Saturday, December 16, 2017

This is What Happened to the Music




This is what the music "aisle" at Target looks like now. 

It's like watching your old home town die. Yes, that's a fucking Foreigner album in the middle. Jesus, what the hell went wrong with the world?

That's a greatest hits album by the B-52s on the top of the rack. It came out in 1998. How much do you want to bet that copy has been there for 19 years?

I know that the kids are going to look at me like I'm weird, but, at one time, you could actually go into a Target store and buy music. I once bought a Portishead album at Target. Hell, you could go into a Best Buy or a Circuit City and buy CDs for ten bucks. Their selection ran into multiple aisles, and they would have these big racks full of CDs. If you wanted to find obscure stuff, you could find it there. If you wanted to pick up an album by a big name artist, you could do it at Target for a bit of a discount.

This was before everyone lost their minds in the early 2000s and started thinking that their new album should cost 19 dollars. This was before the Internet gave you everything for free as long as you were willing to pay for a computer, an ISP, and the CDs on which to burn the music you were stealing.

Anyway, back to being disillusioned.
















Monday, December 11, 2017

Alpha




I love to drop in on a new release and see how it feels and see what an artist is putting out. There's nothing more immediate that a just-released single and Paul Weller's latest, Alpha, is no exception to the rule that there is no such thing as a "late period" or "decline" for him. Weller evolves, and it's up to you to stick with him. He's not going to wait for anyone to catch up to what he's interested in doing.

 

Weller is one of the most consistently current musicians in all of music. Alpha is experimental and thought provoking--can you really make a harmonica work like this? Can you match it with avant garde film and release something instrumental in 2017?

Hell yeah, you can. But, seriously--where are the blues? I heard dissonant guitar and riffs that would make The Charlatans jealous. This is a bit more adventurous than the old NME describes.
















Sunday, December 10, 2017

Josh Homme Needs to Go to Jail For This




Kicking a person with a camera in the face during a guitar solo is not cool:

Video footage appears to show Homme kicking Chelsea Lauren's camera out of her hands at a concert in LA

A photographer claims she spent the night in hospital after being kicked by Josh Homme during a Queens Of The Stone Age performance in LA last night (December 9). 

The band played at The Forum in Los Angeles as part of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 event. 

Video footage from the concert appears to show Homme trying to kick the camera out of Chelsea Lauren’s hands during the fourth song of their set, ‘The Evil Has Landed’.

According to Lauren, there were no restrictions on photographers down close to the stage. She was not filming them with her phone--she was working as a professional photographer at the concert.

If you follow this link, you can see other footage from the show where Homme is out of his mind.

It's a criminal matter now. Someone needs to lock him up.
















Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ed Sheeran and Prince Charles




Royal protocol be damned:

Ed Sheeran became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on Thursday, but he made a royal faux pas during the Investiture ceremony: Sheeran touched Prince Charles' arm when he received the honor at Buckingham Palace in London. The singer was awarded his MBE for services to music and charity.

Sheeran said on "Today" that he "shook the prince's hand and talked to him for a little bit."

Then he confessed, "Apparently, I did a big faux pas, though. I shook his hand and then grabbed it and you're not meant to do that."

A photo shows Sheeran touching Charles' arm as he shakes the royal's hand. 

I used to think that the United States was a nitpicky country. We have nothing on the British. And, look, I don't think this is even a thing really because no one with a serious look on their face came up and manhandled poor Ed. It was his music that got him to this place, and everyone should be thankful that they didn't frog march him into the garden for a stern talking to.
















Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Stone Roses




Despite releasing two somewhat disappointing and weak tracks to overwhelming indifference, this does not necessarily mean the end of the Stone Roses:

Rumours of The Stone Roses‘ split continue to grow, as it looks as if the company they formed for touring is set to dissolve.

Earlier this year, rumours began to circulate that the band’s show in Glasgow would be their last, before comments made by frontman Ian Brown during the gig seemed to confirm that they had indeed come to an end once again. Then, it was confirmed that Brown was working on a new solo album.

Now documents on the Government’s Companies House show that ‘Second Touring Limited’ (which was set up by the band in 2015)  had its First Gazette notice for compulsory strike-off in October. This means unless contrary action is taken, the company will be struck off the register and dissolved on December 24.

This could be happening because of tax reasons (this is Britain, after all) and it could be happening because no one wants to play live right now. It could be happening for a number of reasons, but do you know what isn't happening?

New music from the Roses isn't happening. And that's a shame.

At some point, I would imagine that there will be a release of live material. There was a wealth of it created when they were playing reunion shows. Some of it was downright transcendental and I don't think anyone was shocked to see them ease out of the spotlight like this. You either have the passion or you don't. If the "insiders" say they're done, well, then they're done.

I agree with the overall sentiment, though. Be glad that it happened.
















Monday, December 4, 2017

Jimmy Fallon is Sad and Irrelevant




How do you get away with butchering a Bruce Springsteen impression in order to try to make yourself part of the discussion about politics and current events?

I guess you have to be Jimmy Fallon:

"You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not lie to the FBI."

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon channeled Bruce Springsteen on Monday night to address the recent guilty plea by Michael Flynn to lying under oath to the FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian investigation. 

Sporting mirrored shades, a red bandana, and no sleeves, Fallon sang a festive, politically-charged version of Springtsteen's "Santa Clause is Comin' to Town" entitled "Robert Mueller's Comin' to Town."

"It's all cold down along D.C., wind's whipping round the White House," Fallon sang in his best Springsteen growl. "You guys all been good this year? Jared, you been good? Everybody in the Trump Administration been good, or what? That's not many, not many - you guys are in trouble out here..."

He then launched into the chorus: "You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not lie to the FBI. Robert Mueller's comin to town."

That's some Andy Borowitz level of satire and hilarity right there.

Over a year ago, Jimmy made the decision not to offend "Trump voters" and look how that turned out. He went from being on top to being the guy who got left behind.