Monday, May 28, 2007

A spiritual update of '77 Lindsey Buckingham that sounds like a synthesis of NIN and N'Sync. Possibly my single of the year.

Joel's "Hilary Duff has turned me into an a emosogynist asshole" trip gets tiring over the entirety of Good Morning Revival (I'll review the album on here eventually, which might actually be worthwhile if this single resurrects the album's sales - and if God wears Hot Topic, it should), but in short bursts like this, I'll play along, dancing with tears in my eyes.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Someday soon, I hope to have a consistent internet signal again. When that happens, I hope to be updating this page a lot. But for now, here's a Top Ten Of What I've Heard From 2007 So Far.

1. LCD Soundsystem, Sounds Of Silver
2. Modest Mouse, We Were Already Dead When The Ship Sank
3. !!!, Myth Takes
4. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
5. Marnie Stern, In Advance Of The Broken Arm
6. Nine Inch Nails, Year Zero
7. Clinic, Visitations
8. Fratellis, Costello Music
9. Low, Drums And Guns
10. The Stooges, The Weirdness

Put the Brakes' Beatific Visions at #6 if we're including belated US releases of 2006 albums. But we may not be, if we're following the rules.

Back when my internet service is back.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

(Why the hell do I like Neon Bible, pt. 2)

I'm not under the impression that "Ocean Of Noise" is about abortion, but when Quiverin' Win follows "who here among us still believes in choice?" with a solemn, echo-chambered "NOT I," I can't help but hear it as one of those Slow Train Coming* lines in the sand that liberal music fans live in fear of. What if they WERE announcing their moral certitude that abortion was murder? It wouldn't really clash with their prosaic language, fashion sense and fetishization of childhood. This threat overshadows and saps all climactic energy from the song's "gonna work it out" coda, their basic triteness revealed by a minor fillip. And since my politics are basically "chop that child in half," would I still enjoy it if I knew that pro-life proselytism was the band's intent? Am I just getting off on the perversity of the moment? Do people think about this when they sing along?

*Speaking of Dylan references, the Voice has removed one.