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Tuesday, May 27, 2003
 
re: Spiritualized - Amazing Grace

I listened to this for the first time last night and was pleasantly surprised. (And considered posting then considering this discussion). After subjecting the world to an overblown, floral misstep, releasing a more raw, direct record is the most obvious career move ever, but hell in this case it seems to have paid off. So the song titles read like bad parodies of Jason Pierce song titles and the quasi-spiritual puns are a bit much at times, this is still a redemptive record from someone I’d put out to pasture but now seems to have fury and purpose. Who’s next on the comeback trail? Mercury Rev? Ian Crause? (please, oh please let it be Ian Crause!)
 
Anyhow, let's move a few miles from Oxford to Reading; the new (as yet unscheduled) album by Spiritualized shows that yer man Pierce still remembers how to do The Stooges. Amazing Grace is Spiritualized's most direct album and shows a welcome change from the orchestrations of Let It Come Down. If you're after rock, Sam, come here; This Little Light Of Mine and She Kissed Me (And It Felt Like A Hit) are positively dangerous.
Monday, May 26, 2003
 
Re: Nick's comments

Don't get me wrong, man. That Blur record sucks.
 
re: sam on radiohead

my friend, I think you're saying a lot of rather, at the very least, questionable things here. The implication that rock packs a more emotional punch, that volume and aggression is the only thing that can "shake you" is implied and I find that disconcerting, and the flat-out erroneous claim that certain things aren't "real songs" should have been a notion that died before you were born! Also, I don't see what is inherently "experimental" or "indulgent" about not using guitars! Huh? Or that somehow those three tracks mentioned are 'sketches' (and therefore incomplete). (This seems like a weird post-mp3 phenomenom in which people consider each song invididually as either disposable or worth including on a record.) As Nick points out, if anything these sorts of sounds are the norm -- esp. in less dance-phobic Britain. (well, hell, in the U.S., too.) Radiohead hasn't made many chart-friendly songs on this album, but take that echo out of the music of "Backdrifts", add a middle section, and let the Sugababes sing a sultry ballad over it and it could go top 10 -- and that's one of the more "experimental" songs on the record. Between hip-hop, pop, ragga, house -- micro or otherwise -- bhangra, ukg, jungle, techno, etc., etc., not only is this record not experimental, it's the tracks that rub up against the band's conservative past that stand out and seem out of step to me.
 
re: radiohead and blur

Southall is otm, as usual, esp. his last multiple-sentence graf, all of which I feel the exact same about and will cover in part in a feature next month. (sorry for the plug.) (And Moroccan whatever and B&S deserve more of a savaging than polite regrets, tho! Ugh.)

My first, v. reductive thought is that pre-HTTT, it seems as if Blur = change and Radiohead = progression, evolution. Think Tank sounds like a guy reaching a specific age and trying to disengage with what he feels like was the frivolity /naivete of his youth, right down to getting Daniels in to do an anti-"Parklife." I’m not sure at all that it works, for the reason’s Nick states among many, and in the end the concept is what I hear more than the tunes, and listening to wheels spin inside someone’s head is awfully dull.

On the other hand, I don’t think Radiohead have ever denied or disowned their past, but they (until possibly HTTT) haven’t purposefully engaged with it, either. Blur’s move from guitars to rhythm isn’t some sort of futurethink or stab at sonic progression, it seems instead like another conscious rejection of their 93-95 work. Radiohead circa Kid A and Amnesiac is sonic ambition. Those are more the sounds of a rock band actually paying attention to what is going around them and incorporating it into a typical rock band structure (trying to say something, to make redemptive music that clicks with individuals and not just crowds, that offers emotional solace to a listener). (And of Radiohead’s early 00s bookends, I prefer the latter, I like the tension and I think the songs are simply better and a more well conceived blend of dance and rock. This idea that the one is better than the other because it flows better as an album sounds like some sort of tale from a topographic ocean, esp. in the Mp3 era.)

