Hero of the Beeline. (at Knotty Pine Cafe)
The cover of Walt Disney Educational Media Company’s “Mickey Mouse and Goofy Explore Energy Conservation.”
I’m not trying to be “Mr. Contrarian,” but Diplo’s “takedown” of the new Daft Punk is the first thing to get me seriously excited about listening to it. No, I haven’t yet streamed it yet, and not because I’m saving it for the fetishistic moment I “put my needle down on a virgin vinyl copy” or anything. I’ve always enjoyed Daft Punk passively and haven’t especially cared about “Random Access Memories.”
But Diplo’s tweets – “sounds like a coked up austrian guy working on chariots of fire soundtrack then got fired,” “makes me feel like I’m alone at waffle house and the jukebox is broken and only micheal mcdonald plays out of it,” and a link to a performance of Pete Drake’s gorgeous “Forever” – have got me actively excited to hear the record.
“I think people make records out of a primal urge - it’s a fear of death. Every western religion is about the search for immortality and I think that people who make records understand that - consciously or unconsciously. I think that - to an extent - the degree to which people understand that makes the difference between a good and a bad record. Certainly Robert Johnson understood that - intuitively - he was singing to the ages ‘cause of the words he used. He wouldn’t have sung them at a honky-tonk, where nobody could hear them or give a shit anyway. I think that fact will preserve the record business, at least long enough for me.” — Jim Dickinson, as quoted by Joss Hutton for Perfect Sound Forever.
Wednesday, May 15 at Rip’s Ales & Cocktails, DJ Organic, Mitch Freedom, and yours truly will be spinning records. Soul, R&B, garage, funky things, swampy things. I don’t know all what things, because I haven’t picked them all out yet.
NP: Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music Society, “Whispers From The Archive.” (at Zia Record Exchange Headquarters)