Friday, September 01, 2006

Release the Bats

Alright, alright, I know it has been a while, a long while, but I’ve been busy. But I do want to continue with this blog thing, so I have to check in and say hello.

Did you see the Raconteurs with Lou Reed on the MTV Video Music Awards? Performing "White Light/White Heat." Damn it was cool if abbreviated. Remember that video when Lou Reed is actually a robot and he starts pulling his own face off? Lou Reed kind of looks as real as that robot now. But at least he has grown out of his Joe Piscopo faze.

Well, what’s going on?

My wife and I are going to go see Be Your Own Pet at the Glass House in Pomona on Oct. 21. Then we are going to see the Lemonheads at the Galaxy in Santa Ana on Nov. 18.

Been listening to a lot of the Birthday Party recently. Had to rebuy Hee Haw and Junkyard. Good stuff. Not for all tastes, but I love it.

I picked up the latest Cure reissues: The Top, The Head On The Door, and Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, as well as the reissue of The Glove’s Blue Sunshine. If you don’t know, The Glove is a one-off collaboration between Robert Smith and Steve Severin from Siouxsie & the Banshees. It’s an interesting record, but I liked it a lot more in high school. Regarding the Cure, The Top is, along with Pornography, one of my two favorite Cure albums. It is demented and crazed but beautiful and dazzling. It came out of a very difficult time in Robert Smith’s life, but like many great works, chaos is often the best atmosphere for creation. The Head on the Door is really the last great album by the Cure. Kiss Me on the other hand is the beginning of a rapid decline. What could have been an OK single disc is really a bloated double album that hinted at the mediocrity to come. Of course, all of the extras on these deluxe reissues are generally the bottom of the barrel. The best leftovers from these sessions ended up as b-sides, thus ended up being collected on the Connect the Dots b-side box set.

Just a side note: the Robert Smith vocals on the demos on The Glove reissue are recently recorded. He did not record vocals for the original demos. But it is still pretty cool to hear him sing these songs.

And one more side note, I posted a "review" on Amazon and it has never appeared. Anyone know how to figure out what happened or whether it was deemed inappropriate? I don’t’ know why anyone would take exception to my comments, but I cannot figure out why it didn’t make it online.

And some advice, buy Be Your Own Pet, Modern Times by Bob Dylan, and Passover from the Black Angels. Do not buy the new Pete Yorn.

And, here are the last ten songs my iPod has churned out on Shuffle:

1. "Testify" by Rage Against the Machine
2. "Politician" by Los Lobos
3. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Paul on vocals) by the Beatles
4. "Breathless" by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
5. "Shaman’s Blues" by the Doors
6. "Hands on the Wheel" by Geraldine Fibbers
7. "You’re Not Evil" by Black Flag
8. "Company Calls" by Death Cab For Cutie
9. "Long Time Jerk" by the Clash
10. "Mesmerizing" by Liz Phair


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