Essential, Part Two

Yesterday I reposted this picture from a Tumblr blog I follow:

A couple people asked me what was spinning; I explained I hadn’t taken the picture, but then it got me to thinking that I hadn’t listened to any of my records for a while. Haven’t been listening to music much at all lately, frankly, let alone buying it. I’m in one of those lulls I get into with it. Sometimes I wish I had never started playing music, because it puts me in the position of having a love/hate relationship; the bullshit involved in trying to play and promote one’s own music is a real friggin’ hassle sometimes. Most of the times. And since I am currently very frustrated with the glacial progress of my musical endeavors, I’m definitely in hate mode and don’t even want it around me.

Then last night I had a dream that I was at some shindig outdoors with friends. There was a beer garden there, and bins of records for sale. Digging through I found a couple vintage KISS records. These weren’t actual records, they were albums I’d made up in my head. In my dream I was so excited, and when I woke up I had the lingering effects of what it feels like to love the music so much, and be so excited about finding something precious, and wanting to share it with people who appreciate it.

Laying there in the dim light of morning, I couldn’t remember the last time I was actually in a record store browsing through albums. CD browsing isn’t the same; I’m talking big, square, vinyl albums. I’ve bought a handful this year, but these are always editions that I see advertised by my sources — either the Hellride Music Superstore or All That Is Heavy — and I get them through the mail. Today I vowed to go downtown and actually buy at least one record.

I broke a sweat narrowing down the choices. It is serious business, after all.

I bought two.

The Universe, at least for today, is right again.


8 thoughts on “Essential, Part Two”

  1. I didn’t even realize there was a new John Doe. Cool.

    This has been a great year for music for me, fantastic even, but I only come at it as a listener. All the stories I’ve heard over the years, I can understand why people who play in bands one day have just had enough and find that their love even for listening to music has dwindled.

    I also believe that, as far as listening goes, finding that record that hits you just right, can make everything better, at least for as long as it’s spinning.

    1. I’ve loved the last two John Doe things he’s done, that country record with The Sadies and his Year in the Wilderness album. I have high hopes for this one.

      You’re right about burnout spilling over into even taking pleasure as a listener. I’ve been here before and always come out the other side. Every now and then though I’ll hear something and it will immediately re-kick my ass.

    1. Yeah, G, and a couple I was considering were even more. New vinyl has become something of a “boutique” item. There just isn’t as much being pressed. I don’t mind paying the price, even though it means I buy less music overall. I’m just pickier.

  2. Thanks for reminding me about John Doe’s latest, Chris. Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet is an all-time favorite. That Red Fang album is a contender of my top 10 of the year, too. And it sounds so good on vinyl.

    Recently I’ve bought a few CD’s for the first time in a long time…starting with YOB’s latest, the new Wolves in the Throne Room and just this past week, Mastodon’s new album at a local Best Buy. It was weird to say the least. They had a billion copies of The Hunter on display, but the music and movie selection was pretty lousy. Some god awful Dave Matthews Band concert DVD was blasting on a surround-sound-flat-screen-behemoth and I had to get the fuck out of there as fast as possible.

    1. Do you have the Red Fang record that is out on Wantage Records? That dude is right here in Missoula.

      I haven’t spun the new one yet, but I’m eager to. Fucking Relapse, though. Their quality often sucks. The sleeve is already coming apart, which is typical for those assholes. If I’d noticed it was on Relapse I may have hesitated; I’m sure once I listen, though, I’ll be glad I picked it up.

    2. Oh, and no kidding on the Best Buy selection. I was in one last week and it was pretty abysmal.

      There is a Hastings by my house I go into now and then. They have been playing the same live Black Keys DVD now for a couple months at least. I don’t mind that, though, because I was at the show. It was on my birthday in two years ago. Every time I go in that store I make a beeline to see if they are still playing it. Was in there yesterday . . . and it was on.

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