Blood Orange finally* has a new album coming out. Can’t wait.
* By “finally,” I mean it’s obviously really hard to make an album and he’s been producing everyone’s music lately and he doesn’t owe me anything, but I’m really happy there’s going to be a new Blood Orange album. That’s all.
The BART strike of 2013 ended on Friday with little fanfare and seemingly no resolution of the issues that caused workers to stay away from their jobs. When the strike started, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. However as I watched the conversations unfold in the media and between fellow…
He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread…
I’d written that “West Palm Beach” / “Gulf Shores” 7” as an attempt to try to use the Jimmy Buffett formula to make a hit record, by singing songs about the beach, trying to tap into people’s collective memories, and fantasies, of what it was like getting away from wherever they lived and going to the beach. Positive and negative, but all nostalgic.
Were you into Jimmy Buffett back then?
I was only fascinated by him. It was one of those things where I saw how many people loved him, and how much they loved him, and I thought, “I don’t wanna have disdain for these people, I wanna figure out what it is.” So I listened to his records, read books about him, read books by him, just thinking, “I gotta learn this.” His records, for the most part, were not good. I was thinking I was gonna listen to them and think, “Oh, there’s actually a good record in there,” and there isn’t. There’s great songs, spread out among all of his records, and he’s very interesting— like, I didn’t realize that he was also part of the [Thomas] McGuane / Jerry Jeff Walker / Hunter Thompson Key West scene. And that he worked at Billboard before he made records. I believe that his success is built on the fact that he saw how the industry worked, and then made records to fit the industry, not because he wanted to make records necessarily.