I had tweeted this earlier, but it's worth noting and even adding a little more to it. Eric Clapton was profiled in the Wall Street Journal for a new single that he kinda released ahead of his 23rd studio album due out later this month. The crazy thing about this single, Spiral, he improvised the whole damn thing. Check it out when you can. It's the WORD! Obviously, I'll be buying the hell out of this album when it hits the street Friday, May 20th.
Listen to Eric Clapton's 'Spontaneous' new song 'Spiral' (exclusive) https://t.co/q1sDkqVwmq via @WSJ— (@WMVCulture) May 3, 2016
In other news, I just wanted to post another apology for the lack of updates. Simply put, I've been really preoccupied with everything except enjoying my free time. You should know however, that what little free time I do have, I've been spending it inside of a bunch of record stores. Since my RJD2 post back on April 9th, I've managed to increase my vinyl collection by about 33%. I bought a new Pioneer turntable from the awesome folks at In Your Ear Records. I acquired new speakers from a good buddy and augmented them this past weekend. Why I have a 7.1 surround sound system in a room that's roughly 150/sq is anybody's guess, but damn. It's fantastic! Try listening to Tame Impala's Currents on a 7.1 surround system and tell me that doesn't make you hot. All of that has contributed to me settling into a newer space and getting more comfortable with my surroundings which are things I haven't been able to do since the holidays.
Over the next few weeks up through late June:
- I have a lot coming up and going on. I'll be traveling in, around, through, and back and fourth about CT for a while, so look out, I'm going to Red Scroll Records to do some damage! I'll also be in and out of Exile On Main Street to soak up something new.
- My birthday is coming up and there's no better way to celebrate than buying myself that new Clapton record.
- I have a few concerts in June down in NYC and my long awaited vacation whereupon I'll definitely get some writing going on.
Of course, I missed a lot by not posting, and that's not because I couldn't, it's because I made a conscious decision not to. I purposefully didn't post for Record Store day because the original post that I made, I did so out of anger. I actually condemned RSD because of its effects on music, record stores, indie artists, and the lack of quality releases. I still have a draft of it, and perhaps I'll revisit it, until then I choose to stay positive. Besides, I did end up supporting a few local record stores, and that's what's really important.
I also didn't post regarding the death of Prince mainly because what I had written devolved into an angry post about vinyl flippers and how they were seizing the moment and profiting off of the genius that was Prince. Frankly, owning 2 of the greatest albums that he ever made, (IMHO), knowing that I'll never sell them nor be tempted to makes me happy. I think that there are quite a few people out there that just don't give a fuck about music and too many fucks about money to appreciate music and vinyl. So to that end, when I clean up that post, if I clean up that post, and make it 98% about the artist and his music, I'll post it.
I also had 2 other posts that I had started and subsequently shelved because I wasn't happy with the pictures that I took! Needless to say now that I have a better sound system in place, with really bad lighting, I'll do a little more work and get those posts in the cannon over the next few weeks.
Finally, I do need to answer one of the comments that I had received over the past few months. Someone had messaged me glowing over the success of my RJD2 post. Which again, thank you all for the love. It was by far the biggest post in this blog's history. The indictment was that I spend too much time focusing on bands that nobody's heard of hence why those other posts don't get anywhere near the views and reactions that this one did. Ouch.
In response, that's kinda the point. I would get on my own nerves if I wrote about music that everybody's heard on the radio or a passing car. There's a trove of outstanding music out there that many have never heard of. it just happens to sound great on vinyl, and that's why I'm here. The whole point of what I'm doing is in celebration vinyl culture. Which in itself is an indie hobby. If I didn't love indie music and bands that weren't widely known, I wouldn't be doing this. So to all the indie groups, and those following me on Twitter, play on ! Let me know about your vinyl drops and I'll keep spinning. That said, when you get some time, check out Mari who's released a flurry of music and remixes recently. If you are a fan of Mozez, and by extension Zero 7, and yes, even Sia, you may enjoy Mari immensely.
Mari - Free
Lastly, this post unofficially begins the countdown to #100. The 100th post needs to be something special while I have an idea or two in the works, you just need to know that it'll be something kinda cool. Like the 50th post, it'll also usher in a format change. I'll be jumping to Wordpress and refreshing things a bit. That project begins today.
That's all for now. I'll be back Wednesday, where I'm going to get my immolation on.