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Endorsements + music
2017-03-07 :: dave

This thing was inspired by March Fadness, where Megan Campbell and Ander Monson rank 64 one-hit wonders of the 1990s in bracket form and let them square off against each other. You can join in the voting, if you’d like. A song I happen to love somewhat irrationally is up against an indomitable favorite, and […]

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2016-11-15 :: dave

Chalk it up to a number of things. Election results. Flying to the east coast the weekend Daylight Savings Time ended. A court date yesterday N & I spent a very long time preparing for. I fell asleep (maybe? never clear whether I was out or just trying to be) past 1:30 last night and […]

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2014-12-11 :: dave

blg post about anaconda video. the boringest thing that a woman can be is sexy. i don’t say this as a gay man, and I don’t say it as a prude, though I’ve been accused of being both. I say it as a person who for most of his life has been shown women in […]

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2014-12-04 :: dave

My favorite band is Camper Van Beethoven. And I’ve long been a nostalgist for The Comedy Channel, particular early-season MST3K, The Higgins Boys and Gruber, and Rich Hall’s Onion World. Rich Hall had a weird influence on me and my pal Clay growing up. We’d both get Sniglet page-a-day calendars, for instance. Also: Rich Hall […]

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2014-09-18 :: dave

You’ve heard the chorus to Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” before: Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. It’s always seemed to me a childish, naive complaint. Not because of progress in the free-market enterprise sense, but […]

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2014-03-27 :: dave

This morning, I realized that what I needed was an app or Web engine that could recommend new music to me based on old music I liked back when it was of use to the music industry for me to like it. Because it’s rare that I hear guitars in new pop/rock music today, distorted […]

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2013-10-21 :: dave

That this is the weirdest photo I’ve ever seen of Bill Callahan in the fifteen years I’ve been a fan of his says more than I ever could about how Bill Callahan is a very weird guy. He’s also probably my favorite working musician, and now he’ll be my first San Francisco concert. At what’s […]

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2013-08-03 :: dave

Despite its colorfulness I don’t like the term earworm, but we all get songs stuck in our heads. Or? Man, is there someone who’s never had a song stuck in her head? I want to meet such a person. At any rate, what I also have are songs that I start singing in my head […]

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2013-01-09 :: dave

ef=”http://www.davemadden.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/bm7-webpic.jpg”>I. I taught myself the guitar in the spring of 1995. II. A dominant seventh chord is a regular triad with an extra note added to it. This note is the seventh on the scale, diminished by a half-step for reasons I’ll explain. So: a C seventh chord (C7) would go from C, the first […]

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2012-10-19 :: dave

I. Okay the easiest job for a critic is to be a judge on a cooking-based reality/game show. That, next to record reviewer, is the world’s easiest job. Music critics, looking as they do at macro levels of the artform, work harder. I mean, looking at how one thing fits into a continuum or context […]

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Books + music + Reviews
2012-03-10 :: dave

I. Books Slow, here. I finished Didion’s Blue Nights this morning, which was a breeze to read through. It’s too soon for me to articulate how or why, but it seemed in this book that her mantric style and the brevity of the chapters did something to the grief running throughout that’s different from what […]

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2011-06-07 :: dave

My mom when I was seven or so bought from a friend or coworker an upright piano. They put it at the top of the stairs. I guess she learned how to play it when she was young. Sang in the choir. Was proud of her musical background and hoped, the idea was, to instill […]

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music + taxidermy
2011-03-22 :: dave

Some of you may recall that my pal Steve makes great mixtapes. They are essentially all I’ve been listening to in the car since moving to Alabama. Steve favors a good 50/50 mix of UK and US music—at least, he does on the mixes he sends me. From them I’ve discovered such now-beloved acts as […]

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2011-03-16 :: dave

Anyone in Maui can hire Don V. Lax, a violinist, to play music at events like weddings or dinners or I guess bat mizvahs. He’s got a Web site you can go to to contact the guy and book him. In his biography, he has this to say: Since moving to America, he has performed […]

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2011-02-11 :: dave

Right? Anyway, one thing I used to do “a lot” of is record beloved records track for track on Apple’s iLife’s Garageband. This was a way to not write that taxidermy book I was supposed to be writing. I did, um…well before the book I did Smog’s Wild Love and then I did Bee Thousand […]

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2010-12-14 :: dave

In a bit of Modest Mouse nostalgia and reverie last night, I stumbled upon an MP3 copy of the band’s 1993 demo-tape release, titled Tube-Fruit, All Smiles and Chocolate. It’s available to download here. I’m listening to it now for the first time. Expect lo-fi noise, much along the lines of Sad Sappy Sucker, with […]

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2010-10-25 :: dave

So tonight I have some things that I have to do once I’m done with this ongoing call Adam. Then I might reread Mary and of glasses essays, but that something that I might stay for tomorrow night. I think that the quality of the voice recognition gets worse the further aware of the computer […]

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2010-01-14 :: dave

About 90 percent of everything I know about music I know from two friends who both now live (not together) in Brooklyn. One of those is my Pittsburgh friend Steve who has been making and sending me mixes for so long that the first ones were on tape, because few of us had CD-burning laptops […]

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Announcements + music
2009-12-19 :: dave

Thanks, Sara G. You’re welcome, music-starved ears of Lincoln, Nebraska.

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music + Reviews
2009-06-23 :: dave

Everyone knows allegorical readings of anything written after 1500 are dull and limiting. They do the opposite of what reading is all about doing, which is to answer questions about a text with further questions, and with mental and associative play. Allegorical readings try to answer every question and they can’t help but look foolish […]

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