notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Music S.O.S.

Recently I acquired, for the first time in my life, a stereo that plays mp3 CD's. I subsequently told Matthew that this was a life changing event. OK, so maybe that was a bit of an overstatement. But only a bit.

I'm now faced with the "problem" of too many musical possibilities. Since I can fit over 150 songs on a single CD, how the hell do I take advantage of the opportunity?

Here's a solution, you might be thinking: GET A LIFE. Unfortunately, that's not likely to happen anytime in the near future. So the question remains - which songs do I put onto a disc?

I'm actually sort of anal about some things in my life, which may be hard for some of you to believe. Otherwise, I'd just throw whatever the fuck onto a CD and be done with it. Trust me, that's simply not an option. I'm not going to put, say, Destroyer on the same disc as MF Doom instrumentals without a good reason, OK. I'm just not.

I've taken to creating my own little collections based on certain themes, and so far this is working out pretty well. I've got a "soul" CD, which works because I really don't have very much of that anyway. I've also got a couple of hip hop "best ofs" that were easy enough to assemble. Then I got a little creative and made a "road trip" CD - songs about driving, as opposed to songs for driving. And now, I'm in the middle of my latest project, an "Athens music" compilation. As it turns out, 150 songs will just about cover what I have that's worth listening to, and it will be kind of cool hearing all that stuff back to back - sorta like a radio station devoted to a specific music town.

I've got a lot of my friends' music on there, as well as the good stuff from the big names: R.E.M., The B-52's, Neutral Milk Hotel, Vic Chestnutt. There's also a lot I'm missing. That's OK, though, as maybe some day I can make a second volume. What is unacceptable, however, is that I still don't have anything from one particular band that isn't very well known but was absolutely essential to the legendary Athens music scene of the 1980s, and to the alternative music genre in general: Pylon.

I've never heard Pylon. I have heard things from trusted sources. I had no idea, though, that you can't find their music on CD. The used stuff I've found ranges between $25 and $45. So far, I haven't been able to find it available for download, either. I'm probably not looking hard enough.

Which is where you come in. If anyone knows where I can get my hands on either a) Pylon's early albums, or b) some sort of greastest hits compilation, please let me know.

Lucius, I'm pretty much talking to you here.

In addition, if anyone has any mp3 compiling suggestions, throw them my way in the comment section. My CD player is hungry, and I'm way behind the times.