Music to work late to

Thu 11 Sep 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Liars and PrayersShould you find yourself working late some night soon, whether you’re operating a piece of heavy machinery, such as a button-maker, or doing some final work on a book, either way you’ll find that Thalia Zedek‘s new CD Liars and Prayers works very well to help drown out the noise of the band a few down the hall or to incite an appropriately deep trance to work in.

Zedek sounds a bit like Leonard Cohen, a bit wall of sound, a bit pub band: it’s definitely a lively and fascinating mix. And: timely or not, but here is a smart woman talking about politics. There are a couple of tracks on her myspace page: go listen.



PC

Sun 2 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

In the early 80s metal bands were pretty politically aware. Well, not sure if that’s what Iron Maiden qualify as. Metal, that is. They always seemed like a hard rock band more than heavy metal monsters—despite their predilection for a certain monster, Eddie. Yes, they were part of the New Wave of NWBHM Heavy Metal (could have picked a better acronym than NWBHM), but listen to this lovely pop song (the sound quality on this video is pretty poor) and see what you think.

Hmm. Iron Maiden are playing in LA during BookExpo. Tempting. Haven’t seen them since 1987.

This posted due to someone with a sense of humor giving me a CD of Number of the Beast at some point and me digging it up today while at work. I don’t know how often the CD will be played but it is clean, crisp old-fashioned somewhat-familiar rock’n’roll and is refreshingly noisy. Tomorrow will be time enough for calmer climes.

One funny thing is that I remember most of these songs pretty well (they were used to wake me up when I was 12 so they’re pretty deeply worn into the failing brainpan) except “Total Eclipse.” Without doing further digging to see if I still have a tape of the original album I suspect the reason is that that song may not have made it on to my tape.* Funny. It’s an ok song and there’s some fun Maiden-y time signature change-ups in the second half. Who knows why it didn’t make the cut. Funny to have it now as basically a new 26 y.o. song.

It’s ok Jed, I won’t play it while you’re here.

* Yes, as in taped album (or cassette), rather than something I owned. Naughty? Perhaps. Penurious way to acquire music in pre-internet age? Yes. Sued by record companies at the time? No. Later purchases of music owing a debt to those tapes: quite a lot. RIAA: go sue yourselves out of existence for being so anti-fan.



Tue 8 Jan 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

A while ago we posted a link to a Hipsway video which has since been removed for a violating some kind of terms of service. Perhaps fashion? Skinny trousers and knees bending in ways they shouldn’t? Unabashed quiffs? Use of American imagery and a blatant attempt to sell some records over here from a Glasgow-based band?

So instead of being depressed by excellent Neko Case songs (or at least the videos) I thought to look up this getting-ready-to-go-dancing song, “The Honey Thief”. My what fun.

Another: “The Broken Years” — again with the fashion, hair, and dancing. Are you broke are you broke? (If only someone would upload “Tinder”!



Tue 8 Jan 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A while ago we posted a link to a Hipsway video which has since been removed for a violating some kind of terms of service. Perhaps fashion? Skinny trousers and knees bending in ways they shouldn’t? Unabashed quiffs? Use of American imagery and a blatant attempt to sell some records over here from a Glasgow-based band?

So instead of being depressed by excellent Neko Case songs (or at least the videos) I thought to look up this getting-ready-to-go-dancing song, “The Honey Thief”. My what fun.

Another: “The Broken Years” — again with the fashion, hair, and dancing. Are you broke are you broke? (If only someone would upload “Tinder”!



Happy New Year

Wed 2 Jan 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

to you and yours. Holidays: no work. Yay! We’ll be back at it, oh, sometime soonish. Maybe even this month. In the meantime, imagine (as we are imagining) that we are all lying around on chaises in Paris (not at all Boring). This is where we aren’t (our garden statuary is a little on the more subtle side) but it sure looks like a blast:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/01/01/world/01_france.jpg



Wed 10 Oct 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Listening to Radiohead.

Trying to do taxes.

Not missing the artwork from the CD yet.

Missing some receipts as ever.



Wed 10 Oct 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Listening to Radiohead.

Trying to do taxes.

Not missing the artwork from the CD yet.

Missing some receipts as ever.



Mon 8 Oct 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

To whomever mailed us tickets to the forthcoming Led Zeppelin show in London on November 26th—and even though there has been no sign of the tickets so we are not really sure they exist, come on, surely someone out there (besides us) thought it would be a great idea to mail us a set of them?—thank you, that’s beyond awesome. And sending air tickets? That’s just too nice. We’ll never be able to thank you enough.

See you there. We’ll be the ones in bell bottoms.