It’s seriously a shame, I think, six years after OKC, that the only big psudeoindie band to emerge in the 90s (in both the US/UK) willing to both work within a commercial landscape and continue to test rock’s sonic limitations is maligned for not making arena-size guitar music with all of the 70s trappings like big chords and hooks and proper verse-chorus-verse, etc. (irony is that the Kid A/Amnesiac songs all are v. powerful in a live setting.) Are people this running scared of technology or of the 'legacy' of rock eroding, or of rock's rigid quantative values becoming increasingly marginalized? I mean, hell, that NME review of HTTT is patently pathetic. They aren’t even trying to engage with the music, it’s as pointless and stuffy as Hornby’s silly condemnation of Kid A, but at least that guy has the excuse of talking to a "stuffy" audience and being a middle-aged man (no offense to middle-aged men sez the guy staring down 30 next month). The NME business, made worse by James Oldham’s financial connections to the New Rock Revolution, borders on anti-intellectualism and is flat-out musical conservatism. It’s as if they’ve completely given up on trying to engage with modern music and instead are trying to create some sort of alternate universe/musical themepark in which it’s always some point in time between 1963-1978. Incredible, really, the lengths that rock culture continues to go through to convince itself of its pious, unimpeachable superiority, and this Radiohead business has been one of the more lamentable manifestations of that to me. I'm glad then that although I wasn't terribly gung-ho for another Radiohead record after the hangover of Kid A/A discourse, I like a great deal of it -- although it's the first time in a while that the music feels more like a compromise, it seems to have one foot in 1997 and one in 2003. Which I guess still places it a generation ahead of the NME.

 
The thing is that I don't even like Radiohead. I'd certainly never describe myself as a fan, and I'd never describe myself as caring about them. I was more than prepared to take apart Hail To The Thief but I can't because I think it's a very good record. It's not about trying to unify experimental influences and more straightforward rock music album and song structures and aesthetics either, and for what it's worth HTTT works much better than Think Tank although they're both aiming at very different things, musically and spiritually. Think Tank fails because it loses its flow in the middle third and after that one no longer cares about the denoument, which is a shame because the last three tracks are all very good. HTTT maintains a consistent tone throughout the record, and avoids being preachy at any point, which Think Tank falls down on twice at least (Brothers & Sisters and Moroccan Peoples...); plus Crazy Beat is just clumsy. There's no obvious single on HTTT (there are by my count three on TT) and so the rest of the material doesn't pale in compare.

OK Computer has becomes Radiohead's albatross and it bids fare well to destroy them; not because they're hung up about it but because their fans are, demanding and expecting a return to that aesthetic and form when they really shouldn't. They're not even, I think bothered about 'pushing' themselves either, because HTTT doesn't sound like the work of a band struggling to come to terms with ambitions like the last too (and especially Amnesiac) did. Like Spinning Plates was a pointless test; at least Treefingers worked as a segue; but The Gloaming is a purposeful piece, auditory disorientation and much more effective than it's two most direct forebears from the Radiohead canon. As for influences, well, what's that? We've all heard Autechre and Plaid now, Humphrey Lyttelton, Ornette Coleman, whoever. We've also all heard Muse (go there for Just if you're that desperate) and Coldplay (or there for High And Dry) and Travis and whoever.

Jeff Tweedy was forced into making a more abstract record when he lost his guitarist, as have been Blur, and both have recieved great acclaim. Radiohead chose to move away from their six-strung beginnings and people don't know how to dea with it; why is that? NME are desperately trying to shoo the public away from this experimental music, from electronic frippery, and back towards wholesome goodness in the form of U2-wannabes and two-bit punkers, Sutherland accusing Radiohead of creative cowardice because they didn't make a straight-ahead rock record again, Oldham recognising the most obvious piano-led track as the standout (for him at least); these people have all got ulterior motives, either in direct management positions with certain groups or else simply in the fact that they want to ensure they have careers as 'rock' critics; Radiohead aren't 'rock' and thus people don't know how to write about them. Indie's dying on it's feet in the UK in terms of being something people want to read about and there's a whole generation of rock crits who can't talk about dance or hip hop or pop music; they're running scared because they can't write about anything that's popular anymore. The Britpop surge in the UK made a lot of people very rich and famous and popular, journalists and musicians alike, but it also operated as a cover for the reception of some really quite radical records that found audiences (Maxinquaye, Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, Snivilisation, OK Computer to a degree). Ever since then we've been suffering from the hangover.

Nevertheless, Radiohead have made a very good record.

