And now for a "real" entry. I had a lazy day. I got up around noon today and picked up my load and drove here to Columbus. Woohoo!
So since there is nothing incredibly fun to write about, I'm gonna talk about music because I've listened to a rather varied mix this week - a lot of it was new to me, some of it was not. None of it was </i>new</i> new, in fact the median age of it all is probably some where around 15-20 years old. So anyway, here's what I listened to this week.
Thin Lizzy - Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels
I mentioned this earlier in the week so I won't go into too much detail. The most I knew about Thin Lizzy until this week was that it was fronted by a bass player who is black (a rock oddity) and that they did "The Boys Are Back In Town". This box set was a nice overview of their music for me I suppose. It was fun to listen to, but probably not something I will revisit very often.
Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill, Countdown To Ecstasy, Gaucho, and Katy Lied
Yup, four albums. Had you asked me a week ago to name three Steely Dan songs I probably would've answered "Peg", "Hey 19", and uuuuuuh, well I might have been able to pull "Reelin' In The Years" out of my ass but I doubt it. It turns out there are lots more songs I know by Steely Dan, I just didn't know it was Steely Dan. There's "Do It Again" (you go back, jack... do it again! wheel turnin' round and round...) and there's "Dirty Work" (i'm a fooool to do your dity, oh yeah... i don't wanna do your dirty work no more...). Too many years of listeining to AOR stations as a kid, I guess. Oh well, I now consider myself properly exposed. Their albums are exquisitely produced. And for me that's the problem. They feel so sanitary. It's like it's been scrubbed clean of any possible soul, energy, and feeling that may have ever existed in the song. Just not my cup of tea I guess.
Melissa Ethereidge - self-titled
I always liked this album. I'm not a big fan of singer/songwriters as vehicle for making music. There are exceptions to the rule and this is one that's tolerable. I bought this album years ago when she had the hit with "Bring Me Some Water". I still think that's an awright song.
Green Jelly - Cereal Killer Soundtrack
Goofball alternative rock. Who can forget the absurd falsettoed Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin! I don't think I made it rhough half of the record. I don't know why I even have this?!?!
Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchiking
Not nearly as solid as his Radio K.A.O.S. record and certainly not as interesting as the mid-70's Pink Floyd albums. Interesting enough to listen to a couple of times, but not worth returning to.
Bootsy's New Rubber Band - Blasters of The Universe
Yup, Bootsy Collins. Recorded back in the early 90's when Bill Laswell was doing the Praxis project with Bootsy and Bernie Worrell. Bootsy got some face time in Ice Cube and Deee-Lite videos back then too. He had enough of a revival to put together a "new" Rubber Band. Bootsy's Rubber Band had put out two records back in the late 70's during the height of Parliament/Funkadelic. It was fun to listen to, but nothing like Praxis, which is what I had been hoping for. I have a Praxis song as the opening music when my computer boots. (Get it?)
Tesla - The Great Radio Controversey
Yes, back in the day, I listened to hair metal. If memory serves me, this was their first record and it's been ages since I've listened to it. Somewhere, I actually have a Tesla concert T-shirt. I saw them with Great White, no less! This album is worth it alone for "Heaven's Trail". Hair metal or not, it's a fine song.
Eminem - Marshall Mathers
His second and best album to-date. People whine about his misogyny, homophobia, etc.... but you know what? They just don't get what he's up to. He systematically gives a big middle finger to everything and everyone, including himself and his fans (most of who are too stupid to realize it). The first 15 seconds of the album openly states "upon purchasing this record, you have just kissed his ass". He refers to the people who idolize him as "morons" and "retards". I personally find all of this hilarious. Here is a white guy who writes/raps better than most anyone out there, gets airplay on modern rock stations (an obvious double standard not lost on him), and makes absurdly vilifying statements about anything and everything. He's a punk raised in the ghetto instead of the suburbs. He's Johnny Rotten to Dr. Dre's Malcolm McLaren.
With this record, he basically says "fuck you, fuck me, now give me my million dollars". And he's laughing all the way to the bank. Pure genius.
The Meatmen - We're the Meatmen and You Still Suck
Like Eminem, you kinda hafta get what they're up to. Tesco Vee is the evil genius behind these guys. I first heard their song "Crippled Children Suck" years ago and was immediately hooked. The Meatmen debase everything PC with songs like "Lesbian Death Dirge", "One Down Three To Go" (written before the death of George Harrison), "Becoming a Gay Man", "Tooling For Anus", "Crapper's Delight"... and the list goes on and on. This is a live album covering most of their more "popular" songs. It was ok to listen to, but it's no substitute for Touch and Go's definitive retrospective Stud Powercock: The Touch and Go Years 1981-1984.
The Descendents - ALL, Enjoy!, Everything Sucks, and I Don't Want To Grow Up
Yup, four albums again. While the Meatmen may have been juvenile and simple, at lteast they weren't juvenile, simple, and boring. I know a lot of people are Descendents fans but I've never really understood the allure. I made an attempt with this listening foray and I'm still mystified. To each their own I guess. I'll stick with my Minor Threat and Dead Kennedys records.
Various Artists - A Punk Tribute to Metallica
Most of this record was tripe, but there were a few interesting interpretations/renditions. A band called Sour, a hard rockin' chick-band, does a dead on-it cover of "Am I Evil?" with some nifty recording tricks and even a surprise riff from another Metallica song to close it out. Another band, Sloppy Seconds, does a scorching cover of "Hit the Lights" and Dee Dee Ramone's version of "Jump in the Fire" is hilarious. DOA's treatment of "Motorbreath" is disappointing as is Agent Orange's "Seek and Destroy". The rest of it is somewhere in the middle, neither horrid nor great.
Metallica - Kill 'Em All, Master of Puppets, ..and Justice For All
My three favorite Metallica records. I can still remember the first time I heard Kill 'Em All. Up to that point I don't think I had heard anything so brutally fast in my life. It was insane how fast they played on that record. Master was the beginning of the end and Justice was the swan song. I know a lot of folks hold the black album up as their nadir, but as far as I'm concerned, Justice was the last great Metallica record. You can have everytthing after that if you want it.
I found this amusing, proof that there is a site for every fetish known to man. The website for Straightjacketed women in film. It not only includes the name of the film and the year it was made, but it goes on to describe when in the film the straightjacket scene occurs, how long the scene lasts, and what type of straightjacket is used. Aside from the amusing factor, there I learned something interesting. Apparently there was a sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show filmed in 1981. Learn something new every day.