I can’t tell you what it’s like to be back in Athens. I am drenched in new music… I didn’t move back here to start another garage band or to try and open a nightclub or anything… but I did move back here to be where music is near the top of people’s lists of what’s important.
Over the weekend I grabbed something from Wal-Mart for a friend- he needed something and I had gone there to buy a big Rubbamade trashcan. When I got back to his house, he had burned a copy of this cd for me. I thought le hip-hop du Paris was hot stuff. That was before I heard the beats of Dakar. And it’s not all super-funky stuff that sets this compilation apart- there is some gorgeous stuff with acoustic guitar as the melody with dialogue from a film spliced in. Here’s a track by track breakdown of the album’s songs. (“J’accuse la police! J’accuse la justice!!”)
Additionally, two important things happened over the weekend- Another friend of mine got his iPod Mini, finally. He asked me if I wanted his old 5gb iPod. (Do I want it?!!? Gimme that damn thing, fool!!) Now I am realizing that I should have started making playlists in iTunes a long time ago, because I have 13.4 hours of music in my library, and it’s not organized in any way. Everything from Flatt and Scruggs to Capleton and Beenie Man. I have been getting by just leaving my library pulled up on the iMac that I have wired into the stereo at home and just letting it randomly play, which makes for some great juxtapositions (Johnny Cash doing “I Fought the Law” fading into NTM’s “Nique la Police”). However, once I move all that stuff to the iPod, it begs to be organized somehow. I don’t even know where to begin.
Additionally, I have converted my old Powerbook into a MIDI studio using Reason and a MIDI controller keyboard. Reason has an integrated drum machine, a sampler, a couple of different synthesizers, reverb, delays, a thousand drum souds… I have barely had time to scratch the surface, but I have a feeling I am going to need to start scheduling sleeping, eating, work, all the secondary stuff. And because it’s Athens, all I have to do is pick up the phone and call any of ten people if I have a question.
That’s why I came back here.