Dec 212009

Topic: Hard-Partyin’, Harder Rockin’ College Buddy and Biochem Brainiac Now Embraces Dave Matthews Band

Concept: This would have been a short story- or novella-length piece taking off on a real-life college friend of mine and Sammymaudlin’s from way back when. He was a high-energy, red-headed, hard-partying rocker who also happened to pull a 4.0 in his biochemistry program in between loading up his Pegasus bong and the constant fine-tuning of an honest-to-goodness light show he had set up in his room to accompany the blasting of Led Zeppelin and Rush (earlier in the evening) to chill-out time with early Genesis when the clock struck 2:00 am. “You guys can hang out,” he’d say to the remaining handful of partiers, as he moved to the other side of his room and began studying for his 10:00 am biochemistry final. Amazing! We have no idea what became of this guy, but I can’t help thinking he’s the middle-aged guy who now gets excited to see Dave Matthews on tour.

Part 2 coming soon (if I get around to it)! Rockin’ Viagra, an unpublished interview, and the review Griel Marcus never got around to writing.


  5 Responses to “Thread Ideas I Can No Longer Expect to Ever Complete in 2009, Part 1”

  1. misterioso

    Senor Moderator, if you only knew how many times I had had this same thought! Well, technically, none. But now that you mention it, yes: Holly does have that same sort of lockjawed backwoodsy drawl that makes you want her to burst out with, “Virgil Cane is my name / And I worked on the Danville train….” And in the old days when she still had a beard the resemblance was even more uncanny.

  2. I should perhaps gently point out that there’s this thing called dialects, see? Linguistics fail.

  3. I’ll take late peiod Steely Dan over Dave Matthews to show off my stereo any time.

    Beatles LOVE is the Stereo Show- off CD of choice for me..esp now that you can go 5.1 with the DVD version… I just got a real 5-cable 5.1 set up (analog!) and now I am that asshole (time to crank up Goucho!)

  4. Gaucho? Any audiophile worth his weight in salt knows that it’s Two Against Nature that needs to get cranked on the hi-fi!

    I’ve got the DVD version of Love, but I don’t have the set up for it. Matter of fact, I’ve bought a few 5.1s in the past few years. Perhaps my Secret Santa will gift me one?


  5. hrrundivbakshi

    Gotta go to bat for what I think is the ultimate audiophile album, “Bellybutton” by Jellyfish. Any time an album is so obsessively hyper-engineered that it breaks up the band, you gotta believe it’ll make your high-end ribbon speakers sing.

    In all seriousness, I’ve heard it’s the go-to album for geeky L.A. studio engineers who want to test studio monitors.

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