Why is John Fahey So Boring?

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I, like many of you, no longer think John Fahey is an interesting musician. He was a bloodless, soulless albino clone of Elizabeth Cotten. And he didn't even play his guitar upside-down!

Where I once was captivated by his hypnotic simplicity, now I am bored to actual tears by his banal repetitiousness.

Where eyebrows were once raised involuntarily at the clever placement of a "modern-sounding" chord, my stomach now heaves in disgust at his obviousness.

And where I was once astounded by his machine-like precision, I am now driven mad by his machine-like precision.

So, why is John Fahey's music so boring?

valdemar (nubbin), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 08:25 (thirteen years ago) link

you're thinking of fay vincent, you want ilb

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 08:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Fahey's music has a lot in common with drone - repetition, repetition, but the small changes in every go-round begin to make all the difference...

sean gramophone (Sean M), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 08:58 (thirteen years ago) link

He's boring because Sufjan is on his tribute album?

Stephen C (ihope), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 09:06 (thirteen years ago) link

"When a man is tired of John Fahey, he is tired of life."

Robert Johnson

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 10:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Apparently Fahey was a big Die Hard fan. Never woulda figured him fo' a Brucenik.

Mestema (davidcorp), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 11:18 (thirteen years ago) link

There is a support group for the emotions you're experiencing. Don't give up hope.

Edward III (edward iii), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 14:37 (thirteen years ago) link

the sufjan track on the tribute album is actually pretty good! and i couldn't even listen to that sufjan album all the way through. he must be best in small doses.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 14:38 (thirteen years ago) link

This is the first time I've ever seen some real dislike for Fahey, he's such a sacred cow. It's refreshing.

Ogmor Roundtrouser (Ogmor Roundtrouser), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 14:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, next up: that fucking Harry Smith.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 14:56 (thirteen years ago) link

Followed by: Duke Ellington, boring bastard.

Excelsior Syndrum (noodle vague), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

sandy bull? more like bullshit!

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Johann Sebastian Bollocks, innit?

Excelsior Syndrum (noodle vague), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:02 (thirteen years ago) link

How much can you do with an acoustic guitar, anyway?

save the robot (save the robot), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Not much at all, really.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Shirley Collins - talentless old bag

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Dadaismus! You're crazy!

stew!, Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:23 (thirteen years ago) link

Oops, posted before I'd followed the gag back...
I'll get my coat.

stew!, Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Ha ha

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:25 (thirteen years ago) link

i have like ten or twelve john fahey albums with no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:36 (thirteen years ago) link

the only concert where i ever fell asleep...

my name is john. i reside in chicago. (frankE), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:36 (thirteen years ago) link

NO FAHEY, NO CREDIBILITY

cancer prone fat guy (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:37 (thirteen years ago) link

im just gonna sit here and shake my head

bb (bbrz), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I am now driven mad by his machine-like precision.

it is about the "wrong" notes.

cancer prone fat guy (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

ok not reallyentirely, but still

cancer prone fat guy (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

the only concert where i ever fell asleep...

Count yourself lucky JF didn't fall asleep himself

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

He was a bloodless, soulless albino clone of Elizabeth Cotten. And he didn't even play his guitar upside-down!

this sounds like something fahey might have written in his own liner notes.

a spectator bird (a spectator bird), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:40 (thirteen years ago) link

well, I think he's a little not-all-that. but I enjoy him and think he added something to the guitar vocabulary. I'm not a fan of Surfin' Stevens but his cut on "I Am the Resurrection" is nice, as is most of that record (I guess I like the Cul De Sac track "Portland Cement Factory" the best). I guess you could blame Fahey for Leo Kottke (who has his moments) too. just another confused bluesnik who probably should've stayed out of Mississippi (to just reduce it down to the most banal possible criticism!). I dunno, you need to ask Andy Beta about all this, he probably has as good a take on it as anyone I know.

and OK, I know Elizabeth Cotten's name from that Moaners CD that came out last year, but apart from that I know nothing about her.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

you need to know more immediately...get thee to the record store and put the dvd on yr netflix list

bb (bbrz), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 15:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Elizabeth Cotten is wonderful. Shake Sugaree is well known and much covered. Nothing can touch he original though. The allmusic entry on her has a decent biog. Wasn't she a housekeeper discovered by Alan Lomax or someone like that?

