Thursday, August 21, 2014

There's a "Magic Age" When You Find Your Musical Taste, According to Science - Mic

Okay, Just read this and had to share.
When I was a teenager I did a summer job where one of the other "interns" was a college student in his early twenties.
Most of us there-including the full-on "grown-ups" had a couple of things in common: we all  loved music to a fault and we all thought this guy was completely full of shit.
He was a very nice person, don't get me wrong.
He was a good co-worker but he just seemed like he was full of bullshit stories.

And he may have been, but one day while we were talking about music and he was telling a story we all thought was bullshit, there was an exchange between him and someone else...I don't recall the details, but it was about a band or a song.
The context was him and another person talking about a band or a song that they both liked- but the other person mentioned that someone he was close to hated it..that is where a piece of genius was put into my mind about music and art.
This guy we all thought was full of shit smiled and laughed and said (and this is a rough-quote but you'll get the gist:)  "...the thing about music and musical taste, is that when you insult some one's musical taste, you insult them on a level that is more personal than just about anything else."
What he meant was, it (musical taste)  is one of the very first things we develop on our on as we become who we are.
Fucking brilliant-and that was like in ....1986?

Back then I still had the old WTOS in Maine-what as basically a "College-Rock" station but with a 50,000 Watt transmitter on one of the highest peaks in the state-on clear night's they got requests from Jersey.
During my formative years between that, public radio, my friends I heard just about everything.
That explains my taste now....and another reason  I do what I do:
If my Brain was trained during those formative years to hear it all ...and I refuse to grow up maybe subconsciously I am trying to wake up your "Young Brain".
We program music from all times and genres just because of this.
If it was great, it is still great, maybe it isn't considered great yet but will be.
Death Grips to Billie Holiday.
If your mind was open back then it will still be so now (with a reminder or two). If you realize you missed a bit in your formative years and want to expand your mind? We can do that to.*
This article proves why we are here.
Click the link for the full article.

There's a "Magic Age" When You Find Your Musical Taste, According to Science - Mic: ""Fourteen is a sort of magic age for the development of musical tastes," Daniel J. Levitin, a professor of psychology and the director of the Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University, told the New York Times. "Pubertal growth hormones make everything we're experiencing, including music, seem very important. We're just reaching a point in our cognitive development when we're developing our own tastes. And musical tastes become a badge of identity.""

Cheers! C.

Kat, we still miss you and we will every day.
*This claim is not backed-up by any science, just my own ego.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Trying to Knuckle-Down Again: A Whole Slew of New(ish) Ads.....

In the last month or so I have dumped a bunch of new tracks onto the server.
I used to do regular updates and have been failing in that regard as lately most of my time has been taken up by the business-end of things.
And getting drunk and feeling sorry for myself.
The licensing and royalties have to be paid, the vendors need to be paid, and the DJ Bots are ALWAYS hungry...and despite my love for them, they eat mostly cash.
I'm cool with that, but as "we" have grown past the simple days of Loudcaster (R.I.P.) I have to spread my energy evenly to make sure everything is always up-and-running.
Tonight's post is going to be a little more back to the old-days.
I am going to drop as many videos of the new tunes in here as I you can roll around in them like a happy dog and give your friends a reference point as to what we are up to when we claim to stream the best shit, 24/7, anywhere in this part of the galaxy-available any time to anyone with a computer or a smartphone.
After the videos I'll put in a list of tracks I missed.
Stand back, I don't know how long this thing will get:

..We uploaded the whole Courtney Barnett EP into the "Featured Artist" queue-but I gotta tell you-I don;t normally post these "whole album" YouTube links because I think they are theft-but if you even like her a little I want to get you hooked. This young woman has SO much potential....I tried to post the video of her on Fallon but the embed has been disabled....
I am not talking trash about other bands, but many Indie bands don't sound that good when they go on talk shows but she sounded BETTER on Fallon than the record.
Go to YouTube and watch her playing "Avant Gardener". That band is so tight that they are relaxed-a tough thing for 'young' bands....if I haven't said it before: The Aussies know something about Rock ad Roll the rest of us don't and it is most obvious in the drums and bass.

So, the other full albums we have dropped into the rotation are (in no particular order):

Tom Petty-Full Moon Fever

The Fall- Totally Wired: Rough Trade Anthology

The Damned-Strawberries

And we have added a few other sundries I can't even keep track of.

....sorry for the delays between posts....trying to settle into a new rhythm now that Kat is no-longer on-board has been tough.
To be perfectly honest, I've been drinking a lot and trying to avoid working on the station.
So much about her is part of the station and therefor part of me.
When I said it was like someone died that is true and I have been going through the 'official' grieving process.
This is my kid and she has helped nurture it and now I am on my own.
I can't overstate her influence on everything you hear and see but I am taking what I learned from her thought process and trying to use it.

With Kat's departure I have been limping along in many ways.
This part, the writing, the new music, it just reminds me of her constantly  and what my future will be lacking...
Once again, for those of you who have been here from the drop and those who are new, I take this seriously.
I do this because I love music, I may do it because I hate the fact that the Public Airwaves are now largely dominated by douchebags, but this is as much for you as it is for me and the music.
I pay all the bills out of my own pocket whether or not I make money because I want to share what is Humanity's greatest gift to the Universe-it's art.
Art is the seemingly superfluous by-product of the soul of Humanity-this is what we leave behind.
For our future historians, our kids and grand kids...maybe even alien archaeologists.
The vast majority of artists toil in their free-time for nothing.
Most creatives never 'work' in their chosen field of endeavour.
Most of them and their work will be lost forever without anyone ever having enjoyed them to the degree it and the artists deserved.
Most of them (probably) don't really care-they would have done it anyway.
But part of being human is sharing.
For us (now mostly just me) this has become a collection of sonic cave-paintings and an ethos I hope will travel past my own mortality.
I had hoped that Kat would make that full journey with me as a valued friend, advisor, and confidant, but that now seems far past unlikely.
What you see above is a collection of how I am making an effort to see beyond just my ideas and try to incorporate the ghost of one Kathleen Sharbit Nibbler into the Twilight Zone of my love for music.
Yes in one sense, this is a business, but above all it is about love and about you as well.
Cheers! C.

Kat, we miss you and we always will.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Raw Nerve and Nostalgia.

I don't normally suffer from fits of nostalgia.
Part of it is something I got from learning about Miles Davis always moving forward, part of it is Clint Eastwood quoting his father as saying " either progress or you decay", and part of it is that living in the past is often depressing and haunting.
Often but not always.
Sometimes nostalgia is the mind comforting the soul.
Tonight a (very) raw nerve was touched by a couple of songs, songs which led to other songs and memories.. Not bad memories or specific memories, just memories of time and place and music that was of and about that time and place. Listening to the radio in still places and certain types of magic seeped out. Magic in music that may very well have been based in some form of nostalgia manifested in the vernacular of the then current time and place.
Sometimes haunting isn't all bad either.
Maybe sometimes ghosts come to you at a bad time to set things straight in your head and heart.
In this case, these tunes came the best way forgotten songs do-unexpectedly.
Turn on the radio at the right time and and a narcotic wave breaks and settles peacefully like when trying to meditate becomes stillness.
DJ Raul Campos from KCRW for the win tonight.

I just uploaded these to the sation-another song that came to mind as well, Indio's "Big Hard Sun" is not currently available on any of the legal download services  I use...As good as Eddie Vedder's version is, nothing can top the is of that vernacular of great music creeping out via a bad AM signal through shitty speakers and defining a time and place.....

Cheers! C.

P.S. Kat, we miss you.