Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday funk: new Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell has a new disc coming out on 4/29. I first came across Lidell's 2005 disc Multiply a little over a year ago, and it's quickly become a favorite. I'm amped for the new disc, Jim, and am thusfar pleased with the tastes Warp has tossed our way, such as this Sly-esque jam:

Pitchfork is also streaming "Figured Me Out (LA Garage Mix)" here.

There will also be a tour following the release, which I will most likely miss out on, although Chicago is a possibility. Any how, check him out - solid.

Jamie Lidell Official Site
Jamie Lidell on MySpace

Monday, February 25, 2008

change of pace

This isn;t the kind of thing I normally do in this space, but what the hell. I'll try to keep it music-oriented for the sake of the blog.

Tagged by KrissyGo!

The rules are as follows:
# Link to the person who tagged you
# Post the rules on your blog.
# Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog.
# Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
# Leave a comment on their blogs so that they know they have been tagged.

1. The first pop music recording that I owned all to myself was the 45 for "We Are the World," which I still have. I really wanted the whole LP, but my dad wouldn't budge. (I had the final say in 2006 when I found it at Goodwill. Ha!)

2. For a long time, I was wholly opposed to karaoke. A friend of mine dragged me out one night, drinks were had, we did "Erotic City," and the rest is history.

3. I still rock a discman, not a digital music device (although it is digital to a certain extent).

4. Including bootlegs, I have approximately 195 Prince (and related) cds.

5. I really like the Carpenters. Really. Part of this can be chalked up to my innate attraction to female drummers (Sheila E., Meg White, et. al.). I'm also fascinated with Karen Carpenter as a pop cultural figure. But I really do like their music.

6. I play drums right handed on a left handed setup. The only reason for this is that when I got my first really crappy kit, it was set up lefty, and I'm righty. So that's how I learned. It is really difficult for me to play on a right handed setup.

7. I've had the misfortune of seeing Ted Nugent in concert. Twice.

I don't know most of the bloggers whose blogs I frequent, so I'll just leave the tag open. Actually, I will throw it to Pete and the IckMusic gang.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sorry, Ma, Forgot to Post

I haven't really forgotten to post so much as I just haven't gotten around to it.

A week or so ago, the folk over at Pitchfork reported that the long-awaited Replacements remasters are finally seeing the light of day. Phase one sees the Twin Tone releases get the remaster/expansion treatment on April 22, with the Sire releases to follow later in the year. When they initially announced this a couple of years ago, there was talk of a boxed set, but there's no mention of that now. Hm.

I'm admittedly not incredibly excited by the news. I do love the Replacements. They're easily my second favorite Minneapolis music-makers (Soul Asylum is first. Just kidding!). But of the Twin Tone discs, I bought the previous remasters of Let it Bleed and Hootenanny, though I never did pick up Stink. Similar situation on the Sire releases, although at the very least I will have to buy Tim, as a) it is my favorite 'Mats album and b) it could use some remastering.

The Replacements are one of my very favorites. They aren't particularly great musicians, but Paul Westerberg's lyrics are heartfelt and the band's general sense of delivery are well executed. There's something to be said for simplicity speaking volumes, and I think that the Replacements are a great example of that.

What we have here is a little boot called Shit, Shower and Shave. The disc's 23 tracks are culled from their 1989 tour supporting their penultimate album, Don't Tell a Soul. The 'Mats were also opening for Tom Petty on this tour, which makes for some interesting moments as well. Enjoy!

Bristol, Connecticut 8-31-89
1. Talent Show
2. Around and Around (Chuck Berry)
3. The Ledge
4. Can't Hardly Wait
5. September Gurls (Big Star)
6. Another Girl, Another Planet (The Only Ones)
7. Within Your Reach
8. Left of the Dial
9. Alex Chilton
10. Nightclub Jitters
11. I'll Be You
12. Bastards of Young

Milwaukee Wisconsin, June 1989:
13. Talent Show
14. Answering Machine
15. Another Girl, Another Planet (The Only Ones)
16. Anywhere's Better than Here
17. Here Comes a Regular

Mansfield Massachusetts 8-28-89
18. Achin' to Be
19. Waitress in the Sky
20. Don't Ask Why
21. Unsatisfied
22. I'll Be You
23. I Will Dare

Shit, Shower and Shave

Sunday, February 10, 2008

He's a bad mutha...

Ok, ok. So I recently rented Sesame Street: Old School, vol. 2 from Netflix. The set showcases 1977-1979, and is quite a trip down memory lane, even for those of us born in the early '80s (I'm amazed at how much recycling Sesame Street did). A lot of it I remember. This I'm pretty sure I never saw before, but my jaw dropped, and I nearly spit Diet Pepsi all over the living room.

Seriously? The Seseame Workshop parodied the theme from Shaft, modeling Cookie Monster after Isaac Hayes? How did I not know about this already? Also note Cookie's entrance, and how it's totally modeled after Hayes' entrance to the stage in Wattstax. Unbelievable!

I'm actually surprised that this next classic didn't make the cut on the dvd set. If I deejayed out regularly, I would totally slip this in one night, just to see what happened:

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Love at First Sight

I've decided this is my favorite Kylie video. Not only is it one of the best tracks from the oh-so-solid Fever album, but she also looks amazing here (not that she ever looks bad...)