Of course the tickets haven’t arrived yet. They didn’t arrive today because it was a federal holiday. So they’ll probably arrive tomorrow.

Yup. Tomorrow.

Or Wednesday at the latest.

Right?



Mon 8 Oct 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

To whomever mailed us tickets to the forthcoming Led Zeppelin show in London on November 26th—and even though there has been no sign of the tickets so we are not really sure they exist, come on, surely someone out there (besides us) thought it would be a great idea to mail us a set of them?—thank you, that’s beyond awesome. And sending air tickets? That’s just too nice. We’ll never be able to thank you enough.

See you there. We’ll be the ones in bell bottoms.

Of course the tickets haven’t arrived yet. They didn’t arrive today because it was a federal holiday. So they’ll probably arrive tomorrow.

Yup. Tomorrow.

Or Wednesday at the latest.

Right?



OMD, Maid of Orleans

Thu 2 Aug 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Not at all sure what if anything the video means—but that’s the way of the genre. Its incredibly catchy and there are cousins somewhere who look somewhat like that McCluskey fellow:



Sun 29 Jul 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

New this week in the USA (but months old old in the UK) is the new Manic Street Preachers album* Send Away the Tigers. Which, if you like the big pop rock sound, is great. If you don’t, go away now, we’ll all be happier.

One of the singles—”Your Love Alone is Not Enough”—features (here looking oddly doll-like) Nina Persson from The Cardigans and A Camp on guest vocals and has (at least) two historical nods: one to their own song, “You stole the sun from my heart” from the album This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours and much more head-stretchingly weird a jangly-sing along chorus of “Trade all your heroes in for ghosts” from Da Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”.

Everything is on this thing: Queen, OMD, that stadium geetar sound, a Wyndam (sic) Lewis quote (“When a person is young they are usually a revolutionary of some kind. So here I am speaking of my revolution.”**); Welsh panache***. It has the huge choruses of “A Design for Life” in the single “Your Love…” and “Autumnsong” and the in your face politics of “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” in “Rendition” (“Rendition, rendition, blame it on the coalition … Rendition, rendition, never knew the sky was a prison”), a John Lennon cover (more on the ok side than brilliant, but that’s .. ok) and features pics from the self-published art of Valerie Phillips from her book Monika Monster: Future First Woman on Mars (which are cute but aren’t as SF as it might sound).

Video of catchy summer hit:

* At this point we are still asterisking album to point out that the parents-of-the-kids call them CDs and that who the hell knows what the kids call them.
** Regendered by design.
*** You believe it once you’ve seen it.



Sun 29 Jul 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

New this week in the USA (but months old old in the UK) is the new Manic Street Preachers album* Send Away the Tigers. Which, if you like the big pop rock sound, is great. If you don’t, go away now, we’ll all be happier.

One of the singles—”Your Love Alone is Not Enough”—features (here looking oddly doll-like) Nina Persson from The Cardigans and A Camp on guest vocals and has (at least) two historical nods: one to their own song, “You stole the sun from my heart” from the album This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours and much more head-stretchingly weird a jangly-sing along chorus of “Trade all your heroes in for ghosts” from Da Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”.

Everything is on this thing: Queen, OMD, that stadium geetar sound, a Wyndam (sic) Lewis quote (“When a person is young they are usually a revolutionary of some kind. So here I am speaking of my revolution.”**); Welsh panache***. It has the huge choruses of “A Design for Life” in the single “Your Love…” and “Autumnsong” and the in your face politics of “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” in “Rendition” (“Rendition, rendition, blame it on the coalition … Rendition, rendition, never knew the sky was a prison”), a John Lennon cover (more on the ok side than brilliant, but that’s .. ok) and features pics from the self-published art of Valerie Phillips from her book Monika Monster: Future First Woman on Mars (which are cute but aren’t as SF as it might sound).

Video of catchy summer hit:

* At this point we are still asterisking album to point out that the parents-of-the-kids call them CDs and that who the hell knows what the kids call them.
** Regendered by design.
*** You believe it once you’ve seen it.



Aimee Mann’s nightmare

Thu 26 Jul 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Thanks, as it were (and again), to Scalzi, here we find fave songstress Aimee Man* trying to escape Neil, Geddy, and Alex in “Time Stands Still“.

For a first time viewer (ahem.) (Spoiler!) of this video, Aimee eventually (after 5+ minutes of bluescreen glory) gets away from da boys. It’s no”Afterimage”(with that amazing intro—not that the song lives up to it) or “Distant Early Warning” but but but, that video, it does take one baaack.

And here’s another one that the old youtube suggests: Luscious Jackson making the dance happen with their “Ladyfingers“.

