March 1st, 2004


today is the day of lists

A list from marmoset

First record I ever bought: Beatles "Rubber Soul" in mono. Stereo cost a $1 more. 1966, Gemco, San Jose.

First gig: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and a bunch of other bands I've forgotten. Outdoor festival May 18, 1968 San Jose Fairgrounds. I vividly remember that some guy had rolled out a large oriental rug and sat in the middle of it on a pillow smoking a hookah.

Best gig: I've been to so many shows ... Best Techno: Jeff Mills @ the Zephyr Paris after the techno parade, runner up: Planet E Party Movement 2002 w/Herbert, Shake, Carl Craig, Mike Clark. Best Rock Show: 3 Way tie: Swervedriver in Iowa City, Bailter Space in Iowa City, Stereolab in Iowa City. Best Classical: Gregor Piatagorsky shortly before his death, with the Utah Symphony at the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City.
Best Dinosaurs of Rawk: Fleetwood Mac at a SLC Roller Rink, 1976. Before they became coke-addled cliches they were a monstrously great live band.

Gig I wish I’d been at: Jimi Hendrix San Jose State. I wanted to go to this so much, and for years I used to claim I'd gone. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

CD in my player at the moment: Interpol "Turn On the Bright Lights"

A record that makes me laugh: "I Think We're All Bozos On This Bus" Firesign Theatre. "...Hey man! You broke the President!"

A record that makes me cry: Marian Anderson "Hear de Lam's A-Cryin'"

A record that reminds me of school discos: Herbie Hancock "Watermelon Man" Earth Wind and Fire "Shining Star" Average White Band "Pick Up the Pieces" I may be old, fat and greying but back in the day we was funky as fuck.

A record that sounds better in the dark: My Bloody Valentine "Loveless"

A song I wish I had written: Beatles "In My Life"

A record I’d like played at my funeral: Brian Eno "Spider & I" (marmoset said Eno's "An Ending (Ascent)")

Soundtrack for a long car journey: A novel on CD.

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Arthur Russell was a 'cellist from Iowa who wrote the disco classic 'Is it all over my face?' in addition to avant-garde and country rock (!?!) music. As another 'cellist from Iowa who makes dance music, I'm amazed I'd never heard of him. The article in the Times no doubt are going to goose sales of his CDs at

And in the synchronicity department, I just got a used copy of "Is It All Over My Face?" on Ebay from dica.