Monday, 26 July 2021

"THE END OF MUSIC"


I'm gonna pack this lark in for a while. Sick of death threats,sick of spending my free time typing,ripping and uploading,sick of being accused of being racist,a communist, nazi,and satan knows what else etc......very sick of Punx(especially Punx my age),humanity(with exceptions) ,sick of being sick,but above all I think I'm sick of music.This, i'm informed is a sign of depression.....whatever? Not yet sick of living,as we got eternity to be dead in haven't we? But music has checked out early it seems.

Will continue the radio show(s) and the 'Shadow Blog',will answer comments,keep the downloads alive ,and may produce a concise coffee table book for your entertainment (that was someone else's bright idea).....I'll probably get bored and be back spewing rubbish in cyber-print tomorrow...who knows? Meanwhile the blog will be left to fester,like manure, to nurture new seedlings......but forget about 'the Kids' doing anything exciting with music,they're into something else,and it definitely ain't music i can tell yee that! 

It's an age old rock'n'Roll trick to retire and play the last show...EVER, only to reappear the next year with a new image and a new album innit? This is my 'Spiders from Mars' moment,just humor me will ya?

So,to bow-ie out gracefully, ere's a slightly marxist independent pamphlet ,printed in Glasgow around 1983,that kinda sums up the demise of music into a pointless sludge that any fucker can do, quiet nicely.Its not special no more Bobby Joe, thanks to the success of D.I.Y! Boo-Hoo-Hoo?But DIY was more than just doing it yerself wasn't it? 

Anyway,It's a jolly good read (the pamphlet),and largely correct. Like Artists, musicians are full of shite,and that's how we'd like them to stay,but they do need to be fucking told.


























TaTa fer now kiddies.

122 comments:

Andy Rubio said...

omfg come back soon please! This blog has introduced me to so much music I didn't know existed - and I'm in your age group! Whatever, enjoy!

zoooom said...

Only found out about your blog a few months ago, sad to hear this. But as they say, whoever they are: as one door closes, the other one opens. Someone needs to fix those doors. Anyway, good luck in your further adventures!

Anon Leicester fan said...

Nooooooo! Please reconsider!!!! Yes I agree music has all gone to shit, but you're one of the reasons the rest of us stick with it. Granted, there's not much in it for you, but, like, keep writing for the people, man?

Anonymous said...

Whoa, what if this isn't a cry for attention and appreciation. Doesn't matter. I've enjoyed this blog immensely and it's been one of the few things I've consistently looked forward to for I don't know how many years. Thanks for the thoughts and the tunes. Your effort has not gone unappreciated. Best of luck, Boris

Anonymous said...

It was a good run man. If I could buy anything I downloaded from your blog (without paying, say, hundreds of dollars or pounds for a Broken Flag cassette), I would have done it. Do what's right for you.

A-Mfan said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're going through some tough times. I can totally understand the feeling. I'm glad that the blog will still be here to preserve the great stuff you shared. I wish you the best and hope to see you back sooner than later

rev.b said...

Easy to understand yer viewpoint. Life involves breathing. Breathing involves inhale and exhale. in and out. Hmm, sound like sex, sort of how we all got here eh? Anyway, you’ve been exhaling here for a good long while. I’ve enjoyed it, but what has it gotten you? You’re a commie, a racist, a nazi and gawd knows what else. In any case, hope you’ll enjoy inhaling for a while. Whether you’re back tomorrow, next week, month, year or never, this does give me an excuse to say thanks again and that I’ve enjoyed most every racist, sexist, etc rant along with the crappy music/noise. Best of luck with whatever comes along and hope to hear from you again, but only when you damn-well feel like it.

Steve said...

You have made a difference in my life Bruv. God Speed.

Sanie Hook said...

