I acquired this cassette from the venerable Chris Grier. A memorial service in his honor brought affirmation of a universal wit, humor, and singular approach to experiencing life. On a bench toward the back of the service was a collection of stuff he left behind. There were limited-press 7” records, art books, CDs, and paintings - all of it symbolic of his amazing taste. People were encouraged to take what they wanted. I immediately saw this WHAM! tape. It was the only thing I felt compelled to pick up. To me it was sort of emblematic of our friendship. I remember finding a kindred spirit when I realized Chris could love the most chaotic noise and then also be down with impeccably written pop songs. Our conversations would cover a lot of ground - from Wolf Eyes to Tina Turner to Derek Bailey. I guess a lot of people are like that. But then no one was like Chris. I’ll miss him and, you know, WHAM!
Flyer for Rites of Spring, Grey Matter, King Face show.
Name in Lights
Lord Echo - “Cosmic Echoes”
Thanks Fritz and Going Out Gurus! Sockets Showcase in this Sunday’s Washington Post. Come to the Irish wake next Saturday!
Sockets Records Showcase w/ Deleted Scenes, Hume, Imperial China, and Buildings :::: at Black Cat Mainstage on February 2, 2013.