Friday, October 20, 2017
Pretty impressive that Mulaney can fill up two shows at the venue the dang Pixies just played, without any big-tent stuff besides 13 episodes of a bad Fox sitcom. Does everyone know he created Stefon with Bill Hader? Netflix comedy specials have reach!
I knew he was a top-notch crafter of jokes but I didn't expect a guy who could fill up an opera house with his charisma, burst and stage presence. One of the greats!
seen live power rankings
10. Tig Notaro
9. Aziz Ansari (2)
8. Demetri Martin
7. Chris Gethard
6. Gary Gulman
5. Mike Birbiglia (3)
4. Michael Ian Black
3. Amy Schumer (3)
2. Maria Bamford (2)
1. Patton Oswalt
Posted by Ben at 10/20/2017 08:00:00 AM
Monday, October 16, 2017
Really encouraging to hear Dan and Spencer still rolling on--true believers weathered worn and unbroken. They split songwriting and vocal tracks as always, but they feel better integrated than the last two albums. Dan is still Bruce-Kurt-Bowie while Spencer is Bowie-Neruda-Vonnegut, and that overlap ties their visions together and makes a coherent and urgent album.
Dan's Weaponized has my favorite music on the album, where they upgrade the formula with a nitro boost of M83.
Spencer's lyrics and performance on Lazarus Online make it one of his best, which is saying something.
There aren't the all-timer bleed-with-me anthems of ATTQM but these two are wise rejoinders; youthful firework memories sparkplugging the diesel old-man strength; endurance-living through long winters.
Posted by Ben at 10/16/2017 09:01:00 AM
Monday, October 09, 2017
This was one of the first CDs I ever bought, at Music Millenium naturally, and drove around to it incessantly. "Yer So Bad" is my favorite Petty song. The man was so wry and laconic, he was like a Sam Elliott character or a Raymond Carver short story. Exactly as many words and chords as needed, no more.
His music is the best pick-me-up I've yet found--an instant cure for beleaguered days. I go into full Petty-mode in the month of April, when winter is survived, baseball is momentarily interesting, and the earth is beginning to look habitable again. Joyful and stubborn, quiet and defiant, what a fucking cool dude.
I hope he's leading the Traveling Wilburys in the sky.
Posted by Ben at 10/09/2017 06:58:00 AM
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Top 5 song of 2017, as if Avril and Ashlee Simpson's squalid era had birthed a Venus from the scallop shell. The gf hoodie menace if real. Steph still has stolen and hidden my favorite, and I married the dang girl! The album has some other fun tunes, bringing pop-punk sensibilities to a few different genres and pulling them off with the goofy sense of humor that was always people's favorite part of that genre's first-wave.
Anyhow, I'm rooting for them to break through and be as big as they want to be, because they're a tight band that know how to write a song---this album is >> better than whatever Bruce+Meatloaf spritzer we're about to get from the Killers, and I wish a freaky Friday could swap their audience sizes.
Posted by Ben at 9/22/2017 07:54:00 AM