This last weekend, flipping through channels, I hit Austin City Limits. ACL is great. Sometimes hit and miss based on musicians I like, etc. But this Saturday, I changed to it and immediately recognized the band… or specifically the individual. We’re talking Bob Mould!
I remember being a Junior in High School listening to Husker Du. Can’t remember which album (doesn’t matter.. they’re all great). I remember it was on vinyl and one of my older friends ‘educating’ me on some music. Great education. But it was years later, when Bob blew my mind. It was the early 90s and I was super into his solo stuff. Black Sheets of Rain and Workbook on cassette. I remember Workbook was completely worn. You couldn’t read any writing on the tape. Was constantly rolling in my car in those days. His lyrics and capture of ‘mood’ was stellar and really hit the spot for me. Not too long after Sugar came out. Going back to some heavier, louder stuff again hit the spot for me. Sadly, I stopped listening to Mould after Copper Blue. I have no idea why.
Occasionally, I would hear a song or two on the radio or at friends, and every time, it made me think of good times. I really enjoy his music, and damn it, it’s time to re-explore. I was super stoked to see him on ACL.
Just like when Arcade Fire played on ACL, their blog showed their gear, and I was very stoked to see the pedals that Bob was using for that performance! Please check out Austin City Limit’s blog (I personally love following this blog).
So we’re talking the following for pedals:
Here is the Bob Mould performance. Give it a watch!
So what do you think of Bob Mould? Husker Du? Solo stuff? Sugar? Comment below!