Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The Onion AV Club once had a great post* in which it discussed how most pastimes, especially music, can be divided into two groups: the likers and the lovers. The likers are the casual fans. They are the ones who confirm trends. When a liker is into it, you know that "it" has hit the big time. And the lovers are the ones who revel in the minutiae that give them their lover status. An excerpt:
But it illustrates the difference between being a music liker and a music lover. I’d say 95 percent of the world are music likers. They like playing music while driving, cleaning the house, exercising, drinking, working, and pretty much any other activity that music can accompany without being the sole focus. Music likers buy 10 CDs (at most) every year, and it’s usually stuff they hear everyday on the local top 40 station or greatest hits collections by classic rock bands. Music likers don’t read music magazines or get into arguments about music trivia. They like music, but it’s not something worth putting too much thought into. The remaining 5 percent are music lovers. These people are irrational fans,(short for fanatic) and they buy CDs every week, read music mags, and seek out passionate discussions about music. These people will judge you based on your CD collection (whether they admit it or not), and they can sniff each other out based on the ability to name bass players and/or pre-1980 prog/funk/metal/soul artists. (The like-love split isn't specific to music. It applies to everything: movies, TV, books, fine art, theater, food, beer, whatever.
I will fully admit to my status as a liker (I don't think you could come up with a more stereotypical music liker/lover combo than me and Matt). I rarely discover truly new bands unless a "lover" friend points them out to me because they think I will enjoy the music (i.e., my friend BethAnn telling me that she thought I would like Tally Hall). And my "discoveries" are artists/bands that any music lover knew about long, long, long ago. Eons ago. When I discover music, it is likely because an oldies or classic rock station plays a catchy song that I either had never heard or haven't heard in 10 years and I remember a lyric or two, come home and Google it. Or I come across it in popular culture.
Like everyone else, I had heard Brown Eyed Girl long ago, but it wasn't until a West Wing episode that I really discovered Van Morrison. In We Killed Yamamoto, Amy Gardner cranks up Caravan and Moondance. I liked the sound and bought a Van Morrison album before the week was out. And I haven't stopped being a fan since. My 91 Bonneville -- this is a blog written by men who proudly drive crappy cars -- has a tape deck and my tape of The Best of Van Morrison was worn down by repeated listening in the time before I bought an iPod. I once took my younger brothers to Milwaukee for a weekend of baseball games. That cassette served as the soundtrack for the four-hour drive. I'm sure my brothers would be fine if they never heard Van again.
Van Morrison is a bit like the Bible: no matter what your mood is, you can probably find a Van Morrison song to fit your tastes. He does blues (like the embedded video of Van doing a great rendition of Gloria with John Lee Hooker), he does religion (Full Force Gale is probably the best song I have ever heard about the sanctuary that God provides), he does the mystical (Astral Weeks), etc. His Tupelo Honey album featured several country songs -- not this Garth Brooks type of pop/country, but George Jones-style country. Morrison wrote "Chopping Wood" about his father and it always reminds me of my working class dad. He does whatever he finds interesting. If tomorrow Van Morrison became obsessed with punk rock, I would expect to see a Nirvana-style album released within a year, followed by a tour that started in Seattle. Not only does this bring him respect, but you can hear the passion in the music. Knowing that he didn't write any songs or produce any albums simply because a label exec thinks he can get it on the radio does make it a more enjoyable experience to be a fan (and I'm guessing a more enjoyable experience for Van!)
I do and don't envy a journalist who interviews Van Morrison. Make the interview about him and he will quickly become combative and awkward. But if you ask him about his music, not only will you hear some very insightful answers about his music, but you might get a little out of him about himself.
I'm not saying anything that any Van Morrison fan doesn't know about the man. Despite being one of the most influential musicians in this era (his diverse catalog has influenced many musicians and he deserves to be listed among the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Springsteen, etc. in his influence on other musicians), he remains an enigma. I could no more describe his voice than I could explain love -- it's impossible to know where to begin. But this music liker will always love Van the Man for exposing me to so many different kinds of music throughout his career.
