In honor of Breaking the Zardoz seal of Kathleen’s blog , here is an awesome video BimlerSmut provided:
So, in lieu of unhinged political ranting or Mekons content, I am going for the Zombie Musical Poop Shoot on a Friday. Working offa the iPod today. Not my full library, but what are you going to do?
1. Little Boxes, by Kinky. Theme song from Weeds, and about half the time they have a different artist do the song. If you’re not familiar with Weeds, it’s a showtime series about a California suburban widow who resorts to selling pot to survive in the wake of her husband’s death. Mary-Louise Parker plays the iced-coffee-addicted lead, with Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon in supporting roles, and it is fucking hilarious, if you like dark comedies. REALLY dark comedies.
2. A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours, The Smiths. Hey, what happened to Objectivist Morrisey? Is he depressed or something?
Johnny Marr is an amazing guitarist; He seems to be unable to find a permanent band though; he’s played with The The, Modest Mouse, and the Cribs. I think it’s a shame, because it seems to me that in the context of a returning group of musicians, he could keep on developing and evolving his sound. Perhaps I am wrong though, and the hired gun approach gives him more experimental room. In any case, his work with all those bands is well worth checking out.
Myself, I never warmed up to Morrissey’s post-Smiths work.
3. (Dawning Of A) New Era, The Specials. Back in the old Two-Tone ska revival days. This album was amazing. The edge was right there, this was danceable punk without the fascist overtones. we would put this on, and the English Beat, and the Violent Femmes, and drink our faces off.
4. Hello Hopeville, Michelle Shocked. I always think of Michelle Shocked’s music as traditional music done by a punk. Again, there’s an edge there that sounds perfectly in tune with Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.
5. You’re Nothing If You’re Not Strong, 13 Engines. Obscure band from the 90s, never really received their due. This was off their fine major-label debut, Blur To Me Now. Also, they are froom Canada, but don’t hold that against them.
6. “The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You’re Going to Have to Leave Now, or, ‘I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!'” by Sufjan Stevens. Demolish a Civilization? Elect Republicans! It’s doing the job on us, certainly.
All title, no lyrics.
6.5. Chloroform, Spoon. Snippet of a song. Kind of droney. I like droney. But since it’s so short, I only count it as half a song.
7. Fool Me, Vulgar Boatmen. Interesting band, Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos was in it for a while. Kind of alt-country, they have written and released albums through the mail, since the two principal songwriters were in Florida and Indiana.
8. Well Paid Scientist, Dead Kennedys. Jello Biafra writing about fish? It would be irresponsible not to speculate!
9. Super Disco Breakin’, the Beastie Boys.
10. Luminous Rose, Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians. This was pretty much the Soft Boys without Kimberley Rew and with Robyn in the title role, but they are still awesome; if you like reedy, bizarre power-poppy alternative music that obsesses on fishes and death. Although I have seen them several times, and Robyn Hitchcock solo several times also, BBBB has taken advantage of being at the Center of The Universe and seen them much more.
11. El Diablo, ZZ Top. Before they got all cutesy and MTV darlings. I saw them on the Dequello tour, and the stripped down, no-nonsense noise just blew my tiny little mind.
12. The First Conspiracy, The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Short and punchy punk from Sweden. What’s not to like?
13. Curse Of The Frontier Land, The Loud Family. Scott Miller is one of my favorite artists, and have seen him play both with Game Theory and with the Loud Family. He is a fine guitarist (Aimee Mann once complained of trying to play one of his songs “it’s got, like, a zillion chords) and literate, complex lyrics over simple-seeming song structures. His voice may be an acquired taste (he once had his vocals credited on an album as ‘annoying whine’) but if you liked the Robyn Hitchcock up above, this should be just fine.
14. Silver Lining, Stiff Little Fingers. In college, I borrowed the SLF compilation vinyl and made a tape; thereafter I played the living hell out of that. The sound of angry young men from Belfast as they grew up and learned to play and write songs, and never quite lost that angry edge. They have reformed in recent years, although I think the singer is the only original guy left.
“Things are so bad, you could never make do
and there’s always someone better off than you”
We certainly still need a band like SLF around.
15. Shortsighted, The Drams. After Slobberbone broke up, Brent Best formed this band. I saw them at Club Garibaldi, and they were good, but never as amazing as Slobberbone. Word is that Slobberbone is back together though. “Let’s do the right thing, just because it feels wrong.” Doing the right thing is no longer a viable path though.