CDs I have recently purchased:
In addition to the aforementioned Morrissey, I will be going to see Interpol in a few weeks here in Columbus. I'm planning on heading out to Maryland to see the Decemberists with EG next month, and I just found out that the Violent Femmes are coming. I must try to get to that show as well.
I'm not sure if my old aching bones can handle that much live music, but I'm sure gonna try...
Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
Lovesong - The Cure
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
more to come...
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding -Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
On Friday, May 18, 2007 I attended a Morrissey concert with Pezda. It is my duty to cover the music aspect of the concert, while he covers the people watching over at the Daily Dose. I suspect either or both of us will also post on Ultrahip. Maybe not.
Moz is old. He is graying at the temples and carrying a few extra el bees. However he does this with remarkable style. He strode out in his new look suit and tie, but was shirtless by the end of the second song much to the delight of all the aging queens in the crowd. Roses are now tossed in lieu of lillies. Not much else has changed.
This was not the typical aging rock star concert where new material that you don't know is beaten into your brain while the old material is eschewed. Had Boz Booer been sporting a skater mop top with bangs in his eyes, they could have passed it off as a Smiths concert. They opened with "The Queen is Dead." My heart raced with the driving beat.
Not that he didn't play new material or solo material. Of course he did. Plenty of it. He even dug deep a few times which pleasantly surprised me. He played "Disappointed!" But that pales in comparisson to the fact that he played six (6) Smiths songs. This included "How Soon Is Now?" which almost counts as a cover since you can play the notes, but no one has quite the same "guitar voice" as Johnny Marr. Not to mention that the opening feedback that has become as much a part of the song as anything else will never be exactly duplicated.
And then the coup de grace. For the encore he played "Please,Please,Please..." I welled up. It was strange how that song hit me hard. It was surreal. It was like going home and seeing your mother's face as you remember it as a child. It was like being granted the wish of getting to be seventeen for a moment and being able to share the kiss with Molly Ringwald at the end of "Sixteen Candles."
So in honor of this, The Smiths Lyric of the Week is:
"Haven't had a dream in a long time. See the life I've had would make a good man turn bad."
-Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
2. The Decemberists- the one with "I Dreamt I was an Architect": It has "I Dreamt I was an Architect" on it.
3. The Decemberists- The Crane Wife: Not bad. They seem to be evolving. Ever so slightly.
4. The Dears- I am not sure what it is called: The have something here, but they aren't quite there yet.
5. The Fratellis: I am not a Goonies fan. Not that I don't like the movie, I just never saw it as a kid. But the iPod commercial made me seek this out. There is a reason Apple is using "Flathead." It is definitely a single worth paying $.99 for [sidebar- what kind of society are we living in where the "cents" symbol is no longer accessible directly through the keyboard?] but I promise you, you can live without the rest of the album. bonus points for using pinup girls for cover art.
6. The Cure- Wild Mood Swings: The only proper Cure album I didn't own. I got it for $2. It isn't as bad as you think. Well, except for "Strange Attraction"" [shudder.]
7. Modest Mouse - This keeps growing on me. "Parting of the Sensory" is a wonderful song. This is the carbon song.
Next up: The Dears and The Fratellis.
1.Gomez - Revolutionary Kind
2.The Shins - We Will Become Silhouettes (Postal Service cover)
3.Winterpills - Pills For Sara
4.Death Cab For Cutie - Crooked Teeth
5.The Decemberists - The Perfect Crime #2
6.Beth Orton - Stolen Car
7.The Beta Band - Lion Thief
What are you listening to?
2. The Arcade Fire - "Funeral" : Why did I not expect a concept album to be variations of the same song? Why did I not just wait for the new one? How many neighborhoods do these guys live in? Where is Canada anyway?
3. Placebo -"Meds " : I haven't opened it yet, but I know the title track which I instantly loved. And it appears to have a cover of "Running Up That Hill" as a bonus track. I am assuming this is the Kate Bush song and not just a coincidental title. I hate when that happens.
4. Regina Spektor - "Begin to Hope": I have obeyed her command! This album filled me with warmth and joy. It is innocent but not naive. And when she starts singing in Russian I want to hump the speakers. I would be in love with her, but I am not worthy. She is the Visa check card.