I was seeking comic originality, and fame fell on me as a by-product. The course was more plodding than heroic: I did not strive valiantly against doubters but took incremental steps studded with a few intuitive leaps. I was not naturally talented—I didn’t sing, dance, or act—though working around that minor detail made me inventive. I was not self-destructive, though I almost destroyed myself.

Steve Martin, Born Standing Up, one of my favorite books.

This passage was about his comedic career but is relevant to so, so many things in life

Ryley Walker - Clear The Sky

On the rare day that Fred went with something metal-like, which jolted me awake, I needed to the bring it down a notch. I had a photorefractive keratectomy laser procedure (similar to lasik in some ways) on Friday and for the first time in 30 years I am wearing neither glasses nor contact lenses. I can’t fully see yet, and keep reaching to put on glasses that no longer make sense or work. Strange, strange feeling.

Ryley wrote about this song: “Song about some chick, mushrooms and the Shenandoah Valley. One of my favorite zones in the country.”

But also, the format of television— much more than film— lends itself to how people consume content now. In small doses. Think about music. The release of a full-length album, with all its requisite buildup and hype, while still theoretically a cool idea, is no longer that interesting. A musician who wins today tours relentlessly, releases a song or two a month, multiple EPs, behind-the-scenes vide0s, photoshoots, etc. Maybe they even drop a surprise album. It’s a constant stream of content.
Paul Cantor “Hollywood Has a Major Problem”
newspeedwayboogie

Gonna reblog myself. I had some time in between things yesterday and while walking down 6th avenue I listened to Soul over and over again, and it shook me up. His voice sounds so youthful and also so hopeful, but the lyrics hint at something so much darker. In so many ways it left me with feelings of inadequacy; I feel like my life will never be complete as I’ll never be able to express myself as he does in this song.

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Songs:Ohia - Soul

Deep, soulful, gorgeous and, really, heartbreaking. One of Jason Molina’s finest, and maybe saddest, moments, from a new Record Store Day release. What a talent, what a loss.

tell all my friends  that I’m bound for heaven 
and if I ain’t so  you can’t blame me for living 
I know what it’s like and it’s worth this misfortune 

whitneymcn

You had me at “Richard & Mimi Farina”

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Vikesh Kapoor - I Dreamt Blues

Vikesh Kapoor released The Ballad Of Willy Robbins this week, but I’m starting to work on a theory: Kapoor is a talented young musician in 2014, but he’s simultaneuosly hanging out with Richard and Mimi Farina in Carmel ca. 1964, creating a musico-temporal uncertainty that resulted this record. A fantastic new release and a tragically overlooked early ’60s gem. 

Songs:Ohia - Soul

Deep, soulful, gorgeous and, really, heartbreaking. One of Jason Molina’s finest, and maybe saddest, moments, from a new Record Store Day release. What a talent, what a loss.

tell all my friends  that I’m bound for heaven 
and if I ain’t so  you can’t blame me for living 
I know what it’s like and it’s worth this misfortune