in september 2011 i put out a record called Bodysongs that was kind of the culmination of a few years of dancing in my various bedrooms, and also touring around with some of my best friends in a defiant act of total economic irresponsibility.
lately, probably because of the fun music i’m making at this very moment (more on that later), i’ve developed a bit of a nostalgia for this period, and a renewed appreciation for the album.
my job, fundamentally, is to make you feel good, to make you feel like you can do anything, and then to complicate that emotion so it doesn’t bloom into escapism. i’ve veered off the path of that task, or even completely subverted it in different ways over the years, but my ultimate destination is still completely in focus, don’t make any mistake
i just uploaded Bodysongs to youtube for safe-keeping. if you choose to revisit it, try to couple it with some dancing, some laughing, some swimming. we’re here after all.
"Whatever it is we’re gonna be, we’re gonna be the most—if we’re gonna be punk, then we’re gonna out-punk the Sex Pistols! If we’re gonna be the worst band ever, then we’re gonna be the fucking worst band ever!”
i fucking love this band. since i saw them absolutely annihilate live i’ve become only more attached to their beautiful music. they capture for me the same spirit of total possibility, light-hearted aggression, and tuneful chaos as the vaselines did when i was younger…
coupled with the pretty on-the-nose quote below (which is from someone in the very non-joanna gruesome universe of commercial pop), i’ve been thinking today about the present state of rock music, and i feel pretty good. we’re probably a long way from having really great rock music dominate commercially the way it did in the 90s, but the ingredients for something similar are taking shape. joanna gruesome alone make me feel like anything is possible - they seem like a band that will change other bands in addition to whatever they achieve on their own.
not interested in being a prophet, just an irresponsible optimist
don’t sell your fucking guitar
(very deep hat tip to cactus mouth and portals for introducing me to JG’s music + live show, respectively)
“I think a lot of people now are inherently apologetic because of the things we grew up with in the ’90s, and we saw rock music go from the most beautiful, amazing, culture-changing thing to, like, rap metal. The world of indie and rock music became very apologetic, and no one’s trying to be too good and they’re always trying to hold it back either with the songs or the production. No one wants to be quote-unquote ‘obvious’. But, like, everyone references Paul Simon, and Fleetwood Mac has become a huge indie reference nowadays, but that’s all bullshit because the most important part of that reference is not the dry snare drum, it’s the unbelievably classic songs and production.”
true detective’s theme song is given gothic, cinematic synth-pop cover treatment by my pal comaduster. i shit you not, he decided to make this last night while we were on gchat. a few hours later and here it is… i don’t understand either
completely fascinating — this makes way too much sense in so many places. more info on the methology and process on display here. centralized national press and radio create a broad convergence of taste, but regionalism is still a real thing - it just plays out differently than it used to.
"Whenever you go toward something that could be like a genre study you just have to put on your white gloves and and yank it away from anything like parody. Believe it or not, I’m interested in music that has humor, maybe not so far as, like, Frank Zappa where you as an audience member are being laughed at or mocked, but music that has humor but not to the extent that it becomes ironic or sarcastic, when somebody’s not willing to step up and own their actual emotional content and their truth, whatever the truth is in that song… I want to honor music and not abuse it in any way.”