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Music reunions

Jul 14, 2011 in Britpop, Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

As I bid farewell to the UK, there are some things that I will miss.

One is, the amazingly awesome summer music festivals, that I never go to anyway.

However, I am able to watch them from the comfort of my own home.

This weekend, I will get to see, The National, Echo and The Bunnymen and Suede!!!!!

The latter 2 are legends in their own right and, let it be known, that I missed a chance in 1988 to see Echo, and have rued the day ever since, and have never had a chance to see them.  Suede, well they were just too sassy and British, to make it to the midwest, plus the gay-bashers would have probably killed them all anyway, for looking too well dressed and too bloody handsome.

So this weekend, I will rock out from my living room as I bid farewell to my once homeland.

With that I will leave you of an image of the newly reunited Pulp who played a gig in London this month.  I remember seeing them with my friends from IW in ’95 in Minneapolis at First Ave.
Pulp Disco 2000 Live in London 2011


Good times are back again.

Apr 19, 2011 in Culture, Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

Fleet Foxes are back for another round:

Fleet Foxes – Grown Ocean from Fleet Foxes on Vimeo.

Lovely, lovely, lovely…


Overlooked British ladies of the Nineties.

Aug 25, 2010 in Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

Because I must.

Cerys Mathews of Catatonia, who ate, smoked, and drank like a real woman, 1998:

Justine Frischman of Elastica, who famously dated both Brett Anderson and Damon Albarn, 1995:

Sonya Aurora Madan of Echobelly, who was lovely and very nice when I met her, 1995:

Had some other ideas, but, y’know how important it is for obscure artists to keep their videos out of the public eye.


Sunday Jams

Jun 06, 2010 in Music

The first day of the rest of my life.

Feb 15, 2010 in Britpop, Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

Synth pop gets a BBC documentary.

English pop stars have difficulty stopping the awesome.

Feb 10, 2010 in Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

I thought Pulp’s last album was a pleasant farewell that betrayed the great group’s diminishing steam after twenty-plus years together, but Jarvis’ solo career feels completely vital and alive. If it weren’t for the grey in his beard, who’d know he’d aged a day?


Super funk.

Dec 23, 2009 in Music

The xx, “Crystalized.” Apparently, people like to put the album on repeat and chill out on the groove for hours. Far out.


Sign of the times.

Dec 08, 2009 in Morrissey, Music

Morrissey played in Pomona last night. How many LCD screens do you count amongst the crowd?



Nov 16, 2009 in Music

Mike was out fishing in Michigan this weekend. While you eagerly await his return, enjoy my favorite Stereolab song via a terrible placeholder video (so you can surf and listen!):


Who I’m listening to almost every day.

Sep 22, 2009 in Music

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I’m convinced I have to try to see Fleet Foxes live, and I haven’t seen anybody live since Interpol in 2003.


Old school.

Aug 20, 2009 in Music, Straight-up madness, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

Son of Bazerk and Bomb Squad created a rap symphony in three and a half minutes.

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Hell, they don’t even make videos like that anymore. I wonder if Spike Jonze saw that back in the day and gleamed some inspiration.


I love how you love how I love you.

Jul 17, 2009 in Music

Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls covers, with appropriate balance of whimsy and pathos, the most amazing artist/songwriter you’ve never heard of, Momus.

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Bit of a cut-off at the end, but you’ll survive.

Momus himself isn’t much of a video maker, but this one is charming:

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I’d throw a little love towards The Dresden Dolls but they don’t like people seeing their videos, so good luck to them with that, um, other approach.


We all feel better in the dark.

Jul 15, 2009 in Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

As we grow older, this grows truer:

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From the greatest concert video of all time, the Pet Shop Boys Performance. Every single number had its own costume change, theme, and moves. Integrating the avante garde with the common, rarely has such effort been mustered to dress up some terminally stiff white boy rapping. The results elevate it to a very honest sublimity.


A little bit off the wall

Jun 25, 2009 in Culture, In Memorium, Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

I was going to write about the current situation in Iran, when I was stunned by the shocking news of Michael Jackson’s death.

Anyone born between the years 1970-1990, knew him as the king of pop, and can name and/or sing 5-10 of his songs.  I would be bold to say that of these people, before the age of 10 would have told you that he was their favorite singer.

There was no other artist, that is as well known in as many countries as Michael Jackson.  Religion, culture, and political beliefs aside, many people all over the world were touched by his music.

Music is one of those things that transcends all these things and can be a universal unifier.  Which is why in the mountains of Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in the remotest village in Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, anywhere you go someone has heard of Michael Jackson and can tell you what their favorite Michael Jackson song is.  Yes, even Osama Bin Laden probably has a favorite Michael Jackson tune, and tried to moonwalk when he was a young fanatic.  Hell, white Christian fanatics like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh probably have a favorite Michael Jackson song.

He was the first real megastar in music.  He was a whole lotta crazy well before Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse.  Before boy bands, there was the Jackson 5.  You may say Beatles, but the Jackson 5 were younger, the first true boy band.  Justin Timberlake wouldn’t have any dance moves or falsetto without Michael.  Before U2, Michael Jackson pushed the boundaries of the largest overblown, multimedia, multi-million dollar rock shows.  Yes I say rock, because he employed the best backing rock session musicians in his albums and tours.

