Music Notes: February 2018

February 28, 2018 at 11:13 pm (Uncategorized)

A few things of note this month. But don’t take my word for it, have a listen.

1 The Breeders –  “Wait in the Car”

Everything you’ve hoped for: Dreamy vocals, garage guitars, surreal visuals. And there’s an album coming on Friday!

2. Neil Young – Weld

Two disc live Neil Young albums from 1991 – the hits you’d expect from that period along with earlier classics. Not essential, but a nice edition.

3. Run-DMC –  Raising Hell

This was the first rap album I really listened to. Still amazing after all of these years although the lyrical content on some songs is a little ideologically unsound. Still the hits hold up. The latest version has a couple of outtakes and a pretty funny attempt to record a radio spot.

4. Dirty Laces – 1,000 MPH (EP)

Would you believe I heard this for the first time today. Punky, but not without nods to classic rock. You can hear it in a bunch of places including their twitter feed. 

5. IDestroy – :”Lemon”

Or this which I heard yesterday. Check out their Youtube channel. 

6 Nico – Chelsea Girl

Teutonic classical folk. I’m am partial to her version of “I’ll Keep it with mine” though.

7. Echo & the Bunnymen – More Songs to Learn and Sing

Saw the Bunnymen only once – the Concert Hall in 1984 with Breeding Ground and Let’s Active. If you’ve never heard the band, this compilation is not a bad place to start, but seriously Crocodiles, the debut, is where you really want to begin. Then work through the catalogue. This edition does have a DVD with promo videos if you like that sort of thing.

8. Varius – Action, Time, Vision

4 CD box covering indie punk sounds from the dawn of punk to a bit beyond. The hit to miss ration is very good, and there’s a lot of stuff I hadn’t heard in a while. Very nice booklet, although the packaging makes it difficult to get the disc out.

9. Alex Chilton – A Man Called Destruction

One of Chilton’s final albums, and the last to contain original material. Lovable, loopy, soul and rock material. It’s hard not to love Chilton as he so genuinely loved what he was doing.

10. Stick in the Wheel – “Follow them True”

I don’t like autotune, butas  this is hauntingly beautiful.




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Words Fail me: Writing about another Massacre of Children

February 28, 2018 at 11:13 pm (Uncategorized)

In 2012, after the massacre at Sandy Hook, I was talking to someone in my workplace about it, and he blurted out, “That shit is fucked-up.” Five years and numerous mass killings later, it’s still true, and it continues to be true. A 19 year old, not old enough to buy a beer, legally buys an AR-15 and butchers 17 people; students who harness their outrage are denounced as crisis actors; the NRA claims that “European socialists” are coming for their guns; the President of the USA, who apparently needs cue cards to express empathy, suggests arming some teachers to shoot back (what could go wrong there?), and also that if he had been at the school he would have run into the building even if he were unarmed. Oh yeah, that shit is fucked up.

Liberals call for gun control. Conservatives call for more guns. Somewhere there is the call for more awareness of mental health issues (though likely no money for it).  It seems to be a dialogue that no one is listening to, merely repeating talking points (that said, the anger of the teens organizing protests is palpable). It’s an oversimplification to say that the degeneration of capitalism is to blame, although its certainly a factor.

I’m reminded of that headline The Onion often runs : ‘No Way to prevent this’ says only nation where this happens regularly.

But the thing is, there is a way out after all. And yes, it does involve the destruction of this murderous, inhumane system.

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The Writing on the Wall

February 28, 2018 at 11:13 pm (Uncategorized)

Reading a collection of essays entitled The Writing on the Hall by Anselm Jappe. The essays are writtien post 2008 and deal with “the decomposition of capitalism and its critics.”

The preface is a very interesting defence of a importance of a theoretical critique of capitalism. Available from Zero Books.

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