Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Money doesn't talk, it swears

I was waiting for the 71, which stops along the Haight and heads toward the Mission. Looking at the bus map, alone at the bus stop except for one girl, this older, ruffian-type man comes up to me. He has a bandana wrapped around the top of his head like a pirate, long stringy gray hair coming out from underneath it and his left eye is completely bloodshot. He asks where we are going? I tell him to the Mission. “Where are you from?” he asks, thinking me and the other girl are a couple from out of town. I tell him I live down the street.

“Oh,” he says, “so you know North Beach?”

Sure, I know it, I tell him.

"There are some fine Blues and Titty bars," he muses.

Is that what you’re on your way to, I ask him, a titty bar?

"A Blues and Titty bar," he corrects me. "Music," he continues, "is my only friend. I’ve been married four times in my life; had a lot of great experiences and a lot of terrible ones, but music is the only thing that’s stuck through it with me. Music," he says, "is my friend, my lover, my drug, my alcohol, my bitch, everything," he says. "In the words of James Douglass—and you’ll know who he is when I start singing—in the words of the Great James Douglass..." and he started singing:

For the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end

I didn’t know who James Douglass was, but when he started singing I felt nearly as though he were channeling Jim Morrison directly, as though he were some kind of Jim Morrison impersonator or reincarnation. His voice was so bold and stinging in the night. As he finished I could see the bus pulling up. I wanted to speak to him more now, but it was clear he was not getting on this bus. "Sounds like Jim Morrison to me," I said to him.

"James Douglass Morrison," he says, "have a good night." And that was that.

When I heard about this band The Black Ghosts I initially rolled my eyes. I know and like too many bands already that start with "The Black..." I'm not sure that I enjoy their original songs yet, but the remixes are nice.

The Black Ghosts- Its Your Touch (Ashley Beedles Heavy Disco edit)

The Black Ghosts- Any Way You Choose To Give It (The Whip remix)

And Boy 8 Bit's remix, who seems to be popping up here and there these days, perhaps something to look for in the future. He seems to love those Nintendo arpeggios that I guess his name suggests:

The Black Ghosts- Any Way You Choose To Give It (Boy 8 Bit remix)

Justice For All

After much now-visible unnecessary deliberation, Alex, Albie and I have started up a blog. Alex proposed the idea to me, and I immediately thought it would be great as we all are caught-up in the many ongoing musical trends, blogs, and most important, musical acts. Albie, like me, thought the same, and we all joined our forces. We might be looking for another fellow blogger, but we haven't exhausted the idea.

As for the first proper entry goes, I thought it natural to allude to the artist who gave us inspiration and form to our blog name, Let There Be Night. I speak of none other than the current blog juggernaut and Parisian favorite Justice. An act that was accessible to only a few know-hows two years ago, Justice is now an immediate force known by many kids worldwide, whether indie, whether neu-wave, whether "I like it because everybody likes it." They have gained a wide acceptance from many faces, following their LP debut release (Cross), and appear to stay here for good, at least for the time being.

2005: The second single from their first EP "Waters of Nazareth" is titled "Let There Be Light." Both singles, following the inescapable "We are Your Friends," create much buzz, much stir. True, in many senses, this was the real beginning of Ed Banger records, too, and the genesis to the Justice we all now know.

Justice - Let There Be Light

The most recent sound from Justice has been the much awaited remix of "As Above, So Below" from friends-across-the-pond, Klaxons. Originally, this song was due out several months ago on a Single Ep, but was canceled for unbeknownst reasons, and surfaced at a rather unexpected time, during the Justice world tour. Notable is the Human League sample of "Mirror Man" just at the very end. See if you can find it.

Klaxons - As Above, So Below (Justice Remix)

In the Beginning was the Name...