* -- As an aside, the author of the post is an alumnus of the same distinguished university that Blugold Matt and I are proud graduates of.
To preface this she told the audience that she would be finishing with three jokes...one of which would upset "The Community." The first two jokes were about parrots and, as best I can tell, do not really have much to do with the last joke and her commentary afterword...
This is some powerful stuff and I wish she had begun her show with this skit and then went on to talk more about race in America.
UPDATE: Having not seen this clip in a while I was surprised how much Will saying "nigger" twice is such a slap in your face...I turned on the clip and wasn't paying attention to it at first and then BAM, there it was like a a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick.
Robert Goulet has passed away and although he had a memorable singing and acting career for me he will forever be remembered as the villain in Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and for making a cameo in one of the funniest episodes of The Simpsons, - "$pringfield (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)." Here is the song from that episode:
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Elvis has released and re-released and re-re-released his albums and collections over my lifetime...the latest version is a greatest hits collection from his first 10 years of work...
"Aw, man! The Doobie Brothers broke up! When did that happen?" -- Jack T. Colton, Romancing the Stone
"Being in Fleetwood Mac is more like being in group therapy." -- Mick Fleetwood
"But then again, [Springsteen] is an Irish-Italian, with a Jewish-sounding name. What more do you want?!? Add one big African sax player, and no one in this room is gonna fuck with you!" -- Bono
Another win...although I am getting the faint feeling that this year's Packers might be last year's New Orleans Saints...The Packers seem to be coming up lucky each week and things just work out like scoring an 82 yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime...plus we had a 100 yard rusher this week!
Roger Ebert is not a movie critic. He is a superb writer who happens to write about cinema. And he showed his satirical side in this missive. James Lipton is such a wonderful target.
Get better soon Roger -- the balcony hasn't been the same without you.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
"If we could all sing like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones." -- Waylon Jennings
"For myself as well as many others, no one has been there more for inspiration than Elton John. When I first heard 'Bennie and the Jets' I knew at the time I had to be a performer." -- Axl Rose
"Ya see, what most people don't realize, and for me this was a big part of Jackson's rock 'n' roll credentials, was that Jackson Browne was a bona fide rock 'n' roll sex star." -- Bruce Springsteen
Here is an excerpt from the article:
"As blogs parsed and parodied the image — some gleefully made fun of it, others
questioned the wisdom of putting a distraught child in front of the camera — Satcher [the writer of the song -- Matt] went to church. Her pastor held up the Bible.
“For these times in which we live, you are going to need this book,” he said. Satcher scribbled the words into the back of her book.
At 3 a.m., she wrote the song.
“I had the sermon and the picture of Rick’s little girl in my head,” Satcher said. “The song is about the fact that we are a faith-believing, conservative nation, and that voice gets very little front-page time to me.”
The first verse is about Sarah Maria, Satcher said.
In these times in which we live
Where the worst of what we live
Is laid out for all the world on the front page
And the sound of someone’s heartbreak
Is a sound bite at the news break
With a close shot of the tears rollin’ down their face
Blessed be the child who turns a loving eye
And stops to pray
For these times in which we live
The second verse is about the troops and the third touches on faith, she said."
It wouldn't be a country song if the second verse wasn't about the troops.
This song is like a Thomas Kincaid painting. All the elements of a great piece of art are there...but it is still just kitsch.
Martina McBride -- For These Times
Martina McBride's new album is called Waking Up Laughing and you can buy it here...but please don't.
"Just how bad is Notre Dame? Of the 119 teams in Division I-A, ND is 119th in total offense, 119th in rushing offense, 112th in passing offense, and 118th in scoring. If Notre Dame had doubled its scoring output, it would still rank 108th. If it doubled its rushing output (currently 34 yards a game), it would barely eke out Duke for 118th place."
