Thursday, November 19, 2009
Who knew that people over 40 could rock so fucking hard?
I had the opportunity to see the Jesus Lizard at Irving Plaza this past week. Everything about the show sucked except for the Jesus Lizard. The security confiscated my pocket knife, they extorted 2 dollars from me for my bag at the coat check (they make you check your bag and then charge you for it), on top of completely raping all my belongs during the security check (luckily my stash was in my pocket!). Then the first band (Skeleton Key) blew some serious testes and beer was $12 a pop!
But then the Lizard came on. Despite the fact that David Yow is 49, he kicked some serious ass. He was actually bleeding by the second song. They played shit from Liar, they played shit from Head, they played shit from Pure, they played shit from Goat, they did it all. And they were old.
The bottom line here is that this gives me some hope that maybe someday, when I am 49, I will still be able rock hard enough to bleed all over myself (which, as of yet, I still have not done [although I did chip a tooth once deep throating a mic]). Up until now, I believed that only people under the age of 30 were capable of truly rocking socks, but now I see that it is more than just the vitality of youth that gives people the impetus for such decadent thrashing. It is the anger and frustration that comes from just being ignored by mainstream reality, and being in a place with other people who are just as pissed off as you are always helps. Positive feedback loops are the shit.
So, please, no more hating on people just because they're old. Only hate on people who are happy.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
the Law of Disruption creates the Entrenched Player's Dilemma. The primary victims are industrial and political leaders. In most cases, entrenched players are not motivated to utilize or transition into disruptive technology because it means cannibalizing current profits. Fear of losing their primary revenue stream and their incapability of understanding the radical new changes in technology causes the status quo to freeze or self-destruct instead of adapting to the changed circumstances. "Television redefines the relationships of family and community; cloning challenges basic understandings and definitions of character and personhood. Electronic commerce has caught national and local governments completely off guard, and while they scamper to figure out how to apply whomever's law, the technology continues to evolve into forms less and less analogous to enterprises with which they are familiar." - Larry Downes, The Law of Disruption
Monday, November 16, 2009
CHECK THIS SHIT OUT! this is the rekkid released by Nervous Attack Tapes (on myspace), a one-man operation designing and producing tapes and their containters in ye olde Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. NAT - 001 is the MJ/RP split and it can be yours for a $5 paypal donation to NERVOUSATTACK@GMAIL.COM :: if you'd like to pay with cash or are an international order, you can e-mail to get more info. so go get one. now. do it to it. because Michael Jordan is incredible. and Rainbow Party is incredible. and together (and among themselves/and printed onto magnetic tape) they are incredible.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
the Walkmen are not a Tamur band. You cannot find them in our catalog (unfortunately.) I have never met Hamilton Leithauser, Paul Maroon, Matt Barrick or Peter Bauer, but I DID stand next to Walter Martin as I ordered a hamburger one time at a Vespa scooter-fest in Philly a long time ago. Alec was with me, we seemed to be the only ones there (almost literally... there was another woman who was a huge fan and then a bunch of old-school greying metal-heads looking after a hot-rodded hearse and running sound... they rocked out too.) It was outside in the middle of the day and it was sunny. Alec and I were also invited down to D.C. by a girl at the band's old high-school's all-girls "sister" school in Washington D.C. I was in the Pidgeons and there was going to be a show with the Walkmen headlining and us opening + some other D.C. bands but the girl contacted Hamilton's mom who relayed back a message that they were very sorry they wouldn't be able to play because they were going to be on tour (for their second LP, "Bows + Arrows" I imagine...) but they wished us luck. That show never happened, the Pidgeons broke up a long time ago, but the Walkmen somehow are still around ever since that 2002/3 Saturn Ion car commercial featuring the song "We've Been Had" that put them on the map. I hope they never stop making records. See them live. Pay for their music. Or don't. But you probably should.
Friday, November 13, 2009
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
peace, love & acid tongues, Conor.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Hello Small World! :: I'm writing as a consistent patron of your fine hot apple ciders and coffee brews over the years :: Now that I'm back in the area I'd like to book 3-4 bands per show (shorter sets, 20-30 minutes) on any night of the week. You've got a great location :: due to the train & bus system + your opportunity to put on good all ages music for a portion of the huge amount of young people in and around the area (+ onward into Mercer county and beyond into Jersey) :: as well as the space itself are two reasons I'd love to put on an event(s) at Small World. We would promote the shows ourselves through traditional flyering as well as through our website and the rest of the social networking news-holes out there. We have our own equipment (includaing a P.A. system).
Tamur is a non-exclusive collective of musicians that was founded in 2004 in the 'Town & Country' diner (Bordentown, NJ) by members of the Pidgeons and Tricked Out Gutter Fashion (both bands currently deceased, R.I.P.). Our purpose is to help fellow musicians from writing to recording to getting gigs while simultaneously instating a sense of community.
All the music on the website (in the section labeled 'Catalog') is available for free download with the permission of its creator(s) and ALL ARE WELCOME TO LISTEN AND PARTICIPATE. There are over 80 records (E.P.s and full-length albums) available for download RIGHT NOW. If you look at the site you deserve a shot to be on it so send something along. make a record, put it up, get it out.
We also have a video section that collects live performances by bands who've released records with us as well as videos produced by musicians involved with the "organization."
Any bands that seem appropriate would be available to play (except [probably] that band from Michigan that dude from Minneapolis and the girl in California or the group in Indiana) in addition to dozens of others from Philadelphia, New Jersey & New York who we've played with and shared shows with.
It's just sounds :: good noise (we think).
Conor Meara (c/o tamur.records)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
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