Tom Waits/Pusha T
Well, They Both Kind of Growl
Tom Waits: Bad as Me (Anti-)
The three strongest tracks on Waits's most rocking album ever all feature not just Keith Richards but Tom's drummer son Casey‑-Richards alone doesn't rock as hard. Not to equate Casey Waits with Charlie Watts. But since "Chicago" invokes the Great Migration and "Satisfied" namechecks Mick Jagger himself, I believe the grooves on this album are thematic. Of course, the themes are thematic too. The carpet-bombing "Hell Broke Luce" and the one about bailing out millionaires while the rest of us murk around in the mud are low-life chronicles for a time when it would be stupid to ignore the historical connection between low-life and poverty per se. A MINUS
Pusha T: Fear of God II--Let Us Pray (GOOD/Decon/Re-Up Gang)
You know him‑-runs Clipse Cocaine LLC with his sharp-voiced brother Malice, who want you to know that, in the hallowed tradition of Handsome Dick Manitoba, music is just a hobby for them. The grand beats are safer than the clenched, confining, arrogantly hookless minimalism of Hell Hath No Fury. But every mean word delivers, and with cameos from Tyler the Creator to 50 Cent it's as if he never went solo. Like it or not, the volume dealer who raps for pocket money remains a good act‑-does he sound miserable in his thousand-dollar sneakers. Of course, we who buy our footwear online may prefer the price of the mixtape where half these tracks surfaced last spring. So maybe it would be poetic to try and obtain this improved version free as well. He won't spray us. That's just talk. A MINUS
Never shave your own head drunk.
Never shave your own head drunk.
Nuggets - where I bought dozens, maybe hundreds of used vinyl LPs in the 1980s - is still there
A very fine enterprise indeed. Challenged only by Cheapo and cool ruler Looney Tunes.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Nuggets has sadly relocated a little ways from their '80s store, which featured a terrific graffito scrawled on the wall behind the cash register:
"If you dug it, it's a Nugget"
signed by Lenny Kaye.
Upon further memory-scour, seems it was more like
"It's a Nugget if you dug it."
Anyone watch the very fine Australian cop show East-West 101?
Gerard, it looks great. Thanks for the recommendation. I will try to track it down while in Perth next month.
Gonna check out the Goon Squad book despite the luke warm reception here. I saw it at the library so what the heck.
Hey Boston folksWandered through Kenmore Square yesterday and i was surprised to see that Nuggets - where I bought dozens, maybe hundreds of used vinyl LPs in the 1980s - is still there, and has a lot of used vinyl LPs for sale. No customers, though.
Here's the one I did with the Go-Betweens during their first and only Japan tour (basically one show in Tokyo and one in Osaka). [link]
Kinda like checking out a bad restaurant!
On to "Who's Landing in My Hangar?"
Predicted opening line of Springsteen's SxSW speech:
"My voice annoys GMort's wife."
Anyone see this in the music news next door? I can empathise with his viewpoint/feel his pain: http://on-msn.com/uPO1tC.
But maybe I shouldn't be drawing any attention to him at all.
Also, don't know how long you're staying but there's a very promising looking one night only presentation of Threepenny Opera at the Brattle in Cambridge Sunday night...
JeffC77: absolutely, although the first disc is definitely the best. (Lenny Kaye knew what he was doing.) The later discs scoop up many notable tracks that I would guess weren't available when the original anthology was issued in '72. I also think the Nuggets II set is nearly as good.
Deep in the thread, I believe Joe Y. brought up the Stagger Lee GN. The author is Derek McCulloch, and according to his website, the book earned praise from Greil Marcus. I haven't read it myself, but I work for their distributor. If anyone's read it, I'm curious to hear if they liked it too.
I see that he's gonna be in DC, Long Island, LA, SF, Portland and Seattle in the
coming weeks. I promise it'll be worth your while if you can go
It's been a good amount of time since CBs closed (in New York years) and it ain't happened yet.
It could be growing as we speak? Or if we did have something like it, we'd probably suffocate any magic that could be sussed from its branches with our round the clock coverage of our blogs and facebook postings. Any mystery or organic growth of a band or a scene is crushed by speculation and or nostalgia for music that does not yet deserve to be remembered.
But that is just negative and there is proof that we are capable of starting all over again, except it hasn't been with a rock band. That npr piece I heard back in March gave me hope: it focused on the Dubstep scene of Washington D.C.
This has nothing to do with anything but I have wanted to know how bad Ned's Atomic Dustbin "God Fodder" is...so today is the day to find out courtesy of Spotify.
I decided to join you in your challenge, but on MOG. Wow. I went back to the computer after a few songs to just skip ahead to the hit already so I could remember what it sounded like and be done with it. But the hit was already playing! It's really not very good; barely a hook. What were we thinking? Oh, that's right, I was in junior high; that's what I was thinking. Had the EMF tape and everything.
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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