I may not agree with everything you say, why should I, dull world if everyone thought the same or even looked the same, like the dickheads who wear masks cos some dick on telly says so. robots who can't think for themselves, who don't know how air circulates, who can't join the dots even when they are numbered. 1. Vaccines are dead cell debris 2. dead can mutate 3. dead can't reproduce 4. doctors/medical profession are responsible for a third of deaths in Amurica including starvation, vaccine death, death by infection caused by bed sores.
No world is mad enough with sheeple believing fuckwits like arsehole Boris, fascist Macron, pedo Biden, pseudoscientists, venal pharmaceutical companies who are ALL owned by the Rockefellers/Rothschilds, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, JPMorganChase, Facebook, Johnson&Johnson, ExxonMobil, Berkshire Hathaway, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Pfizer, Chevron, UnitedHealth, Proctor&Gamble, ATT, Verizon, Citigroup, VISA, Intel,
Home Depot, Cisco, Comcast, DOW, CocaCola, Pepsi, Boeing, Merck, Oracle, Disney, PhilipMorris, MasterCard, McDonalds, GE, Walmart, 3M, IBM, Honeywell, TI, Invidia, Amgen, UnionPacific, BristolMyers, Abbott, LockheadMartin, GoldmanSachs, Adobe, MorganStanley, and about 4800 more major holdings!; controlled opposition like Alex Jones; etc.
Chill out, and return soon, the world's gone mad, what's another loon.

Kamandi said...

Upon reading this, there was heard a 'gasp!' around this house that surpassed the one heard at the Hammersmith Odeon that night when David Robert Jones announced 'not only is it the last show of the tour, but it's the last show we'll ever do'.

What a shame. I think life's too short to quit, but then I don't have a blog, i haven't received death threats (so much for 'social' media. I wonder if tempers would get so heated if we were all in a pub (maybe it would get worse! You can't wait outside the internet, at least). Wonderful blog, one of the best and the best ones seem to be dropping off like flies.

Well, here's to you.

Die or DIY is dead, long live Die or DIY!

Robert Gomez said...

I'd love to read your book if you write one.

Benb Gallaher said...

Hello and Goodbye!

It's been a real pleasure, and I am grateful for your helping people to discover, whether anew or again, music that might thrill them or free something within them.

Look for "The Attitude Robots R Unable 2 Assist U." (I'd send you a copy, but only seldom do people have copies of their things.) It's made by persons with sound.

There's heaps of related stuff -- some with Jad, some without -- on my Soundcloud page: http://www.soundcloud.com/benbgallaher

(Also, because I can't find anyone to play music with me, I've resorted to composing it. A lot of that's on there, too.)

Music merely appears to end because people die, but we're dunderheaded.

All the best to you until the next.

Cheers,
Benb Gallaher

FiveGunsWest said...


This is sad news re: Johnny. Like him I am also bored of music. Ir was a great distraction for 40 years as the very people punk hated stole everything on the planet that wasn't nailed down. We didn't put up much of a fight. Music wound up being another thing westerners could hate each other for and fight about. Pounding the shit out of each other in mosh pits didn't stop capitalism.

I hope Johnny maintains his YT page. One of my favorite things in the world the last couple of years are his album remixes. That should, and still could, be huge. Everyone should want to hear those. The sheer genius and profound sense of humor in his approach were completely original. Where ever you go and what ever you do Johnny I wish you all the success you so richly deserve. Adios amigo.

zaikonik said...

Fantastic sign-off!! Too much of anything will make you sick but have a good break and I'll look forward to your tactical rerappearance story. Meanwhile, I always find this revives my love for sounds...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wokqxYDR1eQ

FlaccusMUC said...

Very said to read this. I've discovered lots of good (non-)music through your blog. And your writing has always been among the very best on the (music) web - so entertaining and inspiring! I seriously hope that you will feel better about music before too long.
Hope that I've humoured you enough. And I'm looking forward to the great comeback.
Best wishes from Munich, take care.
Sven

Anonymous said...

Anhedonia is a right bastard... thanks anyway, Milly's Grandad.

Shug Hanlan said...

Bye Bye Jonny.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Anon Leicester fan.....just like leicester city does it for the people. Any comments from a Leicester fan are to taken seriously. Waht d'ya think about the new stadium expansion? Looks a bit uncomfortably modernist to me.
I'll still be doing shadow blog and carrying on my vendetta's....that is something i do get pleasure from,as well as watching Leicester stuff it to the top six evil doers.

Jonny Zchivago said...

