indie dir en grey autographed pic!

gift from a cute friend who used to do their merch tables back in ‘97. how did i forget i had this!?!

"Holy shit new Pierrot [clicks link] oh fuck you."

Medieval Teens

A decade of celibacy was too much for many young men, and apprentices got a reputation for frequenting taverns and indulging in licentious behaviour. Perkyn, the protagonist of Chaucer’s Cook’s Tale, is an apprentice who is cast out after stealing from his master — he moves in with his friend and a prostitute.

In 1517, the Mercers’ guild complained that many of their apprentices “have greatly mysordered theymself”, spending their masters’ money on “harlotes… dyce, cardes and other unthrifty games”.

Young people also expressed their opinion of the moral conduct of elders, in traditions known as charivari or “rough music”.

Prostitution was pervasive in the European theater. One Army report estimated that 80% of single men and 50% of married men would have sex during their stay in Europe. And the U.S. military did not really care. What it cared about was venereal disease, which soon after the GIs’ arrivals in France began to soar.

Sugawara no Michizane, ~870 AD

One of the cherished myths of American history is that plucky Yankees won independence from Great Britain by picking off befuddled redcoats too dense to deviate from ritualistic parade-ground warfare. That is an exaggeration.

By the time the Revolution broke out, in 1775, the British were well versed in irregular warfare and were countering it in Europe, the Caribbean, and North America. Redcoats certainly knew enough to break ranks and seek cover in battle when possible, rather than, in the words of one historian, “remaining inert and vulnerable to enemy fire.”

The spread of literacy and printed books allowed the American insurgents to appeal for popular support, thereby elevating the role of propaganda and psychological warfare. It is appropriate that the term “public opinion” first appeared in print in 1776, for the American rebels won independence in large part by appealing to the British electorate with documents such as Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence.

In fact, the outcome of the Revolution was really decided in 1782, when the British House of Commons voted by a narrow margin to discontinue offensive operations. The British could have kept fighting after that date; they could have raised fresh armies even after the defeat at Yorktown in 1781. But not after they had lost the support of parliament.

The pen is mightier than the sword! Huh!

dave grohl | sound city (2013)

This is the story of the scrappy studio that brought to life the careers of many of modern music’s greats. A voyeuristic peek at the legacy of production, an oft unexamined side of musical artistry. This rockumentary is a must-see for music fans, bridging many eras yet so shockingly intertwined.

Adding to the mix, featured artists from Stevie Nicks to Tom Petty and even Trent Reznor, all who at one point recorded at Sound City, throw down some collaborations and spontaneous jams in Grohl’s Studio 606 with the original Sound City Neve soundboard, which resulted in the film’s soundtrack.

It’s iconic and essential. A work of brilliance. It evokes an appreciation perhaps lost in the current state of the industry and gives hope for the future. I’ve already watched it once, and I already plan to watch it again with my dad. 

The premier screening happened across the states on January 31, and the DRM-free download went live for purchase immediately thereafter. Soundtrack, DVD and Blu-Ray will be available on March 12. Special screenings are scheduled throughout the coming months if you want to catch it on the big screen, and I damn well recommend you do.


P.S. The next star-studded rockumentary I’m looking forward to is Who Killed (Or Saved) The Music Industry? produced by members of Story of the Year.