It’s a little freaky that those Julian Cope mp3s from Friday are now the most downloaded mp3s i’ve ever posted. It’s probably just as much because of dearth of posts the past three days, meaning these have stuck towards the top longer than many. If any of you ever feel lost on my desire for anything other than mp3s, just link or bookmark to the mp3 category. That way one doesn’t have to wade through all of the other bullshit.
Anyway, go check out Head Heritage. The new album Citizen Cain’d is on sale now. The reviews keep comparing it to Jehovahkill, so it’s likely to be monster. Julian Cope needs more love. It’s hard for me to accept that there is not a default critical acknowledgement of his long shadow over so much contemporary music informed by garage-psych, Krautrock, and oddball outsider eccentrics. He’s been a discarded prophet by so many eager to claim those he has championed in darker times as their own influences. I’m eager to see a revival, and even though i’ve not been into all of that roaring pagan rock that he has been collaborating with, it’s rewarding to see what path it has taken him back to.
Julian Cope “Adam & Eve Hit the Road” After three concepts albums back to back, Cope seemingly accidentally put together a fourth concept album. It’s called 20 Mothers, but it feels more about family, rather than just motherhood, with as many songs about being a brother, a son, and a father as about mothers. Why this song? Well… because it has fucking cool squiggly space noises! It has a loping rhythmic groove! Its lyrics are obtuse and impenetrable as hell!
Julian Cope “Cheap New-Age Fix” Interpreter is a bit weird for me. With a few years hindsight, it seems to be a throwback to Saint Julian. After at least five official Cope albums of nearly lo-fi style, occult weirdness, it felt overproduced and slick. I was wrong. It still grates on my nerves on that Pitchfork has not purged that old review that gave the album a 2.2. Weren’t they wanking over Radiohead every chance they got back then? Did they change their mind when Yorke proudly announced that he read The Modern Antiquarian, and walked the paths to various megaliths. This was released within a year of the time of OK Computer, right? I guess that it wasn’t dour and paranoid enough. Don’t laugh. Music is very serious business. Fuckers…