stew!, Tuesday, 10 January 2006 16:00 (thirteen years ago) link

http://myspace-643.vo.llnwd.net/00003/34/64/3514643_l.jpg
11/25/98 Dear Ron, Regarding fame, fortune and Oregon I do wish I had more money. As for fame, it can go to your head and you can become full of yourself. This I was always afraid of and so it didn't happen to me. It began to happen to me once, way back around 1969. Fortunately I noticed it before anybody else did and I cut it out. So what I do is this --when I go to the venue, I become the entertainer John Fahey. But when I come off stage, I do not want adulation, I do not want to be worshipped. I just want to be treated like an average guy. So I refer to records by me as "Fahey records", "Fahey music", and so forth. So I don't have to speak of MY, ME, I, etc. and keep talking about myself all the time, which bores me and everybody else. While I recognize in the back of my mind that I am an occasionally brilliant guitar composer and arranger, innovator and player. I also know that I am not a great technician. Perhaps that is why I manage to keep some humility. So when people ask me how good I am, I usually cop to being brilliant, even better than that, but short of genius. But I say these things in an objective dispassionate manner because, you know, and I can't explain why, but being one of the greatest guitarists in the world simply is not very important to me. Oh, but if you took it away somehow I would be very unhappy. But not suicidal. I know many inferior guitarists who are very proud of the fact that they are as good as they are, when in fact they are only moderately good. They parade around in their egotism with their groupies and fans and lord it over their worshippers. I do not even laugh at this like others do because the relationship between entertainers and groupies is pathological. As soon as the groupie finds out that you make errors in everyday life like everybody else does and that you are human, they turn on you and hate you. This has happened to me. It can hurt a lot especially in the case of girls. As you know, I am very fond of these creatures. Once upon a time I fell in love with a groupie, a Chicago girl, not knowing she was a groupie. The usual thing happened and it was very painful to me. From a social perspective, I am looking for friends, not acolytes. Being worshipped is a horrible experience. As for the source of the music, I believe it comes from the unconscious; that there is no such thing as talent. There is simply a lot of hard work and more hard work and after that, more hard work. I believe Thomas Edison said that. The other thing in composition is opening up the unconscious. I am especially good at the latter because, as I told you, I was in psychoanalysis for eight or nine years. Most musicians I know cannot open up. They are too focused on the audience rather than on their own emotions, or they are too focused on technique or perhaps on both. When I play, I very quickly put myself into a light hypnotic trance and compose while playing, drawing directly from the emotions. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I am playing emotions and expressing them in a coherent public language called music. If you don't do that you sound stiff and uninspiring. Your friend, John Fahey

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 16:00 (thirteen years ago) link

his books are anything but boring, also.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 16:28 (thirteen years ago) link

trick question!

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 16:52 (thirteen years ago) link

it is about the "wrong" notes.

-- cancer prone fat guy (wt...), January 10th, 2006

what is?

,, Tuesday, 10 January 2006 17:00 (thirteen years ago) link

john fahey.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 17:01 (thirteen years ago) link

(x-post) - Great liner notes!

Elizabeth Cotton was adorable - check out the audience participation on her live CD on Arhoolie.

And I personally know of no remedy for falling out of love with the music of Fahey, or any other musician, for that matter. Sorry. (Why'd you like him in the first place?)

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 17:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Why'd you like him in the first place?

Because he was hip for a while perhaps?

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 17:32 (thirteen years ago) link

I had lost my copy of The Yellow Princess...just found it again! yay!

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 17:38 (thirteen years ago) link

that's a good one! the one i listened to most recently was "i remember blind joe death." the firs cut on the second side is really interesting in its use of dissonance and really jarring rhythms.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 17:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Dadaismus: I was *never* hip, you silly old goose.

When I liked him I was a stupid young person who didn't know shit about music, like many of you. Now I am slightly less stupid and know three things about music, one of them being that John Fahey, like Minimalism, is boring. What's so interesting and hip about a guy who plays repetitious music like he's got no soul? He's a defanged, emasculated, sterile copycat of MS John Hurt. John Fahey Is Boring.

Oh, and thanks for posting Fahey's own words. What a bag of hot air. Thank god he's dead!

valdemar (nubbin), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 17:53 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't like City of Refuge that much though....too much crabwalkin!

