projectMalamute wrote:You people are all insane.
Allow me to translate to PRF:
Goat is a really great record. Probably the best record by a band that has put out some awesome records. Top 10 record for me for sure.
The Jesus Lizard live, even on their third drummer, in a stupid bar, weeks from hanging it up, was better.
This should be self evident. You guys have been to a rock show, right?
This. Fuck man, I love listening to my records. I love slipping into a hot bath at midnight, with some giant headphones, a donut pole, a Heineken, a bag of Doritos, my shame, and a bunch of my favorite albums. I'll do that every day I can, and it'll rule the fuck.
But it's still tame compared to going out, meeting some friends, or cool strangers and seeing a band blow my fucking brains out. Nothing is ever going to beat that.
There is something very powerful about community. There is potential. Live music is communal. Shit can happen. You can have a weird record listening party, or whatever. Maybe everyone dresses up in white robes. You light candles and all sit in a circle around one speaker, staring at it. But It will never have the potential of a live event because the record is always the same. Shows have the power of unpredictability. A band has the power to play for a whole month, playing different songs every night. I know that doesn't happen, but it's completely possible. In fact, Jazz does that. Bad example. But you could do that. You could get really good at it. You could make it not be a suck shit wank fest, but a truly creative, expressive endeavor. That would be awesome. Imagine; Night after night, people hanging out in the local club, playing different, cool wacky shit. Giving everything they have and being as passionate as they can because it's all you have. That would be awesome.
My comparison is biased because I love live music more than anything, at least when it's good. But there is no reason why the above scenario couldn't and shouldn't take place.
A record, like a photograph, could never ever do that.