5.31.2006

I know a famous person
Erik Wemple is a super solid guy and ace editor who also falls into the slim category of newspaper men that actually take my calls. I congratulate him on his new gig at Village Voice.

5.24.2006

Make-up time
So backpedaling on yesterday's post, Jay let me know that he didn't do what I suggested he did in the interview and he's correct. Thanks Jay, you've given this blog some much needed gravitas. I can't talk about sneakers, Belgian ales or drum wraps for at least a week.

In the interest of making good, I should tell you that Babcock is
appearing on AirAmericaRadio's "the Marc Moran Show" on Monday, May 29 in a 20-minute segment discussing the Arthur v Godsmack episode and also Arthur's forthcoming CD (curated by Chicago's Josephine Foster) which benefits anti-military recruiting campaigns.

5.23.2006

Judgment day for Godsmack?
This is almost a month old but it's been a hot topic this week.
The guy from Godsmack definitely deserved to get some serious flack for this and props to (we don't do fact-checking, we just love pentagrams) Arthur magazine's Jay Babcock for going for the throat. But sometimes when music writers do politics, they forget to do so journalistically. Babcock doesn't stop to consider that the administration and the military are really two different, conflicting entities these days. He is subscribing to a Vietnam-era idea of a monolithic government/military complex. Anyone who has followed the lead-up to the Iraq invasion should know that the administration ignored the advice and dissent of top military advisors and also that many retired military officers have publicly opposed the war from the outset. I think Babcock could have done what he wanted to do without introducing unsubtle radical politics into the discussion. At the same time, I like the idea of some radical left O'Reillys out there shifting the angle of the debate. I just like it better when they are a bit more logic-bound and informed.

Also, anyone seen this doc Baghdad ER? is very well done, horrifying but not sensationalistic at all.
Be afraid, be very afraid.

5.22.2006

Good Lordi.

The Finnish band Lordi won the Eurovision song contest with its original song 'Hard Rock Hallelujah.'

The band bears a striking resemblance to the costumed metallurgists GWAR who originally hailed from my home country of NoVa.

5.19.2006

One rather curious (but obvious) sidenote to the hip-hop/race discussion going on is that political hip-hop's audience consists largely, if not overwhelmingly, of white folks. Here's a Village Voice piece from a while back that gets into it.

5.18.2006

More on Merritt/Hopper/Frere-Jones.
Wishing I had the Prince on my playlist so I could play "Controversy."

5.13.2006

The not-so-rare seven-inch that inspired a movie.
Some old friends hit me up about a split single from the ’90s which I did the graphics for way way back in my Indiana days. Evidently, the record or the performances around the time it was released inspired an indie rock doc film (which neither of the bands on the single appeared in). This mp3 posting is pretty hilarious for its alternate history (ie: none of these musicians have passed on to my knowledge).

5.11.2006

I will post some listening station suggestions. I can’t tell you the racial make-up of all the musicians involved. You’ll just have to figure that out for yourself, or not.

Camera Obscura Let’s Get Out of this Country (Merge)
Country-tinged forlorn female stuff with some Joe Meek-esque production details, much better than that snoozey new Neko Case record.

The Lee Boys
, Say Yes
Gospel with a shredding steel-guitar that sometimes turns psychedelic.

Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped (Geffen)
Hey this is melodic, this isn't that weird, this kinda rocks.

Monsieur Gansbourg Revisited (Verve Forecast)
The songs of the one and only Serge Gainsbourg are redone by the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Portishead, Gonzales, Marc Almond in English for our listening pleasure. It’s one of those tribute records that ranges from the super weird (Sly & Robbie with Marianne Faithful) to the predictable (the Kills sounding like Blonde Redhead).

Radio 4
Enemies Like This (Astralwerks) Way more rockin’ than the last album which was a stinker in my book. Good guys, though.

Tony Allen Lagos No Shaking (Honest Johns)
The extraordinary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen (longtime Fela Kuti associate) does his thing well here, but its more about simmering and grooves than seething intensity. It falls on the laid-back end of Afrobeat, maybe slightly on the smooth touristy side rather than the raw freaky side.

5.09.2006

Okay, now this is just getting crazy.
No, I don't like watching car wrecks. The responses should be showing up here and here.

And flash, Albini weighs in as only Albini can and will do.