Jason Stocker, my oldest friend in the world – I remember, in kindergarden, looking for him on the playground for a sense of familiarity – is releasing his second record on May 21. It was produced by another long-time friend, Ben Wysocki (The Fray). On May 17, Jason will be playing a record release show in the Denver area. And I’ll be opening the night up (as La Commission). This record means a lot to me. Besides playing on it, I created the artwork for the physical CDs (vinyl probably isn’t happening with this one). All that to say… if you can join us, that’d be lovely. More details on the shows page.
The early rounds of American Idol feature inappropriate contestants with little or no talent who are intentionally let through the cattle call weeding process. This represents an ugly and compelling entertainment spectacle that allows viewers to enjoy the drama of a few elite upper class celebrities verbally torturing some unfortunate neurotic caught in their web. These early scenes are job interviews designed to go horribly wrong. The hopeless contestants seem to deserve this fate because their grotesquely delusional overestimation of their talents and complete lack of understanding of what is expected of them by their prospective employers violates some primal sentiment of self-preservation in us. What they are really being punished for is not a lack of talent. They are being punished for being socially maladapted. Sadistic spectators at a ritual enforcement of conformity, we enjoy watching these sickly deer being culled from the herd. In the later rounds, when we root for the talented underdogs who have made it through the culling process, our sentiment shifts: now we’re thrilled at someone else’s success. But we’re also connecting with our own desire to sell out. Can this person hold on to a vestige of their humanity and individuality while achieving the extreme-sports version of selling out? American Idol openly and engagingly celebrates the triumph of commercialism over art. As viewers, we are rooting for the corporate machine that manufactures these celebrities as much as for the contestants themselves.
Please go and read this extremely intelligent take on how reality tv contest shows reflect the conditions of our awful economy.(via perpetua)
one of my favorite songs performed beautifully by someone who is clearly not bob dylan. still, well done, guys. you may have a future making records.
I recently produced Holly Lovell’s “The Illusion’s ep”. I’m really proud of the way it turned out. It was a pleasure to work with Holly, a true talent that everyone should wrap their ears around, which you’ll be able to do on 2.15.13 at the Walnut Room, coincidentally the same day the ep will be available on itunes.
We got a show coming up in San Francisco with the famed Bible Dusters. We’ll be singing some bluegrass/gospel versions of Christmas music for y’all. I’ll also sing some really sad songs that I wrote. Hope you can make it.