Wednesday, September 23, 2009

TVD First Date with | Jupiter One

Jupiter One pay a visit to Washington, DC next Wednesday (9/30) in support of their new release ‘Sunshower’ as openers for the wonderful Regina Spektor at Constitution Hall.

After speaking to Jupiter One’s Zac Colwell this week, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the band flipping through the bins of vinyl at any one of the shops advertised over there to the left while they're here...

"When I was growing up in South Austin, past the suburbs and before the pastures, my whole world was my parents' record collection. As soon as I could operate the turntable I was choosing my favorites: Fleetwood Mac "Heroes Are Hard to Find", Hugh Masakela "Is Alive And Well at the Whiskey", Cannonball Adderley "74 Miles Away", Stevie Wonder "Talking Book", The Uranium Savages, Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloe", etc. and on and on and on. 

There were no categories or "genres", just "with words" or "without words". Many of these records have not been reissued on CD yet and so the only way I can hear this music that shaped my tastes is to visit home. When I see the covers, I remember the reverence I felt for these artifacts. They were important. Someone made these covers to look at, and so I stared at them for the length of the record. Every time.

As I got older I managed to get the record player to live in my room. I would fall asleep every night with the arm back so one side would repeat over and over and fill my dreams. I was tired in high school. A trip to the record store with friends was a ritual and we were sooooo cool for being into it.

Just now I played another Fleetwood Mac record and Grady Tate's "Windmills of My Mind" on the record player in the house. I loved that these thoughts were interrupted when I had to get up to flip the record. It demands the listener's attention. And never gives one more that can be digested."

Jupiter One - Flaming Arrow (Mp3)


jupiterone said...

Trying to get "Sunshower" on vinyl as we speak!

Jon said...

A must!