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Jumping the shark doesn't even begin to describe what is going on with 24, especially Season 7. Not even close. There has to be some other catchphrase for veering so completely off course that the show becomes unwatchable. 24 has accomplished that, both in plot and theme. *Obligatory spoiler alert*
As for plot, not only is Tony Almeida, who played an uneasy Tonto to Jack Bauer's Lone Ranger, alive -- but he is the bad guy for this season. 24 has always required suspension of disbelief. So bringing Tony back from the dead isn't completely shocking. But turning Tony into a terrorist leader is so wrong that I cannot even speak clearly. 24 has always made plot supreme to all non-Jack characters. But character development has to mean something. Just because Tony and Jack have had an uneasy relationship is not enough for Tony to be the bad guy.
Thematically, 24 has been at the forefront of our national debate about torture. Jack has rarely hesitated to use all means necessary to either stop a suspected terrorist or get the information he needs. And the new season begins with Jack defiantly telling Senator Red Forman that he does not apologize for what he did. But 24's "contribution" to the debate has always come with a basic assumption: torture works. If you send Jack Bauer alone in the room with the terrorist, the Truth will come out. If you start from the presupposition that the ends will always turn out right, it becomes easier to make the ends justifying the means as your primary argument. If you create scenarios in which the evil mastermind will tell you exactly when the ticking time bomb planted in the subway station will go off if you only smack him hard enough, wave a gun in his face and threaten to inject him with a disabling potion, it becomes that much easier to convince viewers that torture is a necessary evil.*
But that isn't how it works in practice. Because we know that we don't want to have bamboo shoots under our toenails or want to be waterboarded or be put on the rack, we assume that our enemies will give it all up to avoid that pain. It goes to human nature's desire to avoid unnecessary pain. But read this memo. It may have been written over 60 years ago, but human nature hasn't changed much since then. You cannot beat the truth out of the opposition. Some of them harden and will see stoically taking your abuse as a point of pride (cf. how our soliders heroically state "name, rank, serial number" upon capture and Sen. John McCain's shame that he signed a propaganda statement as a result of torture**). Others will tell you what they think you want to hear if it will stop the beatings. But the notion that torture is automatically effective is a dogma that should be put to rest. Until 24 is willing to truly look at the issue from all sides of the debate, it doesn't deserve the soapbox it so clearly relishes.
* -- 24 has gone beyond "necessary evil" into the realm of torture porn. If you look at the comments section, apparently the UK version of the trailer included this exchange.
Female agent to Jack: Torture him if you have to.
Jack: I'm going to enjoy this.
I don't even know what to say. Even if we accept the argument that sometimes torture is a necessary evil (i.e. the ticking time bomb scenario), torture should not be relished. Whatever torture may do to its victim, the effect on the perpetrator is monstrous. Torture makes its victim subhuman -- and allows the torturer to treat another human being as such. The psychological effect is stunning. If 24 is going to advance the "ends justify the means" argument, they should have the dignity to make Jack the reluctant hero rather than the gleeful torturer.
** -- Sen. McCain signing a clumsy propaganda statement is not proof that torture works. He refused to sign a second statement, resulting in 2 or 3 beatings per day. He could have been released early, but refused, taking nearly six years of additional beatings. Look at the general lack of information and cooperation from our soldiers in Vietnam and compare the methods of the Viet Cong to those used by Hans Joachim Scharff -- you have more success interrogating your enemies if you don't violate basic human rights.
Ask most people over the age of 13 what their favorite kind of music is or their favorite artist/group and they will respond with, "Depends on my mood." I am no different.
When I get into a funk, the kind of "I'm worn down, life sucks, I'm single, life sucks, I'm tired, work/school isn't going well, life isn't going to get any better," mood that I can sometimes get in, I usually go old school. There is something about Frank Sinatra that picks me up. It's not in the voice or necessarily the music. It's his swagger. It's being cool. It's being better than it all in a way that makes men want to be you and women want to be with you that comes through. And I can't help but pick up a little bit of it by osmosis.
