What is the point of having created such an embarrassingly massive archive, without finding ways to resurrect some of it, point to it, say “Here. Read this.” The whole birthday-post-thing is not how this blog started and it really only picked up steam in the last 5 or 6 years, mainly because I have had less time to write here and yet I can’t – I WILL NOT – give it up. So I started “re-purposing” posts I had written about this or that person, and publishing them again as tributes on the person’s birthday. As the years go by, the birthday-post thing has continued to grow, because of course I still write original stuff, and so I loop it all into the Grand Birthday Project. At this point, the blog basically runs itself, since I schedule these things beforehand, and half the time they surprise even me.
For about a year, I posted all the music writing my brother did on his old blog, because my brother is such a good writer, and these pieces are all so great I just wanted to highlight them. I called it Music Monday, for obvious reasons. First, I posted every essay in his 50 Best Albums series. Then I posted his super fun series where he wrote about every concert he went to – or at least the most memorable ones – and he clustered them by club/venue.
Today is the birthday of legendary Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Gould, and Hüsker Dü was a life-changing favorite for my brother – and for many many MANY other people, I know – and he wrote two essays about them.
The first is an essay on Hüsker Dü’s album, Zen Arcade, on Brendan’s 50 Best Albums list.
The second is about Bren going to see Hüsker Dü at the Living Room, a legendary rock club in Providence, RI. If you grew up in a certain era, The Living Room is featured heavily in your memories. Bren captures it all.