Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Listening Post


Yeah, it's a link. But again, I'm working on making things better. Bear with me.

This morning, an emotionally devastating new song and truly striking video from Goldfrapp.

The Daily Banter: Listening Post/9.10.13

Monday, September 09, 2013

Listening Post


For the time being, that is until I figure out how to balance everything, I refuse to leave this little corner of the internet completely barren. So, as promised, I'll at least begin linking over to the stuff I'm posting at Banter.

That includes the regular Listening Posts you've found here for the past seven years, which have now moved on what may end up being a trial basis.

This morning, it's new Coldplay.

The Daily Banter: Listening Post: Coldplay/9.9.13

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Write On


August was a really slow month around here -- no doubt about it. I can blame being overworked and spending the rest of my time with my daughter, who's now back in Dallas, but it's just as easy to go ahead and blame what's traditionally a slow news month. So, what's September going to look like? Well, I'm not sure how much better it's going to get.

Here's the thing: My schedule is changing in a way I haven't experienced since beginning this little experiment of mine more than seven years ago. When I first started, all I wanted to do was write for a living; that's actually one of the main reasons why I started DXM. As it turns out, that dream has now come true to some extent: I'm getting paid to write for the Daily Banter. It's a tough gig because, as I've related here a couple of times, I crank out so much copy so quickly during the week that it often leaves me wondering whether I believe half of what I write anymore and stressing over the quality of the milk this cow is constantly giving. But I'm still being paid to write and I still, I hope, write stuff that people think is worth reading.

The impact it's had on this site can't really be overstated, but now that impact is going to get even more pronounced because big changes are coming to Banter in the form of a more powerful and interactive Gawker-like site, so says Banter overlord Ben Cohen. And he's drafted me to contribute more material for it, which means that I'll be writing for the Daily Banter in just about a full-time capacity. This doesn't mean that I'm shuttering DXM because this is still my internet home and you know how seriously I take it and how protective I am of it. I'll need this place to air the thoughts that just won't fly over at Banter or anywhere else, the personal things that I can only say in my own house. But yes, content around here may suffer until I figure out how to balance everything I'm doing. I'll probably set up links to my Banter nonsense here as well as cranking out a piece here and there that's exclusive to DXM, but right now I just don't know how it's all going to play out.

What I'm not going to do is hand the site over the someone else. God bless Cesca for having Ashby to basically run his own site for him but that's just not my thing. If I'm not here, nobody's gonna be here in my place.

Anyway, just a tiny update from the management. I'm not disappearing or anything, just making yet another transition. A good one this time.

Listening Post



Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld is a melodramatic, self-loathing lunatic whose emotional diarrhea can be as exhilarating and revelatory as it is obnoxious and indulgent. When we last heard from him and his band, he'd written an entire album about his break-up with his wife and the ensuing custody battle over his daughter. In the hands of someone not quite so meticulous and determined when it comes to relating his pain, this could've been really powerful subject matter to mine, but Furstenfeld of course just had to tell the story in such detail that almost no one other than himself could ever relate to it. He's not about universal themes; he's about cutting his own wrists and bleeding all over the audience simply for the sake of the release.

That said, when he's good -- and when he does write as much for the listener as for himself -- he's very good.

Yeah, this is an amateur recording but it's an impressive one, done at a live show in Vegas. The song is from the new Blue October record, Sway, which is surprisingly good.

Here's Not Broken Anymore.