If I had the ability to look back in time and determine which day of the week I likely listen to Preston School of Industry I bet the answer would be Saturday. I find the spacious sounds Scott Kannberg (ex-Pavement) creates relaxing and just right.
Up until a few months ago I hadn’t listened to this song for 10 years? Having all your vinyl in boxes tends to make listening difficult … Plus, I need a new record needle.
Anyway, when I saw a link to download this Rye/Karp split on some blog I jumped on it. I went straight to this song, then “Obstacle Corpse" by Karp. Both powerfully rocking jams. I had a hard time deciding which of the two I’d post here, but ultimately went with the one that matched the sounds I was more into at the time. "Swing your daddy!"
Low - Born by the Wires
This song takes me back to those Friday nights closing up the record store with Doyoucompute. The way the song ends with the strumming of the same chord over and over is by far my favorite part. It demands your patience and pushes you to sit down and listen. In those moments when the chord rings out into emptiness, I can almost imagine Sparhawk throwing soft boulders down a very deep hole at timed intervals.
This song really stands out because it was the last one I saw them perform live. The year was 1997 and I was in NYC with some friends. During that trip a friendship nosedived leaving me withdrawn and angry, so by the time I arrived at the show on my final night in NYC I was ready for an escape. I had a couple of drinks, forced my way to the front of the crowd, and vanished into the wall of sound and lights that were The VSS.
One of my music related regrets is missing an Antioch Arrow show. If I had known it would be my only chance to see them I would have found that ride. From what I’ve dug up on YouTube and heard from people who saw them, their shows were complete disorder and often just a bunch of noise. Still. I’m certain I would have found that worthwhile. Besides, they used Saul Bass’ artwork for the cover of their first album.
Alt songs considered: Heroin - In General Angel Hair - Second Cousin Second Story Window - Big Eyed Blue
I was lucky enough to see Lowercase perform twice. The first time with the original line up of Imaad and Brian. The second after they added the bass player for “Kill the Lights” (which this song is on). While I’m more fond of their earlier thinner and more discordant work, I can’t help but enjoy the driving groove and added texture the bass gives this song. It just begs to be turned up.
I thought this would be a good start to some 90’s posts. When I queued up aMiniature’s albums I thought I’d be posting something off of DepthFiveRateSix (my fav release), but when I hit this song (off of the “Murk Time Cruiser” LP) I hit replay 3 times so the choice was obvious.
This track makes me wish I took photos all those years ago. I believe I saw these guys perform with Three Mile Pilot … Or was it Chune? Eh, I can’t remember now. See! A photo would have helped here.
Doyoucompute has made me want to go back and start posting some of the great music I listened to during the 90’s. While this song isn’t from that decade, the lyrics are spot on for the moment.
1995 is missing buses It’s walking 15 miles to see your love It’s knowing you’re alive through all the fuzz It’s never coming down from going up
1995 is cutting classes It’s sitting over coffees talking indie treats It’s the mere sensation of being the first one that you see When morning opens up the skies You see me when daylight opens up your eyes
And though I’m happier now I always long somehow Back to 1995
All my friends have different plans to make their lives worth while Some for the better Some for worse Some have gone to different cities searching every mile For missing pieces that will make a whole
1995 seems like a long way to go If you ever were to find your way back home But the only thing I really miss is being the first one that you see When morning opens up the skies You see me when daylight opens up your eyes
Dutch band De Kift makes me think of three things when I listen to them: The Ex, Mike Watt, and this scene from Future Primitive where Per Welinder emerges from a manhole yelling some stuff I can’t understand.
The live version of this song on “Live Trek 1985 - 1986” has some extra tasty special sauce on it, too.
Years ago, when I worked in a small indie shop in AZ, Bruce Licher would stop by occasionally to sell IPR merch. He was always great to talk to and he’d occasionally bring in his own used records to sell. Nice guy and talented letterpress artist. Check out the old postcards and flyers he has for sale on eBay. More about his printing services.