A blog post I wrote as a side-bar for that E6 article for the Broward Palm Beach New Times. It was interesting to learn that Dick Valentine is not a fan of the New York Dolls. For a guy associated with rock’n’roll trash (and I still hear a lot of David Johansen in his lyrics), the guy prefers his music less grimy than you’d think.
“Well, the Internet has replaced radio. For the same reason that having a radio didn’t mean that you wouldn’t also have a record collection, having the Internet available doesn’t mean that you won’t also have a record collection. The scale of things has changed dramatically. The one thing that has survived intact has been vinyl record sales. There are vinyl reissue labels and labels that now do better business with their vinyl releases than they do with CD releases. Obviously the primary mode of music is going to be electronic, but people still want to have permanent evidence of their appreciation of a band. Hi-fi shops are doing great business selling record players. I don’t see the vinyl record disappearing in my lifetime.”—The quotes dissing Sonic Youth for lying down with major label thieves (as opposed to, say, Homestead?) and fashion (nice rock t-shirt, bro!) in Steve Albini’s GQ interview may be getting all the attention, but this one really got mine. Conceiving of the internet as the new radio would be a good idea for young bands, as - if I can take Steve’s tone for second - anyone who buys an mp3 is a fool, sentimental or otherwise. I can easily see a time when indie bands use the internet to promote “singles,” keeping their full-lengths vinyl only. Rather than try to sell your music on a platform where its just as easy (if not easier) to get it for free, sharing “hits” while forcing fans to purchase the record to hear more might bring some romance back to music, not to mention monetary value. Bands would logically be inspired to make better singles, too! Sure, some people will be satisfied with vinyl ripped to mp3, but fewer than the amount satisfied by ripped mp3s of mp3s. I don’t know if Steve’s stats are correct, but I’m encouraged he’s voicing this mindset.
"Just some notes on the Vegas show: Malkmus basically refused to play Kennel District. He laid on his back during the whole song and played kind of random leads. Spiral was really upset about it and there was a palpable tension for the entire set. After Stop Breathin’, Spiral stormed off the stage and didn’t come back for a few minutes. Malkmus played the entire show with his mic positioned to where his back was to the band. I’d say this the end for Pavement." (via pavement2010)
Love when band reunions end for exactly the same reason the group split up in the first place. In this case, Prince’s inability to hide his contempt for a credit-seeking Revolution.
Almost four years after I fired a Hinder-shaped bullet at the New Times for firing Robert Christgau, I decided to put aside my ineffectual vendetta after being offered the chance to wax poetic about Electric Six to the good people of Florida’s Broward/Palm Beach area. Besides, I’ve read (and enjoyed) too many Voice issues with my latte and lox since moving to NY to pretend I’m not already enabling their empire. This article is the first bit of music journalism I’ve done since Idolator, and the first interview I’ve done since I last interviewed Dick Valentine in 2006. Guess I’ve got a niche.