Today I listened to...... What are you listening to?: Today I listened to......
By Jeffrey Scott Holland on Sunday, January 4, 1998 - 07:53 pm:
    Louis Jordan, Jacky Cheung, Moussorgsky, Kiss, soundtrack to "Doraemon", Brandon String Trio, Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, Enya, a recording of my friend Ed Hieronymus reading his bad poetry, R.E.M., Harry Reser, Buckethead, Kronos Quartet, The Who, and a mix tape in the car of zillions of completely obscure crispy-sounding old 78s from the 20s and 30s.

    Also, my band, the Appalachian Voodoo Ensemble, played at Berea College today. A diaphanous time was had by all.

By R.C. on Sunday, January 4, 1998 - 08:35 pm:
    Now, JSH -- haven't you read the fine print? Anyone posting here who plays in a band absolutely MUST post a soundfile [Wav or RealAudio -- none of those damn Midis!] of one of their rehearsals or performances/along with a complete listing of all the band's personnel & their various contributions to the piece/or face certain disembowelment followed by immediate banishment from these hallowed halls. So, Get Crackin' before we have to come looking for you!

    Great name, by the way. Did you come up with A.V.E.?

By Jicotea on Sunday, January 4, 1998 - 09:12 pm:
    Sheesh, :-) kid (-: , you're gonna give eclecticism a bad name!

By R.C. on Sunday, January 4, 1998 - 10:24 pm:
    Not at all. I'm just hoping he plays the sax. With a name like Jeffrey Scott Holland/he simply MUST be tall & play the tenor horn like nobody's business. But alto sax will also rate very high on my list. Ditto for trumpet. Anything but the tuba. Every guy I ever knew who played a tuba LOOKED LIKE a tuba!

    There's a question! - Are there any classical compostiions written for the tuba? As a solo instrument? I bet NOT!

By Sorabji on Sunday, January 4, 1998 - 10:50 pm:
    There is the trusty Ralph Vaughn Williams Tubs, I mean Tuba Concerto. Which always bored me, but it *was* for Tubs, I mean Tuba. And is there a John Williams Tubs Concerto?

    Beyond that you're resigned to a wasteland of minor brass composers. Why does the name "Ross" come to mind? I did a lifetime's worth of Trombone literature under Per Brevig and some other guy (sorry I'm still reeling from the Wide Open Spaces of Yanni, I man Alkan thing)...............

    I did trombone music with some other guy who played bone for the Beatles in "A Day in the Life." Sure wish I could remember the summbitch's name...

By R.C. on Sunday, January 4, 1998 - 11:30 pm:
    R.V. Williams? A Tuba Concerto? Jeez, go figure! Can't stump you guys for shit. But I WILL keep trying when I get back... hehehe.

By Jeffrey Scott Holland on Sunday, January 4, 1998 - 11:36 pm:
    R.C. - Alas, not only do I not play a sax, I am useless at brass or woodwind entirely. Despite the "Ensemble" monicker, I'm afraid there's nothing classical or orchestral about the band. I play piano, guitar and violin, none of which particularly well. When I want to clear out unwanted houseguests I also haul out the accordion and banjo.

    I'm also not very tall. (5'9 plus boots)

By Jicotea on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 12:03 am:
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). The Vaughan is not a middle name but part of his last name. The tuba concerto is a minor piece in his output but gutsy and highly tuneful. I heard it live just once, when a tubist appropriately named Roger Bobo played it in a graduation program at Eastman, early 60s. It's short. I'll throw it on tape with the Rachmaninov. Commercial recording, not Bobo's performance.

    Paul Hindemith (another major composer) committed a Sonata for Bass tuba and piano in 1955. Drab piece, only a tubist could love it.

    JSH: 5'9" not very tall.? Not very short either. You've got a long way to shrink to achieve true stubhood.

By Sorabji on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 11:06 am:
    5'9" is a good height.

    I think I'm 5'9".

    Garrick Ohlsson is the tallest musician I ever met.

