Yes, I’m on Ello.
All I can do is try to be less of an asshole in this moment than I was in the last, and plan to be less of one in the next.
If you’re lucky enough to have a good dad, enjoy and appreciate him, and wish him a happy Father’s Day, not just from yourself, but also from your weird friend on the Internet who wrote this.
If you’re someone who had a good dad and lost ‘em, take time to remember, appreciate and enjoy the memories of the guy he was.
If you are a dad, be a good dad, and thank you for doing so.
If you or other folks think you’ve been slacking off in the dad department, please work on that some.
Us kids aren’t going to wait around forever while you try to figure out how to be a dad.
If you’re having a hard time being a good dad or a dad at all (either with currently existing kids or without ‘em) and you truly want to be one, keep at it.
If you’re not a dad and aren’t what we’d call traditionally in line for the job, but you see an opportunity to fill that void in someone’s life without being a pompous ass, fill it, fill it admirably, and thank you for doing so.
If you got kinda robbed in the dad department for whatever reason, take a minute to think about the folks in your lives who’ve filled the “dad” role admirably, no matter who they are (mom, uncle, aunt, sibling, grandparent, teacher, boss, friend, random asshole in bar, whoever), and if you have the opportunity to do so, thank them and wish them a happy Father’s Day. If they look at you weird, tell them not to be so fucking 20th century, and then wish ‘em a happy Father’s Day again.
So I just tried to figure out what the current version of my 10 all-time favorite albums looks like.
Within about an hour, I got it down to 35 records, at least to my recollection of things, before nothing would budge.
Then, I did a few more passes on my collection, and got the number as high as 102, but I’ve gotten it back down to 70, and that’s where it’ll remain for now.
It’s interesting to note that some of my favorite artists don’t have an album in this list, because while they’ve got great careers, they don’t have a flawless or very near flawless album in their catalog in my view.
Also, some of y’all may see glaring omissions, think that some record by an artist listed here should be replaced by another record from them, and so forth, but if I took any of your suggestions, then it would be your list, and not my list.
So, here’s the list as it stands, in no order, beyond that “Fun House” had to be first:
The Stooges-Fun House
Ultra Vivid Scene-Joy 1967-1990
Chris And Cosey-Allotropy
Clan Of Xymox-Medusa
Buzzcocks-A Different Kind Of Tension
Tears For Fears-Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
Kate Bush-The Dreaming
Andrew W.K.-I Get Wet
Fuzzbox-We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!
Siouxsie And The Banshees-Through The Looking Glass
This Mortal Coil-Filigree And Shadow
Cathedral-The Ethereal Mirror
Guns N’ Roses-Appetite For Destruction
Miranda Sex Garden-Suspiria
Queensryche-Rage For Order
Ozzy Osbourne-Blizzard Of Ozz
Public Enemy-Fear Of A Black Planet
Creedence Clearwater Revival-Cosmo’s Factory
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry-Blow
Slayer-Seasons In The Abyss
David Bowie-Aladdin Sane
Black Sabbath-Master Of Reality
Black Sabbath-Technical Ecstasy
Skinny Puppy-Cleanse Fold And Manipulate
Skinny Puppy-Last Rights
The Cure-Seventeen Seconds
John Lennon/Yoko Ono-Double Fantasy
Nina Hagen-In Ekstasy
Bongwater-The Power Of Pussy
Iggy Pop-The Idiot
The Darkness-Permission To Land
T. Rex-Electric Warrior
Dead Can Dance-Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun
Various Artists-“Xanadu” Soundtrack
Sinead O’Connor-The Lion And The Cobra
X-Ray Spex-Germfree Adolescents
Stone Temple Pilots-No. 4
The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Are You Experienced? (U.S. Version)
The Residents-Meet The Residents
Danzig-Danzig II: Lucifuge
The Jesus And Mary Chain-Darklands
Big Star-#1 Record
Johnny Cash-American Recordings
Pantera-Far Beyond Driven
Butthole Surfers-Locust Abortion Technician
One week from today, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, I will be guest DJing at SYNTHICIDE in lovely Brooklyn, NY along with DJ Andi and DJ CHUBY242, playing music with synthesizers and a beat to it (in theory).
The event runs from 7-10 PM (perfect for you working types who like to do the disco dancing but don’t like being up late), and my set will run from around 8-9 PM.
SYNTHICIDE is held monthly at:
Bossa Nova Civic Club
1271 Myrtle Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11221
The Facebook page for the event is here.
Just for the hell of it, as an experiment, I’ve put the bulk of my music, warts and all (and they are many), on Bandcamp.
(No, nothing new yet. No, asking when or if there will be new music won’t make it happen faster.)
It’s still essentially free, but I’ve made the option of paying for it (which is greatly appreciated, yes) slightly less mental-transactiony.
We’ll see how this goes.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I was at the beginning of a nervous breakdown in 2003. Maybe a week or so after a pretty bad breakup, I had tickets for the Stooges show at Jones Beach. What most people didn’t know at the time or perhaps since is that, as much as I loved the band and had been looking forward to seeing them since I was 15, I was nearly too depressed to leave my house and see The Stooges. Yes, I actually typed that sentence. I almost didn’t go. It took everything in me to push myself out the door, and I didn’t manage to shake it off for the day until I actually pulled into the parking lot at Jones Beach. As fate would have it, that was the only time I ever got to see Ron and Scott Asheton, Steve MacKay and Iggy Pop play on the same stage in person. It was amazing in ways I still can’t put into words, and I am so very fortunate that I had that one opportunity. It may not seem like much to people who don’t truly know what’s up, but getting the chance to see Scott Asheton play drums with The Stooges is one of the single best arguments I’ve got in this world for fighting the living hell out of your demons. May you all be as successful (even if it’s barely successful, as I was on that day), and may your reward be as great as a Stooges show, if that’s at all possible.
Condolences to all of his loved ones the world over, from his family and friends, to Iggy, Steve, James, Mike, Toby, BP, Aaron and everyone else he played with, to all the fans, every crazy fucking one of us, who heard The Stooges and had our lives changed by it.