 
Re: Radiohead

A lot of people seem to claim that on Think Tank, Blur did what Radiohead was trying to do with Kid A: branch off into a corridor of experimentation and come out the other side with an actual pop/rock record that works. The silly thing that I think about Radiohead before they've even released Hail to the Thief is "well, that's nice...so what do you think they'll do next?"

I guess it's indicative of how little I care about this band anymore and what they used to be. I never thought of myself as one of those reactionary OK Computer/Bends lovers who hates the new stuff, but more and more through my conversations with people it appears that I am. But I don't think this album regains any of the force at all. And I don't think anyone is claiming that, either...

What am I trying to say...Radiohead is boring because I already listen to all of the influences they distill already. There.
 
Re: Nick and Radiohead.

This shit gets so boring so quick. I don't really feel like being rock-criticky - fuck, let's face it, I'd be surprised if anyone even reads this - but the album abounds in masturbatory, "experimental" loads of suck.

Funny that I like the direct rockers more than any tracks on here - I'll take the startling thrash of "2 + 2 =5," the yearning heartbeat of "There There," and the massive guitar build-up of "Go To Sleep" over "The Gloaming" anyday. It really was a shame when the band hung up their guitars - I'm not saying Kid A wasn't one of the most magnificent albums in recent history, but Jesus, just listen to "Just." I mean, damn. When this band wants to visibly shake you, they sure can - and they've still got it.

And I'm really glad that the band flirts with good ol' rock 'n roll on this one. But despite the indulgent sketches of "I Will," "Scatterbrain," and "Sail To The Moon" - much like another highly awaited return (Think Tank) this album features more than its fair share of ... well, not real songs - shit like the all-out techno shimmy of "Sit Down. Stand Up," and eerie lounge of "Wolf At The Door" (think a fucked up version of "The Tourist") encourage me to listen to this mess more and more. Radiohead still pushes themselves ... kind of.

Sunday, May 25, 2003
 
Distance: A Microhouse Mix

Markus Guentner- Sunset
Dntel- The Dream of Evan and Chan (Superpitcher Mix)
Sascha Funke- Safety First
Todd Sines and Natacha Labelle- Skin (il travaille devant un ordinateur toute la journee)
Gustavo Lamas- Juvenes
Sami Koivikko- Obela
OM1- Opium
Superpitcher- Time to Cry
Luomo- Tessio (Mathias Schaffhäuser's Decomposed Subsonic Remix)

 
Colin's review of Cex's newest effort is right on the money. In doing an interview recently with him, in which my tape recorder didn't work (sorry, rjyan!), I get the feeling that Cex is getting closer and closer to a major breakthrough artistically. His warts and all approach to releasing albums has garnered a lot of skepticism, even among artists on his own label. While quality control and restraint may not be his strong suit, it seems like a privilege then to be able to chart easily the constant evolution and progression that this guy is going through. I'm guessing that the Maryland Mansions EP that should be upcoming in fall will be his final practice run and that his next LP will his first record deserving of something approaching mature and considered work that will vault him into the big leagues.
 
Say something interesting about Radiohead...

Thumb Yorke and my brother JR (it stands for Jesus Rises) share the same birthday - October 7th, 1969 - and used to vaguelly know each other when Thumb was at Exeter University in the late '80's / early '90's. My brother was at the time in a band called The Love Children (which is, incidentally, a great name for a band - top song = There's A Banana In The Woods Over There) and Thumb used to DJ occasionally at a University venue called The Lemongrove where The Love Children used to play. JR tells me that the nascent Squint-Rock Messiah's DJ sets contained not, as you would expect, experimental ambient compositions by a certain Richard D James and Thelonius Monk jazz work-outs, but rather a blend of particularly bland and teary- eyed indie-bollocks. Anyway, to cut a long story short... Thumb Yorke fancied some bird. Said bird refused to go out with Thumb Yorke because a; he was a squinty little twerp with shocking taste in music and also b; she was vaguelly seeing my brother the Local Pop Star. Said girl called Thumb Yorke a "creep". Thumb pens song detailing the soul-rending existential horror of being called a "creep" by a girl that you fancy. Thumb gets in some indie band. Indie band release said song. Song goes massive. Thumb gets very very rich and very very pretentious. JR becomes big fan of Thumb Yorke's band. Bizarre, eh? And all completely true too. According to JR.
Saturday, May 24, 2003
 
