting them up for sale on Amazon marketplace or whatever wasn't so daunting. But i get what he's saying, even if it's a bit sappy and pretentious.


By fnord12 | November 24, 2009, 9:03 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



Don't forget!

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By fnord12 | November 19, 2009, 10:21 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

Sad Song by David Byrne

You may think I look sad
But I am just sleeping
It's my facial expression
I'm probably dreaming

Would you like to be sad?
Would you like me to teach you?
Well, you can learn to be sad
But you must practice like I do

You must follow directions
And learn it right from the start
There isn't a short cut
It must come from your heart

Well there are those who are happy
And there are those who are wise
But it's the truly sad people
Who get the most out of life


By fnord12 | November 19, 2009, 8:49 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

I Didn't Like You Anyway by the Donnas

You told me that it just couldn't be
You don't wanna go out with me
No I'm not sad, I don't even care
'Cause dumb boys like you are everywhere

yeah, that's right
B-O-R-I-N-G
Too bad you're not the boy for me
B-O-R-I-N-G
I wanted something quick and easy

I didn't like you anyway
I was just lookin for fun, uh-huh
I didn't like you anyway
I'm a speed demon on the run

You thought I would be broken hearted
Maybe I would if you weren't so retarted!
I ask your name, you don't even know
You should have dumped me on that talk show

I think that nasal spray got to your brain
I knew you were lame, from your wallet chain
A boston baked bean is the size of your head
I heard you even wet your bed


By fnord12 | November 12, 2009, 9:07 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



Mixed Meteor rocks the drum machine

He'd probably not appreciate me referring to the MPC 2000xl as a mere drum machine, but how else am i going to explain it to you?


By fnord12 | November 5, 2009, 5:25 PM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

She Cracked by the Modern Lovers

Well she was sensitive
She understood me
She understood the European things of 1943
But she does all these things that I can't stand
I get jealous if she stays with another man

She cracked, I'm sad, but I won't
She cracked, I'm hurt, you're right

Well she cracked, I won't
She did things that I don't
She'd self destroy, necessary to self enjoy
I self develop, necessary to self help

She cracked, I'm sad, but I won't that's right
She cracked, I'm hurt, you're right

Well she cracked, I won't
She did things that I don't
She'd eat garbage, eat shit, get stoned
I stay alone, eat health food at home

She cracked, I'm sad, but I won't
She cracked, I'm hurt, you're right
Alright!
She cracked, I'm sad, but I won't
She cracked, I'm hurt, you're right
One more time, one more time
She cracked, I'm sad, but I won't
She cracked, I'm hurt, you're right


By fnord12 | November 5, 2009, 8:38 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



LSS at Rockin' Joe


By fnord12 | November 2, 2009, 9:51 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



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