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The Flaming Lips & Bon Iver – Ashes In The Air

while i like the song a lot, i’ll admit i like the new video for the the flaming lips and bon iver collaboration, “ashes in the air” a little less though not quite as much less as some including the stereogum reviewer who writes, “The clip tells the inspirational story of a spaceman with a Residents-esque glowing psychedelic eyeball head who (spoiler alert) murders a baby by feeding it through a meat grinder. Also, the baby has a singing grown-up’s face projected on its own face. The video also stars a bunch of ripped-open naked people and exposed brain matter. It’s not remotely safe for work, and I can’t really imagine any situation in which anybody might want to watch it. it did remind me to go back and finish watching the pitchfork classic “oral history” of one of my favorite albums, “the soft bulletin”. i love listening to those guys talk about their craft. the ending is just perfect.

me and H.R. from bad brains and A Perfect Moment at saint andrew’s hall.

It’s A Bad Brains Christmas, Charlie Brown from Tad Was Here on Vimeo.

this funny video mashup of a bad brains song and a charlie brown christmas suddenly recalled a scene so vividly that it was almost as if i was transported back to a night in 1989 at saint andrew’s hall in detroit, michigan.

bad brains were touring for their quickness album with dag nasty opening the show. i’m standing in the back near the bar as was typical for me since i didn’t want to block people’s view of the bands. dag nasty starts their set and all at once H.R. and a few other members of the band walk up and casually stand around me. i assume they just smoked in the tour van because i could get a contact high from the weed wafting off them. so we stood and bopped our heads to the band for almost the entire set. every so often one of H.R.’s dreads would come close to hitting me in the face.

the entire time all i could think was, “yeah this is happening. i’m standing next to H.R. and bad brains groovin’ out to BRIAN F*CKING BAKER FROM MINOR THREAT!”

a long perfect moment. i suppose it could have only gotten better if brooke shields had showed up.

meditations and self realizations to the sounds of stoner music on a cold evening run

i’m out on an evening run in the brisk 37°F night air, endorphins are starting to kick in and i’m meditating in a way while watching my breaths crystallize in the beam of my headlamp while simultaneously deep in my head wondering why i so thoroughly enjoy listening to UNKLE with thom yorke – rabbit in Your headlights which might be the most inappropriate song to enjoy running to on a cold, dark night ( watch the video if you haven’t seen it ). and then out of nowhere all i can hear is the voice of someone who, after recently listening to a few songs on my playlist said matter-of-factly, “dude, you only listen to stoner music.”

gah. click. pink floyd – shine on you crazy diamond. ( the voice, “stoner music” ). gah. click. david byrne & brian eno – regiment. ( the voice, “stoner music” ). gah. click. supergrass – tales of endurance. ( the voice, “stoner music” ). gah. click. blonde redhead – 23. ( the voice, “stoner music” ). gaaaaaah. click.

kruder & dorfmeister – 1st of tha Month. ( the voice, “stoner music” ).

gaaaaaaaah…total endorphin buzzkill.