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01
Jul
12

What’s Thurston Moore up to?

Since Sonic Youth members Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon separated, the future of the band has been in question.  Enter Chelsea Light Moving, the new band featuring Moore and a group of various indie musicians from bands such as Hush Arbors, and Sun Burned Hand of the Man.  Is this an answer to the Sonic Youth question, or just another artistic outlet?  Their new track can be heard over at Stereogum, and those familiar with the more straight-forward Sonic Youth material will feel right at home.

In other Sonic Youth-y news, Moore is also involved in collaboration with Kim Gordon and Yoko Ono, and they will be releasing a six track album — expect long, winding pieces —  titled YOKOKIMTHURSTON in September.  I will now begin preparing my body for what could turn out to be the single most avant-garde release of all time.  I suggest you do the same.

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.

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.

08
May
12

MCA

When I was 12, I began listening to rap music.  It was the preferred choice of my peers, with, of course, whatever pop music happened to racing up the Billboard charts.  I explored all the usual suspects of modern rap: Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, etc.  This exploration rap didn’t last long – I was soon introduced to Marilyn Manson, and all interest in the genre vanished.  It would therefore be disingenuous of me to say that the Beastie Boys had much of anything to do with my childhood.  Their music didn’t get me through any hardships, and I have no fond memories of good times being sound tracked by their beats.

It wasn’t until I was getting ready to leave high school that I came to the Beastie Boys.  Not as a fan of rap — I was spurred by an appreciation for sampling and electronic artists – and was looking for something both unique and catchy.  Catchy as hell.  Years later I can say with all certainty that their 1994 effort, Ill Communication, is not only one of the best albums of the genre, but it may be the single greatest celebration of music that I have ever heard.  My future seemingly changed forever; my time as a rap fan is long gone.  My deep appreciation and love for the Beasties, however, has changed the way that I listen to music.

“Yeah, MCA, your shit be cooking.”

20
Feb
12

Concert Calendar

2/24/12- The Heartless Bastards (Webster Hall)

3/31/12- of Montreal (Webster Hall)

7/6/12- Roger Waters: The Wall (Yankee Stadium)




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