Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Crowded House! So far Neil Finn is the only person who can actually sing. They did "Don't Dream it's Over" and played a smidge of "World Where You Live" actually live, and now "Now We're Getting Somewhere". They are making it obvious that they are not actually playing, with over the top solos and windmills.
An MTV promo just aired about how people want to see less heavy metal, so they are putting it on mostly on Headbangers Ball. Currently the MTV logo is in the corner of the screen while old time movies of things blowing up. Glenn Fry is talking to a VJ from MTV Australia, and now he is introducing Cyndi Lauper who is wearing an awesome dress she might fall out of. She is presenting the "Experimental Video" award, and i think she just made a Captain Lou joke. Peter Gabriel beat out Huey Lewis's "Hip To Be Square". Tina Turner is presenting best male video via satellite from Chicago, I think she may have had a few bumps.
Monday, January 29, 2007
The "pre show" was hosted by Penn and Teller. The opening performance was Los Lobos singing but not really playing "La Bamba". Julie Brown just introduced a Michael Jackson-dressed Howie Mandell who is now doing miserable stand up and giving the award for best new artist. Crowded House managed to beat Timbuk 3 and Bruce Hornsby and the Range!!
Remember when MTV used to show music videos? Those were good times. I found a VHS tape marked "1987 MTV Awards" and will now provide you a written commentary. I had to fast forward through a first run airing of Cheers and Night Court. It then came on at the very end of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" followed by U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" which was marked "exclusive". Mark Goodman told me to stay tuned for an airing of Michael Jackson's "Bad"... all 16 minutes which was proceeded by an ad full of 1-900 phone numbers to vote for the viewers choice. Oh good, the song just started. Sha-mon.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
that give out a download code when you buy an album on the vinyls. Companies that come to mind are Matador, Touch and Go/Quarterstick, Polyvinyl, Saddle Creek, Merge (did I miss any?). Sub Pop, Drag City, Yep Roc, Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguar: You need to get on board! I imagine there's some kid out there who is going to have this amazing collection of indie rock records of the 2000's and has never actually played the vinyl, just the downloads, like some archaic 12x12 calling card from another dimension from Robert Pollard.
Monday, January 01, 2007
5. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
This is the best album to come home really fucking drunk to and listen to and scream along with made by a child actress this year. No, I am certain of it. Dolly Parton for the 00's.
4. Decemberists - Crane Wife
Remember how disappointed I was with Picaresque? Rebound! They took everything I loved from the first two albums and EPs, added a little ELP and hooray! Prog rock with a lot of syllables. Done right.
3. Calexico - Garden Ruin
Calexico confused people with this album. There's something going on with it though that people just don't want to pay enough attention to, which is a shame, because it's really rewarding, or something.
2. Califone - Roots and Crowns
I never disliked anything they did, but the last two just never seemed as immediate and warm as Roomsound. They nailed it here though, with a respectful nod to what made them so amazing there and an astonishing display of Califoney of here and now.
1. Scott Walker - The Drift
Nothing could really touch this album this year, because they were all scared the fuck away. I do not recommend this album unless you have an overextended sense of well being. It's tough, bleak, frightening. It's 2006 and it's over!
10. Magnolia Electric Company - Fading Trails AND Jason Molina - Let Me Go Let Me Go Let Me Go
Gods, I almost don't want to talk about this. It is hard to love a man like Jason Molina. He's one of those bands that's a dude, a dude that's a band, and it just never makes sense. He has made many great albums, one perfect album, and then in one year give us 2 pretty good albums that you know are just covering up one really fucking awesome album and they are theoretically from 2 different entities. I think he's afraid to give us the best possible album he can, which he has probably already made, because it would wipe out humanity.
9. Detholz! - Cast Out Devils
This album would have made the top 10 even if they hadn't played in the Hotel SnS basement this year. HOLY FUCKING SHIT IT IS REALLY AWESOME!!! I wish these guys were playing at Allstate Arena with Weezer and some pyrotechnic bullshit. For Reals... FREAK OUT! FREAK OUT! FREAK OUT! I think they are the earliest rock band I saw this year too, at 9am ish. Which makes #9 even more appropriate.
8. Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
If You're Feeling Sinister is one of the most perfect albums that ever happened, so it's pretty hard to live up to that. After a lot of Eh albums and Way fucking great singles they finally put it all together to deliver this one, a perfect balance of hit singles, deep album cuts, and a gatefold for the stems and seeds.
7. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Letting Go
I used to hate this motherfucker on principle. Something happened recentlyish though and now I swoon when I see his hairyness and or hear the voice. It gets mucho bonus points for being DC 420 when the Drag City matrix is actually in the 300s.
6. Howe Gelb - 'Sno Angel Like You
Here's a dude who has made a lot of records under a good handful of names and will sometimes do the same song a bunch of times but he always manages to make it worthwhile. (OMG, one time I saw Howe Gelb and Jason Molina on the same stage!) So yeah, Canada, choir, old songs, new songs.
15. Joanna Newsom - Ys
This could have been #1. I never got my hands on a physical copy of the vinyl though, so I didn't spend as much time as I would have liked with it. It is a really beautiful amazing singular record, but it really requires a commitment, and I never got to give it what it deserves.
14. Centro-matic - Fort Recovery
I love Centro-matic. Another band that can phone in a record and still score pretty high in my book. I'm not saying this one is phoned in though. There are some bands you want to keep doing the same thing though, and they are one.
13. M. Ward - Post War
Another case of good, but just not as good as the last one in my book. He's got one magic trick, and that's it?
12. Loose Fur - Born Again in the USA
A completely underrated album. I listen to this thing way more than the last actual Wilco album. I stand by the statement I made when I heard it the first time: awesome like (EARLY) Steve Miller. There is nothing wrong with being awesome like Steve Miller.
11. Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
This is the type of hypey thing I usually avoid, but it's difficult to avoid really well done beautiful music. Let the "Hype" debate begin!