@Andy Rubio... i'm sure there's more than enough on the blog to discover in the non-specified length of time it will take for me to ,or not, rediscover my joy?
Shadow blog is there, but no commentary on that one, like every other blogger does....stuff like whitehouse,zoviet france and any other bastard that tried...and failed...to get me deleted.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Woe...Boris?....not that fluffy haired one i hope?.......a cry for help,like 95% of suicide attempts?...nah! Shameless attention seeking maybe?

Jonny Zchivago said...

@Sandie Hook.....Well I will miss the absolute Nutjobs who comment here, like Sandie Hook.I find geezers like him/her most inspiring.I have trouble with the abstract,and these abstract thinking loonies give me many writing idea's.
"Vaccines are dead cell debris" is a song title for one, but on a scientific note, Virus's don't tick many boxes when it comes to being 'living entities' themselves, so of course the vaccines are likely to be dead too....as is virtually everything we eat.
I enjoyed hearing several stories of anti-vaxxers dying of Co-vid, but of course the surviving ones will say its govt propaganda and made up.....rather like what we sheeple say about their ridiculous theories. They'll believe anything they read on the internet as FACT,and we're all gonna be slaves because of them...thanks a lot you bunch of paranoid twats.

i may be gone, but we can carry on arguing...don't mind that at all.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Cheers Rev b...you is da maaan. There's a book on my book shelf...yes i read...and its called " Is It Me Or Is Everything Shit?".....i've never read it......nows the time I reckon.Fuck 'em.

Jonny Zchivago said...

@ steve.....cheers bruv too.....i'm trying to answer all these comments,and it feels like I'm writing the blog again.....maybe a dignified silence is the option? But That'd be rude would it not?

swefflingmusic said...

Jonny, thanks so much, you are always refreshing, entertaining, provocative. You’ve posted so much great (and not so great but crucial to know about) music, how did you ever get hold of it?

Much of it I didn’t even download, just knowing it was there, and your take on it was enough. Tried to get many of my friends to read your posts, too. Loved how dis-agreeable you are.

Never said thankyou enough (maybe once or twice, can’t remember). Never mind the arseholes, sadly they are generally the ones who bother to keep in contact…

Be happy (or what passes for it).

Jonny Zchivago said...

@ Kamandi..cheers. But I don't think I'm as big a bastard as David Jones....have you seen this hilarious cartoon on the subject: https://youtu.be/FODvjYoVEi8

Jonny Zchivago said...

Thanx Robert Gomez....i've started "The young person's guide to making proper rock music...otherwise know as...The 11 commandments of Rock."...soon to be available as a non-profit making hard copy to be left casually on your coffee table.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Hi Benb...sounds like my life that title.Had more shit with tech this very morning....the trouble is there is now no alternative! But I did end up taking advantage of the robot's inability to think outside the box,and ended up saving money because the robot isn't programmed to cope with bare faced lying!
Will check out....if you fancy doing a by mail music project with myself,i'm here....i've sort of lost interest in instruments,so anything that involves me not playing guitars playing drums or farting about with a keyboard sounds good to me.Fucked up Dialogue loops interest me greatly as does randomly repeated vocal phrases?...you still doing poetry?

Zagazig said...

Well, well. Another blog I'll keep checking weekly even though there's nothing new on it. (Please don't go.)

Jonny Zchivago said...

@ five guns west....yeah, the youtube channel will be reactivated...that was one of the things that made me consider knocking the blog on the head...i had no time to do anything else.....i agree that the re-mix idea is something i would like to expand upon...glad you like 'em...a sort of plunderphoncs taken to the nth degree. It also takes these fucking holy groups down a peg or two.There ain't many that i wouldn't love to take the piss out of....or better still, piss off their stupid fucking 'fans'....i don't like Fall Fans the most i think...even though that includes myself....the ain't i fucking Weird crowd. Total knobs telling all who'd listen that they love the Fall to fill a hole inside themselves.....any Fall suggestions for a remix? Residents fans are total bastards too....Captain Beefheart is near the top of the list....something from bluejeans and moonbeams i reckon.
See you there Five Guns.

Jonny Zchivago said...

@zaikonik..rather wonderful is that patrick sky...new one to me. Child molesting blues?...nice one. I shoulda stuck to Folk music.

