Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Just a playlist.

I've got the iowa winter fucking blues. ready for spring. ready to skate. ready for tour.

Suicide - S/T
...if you stand outside on a windy winter day listening to this it's scary as hell. Everyone should at least hear this. One of the weirdest punk records if not the weirdest. redundant electronic pulsing that is almost calming with detached cold commentary and storytelling that jumps into characters for breif moments/screams. Frankie Teardrop is a fucking unreal song.
Suicidal Tendencies - S/T
...I think "i want more" is my favorite on here. I like the melodic chorus. This is a feel good record and makes me want to wear neon t-shirts and skate a pool. I don't have a neon shirt or a pool to skate.
Dangerhouse Records volumes 1 and 2
..."trouble at the cup" is a fucking crazy song. i love it. the intro and outtro to "survive" by bags is killer. Lots of raw and creative stuff here.
The Stooges - Funhouse
this is a record that i think of as being HEAVY. I think young kids into shitty metal, hardcore or screamo stuff that describe something as being heavy don't know what that word means when it comes to music. The riffs and the way the band plays makes this heavy. It has nothing to do with downtuning, digital recording tricks, 10 amps or any of that shit. This is by far my favorite stooges record as a whole. My favorite stooges song is "I wanna be your dog".
Joykiller - S/T
I think this record never really got noticed but i really like it. It's jack grisham from TSOL and there is kind of that horror punk vibe but much more open and romantic. It's just a really cool record and i never run into anyone that knows it or likes it. I see copies of this on vinyl for cheap everywhere. Buy one and check it out.
Spoon
I think i like these guys. they are so simple.

I like simple music. I think that music and skateboarding are the same. Doing cool tricks that are difficult to do doesn't really matter if you don't have style, true meaning and true aggression.
Flying V's suck. Small wheels suck.

just songs:
Leadbelly - Goodnight, Irene
R.E.M. - losing my religion
Big Country - In a big country
Gun Club - Run through the Jungle
Robyn Hitchcock - I often dream of trains
Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray - Citizens Bop
Bobby Rydell - Volare
Nico - Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
Cranberries - Dreams
Patti Smith - Because the Night
Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
Sweet - Teenage Rampage
Alice Cooper - Generation Landslide


I can't wait to....
hear the new Deathcycle record.
dig sioux city pete and the beggars live.
dig old scratch revival singers live.

I think i am regressing. All i can think about is music and skateboarding. I used to think about what career i might do someday and other serious things. I need to build a launch ramp. Why is old man winter fucking with me? All i wanted was a sunny dry day and he wouldn't give it to me. He said "you're on drugs" "no i'm not, i just wanna skate."

Juice Magazine is the only good skateboarding magazine.

Wax Poetics is my favorite magazine to learn about new music. I like Mojo but they devote too much space to artists and bands that everyone already knows about.

1 in every 100 americans is behind bars. I saw that on the front page of the paper and had to do a double take.

My mind is shit right now.
I like your comments. If you are out there reading my nonsense let me know. My question to you is...name three people you would want to invite to a dinner and drinks. Past or present.

Mine:
Ira Glass (must be the best conversationalist ever)
Jean Seberg (just would love to meet her)
Cresa Watson (this would feel very mysterious! i don't even know if she's black or white.)

And yes, i would actually pick these people over jesus and ghandi and everything.


AND ON THE DANCEFLOOR BROKEN GLASS...
Jeff

29 Comments:

Blogger Jill w.k. is a real girl. said...

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8:26 AM  
Blogger Jill w.k. is a real girl. said...

Jeff, I always enjoy your take on the world.

3 people i would love to drink with are Oscar Wilde, Hunter S. thompson, and Zack de la Rocha. I'm not sure I would even speak. I just want to listen these three madmen rant about life.

cheers.

12:05 PM  
Blogger TheWalrus said...

Interesting! Mine would be:
John Peel - to talk about music, Jorge Luis Borges - i love reading his stories (check out his stuff if you haven't already) and i could imagine he's a very interesting dialog partner who has a lot to say, Georg Trakl - his poems make me shiver..

the stooges run rings round 80% of present punk bands!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Greg B said...

Three people I'd want to meet:

Greg Graffin from Bad Religion-most of what he says would go over my head, but he could probably enlighten me in politics and science, and actully make it sound interesting.

Charles Bronson-because he is/was a badass

Stagger Lee- and im not even saying that because of your song either..i started writing a story based on him that i hope to turn into something in the future..seems like an interesting dude..he may just turn out to be a psycho in real life (if he was still around), who knows

11:17 AM  
Blogger Pyrrhus Darwin Castello said...

3 people

Hunter S. Thompson ( I would drop his bag of weed to the floor. He doesn't like that)

Bruce Springsteen ( I would ask him if the song Backtreets is about two guys who are in love)

Saul Williams (Would love to hear what they all would talk together)

3:03 PM  
Blogger shaun citrus said...