    He was a draft-dodger.

    I saw him in Cleveland do the Busoni concerto, which for a brief spell I took to be the greatest accomplishment of all western thought.

    Next thing you knew there were 8 or 9 recordings of it and all could see what a big puff of gas it really is.

    I almost bought a copy of it; the 2-piano score cost hundreds of dollars in 1989. I still would like to have a copy of it and Sorabji's O.C.

    I didn't listen to anything yesterday. I watched football, of all things.

By A. on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 12:41 pm:
    I'm listening to Sinead O'Connor, of all people. I purchased her "best of" CD with a gift certificate. While it isn't very cheerful, her voice is haunting. To take a break from her I pop in my Men Without Hats tape. Can you do the Safety Dance? By the way, this site is amazing. Mark, you should write a book. I'd buy it. Seriously--you have some really interesting things to say.

By R.C. on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 03:44 pm:
    JSH -- 3 instruments? A real Renaissance Man! Does A.V.E. play Zydeco? (And 5'9" is cool -- but do you like tall women?).

    And A -- If you haven't already/check out Mark's Old Site/if you REALLY want to read some amazing writing. Some of his early stuff is very Camus-meets-Dr.-Seuss.

    I'm listening to Zap Mama -- Adventures in Afropea. And craving Senegalese food/which is nonexistant in these parts.

By R.C. on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 03:44 pm:
    JSH -- 3 instruments? A real Renaissance Man! Does A.V.E. play Zydeco? (And 5'9" is cool -- but do you like tall women?).

    And A -- If you haven't already/check out Mark's Old Site/if you REALLY want to read some amazing writing. Some of his early stuff is very Camus-meets-Dr.-Seuss.

    I'm listening to Zap Mama -- Adventures in Afropea. And craving Senegalese food/which is nonexistant in these parts.

By A on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 09:12 pm:
    R.C., you are right about Mark's old stuff. I spent most of the late afternoon reading his 1995 chronicles. There is so much to read. His style is something like Vonnegut without the repetition. There is this pure honesty that cuts through it all. It's like cracking someone's mind open.

    I'm still listening to the same tape and CD. It's so cold in here and nobody is around. Being alone is good sometimes. I like to be alone. Reading Mark's entries made me start to think about people who are depressed. I've often been depressed and needed comfort--not words or food or sleep or music but an actual (albeit fictitious) person who gives physical and mental comfort. Yet, when I read about other people's pain (and there's a lot of it out there), especially on the posted messages around here, I transport myself to that person and in my imagination I give them all the human help I can offer. So, now that I think of it, I wonder if there are all these people out there who are imagining they are helping me when they've seen me down. Isn't that comforting. God, I'm rambling, but it feels so good to write. It's like when you run your frigid hands under hot water and it warms your entire body.

By R.C. on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 09:59 pm:
    Yes. He's a better writer than he thinks. I've no clue why he does it. What I dig is his mentation ... I've never run across anyone whose mind works quite like Mark's. You shd e-mail him & tell him you liked his work. I don't think he reads a lot of the BBS postings/except the classical stuff. And it seems that a lot of folks just fall by here to leave their website URL on his frontpage/or post their comments & split/without ever reading his work. Which is sad...

By A on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 10:01 pm:
    Sorry, my first posting didn't work for some reason. (if it shows up pardon my repetition). R.C., you're right. I spent the better half of the day reading Mark's 1995 chronicles. They are incredible--like Vonnegut without the repetition. The writing has an honesty that blows me away when it is so easy to be fake.

    I'm still listening to the same CD and tape alternately.

    Reading Mark's work made me think about people who are depressed. There are so many people who have pain. I often transport myself to that person in my imagination and give them physical and emotional comfort. People I see on the street looking so displeased with life. They need that spontaneous love, but they never know that this complete stranger is feeling this way. Maybe someone has seen me and thought the same thing. God, I'm rambling, but it feels good to write--like running your frigid hands under hot water to warm your whole body. It's cold in here and I'm alone, but I like the peace.

