Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3 Of My Records...That I Love to Blast While Watching Thunder Games On Mute

3 Of My Records:

Angel Dust by Faith No More (1992)
LCD Soundsystem By by LCD Soundsystem (2005)
Stankonia by Outkast (2000)

Chosen By: Me (Rob V.)

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Why These 3: Because to combine music and sports (and probably booze if we're being honest) is the Costanza element of my being.  Might it be a sensory overload that may ultimately cause a catastrophic confusion of my sports and music pleasure centers?  You bet.

But there's no better soundtrack for the unique aesthetic combination of aggression and poetic movement that is the NBA for me than the albums above.  Pounding drums, wicked pulsating beats, and ice cold hip-hop rhythms are a far more worthy NBA soundtrack when compared to the generic, cliche-driven play-by-play bullshit we all too often consume with meekly grudging acceptance.  So I say it is time to evolve.  I say it is time to demand more of your sports-watching experience.  Give your ears a standard of consumption worthy of the greatness your eyes behold.  And welcome back the NBA into those loving arms--better than ever.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

3 Of My Records...That Give Me That Teenage Feeling

3 Of My Records:

The Bends by Radiohead (1995)
Something To Remember Me By by Ben Lee (1997)
Energy by Operation Ivy (1989)

Chosen By: Me (Rob V.)

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Why These 3: As a teenager in the mid to late 90's, no 3 albums could possibly better represent my anxious introspection, unabashed romanticism, and rebellious skepticism, respectively, than these. And 20 years on, this music STILL takes me right back to those places in my soul.

Monday, October 27, 2014

3 Of My Records: A Mission Statement, A Call For Submissions, A Call to Create Something Beautiful


I’m kicking off a new (art/music/what-have-you) project that NEEDS the input of others to work.  It’s simple, to the point, and will say more about me/you/us/others than you might initially think.  And it starts with a very simple request:

Fill in the blank: 3 of my records that/to/for/whose/from _______________

For example:   3 of my records that make me feel like a teenager again
                        3 of my records whose album art creeps me the F out
                        3 of my records for nights spent in solitude

You get the gist.  Right?  Right.  So here’s all you do (it's purposefully simple):

  1. You complete the thought: “3 of my records that/to/for/whose/from, etc. _____________
  2. Snap a photo(s) of your 3 records (yes, these should be records you own!).  Make the photos conventional or unconventional.  Use effects.  Use weird angles or lighting or whatever.  Get creative/weird with it.
  3. Send completed thought and photos to with your name or an alias you’d like used.  PLEASE add a few thoughts or a paragraph explaining your selections!  If you want the photos and the thought to speak for itself, also great!
  4. I’ll post submissions to the site.  Done!  

A few notes on why I am and am not doing this:

· This is definitely an art/idea concept for the sake of itself. I have ZERO ambition to make money off this. So no ads or anything like that. I sincerely think the sharing of the what and why of the music we own is a worthy subject of artistic inquiry.

· While I plan to post some of my own submissions, this really MUST be about the input of others in addition to myself. Even I get bored with a site devoted exclusively to my own opinions (believe it or not). I think there’s true beauty and discovery in seeing what others including friends, family and total strangers have to say in regards to 3 records they love, need, are haunted by, etc.

· My old blog, Music Jerk Rob’s Music Blog, is MOSTLY dead moving forward. Having said that, for the sake of posterity and the fact that there’s a great deal of content I’m proud to have created over the last several years, I’m rolling that old blog’s content into this new site/URL. It gives me the flexibility to throw out the occasional list or playlist because those are things I like to do. But those will definitely take a backseat to the “3 of my records” content. It was time to do something new and the inspiration for this hit me like a ton of bricks (let’s hope they’re the good idea bricks instead of the bad idea ones).

· As some of you more astute observers will note, I am continuing to utilize the Blogger platform for now/a variety of reasons. If any of you would like to contribute to sprucing up the layout or designing a banner or logo of some kind, my ears/mind is definitely open. Overall, my goal is to keep this simple. But I’m fortunate to have so many friends who both own records AND know a lot about web/graphic design.

· Finally, please SPREAD the word!  I look forward to the day when I start to get submissions from total strangers! If you think this idea/bit has anything to it, please consider sharing and encouraging others to submit. In short, I am utterly fascinated by people who own records and the reasons they love them.

So that’s it. I look forward to hearing from you soon. The maiden post from me will come later this week!

Love and reverence,


Friday, October 17, 2014

12 and 12: The Top 12 Albums/Songs of 2004

File under wildly unpopular music opinions of my generation: Better than Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Top 12 Albums of 2004

1.  A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
2.  Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
3.  Bows + Arrows by The Walkmen
4.  A Grand Don't Come For Free by The Streets
5.  Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
6.  Antics by Interpol
7.  Funeral by Arcade Fire
8.  You Are the Quarry by Morrissey
9.  The King Khan & BBQ Show by The King Khan & BBQ Show
10. Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens 
11. Phantom Planet by Phantom Planet
12. Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes by TV On the Radio

Top 12 Songs of 2004

1.  "Hiding All Away" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
2.  "The Rat" by The Walkmen
3.  "Evil" by Interpol
4.  "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" by Wilco
5.  "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" by Arcade Fire
6.  "Can't Stand Me Now" by The Libertines
7.  "First of the Gang to Die" by Morrissey
8.  "I Wanna Make It Wit Chu" by Desert Sessions
9.  "Got It Made" by The King Khan & BBQ Show
10. "Public Pervert" by Interpol
11. "By the Bed" by Phantom Planet
12. "Girl Anachronism" by Dresden Dolls


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