When newness is the sole purpose of gathering, collecting and listening to music via the internet the exercise becomes inherently futile. This senselessness is never immediately apparent. It’s easy to then loose vast amounts of time essentially getting burnt out searching for the latest podcast, with the most upfront tunes.
This article isolates being unique as the true path to existing in the current music “industry” or, more importantly, as a musician independently. The idea being “anything popular is wrong”.
This post is made up of two unconnected things. I could attempt to make some laboured comparison between these things but i cannie be bothered.
1. The Weeknd. These guys have generated a lot of hype. I’ve read shitloads about the group and I can’t add anything worthwhile to that. The song I like the most at the moment is below, called “The Morning”.
This chopped and screwed version has been kicking about too. Also worth a listen.
Download the “mixtape”. It’s not mixed and obviously not a tape but it’s worth a go if you’ve managed to miss it.
2. An abiding memory of Glasgow for me is pubs that sit on their own in the middle of a wasteland. They usually don’t have any windows and look fucking terrifying. I’m not going to pretend I frequented boozers like this but I did always wonder about them. How did they get there? Were they dropped from the sky as place aliens would know mad bastards congregate? How much was a pint?
This Flickr set by someone called f8 pictures (the other pictures are great too) goes some way to document the phenomenon. The pubs were left there after the tenement flats above were demolished. Often this was because these flats were pretty much slums however the business of selling alcohol will always thrive in Glasgow so the boozers remained. A lot of the pubs in these picture are gone now but there are still tons of these stockade pubs in Glasgow. Oh yeah, I have been in the wee mans bar. Wasnie that bad…