March 2010 Archives
- Been lovin' the latest CD from Hot Chip, "One Life Stand", esp. "Hand Me Down Your Love"
- A good book for me to read these days is "The Tough Guide To Fantasyland" by Diana Wynne Jones. It's an encyclopedia written like a travel guide to generic fantasy literature, and is ripping satiric fun. As I'm not a huge fantasy buff, it's been a hoot to read it, but it might cut too deep if you are a serious fan. You'll be noticing all the tropes skewered by Wynne Jones forever!
- Speaking of reading, Hilary Mantel's Booker Prizing winning Wolf Hall finally came on request from the library. Took at least six months. It's taken a little bit to get into the book's rhythm, but now I am enjoying it quite a bit. I need to set aside a couple of hours to really settle in, though. And the suffocating presence of The Church is getting to be wearisome to this rationalist.
- Some day, some way, I will get to SXSW, but until then I'll have to do it vicariously. One of the best ways I found for this one was from the fanatastic All Songs Considered podcast, theirThe Austin 100: A SXSW Mix For 2010. It was 100 of their favorite bands who played SXSW. It played continously and so I'd drop in for a few songs. Damn, I liked just about everything I heard on it! Unfortunately, it seems to have been pulled, so just check out all their SXSW live shows. Also be sure to check out their free SWSW 2010 Sampler on iTunes. I don't get iTunes, but if you do and want to send me a copy, that'd be great!
- Speaking of Big Shows, another one coming up is Coachella. Wow, that lineup looks incredible, although I think my days of camping out in a field to listen to 3 days of music are probably long past. Anyway, there is a free Coachella Sampler available at plenty of local, independent record stores. I picked mine up with a coupon from Newbury Comics (you can get the coupon here). It's got a great selection of music and includes a 30 page booklet with interviews and stories on each of the 20 bands, which include Charlotte Gainsbourg, La Roux, The Temper Trap and Passion Pit. Track it down!
- Yesterday Girl - The Smithereens (Blown To Smithereens - Best of The Smithereens 1985)
- Eyes as Candles - Passion Pit (Manners 2009)
- A Song For You - Whiskeytown (Return Of The Grievous Angel)
- Bennie and The Jets - Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973)
- Twin Layers Of Lightning - The Go-Betweens (Liberty Belle and the Black Diamon Express 2004)
- Love Is A Wind That Screams - Richard Barone (Cool Blue Halo 1987)
- End Theme - Zero 7 (Simple Things 2001)
- The Walls Are Coming Down - Fanfarlo (Reservoir And Bonus Tracks 2009)
- Modern Man - Bess Rogers (Decisions Based on Information 2007)
- Dim Stars (The Boy in My Arms) - The American Analog Set (The Fun Of Watching Fireworks 1996)
I'm still a big fan of my Roku box, especially now that they've added some new "channels", like Amazon OnDemand Video, Pandora and MLB.tv. It's such a small, foolproof box, anyone can stream Netflix on their TV! Roku has a new deal that's especially nice if you aren't already a Netflix customer (although I imagine both people who read this blog already have it) - $20 off a Roku box + free shipping if you sign up for Netflix TrialPlay. Even if you are already a Netflix customer, you get free shipping anyway. If you do sign up for Netflix, be sure to at least sign up for the "2 DVD" plan, as that gives you unlimited streaming, even in HD (video - still hoping for Netflix HD audio). If you use this link, I get some kind of pat on the back from Roku for being such a shill!
- China Girl - Anna Ternheim (Anna Ternheim 2007)
- The Twilight Hour - The The (Soul Mining 1983)
- Getting Older - The Clean (Anthology 2002)
- Birthday - The Sugarcubes (Never Mind The Mainstream, Vol. 2 1991)
- I'm Not In Love - 10cc (The Very Best of 10CC 1997)
- No Bounds - G. O. L. (Sensations of Tone 1995)
- Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen (Born In The U.S.A. 1984)
- Wait Until June - The Go-Betweens (16 Lovers Lane [Bonus CD] 1988)
- The Camel's Back - Psapp (The Camel's Back 2008)
- I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths (Strangeways, Here We Come 1987)
And this is a very nice sounding First Listen, from the new group Broken Bells, which is comprised of the ever-prolific Danger Mouse and The Shins frontman James Mercer. Like it alot!
NPR has the upcoming Gorillaz CD "Plastic Beach" available for a first listen until it is released next week. Give it a hear: