Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Compulsive Gambling on Men's Basketball
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Slipped in a doo-doo pile
Monday, February 19, 2007
We feed on battery acid
I can't believe I forgot to leave these out of the last post.
Madeline - The Slow Bang
I don't care what anyone says, this is our generation's lo-fi Joni Mitchell. Not raging, you say? Eat it. This is a lot different from her first album on Plan-It-X. Kissing and Dancing had a punch to it, a caustic dynamic. Here the tempos are slowed and the emotions are laid even further bare. The lo-fi recording can be a bit of a hindrance on the more grandoise songs (read: multi-instrumentation sounds too reverb-y). The songs featuring just Madeline and her guitar are simplistic but gorgeous to the point of breathtaking. This little lady deserves to blow up huge, you go girl for being on NPR!
(The LP came out in an impossibly limited edition on some label, but you don't want that. The sleeve is so flimsy it bent in my bookbag. The CD is available on Orange Twin. I suppose I was able to get the LP because Madeline and I share a city.)
This next video link is for fans of punk rock (the plain and smiple kind). One of the genre's best but most grossly underrated playing a set in Indianapolis in 1981. This must have been a marathon set, too, because each song is only a short clip and I recognize just about every released song they had, as well as compilation-only and unreleased songs. My only complaint about this video is that Stevie Wonder must have dressed these dudes that night. This band was known for its photogenic Midwestern fashion sense (not that wacky London shit), and while I don't listen to this noise-not-music for the clothing choices, it certainly helps the mini-hagiography. Here they end up looking like the Bad News Bears of punk.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Fly Guys Rap
Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
Drops May 1. Trust me, you're going to want this. First album with the original lineup since "Bug." If this were a Brooke Shields movie, it'd be called Endless Shredding. It's got a more solid rhythm section than the J.-only albums, which leaves J. time to shred ecstatic for longer durations than before. A few tracks even have the stoner metal influence of the band J. was drumming for last year, Witch. The two Lou Barlow penned songs have that obvious gorgeousness but with D Jr.'s trademark vocal dissonance and guitar distortion.
Big Apple Rappin': The Early Days of Hip-Hop Culture in New York City 1979-1982
This one's expensive but worth every penny. A collection of the artists you only ever heard about in Biggie songs, the five-plus minute proto-hip-hop dance tracks that spun in rec halls in the Bronx and Brooklyn in the late '70s. Some of the rapping is really hot, but the real emphasis is on the beats and funk production. For my money, lyricism didn't hit hip-hop until '86 or '87. This collection could be spun at any dance night of every kind in America and no one would bat an eye at its supposed "genre". A lot of the raps have great anti-drug lyrics and prophetize the upcoming crack epidemic. One borough under a groove, indeed.
Audioslave broke up. I feel alive all of the sudden. The Worst-Band-Ever beast has been slayed!
The Cam'ron/50 Cent BEEF
I'm not going to give these two Special Olympics participants any more press than what they already have but my two cents is that Fiddy barely won based on the production quality of his (hilariously redundant) video. He's still a shitty rapper, as is Cam'ron but Cam's video had less production quality than the Killa Season movie, if that was even possible.
I got some punk records on the way, so that's what's gonna be.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Divebombs over Baghdad
Most of the content are filmed versions of some of the magazine's popular features, but the news segment "Heavy Metal in Baghdad," an attempt to contact/hang out with? what is supposedly the only heavy metal in (yep) Baghdad, is really interesting stuff. I can't wait to see the end.