Sunday, August 21, 2011

How Does It Feel To Get Rid Of CDs? It Feels Great!

I'm the opposite of a hoarder; a "consolidator," if you will. I seriously can't stand clutter. If stuff has been sitting around my house and collecting dust, I'll most likely sell it on eBay, take it to a local consignment store, pawn it off on friends and family, or just give it away.

Case in point: outmoded compact discs.

At one point in my life I had something like 1,000 CDs. A modest number (especially compared to DJ and hardcore music collecting friends of mine), but weighty all the same. Looking over the the stacks of albums, import EPs, singles and promo copies lining the Ikea CD cabinet next the desk where my iMac sits, it dawned on the-late-adopting-of-tehnology-me that I could simply load these discs to my iTunes, free up some floor space and score some walking around skilla for the upcoming honeymoon my bride-to-be and I will be going on in October. 

Chief among these dust covered CDs where those I collected in the mid-to-late 1990's and early Aughts, mostly of the "alternative/indie-rock" persuasion (ex. Ride, Slowdive, Pixies, The American Analog Set, The Boo Radleys, Thee Headcoats, Swervedriver, etc.) Now having most of the long players on remastered and expensively-obtained vinyl, having a "spare" copy on CD seemed, well, tedious. Burned to iTunes and posted to eBay these CDs went.

As for the singles, EPs and rarities recordings? I made playlist files for them in my iTunes, whipped-up some "cover" art using band-appropriate images from the Internet and sequenced the songs into an non-album album format before selling the original copies on Meg Whitman's former employer's website.

Anyhoo, here are six of my favorite Frankenstein compilation creations:

Pixies Eat Your Rouge
1. Weird At My School
2. Santo
3. Build High
4. Bailey's Walk
5. Manta Ray
6. Make Believe
7. Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
8. Dancing the Manta Ray
9. Theme From NARC
10. Evil Hearted You
11. Winterlong
12. Velvety Instrumental Version
13. I've Been Waiting For You
14. The Thing
15. Into The White

Lush Beside
1. Mannequin 
2. Starlust
3. Falling In Love
4. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
5. God's Gift
6. Astronaut
7. Outdoor Miner
8. Love At First Site
9. Sweetie
10. Cat's Chorus
11. Half And Half
12. The Childcatcher
13. Whitewood
14. All This Useless Beauty
15. Girl's World
16. Rupert The Bear

Ride Today Forever
1. Unfamiliar
2. Sennen
3. Beneath
4. Today
5. Going Blank Again
6. Howard Hughes
7. Stampede
8. At The End Of The Universe
9. Let's Get Lost
10. Slave
11. Don't Let It Die
12. Nothing Last Forever
13. Rolling Thunder #2
14. A Trip Down Ronnie Lane

Guided By Voices Potion-Controlled Nanobytesized
1. Intro
2. Big School
3. Do The Earth
4. (I'll Name You) The Flame That Cries
5. Chocking Tara
6. Running Off With The Fun City Girls
7. Matter Eater Lad
8. Father Sgt. Christmas Card
9. Sensational Gravity Boy
10. Of Mites And Men
11. The Top Chick's Silver Chord
12. Draw(In)g To A (W)hole
13. June Salutes You
14. Now To War (Electric Version)
15. It Is Divine
16. I'll Replace You With Machines
17. Dragon's Awake (Groggy Version)

The Clientele Nothing Here Is What It Seems
1. George Says He's Lost His Way In This World
2. That Night, A Forest Grew
3. The Fire
4. Girl From Somewhere
5. Your Song
6. Minotaur
7. Retiro Park
8. As The World Rises And Falls
9. Jerry
10. Strange Town
11. Paul Verlaine
12. No. 33
13. The Green Man
14. Nothing Here Is What It Seems

The Shins Think You're Wrong? Think Again! (B-Sides & Rarities, 2000-2010)
1. Eating Styes From Elephant Eyes
2. Those Bold City Girls
3. The Gloating Sun
4. My Seventh Rib
5. We Built A Raft And Floated
6. When I Goose-Step
7. Sphagnum Esplanade
8. My Seventh Rib (Live)
9. New Slang (Live)
10. We Will Become Silhouettes 
11. Mild Child
12. Whoa, Trish!
13. Gone For Good
14. Baby Boomerang
15. They'll Soon Discover
16. Taste Of Cindy (Live)
17. New Slang (Live, w/ Iron And Wine)
18. Little Boxes
19. Strange Powers
20. Australia (Peter, Bjorn and John Remix)
21. It's OK, Try Again
22. Sleeping Lessons (The RAC Mix)
23. Split Needles (Alt. Version)
24. Plenty Is Never Enough
25. Wipe My Butt
26. Nothing At All
27. Turn On Me (Clint Mansell Remix)

Well, How About That...?

From time-to-time I still like to venture out into the retail world and see what's going on in the shoe market. It's always refreshing/horrifying to see what shoe designers are coming up with, and I always see at least a pair or two of new kicks that make me giddy and force me to fork over my hard-earned skrilla. On my latest trek out, however, I didn't expect to see a pair of shoes I have wanted for quite some time. 

...Or should I say, have wanted to design, like, forever.

Upon a trip to our local mallgaloplex, I stopped into a store named Zumiez, a proto-skateshop/lifestyle endeavor presumably for kids too timid to brave the jaded barbs of employees at real skateboard shops. Perusing the floor-to-ceiling wall of new skate shoes by the likes of DC, DVS, Lakai, Vox, adidas, and Fallen, it was a particular brand of Nike 6.0's that caught my eye: the "Rzol."

I couldn't believe what I was looking at. This shoe looked so insanely similar to the "Lo-Fi" shoe I designed for my pie-in-the-sky footwear company, Mashugina Shoeworks. Just like the kick I detailed on this very blog, the Nike "Rzol" features a low, light profile, full-wrap banding and a gum rubber sole. It was like looking at a dream come to like, but with a Nike "swoosh" on the side instead of a Mashugina sidewall patch. 

Sketches from my Moleskin notebook, circa 2004.
Originally called "The Eccsame" after the Lilys album, "The Lo-Fi" simply sounded much better.

Needless to say, now I seriously want a pair of these Nike shoes. They're super light, comfortable, and at $70.00 a pair, not a bad deal (maybe I'll buy two!) But damn if I wish I'd gotten my shoes out to market before these came out (great minds, aye?) Just goes to show ya: if you have an idea and dream to make it come true, you really owe it to yourself to see it through.

"Just Do It," indeed.