I’ve been wearing Chuck Taylors for about 20 years now, and I’ve loved them. When I used to skateboard when I lived in Florida I would wear Simple Shoes, and I’ve decided to go back. The Chucks have become a sign of “hipness” for the youth of today that they are no longer as unique as they once were. Is this shallow of me? Perhaps, but they are my feet. Plus Converse no longer makes the suede lowtops that I loved.
The Complete Jawbreaker Page has some news about Blake’s new band. He along with drummer Aaron Cometbus and bassest Daniela Sea played a show in Brooklyn. Here are a few videos:
Photos can be seen here.
I know it has been a bit since my last post but school takes priority if I am to get into a decent law school. Anyway here is some news Adam posted via MySpace.com, Blake even sends in a word and hes doing music again!:
Jawbreaker News Redux….
The last bulletin I posted mentioned the Unfun remaster. I am going back down to LA this weekend to do it again. There were “flutters” in that first pass, which is a techie way of saying that gummy leader tape splices between the songs made the beginnings and endings sound like they had been drinking, which is a longwinded way of saying that it was fucked up, though no fault of the Man Himself John Golden. Unfun will be available online through the usual providers and in stores in the Spring of 2009 on Blackball Records. Extras will include the 7″ mix of Busy and alternate mixes of Want and Fine Day.
Correction: I said in the previous post that Unfun would first be available at Hot Topic before going out to the mom and pop stores. This is not the case. Unfun will be released to ALL retail stores at the same time, fair and square. Hot Topic will carry it—they have our other stuff, which is great if you don’t have a mom and pop around and still like to have something in your hand to peruse. Or you can order it throughmidheaven. com…
A lot of the myspace people are asking me about the status of the documentary that Tim Irwin and Keith Schieron (We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen) are making. I’d say they are halfway there. Like I said before, these guys have real jobs (and a new kid-- congrats, Keith!) and are making this movie catch-as-catch-can on their own dime, to mix idioms. We just got copies of the Dear You masters and they are going to interview Rob Cavallo next and have him go through a couple of songs.
Which brings me to sad news. Jerry Finn, our friend who mixed Dear You, passed away last month. I do not feel qualified to eulogize Jerry-- we worked with him all too briefly back in 1995. But our time was intimate, and we kept in touch via email over the years. I considered him a friend and ally. The last time we were in contact I begged him to be in our movie. But Jerry wasn’t comfortable patting himself on the back in an on camera interview. I think he was content to let the music do the talking, as it were. That’s a smooth character right there. Or maybe he just didn’t want to give up any of his studio secrets (I’ll divulge one here: to keep morale up, when greeting the still reeling from signing to a major label band, say, “Hey, Little Fighters!” That’ll do the trick.) So the next time you hear a song made in the last fifteen years that punches you in the stomach while kissing you on the lips, you have Jerry Finn to thank.
I don’t like to speak for my fellow Jbs. I‘ll hand it over to Blake and send a Chris update when I hear from him…
A Note/Update from Blake Schwarzenbach:
Because I am bad at speaking about myself but excel at projecting my identity onto others and then destroying them I will be brief. I am currently defending my master’s thesis at Hunter College in Manhattan, making music in an as yet unnamed group, and fighting with words on Facebook (it’s an all ages page, meaning you don’t have to be a ‘friend’ to read it; although I think you do need an account, which is free and relatively non-invasive. Come on by!)
My thesis is on Percy Bysshe Shelley, who appears to have gotten almost everything right and paid dearly for it. The paper focuses on Shelley’s technique of pushing metaphor until all connection between sign and signified is shattered and either some new truth declares itself or a sublime vacuum opens up and we are confronted with the void. Exciting stuff, I assure you, especially when one considers that he was a fiercely principled Republican (in the 18th century meaning of the term: friend of suffrage and the French Revolution, foe of monarchy and moneyed interests), an atheist, a vegetarian, and a wild-eyed beauty in verse. What’s not to celebrate? Well, as it happens, he was universally ignored, reviled, humiliated or suppressed and died in exile. So, this is what I devote my academic energies to, which brings into even starker relief the historically blind trammeling and dismemberment of the U.S. constitution that has gone on these past eight years.
Musically, and I think maybe I can speak more clearly about this, I feel as though I am emerging from a kind of muted, reflective nuclear winter. It’s awkward to talk about one’s own music since that is what we ask the music to do; so I’ll say only that it meets my own inner-standard of truth. I believe in it enough to overcome my own fear of making it. Hopefully we’ll find a bassist (a woman, over 30, who rides a bike and can resolve any dictionary disputes that might arise between the drummer and myself) and come to a town near you.
Finally, thank you friends and enthusiasts of Jawbreaker. We did this thing for a long time in the dark – as all bands must – and it is gratifying to hear of younger people finding the band and getting it. The goal was always to connect with others and that seems to have happened so I think we can all claim success in that project.
Google Chrome is now here, and so far I like it. It is faster then Fire Fox, and seems to handle Java better. Moreover, I now have the return of certain Active X controls that I did not have with Fire Fox 3. For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, Google Chrome is Google’s new web browser. Give it a try.
In other news: Classes have stared and I am building a new computer. I just ordered the power supply, and will get the mother board next week.
One more thing, this will be the only good thing I will ever say about her; but Sarah Palin is hot.
General Zod has thrown his hat into the political ring this year. Visit him here. His platform includes: