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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!

Happy Birthday to Suzanne Vega! I still listen to her 99.9 F Deg album regularly, it’s one of my teenage favorites.

Happy Birthday to Suzanne Vega! I still listen to her 99.9 F Deg album regularly, it’s one of my teenage favorites.

I’ve uploaded the three records that I made in the autumn/winter of 2002 under my .bitmoth. moniker to a new Bandcamp page for that project. These three records (Miss Parka, The Valentine Knot and Basho Snowbulb) are deeply felt clusters of mood music, firmly part of the early 2000s laptop experimentalism school (Pita, Fennesz, Oval etc). 

The bulk of the music was improvised live during a residency I had with the band Obelus at Tost in Freemont WA, I’d sift and smash sound files I’d manipulated and recorded during my long lunch breaks at the Nordstrom corporate office. Then I’d spend a week or so editing out the best or most successful chunks. Eventually I compiled all three records, dubbed them The .Snowcore Romance. Series, and had a release party for them the following March, by which time I’d moved to Chicago IL. 

These are all available for free download (or name your own price, if you think they’re worth a damn), and I’ll be adding the other completed records and some collections of unfinished pieces to the Bandcamp page over the next few months. 

.enjoy.

http://bitmoth.bandcamp.com/album/the-snowcore-romance-series-1-miss-parka

I’ve uploaded the three records that I made in the autumn/winter of 2002 under my .bitmoth. moniker to a new Bandcamp page for that project. These three records (Miss Parka, The Valentine Knot and Basho Snowbulb) are deeply felt clusters of mood music, firmly part of the early 2000s laptop experimentalism school (Pita, Fennesz, Oval etc).

The bulk of the music was improvised live during a residency I had with the band Obelus at Tost in Freemont WA, I’d sift and smash sound files I’d manipulated and recorded during my long lunch breaks at the Nordstrom corporate office. Then I’d spend a week or so editing out the best or most successful chunks. Eventually I compiled all three records, dubbed them The .Snowcore Romance. Series, and had a release party for them the following March, by which time I’d moved to Chicago IL.

These are all available for free download (or name your own price, if you think they’re worth a damn), and I’ll be adding the other completed records and some collections of unfinished pieces to the Bandcamp page over the next few months.

.enjoy.

http://bitmoth.bandcamp.com/album/the-snowcore-romance-series-1-miss-parka

#tbt The last #PainkillerThePigeon song that I wrote until this week, a sad but pretty song about pipe dreams and secret identities.

Moving on to Can’s Lost Tapes 5xLP, which, apart from my cat & my Moog, is my favorite thing in the apt. #Can #vinyl #saturdaynightsalrightforkrautrock

Moving on to Can’s Lost Tapes 5xLP, which, apart from my cat & my Moog, is my favorite thing in the apt. #Can #vinyl #saturdaynightsalrightforkrautrock