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 17:55 (thirteen years ago) link

You weren't hip. John Fahey was. That's why you listened to him in the first place, see? (xpost)

Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Dada), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:01 (thirteen years ago) link

calling fahey's music soulless is grossly uninformed hyperbole.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Dadaismus: That's right I wasn't hip, I was dumb. John Fahey wasn't hip either, he was boring. He still is boring. Can you give me a reason to think he's either hip or boring or both?

valdemar (nubbin), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:13 (thirteen years ago) link

this is one boring-ass thread.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Calling Fahey's music interesting or soulful is overblown overstatement.

valdemar (nubbin), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Ok, more talk about Fahey. It's good that there are people out there who dislike Fahey and the music community isn't all united in some meaningless sort of agreement about his excellence, but I am not in their camp. It's pointless to try and convince anyone to that Fahey is not boring. But I'll try and say a little bit about why I think he's so great.

Fahey produced an impressive variety of stuff and my feelings about it vary. If I'm not in the mood for Hitomi maybe I want to hear his dixieland stuff, or A Raga Called Pat, or The Oregon Capital Inn blah blah - he did a lot of different stuff! Seriously! And yet, maybe this is all my imaginings and projections, but I can sense the same determination behind it, the clear-headed, straight up emotionality and that killer sense of humour. Even (especially) with his writing. More than any one of his styles, or his status as an innovator or whatever, I'm mostly in love with the wonderful personality I feel behind it all. And when I listen to Sun Gonna Shine In My Backdoor Someday Blues I'm not listening to, as he describes it, a bitonal piece played in a John Hurt, ragtime finger-picking pattern style, I'm listening to... I don't know, something much trickier to word. More than any other music I feel this with Fahey. When I first heard him just after I turned 18 I was blown away by how ridiculously intuitive it seemed - it was so obvious, I couldn't believe I ever bothered with other music.

A lot of what's written about Fahey to convince you of his IMPORTANCE talks about how he was the first to do X or an exciting blend of country blues, 20th century classical, indian classical... blah blah. To me at least, it doesn't sound like that and it wouldn't be nearly as interesting if it did. All that seems incidental. The way I hear it (and I appreciate the subjectivity of all this), Fahey is trying to get to SOMETHING and all the technical details are just his way of getting to it. I guess that's it anyway, it's why I feel the same sorts of things listening to such a diverse range of music. It's not the language he's developed, but what he's saying with it.

Ogmor Roundtrouser (Ogmor Roundtrouser), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:20 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.mactavishland.ca/pictures/tumbleweed.jpg

Excelsior Syndrum (noodle vague), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:20 (thirteen years ago) link

I just threw a rock into the pond, and it made small waves.. then they ended.

I'm so fucking proud of throwing that rock into the pond.

Those little waves just marched around in their own order, but in no way that anyone could have predicted.

Even though the pond got back to equilibrium in about 10 seconds, I have to say that, for a small while, I was fucking make waves in that pond. I threw the rock, the waves happened, they ended, and it was because of me.

Fuck you, pond. I would never hesitate to throw another rock in you.

Dom iNut (donut), Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Are we going to debate what soul is again? I hope so. I hope it's also kind of racist and completely uninformed. I want some more of that.

And Leo Kotke rules so watch it, pals.

!~~~~11@@, Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:23 (thirteen years ago) link

i mean it seems like guerrieri has translated his intense fandom into an intense (and likely OCD) desire to compile every bit of trivia about each fahey album, but it's not like (again, based on volume one) he had much to say that would really deepen an appreciation of fahey's artistry.,

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:51 (four years ago) link

honestly it seems like precisely the sort of thing that would work 1000x better as a website than a book.

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:52 (four years ago) link

Maybe so. But I think if you consider Volume 1 a "just the facts" sort of tome, Volume 2 is even more so.

I guess I won't hold my breath for a 33 1/3 about Red Cross. HA!

Wimmels, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 17:04 (four years ago) link

yeah, the "readable" parts of vol. 1 were what I was most interested in -- while I guess I'm glad someone is doing ridiculous OCD work on labels and vinyl thickness, it's not quite my cup of tea. what i'd love is a "listener's guide" to fahey, album-by-album, with those interesting discographical details included alongside some thoughtful commentary, hostory, background, context etc.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 17:07 (four years ago) link

Exactly! I'd love that, too.

Of course, now, with Steve's book, the two volumes of the Handbook, the (admittedly kinda shitty) documentary, and the internet, such a thing is totally possible; it wouldn't have been ten years ago. I mean, shit, most of the people involved in these records (or who know everything about them--Glenn Jones, O'Rourke, ED Denson, etc) are still alive. You should do it, Tyler!

