I love Michael Rother’s first few solo albums. I love Neu! too, especially Neu! 75, but there’s something so elemental and strong about Rother’s work on his own that keeps bringing me back. This is walk music, run music, work music. Motivation. It’s something I love about Neu! too - the “motorik” beat, the sound of going forward, progress, the feeling that you’re taking one more step in the right direction. That’s this sound to me, and Rother albums like Flammende Herzen and Katzenmusik bring another side to it as well: tranquility. Peace, satisfaction. It’s positive music. I really get something out of it.
I feel like things are fractured now, having trouble finding motivation to work on the standbys I always work on, like I’m fighting to get to the core of why I do what it is I’m doing and why I love doing it. I’m just not feeling it, for whatever reason. Trying my hardest to knock myself back in place and put myself on the right track again. Prob why I’m listening to Michael Rother again, and Bruce Springsteen. Comfort music. Whenever I feel like I’m trying to reconnect I throw myself back into easy stuff, the stuff I know is going to make me feel good. I am, ahh, confused right now. I don’t really know what I am doing. I’ve said this a few times here, I feel like I’ve been saying it for months! But this feels like the place to say it!!
I don’t know what it is. Every big project seems too big. There are two big things I’m going to try and knock out over the next few weeks: Hendrix review, and a review of Heart Break by New Edition. After that we might be taking a break from reviews for awhile, because why would that be the one thing you do all the time? Reviews? Maybe not everything needs to be a review. Maybe it’s time to find something else to do.
Sorry tumblo just thinkin alout right now. Please enjoy this damn music
Last year Dave Chappelle headlined Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Tour, during which he had a notably disastrous set in the city of Hartford, Connecticut. Barraged by hecklers yelling out “Rick James” and other clever Chappelle’s Show references, Chappelle left the stage after a terse 10 minutes. The
thats very gracious of you dave but really, you dont need to apologize
Here’s my favorite pre-Born To Run Springsteen track, a special moment, fantastic and heartfelt. Early Springsteen is here: long songs, wandering without focus and all the better for it, lots of moving parts, Springsteen throwing in every melody he felt would fit the theme of the song even if it they might not work. They fall together, though. These songs, E Street Shuffle songs like “4th Of July, Asbury Park” and “Kitty’s Back” and “Wild Billy’s Circus Story,” they stroll around with no destination, no drama, no intensity, friends in the old neighborhood. Sweet stories that don’t need an ending. It’s the way we want to remember our own stories, mythology without the pressure of remembering the shit, remembering the times when we felt nervous or lonely or gross or overweight or sweaty. With E Street Shuffle we get to remember hanging around our dumb little hometown with our best friends, clownin with neighborhood characters, falling in love, content and beautiful.
There’s the word, contentment, that’s E Street Shuffle. Getting into Springsteen it’s fun to discover the lil arc that you get from his first four albums: Greetings from Asbury Park is the friendliest of NJ neighborhood tales, E Street Shuffle is the first seed of doubt, and of course Born To Run is where everything busts the fuck open and nothing is ever the same. Asbury Park barely even gets a namedrop, it’s fuck all of this we’ve got one last chance to make it real! The perfect arc for any kid living in a tiny hometown: this place is my home, eh I might wanna get out of this place, I need to get the fuck out of this place RIGHT NOW. When I left my hometown for the first time, I was upset because I’d started to fall in love with it, I’d just had a perfect summer and I didn’t want it to end, like nothing was going to be the same. Turned out I was right. It can’t be the same. You’ve gotta keep moving.
