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Sunday, October 27, 2002
I'm not sure if this is just a bizarre rumor or not, but I read on a messageboard that the Panthers are going to appear on an upcoming episode of Sex and the City. Now, I... what?! Is Samantha going to hump the lead singer and get an unwanted crash course in aesthetic radicalism?
Friday, October 25, 2002
Ulrich Schnauss- Between Us and Them
If you like Boards of Canada and/or melodic style IDM do yourself and find this track to download or purchase. I'm listening to it now and it's absolutely technicolor.
Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Clipse and Nursery Rhymes
There seems to be some confusion out there about the reference to "Patty Cake" in "Grindin'" (including the Stylus review). "Cake" is slang for crack cocaine. "Baking" is the process by which cocaine is turned into crack. "Grindin'" is full of such drug references ("The days I wasn't able, there was always 'caine" being a more obvious example), par for the course on a record by rappers-turned-dealers-turned-rappers such as Clipse.
Monday, October 21, 2002
Morris Day - "The Oak Tree"
This song has what is truly the strangest opening skit I think I've ever heard. It's unintentionally avant-garde, or something. Here's a rundown:
(Kids' audiobook trill of synth. Sound of a saw, children's voices playing.)
Woman (in cold, detached, and most importantly, very studio-ish voice): Morris. Why are you having that tree cut down?
Morris (in what I refuse to believe is his actual speaking voice, but rather an androgynous digital-mutant concoction, breathlessly): Because it symbolizes something of great value to me and I'm having it put in my living room, do you mind?
Woman (just as icy): Oh. What does it symbolize to you, Morris.
Morris: Baby, just relax a moment and I'll show you.
(Sound of a child asking Morris for his autograph.)
Morris: NOT RIGHT NOOOOOOW! (Sounds of tree crashing, 80s synth-funk follow.)
Live, at The Continental, NYC
THE HYPERTONICS EXIST.
I saw that phrase posted somewhere recently
but I do not remember where.
But it made me ask:
what is a Hypertonic and why should I care if they exist?
Well, about a week ago, I found out when
I went on down to the Continental bar/
lounge/live show venue in New York City
and saw this wild little local indie band
put on a show that was just plain fun
and all-around frenetic-tastic!
In case you do not know,
THE HYPERTONICS are
Brian Lord on guitar and vocals,
Mike Rogers on bass,
Joe Tiernan on lead guitar,
and Don DiPaolo in drums.
They are a rollickin rockin proud and loud
indie rock band with subtle light ska touches
and plenty of verve.
Their press kits sez:
a direct line from the Velvet Underground
through the Ramones has been drawn,
And if you believe in the likes of The Strokes,
The Hives, The Vines, OK Go, The Used
and all the other bands of today and now,
then you gotta believe in
Their show was a 3 guitar/drum-pummeling
assault of brass flash, with Brian Lord as the
Uber Front Man, in grand tongue-waggin,
arms flailin and polka-dot shirt wearin fashion.
He shined mostly on
Don't Marry The One You Love
a track not on their brand new CD, entitled
and also on the bass-heavy
Cry, Cry, Cry,
wherein he discarded the guitar to concentrate
on singing and relating to the crowd.
Not only does Lord display a stage presence
which is quirky and endearing, that is,
it is genuine and viscerally compelling!,
but also, he sings like Joe Jackson on acid.
When Lord is in his element (as he was on this
mid-October night, with an immediate, direct,
in your face approach), the entire band becomes
that much more focused and tighter as a result.
You Don't Kiss Me Anymore is a song
done up with a catchy chorus and even catchier
I Dont Care was simply dynamic and
enthralling, guitar rock at its purest.
If you are ever in New York, or if THE HYPERTONICS
come to your town, you MUST see them live.
Live is the best way to fully appreciate their
energy and dedication to rock n roll ethics.
Because LIVE, the interpretation of what is on the
recorded disc becomes a new, fresh and
Their performance inspired me, honestly,
and made me a confirmed believer in rock
After the show, I asked Brian:
Why do you do this?
What are you in it for?
And instead of giving me the usual
'uh..rock n roll is my life' answer,
I do it for the physical liberation.
I do it for spiritual transcendence.
Cool!..and bristling, sizzling rock n roll
has a new champion:
The New York City HYPERTONICS
And, boy do they ever EXIST!
Find out more by logging onto
Show Set List:
Good Hearted Man, Bad Hearted Mind
Don't Marry The One You Love, Marry The One Who Loves You
You Don't Kiss Me Anymore
I Don't Care
Cry Cry Cry
A Summer's Resolution
Ruined I'd Rather Be
Saturday, October 19, 2002
Interview with the Delgados
I can't wait for the new album to come out. I've heard that there are advance copies floating around already. Has anyone heard this yet? How does it sound? Thanks to TMFTML for the link.
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - "Love Missile F1-11"
While listening to this song, I noticed that -- either through some glitch in my computer or unexplained human error -- I now had two Recycle Bins on my Windows desktop. After some right-clicking, I got the message "Are you sure you want to send 'Recycle Bin' to the Recycle Bin?" Somehow, it seemed to fit.