Before Michael Jackson, Bollywood movies actually had plots, and the only music was the backing soundtrack, and the only dancing was two lovers running through forests and around trees in the beautiful mountains of Kashmir.  From the 80’s onwards, choreographed dance sequences are now the central part of the movie, and all copy the moves from Thriller, Beat It, Smooth Criminal, and such.

The list goes on, but he was truly extraordinary, and his departure will be mourned all over the world and in also the least likeliest of places.


P.S. I know mg and jb will crucify me for posting this 😛

A video for the missus.

Jun 24, 2009 in Music

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Video gets better as the song progresses…


Vinyl is a thing of beauty.

Jun 15, 2009 in Music

Kanye West digs the PSB “Yes” boxed set.

Don’t get too crazy on America!

Mar 20, 2009 in Music

Kick me in the arse if you like, but I blame Lil’ Miss (Mrs.) Samari for getting me to watch American Idol. I know, I know, yet I do find myself engaged in what these people are experiencing. It must be absolutely dizzying to go from mass auditions to playing Ten Little Indians in front of millions of people, with nothing to get you by but your talent/appeal. Unfortunately, the show often betrays its fundamental exclusion of good taste, and any artist who is too unique or even a hair short of generically universal in their appeal is unlikely to get the #1 spot. The other night Adam Lambert, not interested in being country on Country Music Week, blew the judges’ minds with what is apparently the “edgiest” thing American Idol has seen in eight years, a cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Ring of Fire”:

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Simon Cowell should have his British citizenship revoked for trying to be the avatar of Nashville and pretend he didn’t know “what the hell” Lambert was doing. You’ve no idea people enjoy the occasional stylized less-than-brusque falsetto, Simon? Even Randy Jackson caught onto the Jeff Buckley vibe.

Lambert is an early fave to win and likely can do it if he doesn’t freak out the judges so badly again, but I’m thinking the guy is all about putting on a fucking show and getting his career off the ground regardless of where he ends up in the final tally. Given that Idol’s biggest stars tend to come from the sidelines (anybody buy a Taylor Hicks album lately?), it’s a smart move. Kudos to Lambert for representing a little taste.


Fleet Foxes versus The Mountain Goats

Feb 16, 2009 in Culture, Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

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Anyway, Fleet Foxes are one of my favorite new bands. I call them “The Belle & Sebastian of the Appalachians” which isn’t very clever since they’re from Seattle. They devote themselves a little bit to their lo-fi look, but mostly to the music, and the results are frequently transcendent.


Some people are bigger than others.

Jul 16, 2008 in Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

After 25 years he is still a force of nature, uncontained, unrestrained, and deservedly so.

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Morrissey, “All You Need Is Me.”

People who accuse me of thinking Obama to be the Messiah are silly, cuz the Mozzer is:P


Video/Question of the Day

Jul 10, 2008 in Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

How did Mary Timony ever avoid becoming an international sex symbol?

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Helium, “Superball”


I ran into Tim Burgess at a bar in Minneapolis once.

Jun 22, 2008 in Britpop, Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to



Lil’ Miss Samari’s pick o’ the day.

Jun 22, 2008 in Music, Uncategorized, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

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“Wake Up” -Arcade Fire w/ David Bowie

-jb + lms

One of the most underrated bands of the 90’s.

Apr 12, 2008 in Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

Sometimes a band kicks out a masterpiece and then dissolves into nothing. Marion’s This World & Body is one of those cases. It was painful to pick one song, but this is a fair sample (then go watch more of their videos or find the album!):

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FAC 73

Feb 10, 2008 in Music

The record that started my downward slide into a life-long obsession with dance music.


Holy smokes.

Jan 10, 2008 in Britpop, Music

Morrissey is going to play Tehran.

Friday Night Videos – It’s grim up North edition.

Dec 29, 2007 in Britpop, Media, Music

 I’ve got no choice.  Greater Manchester is in my blood.

The late and most certainly great Tony Wilson introducing the Stone Roses:

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More Funny!

Nov 03, 2007 in Music

I left the liberal enclave of Iowa City last night and drove to catch The Mountain Goats play at Grinnell College. It was a terrific show. I especially enjoyed the addition of a drummer to the line-up. I also learned a few things while I was there. Did you know that Stella Artois is the preferred beer of English football hooligans? It’s true! I also learned that Carlos Santana is a guitar shredding GOD:

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You can check out more StSander’s videos here.


Morning simplicity.

Oct 25, 2007 in Music

It occurred to me listening to the new Radiohead album for the fourth time, hoping it would finally start to sink in, that one could color one’s interpretation of the album simply and watch the pieces of the puzzle align. I asked, is Radiohead showing us Radiohead doing soul? Was I, like many listeners, lagging to catch onto Radiosoul?

Gradually, as I gained my answer, yet quickly, the music became quite, quite good.