one or more of my housemates got into the trash and recycling overflow piles in the kitchen
I did that! The Recyclables Man is a cousin to the Snowman. Neither is meant to last : (
my beautiful housemate
Seriously y’all, get on the ground floor for FiveLobster!
With me in this photo are my roommates Harry Potter & a Weeping Angel. It was a very British Halloween!
This a song I wrote with a good friend of mine, Matt Hickey. What you will.
My wonderful buddy Steve on vocals! He is one of the best dudes.
Me and my roommates submitted this 24 hour film to a fake commercial contest at Open Space. I love one man shows. They are among America’s most lampoonable institutions and must be preserved, for the children.
Amazing write up on Steve Booths Ancient Basement.
You can hear the wind in the room, a presence that is not manifested in a physical form is lingering somewhere. You don’t talk much about it; you just get comfortable and embrace it like it should be there no matter what. A feeling of strength swells inside of you as you push through any form of emotional oppression that may have fallen upon you.
Stephen Booth’s Ancient Basement is one of the most beautiful and sincere records I have heard in a long time. Now let me tell you that I truly have a love for organ music, so my review might be a little bias. I bought this tape because of the dilapidated cartoon drawings and the artwork really drew me in. I knew little to nothing about the deeply talented Booth and I got this tape on a whim while in Baltimore, Maryland. Turns out Booth is an illustrator and a talented one at that who makes tons of drawings and on top of that makes sensitive, charming, simple, great music.
Ancient Basement is haunting; your heart swells while you listen to it. It makes you feel small but part of some larger whole. It is mostly entirely electric chord organ with the occasional vocal melody slipped somewhere in there. Booth really lets you hear the room and gives the listener a sense of space. You can feel the decay and the damp concrete floors in the basement, a longing from a space that was once neglected but is now cherished. For a moment in time good about everything in life and let any stress slip away. This record is sad but not because the music is sad but because of how it opens the listener up and takes the weight of the listeners everyday life away.
Ancient Basement is a truly beautiful release, Booth is a great artist and shouldn’t be overlooked!
“Cat at the Window”
Steve surprised me with the recording device, so I had trouble playing this minus giggle fits. Don’t ask me what this song’s about. It’s about everything.
“Sharks with Thumbs”
This is one of two songs from me & Steve’s comic Almost Raffi. The original lyrics didn’t sit well with me anymore so I cut the song in half, making it short & sweet (shark sushi?).
In the nerdiest, most specific Inventory this year, we collect 25 iconic snare drum intros into an article and the above mashup. We may not have done anything this dorky since our Inventory on 20 pop-cultural obsessions even geekier than Monty Python. Or since our Inventory explaining 170 Beastie Boys references. We should get out more.
Minor Threat Birthday of the Day: Ferociously independent DIY champion Ian MacKaye turned 50 today. FIFTY. That’s pretty hardcore.
As the figurehead for hardcore heroes Minor Threat and post-hardcore prototype Fugazi, it’s difficult to make an Argument against MacKaye’s musical legacy. Strange to think he’s half a century old now, isn’t it?
Remember those 1,000-something $5 concerts Fugazi did? Well, you can watch 800 of them here. Consider it your Red Medicine for the day.
IMPORTANT QUESTION THOUGH: Does MacKaye still have the straight edge?