Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Whathaveyou


  • Currently listening to: Popular Songs by Yo La Tengo. I'm not all the way through it, but I'm currently stretching my thumbs for fear of developing a nagging cramp, as soon they'll be thrust skyward in approval. Hearty swaths of cosmic slow-core, chugging rockers, and strutworthy grooves abound. "Periodically Triple or Double" is equal parts James Brown, Lou Reed and Chris Isaac, complete with a multi-second carousel waltz intermission.
  • Wilco's playing the Savannah Arts Festival on March 25, 2010. Didn't hear about it til late, so was only able to nab a couple of row V seats. M. Ward is playing the same festival (which seems to be comprised of individual performances over a few weeks as opposed to a cluster of stages over a weekend,) but it'll be two days later on a Monday. Here's to hoping Southeastern tours are built around the performances.
  • Jack White says Britney Spears might be more authentic than Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, because she does exactly what she wants to do. Kneejerk reaction: "BLASPHEMER!" Snob reaction: "You know he's actually right." Rational reaction: "Saying Britney Spears is authentic because does exactly what she wants to do is like saying Miley Cyrus is a talented musician because she sells out concerts. The ends do not define the means. In fact, the reason Tom Waits is not more popular is because he's doing exactly what he wants to do. And does Bob Dylan have to release a ridiculous Christmas to stir up some novelty sales? Hell no. White is confusing personas with authenticity. Spears' songs (which, of course, she doesn't write) deal with more culturally relatable subject matter. Waits and Dylan write wild stories with characters like "Dave the Butcher" and "The Jack of Hearts". But is the nature of their art a reflection of their authenticity?" /breathes
  • Ed O'Brien says a new Radiohead album is happening, refuting earlier claims by Thom Yorke that the band would never release another LP. That smacked of smoke-blowing from the onset, but still, it's nice to know it was just that.
  • In related news, Pitchfork deemed Kid A the best album of the oughts. Man, I'm glad the world didn't know this in October 2000, when it was released. "Hi, here's Kid A. By the way, there won't be a better album for the next ten years." How depressing that woulda been. Anyway, I don't mind the choice. But Radiohead seems to push certain folks' buttons.
  • Vampire Weekend's new album will be out in January. First single "Cousins" is surprisingly uncatchy upon first listen. Will be on leak watch for the remainder of the year.
  • This is our 75th post of the year. Our 2009 total recently surpassed our 2007/2008 total. Thanks to all our readers, contributors, etc.

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