Heh heh. Pitchfork has reviewed Gorrilaz, and it’s solidly okay album according to them (at a 7.0) That seems to be what the NME did too. I still have only heard vague clips from it, never a whole song, I confess… (Basically it was juyst the chorus of “Clint Eastwood”) I don’t know why i revel in these lukewarm praises, when a lot of people weblogs are cursing Gorrilaz. I’m still confused by the whole crusade against this project, the same way that I’m confused why so many people like Jennifer Lopez and Madonna.
Pitchfork news (why bother with a link? it will be wiped clean by tomorrow) also says Will Oldham will be releasing an album of six covers, from PJ Harvey (no surprise) to Tim McGraw (uhhhhhhhh….) By the way, Fargo Rock City went on talking about how the true inheritors of Glam Metal are the “country” acts like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The themes of the videos are often even the same, with the garbage job, telling off the boss, only to open the back door to see the band playing out back to rescue the blue collar guy. Okay, ALL genres of music seem to use this cliched video, but the glam metal and new “country” fits like hand in glove to me.
Heard about the eleven people being evacuated from Anarctica? It’s real news. However, there’s some weirdness attached to it, in that the real problem might be a nuclear reactor meltdown. Oops.
In trying to figure out what some unlabelled CDs were, I’ve found myself listening to the Millennium, the ultimate in Sunshine Pop. The opening sequence with that harpsichord and big booming drums, probably needs to be sampled as a backing track for someone out there. This album still freaks me out somewhat in that it sounds more liek a revival effort than an original period piece, as the production is so crisp, and blends every idea that people had come up with at the time. Yep. It definitely sounds like a ’60s record. It can be argued that it sounds very dated, but why bother? I cannot believe that i never ever heard a song by this band until a year or two ago. People throw around the notion of Brian Wilson being such a genius for Pet Sounds, but this album is as good or better, and since I have a deep prejudice against the Beach Boys, yeah, it’s definitely better. This album is more neglected than both Love and the Left Banke! Okay, Begin came 2 years after Pet Sounds, 1968 compared to 1966, but i just threw on Pet Sounds to make the comparison to my ears. Wooo… more people ought to try this. I’m still eager to hear Millennium’s Again, which the evil Poptones released last year.
The other unlabelled CD turned out to be the White Noise’s An Electric Storm. Freaky, I have not heard this one since Zane first made it for me last year. Strange sing-song vocals. Lots of odd sound samples. Bizarre effects. It’s “trippy” but it doesn’t sound like a ’60s record to me, but some fringe ’80s record made almost in a post-punk frenzy. The electronics are too prevalent. This one definitely is not a genre piece. At times, it sounds like it beat Eno to the punch by a few years, both in catchy dissonance and creepy ambience. Not for everyone, but it’s definitely a great thinking piece on what could have happened in music, if the youth culture in the late ’60s were really as wigged out as they pretended to be. Even if it still sounds like a very dated 1969 to you, please acknowledge that singing about Visitations and Hell were not common fare at that time.
Never heard Pearls Before Swine. Just realized that. Should i? Oh of course the answer is YES, but i mean…. right now?
Thinking about my revisionist memory, and realizing that Billy and the Boingers has thrown a monkeywrench into what i thought was reality, it’s seeming that my intro to rock music was a lot quicker than i thought it was. Suddenly months have been compressed into short weeks. It was a deep plunged, because in less than a year’s time, i KNOW that I was listening to Tom Waits and REM, with the same certainty of Billy and the Boingers. There’s certain markers of time that reveal why, but it has me fascinated by what other holes in my memory that i might be having.
Lou sent me this site about 24 Hour Party People, the upcoming film about the Manchester scene. It’s hard for me to know what to make of it, as this is something that i know nothing about. I will one day. The site seems a bit difficult to navigate, but maybe there’s something there for someone else. With my crippled computer, it only causes nasty Blue Screens of Death.
Just because i wanted to see what i might be missing, I picked up one of those mix dance that come with DJ magazine out of the garbage at work. I get bored after about five to ten seconds, every damned time. My mind tells it, “Okay, we have the gist. Where is it going?” Well, nowhere. People want to dance apparently. Making it explode or dropping the beat out unexpectedly or skipping aroudn the tempo or building weird polyrhythms is not what dancing is all about. I hate being such a jerk about this, as either the track outright sucks, or it sounds like a basic track that someone forgot to come back to and play Frankenstein with. Just add a damned melody!
We know that commercial radio generally sucks, and basically why, but Salon still has a pretty good back story on it, and the parties that need to be strung up from the highest tree, just like Tom Dooley. After reading this, I’ll bet that the record companies have more regrets about screwing Napster. In fact, the law that the record companies used to nail Napster might turn out to be unconstitutional, after they tried to bully academics.