you know what kinda depresses me? the state of modern radio. dont ask me why, because i really dont listen to anything on the radio besides npr, which is even a bit too high brow for me. i know radio has sucked for some time, but the shit that they are putting on the air waves now is fucking offensive. not offensive in a crude way, but offensive in the dumbing down of america kinda way – which is definitely more damaging to the american psyche in my opinion. here is the deal, if you are going to participate in making me dumber at least make me laugh in the process.
this morning i happened to turn on 99x, here in atlanta, and the conversations between the jocks was so mundane and trivial that it reminded me of a bunch of stay at home moms discussing their daily yoga routines. one of the segments, that i heard, was a contest amongst themselves to see who would buy breakfast. i mean come on, are they serious?! this was seriously part of their conversation
dj one: so where do you want to go?
lady dj: how about ihop?
dj 2: waffle house takes credit cards now
lady dj: waffle house sounds good
they got rid of fred toucher for these ass clowns?
i understand that not every bit is going to be comedic gold, but i seriously dont need to know who is going to buy your fucking breakfast. one of the later segments was going to be based around stuff that annoys them. i cant believe people get paid a lot more than me to do that shit. hell, i cant even blame the jocks, they cant necessarily help it that they suck. i blame the mock turtle neck, twill pant wearing honchos that will put anything or anybody on the air that wont offend the lowest common denominator.
on another media related note. this evening, the wife and i were watching extra – not my idea, kind of. they had a wonderful and informative 3 minute piece on how people can find hundreds of videos on youtube/ebay on the subject of “lock thumping.” i think thats what it is called. the premise of these videos is teaching people how to easily break into people’s houses or anything that requires a key. thats responsible journalism for ya.
one band that doesnt get the love they deserve, at least here in the states, is the uk’s tindersticks. they are not on easy pill to swallow, kinda like nick cave, but if you dedicate enough time to ’em, you will be rewarded with some of the most gorgeous and moody sounds you would ever want to hear.
here is a long outta print, gorgeous live recording entitled amesterdam recorded in 94. it was only available for a short time, and mainly at their shows and through mail order.
4. milky teeth
8. drunk tank
9. for those