Friday, September 22, 2017

Hey Violet FROM THE OUTSIDE (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.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Youth Bandits



When Steph is out of town for more than 24 hours, things get dire and I resort to singing myself theme songs from youth.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Neil Young HITCHHIKER (2017)



Ditch-adjacent, nocturnal and resigned to a fallen earth we made fell, not some garden with poorly-placed fruit trees, just natural frailty and greed summing and summing to larger burdens on this earnest, tender heart barely left beating in a collapsing cathedral of bone.

Not supplanting any of his impeccable run from '69-'75, but complementary, for a seamless cloth of doom folk ahead of its time. RIYL Live at Massey Hall or Live at the Cellar Door.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Satoshi Ashikawa STILL WAY (WAVE NOTATION 2) (1982)



"So what kind of music do you like, Ben?"
*deep breath*
"Right now it has been mostly Japanese minimalism and West Coast Jazz.  No one's more sorry than I am."