So, the Tweedy quote but faster

Let’s go for that today.

The Clash, Tommy Gun, 1978:

Jeff Tweedy to the Montreal Gazette last week, via Casey:

I think you stay pretty open to what the shape of a song could be. Hopefully you’re going to be surprised and excited by what starts to emerge out of basically this raw material of chord progression and melody and lyrics. And I think if you’re not too married to steering the ship, if you just stay open to it, a really strong shape starts to emerge. And I guess in a band of six people, it’s kind of amazing that at some point we all start to see it. We all start to see simultaneously where this song is going and how it’s going to work. And then you just do your best to finish it – make it as good as it can be. But yeah, that song was like a collage or something. We worked on it off and on for several months. But I think fairly early on it took this shape that we just wanted to hone in on. I mean, I could use a really, really pretentious analogy, but I think it’s fitting: Inuit carvers pick up a piece of stone, and they start carving not knowing what animal is inside of it. And when they get to a certain point, it becomes obvious to them that, oh, they’re making a walrus, or this is a caribou or whatever. That’s kind of what I’m describing: you just get lost in the process, and eventually something starts to emerge. It’s like those Magic Eye posters. (Laughs)

Lala, gonna miss you

I don’t want to count how many times I’ve embedded Lala on this site. For every time I’ve used Lala, now an embed will die. Apple is shutting down the service, months after buying it. No more lone, free streams.

News reports expect Apple will build Lala’s streaming technologies into a cloud-ish, Web-based version of iTunes. Fair enough. You buy it, the oldie Circuit City ad reminds us, and it’s your responsibility. Whatever future version of iTunes will likely be better than what we have now.

But that lone, free play. The sound quality was so good. Maybe even better than iTunes. You could turn it up and like it even more. You only got one play, sure. That was rough, getting to the end and realizing you could hear 30-second plays after. But that one play hit right.

Various one-plays from this blog:

12/1/2009. “One more U2 remix: ‘Kick the Darkness.’
12/10/2009. ‘What Christmas Means to Me.’ Stevie Wonder, album.
12/12/2009. The four songs I liked. Julie Doiron, When Brakes Get Wet.
1/2/2010. Love as a con. Faces, Open to Ideas.
1/9/2010. Little things with Elvis. Alicia Keys, You Don’t Know My Name.

So, last one.

As we’re discussing them

The Clash, Clampdown, Live at Shea Stadium. “Anyone feel like being a biological experimentation?? Along these lines… So we take 72,000 guinea pigs, and we put them inside Shea Stadium. And then we let it raiiiiin… And then we turn up the sound system. So, it goes like, 5,000 watts! 6,000 watts! 7,000 watts! 8,000 watts! Still climbing…”