TV On The Radio. Nice primer. Love this band, #HitThePicGetTheMix, check em out…
Today, I went and picked up a copy of the latest album by TV On The Radio, ‘Nine Types Of Light’. This band has become one of my favorite bands making music today and every album provides me with unique experiences, some transcendental ones even. They’re just amazing…and this new album is no exception.
I always get their albums as hard-copies and listen to them in the car first. They’re one of those bands for me, man. I started out rocking with the opening track, pushed ‘repeat’ about two minutes in and we were there for about thirty minutes as I got out in these streets and tried to scratch up some scratch, maybe even for scratchin…
Got back to the house, ripped the CD into my computer so I could get it into The Family iPod (ain’t no ‘Family Stereos’ no more, man. ‘Family Docking Stations’), sent out emails, twittered, promoted my album with Mr. Kinetik (Just FOUR DAYS LEFT! 4.26.11 on THE TORNADO ALLEY’S TUMBLR!!!), took the CD back out to the whip and went to tape my TV show.
Rode to the next three tracks, thinking about what I was gonna talk about on TV and what I could do to make my life better. Talked to my great friend about how that can happen and she gave me so much motivation and insight, from a well informed persepective. I can’t tell you how much it means to me and I ain’t tryna blow up her spot but that was a good look…and she knows what I know…”I’m kinda cool.” HA!
Ran thru my shows…pow. Everybody at IMC is mad cool and great to work with. They afford me a lotta freedom to put the masses up on stuff I discover and think is fly. They let me do the same stuff I do online, which is talk about artists, issues, and things that matter to the people where I live. They mentored me and have taught me a lot in my four years on TV, coming from a fill-in dude to hosting my own show every day. They make it so that work is fun and it ain’t easy, but we make it look that way. Time really has flown since I’ve been on the air, so I must be having fun.
Got back in the whip, drove up Meridian…and this song that you’re either watching as you read this or should when you are done came on…
…i stopped thinking…
…i drove and watched the road and kept my hands at 10 and 2…
…i got to a stop light and tweeted ‘Jesus. ‘Killer Crane’….
…i hit the ‘repeat’ button….
I drove. I made calls to see if there was anything else I needed to do for anyone else. I drove home. By the time they got to the second chorus, I knew I had another song for the soundtrack of my life. I don’t really know how else to explain it. Maybe one day, I’ll put the playlist together and sequence it, but there’s songs that I know that I will be listening to for the rest of my life…and they’ll mean something to me. Forever… It’s really powerful and humbling.
I was just overwhelmed. I hadn’t even heard this song all the way through but I knew in my heart, this one was staying with me. I actually had tears in my eyes and pulled up to the convenience store to grab some Calypso Lemonades (damn good, man), wiped my face, went inside, brother at the counter asked if I was still doing my “VJ job”, I said “Yeah, man.” then he turned to his buddy and said, “Hey man, he’s a celebrity.” and I chuckled and dapped him. He told me, “We support ya, man. I ‘member when you were at the record-store.” Yeah, man. Yeah! I’m still here, bruh. And thank you so much for the support…that cat don’t care bout no ‘Rock Block’, man…but he’ll check it out to say, “Yo, that’s yuh boy from ‘Rockin’ Billy’s!” and THAT IS COOL.
(I love the footprints I have left around Naptown. I love Indianapolis and will represent it and the fine people here with every move I make, even when I’m being harsher than usual. Naptowners love a working man speaking the truth. That’s me.)
All that happened to me today…and I got to hear this song for the first time and share it with you. God is good, man.
(Thank you to Gerard Smith, the bassist of this wonderful band that has meant so much to me over the last few years, and rest in peace.)
I hope you like this song, folks.
Respect and Grace,
TV On The Radio - ‘Dear Science’. #Perfection
I was sold on this band with ‘Return To Cookie Mountain’, but when this came out, they became one of my favorite bands making music. One of those albums that makes you go back and dig up their whole back catalog.
Hit the pic to hear the jam that made me tap that ‘repeat’ button…