Jonny Zchivago said...

@ milly's grandad...i get no pleasure in agreeing with you about Anhedonia....but i did look it up to see what the fuck it was.....now I know.

oceane said...

Thanks a lot for your involvement in this always surprising blog. A specificity I like from this blog is that the reason you write about an artist doesn't have to be that you're fond of his work. I wish you refreshing times.

Double Dubz said...

Thanks for all the music! Take a break, but I hope you come back soon...this is an important historical resource...thanks also for continuing through the 10s, when most bloggers stopped after the 00s. Recently I'd hear people talk about the music DL blogging heyday but I'd have to alert them to the fact that many good ones still exist(ed)...
Liam from Lynchburg

Anonymous said...

Thank yo for all the work. You made this period of time bearable for me.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear it. Not gonna lie i find some of the stuff you say in your posts pretty repulsive but much of the music is great and i really appreciate the time you took to rip and post it. I've been through a similar thing where i got very depressed and stopped enjoying music for probably over a year, it's pretty awful and i hope it passes for you soon. Anyway cheers for the music and all the best with whatever you end up doing from now on.

heavy_dubby said...

I hope the end will have an end in itself, and I hope to see more music in the future. Anyway, you will be a musical reference for ever with this blog.
so much music, spanning all genres..I love D.I.Y
Michele

Anonymous said...

I understand where you're coming from to keep doing this year after year on your own free time must be exhausting and there comes a time when you ask yourself "why?" Given that, this little space in the internet wasteland along with the long gone Mutant Sounds has given so much to the people who came here, downloaded and sometimes commented. This meant something.

Henk Madrotter said...

Damn Jonny.... Instead of trying to come up with something witty I'll just say that I can understand your decision... Been coming here almost every day for years now and there have been times I was almost jumping from pure joy because you posted something that I was looking for for 35, 40 years, and because I was enjoying your writing (and the comments :) ) .... Somehow I never saw that there was also a shadow blog, now I'm curious! Wishing you, as always, the very best and I'll keep watching on facebook of course.... These are crazy times, they always were, for me anyway, but they seem crazier than ever now, even in the tranquility of the Lembang mountains where I reside, far from the maddening crowds and your voice was always a voice of reason, strange as that might seem :) So thanks!

capitão sensível said...

i am a dedicated follower of your blog (typing from portugal) for more than three years and, though i may not like everything you published - it would be odd if i would, you must agree - i only have to thank you for the incredibly rich contents of your posts (particularly the drone sounds which were totally new to me and also the series on religious wtf preachers k7s, as well as many many others).

i wish you the best and if you decide to return i will be here


parmalee said...

This is sad news, but thanks for all the great music/non-music and insightful commentary. If you ever find yourself really reaching for a reason to get out of bed, a scenario I know all too well, just remember: you still haven't gotten that early Camberwell Now boot from Scanner, there's a new Jandek record (I think) and, perhaps most importantly, Genesis is scheduled to tour in '22. Rumor has it, Tony Banks is finally up for embracing his inner GG Allin.

People are overwhelmingly shit, and while they've managed to murder more than half the planet's animal species, I figure there'll always be dogs. Also, Warren Ellis has opened a wildlife sanctuary in Indonesia for animals with special needs--largely due to humans being shit--so there's that.

https://www.ellispark.org/

badgerstump said...

To be honest, I always thought you were a likeable gobshite with a shit taste in football and a rather better taste in music that ends.

Fuck what they think and do what you want.

Whichever way, but obviously in all conceivable ways, big love from this sphincter of the arseosphere ... then and tomorrow.

Jonny Zchivago said...

@ Parmalee....ah yes the new Jandek, Vancouver isn't it....the guy who promotrd that said he'd get ona plane and find me if I post that one...if that's not a reason to make a comeback i dunno what is.
I've given up on Scanner and his bootleg.....bad gobshite he!
I suppose Genesis will be touring France since Phil Collins is a god here.
Tony Banks is the personification of inert rage.
Warren Ellis is a nice man.....he's just gotta stop playing with that music killer Cave.In fact give up and look after traumatized animals full time,while we cope with the trauma of cave's downhill plunge since his first solo album.I can't believe I bought his fucking Book!?

