Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have sworn off guitars. And while I realize it is a ridiculous undertaking, I am dead serious about it. Guitar music is by no means bad. I love most of it, it’s just that the last 50 years have been all about the guitar and I am kind of full. It’s like corn-syrup — it’s in EVERYTHING. You can’t escape the guitar. I blame the boomer generation and their unhealthy obsession with themselves and their own culture. I remember being chastised as a little kid by much older boomer thirty-somethings as I listened to synth/dance music. They would always say something stupid like, “That’s not real music. Don’t be such a fag. You can’t rock without a guitar and that’s a fact.” They just couldn’t be happy unless their values and their culture dominated everyone else’s. It just didn’t even register with them that I simply did not want to rock. I wanted to wild out on a dance floor filled with sweeping synth pads and electronic drums that sounded like two pencil erasers copulating on a tupperware bowl filled with jello. And now that I say that out loud, I realize how insanely stupid that sounds. But, nonetheless, that’s just what I was in to.
As years past I saw the music that I loved get pushed into a sub genre ghetto with fleeting moments of recognition. It just puttered along underground. Finally, over time, the laptop DJ culture started their primordial oozing ascent and rose out of total obscurity and I am in awe of what’s being produced now. Amazing platforms like Soundcloud and Beatport have made it fun to discover this music again.
So, with that in mind, I will be posting some songs and mixes that I fall in love with while surfing the innerwebs. First up is an amazing solo-synth act called Com Truise (aka Seth Haley) on Ghostly International’s roster. Enjoy! (And to the Boomers – Peter Frampton sucks.)