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Unless you know him personally, the name Rick Chamness doesn't ring a bell. That's ok, it shouldn't; Rick is a fan, just like you and me. He operates outside the "official" world of music, entering it only for the sheer enjoyment. This "No Context For" series exists to highlight an almost entirely ignored/underappreciated (when it comes to media attention) element of the music landscape: folks who take it seriously, love it to death, and contribute to it on the other end - fans, consumers, long-talkers, collectors, and those who are otherwise in it for the love.
It’s hard out here for a bitch. I’m always on the lookout for women musicians that speak my language and inspire me, but the real badass bitches don’t get the attention men do. Instead mainstream music spoon feeds us pop-princesses and expects us to be okay with it.
So if you read many of my articles you may have heard me already say I miss the old days of going to record shops to find, explore and enjoy new music. Today I packed up the family and went to the Fort Worth music shop, Doc's Records & Vintage. Now I've lived in Fort Worth for nearly 12 years and haven't found a good record shop to call home. There is Target and Best Buy and of course their music selection sucks. I recently found Fry's Electronics has music, but was unable to dig in and see if it was worthwhile, doubtful.
Disclaimer: My intention when delving into ideas like the following has never been of a divisive nature; I value unity in our mutual sonic lovefest much more so than gang mentality or comment thread fighting over intangibles or trying to quantify words like "good" or "better". I type ideas out to assist in articulating thoughts that I, along with plenty of others, consider frequently. Whether or not you agree is beside the point, because there isn't one, other than to throw something out there in hopes that someone may relate and not feel alone in their inability to get their ideas across, similar or not.
As a matter of fact, this article is going to be introducing some of you, to the man who supposedly coined the name "rock 'n' roll". That's right boys and girls this article is about none other than Alan Freed. Alan Freed, you may be asking yourself? If you're a youngster under 50 or 60 years old you may not have heard of Alan Freed (even I wasn't super familiar with him before some research, but we'll get to that in a minute). Let me share a piece of history if this is the case.
These have been my most consistent 10 for the last couple weeks or so.
For the listener, La Dispute has consistently kept certain qualities about their music:
In my case I own several hundred CDs, dozens of albums, a handful of cassettes I just could get rid of when my collection was all cassettes, and a few dozen digital albums and singles. This is a lot of music especially if you are not a so-called music connoisseur. I've been with my wife for like 12 or 13 years (including dating) and this happens all the time. Sometimes in disgust, like "What the hell is this?" sometimes in surprise, like "I didn't know you owned this!".
I think it's been long enough since the last dead horse beating of record label rhetoric that I can rehash some thoughts without being a walking broken record (a sentiment frequently echoed by my wife).
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