Jonny Zchivago said...

@badgerstump....i'll forgive that comment about my footy preference....a preference dictated by my birthright,but nevertheless a giver of the greatest football story ever told.
The nay sayers...you know me, fuck 'em all, but they are so tiresome with their uneducated banter that i want away from their diseases.
i also wanna do something else for a while, like watch football.Don't we play man city in the charity shield soon?
I love you too badge...is badge ok for familiarity?
Keep up the endless torrent of stuff on your rather marvelous blog....now i'm no longer a colleague,i may make comments as if i was one of those awful arse licking music fan bastards,so beware.
So keep that sphincter pumping.

Anonymous said...

It's a bugger to get rid of as well... trust me... Milly's Grandad

badgerstump said...

mate ... no stopping my pumping sphincter

reality check: you don't play us, you get beat by us ... gotta admit, i can't wait to get back into the ground to scream my lungs into the back of somebody's head

call me what you want and whenever you want ...

Unknown said...

The manifesto was brilliant, thanks! Like Die or D.I.Y.? it made no compromise, which is how we like it. Just come back when you're unable not to, OK? Hopefully, that means next week. Best, Magnus.

Ollie Stench said...

Sad to see you go but totally understandable.
Thru your hard work and passion I have discovered so many new-to-me releases, ones that as someone growing up and still living in Minneapolis I would have never discovered. Thank you for that!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the music and many laughs. Sad to see you go.

el borbah said...

You and your witting sure'll be missed, compadre.

And also thanks for all the good jammers, indeed.


Jah bless, J.Z. ~

M.

Unknown said...

Hang tough...rest easy. You've given us years to think about -thank you...

Mr. Cockroach said...

Thanks for all of the great sounds you've exposed me to over the years. Best of luck with your future endeavors

FiveGunsWest said...

I'd love to hear you totally destroy 'The Info-tainment Scam' or 'Middle Class Revolt'. You're so right about taking those yobs down a peg....Nirvana was hilarious! Salud bro. I sent a request for Shadow blog....as upagainst....you'll see it. Enjoie.

Nick said...

Sorry to read this Jonny. Yours was the first music blog that really drew me in.
All the best to you - enjoy whatever comes next and I hope getting away from the insanity realigns your chakra's or something.
Thanks as ever for all the music.

Vollmar said...

Jolly good show. Respect from Sweden.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the music, non music and everything in between. Looking forward to your concise coffee table book. Now where does one get a decent coffee table theses days? All the best from a regular visitor from Amsterdam.

Nick said...

Have sent you a request for Shadow blog

Netley Lucas said...

A genuine contribution to a post-Peel world. Do reconsider JZ, I'm sure I speak for many, you're right up there bud.

Gorehound said...

RIP! This blog is to the world of blogs what John Peel was to Radio 1 back in the day. Thank you for having created and maintained it for so long.

dyav said...

I've been lurking here for ages but have never spoken up until now. While I feel that the world needs blogs like yours now more than ever, I completely understand your reasons for wanting to give it up. Frankly, I'm amazed that you kept it going for as long as you did.

This blog is frequently entertaining, but particular highlights for me over the years have been Jandek Mondays and your rants against that chap from VOD (the "Frank Bull pocket Branson person"). Your references to Leicester also resonated with me as I lived there for a few years in the 90s and developed a fondness for the Foxes during that time. I left just before Martin O'Neill took over - another case of great timing on my part!

I can honestly say that I never once found you racist or nazi. Maybe a little communist at times but not in a bad way. And yeah, some of the music you posted was alright too.

Anyway, I hope that in time you will rediscover your passion for music. I personally lost mine a long time ago but there are a few beacons of light - how could you not love Sleaford Mods? I mostly listen to noise nowadays, but even that has been in a steady decline over the past 20 years or so.

Thanks Jonny, hope to hear from you again on the Shadow blog.

Steve B said...

Take time. Rest up. Get your drive and passion back. Thanks for opening my ears and mind to so much new music.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who will be checking in regularly to see when you return.

Enjoy whatever you're planning to do and hopefully see you back in action again when you're ready to blog again.

