i posted this for lucy. she and i both have a crush on dave davies.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
the man knows how to turn a phrase. a band that knows how to play and how to look. best love (sic) song ever written.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
i saw lou reed at roseland here in portland a few years ago. antony was singing backup. the version they did of candy says that night blew this one away, but this is still pretty moving. again, not for everyone, but once you get into antony and the johnsons you will be rewarded. i always think he sounds a lot like nina simone. and i like the look on his face as the song ends.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
mark e. smith is, hands down, the coolest man ever. do yourself a favor: buy the fall bbc sessions, set yourself down and listen to it. the whole thing. all six discs. without getting up. piss yourself if necessary, it'll enhance the experience. then, call up someone you've always wanted to tell off and call them a fucking twat.
then you will be..a fall fan.
Monday, July 23, 2007
in case you don't know the song. push comes to shove joey may be my favorite singer. i know everyone says this but the ramones meant alot to me. i remember jim g. had a denim jacket with the road to ruin cover painted on the back. i thought that was so cool. i bought all the ramones albums i have on vinyl at the mall. it's a shame kids can't do that anymore. rock is dead. long live rock.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
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Friday, July 13, 2007
yea, it's easy to write him off as a drunk, but have you ever written anything close to "fairytale of new york". look at his eyes while he's singing than tell me who's fucked up, you or him. sorry, don't mean to come off antagonistic, but, fuck, aren't you sick and fucking tired of mediocrity being rewarded in every aspect of life. hey, mike, brian? you know how you sometimes think you're better than everyone else? you're right. this clip proves it. cheers.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
another one of those clips where there's really nothing i can add. what strikes me is how casual the performance starts, with a bit of chatter and giggling. then it hits like a trash bag full of dead soldiers.
i don't know why all these tragic, self-destructive, songwriters fascinate me so. aw, sher i do, ma...
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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i've been real into live music lately. something about a group of guys onstage just making some kind of racket seems important to me. not important like, "my kids are important", or "my girlfriend is important", but REALLY important. like holy grail type of shit.
or maybe i'm going hippy. the community of music...sum is greater than the parts...
but really creating something is the only thing that matters. living is just something you should do in order to create. cuz everything else is fleeting. momentary. trite. un. unimportant.
there's a moment on wilco's "kicking television" that i think is important. the album is recorded in the bands hometown of chicago. the moment is something you've heard a million times from skynard to ashley simpson shows. it's the crowd sing along. during "misunderstood", the opening song, mind you, jeff tweedy sings the lines: "you're short on long term goals/there's a party there that we oughta go to/you still love rock and roll/you still love rock and roll". the crowd isn't singing along into the "you still love rock and roll" line hits. it seems spontaneous. heartfelt. it's like good improvisation. the obligatory cheer follows but it sounds desperate, pleading. like rock is all there is that's left to love. like it's the only thing important in life.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
someone asked me once why i liked scott walker. i'm not sure if i do. i know i'm fascinated by him and am engrossed by his records. i can't get my head around how he creates what he does. this trailer is a very small insight into his creative process. i couldn't find a video release date for the film but keep an eye out for it. he is a serious artist in an era of style over substance. everything is pop compared to him
Friday, July 6, 2007
this is an example of where your patience will be rewarded. a stunning song. you know how when you get water in your ears and then there's that warm pop and relief of pressure? that's what my brain feels like when the double guitar lead comes in at the end. and nels cline is the most elegant lead guitarist since richard thompson. and stick around for the tweedy mini-interview at the end.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
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Sunday, July 1, 2007
1. jay bennett- "phone book" from the magnificent defeat. jay bennett is the guy everyone thought was a dick after watching "i am trying to break your heart". in hindsight i see him as a musical genius unable to express what he's trying to do to a bunch of guys who have had it with his (granted, annoying) mania. this album, and this song, proves me right. it sounds like a "trust"-era costello outtake. a song that costello thought to himself " i can't say that about my wife!". but bennett does. and he sounds bitter and jealous and sad and desperate and it's sincere and chaotic and fucking gorgeous. jay bennett is not a joke. check him out.
2. bill fay- "be not so fearful" off of his eponymous debut. it's how i'd like to live my life. but fall way short. but this song makes me try again.
3. elliott smith - "high time" from the new moon collection. a standout song on an album of standouts. people harp on how depressing he is, but i find his music comforting. empathy, kids, is an underated human trait. also this song contains the line "i'm so sick and tired of trying to change your mind when it's so easy to disconnect mine". which i find absolutely terrifying. c'mon, you know what he's talking about.
4. chris bell- "i am the cosmos". possibly the greatest power pop song ever from another undervalued 2nd fiddle. really sad and lovely.
5. dinosaur jr.- "almost ready" the lead song from their new album "beyond" good album, too, tho' it does suffer from the "what's the frequency kenneth" syndrome 'cuz this song rocks so fucking hard.
so that's this weeks lesson. take your time. listen to music, whatever music you want. but just be still and follow the sound.