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Casual or Committed

One of the things that is missing from the music experience is a certain level of commitment. To be sure, there are still people who are engaged and perhaps even obsessively loyal to performers. But there is a large number who most certainly are fans of particular performers but this is more about attentiveness than it is engagement.

This all goes to the primary means by which media is now consumed: a few taps on a screen and voila! When Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod in 2001 he made what then seemed to be an unimaginable claim: the device, which was about the size of a pack of cigarettes (yes, in 2001 even people who didn’t imagine themselves to be ironic or gloomy smoked), would put “1,000 songs in your pocket.” Now it isn’t a matter of containing songs on a hard drive as 1,000x are available, as it were, through the digital ether.

To be sure, this situation is one that was created by technological determinism. Its give way to bits.

Whereas it once was a commitment to owning artifacts—as in physical objects that house recordings, be it polyvinyl chloride discs or magnetic tape—it is now essentially about rental of the content without the container.

And the container once had resonance in a way that seeing an image on a screen simply doesn’t. Album jackets, sleeves, labels, and even the vinyl itself (there were sometimes easter eggs found in the space between the last groove and the paper label). Musical artists collaborated with graphic artists: one thinks of Frank Kozik, who died a couple weeks back: he worked with bands including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Offspring, and more. There was an exponential increase in the experience, the physical art working to enhance or even explicate the audio art.

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New Jeff Tweedy video: Family Ghost

Video: Jeff Tweedy – “Family Ghost”

From WARMER, due April 13 on dBpm.

I can appreciate any song that starts out declaring “I’m a dope.” That is a sentiment I can get behind. Tweedy goes on to describe how it feels to be a liberal middle aged white guy in today’s environment.

I’m a dope
Blowing smoke at the TV screen
Lost all hope
Based on the things I’ve seen
I’m a man content
For the sake of argument
Underneath each added straw
Oh, I feel so American


I drove across the country with my family for spring break this year, and one of the lessons from that trip is: it’s a big country. Really big. And most of it is empty. Like, not even cows. Just fields and tumbleweeds and dirt and mesas and mountains and no people for miles. Wild.

It’s a weird time to be American. Feels like there’s a lot dividing us from each other. What does it even mean to be American? Will we ever share a common reality, or will we continue to live in our own separate bubbles? I don’t see how that’s ever going to change, so it’s hard to have any hope for any kind of united identity. Whatever that means.

I guess it’s something we’ve been grappling with since before we were even an independent nation. Loyalists and patriots and black folks and indigenous people… Was there ever a true American identity? Probably not.

Regardless, this is a lame video.

For something way cooler, check out the two songs he taped for Acoustic Asheville, another new one from Warmer, plus an old classic. Watch below…

Jeff Tweedy: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

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Documentary: Re-Vinylized

We’ve done a number of original video features here at GLONO, mostly with Chicago filmmaker John Boston and his Whiskey Bender Productions. As it happens, John has been working on a documentary about the record store, it’s challenges, and it’s unlikely savior: vinyl.

Check out this trailer from the film, still in progress, and if you happen to be in Chicago this weekend you might find yourself in the final cut as John is filming some last minute clips from Record Store Day 2010 to use in the film.

Video: Re-Vinylized Trailer

“Re-Vinylized” trailer from John Boston on Vimeo.

Death At One’s Elbow: The Long Goodbye Of The Record Store

Record StoreIt wasn’t too long ago when I was an active contributor to the demise of the local independent record store. Of course, now even big box retailers—once the biggest threat to these mom and pop operations—have drastically reduced their available floor space and they are no longer seen as the biggest threat to traditional record stores.

For the longest time I felt guilty about their dwindling numbers, that is, until I conditioned myself to become a different kind of shopper and, I suppose, a different kind of music fan.

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Modest Mouse’s The Moon & Antarctica Vinyl Reissue

Modest Mouse - The Moon & AntarcticaTo Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Modest Mouse’s The Moon & Antarctica, Epic/Legacy Recordings is reissuing a vinyl version of the album on April 17. The album has been out of print on vinyl for more than five years.

According to the label’s press release, “The Moon & Antarctica, newly-struck on 12″ heavy double vinyl, has been remastered using the band-approved 2004 CD master. The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for The Moon & Antarctica.”

And just in time for Record Store Day!

Modest Mouse: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Full press release after the jump…

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The Raveonettes – The Chosen One

Raveonettes at Lollapalooza 2009, Photo by AMPMP3: The Raveonettes – “The Chosen One” from the bonus disc to In And Out Of Control.

This was originally provided to Record Store Day retailers, but now everybody gets to hear it. By my count, this is the third track from In And Out Of Control that the band has made available for free download. The other two being “Last Dance” and “Suicide”. You’ve got to appreciate a band that actually wants people to hear its music.

They’re out on the West Coast right now. Tour dates after the jump…

The Raveonettes: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

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Record Store Day: What'd you get? What's the point?

By the time I got to my local record store shortly after noon, they were sold out of pretty much all of the Record Store Day exclusives. On top of that, they didn’t have the new release I was looking for, the Handsome Family‘s Honey Moon. I left empty-handed…once again.

Makes me wonder: what’s the point? It kills me to admit it, but the fact of the matter is that the internet does it better.

What real value does a physical record store add these days? The only thing I can think of is…cheap used vinyl.

Update: Over on FISTFULAYEN, Ian Rogers explores these same mixed emotions, much more eloquently.

Dandies Announce Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two

In honor of the second annual Record Store Day – April 18, 2009– the Dandy Warhols are releasing a super-limited 4-song remix EP, Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two. Last summer, to coincide with the release of their fifth full-length, the self-released …Earth To The Dandy Warhols…, the band remixed four of the album’s tracks themselves and gave them out for free through independent retail outlets.

A digital version of Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two will be available on Tuesday, April 21.

Earth To The Remix EP, Volume Two Tracklist:

1. And Then I Remixed Of Yes (A Peter Holmström / Jeremy Sherrer Remix)

2. When The Talk Radio Breaks (A Courtney Taylor-Taylor / Jake Portrait Remix)

3. Love Song (A Fathead / Jeremy Sherrer Remix, feat. Big Pauper & Sara Melson)

4. Now You Love My Remix (A Zia McCabe / Jeremy Sherrer Remix)

Dandy Warhols: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki, MySpace

Wilco, Sonic Youth, Beck Get Vinyl Reissues

In celebration of Record Store Day, Warner Brothers (via imprints, etc.) is releasing limited number vinyl pressings from Wilco, Sonic Youth, Beck and others.

Grimey’s reports:

Warner Brothers has already announced a complete slate of Wilco reissues from A.M. through Summerteeth, all 180-gram RTI pressings with CD included (just like Sky Blue Sky, Ghost Is Born and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) and now Pitchfork breaks the news about 7-inches from Sonic Youth, Beck and Jay Reatard, plus another previously-unreleased Pavement live LP.

More at the Fork.