Damon Krukowski & The New Analog, Opinions on Low Cut Connie, and Lydia Loveless

The New Analog

In a world becoming increasingly digital, Galaxie 500 co-founder and author Damon Krukowski says we need to hang on to aspects of analog media. Damon joins hosts Jim and Greg to talk about the value of noise, liner notes, and his book The New Analog.

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Damon Krukowski

Between your phone, your computer, your music, digital media is so common place you likely don’t even think about it. Damon Krukowski, author and member of Galaxie 500 and Damon and Naomi, thinks we should be more selective. In his new book The New Analog Damon argues that aspects of analog need to persist in the digital world. Two concepts key to his argument are signal - the message in a phone conversation and noise - the sounds from the street as you speak on your cellphone. Digital media allows us to easily ignore the noise and focus just on the signal, Damon says we need to pay attention to both. He talks with Jim and Greg about a concept he calls Thick Listening - listening to the signal framed and enriched by noise. You hear the song, but you also hear the sound of the recording studio, the producer talking, etc and it all results in a better experience. Ultimately, Damon doesn’t think analog trumps digital, but both have their benefits and need to be considered together.

Thick Listening

Greg and Jim expound on Damon’s idea by providing some of their favorite examples of tracks that benefit from Thick Listening.

Greg

  • The Flamingos, I Only Have Eyes For You
  • Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend

Jim

  • Brian Eno, Sombre Reptiles
  • The Flaming Lips, There You Are

Dirty Pictures (Part 1) Low Cut Connie

Dirty Pictures (Part 1)

Low Cut Connie is a bar band at its roots. According to Greg, Dirty Pictures (Part 1), their fourth album, is the closest the band has come to matching the energy of one of [their] stage shows. Jim says that their version of Prince’s Controversy make[s] a song that great and a sound that signature their own.

He also says that Low Cut Connie is part bar room shtick, with a lot of melody and a message.

C’mon, children, rip it up, lead singer Adam Weiner commands on Revolution Rock ‘n’ Roll, while Death and Destruction tells of a world teetering on the brink of disaster. Greg says that Weiner returns to his cabaret roots in Forever. Both Jim and Greg dig it and give it a Buy Itrating.

Hooked On Sonics: Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless

At age 14 Lydia Loveless was living in Columbus, Ohio, trying to find her way around a bass guitar as she played in bands with her sisters. The song Put It On You from the now defunct New York rockers The Fever changed all that. For our segment Hooked on Sonics, Lydia tells us how that song changed her approach to playing bass, inspired to her to start writing songs, and ultimately led to a career singing about miserable, unrequited love.

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