When life hands you crushing defeat, make defeat-ade.
Um, that doesn't make sense. How about this?:
When life sucks, rock out as hard as you can and try to enjoy the good stuff anyway. That's not really very cosmic, enlightened or complicated, but it is the best non-axiom I have to offer right now.
One of the things I enjoy most is doing live radio. Having two solid hours of music ready every week is a large task and I have several ways of preparing for it. If I have a lot of free time in the preceding days, I'll sometimes choose my songs over a course of days, putting half my choices on one CD and the other half of my list on another disc. Then I will cross-fade back and forth between the two CDs during my show, adding a few extra songs here and there from albums and websites.
When I'm in the mood, I will pre-record a series of 20-30 minute-long song collages, sometimes mixing 3 or 4 different songs together , bringing various elements of the songs up and down in the mix in a controlled, dynamic sense. I love recording these, but they are very long tracks and I tend to get bored sitting in the studio while they play, me having nothing to do for twenty minutes except drink coffee. And pee.
One of my favorite methods is just to pick five or ten songs that I really want to play and then grab 50-60 albums that might fit in with my choices. I toss them all in a large canvas bag and dash to the station, making the bulk of my song selections on the fly while I'm on the air, sometimes cueing up the next song with scant seconds to spare. Somehow, it always seems to flow, each song striking a personal chord; it is the coolest feeling, the musical touch of synchronicity and mystic insight..
The New Breakfast Snob :Jan. 8 2011
(Intro w/mystery music)
Marianne Faithfull- As Tears Go By
Damien Dempsey- Sing All Our Cares Away
Richard Thompson- Needle and Thread
Frank Black & the Catholics- Stupid Me
Al Stewart- Carole
Ten Years After- Bad Scene/Two-time Mama
The Kinks- Misery
Alan Parsons - I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
Grandaddy- The Saddest Vacant Lot In All The World
Captain Beefheart- Where There's Woman
Jethro Tull- Living In The Past
Passport- Looking Through
Jefferson Airplane- Embryonic Journey
The Nirvana Sitar & String Group- The Letter
Frank Zappa- The Gumbo Variations
Allan Coberly- Untitled
This work-in-progress is me playing with myself alone in my bedroom for a few hours. It is kinda sloppy, but then again, that sort of thing usually is.
Roxy Music- Manifesto
The Strawbs- Round and Round
Emerson, Lake & Palmer-Living Sin
Jethro Tull- No Lullabye
Pretty Things- Old Man Going
Funkadelic- Better By The Pound
Cursive- Bloody Murderer
Neil Young- Fuel Line
As always, this week's show is available as a mp3 download or podcast which you can download from the bottom of the page linked here.