Odds and Ends 023
The kids are not-quite-enough
Japandroids: Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl)
Loud guitar, loud drums, and two guys yelling, sometimes melodically ("The Boys Are Leaving Town," "Wet Hair") ***
Django Django: Django Django (Ribbon Music)
Hardly unprecedented I carp, just Woodentops with bottom say I, only then I discover that I no longer have my Woodentops albums, and wonder whether anybody else does either, and what that means for these much-bruited newcomers ("Default," "Love's Dart") ***
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: We the Common (Ribbon)
As she must know already, improving your rhythmic interactivity seldom enhances your romantic connectivity‑-
they're just different realms ("We Don't Call," "The Feeling Kind") **
Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High (Sub Pop)
EP wonders how it would have sounded if Phil Spector had produced white girls, replacing the living Spector with a Smiths cover ("He Gets Me High," "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out") **
Japandroids: No Singles (Polyvinyl)
Getting their shtick together on three EPs, 2006-2008 ("To Hell With Good Intentions," "Darkness on the Edge of Gastown") **
The Vaccines: Come of Age (Columbia)
Why no-fail hookcraft is ideal for triangulating the not-enough‑-and also why it's not enough ("No Hope," "Change of Heart Pt. 2") *
Tilly and the Wall: Heavy Mood (Team Love)
Riot gurl ("Heavy Mood," "Defenders") *
The Nervous Wreckords: Let Them All Talk (The Nervous Wreckords)
Moderately catchy-punky pop-rockers beat the crap out of Legs McNeill ("Let Them All Talk," "8 Track [I'm Coming Back]") *
Hi all. I'm considering going to a Jens Lekman gig in town tonight. Has anyone seen him live? Recommend? It is at a "Garden Party" and appears to contain many gnomes, but no Ricky Nelson.
Mandatory contribution: "Run that body down" -Paul Simon ("Went to my Doctor Yesterday.....)
"Why not just embody a standard of informed comment on the things you care about and let the rabble rage?"
Off to V-day celebrations, but I think this question has a clear and simple answer:
Mediums evolve and sometimes change for the better. EW is a prime example of what there could and should be more of. I'm not about shutting anybody down, I'm about enlarging space for rich, thoughtful commentary. I echo Allen B. in that I feel like fighting for a superior audience for those who deserve one.
Another doctor song: Champion Jack Dupree - I'm a Doctor for Women.
Jeffrey - you could be right but I don't think I know that Super Sounds song, I'll try to find it. (just to refresh for everyone else - I was wondering where the guitar track sample is from on Batida's "Tirei o Chapéu").
And for the day that's in it, something you may not know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine#Relics_and_liturgical_celebration
Chubby Checker is suing the makers of a penis-measuring device using his name. Seriously.
Come on baby, let's do the <OUCH!!!!>
Milo -- the offending line in question in that remix of Future's "Karate Chop," delivered by L'iL Wayne, is "beat up that pussie* like Emmett Till." It's certainly in bad taste considering that Till died because some rednecks didn't like he was whistling at a white woman, but I'm 99% certain Till's name has been used in plenty of offensive rhymes before this. Anyone out there have hip hop lyrics immediately on call?
*don't like disguising such "filth" in bad spelling, but I want to get the point across here.
Given what started the doctors' songs listing, I think they are a kind of valentine.
Sez Bob: "Milo's always trying to get us off politics."
I'm here to reply that's not true. I'll restate some things and explain a couple others that I may not have touched on before.
First, I'm always very interested in the relationship of art and politics, particularly popular arts, of course, and it was this guy Bob Christgau (along with Ellen Willis, Greil Marcus and Dave Marsh) who convinced me it was a vital topic that was too often shamefully neglected. For years I ran a music section in the *Boston Phoenix* that was more than open to essays on politics and music. Didn't hurt that the rise of hip-hop (née "rap") created the most fertile ground for such discussions since not just punk but rock and roll itself.
So anyway, I think I know something about such matters and would never back away from or discourage any fat-chewing about them.
On broader, purely political matters, however, I feel I have no special expertise and my mere opinions should not be of interest to a public audience. And I deplore the aspect of internet communication that fosters the idea everyone is an expert on whatever they wish to fire the oral cannon about. But I will stand on my record of not overtly discouraging anybody from such folly. Let a thousand gasbags boom.
As I posted long ago, by far the ugliest pile-ups I've encountered in comments/chat concern politics and sex. I agree EW has been a merciful exception to the (old) norm, but not least because when any axe-grinder gets revved up there's been a manifest lack of interest that shuts them down.
A worthwhile recent discussion concerned guns and their politics and I would argue that it would have been weird to not have at least some reflection on that, given the headlines. And I was hardly running around telling everybody to move on to some music subject.
Finally, one of my favorite online-communication topics always seems so unpopular -- the sad, locked-in acceptance of anonymous remarks. And I'm puzzled by a recent turn: Bob has indicated he's in favor of undercutting schmuckitude and that a reliable way that was accomplished in the snailmail universe was requiring dirt-brains to write a letter and stick on a stamp. But another way was to require them to *sign their names*, so if you were a hateful crank, at least the folks in the office could know. Myself, I think the *New York Times* is (as in most things) stuffier than it has to be with comments, but they are moderated well and I agree with their slogan: "anonymity is the enemy of civility."
EDIT: Case in point -- does anybody know the specifics about this Future/Lil Wayne/Emmett Till controversy?
With regard to the songs about doctors talk, a few weeks ago I selected some cherished tracks for a playlist on my blog, the rule for inclusion being that they had to be titled with the name of a particular illness (the comments are in Spanish). Here´s the link in case someone wants to check it out: http://tinyurl.com/abzcauw
We all forgot Wyclef Jean's "I am your Doctor" which manages to work "chiropractor" in as well!
This from Dabke's publicist. The Boomkat info was picked up on early be someone here. Who knows what Clankface will do to the URL, but I suspect anyone who visits the site will be able to figure it out.
The mp3 or FLAC download can be found here:
I have not heard of any update on the CD release, but I will email the label head to check in on it.
Edit: What Clankface did to the URL, which indicated an MP3 source at Boomkat, was chew it up and spit it into the void. So I went to tinyurl and came up with this, which C. may chew up too.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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