Wimmels, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 17:12 (four years ago) link

of rivers and religion and old fashioned love have 'song' and 'dry bones in the valley', some of his best. i love how 'song' just gets more glacial as it goes on

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 17:21 (four years ago) link

I definitely put both of those in my Fahey top ten. And I put the Gastr del Sol cover of "Dry Bones...," with Tony Conrad, in my all-time top ten by anybody! I think that's my platonic ideal of a perfect piece of acoustic music.

Wimmels, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 17:25 (four years ago) link

i think a 33 1/3 book about fahey could be great!

and if you chose which LP wisely, you could easily talk about fahey's music in general since there are so many influences/motifs/etc. that carry across albums. you could trace out the lineage and permutations of a particular melodic theme or whatever.

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:34 (four years ago) link

i don't know which fahey album would have the most marquee value though

maybe "blind joe death" but that's far from his best album

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:35 (four years ago) link

Days Have Gone By would allow for a broad survey of Fahey- has studio stuff but some old Fonotone tracks on it, sound collages (with licks he'd later use in FFF), the national anthem of Finland, etc etc- all the weirdness that makes Fahey great

No wait, should be one about Voice of the Turtle!

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:41 (four years ago) link

i feel like the liner notes for that one can hardly be topped.

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:12 (four years ago) link

thanks for the mini review wimmels, your preferences seem close to my own so it's a little disappointing that guerrieri hasn't turned his formidable researching powers onto some of the curious figures around the margins of fahey's output. not having much on terry robb is absurd, he basically kept fahey going for years.

if there was a market for it producing a sort of fahey listener's guide would be my dream project. fahey resists being defined by a single album, but you could do a great 33 1/3 on any of the first six takomas, my pick would probably be days have gone by too. voice of the turtle is fahey ad absurdum which might make it seem like a meaty candidate but I suppose I just don't think it's one of his best records

ogmor, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:14 (four years ago) link

in terms of the overall package, voice of the turtle is pretty rich as a mytho-personal fantasia (as shown by guerreri's analysis), but yeah, i wouldn't say it's the best one musically.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:20 (four years ago) link

actually pretty surprising there hasn't been a 33 1/3 for him...

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:20 (four years ago) link

You should do it, Tyler!
nothing i'd like better than to spend the next few years listening to fahey records and writing about them, but i've got bills to pay!

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:25 (four years ago) link

So into Old Fashioned Love right now

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 3 July 2015 23:23 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

finally
http://i59.tinypic.com/2j5m90w.jpg

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:16 (four years ago) link

isn't that an unofficial release?

sleeve, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:17 (four years ago) link

I mean, all the copies of that record, not just this edition

sleeve, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:17 (four years ago) link

DISGRACEFUL

ogmor, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:21 (four years ago) link

?

grandavis, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:36 (four years ago) link

Claiming it is from "Newbury Comics and Takoma". Who would Takoma be at this point?

grandavis, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:38 (four years ago) link

Concord Music Group?

In 1979, Fahey sold Takoma to Chrysalis Records, owned by Terry Ellis and Chris Wright, which had artists such as Blondie, Pat Benatar, and Huey Lewis.[3] Jon Monday continued as General Manager of the label for Chrysalis until 1982 when Chrysalis sold the Takoma catalog. During the Chrysalis years, Takoma released albums by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Maria Muldaur, Canned Heat, Mike Bloomfield, and T-Bone Burnett. The catalog was purchased in 1995 by Fantasy Records,[1] which in 2004 was taken over by the Concord Music Group. Fantasy has a handful of the Takoma recordings on the market as CDs as of this writing in 2007.

sleeve, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:42 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Howdy ILM, what record has Fahey at his most "slack key"?

Alternatively, his most "slack key" tracks in your opinion would be nice.

Note: I don't necessarily consider "Hawaiian Two Step" to be particularly slack key, would you dis/agree?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 07:23 (three years ago) link

although he loved his tunings fahey was not of a v slack key disposition imo. hawaiian two step is a cover of Spanish fandango (i think fahey knew the john dilleshaw recording) which is probably originally euro-african. closest fahey gets to slack key in vibe might be on the sunny side of the ocean, which iirc he wrote on piano aged 14 & quite possibly totally oblivious to slack key

ogmor, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 08:45 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

https://images.eil.com/large_image/JOHN_FAHEY_THE+BEST+OF+JOHN+FAHEY+1959-1977-416332b.jpg

underrated photo imo

NickB, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 20:18 (two years ago) link

TS: Sandy Bull w/ Squirrel vs. John Fahey with Stuffed Wolverine

tylerw, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 20:31 (two years ago) link

some (I believe) never before seen footage cropping up around FB. seems there might be more of this to come. late 70s, filmed in his house. hopefully will make it to youtube...

