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He's hasn't been that coherent in....well....he hasn't been that coherent ever. Assuming it *is* him.
a lot of the unreleased (like, properly unreleased and unleaked) stuff comes out one day.
stay away from the cardinals and whiskeytown, and maybe consider releasing something relevant and cutting egde again. the cardinals sapped his creative spark - fact.
I just don't think the world needs a reunion. I have consistently liked Adam's output since they split so would much rather just hear the new material...
...a really good read, thanks for posting.
"I think Cold Roses was the peak. That record for me was kind of everything I was ever looking for, speaking for myself, in an album and it just kind of came and went like magic..."
So damn right, still remember listening to that album for this first time and thinking it was the greatest thing I had ever heard.
Turns out it wasn't but it comes damn close.
It took me a while to go through all the posts. Some gold in there. Expect many more collected entries like that if he continues appear on the forums.
...going through them myself. I'm a newbie here so not sure if there is a word limit to these posts, but meh, I loved this recent post of his;
"Originally Posted by wolfhunter View Post
What is very funny about the last part of what you said here is people pretty much took a split fence/ or even more hostile stance on 2005's releases. Namely 29. Also JCN took some flak too. the thing people said most about Cold Roses was that "this would have been great broken down into one record."
wow. just wow. I never went to an art gallery and said "that painting is lovely, but go and ahead and let's ( grabs marker) let's just cover the yellow with some lines here and maybe change all the faces"
it's like, well if it's not for you, no sweat. but records are meant to please the people who make them. they are an end in themselves- they are art and non negotiable.
i don't like every Black Flag song or every Grateful Dead song but I wouldn't change the for anything. Most of my favorite songs were songs I didn't love on records that I skipped over for years UNTIL one day...click...and I was just in the right place- I love whole records and bands the same way,
life changes and in my experience that is how art is significant- it remains the same so that it may apply to you at a later date
many loved composers and pieces of art were despised in their day, Berlioz coms to mind.
can you imagine a classical piece causing a riot? well it did. I suppose he was the NWA/ Sex Pistols of his time. now people fall in love or fall alseep to symphonie fantastique
The most amazing thing ever was that somehow people were offended or put off that those three records came out the same year. As if it were somehow meant to be offensive. I found that really telling. It say's a lot about how people view art in terms of timing and commerce. I lost a lot of faith in the music community then. It made sense to me why people overlook crucial recording artists like Guided by Voices, Jandek ( maybe- he is very odd) or Faust, Can or Neu.
The worst part was when people would say "Why would he do that" kind of overlooking the whole fact that I had literally just re emerged from tremendous wrist surgery having been laid up for 6 months. Or more importantly, that inspiration was there. It would be like a farmer denying harvest time to not record songs when you felt them the most- when they meant the most. Those moments for me is when they are realized for the first time. Their destination, as something played live, will always change, esp when you like to change up the style and the temp etc which I love to do, but where they are from ...now that is special. But you know, it's all made out of love. They are meant to be little gift's, little musical landmarks- so it's funny to watch people complain abut too many. What would the Minutemen have put up with had they released 42 song records in the 200's?
Also, and this is the BEST part is when all the armchair "managers" come out of the woodwork with their "Why not take all the work and condense it into one SOLID album" HA.....Then you read these stupid lists of how the order would go. TOTALLY omitting songs that changed other people's lives...and EVERY list was exactly upside down to the next- because, and here is the killer...it's art. It's not going to mean the same thing to one person than to the next. yes, it's a rocknroll record- but those used to be art. They used to make them where literally if you wanted to skip ahead you had to physically do it- get up and change the song on one side. They were meant to be little journeys.
So 3 record then in one year ( GASP!!!) it was like wearing your clothes backwards or something. And of people judged art by how quickly the inspiration came, well then, by those standards......
a. Robert Johnson would by that very notion be awful because he learned his guitar method and wrote almost all his long staying bodu of work in one 6 month period
b. Husker Du Zen Arcade is crap because it was made in 24 hours
c. disregard any punk record, they are made in a matter of hours.
As if that wasn't funny as hell to watch it is even funnier to see how many of the same publications or voices come back years later talking about the "validity" of albums like Cold Roses.
What I think is, now there is a thing called the internet which is as fun as waiting for an album to come out, getting it home and listening to it for weeks- used to be.
I saw reviews on i-tunes for the new Arctic Monkeys record minutes, MINUTES after it was available for download. People were waiting to talk shit.
It's like that Minor Threat song say's though "Empty barrels make most noise"
Cardinology was only let down by people who held it up against some unknown idea of what they wanted. It is no different than a panel or painting, it is meant to be viewed for what it is not what it could be because frankly records can't be anything other than what happens when they are played and made by the people there.
I think it's a rather concise dedicated little rock record with very little wasted space and smart arrangements. I sing the thing so I am too close to it to know what it is like to someone outside of my field of knowledge.
I love that the last song is STOP. If I never write another tune that was a perfect song in terms of how it felt to write and what it meant to say those things.
I read a few really negative things about the song online and I really couldn't feel anything. I know what it is to me and I know what it means to me and that is all most artists really ever care about. That is about as far as most people take it.
I am certain that I am glad I love the bands and songwriters I admire enough to watch their development and their choices and I really keep my ind ope to those shifts of style and content. I have learned so much from going on the ride, so to speak, with a bunch of amazing bands including a lot of pun bands who changed drastically over time. If I was even 1/5 as critical and negative as the stuff I have seen written, and not just message boards but blogs, about bands that get semi successful I don't know how I would be able to actually absorb the emotional content.
It was different when I was coming around with records, or the scene I was a part of was really supportive and not awful. I'm glad I was able to keep as much of that as I did.
It wears you down eventually. Life is best lived learning and sharing things and not being judgmental and harsh about things that were meant to be entertaining or inspiring. There is so much in the world that NEEDS to be torn apart and torn down- so many awful things- records by bands is just not one of them.
Thats how I feel anyway. But what do I know."
Anyway its late so I'm putting 'Suicide Handbook' on and going to sleep. I hope someone enjoyed that ^
If I saw a show of him doing that record, my life would be complete.
but I hope he has a change of heart and starts dropping a few of those gems into his solo shows. 'Dancing With The Women At The Bar', 'Inn Town', '16 Days', 'Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart', 'Midway Park' - these songs have been dormant for way too long!!