Hello all! This post will be probably longer than normal; I don't want to set any precedents, I just wanted to document the beginning of this blog. I am very excited about this.

mateusz (21:57:52): i just bought some dutch beer
alex (21:58:46): i'm drinking IPA
mateusz (21:59:08): mine is "peter's brand"
mateusz (22:03:32): damn this Heaven 17 song is so hard
alex (22:11:11): mine is "pyramid"
alex (22:27:29): we should start an mp3 blog
mateusz (22:27:51): wow, i never thought of that

alex (22:32:46): what do we write?
mateusz (22:32:53): i dunno
mateusz (22:33:06): if we start having rules, it willl just be problem
alex (22:33:16): do we write stuff like KidzbyColette or do we write kind of poetic, unrelated things like fluokids?

alex (22:37:28): but we have to think of a name
alex (22:37:47): something totally awesome
mateusz (22:37:50): ok, well i have one, but i wont be butthurt if it doesnt make it
alex (22:37:55): what is it
mateusz (22:37:59): MEMBERS ONLY
mateusz (22:38:37): i dont think i could fill out to that title
mateusz (22:38:49): snobby people gain gravity
alex (22:38:59): we must have good intentions throughout
mateusz (22:39:04): naturally
alex (22:39:11): something very inclusive
mateusz (22:39:42): i'm more or less neutral
mateusz (22:40:04): in the end, the blog's name takes on a sense based on the popularity or not
mateusz (22:40:16): if someone told me daft punk or justice where great names. . .
alex (22:40:34): yeah, right

alex (22:43:56): albie just called!
mateusz (22:44:03): ja same here
mateusz (22:17:41): coincidences: "we happen -- that's what we do best!"
alex (22:44:09): sounded like daft punk?
mateusz (22:44:21): i talked to him for about 5 minutes earlier thoroughly covering all ground
mateusz (22:44:39): he called to tell me "vegas baby." that's it . . .
alex (22:45:18): that's what he must have said to me
mateusz (22:45:28): im happy he's having fun

next day/

mateusz (12:29:39): did you talk to albie?
alex (12:30:34): no
alex (12:30:41): i haven't heard from him since "vegas baby"
mateusz (12:30:48): ha
alex (12:31:02): why
mateusz (12:31:10): about the blog
mateusz (12:31:14): i brought it up to him
mateusz (12:31:30): in the beginning he outright implied he didn't think anything about it would work
mateusz (12:31:46): and when i pressed him to answer if he was going to do it or not, he said "ya ya definitely"

mateusz (12:40:59): you come up with anything?
alex (12:42:32): not really
alex (12:44:28): I was thinking Grand Brovaz would be apropos
alex (12:44:47): maybe too juvenile?
mateusz (12:45:04): ya maybe
mateusz (12:45:10): at first i didnt think so, until you mentioned
alex (12:45:54): maybe too Broish
mateusz (12:46:02): ya
mateusz (12:46:31): it should refer to an idea rather than people

alex (12:51:53): what about GirlScouts?
mateusz (12:52:13): not keen on that
alex (12:54:28): Bedfellows
mateusz (12:54:55): alrite
alex (12:55:01): Mounting Evidence
alex (12:55:10): Black Black

mateusz (12:58:03): fuck im in my calven kleins and my dad's friend just walked in
mateusz (12:58:05): i hate that shit

mateusz (13:07:19): how about . . .
mateusz (13:07:27): "best blog in the universe"
mateusz (13:07:40): "including peripheral solar systems"
mateusz (13:07:56): je rigole
alex (13:08:23): "not including the Andromeda Galaxy"
mateusz (13:08:28): hahaha
alex (13:09:53): Water Shortage
mateusz (13:10:39): "la vague"
alex (13:11:48): Lactose Intolerant
alex (13:12:23): Dark Rift

mateusz (13:23:26): other blog names are really random/stupid
alex (13:25:32): i totally agree
mateusz signed off at 13:39:57.
mateusz signed on at 13:40:02.
mateusz (13:41:00): "let there be light"
mateusz (13:41:49): what do you tihnk?
mateusz (13:42:28): i think it's advantageous to name it after a popular song in the genre of music we would be posting
alex (13:45:56): I don't know
alex (13:46:11): I don't like obviously riding the coattails of Justice
mateusz (13:46:49): it's obnoxious, but that's the idea

alex (13:46:56): Let There Be Night
mateusz (13:47:04): yaaaaaaaaaaa

mateusz: lettherebenightATgmailDOTcom
psswrd: **********
our name is "-------------" . . you can change it . . . i don't mind
i dont have work tmmrrw so i'll work up some post but feel free to post something yourself.

it's like we're now married.