Sunday, March 9, 2014

Introductions, Etc.

Hi. I decided to make a blog so my random musings have a home on the internet. This will make things more convenient for the (two- hi mom and dad!) people who might be interested in reading what I have to say. It will also allow me to pretend I am a music journalist, a field that has long since joined the ranks of paleontology and "professional lego builder" in my pile of discarded career paths. I might post about other topics too, but I anticipate this will mostly be a music blog. And we all know what the internet needs most is another music blog.

I last regularly wrote about music circa 2007-2008 as a staff writer at my alma mater's student newspaper, The Lawrentian. Those were good times. I do find myself nostalgic for when I had the opportunity to be paid $12 to slam a crappy emo band's performance in the student union (stay tuned, I will be posting some of my old reviews on here. Watch out, northsoutheastwest! And ugh, don't click that link, they are still terrible). Around that time, I also co-hosted a wildly popular radio program called "Safe as Milk" with my friend Bob, which once reached as many as ten listeners.

Now that you know my esteemed credentials, let me explain the title of the blog. It is from the song Farewell Transmission by Songs: Ohia, which is without a doubt one of my favorite songs ever. I have lost count of how many times I have felt chills listening to that song, which is an even more affecting listen in light of the passing of that band's leader, Jason Molina, last year. If you have not listened to that song while speeding down an empty highway at dawn, you have not lived. Anyway, some jerk named Lauren stole the URL I wanted to use ( and then left it abandoned for a decade after writing one very dramatic post (I hope you have since found peace, Lauren). But "Static and Distance," a haunting line from Farewell Transmission, works pretty well I think.

So here we are. A blog.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for doing this, Matthew. As 50% of your readership, I'm looking forward to updating my own music library through your recommendations. Can't just listen to "Hallelujah"--ha! Those childhood memories...