She is most remembered as the girl who screamed at the top of her lungs and urinated all over the stage at shows.

In the Quietus’ “Bakers Dozen” today, Zola Jesus give her top 13 records. Now this has nothing to do with Zola Jesus as she actually likes the music but when the reason someone is known for pissing themselves on stage leads me to question the quality of the music.

This is about a musician. I take that back about the her being a musician, she is a performance artist.

I understand trying to get a reaction from people through art. Many people do this under the guise of being experimental or pushing the boundaries. Often the shock or presentation is the art not the music. Music is just a vessel for the performance piece. Performance art is on the same level as someone who is looking for attention. They may have something they are “saying” but more often than not it is attention for them. With absolutely no substance or craft. Ideas that a just poorly executed using extremities as cover for lack of quality.

Dumb Numbers: Dinosaur Jr. mashed with drone metal.

dn_coverCan’t stop listening to this. Take Dinosaur Jr or Sebadoh and mash in some doom metal and some drone.

Had no idea of the “guests” on this album when I first heard it. It actually does it a disservice as this album stands on its own. Oh you want to know the guests?

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my friends Lou Barlow, Murph, Dale Crover, Bobb Bruno, Chad Matheny, Steve Patrick, Bonnie Mercer, Pete Lyman, Toshi Kasai and also to my two favourite Davids in the whole world.. David Lynch and David Yow for the beautiful artwork. – Dumb Numbers Website

This has what I love in music, the beautiful mashed with heavy or ugly.

Buzz from the Melvins on Digital v Analog and the Music Industry.

Buzz Osbourne

I couldn’t agree more with this. Quit trying to recreate a place that will never exist again.

There seem to be two fundamental tendencies in music today: On the one hand, a move towards complete virtualisation, where tracks and albums are merely released as digital files. And, on the other, an even closer union between music, artwork, packaging and physical presentation. Where do you stand between these poles?

All music is virtual. It simply moves air and it matters not how that happens. The digital versus analogue debate is totally pointless. Believe me, you can make soulless sounding crap records with either medium. Recording techniques are simply tools and nothing more. I can work with whatever is in front of me and be just as happy with the result. All the techno music from the 80’s was recorded to analogue and it all sounds like crap, case closed.

Packaging is cool in a lot of ways. I believe a move towards something a little more human in that department is desirable to SOME people, but that will be a small number. Most people will never care about such things and I have no interest in trying to make them care. I don’t have the energy for that argument with music fans. You can lead a horse to water so to speak. The main and most important thing is the music which is basically free on the internet. I see a not-too-distant future where music is free for the taking and if you want something beyond that it will have to be cool and you are going to have to pay for it. That’s just how it is.

The Internet Genie is out of the bottle and it ain’t going back. The music industry as you ever knew it to be is OVER, get used to it. For those people who want the music to be free AND don’t want to pay extra for something cool, we don’t make cool stuff for the likes of YOU. Just be happy the music is free! Isn’t that enough? What more do you want? How many records do you imagine I will make that lose me money? I promise it will be less than two…

From Fifteen Questions. Read the entire article here.

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