* Best moment at Orange Peel, Asheville, show was the girl (born the year the song came out: awesome!) in front of us hollerin out for That Song, you know, the Til Tuesday one she sings as an acoustic breakdown with her band on tour, pulls off, drowns you in. The one with the hilarious hilarious vid.



Tue 27 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Venus Zine was asking for questions for Patti Smith, so naturally I forward that to Liz Hand and decide that some You Tube research is necessary. So I’m well into “Horses“, “Land“, &c. but then in the related box up pops an absolutely irresistible video: “Furry Happy Monsters” from a visit by REM to Sesame Street. Instantly curious who was doing the harmony, google led to more info:

In case you’re wondering, the red-haired female Muppet singing harmony was modeled on B-52 Kate Pierson. Puppeteer Stephanie D’Abruzzo, who manipulated the Kate Monster puppet, also provided the vocal part.

If you’re looking at this on Firefox using a Mac for some reason the video doesn’t appear (although it does on Safari, que??), so watch it here.



Tue 27 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 3 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Venus Zine was asking for questions for Patti Smith, so naturally I forward that to Liz Hand and decide that some You Tube research is necessary. So I’m well into “Horses“, “Land“, &c. but then in the related box up pops an absolutely irresistible video: “Furry Happy Monsters” from a visit by REM to Sesame Street. Instantly curious who was doing the harmony, google led to more info:

In case you’re wondering, the red-haired female Muppet singing harmony was modeled on B-52 Kate Pierson. Puppeteer Stephanie D’Abruzzo, who manipulated the Kate Monster puppet, also provided the vocal part.

If you’re looking at this on Firefox using a Mac for some reason the video doesn’t appear (although it does on Safari, que??), so watch it here.



Thu 15 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Liquor: A Novel CoverWe are buried! Who timetabled this life? Where is Aunt Gwenda and her Super Scheduling Ability? Where? Whine whine, etc., etc. Yawn.
Anyway, two recommendations from beside—rather than in—the heap. First: Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite. Kelly has been passing this to people for a while but it took me a while to read it. What fun! Two guys grow up in New Orleans together, work in kitchens together (some kitchens being better than others), and one of them gets the idea to start a restaurant where all the food will have liquor in the ingredients somewhere. The guys, Rickey and G-man, are, like all the rest of the characters, rounded people with ambitions, faults, all that stuff. The descriptions of the food are mouth-watering and will make you want to either go to your fave restaurant, dust down a cookbook, or get on a plane to New Orleans.

New Orleans is as much a character here as the various chefs and dishwashers and I can’t wait to read the books Brite has written since Hurrican Katrina hit and the government completely failed the city. Brite’s early books were horror novels which I doubt I’ll ever read, but this series (which is not horror at all) has me hooked. There’s a sort-of-mystery in the novel but the real body of it are the kitchens (which range from crappy to mind-blowing kitchen porn) and the work. It’s great to read about people doing interesting work, and working hard. Most of the time I don’t miss working in a kitchen but Liquor reminds the reader how satisfying working hard at something you love can be.
So far I’ve only read Liquor and a prequel, The Value of X (published by Subterranean) but I’m looking forward to catching up with the rest of the books—and catching the inevitable TV series when it comes.

Second: the Winterpills have a new CD out, The Light Divides (stream it here) filled with gloriously springlike music even if the weather (up here in the mid-north) isn’t cooperating—and it was recorded in autumn, how did they manage that? If you liked The Maggies, Philip Price used to sing with them and in the Winterpills he’s joined by Flora Reed’s gorgeous voice.

If you’re in Austin at the SWSX madness you can catch them there or on tour:

Thursday, March 15, 2007
Live on WMVY
5 pm
Momo’s
UTNE Reader showcase.
11 PM
SXSW
Austin, TX
Friday, March 16, 2007

Mother Egan’s Irish Pub
Signature Sounds showcase
4:45
SXSW

Sunday, March, 18, 2007
The Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St., Houston, TX

March 20, 2007
Schuba’s
Chicago, IL, 9 pm

March 22, 2007
Strictly Discs
In-store performance
5:30 pm
Madison, WI

March 22, 2007

High Noon Saloon – w/ The Long Winters
Madison, WI – 8 pm

March 23, 2007
WFPK – Live At Lunch Perfomance
12 pm.

March 23, 2007
Uncle Pleasants
w/ Dennis Crommett opening
Louiseville, KY 8 pm

March 24 2007
Live on WRNR, Annapolis, MD.
Interview/Performance. 12 noon.