The visuals aren't exactly enthralling, but I found a very cool YouTube collection of Frank's records. Someone just put Old Blue Eyes on the turntable, turned on the video camera and posted it to the internet. Computers may have turned sound into a science, but it can't replicate the feeling and sound of vinyl. Here are a few vids.
Friday, October 26, 2007
"During a visit to the Journal last spring, Mr. Huckabee joked that one of his biggest challenges is that "like Bill Clinton I hail from Hope, Arkansas, and not every Republican wants to take a chance like that again." But it's Mr. Huckabee who is creating the doubts. "He's just like Bill Clinton in that he practices management by news cycle," a former top Huckabee aide told me. "As with Clinton there was no long-term planning, just putting out fires on a daily basis. One thing I'll guarantee is that won't lead to competent conservative governance."
Our judiciary is an imperfect response created by imperfect people to get reasonably close to the goal of protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty. And it gets it wrong sometimes. But it is good to see justice done.
What Genarlow Wilson did was wrong -- he was 17 years old when he encouraged a 15 year old girl to perform oral sex on him, which she willingly did -- but it wasn't 10-years-in-a-jail, registering-as-a-sex-offender wrong. And the Georgia Supreme Court fixed that today. Justice delayed is justice denied, but it is justice nonetheless.
I don't know of any good music about getting released from prison, so I'll just send along this Johnny Cash classic.
Although a large part of me died when the Brewers collapsed, allowing the dreaded Cubs into the playoffs, I have been keeping an eye on the World Series. I am rooting for the Rockies because the team voted to give a full playoff share to Mike Coolbaugh's widow. It's a classy move worthy of full support. Plus, the Red Sox won the World Series just three years ago.
But after Game 2, it is increasingly clear that the Rockies are overmatched. Between Colorado's long rest and the potent Boston lineup, the Red Sox are the clearly superior team this year. Right now, I am just hoping the Rockies can extend the series to five or six games.
In honor of the Sawx, here is "Tessie" from Dropkick Murphys.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
CNN, why did you hire this guy? Clearly it is you trying to be more "fair and balanced" by hiring a guying getting his masters in "Christian Communications" at the unaccredited Louisiana Baptist University and writing essays on moral issues, plastering it on your "Latest News" section right along side an article about Bo Derek...
Meanwhile, Burma battles dictatorship, Pakistan attempts to form a representative government that can battle Musharraf, the band plays on in Iraq and CNN wastes resources on this...
The Dears -- Postcard From Purgatory
The Dears new album Gang of Losers is out now and you can get it here.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
An anecdote that I simply must pass on that comes from a moot court argument (moot court is where law students invent a fake case that other law students have to argue in front of fake judges who are attorneys. It is as dorky as it sounds). The student had been conceding different points -- intellectually, he had dropped his weapon, turned his back from the battle and was in full sprint.
Judge: Counsel, it seems as if with that last comment, you have conceded that the other side is correct and should win this case.
The student takes a breath, runs his hand through his hair and sighs: Not intentionally, your honor.
In honor of this law-related post, I present the wonderfully bizarre music video from Jackson Browne's "Lawyers in Love." The Asian script at the bottom of the screen only adds to the weirdness of the video, which, in Pentagon parlance, "has been overtaken by events."
Aaron is a self described "avid reader" who also makes great music ranging from indie Americana to 60's pop...His 2nd album Black & Gold was finished recently and I have been lucky enough to have been enjoying it for the past couple of weeks. Aaron took the time to answer a few questions last week:
Q: My favorite song on the album is "Fake Crimes" can you talk a little bit about the writing of that song and its origins?
A: Musically, Fake Crimes is my attempt at stealing from Dan Bejar's "Thief" record - particularly the"Canadian lover/ don't demean yourself" track. I was hoping to create a song with a lot of momentum right from the beginning that kept building upon itself without the whole soft/loud-Kurt Cobain dynamic.Lyrically, the track is about a pair of lovers who stage a kidnapping. Near the end of the song, thenarrator offers to take a bullet in order to save the police from shooting his lover ("Since your body isworth more than mine/ They can aim their guns straight toward me"). To me, the lyrics are actually very tender and sweet.
