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Re: Adventures Through The Mines Of Mellow Gold 37

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:06:44 -0000

Leave it to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 to pluck this song out of relative obscurity.

"Soup! Soup!"

Re: Reissue Review: Yung Wu, “Shore Leave”

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:47:12 -0000

Such a great album. I bought the original vinyl when I saw them play it live upon its release (at Maxwell's, I believe); I was also lucky enough to get a CD copy during a brief period when Rough Trade (I think it was Rough Trade) made some of its out-of-print catalog available for custom-burned cdr's. I think one can fairly say that Weckerman is not a skilled vocalist (not that Mercer is either), but there's a humble charm to his delivery that places him alongside folks like Jonathan Richman or Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum. And as you note, the songwriting is surprisingly sturdy (I'm include the riff-driven "Eternal Ice" as a stand-out track) and the cover selections (Stones, Neil Young, Eno) are top notch. This may not be the Good Earth -- one of my 10 favorite albums ever -- but it stands up well in the Feelies canon. (Also, not sure if you consider college radio to be "alternative" rock, but we played the hell out of this on WPRB back in the day.)

Re: Album Review: Wreckless Eric, “Construction Time and Demolition”

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:20:04 -0000

He gets more mileage out of two chords than anyone else.

Re: Music News: Lindsey Buckingham Fired From Fleetwood Mac

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:09:02 -0000

I’ve been reading about this more out of morbid curiosity than actual interest in the band. Their last truly great album was Tusk, while Mirage had a (pretty small) handful of decent songs but mostly crap apart from the two hits and a couple of others. After that, little to nothing of value.

I might’ve been interested in seeing Mac with Buckingham (by far, the most creative and important member of the band since 1975) on a farewell tour that focused mostly on the 1975-1982 era (With maybe a smattering of pre-1975 FM songs? I love the early FM stuff perhaps more than I do the Rumours era stuff). But this firing is just lame.

Campbell is fantastic, of course, but as a fill-in member of Mac? And Finn? This is as dumb as the Dave Mason/Bekka Bramlett era that few remember. No thanks.

Buckingham’s solo stuff has been far more intersesting than anything FM has done Tusk (Haven’t heard much of that recent Buckingham/McVie album, but what I did hear was crap). Not always accesible to the mainstream, but generally more satisfying. Time to let Fleetwood Mac end already.

Re: Soul Serenade: Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, “Bustin’ Loose”

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:09:51 -0000

Occasionally played at Washington Capitals games.

Re: Film Review: “New Wave: Dare to Be Different”

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:04:14 -0000

WLIR was my station throughout the 70's. "Avant Garde Radio" was its tag back then, and the station introduced me to Lou Reed, The Move, Mott the Hoople (and Bowie, of course). They had a regular listener contest inviting people to submit segues; if you won they sent you a tee shirt. Wearing a WLIR tee at the beach (Robert State Park represent!) was a badge of cool that I have not equaled since.

Re: World’s Worst Songs: Rod Stewart’s “Hot Legs”

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:55:04 -0000


Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The Enduring Appeal of Zombies

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:41:57 -0000

You make some good points here Dw, and I agree that a sense of tribalism gets reinforced in each episode of The Walking Dead as the series progresses. What I liked about the series when it started is how humans adapt to life-changing events. Do they try and recreate society before the zombie apocalypse, or do they dive right into the brutal world they inherited. It seemed Rick and crew were trying to truly build on non-tribal community, but over the course of the series, it seems that dream is kind of dead (for now) -- and the show just keeps running over the same ground. I never bothered with the other zombie shows, so I can't say if they break with the tribalism of a show like The Walking Dead or not.

Re: Two With Roland: Tears For Fears’ Elemental and Raoul And The Kings Of Spain

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:37:12 -0000

You write very well.
What I love the most about these 2 albums is that their music in general seems to be very personal and intimate, but still have some pop moments (much more in Raoul), and that is awesome.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The End of the Toys R Us Kids

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:47:13 -0000

Good commentary.

Re: Could Be Fantastic: Five Documentaries About Lost Films

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:57:26 -0000

Wondering that myself

Re: World’s Worst Songs: “Coward of the County” by Kenny Rogers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:38 -0000

Man, I just found this and, you people are morons. =/

Re: Could Be Fantastic: Five Documentaries About Lost Films

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:53:17 -0000

Um... perhaps I missed something here. Why is The Dark Side of the Moon pictured at the top of this article?

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The Millennial Problem

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:43:10 -0000

Amazing, isn't it, how quickly and stealthily we became our parents, blaming the newest generation for everything falling apart?

I'm not a total cheerleader, mind you. There are younger people out there who absolutely typify the spoiled, entitled stereotypes. But I think that the effort to make a subsection into the example of the whole is unfair and inaccurate.

