Archival sources, including school inspector reports, reveal that Bach’s education was troubled by gang warfare and bullying, sadism and sodomy – as well as his own extensive truancy…documents damn the boys as “rowdy, subversive, thuggish, beer- and wine-loving, girl-chasing … breaking windows and brandishing their daggers”. He added: “More disquieting were rumours of a ‘brutalisation of the boys’ and evidence that many parents kept their children at home – not because they were sick, but for fear of what went on in or outside school.”
I guess Bach was a teenage thug, though that seems like it was pretty par for the course back in the day. Also, Mozart apparently loved scatological humor as seen in this beautiful letter to his cousin:
Well, I wish you good night
But first shit into your bed and make it burst.
Sleep soundly, my love
Into your mouth your arse you’ll shove.
Pitchfork put out a couple of silly lists of the best music videos and singles of the 90s and that seems to get people somewhat riled up. Oh no a snobby music site disagrees with me slightly! Must put a short article up on my tumblr admitting disagreement while affecting emotional distance!
In other news, I hadn’t seen this video before and it is pretty cool, I think you will agree.
More music videos that I can’t stop watching, both bizarre. The one above is for Ramona Falls, “I Say Fever” – I’d never heard of this band before it popped up on a friend’s gchat message. [Update: Aha! This band is composed of 1/3 of Menomena. Now that I know that, the similarities are pretty blindingly apparent. Good job PDX…]
This is…a crazy japanese video. Of course. Pay attention to the use of color!
I seriously can’t get this song out of my head. I loved their first CD and this upcoming one sounds like it may be pretty great too. This is Yeasayer with the delightfully weird video for their new single (warning: naked people).
I saw Why? at the Loft last night. Alopecia was one of my favorite albums from 2008 – one of those that seems okay at first, you know, a couple of catchy songs but nothing special. Then you listen to it a few more times and there’s more and more there, with lyrics that won’t leave your head. It was kind of a strange concert in that it started about 11:30 PM and had no opening band. Who’s ever heard of a rock concert with no opening band? The concert had more than the normal share of drunken assholes, which kind of killed some of the mood for me. Other than that it was a pretty decent concert.
Anyway, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons are playing tonight, but I’m too worn out by the week to go see them. The one song I have by them is catchy and amusing. Listen away…
Why? – The Vowels Pt. 2 [mediafire]
Why? – The Hollows [mediafire]
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons – Take Off Your Sunglasses (live) [mediafire]