Rabbits Full of Magic

30 June 2014

 

Night Terrors HD

http://thedustbunnies.bandcamp.com/album/night-terrors-hd

The Ramones inspired me to start my first band ever, The Plastic Caskets, which was a shitty punk band out in Buford, GA. Plastic Caskets would play various area birthday parties and house shows, including Shelly's place. Shelly was one of my mom's best friends since we were kids, and she was a wild spirit out in the Georgia suburbs. She ran a hair salon out of her house and was always blasting B-52s, and her kids were always doing stuff like dying their hair bright green and making foot-tall mohawks and wearing clown shoes (and babysitting us) and stuff. REAL INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE. Anyways they used to throw epic shows in the basement, and that was where I played my first shows with a band and also my first solo shows. I used to do this thing called The Ralph Nader Audio Circus, and it was me, a guitar, a casio keyboard, a theremin, and some pre-taped backing tracks I made in Fruity Loops. That basement was magical, just like the family that lived in the house. Shelly eventually passed away due to cancer, but I will never forget her or her magical wonderland out in the sticks of Georgia.

So yay! Hit a major speed bump earlier this month irt living situations, music-playing-space availability, etc. But the Dust Bunnies 2014 album project continues on. The newest song opens the album at this point, and is called "Wah Wah Wah (I'm a Baby on the Internet)". This song sort of sprung to life because my dad, who spent years avoiding FacistBook, finally joined last year, and immediately some drama started to naturally spring out of the digital ether. I would tell him, dude, if it wasn't for FB, this wouldn't even be an issue, like, it wouldn't even be on your mind AT ALL. I think at some point I ended up whining about something or posting some passive aggressive thing and realizing this is just the way it is, and that maybe because the internet is so new, it's sort of like you walk into a room where you can hear everybody's thoughts at once. We aren't use to having to self-censor because communication between people has usually been only one-on-one, with lots of practical barriers that are completely gone now that you can say whatever and have it instantly transmitted around the world to everyone you know. WikiLeaks, that racist basketball team owner, that congressman who sent a dick pic, etc. are all evidence that this stuff is changing the world and we are all babies in this new Information Age.

Oh, and I changed the name of the band to Dust Money. I don't know, I might change it back to Dust Bunnies, maybe, I don't know. It doesn't sound tough or cool in any way to me at the moment, but I like Dust Money for a bunch of reasons. For one, I like the idea of burning money. Electro act The KLF famously once burned a million quid and the point where the Joker says he wants to burn that mountain of money in The Dark Knight is my favorite part of that entire Batman series. Also a week or two ago I was looking through old CDs with a friend and we kept finding CD rot, the plastic coating on the discs just crumbling away like dust. Here was a box full of hundreds of dollars worth of music, most of it purchased less than 15 years ago, and it was quickly disintegrating. It's a sad state of affairs, and one more reason that if I ever do a physical release of this stuff, IT IS GOING TO BE ON VINYL. I was playing records the other day and put on Yello's "One Second" LP, which was physically warped with one side of the record bent upwards, and it still played flawlessly. Seriously, eff CDs for life.


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