Not a fan of the "Millennial Whoop" though.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The Millennial Problem

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:56:02 -0000

Odd, I just commented on another site where a certain poster routinely fulminates about the moral and ethical decline of Western Civilization at the hands of millennials.

As an educator, I have a fair amount of interaction with this demographic and find them, on the whole, fairly diverse and talented. Consequently, I would assume that the negative stereotypes are a result of unfair representation via a distinctly affluent minority. The kids I deal with frequently work one or more jobs in order to pay a majority of their own expenses (and therefore have little time for conventional collegiate hijinks) and are extremely grateful for detailed "real world" instruction in their particular field of interest. In short, I am far more bullish concerning the future of this country than its mismanaged present.

But there are videogames. They really, really like videogames. The cultish allegiance that used to exist for music is pretty much dead, although they will talk your ear off about Pokemon, etc.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The Millennial Problem

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:40:58 -0000

To an extent, the Millennials are no different than any other generation of young people. When I was in my early 20s, I was also kind of a know-it-all and certainly self-absorbed. It takes time to find your way in the world.

That said, my work experience tells me there is a certain amount of extra coddling here. I worked my way up in journalism from the late-night copy desk, something that today's young journalists would find shocking.

And social media hasn't *made* Millennials worse, but it's certainly exacerbated the worst traits of young people -- the "I just learned such-and-such in college, so I'm an expert on everything" tendency we all have but never had as much of an opportunity to express when "the phone" was just a phone that could call one other person.

Re: Bootleg City: Evan Dando and the Lemonheads

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:52:07 -0000

Sadly these amazing links are now broken. Evan Dando is so great.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The Evolution of Man

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:43:42 -0000


Re: Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’60s

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:20:56 -0000

I'm surprised Their Coming To Take Me Away hasn't made any list so far of the worst from the 60's. Some other 60's songs from hell. In no particular order:
Go Away Little Girl and anything else by Steve Lawrence and Edie Gourmet.
Calendar Girl Neil Sedaka
Indian Lake The Cowsills
Monster Mas
Balad of The Green Berets
Those Were The Days
Dominique Singing Nun
Don't Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man) and Beans In My Ears Serendipity Singers
Winchester Cathedrial
God Didn't Make Those Little Green Apples
Harper Valley PTA
Rocky Racoon Beatles (White Album)
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.
More to come. And yes, Honey is a gay sappy turd of a song.

Re: Album Review: Simple Minds, “Walk Between Worlds”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:24:58 -0000

Ray - "Cry" was immense for me. Hearing them move in a pop direction instead of stadium bombast worked like a fiend for me. I find that "Walk Between Worlds" takes what it can from "Cry," "Black + White 050505," "Graffiti Soul" and "Big Music" and bakes the cake just right.

Re: Album Review: Simple Minds, “Walk Between Worlds”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:22:22 -0000

Ted, FWIW, I think this one wipes the floor with "Big Music." And I loved "Big Music." It took 2-3 spins but this material is [barring the chart-friendl-in-aim "Magic"] primo and worming its way into my brain very effectively. "Signal + The Noise" is all that and more but I think I'm getting sucked into the subtler whirlpool of "Utopia." I love Kerr's dip into the Ian McCulloch book of technique there. The delicate percussion [surely the work of Ms. Osei here - I don't think Mel could abandon slamming drums if his life depended on it] sucks me into the song immediately. I thought the production on the pre-release tracks was muddy; now hearing the totality, it's part and parcel of the shoegaze vibe at work here, unifying the album tremendously.

Re: Hooks ‘N’ You: Three O’Clock, “Vermillion”

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:58:45 -0000

I've been going through a Three O'Clock phase as I was a fan from "Baroque Hoedown" days. I remember seeing them on MV3! This was a very illuminating round-robin discussion here. I guess I'm mushy since I love it all to varying degrees. My favorites would be "Sixteen Tambourines" and "Arrive Without Traveling." "Vermillion" I bought as a cutout CD for a dollar in the Camelot Music Cutout Bins [r.i.p.] and was unprepared for how enjoyable it was. Pure pop if very slickly so. Good thing I sometimes like slickness. Now if they had made a followup exactly in this vein, I might have balked. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I've recently bought the 12" singles from this album so I guess that shows how much I loved this band.

Re: World’s Worst Songs: “Playground in My Mind” by Clint Holmes

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:03:31 -0000

The kid's voices is not the worst thing on this record.
Everything is the worst thing. It's all bad.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… David Cassidy (1950-2017) and Tommy Keene (1958-2017)

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:47:17 -0000

I saw both of them play over the years. David was a gracious guy, and fun. But Tommy always gave it his all - a total Rock-Star Guitar-God all the way. I have all his material and it plays in my head everyday.

Re: World’s Worst Songs: Bobby Goldsboro’s “Honey”

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:52:22 -0000

I'm 57 and I think so too.