As economical as it is gargantuan, Television’s debut album is (justly) slobbered over by everyone forever, mostly for the labyrinthine, Mandelbrotian guitar-goddery of Tom Verlaine and Richard ‘Not Hell’ Lloyd, the Andrée and Pierre Brunet of punk rock. They were not the only virtuosos on the record though! Bassist Fred Smith and drummer Billy Ficca locked in grooves so tight they seem almost solid, like if you stand too close to the speakers they’ll hit you in the face somehow. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the spiraling, snarling Friction, a song that sounds like Taxi Driver condensed to a little under five minutes.
Yesterday my recent Bay Area blog pal Unholy Rhythms post this ghoulishly great Halloween mix that I wanted to pass on to my readers. This first track is actually from a project she and musician, Young Henry, are apparently collaborating on - I am intrigued! I started this mix on the bus to work yesterday morning and before this song was over I was already starting to bug out. By the time I arrived, the song “Swamp Loop” by Ʌ was playing and I was legitimately spooked. For someone who usually gravitates towards happier tunes, observing life with such dark music pumping into your head is really something else. You should try it too! Grab the mix here.
This weekend has been awesome. Really really awesome. Went to London to visit my dad, my brother and step-mum came as well, was nice to see them. We went up this weekend because Jonathan Richman was playing, and of course my dad had to go!
My dad absolutely loves Jonathan, and has been a life long fan. He has been so excited to see him again, and went to each of the shows that he played in London. But Saturday was special.
We got to the venue and wandered downstairs to the toilets, got to the bottom of the stairs to find Jonathan Richman sitting in what was essentially a cupboard, strumming away on his guitar.
My dad was like a kid at Christmas, it was so funny to watch. His eyes lit up and he asked if he could have his photo taken with him, and then if they could sing a song together. They sang ‘Springtime’ together, with my dad actually getting more of the song right than Jonathan. It was so sweet and funny!
“I’ve been getting that question since Night Ripper: “What do you do after this?” But when you’re in an indie rock band with guitars, bass, and drums, people aren’t questioning whether you’re going to use those same instruments on your next album; no one’s asking Big Boi if his new album’s going to have drum machine sounds on it.”—Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, on expectations for his new record — which, thrillingly, may come out by year’s end. Awesome interview by Ryan Dombal in Pitchfork. (via crumbler)
Will just slipped this song thru his Facebook feed as a ‘demo’ he whipped up last night while lounging around his apartment. Damn, bro. Dropping hits like this in your pajamas is exactly why you be blowin’ up, kid. Hawt jamz.
Ain’t No Monster Mash: Better Music for Your Halloween Party, Day 2 of 13
Another song you will likely hear at whatever Halloween party you attend (or host) is “I Put a Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. While I definitely don’t recommend cutting such a classic single from your playlist, I do suggest adding its B-side, “Little Demon.” Both songs should have been hits, particularly the more danceable “Demon.” Apparently just a little too outrageous for their time, neither made a dent on any chart.
In case you missed it, here’s a link to yesterday’s Halloween song: “Nightmare.”