First of all, I’d like to apologize to those of you who tuned in this morning only to not hear me. I’ve been suffering a series of debilitating migraine attacks exacerbated by the severe weather…crazy weather unnervingly remiscent of the end of June, 2006.
Some of you might have been too young to realize how fully insane 2006 was. In my own personal life, I had left radio, left participation in extracurricular activities, left participation in curricular activities, and ultimately left activity. Not coincidentally, I started smoking cigarettes in 2006.
It wasn’t just me. 2006 was the year America had completely fell apart and gone psychotic. I was merely a human reflection of the zeitgeist.
The biggest song of 2006 was “Crazy,” from Gnarls Barkley, that incredible duo of Thomas “Cee Lo Green” Calloway and Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton.
The former artist would go on to reshape the zeitgeist in the early Obama years, while the latter artist became famous through his early-2004 release of the “Grey Album,” a mix of Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album that generated a shitstorm of controversy over copyright law and sampling. Incidentally, he is a close friend of the guys from Olivia Tremor Control (“We always knew him as Brian”) and the rest of the Elephant 6 crew, and got Heather McIntosh (Circulatory System, Elf Power) a gig touring with Lil Wayne.
Both of these guys are geniuses and they whacked the post-Katrina America nail on the head. I haven’t listened to the album in several years, but St. Elsewhere’s one of those album’s that’s always worth revisiting, if not for the amazing music, just to remember how it all went wrong…
The America of 2013 is weighted down and haunted by the ghost of America 2006, and as I type this, Binghamton is continuing to be showered in torrential rain as the river rises to flood stage, the same week it did in 2006…
It’s all rather… Crazy.
Next week, my show will be a memorial tribute to Syd Barrett, who died on the seventh of July, 2006. I still remember that day. I put on Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, set my player to repeat, and sat in my room, meditated and gazed out the window of my room in Choconut all day.
It feels a lot like 2006 right now.
Also, if you’re reading this and it’s still the Nick and Tom show, it’s not the Nick and Tom show but you should be tuning in anyway, as a great guy happens to be putting on a great show in their place. He happens to be a great musician, too, and I think his band is great.