Archive for June, 2012

23
Jun
12

And your sister

While listening to a lot of Beck this morning I was tempted to post something delicous. Youtube has a wealth of Beck videos, so it was pretty difficult to choose one that stood out from the rest.

But I found it.

Here is Beck performing “Debra,” the last song of 1999’s Midnight Vultures at the VH1 Fashion Fashion Awards in the same year. Stunning.

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22
Jun
12

Review: Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel…

Artist: Fiona Apple

Album: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Over the course of twelve years, Fiona Apple has released four albums.  This would be laughable if they were poor, pandering to the hipster crowd fare, but they’re not; they’re deep and intelligent outings that offer great rewards for those that care to listen.  This, of course, makes the wait for a new album especially excruciating.  Released seven years after her last album, 2005’s Extraordinary Machine, The Idler Wheel is by far her most artistic and difficult album.  Eschewing much of the jazz and alternative piano pop found on her other releases, on The Idler Wheel Apple mostly sticks to expertly produced soundscapes of percussion cut with her usual piano.  Even when things get a tad more traditional, like on the soon-to-be-classic “Valentine,” there still isn’t a single hook or radio-friendly moment to be had.  Which isn’t to say that independent and satellite radio stations won’t eat this up.

If all you know of Apple is her scantly clad video for “Criminal” from 1999’s When the Pawn, there will be precious littler material for you here.  The Idler Wheel finds Apple at her emotional extremes, especially on “Regret,” which features some tortured yelling and the line: “To soak up the hot piss that comes from your mouth every time you address me.”  Yikes.  Later, on possibly the most romantic and menacing song on the album, “Hot Knife,” Apple compares her relationship with a man to butter: “If I’m butter/Then he’s a hot knife.”  It’s a cute, yet oddly unsettling metaphor.  In fact, unsettling is one of many ways that The Idler Wheel can be described. But all of the best albums usually are in one way or another.

4/5

 

Check out the nightmarish video for lead single “Every Single Night” below

06
Jun
12

It continues

Seriously still into The Cure.  I made a purchase that I had been attempting to put off until a later date: a five CD box set of their first five albums.  The box was never released in the States, and I’ll be sure to post a few things about it once I get my grubby fingers on it.

So, since I am currently unable to move forward, here is a video of The Cure performing what is arguably their darkest song, “Pornography,” from  the 1982 album of the same name.  This was taken from their Trilogy concerts in 2002, in which they played Pornography, Disintegration, and Bloodflowers in their entirety.

03
Jun
12

Summer music

Now that summer is here, I find myself returning to certain music that I tend to ignore during the rest of the year. Bands like Wilco, Pearl Jam, Placebo (also a Fall band,) Smashing Pumpkins (ditto,) all begin to pop up more regularly on my ipod.

And then there’s The Cure.

For some inexplicable reason, I find myself listening to The Cure in the summer. The Cure aren’t band that scream warm weather and good times, but there is a breeziness to their poppier side that I love during this time of year. And in honor of that, and to good summer music in general, here is a live clip from 1990 of The Cure performing one of my favorites, “Close to Me,” from their classic 1985 album, The Head on the Door.




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