What, you want me to talk about it? Well, it's the best stupidest-song-that's-not-really-a-song song ever made. I love the classical music quotes. It fit well while reading about Adorno, too.
Soulseek tells me there's a remix, but remixing this strikes me as rather like giving Flavor Flav an oversized novelty wristwatch.
Monday, October 14, 2002
In the interests of verbal economy and what we could pretend is a bit of borrowed nostalgia for a sort of Patrick-Nagel-ersatz-Asian-Jay-McInerney-minimalism (or some shit), here's a sentence about each band on the Electroclash 2002 tour, which I saw on Friday in Philly:
Tracy + The Plastics: Wrly funny interactions between Tracy and Tracy's video-projected alter-egos were a highlight, plus the abrupt cuts to ponies and a sinister ketchup bottle and whole sweetly goofy homespun look of it all --"It's all a bit like Blue's Clues," I said to my friend.
W.I.T.: A Roxy Music album cover brought to life, er, "life."
Chicks on Speed: The homemade outfits and DHR-esque beat nightmares were all pretty interesting, but at the same time I don't think I've ever been so befuddled by what exactly a live act is up to in my life (the security guards seemed to agree with me).
Peaches: She shook her ass in my face and crowdsurfed and spit up fake blood and tried to fellate a dildo she wore, along with pink fishnets, glittery underpants, and gold chains, all of which was gross but completely awesome.
Sunday, October 13, 2002
Leon Neyfakh has a new blog. And it's really pretty good, in that Bangsian style that he tends to favor.
The Freaky Trigger Focus Group features our very own Tyler Martin weighing in on Andrew WK and Fat Joe, among others.
The message board is also back up. Hopefully it'll go down again in four weeks, instead of three. Enjoy.
Saturday, October 12, 2002
"Underneath It All"
"You've used up all your coupons / And all you've got left is me" - terrible line in a good song. I really hope it's about Gavin Rossdale's career.
Friday, October 04, 2002
I saw Andrew WK last night and it was unbelievable. I didn't buy a shirt and I Get Wet doesn't sound any less shitty to me today than it did before, but I, and everyone else there, had a great fucking time. I have never been to a show where everyone -- and this was a crowd of at least 400 or 500 people -- was smiling the entire time Andrew and his band of clowns were on stage turning silliness into art. If there is a distant universe where all bands performed like Andrew WK's band, I bet everyone there is in a great mood.
All people should see Andrew WK. Sure, you may be skeptical before you see him play, you may even give into some sort of sanctimonious "I'm not supporting that" bullshit, but all your hang-ups will be erased after an hour of laughing your ass off -- in a good way.
Live, Andrew WK transcends irony.
"Where is my more money and my more fame?"
Here is a truly bizarre letter from a delusional Chubby Checker to the Nobel Prize Committee, or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or both, or something.
The Andrea True Connection - "More, More, More"
Could this be the best song that sounds like it was made by a pleasure android on low battery power? (Ms. True was a porn-star-turned-singer, back when this really meant something, correct?) Certainly a bruised and unsettling vocal, offset by enough baroque decaying-pleasure-dome lunacy to achieve some apogree of creepiness. Shoddily repellent and fascinating.
(For a somewhat fawning version of the story behind the record, plus a hilarious cover shot: click.)
My new blog, for things musical and not musical in content, depending how I'm feeling. At the moment full of nonsense about a weird dream I had.
Oh, and can anyone teach me how to do hyperlinks and stuff so I can make it more interesting? I'm a complete fucking luddite.
Thursday, October 03, 2002
Timbaland and Nelly Furtado
Is there some sort of connection that I'm missing here? Nelly has appeared recently on a remix of Get Ur Freak On, even going so far to perform on Carson Daly's show on E! (sub question: is this thing even still on the air? the Mystikal live performance was particularly classic) and now she appears to have been sampled at length by Tim on Ms. Jade's "Ching Ching Ching". When did these two become an artistic pairing? Are these the only instances of this? I guess the reason I'm wondering about this is because it seems like another mediocre collobator for Tim. It can be expected that he would work with hometown/childhood friends and, admittedly, Missy has blossomed into one of the more fascinating/interesting MCs today. She may not flow better than some of the top MCs, but her lyrical content is ten times more interesting. In any case, I guess what I'm leading up to is this conclusion: Is Timbaland great when he colloborates with mediocre MCs or singers because his beats are too frenetic to allow anyone to overpower them or does he few projects with accepted talented MCs like Jay-Z succeed, as well. Follow up question if the latter is true: then why isn't he pursuing these projects to create a successful alignment of beat and lyric. (That is not to say that his recent stuff with Missy, Ms. Jade, etc., hasn't been ace).
Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Perhaps the best moment of this song, which Gavin and I have talked about, is the substitution for words detailing male genitalia with an elephant's snort. Or maybe it's "Get your hair DID." Ah, hell. It's the whole song that's the best part.
Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Here's an interesting article entitled "WHY YOU SHOULDN'T UPLOAD INDEPENDENTLY PRODUCED CDs"
Do you agree?