Remember that LCD Soundsystem song about being there? "I was there building the Great Wall of China/ I was there babysitting Elvis/ I was there combing Josephine Foster's hair." Really, Mr Murphy, you could have made it a lot quicker and said "I was there hanging out with Moondog on 54th and 6th in the fifties, tapping out rhythms on trimbas, check out our recordings on 78 before we even had 33, before we had 45. Because Moony clowned everyone a long time before they had bands, before their instruments were invented, before sound and time and place made you a person. To celebrate his blind bearded legacy, come to the Moondog Rising Festival happening in New York tonight and tomorrow and study up with Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue.
November 02, 2007