I often think about these type of situations. Why would we pick the people we do? Would it turn into an awkward situation where you stare at the person hoping for them to amuse you, or to blow you away with a few simple words?
For what it's worth...
Ace Frehley from KISS. This fucker wrote great guitar riffs and is an infamous partier with a great sense of humour. I think he could amuse me.

My Grandfather. He died when i was a homeless, out of control punk in my early 20's. He was my only grandfather and i feel like i barely know him now.

Darby Crash. Sure, why not? He might be amusing. I could hear the infamous plea "can someone please get me a beer".

I'd also like to sit down with Joe Strummer, or Jake Burns form Stiff Little Fingers (being punk in Ireland in the 70's?! Damn!), Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Dee Dee Ramone... the list goes on.
Actually Jeff i'd like to sit down and hang out with you again, it's been a while.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Andrew T. Hyena said...

I'd like to eat dinner with Woody Guthrie, Bill Hicks, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise.

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at the moment
separate, not together..
Herman Hesse- I would talk by listening.
Frankie Stubbs- I'd treat him right in Sheboygan with some brats and milwaukee's best. I might end up being obnoxious by asking him too many things.
Daniel Clowes- I'd like to talk about women.. we'd leave early, hit up Solondz's place and watch some movies.


* Li Po- we wouldn't talk or eat. I'd just see if i could out drink that motherfucker. If it was possible, wed brawl for the tab.

2:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this changes all the time.. but today?

Nikita Khrushchev
George Berkeley
and maybe Chris McCandless

This would probably be the most awkward, intense dinner party ever.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Andrew T. Hyena said...

PS: Have you ever heard Uncle Tupelo's cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog"? You may need to check that out...

12:52 AM  
Blogger Pyrrhus Darwin Castello said...

You dont have to publish this. Just wondering did you get the questions I send to the question's email for MLIW? Sometime my mails can go in the spam basket. I send it on 24 of last month. My address is

pyrrhusdarwincastello@gmail.com

Just dont want it to slip trough the crack's :)

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Kurt L said...

for the love of god, keep ranting! keep this thing going even after you cremate modern life is war at that post-last show bonfire.

three people?

albert camus - first, i'd try to straighten out the details of his car crash because the circumstances and timing seem a little ambiguous. i feel like this guy was on the cusp of something new that his contemporaries failed to capture or even notice. i'm not sure what that something is exactly, and maybe it's wishful thinking, but when i track the progression of his views on life from the beginning works to the later ones and try to sort of extend that evolving outlook past his death i sense something special and original. maybe the guy is dead for a reason: maybe god gave him a premature finish line because none of us were ready for what he had to say. haha. maybe? maybe.

jack kerouac - i'd talk to this dude not necessarily because of his qualities as a writer; more so because of the label he was assigned by all of his publishers and their overblown advertising: "the voice of a generation." that title seems like such a massive over-simplification to me as a kid who was born in what often feels like a useless generation (sorry, but it fits) - and for a time that was so incredibly turbulent and divided in american history. i'd just sit there and drink some beer with him, see if i could detect any substance to his accolades over the hour or so we'd have together. confused and restless kids are always looking for that distinctive voice that really wraps up their experience and i'm one of them. who today could do it? who could receive the title that kerouac did? as soon as he or she is named, i'm coming for them so we can have lunch together.

YOU! - i realize it probably sounds cheesy and sentimental, but i feel a strong connection with the things you write about and i'm confident that my fascination with your words and the context you deliver them from is valuable scenery from the right kind of road. the talk i've heard about marshalltown is pretty stark: comments like, "there's nothing there; fuck that place." i can't say if there's anything to that since i've never personally experienced marshalltown, but it's interesting to me how you can create such a rich body of work so strongly influenced by a location that other people sum up in six words with scoffs, shrugs, and dismissals.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous taylor said...

malcolm x
judas (from the Bible)
barry bonds

how bout them apples.

10:54 PM  
Blogger TheideaofNorth said...

The Dude that said Chris McCandless has just ruined my life. I was all set until i thought I could have a "wilderness" table.
I just want McCandless and Timothy Treadwell in a room together!

No, seriously,

Chuck Bukowski, Tom Waits and David Milch. I think i'd just sit in the corner and watch it all go off.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

johnny cash - what an amazing personality, what a life to just listen to. what an aura.

ian curtis - a post mortem genius. i would like to know whether or not he digs people idolizing him now.

edgar allen poe - crazy dude. amazing dude. twisted dude.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Hey Jeff?!

How would you like doing a short "exit interview" (not in the bad sense as in getting fired) for a zine? On something along these lines...

Best wishes

smashbassism [a] gmail dot com

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Hey Jeff how'd you find my blog?
Thanks for reading it!

Good call on the Big Country, btw.

I think I know what you mean when you say you used to think about more important things and now you just want to skate. I have similar thoughts.
By the way, I'm really bummed MLIW is breaking up.

