Note from Jason: Wow, I procrastinated a lot on this one. This issue was like 90% done for weeks. The last 10% was the hardest – putting the focused listen into words. Maybe it’s because SO much has been written about Nirvana, I didn’t think I could do it justice? Anyway, here it is… I will attempt to follow up with another issue this month to get back on track. Thanks for reading!
Added a few new slabs of vinyl to my collection:
Soft Sounds from Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast (Listen) Songs of Praise by Shame (Listen) Brutalism by IDLES (Listen) Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes (Listen) Most important, my daughter bought her first record: the Prom Queen EP (Listen) from Beach Bunny. Someone will be getting a turntable for the birthday in May. 🙂
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This story is as old as time: parents try to show their kids “good” music, kids roll their eyes and proceed to put their headphones back on / tune out / leave the room. Whatever that generation’s go-to “blow your parents off” move is… I did the same to my parents and my kids have done the same to me.
For me, my musical journey to date had involved discovering hip hop through Run DMC and rock music through Living Colour.
Whereas Run D.M.C.’s Raising Hellwas my first album and my first music purchase, Living Colour’s Vivid was my first rock album. Released in May 1988, I was just about to turn 12 years old and was finishing my 6th grade year. I started skateboarding that year, reading Thrasher magazine, and generally expanding my horizon through many new experiences.
One of my biggest memories from the 6th grade year was skating with my friend Chris in the church parking lot near my house, boom box on the curb, and blasting Vivid and Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction as we learned how to skate.
2020 was something else, right? Beyond the pandemic and resulting economic destruction, a lot has changed — some for the better and, unfortunately, a lot took a turn for the worse, including so many needless deaths from this virus.
Small businesses, including many of the bands and musicians I love, had to re-invent themselves when they relied so heavily on in-person commerce. Curbside pickup, contactless delivery, and paid livestreams all became commonplace during this year.
My First Album As we start this newsletter journey, I felt the natural place to start was at the beginning. For me, the true joy of music, discovery, and finding my own taste started with Run-DMC’s Raising Hell.
Not only was was Raising Hell the first cassette I bought with my own (10th birthday) money – purchased at K-Mart in Lockport, NY shortly after release in 1986 – but it was the first album I listened to repeatedly, memorizing all of the lyrics.
I love this idea from Merlin Mann and Do By Friday: the “Follow Your Nose” playlist…
Pick a song you love and start a playlist Go to the artist’s page and view the Related Artists/Fans Also Like section – then pick a group you aren’t familiar with… Go to their page and start listening to their top songs & add one you like to your playlist. Repeat 2 and 3 from that artist page, building out your playlist until you are bored or hit an artist where you can’t do #2.