status ain't hood, or, could possibly be hood
Most band and personal blogs are pretty boring. I was here, and then I was there, and then I created a sense of self-identity through my selection and endorsement of music, books, tv, etc. These musings are "personal" in that they present an online datebook, but more often resemble a demographic portrait than the struggles and insights of a particular mind, situated in a very particular skull. John Mclean's
diary entrys are pretty far from an excercise in demography. His sober musing on drug music, and his own drug past, are captivating, brutally personal, and pretty damn insightful without feeling like weekday sermons in some L.A. bungalow. Take a look:
"We could get her over to her apartment, she had a room like a half mile away in a building where a lot of real lowlifes lived so it would be not so out of the ordinary to find some chick od'ed in her little room. But anyway, you can imagine some of the complications, like you don't just carry some body around. To make a long story short, we decided to take the cushions off the couch, put her on it where the cushions go, and throw a blanket over the whole thing, then make it look like we were moving the couch to her place. Looking back on it, there were a lot holes in this scheme. "
Juan, make the Walkmen and write a novel.
The above brings me to a pressing, self conscious question: how personal should the blog be? My individual taste is on display (with ribbons!), but I've tried to avoid personal details and focus on "the music" or at least "the culture." Wise decision? While I really don't have that many readers, some of my real-life friends do check in here from time to time. Hmmm. I guess I'll get some better webstats for the page and think on it.
Daft Punk-Human After All (Juan Maclean Mix)