Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I don't think I would ever have guessed that those were, respectively, Peter Murphy's front and Trent Reznor's back. But indeed, that's what you're seeing here. The collab doesn't quite work, but the most depressing thing about this video is when the camera swings over to reveal the throngs of voracious fans.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Philly-Style : Steady B
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
World, where is thy dash o' justice?
The Brilliant Corners from Bristol made clever, bouncy, jangly pop music that didn't make them as famous as the Housemartins. If there were a dash of justice in this world, things might've been diffo.
The Brilliant Corners
What's in a Word
1986 McQueen Records, Bristol
Laugh I Could Have Cried
I Never Said That
A Very Easy Death
Boy and the Cloud
I'll leave it to the authorities to tell you all about them:
Themselves on MySpace
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Blake Schwarzenbach teaches at Hunter
I read that somewhere and thought it was really very awesome.
But let's get to the point, shall we? Journey back with me. It's 1990. Jawbreaker are fresh out the box, coasting on the strength of their first LP, Unfun, and the sensi-tough ache of that song "Want," which always went next to Rites of Spring's "For Want Of" on my mixes. I was a wanter. Big time.
New Red Archives sees fit to release a comp on clear vinyl that presents the punk state of the union, featuring Samiam, Ultraman, Crucial Youth, Hogan's Heroes, Kraut, Bedlam Hour, and more. And Jawbreaker steals the show. (channeling my inner Kasem) Here's Blake Schwarzenbach, Adam Pfahler, and Chris Bauermeister -- Jawbreaker-- with "Rich."
Hardcore Breakout USA (vol. 1)
1990 New Red Archives, San Francisco (NRA18)
Here's AllMusic's take on the JB's.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Would-be civil servants, unite!
Hopes for the next administration:
1. There is still a government.
2. Responsible, intelligent people with big dreams want to work in it and on its behalf.
No small thing to ask for, considering what's gone down in the last six and a half years.
The Government Administrator
b/w Sugar Babe
1993 Hemiola Records, Leeds, UK (Hemiola #3)
What a fist-pumper this is. No wonder John Peel dug it so deeply. In spite of all the joy provided by Christiansen's trombonery on the B-side, it's when he "plays guitar now brother" on this A-side that he kicks it like the go-to utility player, just matter-of-factly upping the ante per Mr. Beaujon's request. And it just keeps stepping on up for the remainder of the song, making it a jam to end all indie rock jams.
For more on Eggs, here's what AMG has to say.