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October 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm 4 comments

that’s the emptiest place in the circle

yeah!

I’m not dead, just playing the part. I’m toying with this idea of “1998 Luddite” where I haven’t been checking my email or keeping my cellphone with me. Wouldn’t it be interesting to take this idea to a further extent? Imagine living a month without internet, only a home phone, etc. Connection and disconnection in 2008 is an interesting topic.

I bring this up because I have been rereading the “R. Crumb Handbook” that I bought a few years ago. (here is a good Terry Gross interview with Robert Crumb about the book). I’m not sure if you’ve been following this blog much, or know me, but I prefer older things to the hot new shit. Sure, I have an iPhone. But I also really enjoy records. I can’t find a modern motorcycle that gets me excited like bikes from 78 and earlier… even though they require a lot of work and I miss the hands off reliability of my Vespa LX. A lot of stuff I own is convenience vs. aesthetics, high-tech vs. low-tech. It is a fun wire to walk. I can enjoy a game on the Nintendo Wii while listening to some 45’s. (I just need to replace that needle).

I bring this up because a quote from the first paragraph of the first chapter of the “R. Crumb Handbook” sums up my conflicted idea of products and items today, so I will share it with you:

As a kid growing up in the 1950’s I became acutely aware of the changes taking place in American culture and I must say I didn’t much like it. I witnessed the debasement of architecture, and I could see a decline in the quality of things like comic books and toys, things made for kids. Old things seemed to have more life, more substance, more humanity to them.”

More humanity to them. I realize that’s what I feel about things that I own that are from a time before I was born. But I also realize that a lot of the things I own from my own lifetime have gained that humanity… that timeworn look that endears me to them. And a lot of stuff that is out today isn’t made to last that long – disposable and thin and not made to soak up those years of wear and use. Like IKEA. I have an IKEA desk. This thing is a piece of junk – easily bought for cheap and disposed of after I move. How many desks have I owned since I was a kid? Not one of them has lasted… I can’t look at the surface and see the ink stain that reminds me of a broken pen, or a ding in the leg that reminds me of moving. They are disposed of, cheap and functional, but they lack any sort of sturdiness to allow the blood and time we spend with them to mix in and endear us to their form. That humanity! I think you all can agree my red vinyl couch (which I will never get rid of) has a lot of personality.

Surrounding myself with particle board furniture and other impermanent things seems to add to an atmosphere of heartless living… if I can’t love my possessions enough to want to keep them around, then I usually replace them with one of two things: something quality or nothing at all. Purging insignificant items is always a cathartic activity! And it’s green, which is so hot right now.

Edit / Update: This post also reminds me of a piece of art in the liner notes from REM’s “Out of Time” that always struck me. The caption follows:

When, after 75 years of use, the marble steps leading into this lobby of this building become worn, they are not replaced or rebuilt, but covered for protection with plates of corrugated iron.

October 28, 2008 at 6:32 pm 7 comments

“Don’t elect an old dude President”

History can repeat itself.

Sit back, relax, click and view this amazing, amazing thing.

October 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm

“You Satisfy Me” Live

People are starting to post videos of the Boston Spaceships shows:

Hearing people sing along gives me the chills.

October 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Austin Spaceships

I’ve been delaying my write-up of Austin because there is just so much to talk about, I don’t even know where to start! If you want the short story – here ’tis:

Austin, Texas is exactly the type of town I wish I lived in, and it reminded me of how much I loved living in a “smaller big city” like Portland.

Would you like the long story? After the break, dear reader.

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October 20, 2008 at 10:30 am 14 comments

Austin

Tomorrow morning I head off to Austin, Texas for some serious Boston Spaceships action!

I’m very excited and a little nervous. Excited for the concert – but nervous on what to do the next 2 days. My friend who lives down there has dropped off the face of the earth, so I’m not quite sure where I’ll be staying the 2nd night. But with almost 2 entire days to kill, I’m sure I’ll find a lot of awesome just walking around. I won’t be renting a car or anything, so I’ll be using my own two feet. The awesome news is the hotel I’m staying at downtown is only a few blocks from the Parish Hall where the Boston Spaceships shall be rocking!

Stories and pictures when I return!

October 13, 2008 at 10:39 am 7 comments

Circus Devils respond!

I posted a question on the Circus Devils’ website as I noticed that I liked their album “Sgt. Disco” much more outside of my current place of living. My question and their response:

Robert from Los Angeles, CA: Circus Devils makes me want to move. I want to pick up my things and move because I think Circus Devils’ albums sound better outside of Los Angeles. Can you explain or pontificate?

Dear Robert: Everything sounds better away from Los Angeles. If you want to enjoy music then just get out of there. I also heard that things look better away from LA too. Does having movie stars around make everyone else look ugly? I say move to Ohio. Here, the music sounds great all the time, and a normal, unattractive guy like you won’t feel so bad because nobody living here is in show business.

More hilarity and insight here.

October 11, 2008 at 11:14 am 10 comments

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