Glyph is worse than some and better than others. He believes that life is just one damned thing after another, that only pop music can save us now, and that mercy is the mark of a great man (but he's just all right). Nothing he writes here should be taken as an indication that he knows anything about anything.

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  1. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    Heh, when I saw the title my immediate reaction was “hey, what happened to ‘no politics’?”Report

  2. Avatar D Clarity says:

    I saw them in 2000, Switched On Volume 2 was on the turntable a lot back then.

    “in large part I listen to music so I don’t have to hear myself think anymore”

    That’s one way to do it.

    There are very few rock bands that I can sleep to, Stereolab isn’t one but MBV definitely is. Turn Loveless up all the way and take a nap.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      You saw them right around the same time I did, it would have been around ’99 or 2000. They had been doing the “lounge/space-pop” thing for so long, I had forgotten how noisy they could be. They totally rocked.

      I’ve mentioned this here before, but Psychocandy can knock me right out. Something about that white noise (or in the case of Loveless, pink noise) can be soothing.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        1/f puts me to sleep too.

        I mean thinking about the stuff I’ve read about 1/f puts me to sleep.Report

        • Avatar Glyph says:

          I had to look up 1/f. 😉

          Sorry, “pink” wasn’t meant as a technical term; just a quickie attempt to distinguish the way they do “noise” vs. the way the JAMC did it. MBV is to me less “masculine” (less aggressive/abrasive, more enveloping).

          More like being ensconced in a gigantic, warm ocean swell, and less like being incarcerated in a steel cage with sparking power tools working on it.Report

          • Avatar Chris says:

            I figured it was metaphor/imagery, though I wasn’t quite sure what it meant. Makes sense though, now that you’ve explained it. Now I’m trying to think of an example of “blue noise.”Report

            • Avatar Glyph says:

              Now you’ve got me wondering why I can’t come up with an example of blue noise. Maybe because I think of noise/distortion as “warm/hot”, and blue is “cool”? Like, there’s definitely plenty of beat-oriented or electronic music (or jazz, or pop, or, you know, blues) that sounds “blue” – but once it starts to be distorted, that sound is getting “warmer” to me?

              In the same way that the hiss and crackle of vinyl is “warm”.

              I wonder if it has anything to do with deep-rooted ancestral fire associations – the hiss and sizzle and crackle (and heat/light) of the campfire.Report

            • Avatar Jaybird says:

              What Edge was doing with the guitar in U2’s “Numb”?Report

              • Avatar Glyph says:

                [guitar snob]”What is Edge doing with a guitar in ANY U2 song?!” Hey-o!”[/guitar snob]

                (NOTE: I actually like Edge quite a bit as a guitarist).Report

              • Avatar Jaybird says:

                Well, I heard this song on the local college station the other day and it always makes me laugh and giggle and then I’m transfixed by how absolutely horrible it is… and then how it becomes… I dunno. Something that you know that he loves soooo much and you see how he loves it. And you stop giggling. Kinda.


              • Avatar Jaybird says:

                Anyway, the last 4 or 5 minutes of crazy might be “blue noise”.Report

              • Avatar Glyph says:

                I didn’t think it was that bad, the guitar work was quite nice…but to me that’s not “noise” (well, it is, in the sense of “sonic vibrations”, but not in the sense of “distortion – intentional or not – functioning as musical compositional element”), it’s “music”.

                Note that I don’t use “noise” pejoratively. I know my description above of the Mary Chain might seem like a dis, but it’s not. A little bit of pain served up with the pleasure can be a good thing – I have a post coming up on that.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    I was hoping this post was about Bertie Wooster or Bingo Little..Report