stuck in long island city with the brooklyn blues again

by ieatpants

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kind of a short meditation on how my neuroses fills my free time in Long Island City, a small Queens community across the East River from NYC's upper east side.

the lo-fi aesthetic--i've come to realize--is my friend and i will use it to my advantage as much as i can.

In 1966 Bob Dylan released Blonde on Blonde.
On side 2, track #2 is "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again."
Dylan saw himself moving away from the moniker of a "protest song" writer that had defined him in the early 60s... this was mostly his own fault, as his early covers and self-written singles fleshed that persona out. But, he was more and more drawn to the rock and roll coming out of Memphis at the time, as was evidenced by the two albums before Blonde on Blonde, Bringing It All Back Home (1965) and Highway 61 Revisited (1965).

Long story short: there is a divide in the artistic communities and output coming from Brooklyn (namely Williamsburg) and Long Island City. The main difference is that there is no longer an oppurtunity for the struggling artist anywhere near New York City. Therefore, the LIC community is not struggling enough to actually build that ideal in the community--as it was in Williamsburg in the 90s.

Most struggling artists in LIC get paid lip service by the public who like the "flavor" of the neighborhood, but don't want to deal with the reality of struggling musicians and artists on their subways, in their coffee shops, etc.

The lesson is: the divine sometimes stinks like it hasn't had a shower in weeks. Nevertheless, it is still divine and deserves to be paid attention to.

I am not part of this. I work a full time job and could never adhere to the purely artistic vision of a "struggle" like a true artist. I just happen to be a journalist who writes in a different way...

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released November 18, 2008

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Track Name: suddenly high
i went to my grandma's house and she baked me up some cookkies
they were chocolatey and chewy and buttery and delicious
i didn't know her secret until
i looked inside her cabinet and saw
fifteen pounds of weed
and then it hit me

i was suddenly high

radiohead's my favorite band
i went to see them in san fran
and they played lurghee
and how to disappear completely
i was really into it
i mean, really really into it
i closed my eyes and coughed
and then it hit me

i was suddenly high

i don't usually act this dumb
i don't usually have this much fun
now i'm blitzed out of my mind
i could really go for a pork rind
we're talking about the size of the galaxy
and maybe we could turn down gravity
i would jump into the sky
and then i could sing

i was suddenly high
Track Name: sitting on the kitchen floor, hungover
there's trouble when you wake up half drunk
there's trouble when you in your own filth
there's trouble when you wake up all alone
there's trouble when you wake up in someone else's bed

why is it like this every weekend
why do i insist on torturing myself
will there come a time
when i'll be able to live with myself
to live with myself without the help of something else

there's trouble when you wake up still drunk
and your eyes burn
and your head's pounding
your body wants to punish you for what you've done
but my feeble will
will bring me back to this place again
Track Name: bahgdad summer
caroline was some girl
that i never got to know
she lived in the building
across the street
but we never said hello

by the time i noticed her
it was too late she was gone
the building was torn down
i don't know why

whatever the reason
it was the same reason
that took my family's home
and my mother's life

my mother was just some girl
that i never got to know
she bore me and raised me
and i never got to thank her

so thank you
Track Name: loop
stuck in a loop
some songs don't give up
i beg for your help
stuck by myself
humans don't give up
who do i beg to now?
Track Name: what i never thought would happen
i never thought
i'd be the one
making out on the corner

i never thought
i'd be the one
making out in the street

and if you would've asked me
ten years ago
what i'd be doing
ten years from now

i probably
would say something about writing
and i might have
said something about playing guitar

but i never thought
i'd be the one
making out on the corner

i never thought
i'd be the one
making out in the street

and if you were to ask me
what i'd be doing
ten years from now

i'd probably say something about writing
and i'll probably add something
about playing guitar

but hopefully i'll never think
i'll be the one making out
on the corner

and hopefully i'll never think
i'll be the one making out
on the street