March 24 2007
IOTA Club and Cafe
w/
Washington, DC 8 pm

April 2, 2007
The Middle East
w/ Robert Gomez
Cambridge, MA

April 3, 2007
College of the Atlantic
8 pm
Bangor, ME

April 21, 2007
Pearl St. Nightclub
w/Fountains of Wayne
Northampton, MA



Thu 15 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 2 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Liquor: A Novel CoverWe are buried! Who timetabled this life? Where is Aunt Gwenda and her Super Scheduling Ability? Where? Whine whine, etc., etc. Yawn.
Anyway, two recommendations from beside—rather than in—the heap. First: Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite. Kelly has been passing this to people for a while but it took me a while to read it. What fun! Two guys grow up in New Orleans together, work in kitchens together (some kitchens being better than others), and one of them gets the idea to start a restaurant where all the food will have liquor in the ingredients somewhere. The guys, Rickey and G-man, are, like all the rest of the characters, rounded people with ambitions, faults, all that stuff. The descriptions of the food are mouth-watering and will make you want to either go to your fave restaurant, dust down a cookbook, or get on a plane to New Orleans.

New Orleans is as much a character here as the various chefs and dishwashers and I can’t wait to read the books Brite has written since Hurrican Katrina hit and the government completely failed the city. Brite’s early books were horror novels which I doubt I’ll ever read, but this series (which is not horror at all) has me hooked. There’s a sort-of-mystery in the novel but the real body of it are the kitchens (which range from crappy to mind-blowing kitchen porn) and the work. It’s great to read about people doing interesting work, and working hard. Most of the time I don’t miss working in a kitchen but Liquor reminds the reader how satisfying working hard at something you love can be.
So far I’ve only read Liquor and a prequel, The Value of X (published by Subterranean) but I’m looking forward to catching up with the rest of the books—and catching the inevitable TV series when it comes.

Second: the Winterpills have a new CD out, The Light Divides (stream it here) filled with gloriously springlike music even if the weather (up here in the mid-north) isn’t cooperating—and it was recorded in autumn, how did they manage that? If you liked The Maggies, Philip Price used to sing with them and in the Winterpills he’s joined by Flora Reed’s gorgeous voice.

If you’re in Austin at the SWSX madness you can catch them there or on tour:

Thursday, March 15, 2007
Live on WMVY
5 pm
Momo’s
UTNE Reader showcase.
11 PM
SXSW
Austin, TX
Friday, March 16, 2007

Mother Egan’s Irish Pub
Signature Sounds showcase
4:45
SXSW

Sunday, March, 18, 2007
The Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St., Houston, TX

March 20, 2007
Schuba’s
Chicago, IL, 9 pm

March 22, 2007
Strictly Discs
In-store performance
5:30 pm
Madison, WI

March 22, 2007

High Noon Saloon – w/ The Long Winters
Madison, WI – 8 pm

March 23, 2007
WFPK – Live At Lunch Perfomance
12 pm.

March 23, 2007
Uncle Pleasants
w/ Dennis Crommett opening
Louiseville, KY 8 pm

March 24 2007
Live on WRNR, Annapolis, MD.
Interview/Performance. 12 noon.

March 24 2007
IOTA Club and Cafe
w/
Washington, DC 8 pm

April 2, 2007
The Middle East
w/ Robert Gomez
Cambridge, MA

April 3, 2007
College of the Atlantic
8 pm
Bangor, ME

April 21, 2007
Pearl St. Nightclub
w/Fountains of Wayne
Northampton, MA



Meanwhile, over the water

Mon 9 Oct 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Like Looper or some of the other mellow relaxipop coming across the water from Scotland? Readers who remember this guy, might want to go check out First Tiger. Pop! (Friend them or whatever one does on the mindspace?) There’s more here. When wil they cross the pond to superstardom?

Also: Scotland put one past France!



The Friday Rock Show

Fri 25 Aug 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Posted by: Gavin

Google leads to 87.9 somewhere a couple of months ago where a guy named Alex put together a show of live tracks and included the Sisters of Mercy playing Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” (starts at about 37.5 minutes [99MB file]).

Long ago there was a break-in at Small Beer central and someone removed our UniVac Central Computational System which included a copy of this song. (Hope they enjoyed it.) Since then there have been occasional looks for it on the web but nothing serious. Now it is Ours, Ours again. Before that? Someone else had it in a shared flat sometime in the late eighties. Someone, somewhere.
El DJ man also plays The Stranglers, Joy Division, OMD, The Smiths, Gang of Four, Toyah, Dead Kennedys, Nirvana, and ends it with Depeche Mode’s last song from their sold out show at the Pasadena Rose Bowl! (he says) in 1988.

Title? Radio 1 show on, yes, Friday night.



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