Stay safe and well.



Alan Burns said...

Look after yourself and take care, JZ. Thanks for clueing me in to tons of great DIY music over the years, and all the best with your future endeavours.

middle aged man said...

Thanks for all the music, some of which I have enjoyed some not so much but that's the point isn't it? Hope you return.

Milo said...

Thanks for the BBC and other 60's Space Music and the real stuff folky music...discovered great things on your blog. See you back soon ( I'm sure...).

bob said...

Oh...Bugger...

Shadowslacker said...

Sorry to hear you're depressed. When people say "No, please don't stop!" you should take it as a great compliment but I just want to say - please do whatever you need to for your own mental well being. You've done enough for us, more than your share. Thanks for all the absolutely amazing stuff you've put on your blog over the years. And don't listen to the people who didn't and don't appreciate it - it was worth it.
Take a bow.
Be well.

Anonymous said...

I'm joining the throng to say huge thanks and indebtedness for your hard work.
Thought provoking, funny and at times somewhat infuriating. But fantasticly entertaining along the way. It would not be amiss for you to feel a smug sense of pride at what you have achieved. Tally-ho!
PB

Anonymous said...

What a great run. thanks so much for all the discoveries. I loved all the rants and sometimes didn't agree with them but you really kept me entertained! Here's to you. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

All the best from Argentina,J...

northfieldhat said...

You are your own person. Which is what the blog world should be about. So good on ya!

pinkie said...

Best blog on the planet. And anyone who seriously thinks you're racist or any of those other -ists etc, well i assumed a part of you enjoyed all that. Shows what i know, it can piss the best of us off sometimes. Anyway hope you return after a sufficient break, take it easy eh x

yasswaddah said...

Have a nice day

Anonymous said...

Diolch yn fawr
thanks for everything
goodnight from a bible black vale of clwyd
look after yourself
xxx

Anonymous said...

where else you gonna go, if you like to scrounge around amongst the discarded, overlooked, under rated, obscene, obsessive and just plain shite musical flotsam? like to see a bit of sand kicked in the faces of conspiratorial half wits. don't like being preached at by dirt bags? can't stand 'wave your hair in the wind' alt rarrk? and have no time for freakin' academic fall fans, but love the fall???

there simply is nowhere else on this stinkin' banner ad infested, press release rehashing service known as the interweb that i'm aware of...

sad to see you go go jonny

Anonymous said...

All the best from Los Angeles - You rule

Love You JZ XXOO

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for all the great music. Loads of advice. Last time I was depressed I listen to The Four One and Only's - The End is Searching album and it brought a big smile to my face.
Much greetings Richard

deadharrie said...

i sent a tape your way. ‘plant franklin’ by ‘deadharrie’. was hoping to hear your 2 cents on it. love the blog. hope you’re not really done.

harrie

Jonny Zchivago said...

@deadharrie.....whoops,forgot about that..i'll do it on DieorDIY? on facebook.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Fanx for everyone's obituaries,was gonna answer each one,but it was taking more time than actually doing the blog,so rather defeats the object of the exercise somewhat.
Fanx again, missing you already.;-)

Donna said...

Jonny - you've made a ton of folks happy. take care of yourself first. All that matters. Thank you!

tcw3 said...

dammit! I was just getting used to you

Anonymous said...

i just discovered your blog, a couple days after shut it down. kinda funny.

though it makes me sad that some people, especially one's with good taste, think that todays musich is shit. it's simply not true. you're truly missing out on so much amazing art.

- turtle

Jonny Zchivago said...

Today's music is not so much shit than irrelevant. Its just repeating a time when music was indeed relevant, minus the much needed mistakes,and its rarity.More than all that, there's far too much of the fucking stuff. We've all had too much cake,so now its time to throw up.
Sorry to have missed you.

WDM said...

I know how you feel, I feel the same way.
And at some point I'll close my doors too.

Relax and take a little trip around the world, cheers!

arf barf scarf said...

Time to throw up is right, especially when you think about how unfairly calibrated it all is. Capitalism destroys everything that it encounters.

(This is Benb Gallaher, by the way.)

arf barf scarf said...

I'd love to do a by-mail project, especially if it's by mail.

