Friday Jabber

Friday, 13 September 2002

Happy Friday the 13th! Waking Life was very in­ter­est­ing an­i­ma­tion in­deed. at times the di­a­logue (in­deed for most of the mid­dle part of the film) was heavy-hand­ed time­less phi­los­o­phiz­ing, stuff that is per­ma­nent­ly asked and nev­er an­swered. it was damn trip­py to watch though. to­day i have meet­ing ga­lore. and now:

The Friday mp3.

to­day the Friday mp3 is brought to you by The Shins. These guys are from Tucson, AZ and at first I didn’t dig them too much be­cause I thought all of their songs sound­ed like they were stoned. They grew on me how­ev­er, their har­monies re­mind me of clas­sic coun­try and blue­grass mu­sic, but what strikes me most is their abil­i­ty to sound like a dif­fer­ent band with each song, Sort of like the Union Underground, but not goth. Caring is Creepy in par­tic­u­lar I think could have been eas­i­ly pro­duced by Robert Smith over in Bonny Britain. So with­out fur­ther adieu I give you New Slang.

Upcoming Concerts

Thursday, 1 August 2002

I’m start­ing to get hyped up, in a week i get to go see David Bowie and Moby on the Area2 tour, and Juliana Hatfield. Plus I’m go­ing to get to chill with some friends a I haven’t seen in awhile in Chicago. I’ve al­so been lis­ten­ing to some new mu­sic. my bud­dy Matt rec­om­mend­ed Dovetail Joint, they sound pret­ty good al­though i’ve on­ly got one song so far. Phil al­ways has the hook up and I’ve lis­ten­ing to alot more Self late­ly. (Rolling Stone says they are an in­dus­tri­al pop band, is that even pos­si­ble)? On my own I found out about The Shins. They are just ok. A lit­tle too mel­low and spaced-out for my taste. They seem like they are a rip-off clone band, but I’m not sure. As al­ways I need new mu­si­cal groups to lis­ten to. Feed me peo­ple! What have you lis­tened to late­ly that has in­spired you?

I’m go­ing to talk about the Machines of Loving Grace again. This ear­ly in­dus­tri­al band from Tucson, Arizona is just plain badass. I was in Tucson when they start­ed to get pop­u­lar but un­for­tu­nate­ly I was al­so on­ly 11 and hadn’t heard of the bas­tards. I don’t think I have come across an­oth­er band with such a large repetoire of brood­ing melod­ic and per­cus­sive songs that are all of rather high qual­i­ty. Its a shame they didn’t get big. If you have The Crow Soundtrack (every­one should) you’ll prob­a­bly rec­og­nize their song Golgotha Tenement Blues.