Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

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  1. greginak says:

    Sorry to hear Glyph won’t be posting stuff. I always listened to his links and found a couple of good bands. Heavy sigh.Report

  2. Glyph says:

    Thanks Chris! I’m kinda blushing over here, this is some of the nicest stuff anybody’s ever said about me. Looking forward to learning about some new tunes, I’ve lately fallen pretty far down some of my old habitual rabbit holes (note to self: both “Habitual Rabbit” and “Rabbit Habit” prove there ARE still good bandnames left*) on that front.

    I was going to say “Prairie Dog” is the best song on that Laika album, but then I thought it could be this one:

    Or this one:

    Or this one:

    Anyway, thanks for doing this, and I’ll be checking in – if y’all haven’t wrecked this place up like the vacationing rich parents’ house in an 80’s teen comedy, I’ll be very, very disappointed.

    * I went on a rant (appropriately) the other day about this, when I saw a listing for a band called “Restavrant”. COME ON! Just replacing the “u” with a “v” in an otherwise-boring word? You kids aren’t even trying anymore!Report

    • Chris in reply to Glyph says:

      It’s a pretty good album, which I’m pretty sure I once owned, but can find no traces of. I’ve been through so many moves and girlfriends since then that it’s either in someone else’s CD rack or in a landfill somewhere, I imagine. But it was good to rediscover them.

      And you’re welcome. I meant every word of it, including the moody 80s music part ;).Report

      • Glyph in reply to Chris says:

        Margaret Fiedler was in this band prior to Laika:

        But I like Laika better. I had a few of their albums, but only that one (Sounds of the Satellites) made the transition to the hard drive, since it was my favorite one. I’ll have to see if I still have the others and report back as to their quality.Report

  3. krogerfoot says:

    Glyph: Godspeed!
    Chris: Courage!Report

  4. Glyph’s decided to take a break from regular Wednesday and Friday music posts (though I’m hoping he’ll throw one up now and then)

    Is that how you guys do it? To think of all the time I wasted by typing mine.

    In all seriousness, even though I don’t comment on them often, I love the music posts. And I [heart] Glyph. Glad to know it’s just a small break from posting and not a wholesale departure.Report

    • Chris in reply to Russell Saunders says:

      I’m pretty sure Glyph actually works on posts. I’m more of a throwing it up sort of guy (which would explain why I have like a 5,000 word post in Drafts that I’ve been sorta working on for like 2 months).Report

    • Glyph in reply to Russell Saunders says:

      Thanks Doc!

      If by “work” we mean “research, so as to substantively back up my gasbag opinions”, then no, I don’t, beyond checking album release years and such.

      If by “work” we mean “watch YT video after YT video, trying to figure out which one has the best sound quality and also the best video (often, I went with fan vids over official ones), and revise, revise, revise” (that GbV post shows 194 revisions – but I am pretty obsessive with the “Save” button when I am working, so that number’s maybe not quite as insane as it sounds, or at least it’s insane in a different way), then I def. put some work into some of them. That Albini one (157 revisions) took forever for some reason.Report

  5. aaron david says:

    Well, I think I need to start working on the post (still spinning around my head) I have been thinking about for a while, on local Sacramento music.
    I also have to say that Glyph is (and always) a great addition to the Times, and we look forward to his return.
    One last thing Chris- you have the keys now, drive it home.Report

    • Chris in reply to aaron david says:

      Awesome, I’m looking forward to it.

      I just realized I didn’t put my email in the post, which kinda makes it hard to send me stuff. So here it is (take out the spaces and replace the at with an @ and the dot with, well, you can figure it out):

      mixing memory at gmail dot comReport

    • Glyph in reply to aaron david says:

      I’d like to read that SAC music one. Here’re the limits of my SAC music scene knowledge:

      I assume you guys go ahead and claim Pavement, since Stockton’s just down the road.
      Knapsack was started at UC-Davis. Blackalicious (how’d we miss them on the hip-hop posts?) is from SAC. I’ll give you the Cramps on a technicality, since they started there (but didn’t stay long), but if you take them you have to take Tesla too, and it’s probably just not worth it.

      And, uh…Folsom and Lodi are nearby, inspiring classic songs!

      That’s all I got, I think. Every time I am in SAC I get dragged by coworkers to the same bar with the disco cover band.

      It’s not bad, but that can’t be all there is.Report

  6. trizzlor says:

    Sad to see Glyph take a break! I’ve mostly lurked in the music posts but really enjoyed them and the comments they spawned. I’m happy to see Glyph still popping into the comments and I’m really looking forward to Chris’ perspective.Report

    • Chris in reply to trizzlor says:

      I’m trying to decide whether I have a perspective that goes beyond, “Man, this is cool!” I’m just hopin’ what I think is cool a.) maps with what some of y’all think is cool, and b.) includes some stuff that y’all haven’t heard before. The latter is a much tougher standard to meet than the former, I think.Report