Phenomenal Video Producer

Can be found here. Contained within are videos for Aphex Twin, the Blood Brothers, Squarepusher, and Radiohead. Definitely check the Blood Brothers and Aphex Twin, if you have to choose.
Thursday, May 22, 2003
 
Andrew's Wilco review
I haven't heard the EP yet, but nice job. My only comment is that the line "I'm not a poet/and I know it" that you poke fun at is obviously a take-off from Dylan's line "I'm a poet/and I know it" - which makes sense in a song named after him. I don't know if that makes it more or less clever, but in any case the blame can't rest squarely on Tweedy for that one. ;)
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
 
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

So where are Radiohead now? No-man’s land. Is Hail To The Thief a return to form? Yes, if only because Amnesiac was a poor refraction of Kid A. Is it more like OK Computer? It is more like OK Computer than Kid A is; but it still has more in common with Kid A than with The Bends. What did you expect? Garage rock? The shameless platitudes and U2isms of Coldplay? How foolish you have been. No need to be scared now.

Techno-fetishisation still abounds. ‘2+2=5’ is the most direct thing they’ve done in years; ‘The Gloaming’ the most abstract. There is a sense of purpose here that had been left outside the rehearsal room of the last two albums. They are better for it. Putting ghosts inside machines and making the repressive beautiful. Kid A now appears inspired. There are still no singles. ‘Where I End And You Begin’ replenishes itself organically while ‘Backdrifts’ eats itself and ‘Stand Up. Sit Down’ propels itself into the future-noir. This is no-man’s land because nobody else can. Magnificent.

More on Monday.
Thursday, May 15, 2003
 
Marah - Float Away With the Friday Night Gods
Fiction Plane - Everything Will Ever Be OK
Monday, May 12, 2003
 
Re: Ed's K-os Review

Excellent review, I think Ed really nailed this one. My one minor quibble is that "Superstar Pt. 0" has been in heavy rotation on BET's Rap City for about a month now, so this kind of style is not exclusively relegated to "MTV2 and its ilk." Nevertheless, it's a pretty interesting diversion from Rap City's usual fare (I don't think I've ever seen an Astralwerks artist on the show before). Just a reminder that Rap City is ground-zero for a wide variety of hip hop entering the popular market.
Sunday, May 11, 2003
 
Paul McCartney is standing in a big stone circle on his farm in whereverthefuck and he is shouting at the sky and saying “I am The Beatles! I am I am I am! Me me me me me me me! The others are all dead or Ringo and I am all that’s left, ha HA, I won John you fucker! I am The Beatles!” Every album he has ever recorded ever is being released this month after being remastered by angels on God’s mixing desk, and we must own them all by sundown or be shot in our beds. There’s an advert on British tele at the moment where Paul is seated in a big room with every instrument ever made ever and some that haven’t been invented yet too and he’s playing Band On The Run on all of them at once and it sounds like that chap from The Beach Boys, the fat one who went mad and put his piano in a sandpit, yes, him, it sounds like him being skyfucked in his dreams by a big beautiful bird with a piano and an accordion in it’s brain and a jew’s harp up it’s ass and now is the time to turn back to Macca and say, quietly but firmly, “Paul, the others may be dead or Ringo but you are STILL THE BORING ONE, Jane Asher or not, now FUCK OFF back to bed.”
Friday, May 09, 2003
 
nick southall is totally crazy, and those were great.

i just want to post, for a second, about the greatness of this guy called osymyso, who for those of you who dig cutups should be pretty familiar for his bizarro 12-minute mash-up "intro-inspection," which was easily the best thing to come out of that phase. (should that really have been past tense? is mash-up as a trend over yet? whatever.)

anyway, i'm not posting about "intro-inspection," though, you should all already know about that. i'm posting about "rabbit to rabbit," this totally great 4-minute track that apparently turned up on a 10" or 7" or something equally rare at some point, but now can be found very easily thanks to this wonderful Internet thing i'm on right now. the song is a mess of WB Bugs Bunny-isms with bluegrass guitar and vocals (singing "run little rabbit, run," what else?) and some great beats. it's totally silly, but so much fun, which is what osymyso does best. i've tired of a lot of mash-up stuff pretty quickly, but osy's music seems to have a longer shelflife for some reason, and now i've rediscovered this song like a year after i first downloaded it.

