Critics of our postmodern age love to point out that the invention of the popular, portable, personal music systems in the late 1970s contributed to an increasingly fragmented and walled-off social formation. In a typical “get off my lawn” moment, they neglect the fact that the development of mass transit in the 1800s already underscored this urban fragmentation that had been in full effect for, oh, thousands of years. All the invention of the iPod and similar devices did was extend the variety that was available to each commuter. The question is how to put this variety to the service of full sensory effect. Hence the following Authoritative Running Downhill Guide to Early Morning Elevated or Subway or Surface Train Commute Music:
Posts Tagged ‘Music’
Posted in Hamiltons, Music, tagged bark psychosis, blade runner, bob dylan, brian eno, cluster, cluster and eno, daydream nation, husker du, led zeppelin, miles davis, morning commute, Music, my bloody valentine, sonic youth, spiritualized, vangelis on March 21, 2010| 6 Comments »
Posted in Chicago, Leisure, Music, The Internet, tagged 2009, beruit, bowerbirds, Chicago, cymbals eat guitars, disappears, doom, final fantasy, fucked up, kmd, lindstrom, matt & kim, mf doom, Music, pitchfork musica festival, plants and animals, ponytail, the antlers, the black lips, the dutchess and the duke, the national, the pains of being pure at heart, wavves, yeasayer on July 17, 2009| 2 Comments »
Posted in Music, tagged 90s, bird watching, blonder tongue audio baton, cool shit, damon tutunjian, gavin mccarthy, indie rock, kurt vile, Music, my bloody valentine, nba playoffs, oh wowee!, out of print, pancakes, pavement, polvo, records, shoegaze, swirlies, taang!, vinyl on April 22, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Every so often one of Running Downhill’s esteemed staff members will be contributing to OH WOWEE!, Josh Honn’s excellent blog about out-of-print records (with free downloads!). These pieces will be re-posted here for maximum exposure. Previous pieces can be found here and here.
Posted in Leisure, Music, Travel, tagged 2008, Asobi Seksu, canopy club, champaign, drunk, festival, Headlights, High Places, Mary Pearson, movie history, Music, Polyvinyl Records, pygmalion, Set it Off, The M's, urbana, Yo La Tengo on September 23, 2008| 3 Comments »
Posted in Leisure, Music, Travel, tagged 2008, beautiful ponies, black mountain, blues guitar, canopy club, chain smoking, champaign, elia kazan, escape from new york, festival, krannert art museum, Music, owen, pattern is movement, pygmalion, the hood internet, urbana on September 20, 2008| 4 Comments »
Posted in Leisure, Music, Travel, tagged 2008, bad attitudes, btw, champaign, dan deacon, dark meat, evangelicals, festival, heroin, makers mark, monotonix, Music, pbr, pygmalion, urbana on September 20, 2008| 6 Comments »
Dr. Dog’s third full-length album, Fate, was released in July 2008 on Park the Van. Although the record does not mark much of a separation from their previous work, somehow it (and conversations with my good friend and musical provocateur Cory, as well as my older brother Christopher) got me to thinking about the fate of rock, indie or otherwise, as we sit here in the eighth month of 2008. What follows is a haphazard collection of thoughts about the record as I listened to it on a stormy Monday.