I was reading this piece yesterday about why people right about baseball and included in it was a review of a book by George Orwell about why he writes. Basically, Orwell's point was that he could read old pieces of his and if they sucked he knew exactly why. He had determined that when pieces of his failed it was because it lacked a strong, critical, political voice. I took it to mean that when he writing and it failed to get some strongly held view across he felt that his writing was lacking then.
Not only did Orwell discuss why he thought his pieces were weak but he also thought about why people write in general. Which, in turn, got me thinking about why people write about music too. If writing is the act of observing things and trying to convey actions, events, facts, feelings, and emotions experienced into words for others how does writing about music fit into this? Outside of writing about the physical act of music being made, what are you writing about? They is no action that one can see, there are very little facts involved, it is mostly a subjective project by nature. You are left with trying to describe sounds which at this point I can't say is much easier than trying to describe feelings and emotions. How do people write about what something means when you can't see it, touch it, taste it, or feel it? Fuck.
Balaeric Session 001 by Molly Mollz
We are going to start you guys off with a LONG mix from Molly Mollz. Clocking in at a little over an hour Ms. Mollz does a tremendous job weaving together some blistering house, detroit sounds, minimal sounds, balaeric sounds, all into a fantastic tapestry of summer tunes. I was listening to this the other day at work and all I wanted, more than anything else in the world, was to be on a beach and drinking a cocktail.
I don't know how I really came upon this, I think she is DJ-ing at Chicken and Techno here in Columbus sometime in September. (Right now, this name has a commanding lead in the 'Best Name for a Show/Album/Song' of the year category.) I hear they are going to have cocktails, which is great, because I like cocktails, chicken, and techno. It's going to be great.
You know what makes Saturdays even better? Finding new Joy Orbison tracks. Fuck and Yea. I think I like his tracks for the same reason Orwell knew when his writing was good - all his tracks feel like they have a purpose. A purpose that is so strong and central to the track that you can't ignore it while listening to him. I would also say, that right about now, Zomby's album "Dedication" is doing the same thing for me.
The Morning Clouds, "The Wrong Thing" by The FADER
What the fuck?! Why the hell hasn't anyone already done this?! Of course the Beach Boys need to be taken and rammed through the hazy, chill-wave world we have come to inhabit. The Morning Clouds are really doing the people's work here. We all owe him a beer.
Chill-wave: Is this just the music form of the passive aggressive hipster culture. Don't get me wrong, when it is good, it is really good. But, sometimes I just feel like something is missing. Like I want to yell at them and tell them to stop hiding behind layers of re-verb and just get to the god damn point. (This rant does not apply to this tune. Just, FYI)
Also, H/T for Katie Finch directing this toward me and knowing my music tastes all too well. She calls it elitist I call it eclectic.
Fantasy football starts in two weeks, I'm on two teams. One of which I'm sharing with a friend and we are in a league with friends back in Akron. I'm just warning you now. Also, our team name is in this song. Fuck....GBV is so good.
Long Live King Shit and the Golden Boys!
And if you have made it this far, you are in for a real treat. An Aaliyah mix-tape. Fuck! Yes! Sadly, she passed away 10 years ago this week but we still get to enjoy this.
Also, H/T to the gents over at Keep on Repeat, I'm stealing this straight from their website. Hope they are ok with that.