Aaron Schroeder -- Fake Crimes
Q: Your bio has you living in Kennewick, WA...what is the musical scene like there?
A: There really isn't too much of a scene here - what you have is yours only because you've made it. I moved her two years ago and I didn't really step into anything resembling a scene, but now I have the most amazing friends who all happen to play music. It's definitely laid back, which allows us all to create and focus on good work, rather than losing track.
Q: How long was the recording process for Black & Gold? Did you have all the songs ready to roll or did you write in the studio?
A: We didn't actually do any of the recording in a "studio". It was all done in living rooms andbasements. What I do is create the demos which the band then sort of siphons through. Once we have a good batch of songs we're all excited about, various people will just play whatever they think sounds appropriate on each song. Cramer (the drummer/ main producer) then edits everything together and we all go back and forth fucking with levels until we're all satisfied.Q: What are the most important albums of your summer?
A: I have started out the last few summers making a Belle & Sebastian mix CD which is always a wonderful thing to walk around town listening to. I do the same thing with my Jay-Z albums as well. I listen to the Byrds a lot in the summer. The first Phoenix album, particularly the track "Funky Squaredance" is a great summer song. There's also a buddy of mine who writes amazing songs named David Bello, I'd recommend him for some interesting summer music.
Q: I write about politics as well as music...what is your favorite politician/leader and why?
A: I've enjoyed both of Barack's books on both personal and political terms. I'm also very interested in thisnew Colbert running for President thing - I think it will be interesting to see how that pans out.Black & Gold is out now and you can pick it up from Amazon here or directly from the artist here.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Just wanted to piggy back off Matt's post about Max McGee.
Despite being a fellow Wisconsinite, I am not a Packers fan (that is a story for another post). But growing up in a Packers household that did not own a television for about 7 years, my Sundays were set to the soundtrack of Jim Irwin and Max McGee calling Packers games on the radio.
Max is my second favorite announcer (behind Bob Uecker) because he was completely natural. The same guy who had so many great moments as a cutup for the Packers -- like when Lombardi stood before the team and said, "Men, this is a football," and McGee piped up, "Not so fast, coach" -- was the same guy in the booth. He said whatever he was thinking and his natural comedic timing took over from there.
My favorite on-air McGee story is probably apocryphal, but I don't care. Irwin was mentioning how former Cowboys/Bucs wideout Alvin Harper had to have the tip of his finger amputated after a trainer cut him while treating an unrelated injury to his hand. McGee: "He's lucky it wasn't a groin pull."
And if I knew how to post music, I would post something from Amos Lee, who I saw in concert on Friday.
Oasis -- "Lord Don't Slow Me Down"
Ranking: Jimmy Carter
MOR rocker with Noel on lead vocals. It sounds like [and could very well have been] a left over from Don't Believe the Truth. The song comes bundle with a live version of "The Meaning of Soul" and "Don't Look Back In Anger." The latter track is very interesting in that the crowd sings so loud that at times it makes Noel vocals seem like just another voice in the crowd.
Anyway, I enjoyed the Red Sox's game and I am really looking forward to the World Series...which leads me to the point of this post...the Colorado Rockies are trying to trademark the word "Rocktober" which they have been using to describe their end of the year run of winning 21 of their last 22 games....that's it...that's all I wanted to say...no biting commentary here...just alerting you to some important sports news three days after it was news...enjoy some Aesop Rock...
Aesop Rock -- None Shall Pass
The new Aesop Rock album, also called None Shall Pass, is available here. Pick up your Aesop Rock shoelaces here.
On Friday, the Air Force admitted that, whoops, we really did fly nuclear bombs from North Dakota to Louisiana and then parked the plane on the runway for 36 hours with bombs unsecured...yeeesh...
I was going to post a B-52s song but I discovered I don't have any of their songs...so we will live with some Bowie...
David Bowie -- Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
The Bowie Box is coming October 30th. Pre-order it here.
