The Daily Choice: Positive Destruction
Let me pull the curtain back from the magic show for a moment. When it comes to music and me passing music on to you, I’m less a bold explorer and more an aggregator. I’m internet obsessive. My girlfriend, sweet patient woman that she is, has to pull me back from the webs more times a day than I care to admit as I can’t stop digging through the digital crates trying to find new music, movies, whatever. Thus the music I present to you is less a product of my own adventurous exploration and more so the end note of a lengthy bout of scouring the choices other, possibly more talented, individuals have presented.
I’m a cherry picker and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Hopefully my cherry picking gets picked over by some other aggregating young mind and then passed along to another and another and all of us can enjoy this fucking fantastic music being put out all over the world. It’s way it works, no?
That said, I’d like to shower love on my new favorite website crush: Positive Destruction. Named after a recent Pitchfork article on the exploding garage scene that’s been fermenting in San Francisco for years now, Positive Destruction focuses almost primarily on the more garage-y aspects of the San Francisco music scene. It’s a pretty deep bowl right now, and somehow the PD kids manage to highlight only the very best of the bands currently destroying basements and house parties city wide. I get the feeling that Positive Destruction is a one-man/woman endeavor at the moment, which makes it even more impressive that they’re able to hit the musical nail on it’s wavering sonic head over and over and over again. Burnt Ones, Terry Malts, Wax Idols, new shit from Thee Oh Sees, new shit from Eddy Current Suppression Ring – every track seems hand picked to make me squeal with delight.
Look at Positive Destruction and then look at my Daily Choices since I discovered them and you will see parallel after parallel after parallel. Positive Destruction feels like a website built for my music taste, and the more I visit it, the more excited I am to be living in San Francisco right now at the crescendo of this beautiful music scene and have a guide with taste like PD to lead me through it. And that’s what a music site should do – shower love in a discerning way to remind the most cynical of us how lucky we are to be right here, right now. It’s what we hope we’re doing at Sound on the Sound, and if my Daily Choices can inspire the sort of love that Positive Destruction does for me for other people, then I can sleep a little better at night.