Bob Weston and Jason Ward explain the loudness problem that exists in the mastering of most contemporary music.
Watch: Radio Birdman playing Burn My Eye and Search and Destroy on an Aussie TV show in 1978, along with some interview footage.
A little bird has reminded me that Statehood is playing next Thursday (Feb 28th) at the Black Cat. Don't act like you already have plans.
Please join me in Cal Anderson park (a/k/a Reservoir Park) Tonight at 7:01PM to sing Total Eclipse of the Heart karaoke style for the 51 minutes that the eclipse is, in fact, total.
If you want to bring along music to sing along to with your boombox, feel free. If you want to play an instrument, feel free. If you want to bring your whole band, go ahead. I will have a megaphone so that people can take their turn on the top of the hill if they want.
"I just figured out where I'm not going to be during the eclipse tonight." --a friend of mine who lives in Seattle, regarding the above Craigslist post. It doesn't look like there will be a visible eclipse here due to the weather, which I know will disappoint some folks.
For Romantics: You could do worse than downloading Portastatic's I Wanna Know Girls, which is up there with Mac's best Superchunk songs. A nice, pure ode to the wonders of women. "Now, you and your friends say love is blind/But I think itís easy and kind/Or anyhow it could be"
For The Jilted: The Wedding Present, duh!
"Some rare delight in Manchester town
It took six hours before you let me down
To see it all in a drunken kiss
A stranger's hand on My Favourite Dress
That was my favourite dress you know
That was my favourite dress"
For Old-School Punks: SLF's Barbed Wire Love.
For The Lovesick: Pharcyde's Passin' Me By. The classic upside down video!
For The Really, Really Angry Ones: Shellac's Prayer To God, the real your ex-lover (and her new lover) is dead song. Like an old harsh blues song, but with music that matches the rage of the lyrics.
For The Tragic: The Magnetic Fields' 100,000 Fireflies which has got to be one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking songs ever. And honestly, when it comes to music, isn't heartbreak more interesting?
Her Space Holiday - My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
Polaroid film est morte. You won't have to stock up, as they'll continue the manufacturing commercial grade stuff for a bit and are planning to license everything to another company at some point. Still makes me kinda sad though.
Watch/listen: A pretty good video of Mary Timony playing Backwards/Forwards at Fort Reno.
Did you know? Starting tomorrow night, the AFI Silver Theater is going to be playing every Coen Brothers movie over the next month! Basically, I plan to try and make it over there for as many as I can, although I'll be focusing more on movies I never saw in the theater, like Blood Simple and Miller's Crossing. Except for the Ladykillers. Nuts to that Tom Hanks nonsense.
The past two days have been about one thing: how many times I can listen to the newly arrived Future of the Left CD. If you were yearning for something more from the late McLusky (animated kitty video there, uh what?), then hie yerself to your favorite on-line purveyor of music. A few songs hit the poppier sound that McLusky hit right at their end with She Can Only Bring You Happiness* but for the most part it is the same noisy, spastic rock you'd expect.
*"Note to invading aliens/avoid this town/like this town avoided us" Always loved that part to death.
For Wire fans: Re-elect Clay Davis. Did I run off and buy that? Sheeeeeeeeit.