(Do you know about R. Stevie Moore? He's given people dozens of rabbitholes for delving. Same with Jason Willett.)

vincentsear said...

i'll just say see you later ... hope you get back to this, refreshed or fully loaded. great blog. thanx.

Dante D said...

never again will I know just how bad my taste in music ought to be...

like all our best messiahs, I hope you too will come back someday

Anonymous said...

Penis :(

Jonny Zchivago said...

@arf barf scarf aka benb....yes R Stevie Moore left a comment on my Youtube channel.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZmgzAv0gSY&t=3386s .... expressing an admiration for my former band/duo ZOG....the drummer had an accident with a stone cutter and severed all the tendons in his right arm...so ZOG is no longer active.....so by analogue mail is the way issit?....do you have cassette facilities?..i can mail you some stuff on cassette.i do in fact have a cassette muiltitrack,so if you sent me a cassette i could overbdub on tracks 3& 4 and send it back, just like in the olden days.

Pouting Cavity said...

While I do hope you return and I will personally miss your acerbic wit and bar-none recommendations on fantastic music of all varieties, most of all, totally and completely, I will just say this: well done good man. Well done.

Yer Mama said...

Enough of this, post more cool stuff instead.

Anonymous said...

What a pleasure it has been over the years!
Many, many thanks - I had to check this great blog almost every day to see
what new bands were being commented on.
Hope to see you back soon.
Rare, powerful, disconcerting, exciting.

Anonymous said...

Eh-up JZ, I've been following Die Or DIY on/off for several years and it's been a tremendous resource from day one, BUT... having once published a blog of my own I completely understand how thankless a pastime if often is, especially when you're rattling off your thoughts to the page with little-to-response (just dozens, nay hundreds, of phantom downloaders). I look forward to seeing you back on here in a few months' time with a bellyful of fresh bile to off-load but, if this really is the end, then ta for your years of graft and for continuing to hammer away at it ("semi-legal on the edge of culture"!) when so many blogs fade into the ether after a handful of posts. All the best, old chap. ROOKSBY

Mike Davied said...

I'll be very sad to see you go, your blog is one of the few things that I actually look forward to, and I've managed to hear some excellent music here.

klockwerk said...

Thanks for all the fish, err files, err whatever THANKS!

Mjy said...

The kids are indeed shite but they have a saying, "Do you", which in this case feels apt. Thanks you for the motherfucking Diagram Bros. If nothing else.

Jonathan said...

Really amazed you kept going so long. Such dedication, such enthusiasm. Sorry to hear you're down on things now. Maybe take a rest, maybe come back later, maybe not. But even if not, your years of work are something to be fucking proud of, creating a wonderful online resource. I'm back here every couple of months reading and downloading and will no doubt continue doing that as long as you don't take it down. For now, take care, Jonny, and thanks.

Unknown said...

Have any of the doGs told you you are the best?
But the moneys no good. Just get a grip on yourself....
A book? i cants read.

Stuiterbal said...

Thanks for all the music and good luck to you.

Anonymous said...

oh no...
Shit for breakfast....

Anonymous said...

Cheezy Weazer -
Well Damn, Sorry to see you go.
Good Luck to the future.
& thanks for everything!

Ian said...

100. Thanks for everything, Jonny.

Anonymous said...

Just to make it 100 comments Cheers

melt-apple said...

damn, i'm really sorry to hear you're going through a ruff patch. hope you're feeling right soon <3

Anonymous said...

Danke! Spent some amazing years reading your blog. I really appreciated your love for the weird stuff. Some of it was really mind- bending and let my ears bleed. I also loved the thoughts you put into your texts. But everything has its time... since Peel had gone, you have been my bloodhound on the music- trace. Thank you for that - you won't be forgotten.

Cheers from the Mauerstadt
Ralf

Fieldhippy said...

May peace, love and eternal cosmic wisdom be unto you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jonny !
Huey

kevinesse said...

well shit.....thank god i dl'd so much! most of which i didnn't know nuthin bout. You've been a great education and lending library! have fun, be careful.

Anonymous said...

