"I remember sitting in a lot of apartments with a slight headache about five o’clock in the morning. I had a friend who could not sleep, and he knew a few other people who had the same trouble, and we would watch the sky lighten and have a last drink with no ice and then go home in the early morning, when the streets were clean and wet (had it rained in the night? we never knew) and the few cruising taxis still had their headlights on and the only color was the red and green of traffic signals."
Joan Didion, from her essay “Goodbye To All That” referring to her time in New York
Like her I too am now having “hallucinatory flashes” of times like this in a place unlike any other. Though not always the most comfortable, this time of day was oddly cathartic and refreshing, when, as James Murphy would say “the sun comes up / and we still don’t want to stagger home”
Or, as Loesser put it:
“My time of day is the dark time
A couple of deals before dawn
When the street belongs to the cop
And the janitor with a mop
And the grocery clerks are all gone
When the smell of the rain-washed pavement
Comes up clean and fresh and cold
And the streetlamp light
seems to sputter with gold”
A thing I made today
Bringin’ this back
A thing I made today
HEY. GUESS WHAT GUYS? OUR PILOT IS FINALLY OUT!
im reblogging this again. it would mean a lot but you guys watched this!
wait can we talk about how this series my friend yasmina [reblogged from] is actually really awesome and i’m excited to see where it goes and i wanna help? cause woah guys. COOL FRIENDS THAT MAKE COOL THINGS?!
Yes, yes we can, Julia.
Also…. CAN I BE ON THIS SHOW??!?
Not sure what struck me to put together a playlist for no one in particular this Valentine’s afternoon, but hope YOU enjoy it! An amalgamation of artists I really admire and shamelessly tend to imitate in my own work, from David Byrne to David Bowie, Ben Folds to Ben Thornewill to Billy Joel to Bobby Short… but I guess I realized while putting this together that that’s sort of what we all do to some degree, and part of how we develop taste, no?
Let me know your thoughts on any of that, and moreso about the music.
Because it’s me, I tried to make it flow thematically and sonically, sometimes obviously with Greek mythology references, sometimes not so much…. what song similarities can you spot?
deeply--shallow asked: You have synesthesia?! What's that like??? Aghhdgkssluravnrdbf
Well, I’ll give a short answer now before I run off in the snow to have my first real ‘fun snow timez’ experience ( I grew in California. )
I tend to associate colors or feelings or sentiments or even actual words with other words, or sounds. For example, and this is the first thing I can remember, I used to the think for whatever reason, mind you I was 2-3 years old, associate the words “snake” and “cheese.” Sure, they’ve got some s’s or whatever but there’s something else even now that gives me some kind of recognition. This isn’t the most common and certainly not the most helpful or musically relevant example, but it’s the first sort of thing I can remember and sort of sums up the synesthetic idea of ‘associations.’
Some sounds are orange-silver. Some are purple-gold. I wouldn’t be surprised if James Murphy has some conception of this, for the LCD Soundsystem fans who read my blog…. there’s many of you… as the album Sound of Silver, at least for me, is very silver-grey.
Billy Joel of all people also has synesthesia.
So does the actor Geoffrey Rush, who, like me, visualizes and has different shapes for days of the week and the calendar.
Enough for now — open to questions!
Happy Birthday to James Murphy, head LCD Soundsystem honcho!
If you haven’t heard the score he did for Greenberg (an excellent movie, by the way, and one of Ben Stiller’s finest roles) have a listen. It’s rather different from the dance-y stuff you might think of when you think of James Murphy.
"I’m not a big songwriter guy. People who are really good singer-songwriters usually left me kind of cold. I’ve always been more of a physical music person even when I didn’t listen to dance music; I didn’t quite realize it, but the punk bands I liked had a kind of physicality that I really liked. Lyrically and vocally, I was never all that interested in melody or great voices, and musically, I was never that interested in chord changes. I always liked to find something that kind of did one thing for a really long time and did it very well — or just had a physicalness to it that I really liked."
— James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) on songwriting
In case anybody forgets how it starts.
This is how it starts.
Gorillaz ft. Andre 3000 and James Murphy - DoYaThing (Full-Length)
I remember when this song came out and I don’t really listen to Gorillaz at all (they confuse me) but this song makes me want to because of James Murphy’s involvement… I’ve always wished though that James had a prominent vocal part in it. This song is groovy and jive-y and all, but there is nothing groovier or more jive-tastic than James Murphy’s warbly-vibrato falsetto.
My favorite part of this is the instrumental section that would later become the basis of “Someone Great” off of Sound of Silver, because listening to it here means I can pretend I’m James Murphy and jump around singing loudly into something rectangular resembling his preferred microphone.
ny i luv u but ur bringin’ me down.
NEW YORK: I LOVE YOU, BUT YOU SEEM TO BE BRINGING ME DOWN.
New York, I love you, but you’re bringin’ me down.
New York. I love you. But… oh nevermind.
(Source: SoundCloud / Barton Lewis "That Guy")
quick recording from a request earlier today
This is how it starts.