1.06.2010

Rockrockrockrock Rock & Roll, uh, Community College


Dang man. So our computer's totally taking a dump. It might be dying, in fact. This sucks for reals though. Especially since I was working on some pretty epic stuff to start hitting here. Stuff that, had it been able to be posted, most likely would have blown your mind to pieces, so maybe it's for the best, as I would hate for you to explode your head all over your computer screen, thereby causing your computer to die as well. So yeah.

Okay, not really, but still.

But anyway, I guess I'll spoil my surprise and let you in on one of the things I was working on for the blog. See, you guys know I love me some music. I mean, it's on my mind a lot. It takes up a large part of my thoughts and time and, well, hard-drive space. I read books about it, I watch movies about it, I even read comics about it. (Which, by the way, you should totally read Gipi's Garage Band. It looks like being in a band feels.) I make a mixtape every month and if you give me a chance, I will talk your ear off about rock and roll in all it's variant strains.

And now I'm basically going to do just that, only, uh, electronically.

So the plan is this: once a week I'm going to talk about an album you should listen to. Not because I'm cooler than you or anything, but I mean, I got all this knowledge and I feel like I should share it with all y'all cuz that's the kind of guy I am. If you read something that sounds like something you'd be into, track it down. If not, at least I'm posting something here, right.

I was starting to compile my list of albums when our computer started to shuffle off to the digital afterlife, but it will encompass stuff you've probably already heard of - like the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds - and some stuff you've probably never heard of - like Papas Fritas' Helioself or Caetano Veloso's self-titled 1969 album - and all points in-between. Think of it like a community college Rock & Roll History class taught by someone who is woefully unqualified to teach, and despite his obvious (and borderline creepy) enthusiasm you can't help but shake the feeling that he's making all of this up as he goes along and you heard a rumor that he's living out of his 1974 Honda Civic hatchback and he's wanted for smuggling exotic animals out of Turkmenistan or something equally weird.

Or basically, a community college Rock & Roll History class.

Or, to make even less sense, think of it like Oprah's Book Club only with records instead of books and a tall, pasty, red-headed dude instead of Oprah. Opie's Record Club, maybe?

So yeah, that's the plan. The start date is entirely dependent on our computer situation, but that's where we're headed here on Big Red Robot. I mean, there's other stuff that'll be going down, but this is a new thing that I'm feeling pretty psyched about. Let me know in the comments what you think. And if there's anything else you want or need more of here at BRR, let me know that, too. I'm always on the lookout for stuff to blog about.

11 comments:

Melissa said...

I could use a little rock and roll community college. I could also stand to discover how one of your mixes ended up with Marvin and Diana's "My Mistake" on it. You are one eclectic son of a gun.

fd said...

i absolutely cannot wait to read these!

Caitlin said...

I am pretty much totally psyched about this, dude.

Josh said...

I'm all for it. While I have to admit that I'm not into about 50-60%-ish of the hipster music that you like, I also have to admit that whether I like like to listen to it on a regular basis or not, it is ALL very musically (and mathematically even) engaging and refreshing, even if it only gets played once by me. And I'm always on the lookout for "new" good music, which you have not failed at supplying me with. I also find your knowledge of music and bands interesting, whether I know the group or not. So, um... yeah, that would be great man. But I also like the other stuff that goes down here too, so please keep me fed with stuff like those fantastic pants you discovered and the supplementary flowchart that went with them. Also, thanks for the love for the You're Not Normal blog, I just noticed that was over there.

rose said...

I'm all for this. My hard drive is pretty full and until I get that figured out, I can't even download your mixes! which bums me out.
Anyhow, I think a list of good music is always a good thing.

Geek+Nerd said...

I'm a bit in Rose's boat - my hard drive is so full that I have to delete stuff or temporarily move it onto an external to download your mixes, which I promptly burn on CD, then delete from my hard drive to make room again so that my computer doesn't explode...

I like the Rock n' Roll college again, but I hope that you'll still be making mixes! The mixes make my month! My two cents.

Mr. Philippe said...

An absolutely amazing idea ol' chum. I can't wait.

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Jayvaz said...

I actually DID take a History of Rock 'n' Roll class at (what was at that time) CCSN... does this mean we're going to spend 2 weeks on Elvis?

Dylan said...

@Jay: I can say with some assurity that we *will not* be spending two weeks on Elvis.

Jayvaz said...

Thank goodness. Count me in.