    This is so random but I used to get free bagels from the place where I worked. I'd take a dozen with me and just wander around thinking, "that guy looks like he needs a free bagel right now." I gave them to other vendors on the street. It felt so good.

    Enjoy whatever you're listening to right now everyone. This has been fun.

By L on Monday, January 5, 1998 - 10:40 pm:
    I am listening to the memory of someone I still love. Strangely this music is played on a harpsichord, and once we (she and I) half-planned s story to be called "The man who hated harpsichords".

    Unfortunately my life does not work very well at all without her.

By A on Tuesday, January 6, 1998 - 12:20 am:
    L, your life will work again. I know that feeling of slow thought and stinging memory. During a particularly rough time I listened to Mozart and Beethoven and now I can never listen to those beautiful compositions without remembering the uncomfortable feeling of tears dripping into earphone pads late at night. Try writing that harpsichord story. Include her in it. It helps you heal.

By Dave on Thursday, January 22, 1998 - 11:39 pm:

    just bought this today. i've had it on shuffle/repeat for the last few hours. i'm happy.

By Latigo on Sunday, March 22, 1998 - 02:21 am:
    Today I listened to the Complete Works Of Alvin and the Chipmunks box set. (6 CD's plus a bonus disc of outtakes and studio chatter.) Sounds like they had their fair share of disagreements in the studio, but that's to be expected with any group of artists. The music is brilliant, the only tracks I could have done without are the Theodore tunes from his unreleased solo album.

By Lurm on Monday, March 23, 1998 - 06:35 pm:
    I can't listen to anything of theirs after that Yoko Ono came in and ruined everything.

By Peacock on Tuesday, March 24, 1998 - 08:20 pm:
    I've been listening to a record I got from a thrift store by a great blues singer named Ronnie "Baked Goods" Davidson. It sounds like authentic 1930's Delta blues, but beyond that I know nothing about this guy. Can anyone help? This 78 came in a blank paper sleeve. The labels are both worn so badly that someone has scrawled the titles in ink, but they're hard to read. I can make out his name and a couple of titles ("I rekalekt" and "Slumpy(?) Blues"). I'm desperate to find out more about him, but he's not listed in the Blues reference sources I've looked in. He plays very simple guitar and sings with a prominent, reedy lisp. Someone's HAD to have heard of him, he's Great! HELP!

By Dave on Thursday, April 2, 1998 - 12:32 am:
    Portishead, which I ripped off from an mp3 ftp site. They wanted me to upload some material for which they would give me download credits. 1mb up for 5mb down. So I ripped a 35 minute 14mb Eno tune and sent that to them. The Portishead is good and I'm going to buy it. The Eno is also good and I hope that whoever snags that will buy it if they like it.

    Kyuss, grungy buttrock. Fat and thick. They not only tune down but the mix is such that you need at least 12" woofs to catch it all. Even then, you'll probably want to turn the bass down.

    Pigment Vehicle, very nearly unredeemably annoying, punky, jazzy, proggy, amazing band from Sydney B.C. Nobody's heard of them. I wonder how many other amazing bands are out there that no one's heard of. If I hadn't seen them open for NoMeansNo, I wouldn't have heard of them either.

    Thank you.

By Kelsey on Thursday, April 2, 1998 - 01:55 am:
    mick harvey and anita lane. "intoxicated man": songs of serge gainsbourg sung in english.
    i have no idea who this serge feller is, but he writes some damn fine songs.

By Andrea on Thursday, September 3, 1998 - 08:41 pm:

    I have listened to nothing today but the birds and Chopin nocturns that my mind has on replay. Dave, I wanted to tell you that Pigment Vehicle has a new CD "Murder's only foreplay when you're hot for revenge". It's less annoying! and has a lot more groove, but is still complex and original...

By Slacker on Friday, September 4, 1998 - 04:39 am:

    today i listened to my father.
    he was, refreshingly, quite redundant yet repetative.

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