Aha! So the Coral really are pretty good! i was ready to write them off as kin to the Vines. Soulseek finally came through, and they come across as a distinctly less Welsh SFA or GZM. Of course, if i had only looked at the NME review until now, i would have already known that, damn it. ALthough trusting the NME is suicidal, this one seems sane enough. The music is not all that weird though. It’s lovingly reverent of the ’60s, but a hundredfold more inventive and resourceful than a warhorse like the Brian Jonestown Massacre (a band that i quite like, despite knowing how tiny their bag of tricks is.) It’s hard not to write much without referring to the NYLPM piece, the Guardian piece, or the NME one to see if there’s anything that they missed.
The Coral is not the most exciting band ever, but they fit a need that i didn’t know i had at the moment. (I’ve been grousing in a lot of stuff i’ve deleted about unexpressed needs in music, and the latest one was a nonsensical piece that wound up dwelling on the Weather Channel.) It’s not fair to compare them to the Super Furries, who still have that flair for futurism and their addled notions of techno. With a quick flashback to Fuzzy Logic, it might be safe for me to edge out to say that The Coral is a stronger and more adventurous album… even though i doubt if it outshine Fuzzy Logic for me personally. I’m a sentimental fool. The slow numbers are more like Gorky’s before they became more folky, and without the tendency to break into crescendos of dissonance, something that they still do live. Checking in influences from the Animals and the Doors (yes, i don’t hate the Doors. Sorry) is certainly not a bad thing. It feels weird embracing old sounds used like they are with the Coral, as yesterday i was wincing at Goldberg ticking off the Great Classic Rock Albums in reference to the YHF bootlegs.
Am looking for Clearlake tracks now.
Great debut by the Coral in all. Don’t give them the Mercury Prize though, and stop nominating them for shit. Pretend to ignore them, and let them grow. It’s getting like Orpheus getting torn to pieces by Dionysus’ dryads. (Needless mythological references? What’s wrong with me?)
I was a little too hard on Goldberg yesterday though. The YHF demos are indeed pretty fab, particularly Wilco/ Tweedy’s version of Bennett’s song “Venus Stopped the Train”. Unfortunately, i can hear references melodywise to the Stones’ “Salt of the Earth” and even McCartney’s “Live & Let Die” (no, really.) I can definitely understand the need for change even better than before, no matter how good the song is. Too familiar path even if it has a great view.
I have all five of the new Belle & Sebastian Peel Acres tracks now, and tryign to share them on either Soulseek or Kazaa as often as possible. Gotta figure better way to spread the goodies around.
Yeah, writing about the Beatles isn’t fun, but i’m downloading Sgt. Pepper for Lou tonight, as i realized that i only have it on vinyl tape. Pretty silly for a preofessed diehard Beatles fan. Anyway, i haven’t listened to them on headphones in years… maybe ever. The production is sounding amazingly lo-fi tonight. I can almost hear Martin twiddling the knobs. Refocused on “A Day in the Life”… favorite lines from it lately are the one concerning the people turning away from the film of war, but the singer insisting that he had to look because he read the book, acting as if he has some special insight because of it… but it’s probably just another excuse for an obsession with the grotesque. See? No fun writing about the Beatles.
The Democratic Party needs to be purged. No, I’m not calling for executions. I just want these so-called New Democrats from the DLC to be expelled from the party. I was listening to Lieberman yammer on Monday evening about how populism is antithetical to capitalism and democracy, and how if the Democratic Party is to thrive, it must remain pro-business and anti-populist. I am certain that his notion of the party thriving only means the consolidation of power for him and his allies, not the welfare of the people. Who gives a shit if he has any power if he is going to remain pro-business and anti-populist? We don’t need public servants to be a powerful aristocratic class.
Yeah, yeah, I’m willfully ignoring that one of the biggest populists of American history was also a tyrant, Huey Long, but again, I’d prefer a tyrant who relies on the will of the people rather than the will of business. It definitely feels like the rhetoric from people like Lieberman stems from a loss of understanding that America is a nation of people, not a conglomeration of corporations that’s only concern is business. America’s business might plausibly be business, something that appears nowhere in the Constitution, but America certainly does not exist solely for that reason. How many fucking ways am i going to write that?