Saturday, April 16, 2005

whoa backslash lately

So. It's been a while. David and I have these things (and boy, do I want to call him Travv), have these things called lives. They interfere sometimes. That's the main reason David writes less than me, but my life is creeping up on me too, what with graduating high school and all very soon. So what's been going on lately? Jitterbug Perfume, a marvellous novel by Tom Robbins, which means a heavy mind trip and a lot to digest. It's funny and it sings. It's about beets. Not like, y'know, Ginsberg, like, y'know, the vegetable.

I have found a great music magazine, one of the few I like. It is Uncut and from the UK. The thing that drew me to it? The cover story was The Band. So of course I had to pick it up. And the article, while having some great sidebars, didn't have anything other than what I've read at the phenemonal Band website, which has a rolling collection of articles about The Band, Dylan, and the individual members. In fact, it pilfered from many articles posted at the site, but didn't actually mention the site, which seemed very weird. Anyway, there's a box set due out soon that's supposed to have more rarities than the last box set, so check that out. Actually, the sidebar stuff was really cool, like how Eric Clapton not only broke up Cream because he was so taken with The Band's Music From Big Pink, but that he went to Woodstock to play with Dylan and The Band and asked to join them. He was turned down.

Finally got around to picking up Clinic's Winchester Cathedral. It has less "rock" songs than Internal Wrangler, but it's still a rocking album...a really nice vibe that you can't get anywhere else. It's a shame they haven't caught on in the U.S., even though bands that ape their sound, except do it more boring, like the Arcade Fire, are lauded and make indie kids cream their jeans. The texture, the instrumentation, the overall vibe of the music is just something that swallows you whole. I highly reccomend it.

Did more listening to the Unicorn's Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?. Well, lyrically, it has really great, light spots, such as the arguing, or the sheer delight of "I Was Born A Unicorn", but then you listen to it more, and it's a concept's about a young man living life scared of death, forgeting about death, and then gettin' the cancer. It's something more than it appears, which really speaks to the album; the kitschy-but-dark artwork, the toy pianos and pan pipes betraying the great control of the different genres that are woven together (the rap beats, the funk keyboards, the garage rock guitars). Seriously. If you haven't bought it yet, you can get it at here from Amazon. Get it. Now.

Saw the new Weezer video. It's great cock rock. It's nerdy cock rock. It'll be a good album. I don't have my hopes up, but that'll just make it better, right?


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