yup, still as great as a nick southall rant.

edit: googlisms. i get it now.
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
 
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post-rock is
post-rock is meaningless
post-rock is the new prog
post-rock is to small
post-rock is rooted in the rock era
post-rock is a critical invention? name me a single band that is self
post-rock is the indie hipster's version of new age music
post-rock is a strange place if you're a girl
post-rock is 'wankey'
post-rock is over
post-rock is that some of it doesn't rock
post-rock is supposed to be
post-rock is post
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post-rock is this accessible and this pleasurable without straying into poppier waters
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post-rock is the indie kid's equivalent of those tapes you find in your parents' car called "meditations"
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post-rock is too 'cliquey' and should try harder to be more successful
post-rock is so early 90's anyway
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post-rock is nu enorm in trek
post-rock is the latest in shoegazing artistry
post-rock is dead techno
post-rock is horrified to be associated with the past
post-rock is the new rock
 
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indie is out there
indie is your music?
indie is the reason¤
indie is not a style of music
indie is dead
indie is your music? by ed howard think you want to start listening to indie music? wanna have
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indie is foregoing its traditional spot in the shadow of the international film festival to
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indie is suddenly all the more important
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Tuesday, May 06, 2003
 
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It's funny because it's Cex.
Sunday, May 04, 2003
 
Jacksonville sucks.

Last night, my friend/photographer Matt and I went to Jacksonville with the purpose of seeing Schneider TM. We walked around a part of town known as Five Points, where we bought juice at a Shell station. No big deal, except that the seemingly female sales clerk had a beard and a voice that makes Tom Waits' growl seem like that of a little girl singing nursery rhymes. We went to the park across the street, which, from afar, looked beautiful, but turned out to have a pond full of sludge that pitiful ducks opted to fly over. I was harassed by a wino, and so we left. Backstage at the show, we were entertained with tales of our hometown by members of Les Savy Fav and sneered at by members of the Faint. The gentlemen from Schneider TM were very nice, and the show itself was great. We spent the night dodging indies we knew from our respective towns, basically because we were too tired for small talk. Despite having had fun, we were really tired. Overall, everything went well except trying to navigate the hell known as I-95 and I-10. Post-show, we tried to get back to our hotel from I-95. We had to get back onto I-10 to get to where we needed to be. As could be expected, we got lost. Jacksonville, besides being a really ugly town that spat out Fred Durst, has a screwed-up interstate system. We ended up in what could be considered a rough neighborhood, trying to find the on-ramp for I-95. We're traveling along this backroad when we see signs designating an on-ramp for I-95. Imagine a little back-alley in a residential neighborhood that branches DIRECTLY ONTO THE INTERSTATE. Don't ask me why this freaked me out so much, but it did. It just seems wrong to have an interstate on-ramp made of dirt branching out from an alley behind someone's house. The hotel we stayed at consisted primarily of loud truckers who started their rigs at 3 a.m., continuing until check-out time. I'm sleepy, borderline delirious as a result of sleep deprivation, and I'm transcribing an interview.

Things have to get better from here, but just so you know:

JACKSONVILLE SUCKS.
 
I cannot, for the life of me, stop listening to this Hugo Largo Drum EP. It has completly taken over my week. All week it's been that and "Something/Anything?" by Todd Rundgren which a friend of mine in England copied for me. The amazing thing is that I found the album on vinyl for $1 at my local used record shop. It's in perfect condition, too. Wait -- now I can't remember if it was more than a dollar but I clandestinely slapped a $1 sticker on it, or if it really was a dollar. Nevertheless, I purchased it for a dollar. My only complaint about the record is that Michael Stipe couldn't just stick to producing the EP, but had to inject his nasally vocals into some otherwise perfect tracks. In my daily allmusic.com browsing I found out that the lead singer of the group, Mimi Goese, released a solo album under the name "Mimi" in '98. It's classified as "Club/Dance." Should be interesting. I'll have to add it to my records-to-hunt-for-till-I-completly-forget-why-I'm-hunting-for-it list.

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