Let me just throw this question into the abyss...what exactly was the Evangelical Right's problem with Brownback? They complain that they don't have a candidate that represents their values but Brownback seemed to fit perfectly...This leads me to wonder, what's it all about then? Is it just that Brownback isn't as famous as Romney or Giuliani? Is it really just that they want "their" candidate to be the nominee...seems like it is more about power and less about values.
This is The Grass Roots live from a show hosted by Jimmy Durante and there are some great shoots of Creed at the 1:31 mark.
In his final two seasons, injuries and age had considerably reduced his production and playing time. Ironically, these two seasons would be the ones for which his career is best remembered. In the 1966 season, McGee caught only four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown as the Packers recorded a 12-2 record and advanced to Super Bowl I against the Kansas City Chiefs. Because McGee didn't expect to play in the game, he violated his team's curfew policy and spent the night before the Super Bowl out on the town. The next morning, he told starting receiver Boyd Dowler, "I hope you don't get hurt. I'm not in very good shape."
However, Dowler went down with a separated shoulder on the Packers' second drive of the game, and McGee, who had to borrow a teammate's helmet because he had not even brought his own out of the locker room, found himself thrust into the lineup. A few plays later, McGee made a one-handed reception of a pass from Bart Starr, took off past Chiefs defender Fred Williamson and ran 37 yards to score the first touchdown in Super Bowl history. By the end of the game, McGee had recorded seven receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns, assisting Green Bay to a 35-10 victory.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
New Young Pony Club -- Get Dancey (Edit) [Get Dan-cey...get it?]
The New Young Pony Club have a new single "Get Lucky" out October 22nd.
My favorite song in my listening is Track #2 "Bodysnatchers."
Here is a live performance:
Will Adam's group The Moldy Peaches ever return? I'm betting no...but until then get his "solo" records here.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
You will be proud of me. I am going to my first concert this month and it is someone good: I am seeing Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Amos Lee in about 3 weeks in Bloomington. I am pretty pumped....
All I can say is "WOW"...that sounds like an amazing concert...I saw Bob Dylan at UW-La Crosse in I think 2000 and he played a lot of his newer stuff and not too many classics...but I guess he has sort of changed that in his recent concerts...
Elvis Costello has always been one of my favorites...but I have never gotten the chance to see him. I am not too familiar with Amos Lee but I have heard good things about him.
Talk to you later,
I will admit that Elvis Costello is 90% of the reason I bought tix to this concert. I really like his music; he has a pretty diverse catalog and a very distinctive voice -- I turned on the radio the other day and within 2 seconds, I knew it was a Elvis C song, even if I couldn't identify the song right away. Sometimes I think "I can't stand up for falling down" is the story of my life.
I will also admit that I have never "gotten" Bob Dylan. I respect him and he is obviously influential, but I have never connected with his music. I would compare it to the feeling when someone tells a story that they think is funny and then says, "I guess you had to be there."I feel like I am missing something with Dylan. Any thoughts on this?
That's very interesting...I guess my interest in Dylan is two fold:
a. Everyone considers him awesome so I need to check out what the hub-bub is about. Because I am a music freak, if anyone ever says "best album ever" or "best song ever" I have a contractual obligation to investigate. So a number of the albums I own are based on good marketing you could say.
b. When I see good song writing I appreciate it. I particularly like "Positively 4th Street" in that it is so negative and it is like a slap in the face. But I guess looking back at it, I don't have a personal connection to the music as I do other bands. Dylan is always sort of like a history lesson to me [even though he has a bunch of recent work].
When I saw Dylan it made me think of how things are different now, versus when he was playing in the 60's. The Bootleg Series Volume 4 documents Dylan's concert at the Royal Albert Hall [which continually gets mentioned as the best/most important concert ever]. He was right at the crossroads of playing folk and his increasing interest in rock & electric guitars. The first half is acoustic and the crowd cheers loudly. The second half is electric and Bob is met with constant boos. At one point, someone yells out "Judas" and the crowd erupts in applause...Bob says "I don't believe you...you're a liar" and then turns to his band and says "play it fucking loud" and they burst into "Like a Rolling Stone"....
