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May 05, 2010


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Or, you know, you could just write this kind of thing about your workout playlist.

Kiss Me, Son of God

Please to write a blog post about your association with the Johns! As a fan of both TMBG and GK, I'm prit-ty, priiiit-ty interested.

Dan Sullivan

Your SY name-dropping would've been that much more impressive if you mentioned that you played pick-up ball with Thurston Moore in 1985 and that while doing so you threw him a no-look alley-oop. What I'm getting at is... he's a tall man.

Glenn Kenny

@ Dan: I don't know that T.M. plays ball. But when I asked him in '85 to describe The Coachmen, the quasi-No-Wave band he was with prior to helping form SY, he paused for a little and finally said, "We were really into...being tall." As it happens he was the shortest guy in the band, and as you say, he does tower—he's got a couple of inches on me, as I recall, and I'm six-four.

Taller still than Thurston is the great Peter Blegvad, who's all of six-seven. I met his two lovely kids about 9 years back when they were in their early teens and they were real beanstalks themselves.

Grant L

Agreed, both that a little music geek chat amongst consenting adults is a fine thing, and that a little balance is also needed.

Kid Creole came through Seattle once and only once, in the mid-80s, at the yearly Bumbershoot music festival. I was already a sizable fan, so I was primed and ready. They got up and did it and did itlike few I've seen before or since (the closest thing would be Linton Kwesi Johnson, about 15 years later, at the same festival). Darnell's got more than a few undeniable, unstoppable grooves in his catalog, many of which have made their way onto my workout and party tapes over the years. Just off the top of my head: "Endicott," "My Male Curiosity," "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy,"
"The Lifeboat Party."

Agreed on the Smither pick, too, though sometimes I prefer "Drive You Home Again," for it's almost otherwordly flow, and because it really captures the warmth you mention.


Music confuses me. But Glenn, I do offer my sincerest congratulations on your weight loss. Keep up the good work.

Greg Cagle

City of Glass! Way cool.

Joseph Neff

Well Glenn, if this is indeed the final post o' shuffle, you went out with a bang. I adore that Kenton CD, which I bought due to Irwin Chusid writing up Graettinger in his book SONGS IN THE KEY OF Z. Also love QVARIS and lots of this newish underground psyche/noise in general. Since you're into Fripp Glenn, you might also enjoy Emeralds. They work a sorta proggy/Krautrock vibe. If you haven't already heard them. And yes, Joe Clay is sweet and bonkers.

Ed Howard

Hey Glenn, is that Yoshihide soundtrack worth a listen? I haven't kept up on his soundtrack work at all, other than The Blue Kite (which is nice, but nothing mindblowing). I do love a lot of the jazz stuff he's been doing in recent years, though, even though a lot of people don't seem so impressed. ONJO is great.

Glenn Kenny

@ Ed Howard: Yeah, I'd put the soundtrack stuff in the interesting-but-not-100%-essential category, particularly if discretionary funds are an issue. Yes, ONJO—Otomo's New Jazz Orchestra—IS amazing. I particularly recommend its re-creation of Dolphy's "Out To Lunch" album. It's not only a great listening experience in and of itself, it's also as precise and coherent a summation of Otomo's aesthetic, and the melding of jazz and electronics, one is likely to hear.

Ed Howard

Interesting, I wasn't especially crazy about their take on Out To Lunch, maybe because it seemed so straightforward in comparison to some of the more out-there ONJO stuff. It felt a little like Otomo was too tied down to the source material, and didn't reinvent it as radically as he might have. The self-titled ONJO disc is the one I especially love, since it's probably the best combination of jazz, avant-pop and modern experimental electronics I've heard. Sachiko M's sine waves and the sporadic violent intrusions from Otomo's turntables fit perfectly with the slightly skewed jazz. The quartet's live album is really good too.


Please do keep this up, even if it is once in a blue moon. You've turned me on to a lot of very cool stuff! Also the 40+ lbs is quite an accomplishment, keep up the good work! It ain't easy.

"I said it IS tight like this." "Let it be tight like that then..."

Eden Brower

Thanks for the shout out!
-Eden Bee
East River String Band

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