Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Rockist Goes to Washington, Part III

Ever with our blistered fingers on the pulse of both the nation's capital and the indie/classic rock cognoscenti, we bring you the latest developments in Rockists exerting their influence over the federal government.

Actually, Pitchfork brings it to you. Today they ran a post announcing that Superchunk/Portastatic frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan testified yesterday at a Senate hearing on "The Future of Radio". The hearing was held by the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. In his testimony, he talks a lot about the power of college radio, indie stations, etc, and the influence they had on his bands and the multitude of other bands we all know and love. He goes on to say that he probably wouldn't be here without exposure to college radio, and to that we add a hearty "here here".

But all this actually upset us personally because we all live within close proximity of the Capitol, and -- I think I speak for all of us when I say this -- we would've been more than happy to have ol' Mac over to our respective residences to enjoy a light repast of Trader Joe's tofu masala (I got a feeling he's a vegetarian) and a case of Yuengling as we spend the rainy evening talking about Matthew Ward's tour riders, the ringing chords on "Arthur Dove", and how many Buds Bob Pollard can put away in an hour.

But alas, the best laid plans of a Rockist often matriculate a day too late. Instead, I'm hoping that some savvy staffer out there got a copy of "Slack Motherf***er" to play the committee to prep for the hearing.

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