Imagine that happening at Bloomington...Just catching a little bit of that sort of magic might make a concert worth it...
I guess that one reason I am going is that I want to see if Dylan has an in-concert charisma that doesn't carry over to his albums.
I tried listening to Dylan for the first reason that you mentioned. I figured that he was so beloved -- to the point of mysticism and hero worship -- that there had to be something there. And I was consistently underwhelmed (the song that I really liked is Forever Young. My favorite "Dylan" song is how Stealers Wheel sounds like a Dylan impersonator in "Stuck in the Middle with You.") One of the reasons I compared Dylan to the "I guess you had to be there" kind of stories is that I feel like he is more recognized as an icon of his time than as a musician. I am sure that I would feel differently about him if I had been a Baby Boomer who had gone through the 60s, especially as Vietnam was heating up. And he deserves credit for being the first artist to use his talents to address social issues and still be a mega-star. And I admire him, much like Van Morrison, for marching to the beat of his own drum and making music that interests him,critics be damned.
But I am only a casual music fan -- as opposed to being an amateur music historian, like yourself -- so in the end, it comes down to the music. I keep broadening my horizons -- I try everything from country to rap -- but I still need music that I connect with. I generally use the iPod test for music. If I am driving back to Eau Claire, got the iPod plugged in and X comes on (whether it be an artist or a specific song), how likely I am to skip X and go to the next track? Bob Dylan generally fails that test.
So were you secretly listening to Dr. Dre and The Wu-Tang Clan when you told us your favorite artist was James Taylor?
I would say that Elvis Costello and Van Morrison are the two best artists in doing whatever the hell they want too...be it classical, Irish folk music, whatever they find interesting at the moment...
Have you had a chance to hear the new Bruce Springsteen yet? If you aren't a big fan of his work at least give "Radio Nowhere" a listen too...best song from him in a while in my opinion...
Thankfully, I have advanced far beyond my college days in terms of music. My iPod has everything from Run DMC to the Flying Burrito Brothers.
I go hot and cold on Springsteen. At his best (i.e. Born to Run),there is no one better. But he has put out some pretty shitty music too.
Apparently, they are not the same person.
You decide which is which:
Bush/Clinton/Bush/Dick Cheney's 8th cousin
From the AP:
According to her spokeswoman, Sen. Obama, D-Ill., is a descendent of Mareen Duvall. This French Huguenot's son married the granddaughter of a Richard
Cheney, who arrived in Maryland in the late 1650's from England, said Ginny
Justice, a spokeswoman for Lynne Cheney.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This week, Todd mixes music and politics in claiming that Al Gore, John Edwards, Sam Nunn, and Fred Thompson didn't act as they truly wanted to in office and now that they are out they can live up to the Janis Joplin lyric: "Freedom just another word for nothing left to loose."
Of course Chuck Todd's never been elected to anything [except maybe to the party planning committee for the Political Communications Department at Johns Hopkins.]
And it makes me wonder...name one Senator that optimizes Janis' lyric? I would say Russ Feingold from Wisconsin fits the bill pretty well. If I were to ask Mr. Todd, what Senator Feingold's biggest political liability is and the key reason why he didn't run for President?...The answer has got to be that his votes and positions are not conducive to building a broad political coalition.
This political freedom seems to buy freedom of conscience and not much else.
Big Brother & The Holding Company -- Down on Me [Live]
Buy all of Janis' solo work here.
The long waited third Portishead LP is finally closer to being finished. According to a blog posted by Geoff Barrow, the album, which has been ten years in the making, is currently in the mixing stage.
While no other details have been announced, Portishead are the curators for this year's (All Tomorrow's Parties sponsored) Nightmare Before Christmas Festival going down in Minehead, England on December 7-9. The band will also perform among the likes of Thurston Moore, Black Mountain, Silver Apples, Aphex Twin and a slew of others.
