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Yay, new rock shirt arrived in time for our rock show tonight! And a little note from Tobi Vail! #BikiniKill #punk #rockshirt

Yay, new rock shirt arrived in time for our rock show tonight! And a little note from Tobi Vail! #BikiniKill #punk #rockshirt

Saturday morning visit from the @mergerecords fairy (i.e. my postman Paul). Camera Obscura’s Underachievers, Rock*A*Teens’ Sweet Bird, and the 7” by Jenn Wasner from @wyeoakmusic’s solo project Flock Of Dimes. These and cups of tea, please! #autumn #vinyl

Saturday morning visit from the @mergerecords fairy (i.e. my postman Paul). Camera Obscura’s Underachievers, Rock*A*Teens’ Sweet Bird, and the 7” by Jenn Wasner from @wyeoakmusic’s solo project Flock Of Dimes. These and cups of tea, please! #autumn #vinyl

#TracyanneCampbell #hero #songwriter

#TracyanneCampbell #hero #songwriter

On Sunday night, our band did one of the most excellent things. We were asked by Bob Mould to open for him and his band at the 7th St Entry here in Minneapolis, the room where Hüsker Dü recorded their debut album, Land Speed Record. As someone who basically learned to play guitar to their records, it was a personal thrill that he took the time before our set to come talk to us about our first two EPs, show genuine interest in our band and our process, and just generally prove himself to be a very friendly and gracious individual. Additionally, I got to chat to Jon Wurster a few times that night, which is a thrill both because I’ve been a Superchunk nerd since I was 14, and have been a massive Scharpling & Wurster fan for years (and yes, he is that funny all the time). We played great, the sold-out crowd responded really well to our songs, then the big boys got onstage and played an absolutely legendary pair of sets, about two hours of blistering music, including rarely played gems from Land Speed Record all the way through Beauty & Ruin. It was a really special night, and gratifying that our music is connecting with players of their caliber. Let’s do it again!!

On Sunday night, our band did one of the most excellent things. We were asked by Bob Mould to open for him and his band at the 7th St Entry here in Minneapolis, the room where Hüsker Dü recorded their debut album, Land Speed Record. As someone who basically learned to play guitar to their records, it was a personal thrill that he took the time before our set to come talk to us about our first two EPs, show genuine interest in our band and our process, and just generally prove himself to be a very friendly and gracious individual. Additionally, I got to chat to Jon Wurster a few times that night, which is a thrill both because I’ve been a Superchunk nerd since I was 14, and have been a massive Scharpling & Wurster fan for years (and yes, he is that funny all the time). We played great, the sold-out crowd responded really well to our songs, then the big boys got onstage and played an absolutely legendary pair of sets, about two hours of blistering music, including rarely played gems from Land Speed Record all the way through Beauty & Ruin. It was a really special night, and gratifying that our music is connecting with players of their caliber. Let’s do it again!!

#KathleenHanna #hero

#KathleenHanna #hero

Robin Williams in The Fisher King, written by Richard LaGravenese, directed by Terry Gilliam

"Jack, I may be going out on a limb here, but you don’t seem like a happy camper. Did you ever hear the story of The Fisher King? It begins with the King as a boy, having to spend the night alone in the forest to prove his courage so he can become king. And while he’s spending the night alone, he’s visited by a sacred vision. Out of the fire appears the Holy Grail, the symbol of god’s divine grace. And a voice said to the boy ‘you shall be keeper of the Grail, so that it may heal the hearts of men.’ But the boy was blinded by greater visions of a life filled with power and glory and beauty, and in this state of radical amazement, he felt for a brief moment not like a boy, but invincible. Like god. So he reached in the fire to take the Grail, and the Grail vanished, leaving him with his hand in the fire to be terribly wounded. Now, as this boy grew older, his wound grew deeper, until one day, life for him lost its reason. He had no faith in any men, not even himself. He couldn’t love, or feel loved. He was sick with experience. He began to die. One day, a fool wandered into the castle and found the King alone. Now, being a fool, he was simple-minded, he didn’t see a King, he only saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the King ‘what ails you, friend?’ And the King replied ‘I’m thirsty, I need some water to cool my throat.’ So the Fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water, and handed it to the King. And as the King began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands, and there was the Holy Grail, that which he sought all of his life. He turned to the Fool and said, with amazement, ‘how could you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?’ And the Fool replied ‘I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty.’ It’s very beautiful, isn’t it?"

