I’m a little bit freaked out. It seems that Louise is in the process of acquiring Belle & Sebastian tickets. Being in Cardiff has everything to do with Louise, and little to do with music, but aside from Tom Waits, the second thing that we figured out was Belle & Sebastian. That may seem trite to many of you folks, but i swear that it’s not. It’s about a lot more than shared bands and a few emails. Maybe i’ll have a chance to explain sometime. Anyway, it’s not about that… it’s about seeing a band that i never had any hint that i might see. I don’t see that many bands play live, and now i’m going to see one that just not merely one i like, but have a weird affection for. That hasn’t happened since… oh…. Nick Cave. There’s a chance that we won’t get the tickets, but this is a strange turn of events. Louise seems to be making this surreal as a time that i’ve had in years.
I’ve been listening to the Kinks for three days now, just Face to Face and Something Else actually, but have been left in a total loss to say anything coherent. “Ah, that Davis sure is a songwriter. He’s great at social commentary,” would just be looking through the lenses of what i’ve read already. It’s hard not to notice how personal his music is, especially when one compares it to the the contemporary pop bands of the period. So what? As much as anything else, when i walk away from the music, i’m left with the nonsense lyrics, like, “Wicky Whack Whacky Woo” or “Ba ba Ba Ba-Ba-Ba”. I just like the way it sounds.. gentle, lazy…. it would seem absurd to say that the Kinks were unchallenging, but these are two of my favorite albums from the ’60s, and i often feel that i can comfortably ignore them, and here them as background music, in a good way. Despite my familiarity with the band, i confess that i probably have a way to go before actually understanding the Kinks. (“What is there to understand?” I dunno, but i sense it’sin there, tucked inside the chord or a quavering voice.)
There’s always stuff that i manage to neglect through sheer ignorance. For once it’s not music, but a website. After the link to Feed, which i knew nothing of, i found Plastic, which apparently everyone else has known about for ages, as i’ve seen it on the links for many people’s pages, and thought, “What a lousy name for a site.” (i’m not crazy about plastic.) What’s there to say about the site? Nothing. What’s to say about my laziness and cluelessness? Plenty. Salon i stumbled on way after its peak, as it never seemed worth investigating as it reminded me of hairdressers. It’s symptomatic of the narrowmindedness that i can sink into, as well as the ruts that i dig in visiting certain sites online. I hope this explains why i’m suddenly going links crazy….
(if anyone who reads this page and has a page and wants a link, please email me. All ruts must end.)
Neumu. I’m having trouble reading some of the fonts so far, and the colors are a bit too Fall Catalogue Gap for me, but Addicted to Noise is one of the few things that i can ever claim as knowing about at the time, as it seemed to be one of the only sites one the web as far as i was concerned. I’m a little surprised by the whole thing. John Darnielle is writing for them! Yeah, yeah, the Mountain Goats make me cringe, but when Darnielle wrote for Puncture (which i cannot find in shops anymore) i liked his writing, because i often disagreed with it. There’s hope. I have more hope for the relaunch of Freaky Trigger at this point though, or some of the other “new” personal sites that i’m stumbling across by sheer accident.
Paul O’Neill continues to be a shit. How corrupt can a Secretary of Treasury be? When the media asks whether his stock in the aluminum company that he used to be the CEO of (Alcoa) could be a conflict of interest, he arrogantly sniffs that he didn’t realize that this would be a problem, and will get rid of it immediately. Instead, he does nothing, and has profited $10 million in the value of that stock. Who cares if he sells it now? He already rode the stock to a peak based off of policies that he’s involved in. This is the same jackass who wants to do away with taxes for corporations, in case anyone forgot.
I wish that i could spare the money to pop over to Gothenburg to join the Swedes in a mass-mooning of Bush next week
Via Boing Boing. I was hoping for some Dean Kamen news (inventor of Ginger,) but ran across this instead, old comic book covers by his dad Jack Kamen. At least now there’s the discussion board on Amazon, and this page to keep track of news articles.
Now Spin reviews the David Candy album too. Quick! Everyone go buy it so that i can buy it used.
The criminally stupid tax cut is now law. “The surplus is the people’s money,” Bush said, “and we ought to trust them with that money.” Oh yeah? well, the government is OF the people, FOR the people, and BY the people, you monkey-faced, shit-for-brains plutocrat. I’m your boss. You ought to be fired. Don’t hand me back a check, like some jackass CEO who downsizes his company, laying off the actual people who built the company and putting its future at risk, trying to raise the stock value to get his kickback.
I’m getting worried about Salon. This article on Axl Rose sounds like a weblog rant, as bad as anything i’ve tossed off when the caffiene wore off halfway through a paragraph. Where did he think he was going with this?Is Axl ever going to put out that Chinese Democracy album? Are the Neptunes going to produce it?
Yeah,, i know actor’s opinions count for shit, but it still tickles me that John Cusack is so pissed off. As foul mouthed and reactionary as he is, it seems that we have something in common.
The world always needs more visionaries. I hate thinking about business, but if NASA is just going to piddle about sending unmanned probes to Pluto, this Robert Bigelow is where it’s at. It’s cool that he’s curious without being someone slapped alert by true weirdness thrown in his lap.
According to Weekly World News and Bushed! the venerated Bat Boy has developed a crush on Jenna Bush. Allegedly, the Secret Service has shoot- to-kill orders. I think she’s safe, because if Bat Boy was vampiric, her blood alcohol level would be too high for any nourishment.