Today! is one of my favourite Beach Boys records. Well, any record with 'Help Me, Ronda' on it would have to be a favourite of any sane person, would it not? The twin album CD where it is teamed with Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) is a collection made in heaven. Also, I like the pink and brown thing going on with the badge graphics...
The last space on my wall has now been filled with a little square drawing. What to do now? Continue the drawings but fill another space, or start to replace existing drawings with new ones and archive the old? Or maybe someone would like to buy a bunch of the drawings to make some space? I should start an online store or something… not that anyone would want to buy them, and not that that’s the point anyway. Whatever. Thinking aloud. And boring myself.
Of course another alternative would be to simply to stop drawing.
I guess this was my first Sarandon badge, as the image is the artwork for their 'Miniest Album' seven track seven inch single from September 2004. It's a really great image - lovely use of positive and negative spaces. Plus the creatures all look a but surprised :)
The lovely chaps at Metric Mile sent this badge along with a copy of their self-released 'How To Beat The SAT' CD. I loved the record so much and was delighted when they let me release the record as a 3" CDR on I Wish I Was Unpopular. It still sounds utterly delicious whenever I play it.
But I’ll tell you what I do care about: I care that the First Division release on Cloudberry is lovely and that I took great delight in playing a song from it on my Unpopular Tangents slot for Leigh’s radio show. Or will be playing a song… I mean, we recorded my sad ramblings yesterday morning, and Leigh will air it with the songs intact a week tomorrow.
My choices for the slot this time are:
The First Division – Downriver Vampire Weekend – Campus Chris T-T – A Box To Hide In David Crosby – Music is Love
I understand there will be/are other Cloudberry releases with some more of Joe’s very fine songsmithery and I’m rather keen to hear those. Indeed there was talk of a First Division 3” on I Wish I Was Unpopular, but I dunno if that will ever happen. Watch this space, I guess…
I read this post on Dimitra’s blog earlier today. And then I looked at this discussion, which was the starting point. And guess what? I didn’t really care much about any of it.
I mean, it strikes me that the discussions have been held before (and will inevitably be held again). I remember having similar discussions on the Sinister list over a decade ago, when I was working out that last section for Young And Foolish – my definitions of Pop and so forth. I’m sure that others of generations even older than mine (yes! Really!) had very similar discussions too. Maybe beneath the shadow of the Westway or in the dappled sunlight of Laurel Canyon. Who knows?
The thing is, it’s an argument that will never be won. There isn’t even a common ground to fight over. People bring their own understandings to all forms of art and entertainment. The ‘meaning’ of something is always subject to the context of the consumer, which is why there is no one truth. It’s even more the case in this multiply fractured cultural world we inhabit now. Which is perhaps why some people seem determined to pretend that a single, violently imposed point of view is so desirable.
But Pop music? Meh, just like what you like and don’t waste energy on what you don’t. You’ll remember the kisses and the way her/his hand felt in yours a lot more strongly than you’ll remember any group or record anyway. It’s the humanity at the core of it all that counts, not any labels or ‘scenes’ or ‘movements’ or any such mediated shtick.