I’m fighting the urge to just change this Tumblr into “FuckyeahButterglory.” They are possibly the most underrated band on Merge, every track a winner!

Bricks were one of Mac McCaughan’s early bands, and their first cassette, Winterspring, was MRG001. The compact disc that collects their whole output, A Microphone And A Box Of Dirt, is pretty much excellent from start to finish, a set of great and casual songs, casually recorded, pretty unaffected and just naturally good. Andrew from Tsunami and Laura Cantrell were the other main collaborators, and I particularly like Laura and Mac’s voices together.

On Wednesday, I was looking at pictures of the #Merge25 festivities just getting underway to celebrate @mergerecords’ 25th birthday, and I was thinking to myself “actually, what was the first thing they put out?” I found a Wikipedia entry with a list of all the releases and something in me said “well, I should probably listen to all of them…” So that’s what I’ve been doing since Wednesday morning, listening to all 500+ Merge releases in catalog order (I’m just shy of the first 100 at this point). This is MRG84, Butterglory’s Wait For Me 2x7”, which I bought at Wax Trax Records in Boulder CO for $5.98 when I was about 15. I’ve always liked this one, but until I actually started listening to the whole Merge catalog, I’d never heard their first single, “Alexander Bends” or their first album, Crumble, which are just phenomenal. This project has given me a few new favorite bands already (Spent, 3Ds, Erectus Monotone, Bricks), and I’m setting them all aside to come back to and obsess over after my Merge quest is complete! #vinyl #Sunday #Butterglory #quests

On Wednesday, I was looking at pictures of the #Merge25 festivities just getting underway to celebrate @mergerecords’ 25th birthday, and I was thinking to myself “actually, what was the first thing they put out?” I found a Wikipedia entry with a list of all the releases and something in me said “well, I should probably listen to all of them…” So that’s what I’ve been doing since Wednesday morning, listening to all 500+ Merge releases in catalog order (I’m just shy of the first 100 at this point). This is MRG84, Butterglory’s Wait For Me 2x7”, which I bought at Wax Trax Records in Boulder CO for $5.98 when I was about 15. I’ve always liked this one, but until I actually started listening to the whole Merge catalog, I’d never heard their first single, “Alexander Bends” or their first album, Crumble, which are just phenomenal. This project has given me a few new favorite bands already (Spent, 3Ds, Erectus Monotone, Bricks), and I’m setting them all aside to come back to and obsess over after my Merge quest is complete! #vinyl #Sunday #Butterglory #quests

Macpherson, Farley, Pollard, Tobias, Gillard.

Macpherson, Farley, Pollard, Tobias, Gillard.

Almost my favorite line-up of GBV (Jon McCann is a good drummer, but he’s no Big Jim) playing their hearts out on the tour for Isolation Drills. This version of “Tractor Rape Chain” is sublime.

"You want role models, go see Creed or somebody."

Cool pic from FURYs’ set in Des Moines on 4th Of July by Lance Shuey of QRO Magazine. Rockin’ my @wfmu tee! #furythings #desmoines #wfmu #thunderbird

Cool pic from FURYs’ set in Des Moines on 4th Of July by Lance Shuey of QRO Magazine. Rockin’ my @wfmu tee! #furythings #desmoines #wfmu #thunderbird

Ramones Mania, double-colored #vinyl RSD edition. I bought this collection on CD when I was 14 because there was an article in the first issue of Alternative Guitar magazine on how to play like Johnny. I had only been playing guitar for about a year, and I wasn’t very good yet. After I learned to play all 30 songs on Ramones Mania back-to-back without stopping, I was a real guitar player. This music is eternally fresh, eternally inspiring, the most raw, real, and funniest art ever made. #ramonesforlife #ripTommy

Ramones Mania, double-colored #vinyl RSD edition. I bought this collection on CD when I was 14 because there was an article in the first issue of Alternative Guitar magazine on how to play like Johnny. I had only been playing guitar for about a year, and I wasn’t very good yet. After I learned to play all 30 songs on Ramones Mania back-to-back without stopping, I was a real guitar player. This music is eternally fresh, eternally inspiring, the most raw, real, and funniest art ever made. #ramonesforlife #ripTommy

Ramones For Life. RIP Tommy.

Ramones For Life. RIP Tommy.

Robotized!

Robotized!