When people in the office ask me to “DJ” the airtunes, Copy is one of my solid go-tos. This song, “Closet Face”, shows off his brilliant part-writing, piling up individual rhythms and melodies while making sure each one retains its own horizontal coherence. It’s Bach like.
“Finally, and perhaps most importantly of all, now that the other half writes – all the jocks and high-school girls and video store employees and D-list celebrities – it seems comparable only to a kind of police action that the people who once thought they were the chosen writers, that they were this generation’s idea-smiths, are now so up in arms.”—BLDGBLOG, How the Other Half Writes: In Defense of Twitter (in addition to the obviously idiotic Maureen Dowd criticism that triggered this, it strikes me as a good rebuke to the “It’s okay to try” condescension some highly visible Tweeters are building up around Birdhouse.app — it’s the equivalent of telling other people to do another draft on their personal journal)
“We’re used to the future turning out differently than we expected; it happens all the time. When the past turns out differently, though, it can get really upsetting, and because people don’t like that kind of upset, we’re at risk of finding new reasons to believe false things, rather than revising our sense of what actually happened.”—Clay Shirky, The Failure of #amazonfail (this strikes me as a equally powerful explanation for the Iraq War intelligence failure as the recent Amazon kerfuffle)
“Trent can talk about how anti-recording industry he is, and the knowing public will laud his boldness and regard him as a paragon of the anti-industry model, but if he truly believes what he says, Trent (and Radiohead) should lend a hand to independent artists trapped on the other side of the industry in transition. I’ll give a simple example. They should leverage their online presence to include a dedicated, regularly-updated blog of free, creative commons music the band finds noteworthy and of interest to their fans - not just remixes of the band’s songs, but new material by unknown artists. Or, maybe a link from the new NIN iPhone app?”—The Stretta Procedure: Open Letter to Trent Reznor
Shame on the Big Thinker by Lips and Ribs. Replacing Lips and Ribs former chiptune sound with super clean drum samples and hysterically generic funk horn and guitar samples, Shame on the Big Thinker still retains all of the crazy forward momentum and energy of the first L&R record. If you can listen to this spazzy, playful track without smiling then you need to take a long hard look in the mirror.
Boxcar Children by ioa. ioa (pronounced “Iowa”) is the solo project of Amanda from Point Juncture, WA. This song has a great Paris-in-the-60s quality to it that’s a great match for her beautiful, smoky voice and terrifically playful drumming. I hope she names here record “oio”…