Hey, y'all! I'm going to be in Vancouver this weekend for SHUX! If you happen to be going, say hi!
Boogie Down Productions, "Remix For P Is Free"
Criminal Minded is at the root of so much of New York rap. It's really one of the foundational documents of the East Coast scene. There are so many echoes of this album in so many other records that it's almost hard to even pick them out. At this point, the original sounds like a cliche, which is unfair, as this record is where all that stuff comes from.
Reggie Milner, "Habit Forming Love"
I dunno, maybe it's just me, but I think it's shame that we don't really compare love to smoking cigarettes any more. I think we're all the poorer now.
Marnie Stern, "Building A Body"
I've mentioned several times that digging up Marnie Stern from the depths of my collection again and reminding me of her is one of the best things about this project. I stand by that.
The Mountain Goats, "Song For Mark & Joel"
I bought Beautiful Rat Sunset when it came out, because I heard so much about this new band. And, honestly, it did nothing for me. I then spent the next, like, 10 years totally ignoring the band as they piled up positive press and fans. The lesson, as always, is that I'm a dumbass of breathtaking scope and unparalleled crapitude. Also, I word good.
Kraftwerk, "Metal On Metal"
So, we've recently started doing 10 minutes with the kids. Every night (or close to it), each parent spends 10 minutes with each kid, purely one-on-one. And we just do whatever the kid wants to do. Even if it's the same thing every night, even if it isn't what we want to do, even if we're tired. The idea is just to build up that positive bond with the kids by ensuring that we have at least one positive personal interaction with them each day. It seems to be really helping things, and I recommend it to any parents out there.
Why do I bring this up? Well, I've got a couple Pocket Operator synths, and the kids think they're really cool, spending some of our time just horsing around with them. And it's got me really wanting to get a bigger synth just to play around with it. I'm sure I'll always suck with them, but goddamn, that analog synth sound just gets me every time.