Odds and Ends 008
Rock After 55: Wise Maybe, Weary Definitely
Lee Scratch Perry: Rise Again (MOD Technologies)
Surrounded by such coequals as Tunde Adebimpe, Sly Dunbar, and Hamid Drake, he‑-uh-oh‑-behaves himself ("Orthodox," "House of God") ***
Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over (Nonesuch/Third Man)
Jack White hits the geriatric Christian hottie with songs and horns that remind us what a weirdo she must be ("Thunder on the Mountain," "Shakin' All Over") **
John Hiatt: Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West)
Decades past his last outright keeper and 60 this year, he continues to roll out listenable collections like he'll never stop ("Don't Wanna Leave You Now," "Damn This Town," "Detroit Town") **
Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream (Redwing)
Bartholin's glands don't fail me now ("Used to Rule the World," "Million Miles") **
Dr. John: Locked Down (Nonesuch)
"For my next trick I will shuck my jive and generalize indignantly over a declarative rock beat" ("Big Shot," "Locked Down") **
Rick Berlin: Paper Airplane (Hi-N-Dry)
"And Sean looked grim and said, `Suicide'" ("Sean Penn on Charlie Rose," "If I Wasn't Such a Bum") **
Steve Earle: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West)
There'll never be too many songs about death or George W. Bush ("Little Emperor," "Waitin' on the Sky") *
Marshall Chapman: Big Lonesome (Tall Girl)
Breakup album about a musician who up and died on her ("Big Lonesome," "I Love Everybody") *
At the risk of breaking topic -- topic being, of course, birthday wishes -- I would like to second the suggestion someone made yesterday that this community would be much better served by a discussion board format than by this comments section. In an ideal world the discussion board would be prominently linked from the blog, but in a completely different technological shell. The thread system not only means you can follow what you like and ignore what doesn't interest you, it also means you can find past threads easily (very important for new participants, folks interested in looking at old polls, and people with new thoughts to add to old conversations). It would of course eliminate the anomaly where the comments have no relationship to the blog post, as well as the one where comments at the end of a blog period (Monday night and Thursday night) tend to get lost by the community. Such a board could also, depending on where it was housed, get us out of the MSN censorship problem.
Oh, and before I forget: congrats on your milestone, Robert Christgau.
You have improved our lives and we are thankful.
I don't know why, but I never listen to music when I hike - it just doesn't seem right for some reason
Same here. I listen to music all over the place, but in the wilderness I prefer to hear the wilderness.
Did spring really come early enough to the northeast to allow you to sleep in the mountains in early April?
Yes and no. Nighttime temperatures dropped to the mid-20s, but my friend and I had anticipated this and brought along down sleeping bags from a company called Western Mountaineering. I mention them by name because, if you like to backpack, their bags are well worth checking out (although they aren't cheap). The bags we bought were rated to 20 degrees. They kept us toasty warm every night, even as we woke up to discover our water bottles frozen solid.
Not musical, Fabien! What about the M83 vs. Marie Le Pen controversy? (Pitchfork link: http://goo.gl/jJVNc)
Ah the endless problem of politicians with paying for copyright -the same story happens at each election-, if only they could be as liberal for us... But I hadn't heard this story, given how little I care about M83 I didn't miss much, Pitchfork you've done it again !
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.