Sorry you're leaving us. Only discovered this blog a few months back and now I have a whole new treasure trove of sounds to discover for which I'm eternally grateful thanks to you, kind sir. Got a real chuckle out of your 'Punxploitation' series too. In that regard I'll leave you with this little joke I heard from fellow retiree Mark Prindle.

Q: How many punk rockers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Trick question. Punk rockers can't change anything!

Peace,
Tw

Anonymous said...

No Steve MRE for months. Punky Gibbon down and now you _ first world problems but hey thanks for years of producing the best music review site. Also describing our "contribution" sounding like a Danny and the Dressmakers tribute band is a unique honour.Hope you come back soon

Anonymous said...

Dude!

Anonymous said...

Best blog period. Awesome music. Your writing is amazing. Good luck to you. You will be missed.

rev.b said...

I held off further comments, figuring this final(?) post would reach 100+ comments sooner or later and here we are. I keep two folders in a larger blog link folder; one for the dearly departed, and another for the fondly suspended that I check every six months or so. I'll be adding DoDIY to the latter, keeping open the possibility that things may go horribly wrong and against all good advise your blog life restarts. That book “Is It Me Or Is Everything Shit?” sounds like it just might have THE ANSWER. Since you’re not directly involved with everything going fecal in this world, I’m sorry to say it appears not to be you, or me for that matter. if it was, the cure would be simple execution! BTW, I am NOT the man. That guy works two cubicals down. HE can solve your issues. So, best regards and thanks for the noise and grumbling, all very much appreciated. See you when.

Jonny Zchivago said...

@ rev.b i dunno rev, i got all this spare time, and have achieved precisely Nuffin'.Maybe a come-back is on the cards. To quote Bowies' Young Americans,just for the sake of looking like a man who listens to the words maaan :
"He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang
But Heaven forbid, she'll take anything
But the freak, and his type, all for nothing
Misses a step and cuts his hand, but
Showing nothing, he swoops like a song
She cries, "Where have all Papa's heroes gone?"

Reading All those chest swelling tributes is like being a ghost at your own funeral.And David Fair has done my portrait by ESP.So a haunting is on its way.
Can't stand Bowie by the way.

Feywer Folevado said...

Devastated to see this blog taken offline. But my heart feels wonderful knowing that it is back up. I stared into the depths of my music folder and looked at all the music I managed to discover and accumulate - all thanks to this blog for introducing me to many artists and sounds. I thought, "where am I going to go for the weird music, now?".

Many thanks to you for inspiring me in my musical endeavors. I hope to continue to see interesting things. This blog is an underground treasure.

Anonymous said...

Cut the crap & soon come back...
missed already
what the fuck....

(a love poem)

Anonymous said...

I'll never be able to thank you enough for introducing me to the Alan Silva albums "Seasons" back in March of this year. I never would have found this ridiculous jazz masterpiece without your blog which I return to whenever I'm in need of something from the very far left of the left field. Hope to see you back soon.

Sevenpowers said...

No! Please no...this is the BEST MUSIC BLOG on the internets, you've exposed me to so much great music over the years..beg...grovel

Slacker said...

Wow. Pob lwc dude.

JColtrane said...

Come back soon, please

namakemono said...

I stop watching for a few weeks and THIS is what happens! A full-blooded tragedy. Controversial or not, I've always enjoyed your careening pronouncements, catholic disdain for all schools of thought and - most of all - murderous affection for sacred cows (Krautrock, John Peel etc.).

More than for the music, I've followed this blog because you are one of a miniscule sub-nucleus of music writers (and bloggers) who has anything interesting to say... if music is a source of ennui in these days of plenty (and I can scarcely disagree), then this ennui is compounded by the liberal consesnus conveyer belt of music journalism pretty much EVERYWHERE. Your vitriolic outbursts, regardless of where they splatter on the political correctness continuum, add savour to the meat, and contribute to the very cause you claim is dead: to Make Music Great Again.

I'll be keeping an eye out for some time yet. Hope to see you around.

Jonny Zchivago said...

@ namakemono.....i've done a Bowie...i'm back already. It was a fantasy that i could keep my gob shut indefinitely.Got bored writing my book...i missed the interaction,which is most stimulating.
....and i agree with you by the way.