3:11 PM  
Blogger James Thomas à Becket said...

My three people...

Nick Drake
Soren Kierkegaard
Helen Keller

9:13 PM  
Blogger Catherine McHenry said...

3 ppl I would want to drink martinins with: Tilda Swinton, so she can explain to me how she manages two lovers; Simone deBeauvoir, so I can get the real dirt on Sartre; and you, because you live in Iowa, poor thing, and the beaches down here are ever so much warmer than you are right now.

lol.

Chin up, young person.
/cm

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Tolli Vafeas said...

It's worthwhile to read what you're up to because I gotta lot of respect for you. At work I crush rocks and at night I study physics and I don't have the time I used to to get to know myself so I hear and read the things that you hear and read.

Sometimes I feel disconnected and feel like i'm just working for the hell of it, like I'm losing myself because I don't have time to read and think and take in the things I used to; it's not about having the time to listen to your music but about remembering what it's about.

I feel like I ought to do something, everyone ought to do something, but "that something should be done is a belief held by everyone nowadays, what is found to be problematic is when someone decides not to do aything for once, but to retreat from the dominant realm of practical activity in order to think about something essential" and I think about that and wonder whether being busy is just an expectation, not a real concern but just something society makes you feel.

Fuck it. Build a launch ramp. Skate. It's as worthwhile as anything else.

Take it easy,
- Tolli

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Tolli Vafeas said...

It's worthwhile to read what you're up to because I gotta lot of respect for you. At work I crush rocks and at night I study physics and I don't have the time I used to to get to know myself so I hear and read the things that you hear and read.

Sometimes I feel disconnected and feel like i'm just working for the hell of it, like I'm losing myself because I don't have time to read and think and take in the things I used to; it's not about having the time to listen to your music but about remembering what it's about.

I feel like I ought to do something, everyone ought to do something, but "that something should be done is a belief held by everyone nowadays, what is found to be problematic is when someone decides not to do aything for once, but to retreat from the dominant realm of practical activity in order to think about something essential" and I think about that and wonder whether being busy is just an expectation, not a real concern but just something society makes you feel.

Fuck it. Build a launch ramp. Skate. It's as worthwhile as anything else.

Take it easy,
- Tolli

10:48 AM  
Blogger complain said...

- Morrissey
- Bobby Fischer
- Andy Kauffman (as Himself during dinner, and Tony Clifton for drinks)

i love the joykiller, Grisham is the man.

and that suicidal tendencies album is one of the most underrated of its time.

just saw your last show in nj, bummed out.. i feel like i lost a friend or something sentimental like that. i feel like taking a spur of the moment type trip out to marshalltown now.

10:50 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

paracelsus, nestor makhno (just to hear the rhetoric outloud), dr. bronner (same reasoning). heard about yer last shows from big joe, heard they went well, happy partings and such, woulda been happy to see ya go off if i were in the general area.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Chris Nolen said...

Flannery O'Connor, Albert Camus, and Cormac Mccarthy. And while we ate Kurt Vonnegut would serve our drinks and make fun of us.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Chris Nolen said...

Thats awesome that Jean Seaberg was born in your home town, Breatheless is amazing.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

My chosen 3 (today, at least):

Jeff Buckley, Freddie Mercury, and Glenn Danzig.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

If I were to have dinner with 3 people I think they would be

Michael Moore/Al Gore- either one, just so i could listen to how ignorant and unaware of what is really going on in todays messed up world. At least I would get some laughs in Im sure.

Eva Braun- Adolf's wife. Is there any more of a reason? The things this woman could say..

My grandfather- who passed away before I was born. (he would not be at the table with the other 2, it would just be him and I) Ive just heard so many stories, and he seems so intriguing.

and who ever did vocals/lyrics for that one hardcore band modern life is war, he seems kind of insightful

2:21 PM  
Blogger Witness said...

If you are willing to pick up the check...i will have dinner with any of you! Just a matter of when the next time i roll through your city is. We'll invite some dead poets too and see if the lazy fucks show up.

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Samuel said...

Let me start off by saying that Jeff you have truly changed me. And that might come off as cheesy but i dont give a rats ass. Your writing has truly changed the way i look at the world. When witness came out i was just a scared little kid who was just starting to realize this world wasn't all fun and games. And also the way you write, your style. Just struck a chord with me. So first off, Thank you.

The three people i would have dinner and drinks with.

Samuel Clemens, His sharp wit and ability to entertain is famous. Plus one of the greatest authors of his time, if not the greatest. His ability to satire any situation is incredible.

Mary Shelley, Because she has written one if not the most haunting book I have ever read. And created one of the best and most misinterpreted creatures of all time.

You Jeff, I would love to just sit down and pick your brain, just be able to have a beer with one of my heroes would be amazing, If you ever come through Nashville again anytime soon, please let me know.
Kabtheban@hotmail.com

Sincerely Yours, Sam Clarkson

12:56 PM  

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