Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Positive Dissent

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Shawn Harris - The Matches
I was just saying on Facebook that I’m a huge fan of music about social & political dissent disguised as positive / happy music. I love the idea of people who don’t really pay attention to lyrics enjoying an upbeat song and not realizing it’s possibly counter to their beliefs. This happened a lot in high school. My very fiscally and social conservative friends would listen to a rocking song and ignore the fact that it’s about gay rights, socialism, anti-war, anti-wealth, anti-them.

Most recently from a Belle & Sebastian song, Dress Up in You:

Blow up in the face of my rivals
I swear and I rant, I make quite an arrival
The men are surprised by the language
They act so discreet, they are hypocrites so fuck them too!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Wes - Canopy Drums
“That’s why we’re escaping
So we won’t have to die
We won’t have to deny
Our dirty god
Our dirty bodies ”

– The Thermals, A Pillar of Salt

An Electric Letter

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Superdrag is Back

Dear Electric Guitar,

I have recently rediscovered you. I bought you (Fender American Strat) on a whim on a particularly gloomy weekend. When I first became familiar with you (15 years old) I was not mature enough at the time to realize your potential and power. Playing in the band, Neutral, at the age of the 18, I was not ready to bend notes correctly, listen to tonal nuances, and know when enough was enough. My accuracy and patience had not developed. Almost ten years later, I can fully appreciate your crunch and squeal and emulate the sound of my favorite tracks. I’ve spend time with you every day for the last few months. I think you may have the potential to trick me back into songwriting. After all… my best songs were originally written on you during those quiet nights at home. It’s good to feel a plastic pick scrape delicately across your six steel strands. I’ve missed you. Welcome back.

– Jon B

Out of Print?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Apparently this is all that is left of the original printing of  my last album, “Choose Your Own Adventure”. Hard to believe 2,500 copies are out there. Granted many of them are piled in random distro depots collecting dust. 2006 seems like forever ago.