Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain Oral History

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Well, we’re big Richard Linklater fans, so when “Slanted And Enchanted” was recorded, we were setting out to make like “Slacker Rock.” But now the thing is that this album is more influenced by his second film, “Dazed And Confused.” So we don’t really like being called “Slacker Rock” anymore because we feel like we’ve sorta kinda gone beyond our “Slacker” stage and gone into our “Dazed And Confused” stage.

This is Mark Ibold in an interview with Mark Prindle back in ’94.

If you want to read more about the making of my second favourite Pavement record, check out this in-depth oral history in Stereogum. I especially liked the details of the actual recording process and the role played by mixing engineer Bryce Croggin in crafting the album’s sound.

Rembrandt’s Park

One side of the park has this sign:

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The other side has this:

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Which used to look like this:

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Who says a park can’t have two names? Just because its parents named it Remembrance Park does that mean it can’t choose to call itself Rembrance Park if it likes?

We let countries and cities get away with it all the time. And people! With our short forms, nicknames, and twitter handles, we can’t talk.

So while this might be a sign that the city council needs to pay just a little more attention to detail, I prefer to look at it as a sign of a young park growing up and gingerly feeling about for its own identity. Let’s cut it some slack. Okay?

Raising the Blackbar

For technical reasons too boring to go into I wasn’t able to play Neven Mrgan’s Blackbar when it first came out. This week I finally got my chance. I’d expected to enjoy it but I was surprised at just how good it turned out to be.

There is a really nice balance in tone between humour and menace. Although, as far as I know, there are no alternate paths or endings when I got to the end I felt like I had helped get there.

There were a couple of screens that took me a good couple of hours to work out, mostly because I was overthinking them. I would recommend against peeking at any hints you might find online. You’ll just end up feeling like an ◼︎◼︎◼︎◼︎◼︎ when you see the answer.

It’s not easy peasy, but it’s not that hard. If I can work it out I’m sure you can too.