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Friday, May 26, 2006


I've been thinking a lot about and listening to a lot of the Go-Betweens since the death of Grant McLennan earlier this month. How do I put this? There is music for the way up, music for the brief moments at the top, and music for the way down. Perhaps I was unusual, but I always enjoyed the way down the most. I never understood why the gerund crashing; gliding maybe, coasting maybe, but not crashing. And my favorite gliding band of all time was the Go-Betweens.

Here's a video of Cattle and Cane, my favorite Go-Between song. As music video, it has that 1980's flatness that screams LAME! Please, start the music and shrink the screen. It's a great song, especially just after the peak, at the start of the long, lovely descent.

Asobi Seksu


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(what's that, a new Fripp song just beneath? Yip!)

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Click on media, click on videos - downloadable in Real Player
(and, again, shrink screen, listen, don't watch)

Donald Fagan? Donald Fagan.




The greatest, GREATEST, cover ever

The Futureheads cover Kate Bush's Hounds of Love

(they did an inhouse and interview on KEXP back in November 04, and the DJ asked them, Uh, why the Kate Bush song, and one of the band said something like, We were touring with a bunch of bands, and there was this CD on the bus, and people would be talking and shouting when the music was playing until this Kate Bush song came on, and then everyone would shut up and listen and rock to the song, so we said to each other, we better cover this before someone else does.)


(and I'd been looking for it forever)

plus three other Futurehead songs.

(including the new single "Skip to the End")



Couple of interesting offerings from The Guardian. The first is a long essay by Paul Morley, a veteran musician/producer/publicist in the Manchester and Liverpool scenes in the late 1970s. The lists of bands he mentions is like finding a lost rolodex in my head:

names were eccentric, told stories and showed off: Echo and the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, Big In Japan, Wah! Heat, Lori and the Chameleons, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Dalek I Love You, Frankie Goes To Hollywood. The Manchester names were more discreet and oblique: Magazine, the Fall, Joy Division, Ludus, Durutti Column, the Passage, New Order and, ultimately, the Smiths. The music, while it shared the same influences, and was inspired by the same English punk personalities, sheared off in different directions. Only the Bunnymen and Joy Division retained any kind of remote atmospheric contact, feeding right into U2 .

God, did I love Teardrop Explodes. And Echo. And OMD (sometimes). And Magazine and The Fall and Joy Division and New Order (and a bunch of other bands mentioned). I never got The Smiths, though I've always felt I should. I never got Frankie, and I never felt I should.

Luckily, Morley is:

...putting together a compilation of music from the cities of Manchester and Liverpool between 1976 and 1984, called North By North West. It follows the music that was being made in the two cities because a group of people - an adventurous underground collective looking to establish their own identity - were suddenly shown by the Pistols, and the Clash, that they weren't the only ones having these thoughts, listening to that music, fancying themselves as the boisterous bastard children of Warhol, or Nico, or the New York Dolls, or Eno, or Fassbinder, or Marcel Duchamp.

Hopefully it will be released in America, and if not it could certainly be shipped to America.

Also, a bit of an interview with Eno, mostly about his recent collaboration with Paul Simon on Simon's latest, *Surprise.* (I've listened and listened and listened again and, having no expectations whatsoever, let me say they were met and not a word more). But here're two sentences that made my heart pingpang:

The most anticipated of this wave of collaborations - if not, perhaps by Eno - has been his return to the Roxy Music fold. For the band's album, scheduled for release in the autumn, he provided two songs, at the band's request, and ended up making a keyboard contribution to other tracks.

Of course I'll buy it the day it's released. And it won't have a 2006 equivalent to "Virginia Plain." And I'll feel old and sluttily gullible and papertowelish.

Oh well. Have a couple of songs:

If I could find the whole song and post it you know I would, but I can only find a 30 second sample of The Greatest Song in the BDR Universe, Teardrop Explode's "When I Dream." You'll know how to make it play.

Byran Ferry (with Eno)