Bach the Thug

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.

Squarepusher – Come on my selector

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.

Things I’ve been listening to lately, Feb 2010 edition

You know what’s great? Music. In no particular order:

The Radio Dept – Heaven’s on Fire [mediafire]
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks [mediafire]
Club 8 – Western Hospitality [mediafire]
Woods – Rain On [mediafire]
Souls of Mischief – 93 til Infinity [mediafire]
Tape Deck Mountain – On My Honor (Letting Up Despite Great Faults Remix) [mediafire]
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! – Fast Forward Regrets [mediafire]
Bjork – Wanderlust (Ratatat Remix) [mediafire]
Tonstartssbandht – Black Country [mediafire]


It’s getting near the end of the year, so it’s time to do all that “end of year” stuff. Here’s a mix I made a while ago and meant to upload sooner. Now’s as good a time as any, though. When I was working on the mix, something felt ‘off’ for a long time. Eventually, I figured out that I wasn’t putting any SoCal in it. Anyway, this is what it feels like to live in SoCal to me, despite missing out on all the nofi (No Age, Crocodiles, etc.) that I listen to.

1. Miles Davis – Summertime
2. Washed Out – Get Up
3. Crystal Castles – Alice Practice
4. The Jezabels – Disco Biscuit Love (Dept. remix)
5. Miles Davis – Boplicity
6. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Young Adult Fiction
7. The Drums – Lets Go Surfing
8. Lilofee – Lock and Key
9. Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington – I’m Beginning to See the Light
10. Oh Darling – Shoulda Never
11. The Teenagers – Love, No (Delorean Remix)
12. The Voyces – Let Me Die In Southern California
13. Delorean – Deli
14. Miles Davis – Time After Time
15. Brasstronaut – Requiem for a Scene
16. Soko – I’ll Kill Her
17. Ros Sereysothea + Seang Vanthy – The Jam 5 Kai Thiet “Wait 5 More Months”

[zip of the full album]

Music at the moment

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!

Why? at the Loft


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]