Monthly Archives: May 2007

Extras.

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More on the Anti here. More awesome photos here.

In praise of Bradley.

Melrose mural flick by mattie b from Boston Street Art on Flickr.

Allow me to put cynicism aside and gush for a moment, about all of the musical awesomeness that 2007’s already offered (see: Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, The National) or not-so-officially offered yet, but everyone’s heard it anyway (see: Spoon, Spoon, Spoon), and the accompanying tours – which are occasionally amazing, other times decidedly unamazing (see: Modest Mouse). Regardless, Bradley’s got the MP3’s for ya, so you don’t need to trust Joan, or Jed or whomever (not that their well-written opinions aren’t valid and/or informative), and this makes me wonder – why isn’t this standard fare for show reviews? Obviously the experience of a live show cannot translate entirely to an MP3 clip or a You Tube video. Still, Bradley’s onto something here – or rather has been onto something during the past few years he’s offered these live gems. If the news sites are offering clips with features and album reviews (MP3s and JPEGs have been the standard add-ons to any music-related features I’ve written lately), why not live clips with show reviews? Plug ’em in, give readers a taste of what happened.

The answer: shrinking budgets, which don’t allow for a writer, a photographer and someone to man the audio recorder at a show. Sigh. Maybe someday…

In the meantime, enjoy Bradley’s Arcade Fire, Ben Gibbard and David Bazan offerings.

40 mistakes.

Photo by historygradguy from Boston Street Art on Flickr.

This seems less like an interesting online feature idea, and more like an excuse to call out Rolling Stone.  And is that really necessary? Asking if we can “really trust” Rolling Stone anymore is like asking if fast food really clogs arteries or if Paris Hilton really thought she could sell more copies of her album than her sex tape – it’s a stale topic, and a rhetorical question.  RS still scores the high-profile inteviews, and the recent anniversary issue was a historical plethora of intriguing features.  But in terms of the stealthily expanding world of independent music, even a snarky blog can’t seem to blow the virtual dust off the old mag – the bloggers, alt-weeklies and online-only ventures are light years ahead in this category.  Still, it’s one of those things people love and love to hate, not unlike P4K or reality television.  Without them, where’s our reference point?

Warm and scratchy.

 

Apologies for my absence – I spent the past ten days driving hundreds of miles up, down, and across the state of California (in a Superman blue Mustang), then lost in the woods of Yosemite, summer camp-style.  Needless to say, I was out of loop in terms of the news, Internet, TV, and general high-tech modern world. And it was amazing.

So, turns out Space Ghost has good taste in music.  In case you needed an excuse to feel all Warm and Scratchy, the Williams Street folks have posted a collection of videos and songs (and a free album to download – bonus!) over at the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim website. The tracklist includes Liars, TV on the Radio, Les Savy Fav, Broken Social Scene, and The Good, The Bad and The Queen. Get it here.

It’s a bird, etc.

Photo by prawnpie from SALT graffiti on Flickr.
On the west coast for a few days, so posts may be less frequent – in the meantime, read about the incredible shrinking album cover.

Adventures with the law.

Wrote this for this Thursday’s Calendar:

Bianca Casady, who makes up the experimental folk duo CocoRosie with her sister Sierra, has a voice that’s astonishingly similar to the singer-harpist Joanna Newsom. Much like Newsom, CocoRosie are often labeled “freak folk,” a style of music that not everyone can stomach. Their music blends an unfathomable amount of sounds – everything from operatic solos (Sierra studied opera in Paris) to babies crying – and the result often feels more like a fusion of sounds than a song. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is a fan, though – he invited them to play Carnegie Hall in February, as a part of his Perspectives series, which highlighted artists of the supposed “freak folk” genre. They’ll play the Middle East Downstairs on Wednesday, with Busdriver.

But that’s not going to happen. Apparently, Bianca and Sierra are having some troubles even D. Byrne can’t help them out of.

Art and metal.

Awesome poster art by Ben Sisto.

On an unrelated note, maybe you wanna experience a little Christian metal tonight?

Tomorrow night: Viva Viva at the Middle East – for the record.