Damon Krukowski Writes Said The Gramophone, Jordan Makes Triumphant Return With Introduction
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[Sorry for my absence. I hope that Dan and Sean took good care of you while I was away. I hope you didn't feel abandoned. I'm still your dad. You're still my kids. I'll still pay for college. You'll still drink and philander, though it shames me.

Anyway, what I wanted to do was organize a guest week before Sean came back and things got serious. That proved harder than hoping, and in the end I received only one submission. It is, however, a very good submission.

The author of today's blog is half of Damon and Naomi, he runs Exact Change Press (a small publishing house devoted to 20th century experimental literature), and was Galaxie 500's drummer. He is Damon Krukowski, and not only did he come through by submitting to the site as he said he would, but he worked to make a deadline. That was very kind of him.
- Ed. Himelfarb

Mr Krukowski wrote:

I've never contributed to a blog before, but from reading a few, it seems like an opportunity to express your innermost crankiness. (Isn't that a good cranky start? I've already insulted blogs, now I'm going to insult the independent music business.) I'm just back from SXSW, 1300 bands crammed into a few square blocks of Austin Texas, and the overwhelming cranky feeling I had there was: there's too much music in the world. No, wait, I'm someone who enjoys subway musicians, AM radio in Newark NJ, cantors, even people singing to themselves in the car in front of me in traffic. There can't be enough music in the world. But there are too many bands! In Austin, I heard bands that made me never want to hear clever postpunk again; bands that made me hate sensitive singer-songwriters; bands that made me regret I ever played a slow backbeat on a drumkit; bands that made me crave silence. But amid the cacophony, I did hear two things that made me happy: happy for music, happy to be making music, happy for the world of sound.

A Hawk and A Hacksaw - "Portlandtown"

A Hawk and A Hacksaw perform as a duo; she (Heather Trest) plays violin, and he (Jeremy Barnes) . . . he plays accordion with his hands, and percussion with his feet, knees, and head (by means of a hat, with bells and a stick strapped to it). He also sings, on occasion, in a vibrato-less baritone that recalls Clive Palmer. The rhythms feel like Eastern European folk dances. The melodies sound like Child ballads. The attitude is subway musician meets Newark AM radio meets cantor meets someone singing to themselves in a car in front of you. [Info]

Gram Parsons - "Hearts on Fire"

The other joyful noise I heard was on the radio -- 2 a.m., driving away from the live music capital of the world, Emmylou and Gram Parsons singing Hearts on Fire in the black Texas night. I want to sing, right here in the car, and I don't care if anyone sees me, much less hears me! [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at April 7, 2005 2:26 AM

"an opportunity to express your innermost crankiness"
You're a fast learner! Thankfully at STG it's not like that at all..

Posted by Matthew at April 7, 2005 3:14 AM

Hi Damon! Wow, I was just listening to "The Great Wall". *gropes for something non-fanboyish to say* Uh... I like Gram Parsons. "An empty bottle, a broken heart, and you're still on my mind."

Posted by rodii at April 7, 2005 11:39 PM

"bands that made me regret I ever played a slow backbeat on a drumkit"

I laughed at this. Out loud. Thanks, Damon (and I like your new album).

Posted by Jim H at April 8, 2005 9:39 PM

couldn't agree more with your take on sxsw. it's difficult to explain that feeling to people. music becomes a thing.

Posted by cody at April 9, 2005 11:17 PM

this is the ultimate tears in yer beers number. I discovered gram p in the 1970's and made a pleasant change to David Cassidy and Donny Osmond. Long live the tumbleweed sound of heaven.

Posted by countrygrrl at April 12, 2005 4:20 PM

nice idea

Posted by Anonymous at April 14, 2005 10:44 PM

damon? were these your words, really? lol
"I've already insulted blogs, now I'm going to insult the independent music business". You've got a windown in my heart! I wanna show you something! An idea I have! Hit me up if you ever get to read this!

Posted by Lou at February 22, 2008 1:57 PM

"I've already insulted blogs, now I'm going to insult the independent music business" lol! great! you've got a open window in my heart! still listening to Within These Walls!

Posted by Lou at February 22, 2008 9:36 PM

Hi! Damon "I've already insulted blogs, now I'm going to insult the independent music business" lol! great! you've got a open window in my heart!!

Posted by Lou at February 22, 2008 10:01 PM

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