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 22 December 2016 16:46 (two years ago) link

yeah i was just watching that, i haven't seen it before

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dDs7UMy7Mo

very nice. late 70s/early 80s?

tylerw, Thursday, 22 December 2016 16:54 (two years ago) link

guess early 80s -- this is great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV5bBvQfE1Y

tylerw, Thursday, 22 December 2016 16:55 (two years ago) link

also of the utmost importance

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hJWc2AwO_iE/WEwSSedkzZI/AAAAAAAAFZo/qBJ3gJOAZrAVzKeRT-_eBBkWQYm62JJegCLcB/s1600/gd1969-01-17.caption-el_gaucho-19690117p01.jgmf.jpg

check the caption -- that would be a tough choice.

tylerw, Thursday, 22 December 2016 16:56 (two years ago) link

oh! they are on youtube! i couldn't find them. awesome stuff. hadn't watched the steam engine train one yet.

i'd go check out fahey first, nothing to say you wouldn't be able to catch both in the same night especially given the predilections of both artists

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 22 December 2016 17:29 (two years ago) link

Christmas has truly arrived.

first four a half minutes are great especially

ogmor, Thursday, 22 December 2016 19:43 (two years ago) link

what is that first four and a half minutes? just a typically big prelude/intro from that era? i recognize the last portion

global tetrahedron, Friday, 23 December 2016 18:38 (two years ago) link

full video is up- it's a joy. could honestly just watch him tune and bullshit with the crew for the whole video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vObBlcBn7UQ&t=2s

global tetrahedron, Monday, 26 December 2016 20:42 (two years ago) link

Is it down?

Lol "The Santana Blues Band"

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 26 December 2016 21:07 (two years ago) link

hmmm not sure what happened with the embed, maybe they disabled. try adding this to end of youtube url

watch?v=vObBlcBn7UQ&t=2s

global tetrahedron, Monday, 26 December 2016 22:14 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

severely underrated/slept-on fahey is 'old fashioned love'

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:05 (one year ago) link

Yep. Phased production on some of those duets is pretty sweet too.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 20 April 2018 00:55 (one year ago) link

yep, tons of compression and phaser going on. and 'dry bones in the valley' is top tier fahey

global tetrahedron, Friday, 20 April 2018 01:21 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

air getting crisp, it's fahey weather

global tetrahedron, Monday, 9 September 2019 14:35 (six days ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/Bbc0U3n.jpg

ogmor, Monday, 9 September 2019 14:59 (six days ago) link

well played ogmor

fahey looking pretty healthy in that picture

global tetrahedron, Monday, 9 September 2019 19:27 (six days ago) link

nothing to add here, but yeah: fahey fucking owns.🤘

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 9 September 2019 23:17 (six days ago) link

Worth noting that almost all of Fahey’s Spotify catalogue has fucked up audio that sounds like it’s partly underwater.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 14 September 2019 05:56 (yesterday) link

There's an excellent essay on Fahey by Ian Penman in Fitzcarraldo Editions' It Gets Me Home This Curving Track.

Doran, Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:39 (yesterday) link

I slept on Days Have Gone By Vol. 6. This is so good.

Finally watched the doc in Prime last night – it left me wanting more. So I’m digging back into the first volume of the handbook and cursing the fact that Vol. 2 is $57(?!?!).

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 14 September 2019 14:41 (yesterday) link

I think I heard there is a new edition of volume 2 coming out soon

ogmor, Saturday, 14 September 2019 14:57 (yesterday) link

Worth noting that almost all of Fahey’s Spotify catalogue has fucked up audio that sounds like it’s partly underwater.
― Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:56 AM (ten hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

these are weird comps with like corel 1998 clip art for covers. they applied some strange panning and reverb also, and some of them aren't even albums. one has studio outtakes i haven't heard anywhere else. not sure what bizarre publishing/licensing shenanigans went into those ending up there

if fahey had a 33 1/3rd book i think it should be about days have gone by

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 14 September 2019 16:07 (yesterday) link


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