Steve Albini’s latest cause celebre – Phillip Roebuck’s "Fever Pitch"

I get a kick out of some of these larger sites (like Idolator) who are so passionate about music from 9-5 on weekdays and then go silent all weekend. Have they lost that passion or can they only write when the carrott is s anice fat paycheck from Gawker, Inc. Anyway….

In a continuing effort to highligh the lost art of vaudvillian cabaret meets circus freak show I bring you the music of Phillip Roebuck. His new record entitled Fever Pitch is due out in October and impossibly was produced by Steve Albini. That in itself is a story worth the price of admission. I mean really, how did the king of noise and founder of Big Black and Shellack get involved with this banjo strumming, bass drum bashing, footstomping one-man-band.

This is not subtle music either lyrically or musically. Phillip strums his banjo like a madman and perhaps like no other; this is not some type of hirsuite Beirut or avantgarde perfomance art. Instead it’s the fulfillment and final evolutionary stage of the sole busker performing on the street for all that will listen; competing with el trains, fire breathing circus acts or the hurdy gurdy organ grinder on the opposing corner. Fever Pitch comes out in October but you can buy it in Europe at one of his live shows or…

Monkeyfist [Download]

Here’s a video snippet of his live show (apparently not to be missed)


4 Responses to “Steve Albini’s latest cause celebre – Phillip Roebuck’s "Fever Pitch"”

  1. Jim H says:

    I wonder if it’s really the writers at sites like Idolator that are 9-5′ing it or the “approving officials” – the guys who say whether such and such can go up that are the reason blogs like Idolator and such don’t have weekend posts. On the other hand, maybe there’s something to be learned about getting away from the computer once in a while.

  2. AG says:

    I write for one of those larger sites — not Idolator, not even a music blog, but one from a Major Mainstream Media outlet — and my situation is pretty close to jim h.’s description. I *could* post on weekends, since my hand is the one on the button (so to speak), but even though my corporate masters don’t really approve or disapprove specific posts, they get nervous if I’m throwing stuff out there when all the grownups are away. So a weekend post is pretty rare for me.

    Also, I have a full-time job elsewhere (’cause even at an MMMo, blogging still doesn’t pay the bills). So I tend to use my weekends for catching up on that portion of the 300+ blogs I follow but *don’t* read daily, posting comments here and there, catching up on correspondence, and planning larger projects for both the blog and the full-time thing. (And as soon as I get that 30-hour-day thing down, I get to restart my own personal blog. Can’t wait.)

    So, you know, that’s one mainstream person accounted for. Now, if jim h. could fill me in on this “getting away from the computer” concept? Because I’m interested, but it’s not clear from his note whether it’s an idea he had or something he heard about happening somewhere in the world…

  3. Craig says:

    thanks for your input but from my point of view some of the writing during the week is forced (like they have a quota of 5 posts a day) and then to see it all go away on the weekend makes it all seem a little contrived – and maybe not what blogs were intended for in the first place

  4. AG says:

    Hi Craig — I don’t know about other folks’ deadlines or if they have quotas (ick, no thanks), so won’t speculate. In my case, it generally seems to work out to between 3 and 10 posts per day, depending on what’s on my mind and what’s happening in my areas of interest (which are also not as rigid as some of these MMMo blogs, so [as the great philosopher said] I got that going for me).

    But “what blogs were intended for?” I’m going to avoid going down that road, simply because I hate it when anyone lumps blogges into one mass and either dismisses them or punishes deviations from orthodoxy. It sounds retarded when Aaron Sorkin whines that “those bloggers” are people who sit around in their pajamas, but surely some do. It’s possible that some bloggers structure their time on the 9-to-5 lines (though I’m at a loss as to who still works those hours, particularly in publishing; God knows my “day job” has a bad habit of taking up nights and weekends as well). It’s not what most of us got into blogging to do, and it doesn’t really take advantage of its strengths, but I wouldn’t imply that we ought to pull thei pass over that. (Now, ask me about the pro blogger I know who hates to give credit/HTs to blogs she reads for research and info, and who doesn’t like to share her “blogging secrets” with others — HER pass I’d pull in a heartbeat. If anything makes for a blogging orthodoxy IMO, it’s generosity and honesty about sourcing. Not so much what your schedule is, as long as you know how to behave toward the rest of the blogverse / blogosphere / tubes of Internets.)

    Thanks for the thread, BTW. I’m enjoying this, and it goes without saying that I lurve your blog, even if I can’t figure out whether the Jason Molina reference is only in my head…