It looks like Wilco’s going to be on Letterman tonight, playing “Heavy Metal Drummer” it seems. I forgot to mention that i saw Belle & Sebastian play “Waking Up to Us” on Conan Friday night, and they were so painfully uncomfortable on camera that it made both me & Lou laugh. They still don’t still sound as shambling as they used to sound, but it was peculiar to see so many people on a stage with so little desire to be on it.
On NPR this evening, there was a suckass survey of the Billboard charts.The only thing that they got right was praising Kylie and how “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” is perfectly crafted and insidiously catchy, but i’m almost certain that this reviewer said something about her being a teen idol in the ’80s, and that it’s been a long time since she’s put out an album. Although he had already blown whatever cred he might have had before this by praising the mediocrity of nu-soul that is Ashanti, only saying that she has room to improve and become more of an individual. With the clueless Kylie comment, i don’t know why this guy gets paid to write about pop music. He went on to slam Pink “Get This Party Started” as being unsubtle and crass as opposed to Ashanti (comparing her to Al Green.) Why did they bother?
Tom Waits’ Alice can now be heard through streaming Realaudio from ANTI. This is really my first full listening to the new version of the album. No concrete thoughts yet, but i will not be one of those bastards who will declare that the demos were better. He’s due to appear on Letterman on May 8th.
Who wants to see P. Diddy in a show like the Osbournes? I fucking don’t. It’s going to be painful in the way that he will posture for the camera, and not allow the general audience to see anything as beautifully banal as what Ozzy served up. Someone suggested Redman or Method Man. What happened to those ideas? They were great on Cribs, and P Diddy has all of the charisma of a used car dealer.
Come to think of it, after watching Fishing with John, i wish that VH-1 would try to compete with MTV, and follow Tom Waits around, not that he’d ever stomach such nonsense. Too private a guy…
Eminem’s “Without Me” barely even sounds like hip hop to me anymore. It breezes through so quickly that it seems like pure pop, because it’s all immediate gratification and very little cruel challenging. I missed out on the whole Eminem thing the first two times around, but it seems like he’s deliberately made himself more accessable. Now that everyone’s gotten used to him, he puts out a single that parents wouldn’t mind buying for their kids, because it’s so relatively innocuous (my favorite word lately) and playful. No, i don’t think he’s gone toothless. This has to be the candy on the end of some barbed hook, suckering in the nice folks when they shuck out the money for the kids with tears in their eyes, who just want more Slim. The album itself is bound to be bile and poison made plastic, if his desire to subvert and pervert is intact. Even if it isn’t, so fucking what….
I’ve been trying to pay attention to the American Top 40 radio, but despite whatever the chart says (which isn’t much) the radio plays the same songs that were being played months ago, and with very little rotation of those few. I want less of those warbling crooners and growling post-grungers, and more progressive bubblegum. It’s still pissing me off that Pink’s follow-up single was a self-hating naval-gazing pseudo-rock thing, instead another chunk of sugary jet fuel.
It seemed like my store-bought copy of YHF finally arrived from Amazon yesterday, but the box was ten times too big. It turns out that my brother (who already sent a late and quite pricey wedding gift out of the blue that morning) sent a month late birthday present as well… a Palm m100 (?) I don’t even know what to do with the thing, as a practical use for it might be beyond me. What the hell do normal tech people use these for?
So the guys who started the Venezuelan coup are taking refuge in the U.S. Why is the U. S. even bother trying to pretend that it didn’t manufacture the whole thing?
And a condemning piece on the U.S.’s lack of faith in democracy.