So this one has always been my fave, and my dumb brain is saying it’s cause “it’s the saddest and the prettiest” which is true. I don’t think Born To Run or even Darkness would cut out almost 8 minutes of its running time for a song couched in this friendly elegiac dream walk, this quiet story, a song as patient as this one (Darkness comes close with “Racing In The Street”). “Racing In The Street” is different cuz it’s a drag, an intentional drag, “The River” too - these are songs intended to pull you into the muck, long ruminations on broken dreams, songs that are more “real” or “adult” you could say. In “Incident on 57th Street” the dream is still alive - you’re 17, sitting on your friend’s back porch in your hometown, late at night, watching the stars, in the moment, and nothing as changed yet. The dream is still alive, it’s out there, but it’s not time to rush out and grab it yet- just look at the stars and let them sing your song. Let yourself be young, give yourself a moment you’ll never forget. That’s the best thing about youth and the best thing about “Incident”: god, who knows what’s out there? It could be anything. Magic.
I’m glad ol Bruce went in the direction he did, I’m glad Darkness and Nebraska happened, because all that magic needed a counterbalance. If he kept up with that buds in the neighborhood E Street Shuffle/dreams never die Born To Run vibe into his 30s, it just would not have worked. Darkness On The Edge Of Town had to happen, and I’m glad it did. And he never went back, really. For better or for worse (I’d vote for better) he’d never record another “Incident on 57th Street,” another E Street Shuffle. The finding-beauty-in-despair of Darkness would go on to define his career (see: Tunnel Of Love, “American Skin (41 Shots),” The Rising) more than his first three albums ever would, even Born To Run. Bruce couldn’t write youth songs anymore because he wasn’t young anymore, and he knew it thank goodness. And thank goodness, we’ll always have younger wannabe-street-poet Bruce, telling magic fake stories about his hometown, turning dull go-nowhere bullshit into pure fucking magic the way we all wish we could.
"Why does everyone say ‘Mario, Mario’? My heart is very sad."
- Japanese Bowser
this was one of those moments in Mario RPG that fascinated me when I was an eager 10 year old playin it for the first time. I love moments in games like this. Also worthy of mention: the end of Mega Man X where X is standing on the cliff and that sad music plays and he contemplates whether or not he did the right thing. THAT SHIT WAS UNREAL FOR A LITTLE BOY TO SEE IN A VIDEO GAME TOY
Anonymous said: Is there a grab n go in the union?
No, the only grab n go’s are in South, Northwest, Towers, and Putnam dining halls
The union has:
- Tostada Grill
Serving made to order burritos, tacos and other fresh Mexican specialties.
- Fireside Rotisserie
Rotisserie meats served with a selection of fresh made side dishes.
- The Good Earth
Specialty salads, soups and wraps, all made to order.
- Pompeii Oven
Pizza, subs, & pasta! Also try our Asian Noodle Bar!
- Union Street Cafe
Featuring a full line of coffee & teas, muffins, bagels, cookies, and more!
- Market Express
Featuring pre-packaged snacks, salads, wraps, and assorted drinks.
- Freshens Smoothies
Fresh smoothies and protein shakes.
hell yes never forget
Little Boys Room LIVE @ Jangleheart 8/22/2014
Crazy show week is over and I am SO fucking RELIEVED I can’t even tell you. Everything went really well and I’m thankful. Now I’ve left myself with barely any summer left, still not sure what to do but take advantage of every moment, do everything I can to enjoy myself, write as much as I can, do everything I need to do. I’ve been feeling guilty, knowing that the summer is almost over and gosh, what did I do! I didn’t do a whole lot. I worried alot. I went to the beach a couple of times which is not NEARLY enough. Before I know it it’ll be winter again, and I’ll be dying for the sun, telling myself “well THIS summer I’m gonna go to the beach EVERY DAY” and then I’m not gonna do it. That’s what keeps happening, every year! It’s a tough cycle.
Foo Fighters show was great, going to give myself the gift of just listening to WHATEVER I WANT this next week, including this lovely Van Morrison-like Thin Lizzy track. Still not totally sure of myself. Goin to work on the next Wrong Kid Died post this week, then probably another Digital Get Down, then I feel like it’s time to dream up something new. Don’t know what that is yet but it will come to me. I will keep u posted friends~