I had a lot of fun last night playing with Boy Eats Drum Machine at the Wonder Ballroom, my first bass outing in a while. Dat’r, The Xploding Boys and Caves were the other bands on the bill reinterpreting classic songs from The Cure and Talking Heads. Dat’r re-imagining music from Talking Heads’ Remain In Light with their laptops and wii remotes was very engaging; I could imagine how Talking Heads 2008 might sound.
After the show I did the mingle thing with well-wishers and a question came up many times – “Why do you run a music blog?”
Good question. In an era where everyone can keep an “online diary” and blurt all to the world, where there are more than 70 million blogs with more arriving every day, why would one run a blog? Since December 2005 I have posted 1,549 times. That’s roughly two posts a day, every day through Aug 1st 08. There are no days off in the blog world…
To blog is an act of modest self-marketing; I can discuss my long career in music and hopefully give advice. I can write about the travails of a reformed Gang of Four and our lengthy tours. I can opine about the end of rock music as a cultural force, overtaken by rap, hip hop, pop and DJ culture. I can just write.
The biggest reason though is to have Pampelmoose act as a filter. There are so many amazing new bands and thousands of free MP3s that accompany them it is impossible to discover them all. Scouring the internet with Peel is one way, reading my favorite music blogs Stereogum and Gorilla Vs Bear is another. Submissions from record labels and bands fill my email box and The Moose mailbox fills up with brown, cushioned packages. Then I start to filter. Here’s this weekend’s selection:
Santogold – Starstruck [Diplo Remix]
Atlas Sound – Holiday
Peter, Bjorn & John – Inland Empire
Mt St Helens Vietnam Band – Dull Reason
Los Campesinos – How I Taught Myself To Scream
Dr Dog – The Ark
Marnie Stern – Transformer
I’d like to call what I’m attempting to do “acoustic regulation.” I care about music as an art form rather than merely admire it as an exercise.