Sunday, January 30, 2011




As a friend said, this is "its own entire category of sadness."

He was the best dog I've ever known. He made it tough to be a skeptic of the soul (whatever that means). It's so peculiar and irrational, our companionship with dogs. I loved Percy. It was an unsophisticated and simple and pure and enormous love. I will stretch my reason enough to have certainty always that he knew I loved him. And I will forever stretch my notion of love enough to be sure he loved me too. I'll miss him terribly and remember him always.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Leverage Models

"Dreaming of Accidents"

Shannon Fields goes solo, which sounds exactly like what you never knew you hoped it would sound like. Right? Expectations be damned. There's a bit of Berlin Trilogy era Bowie/Eno in this tune, the first glimpse into Shannon's cabin fever dreamscapes. (These are the sounds he's made since moving upstate, which makes sense, I think.) There's also a bit of the idiosyncratic loner funk of fellow upstater Gary Wilson. Ultimately, the tune stands apart, collaging and overlaying and deconstructing and transcending familiar modes with a new model, as has all of Shannon's previous work (Stars Like Fleas, Silent League, etc.).

Expect an EP to be released on Hometapes in 2011. I, for one, can't wait to hear what more there is to come. Then again, what good are expectations?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Memories (TSTS Edition)

I just (somewhat randomly) stumbled upon these "videos" from some stupendously awesome person named Erin38732...