Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Where Will It End?



 In these times this song seems more appropriate than ever.

On a lighter note I really enjoyed the Blade Runner sequel, it was so much better than I expected it to be, will probably see it again soon.

Current Listening: NRBQ-Grooves in Orbit, The Clientele-Music For The Age of Miracles, Flamin' Groovies-Fantastic Plastic, Banarama-Deep Sea Skiving (deluxe edition), Looking Forward The Works of Big Star, David Bowie & Friends-1980 Floor Show, Marc Bolan-Zip Gun, Making Time-A Shel Talmy Production, The Seeds-Singles A's & B's,  Joe Gibbs compilations, cd-86 and Link Wray- eponymous vinyl reissue. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Soft Set Play "The Hit"- Live At The Mercury 2002

Wm, Dave, Brad & Charlie

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I came across this live recording of my old band The Soft Set recently in a pile of my stuff.  I think this was in 2002 at a club called The Mercury down on 6th St., despite the small crowd (par for the course) and some slight problems (broken string on track 10-a good song I had totally forgotten about) I think we sound pretty damn good. Four songs that weren't on the two CD's appear here, and everything has more energy and drive than the recordings, we certainly weren't twee as one might have been lead to believe by our name (my fault) and some of our reviews. We even reluctantly "play the hit" as a wag in the audience requests at the end.

Some additional thoughts after listening- there was a dry and sometimes perverse humor to the lyrics that was easy to miss- for instance opening a show with a song whose lyrics include lines like "I do my best to block out the world, I do my best and I don't get the girl" and "I'm just waiting to get back in bed, I'm just waiting to go back to sleep, I don't want anything from you" is, to me at least, funny and not exactly courting favor from the audience. I can hear an old school cigar chomping manager somewhere saying "What the hell are you doing kid ??? The audience, THEY WANT TO LIKE YOU!!!"

There's also intentional humor in Warm Afternoon especially on lines like "but I was in love, and you were just pissed off" which still makes me laugh. Most of the humorous comments between songs are from our bass player Brad, such as the bit about his underwear which he shows (hearts on it as I remember it, which may date this as Feb. 2003 rather than 2002), and it being an "kind of an intimate show" etc.

1. Mind Is Down, Dreams Unfurl 
2. St. Francis
3. The Way She Smiles
4. Stephanie
5. Standing Around
6. Back of My Mind
7. Maplewood Avenue
8. Brief Glimmer of Hope
9. I Wanted To Say
10. The Things That Came Before (Warm Afternoon)
11. Record On


We had a whole nature thing going on

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

America's Great National Pastime

Roberto Matta's Disasters of Mysticism




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time Is A Very Peculiar Item

Rumble Fish-1983

This post is veering way off topic but one thing leads to another and sometimes you just end up somewhere else. Favorite lyric below "I'm a cold Italian pizza I could use a lemon squeezer". Nicky Hopkins gets MVP for this track. Anytime I try to get someone to play piano on something I always want them to play like Nicky Hopkins!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

In This Great Future You Can Forget Your Past


     
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1. Plastic Jesus- Paul Newman
2. Mr. Soul- Neil Young
3. Don't Be Cruel- Billy Swan
4. Dreamsong- Amber Coffman & Nate Heller
5. Outta Reach- S.H.E
6. Candyskin- Fire Engines
7. Lust (Raga Chandrakauns)- Shankar Family & Friends
8. Excitable Boy- Warren Zevon
9. Le Chat Du Cafe Des Artistes- Charlotte Gainsbourg
10. Strawberry Letter 23- Shuggie Otis
11. Give Me Love- Rosie & The Originals
12. I'm So Tired- Alex Chilton & Lesa Aldridge
13. Black Winds- Little John & The Monks
14. The World's A Girl- Anita Lane
15. Heaven, Hell, or Houston- ZZ Top
16. Dr. Dupree- Wilko Johnson & The Solid Senders
17. Opium Tea- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
18. Alchemy- Richard Lloyd
19. You And Your Sister- Chris Bell & Alex Chilton
20. Dr. Baker- Beta Band
21. Jesus Almost Got Me- Anita Lane
22. Here's To You (acoustic)- Hamilton Camp
23. Both Sides Now- Dengue Fever


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Saturday, August 12, 2017