A 21-point lead that is...The poll has only 62% headed toward Barack, Hillary, and John...leaving a rather large undecided category or a surprising large number of Chris Dodd fans...Some of the lower tier candidates might drop out before New Hampshire but the Big 3 are here to stay until at least Super Tuesday, February 5th [in which 20 states have primaries.]
Whenever articles are printed about Hillary's lead in national polls, they ignore the fact that our candidates are not chosen that way. It doesn't really matter if Hillary is leading in the national polls if she loses the Iowa caucus, New Hampshire, Michigan, and South Carolina primaries...But Hillary is pulling close in Iowa and leading in New Hampshire, things are looking...wait for it...UNSTOPPABLE.
Some basic ground rules: Ohio is not in the Midwest. Any state in the Eastern Time zone is not in the Midwest...I almost want to say the Midwest is west of the Mississippi and East of the Rockies but then you're eliminating Wisconsin and Illinois...Also, any state that fought in the Confederacy isn't in the Midwest...they are in the South. End of discussion. This eliminates Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
I think of this as I listen to my Midwest brothers, Poison Control Center from Ames, Iowa.
They have a great little ditty "Glory Us" which reminds me of Eels vocals vs. Mates of State's organ.
Poison Control Center -- Glory Us
PCC have an album and an EP out on Afternoon Records. Get them here.
One of the benefits I have been enjoying over the past week has been a promo look at the a new social music site, Jango. It's a little bit like last.fm, a little like iLike, and a little bit like Facebook.
Anyway, I like it and I have some promo invites and I can give away...if you are interested just drop me an email and I will send you one [supplies are limited...not too sure how long it takes to recharge my invites].
Here is some additional information:
It's a list of "the world's most powerful people," 100 of the bankers and media moguls, publishers and image makers who shape the lives of billions. It's an exclusive, insular club, one whose influence stretches around the globe but is concentrated strategically in the highest corridors of power.
More than half its members, at least by one count, are Jewish.
Bad Religion -- American Jesus (Live)
Bad Religion have a new album out called New Maps of Hell which you can get here.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
October 10th, 7:00pm
Juviley @ Wicked Willy's
149 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012
That being said, I bought my copy for $12.99 [6.38 pounds + a .45 pound service fee]. I am more than happy with this because I had given up hope for any new Radiohead release this year and I love the fact that I learned about the release and get in in under a week and a half. I am not the typical buyer however as I will happily pay for the downloads and then buy the set that comes out in December...
The confirmation email they sent me says that I will receive another email on the 10th...tick tock...tick tock
Friday, October 5, 2007
Letterman told Snow he keeps hearing what a warm, cordial man Bush is in private, but that "something happens when you put him in front of an audience. ... He can't get it, it's stuck in gear. ... Is that a fair assessment?"
"Yeah," said Snow. "And there are time you want to just dash your brains out against the wall."
Guns N Roses "Welcome to the Jungle"; "November Rain"
Vanessa Williams "Save the Best for Last"
Janet Jackson "Let's What Awhile"
Gloria Estefan "Here We Are"; "Coming Out of the Heart"; "Rhythm is Gonna Get You"
Goo Goo Dolls "Iris"
Journey "Faithfully"; "Don't Stop Believing"
Sara McLachlan "Possession"; "Building a Mystery"
Linkin Park "One Step Closer
Def Leppard "Pour Some Sugar on Me"
Reba McEntire "One Honest Heart"
Bryan Adams "Somebody"
No Doubt "Bathwater"; "Hella Good"; "Different People"
Sheryl Crow "Run Baby Run"
Richard Marx "Now and Forever"
Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills, Bills"
Green Day "Basket Case"
I have always been a little hesitant about posting songs on this blog from artists that have not expressly asked me to...and this case makes me reexamine those thoughts. So from here on out, I will just post music sent to me by the artists themselves and free tracks available on official band websites.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Tip of the hat to MGR, who sent along a cover of Massive Attack's "Angel" by Sepultura which changes the tone of the song significantly.
Sepultura -- Angel [Massive Attack Cover]