Notes from Underground Update

October 30, 2017 at 9:45 pm (Uncategorized)

Regular readers of this blog, if there is such a thing, may have noticed the frequency of postings have been little erratic over the past few months. I won’t bore people with the reasons, but I plan to regularize things by the New Year.

That means I’ll be posting very little until then. Sure, sure, music notes tomorrow, and a few little things, but not much else.

And then back in the New Year.




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Songhoy Blues

October 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm (Uncategorized)

Yeah, I got the Songhoy Blues, but mostly because they cancelled their Toronto show this week. Couldn’t get into Canada for some reason, but they’re still playing US dates.

Enjoy this instead.


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Wire at Lee’s Palace (2017)

October 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm (Uncategorized)

The three original remaining members of Wire are now into their sixties, but show no signs of slowing down. Unlike  some of their class of ’77 contemporaries still touring, Wire have not turned into a nostalgia act (only one song “Three Girl Rumba” was from the first album Pink Flag)Instead, they are creating new and vital music; more than enough to justify their continued existence.

I’d planned to catch opening act Noveller, but a delay meant I arrived after Sarah Lipstate had finished her set. Too bad, I listened to some of her stuff at her site, and it had a dreamy feel I would have liked to hear live.

Wire came on stage about 10:15 and played for about an hour, plus a three song encore. I’ve seen some early concert footage of Wire and have both studio and live recordings from their early days, but the band seemed completely focused on their set. Little was said to the audience apart from muttered thank you, and a comment about the much improved smell of Lee’s, but other than that nothing. Just total concentration. There were a lot of songs I didn’t know, but I was expecting “Three Girl Rhumba” (I think I would have died of happiness if they had played “Ex Lion Tamer” but it was not to be).  But it didn’t matter they were new songs to me; the band’s songs washed over us. Dreamy, poppy, metallic, and feedback laced. They seemed to be a band who had masted their craft, and new exactly what they were going to do. The audience was  in awe of the spectacle.

I listened to the new record Silver/Lead on the way home. It as good, but not quite the experience of the show. Sometimes that happens.

Set list

Diamonds In Cups
An Alibi
This Time
Three Girl Rhumba
Art Of Persistence
Underwater Experiences
Red Barked Trees
Small Black Reptile
Keep Exhaling
Split Your Ends
Playing Harp for the Fishes
Short Elevated Period
Over Theirs


Used To
Stealth of a Stork


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Trump Tweet Generator

October 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm (Uncategorized)

You might think given Trump’s sheer number of tweets,  (almost 36,000 at time of writing) some one would have created an app or a web site that whenever he tweets, the program digs up a tweet or comment where he said the exact opposite. Alternately, there ought to be room for a  Trump tweet program that creates new tweets by simply guessing his usually predictable responses.

That said, I’m pretty sure that even George Bush during his incompetent handling of Katrina never referred to his critics, and there were plenty, as  “politically motivated ingrates.” While Trump’s handling of the Puerto Rican crisis shows he has lost some of his ability to shock, his capacity to appall still has some mileage in it, and even by the standards of bourgeois leaders, he is truly a shitty human being.

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