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November 11, 2005 10:18 PM   Subscribe

Apparently before Jed had left us
he wrote some poems
wrote them for no one
I guess I'll show them
here's one of Jed's Poems.
[via the ape]
posted by clunkyrobot (20 comments total)

 
I never knew there was a video for this. Thank you! This was the first Grandaddy song I had ever heard. Good memories.
posted by adzm at 10:20 PM on November 11, 2005


The idea here is the gem; a textmode music video. The whole time I kept hoping there would be some awesome finale, but the sourcecode was a nice touch. I'd like to see one with more ascii art.
posted by adzm at 10:26 PM on November 11, 2005


Agreed!
the video ends in much the same way the poem does, longingly yet anti-climactically. Of course... that's what makes me love it.
posted by clunkyrobot at 10:30 PM on November 11, 2005


adzm -

For the record, it's not an official video, it's fan-made. I agree that it's great.
That gent's got some other nice stuff on his site as well, worth poking around.
posted by drumcorpse at 1:08 AM on November 12, 2005


I wanna know how he managed to fit Quicktime on that old Apple II!
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:31 AM on November 12, 2005


Sweet! That's the computer that I learned how to program on. Applesoft BASIC was uber-geeky, just like me when I was 13.
posted by Roger Dodger at 6:54 AM on November 12, 2005


you might also be familiar with grandaddy from hearing the 'walk up the side of the mountain' car commercial song (called 'nacher anthem')...though they've done tons of amazing stuff...

...a couple years ago i basically defected from metafilter to the grandaddy boards...i was inspired by the concept of the metafilter meet-up when i had my first party to meet local fans from the grandaddy site, and doing effected a shift that took me from an aimless, hibernating, asocial pothead to slightly less aimless, socially engaged, still pothead but not nearly as bad...i mean, really, the music and the people i have met around it have effected such a level of joy and richness in my life that there is no way i could describe it that would not sound cultish...

and on a side note, this FPP is like a signpost to me...last night i was on the verge of posting my account password to MeTa because i wanted to let go of the negative side of this place, particularly the degree to which i help create it...but this has turned me around, and i'll be listening to good music all daylong

thanks for the FPP, clunkyrobot...i hope more people check out grandaddy...those who end up liking them will greatly appreciate it
posted by troybob at 7:22 AM on November 12, 2005


Grandaddy is a great band. I've loved them since I first heard "The Crystal Lake".

Interesting video.
posted by kryptondog at 7:30 AM on November 12, 2005


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posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:58 AM on November 12, 2005


> Programmed in Applesoft II on a 1979 Apple ][+ with 48K of RAM. Seriously.

Seriously? Easily! Assuming that refers to the text video only, and not the music as well. The stock II, II+ and IIe had no soundcard or other music-generating ability beyond the itty bitty system speaker, which could go moop and meep if you poked certain ROM addresses when your little rectangular-block aliens got shot. (And, as PeterMcDermott notes, assuming he means the original sketch of the video, visible only on the Apple's system display, and not the QT linked here for all to see.)

N.B., my App][ can fire off midi or mp3 or quicktime or whatever, but that's because it's presently acting as a dumb terminal attached to a P4 running Redhat 9. It displays a $ prompt, not a ].
posted by jfuller at 8:04 AM on November 12, 2005


Thanks for this post! Grandaddy's great. A few years ago I couldn't stop listening to Sumday for months and months. So good...
posted by RockCorpse at 8:06 AM on November 12, 2005


So very sweet.

Clunky, pal... I'm so trustful of your taste by now that I clicked the link without checking inside this thread to see what the "skinny" is. I wasn't disappointed.

*Apple Accolade*

:D Mais satisfaire.
posted by reflecked at 10:33 AM on November 12, 2005


Love this! Thanks clunkyrobot!
posted by Frisbee Girl at 11:40 AM on November 12, 2005


can i do a mini-hijack and ask for similar sounding bands? i found grandaddy ages ago, but have never found anything else with the same kind of geek/rock/country/lofi sound.
posted by andrew cooke at 1:43 PM on November 12, 2005


maybe country isn't the right word there.
posted by andrew cooke at 1:46 PM on November 12, 2005


some of the favorite bands i've discovered in association with following grandaddy (by the way, you can listen to grandaddy's new EP 'The Diary of Todd Zilla' in its entirety on their myspace page):

Built Like Alaska (they perform the score/soundtrack for the new film Ellie Parker with Naomi Watts) also info and songs via their myspace page ... awesome music!

welsh band super furry animals

earlimart

dios malos also here
posted by troybob at 3:31 PM on November 12, 2005


thanks!
posted by andrew cooke at 5:04 PM on November 12, 2005




I second Built Like Alaska for a grandaddy-like sound. Definitely check them out; it's been my music addiction for the past month.
posted by adzm at 6:06 PM on November 12, 2005


I caught this a few weeks ago via another site (honestly can't remember which one). I heard Granddaddy for the first when they were on tour with Elliott Smith, and was instantly smitten. This video captures the Granddaddy vibe perfectly.

The songs about Jed and his drinking problem were instant joke fodder for my friends, as my name is Jed, and I like the alcohol.

Jed's second comment.
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