Odds and Ends 024
It's all bloody electronica now, innit?
Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Constellation)
As with most new-prog succes d'estimes, these bari-sax patternings avec Laurie Anderson cameos are more original than compelling, but they're also more compelling than most ("The Stars in His Head [Dark Lights Remix]," "Red Horses [Judges II]") ***
Dobie: We Will Not Harm You (Ninja Tune)
Subtler, which for those of us who seek cheap thrills from our let's-call-it-techno seldom means better ("Magenta," "Snap, Crackle & Pop") ***
3:33: In the Middle of Infinity (Parallel Thought)
"Finding themselves lost in unknown territory, the group eventually discovers the existence of what they describe as `spirals'‑-portals leading to different worlds within . . . " ("ITMOI-3," "ITMOI-5") ***
My Bloody Valentine: mbv (mybloodyvalentine.org)
And the dearth was without form and droid, and texture was upon the bass of the beat ("New You," "In Another Way") **
Flying Lotus: Pattern + Grid World (Warp)
Notes for an aural jigsaw puzzle ("Pie Face," "Clay") **
Maga Bo: Quilombo Do Futuro (Crosstalk/Postworld)
Brazil's great internationalist beatmaker it's said, and I can hear that, but note that his two grooviest tracks feature the same girl from Ipanema ("Eu Vim De Longe," "No Balanca Da Canoa") *
Fatboy Slim: Big Beach Bootique Volume V (The End)
Live beats as exciting as their hype men, who can be pretty exciting or, too often, altogether silent ("Clubs," "Get Naked [Fatboy Slim vs Futuristic Polar Bears Remix]") *
Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes (Warp)
Achieves the sopranos-and-tinkle phase of sophisticated aural pansensuality ("Until the Quiet Comes," "Sultan's Request") *
By the way, I usually ignore concert hype, but if you're in the NYC area you should know about MOPDTK's new release celebration next Thursday, Feb. 28, at Cornelia Street Cafe. Everyone tells me they're a great band live. I can vouch that their new record, "Slippery Rock," is at the top of my 2013 list.
From which I'll segue tenouously to this entertaining read, which many of you may also already be hip to: http://goo.gl/RrR7e.
Saw an interesting show tonight: and up-and-coming ('post' if you must) punk band called Savages. They've released a live ep and a single, both on Spotify. The songs they have recorded were sharp. Drummer and bassist had a nice pounding, but rubbery rhythm going, while the guitarist had plenty of post-SY noise strewn among her licks and riffs. And the lead singer--tom boyish, but not quite androgynous--has the charisma to keep your attention. But the songwriting's not quite there yet. The five songs I knew all sounded good, even great. The others less so. And I don't really thing this is a problem of unfamiliarity: they just lacked the sharpness and wit of the ones that have been released.
The big question is whether the stronger songs they've recorded represent their newer stuff (in which case they can weed out those ealier tunes as they develop) or if the unrecorded songs represent the direction the band is headed in. So this could be just another promising band that goes nowhere, or the start of something interesting. I mention it because they play NYC on March 18/19, and then a month later hit the west coast. At their best, they are what I wanted Fluffy to be (to get back to an earlier thread). Hopefully their best is a sign of the future.
"Hey, Armond, who died and made you Pope? "
Oh I'm sorry...I had no idea you were still in office, your Holiness.
"Take that silly pointed hat off."
Black people don't worry pointed hats -- reminds us that Mississippi only ratified the 13th amendment this week.
"Unless you-know-who has a problem sharing The Big Desk with a pantsuit."
I know Ms. Zoladz personally -- she doesn't wear pantsuits. She doesn't wear comfortable shoes either. Any other stereotypes you wanna throw out there?
"High-sounding language, solemn intonations, pushy piety, righteous rationality, smug complacency. Inclination to lecture, to grade, to preach, to race down the mountain bearing commandments."
Can you post your grades/disseration of the Saul Bellow canon again for us? It was VERY informative.
"They wear the chains they forge in life."
Quoting Dickens! How very un-academic of you!
Glad to see eight of our personae gave the thumbs up your last comment.
Mine just came in the mail this week also. I have not listened to it yet however, since I've been too busy refining a new Sally Timms Best Of to include the Roger Knox track. I'm at a very solid double album's worth of 24 varied and representative tunes, but would gladly take recommendations from other Sally fans about deep Mekons tracks.
The 12 Mekons tracks I've included so far are --
· Club Mekon The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll
· I Am Crazy The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll
· Love Letter I Love Mekons
· Geeshie Ancient and Modern
· Ghosts Of American Astronauts So Good It Hurts
· Millionaire I Love Mekons
· Ugly Bethesda Ancient and Modern
· Dear Sausage I Love Mekons
· Heart of Stone So Good It Hurts
· Ballad of Sally I Have Been to Heaven and Back: Hen's Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Unpopular Culture Vol. 1
· Wild & Blue The Curse of the Mekons
· Lone Pilgrim OOOH! (Out of Our Heads)
The other 12 mainly come from her solo albums, Wee Hairy Beasties, the 6ths, and duets with Langford. I feel I have those pretty well covered so would appreciate any Mekons faves that I have overlooked. I'm not totally sold on "Dear Sausage" or "Ugly Bethesda" so could easily take two suggestions. After that it will get tough but that's okay too.
p.s: Wussy, Low Cut Connie, Fatboy Slim and Sally Timms. Yeah, that's some heavy academia for ya.
Also, finally got to hear a copy of *Jazz Satellites Volume 1: Electrification*. What a weird collection. Like a funhouse-mirror version of something by David Toop. Definitely one for the off-beatniks.
Anyone know about the other two bands on
the card that night-Folding Legs and Fishdoctor?
March 9-Webster Hall-NYC
Wussy and LCC-a repeat of the memorable this past August Mercury Lounge
show. It doesn't get much better. Over and out.
More woman and less academics? Sounds great. I have no idea what you're talking about most of the time but you're clearly way smarter than everyone else here. I say we leave this Wussy loving bunch of academics to wallow in their own smug complacency and start our own blog.
You got the brains, I got the looks, let's make lots of money. Need some money to get started? No problem, where can I send the check?
Hey, Armond, who died and made you Pope? Take that silly pointed hat off. Blowhard? Me? No, no, no, no. Internet's a playground with contact sports: blogging and posting. I'm just working out here, pal. No harm, no foul. The real problem at this website is twofold:
1) Absence of women. Speaking not volumes but libraries. All-male hobbyist club lacking the sole benefit of such boyish pursuits: airplane glue. Could use some affirmative action round here. Be nice if MSN reached out and touched Lindsay Zoldaz, a real up-and-comer, as co-anchor. Unless you-know-who has a problem sharing The Big Desk with a pantsuit.
2) Presence of academics. High-sounding language, solemn intonations, pushy piety, righteous rationality, smug complacency. Inclination to lecture, to grade, to preach, to race down the mountain bearing commandments. At best they perpetrate Groupthink; at worst cultural totalitarianism. They wear the chains they forge in life. Wherever academics gather, death prevails. Life, you see, cannot penetrate their syllabus. Everything we come online to escape! Yet here they never leave!
Cooler than Freddie Jackson sippin' a milkshake in a snowstorm.
Too bad I can't make it. Hopefully our friends at nyctaper can.
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.