Bitches Brewin': a monthly forum mix-tape


#1001

This is a very good mix of very good albums. I am a happy listener.


#1002

That was a lot of fun, and here it remains.

This month… Something unusual but familiar.


#1003

Short one this month: Fog Lake’s Carousel 6-song mini from late last year. Classic pop chopped and screwed and wrapped in cotton. His stuff is just getting better and better.


#1004

I figured out why spotify suddenly stopped working right for me, and why my username is now a long string of numbers. It’s because I deleted my facebook account a year ago, and spotify is inextricably tied to facebook. I suspect some sort of revenue stream for spotify as they sell facebook my listening data. Funny thing is that I never used facebook to sign up for anything, but because of the shared email address between the accounts, they got tied together anyway.

There’s apparently no way to update your spotify account to a new name if you are still using the same email address you used while on facebook. I do still use the same email address, but I haven’t touched facebook in almost a year. So I can either continue to use the account with all of the saved library etc, with a random string of numbers for a username, and unable to participate in the mix tape, or I can start a new account and lose the library of music I’ve saved there.

Guess I’m done with spotify too. This shared data sneaky privacy invasion thing without even telling you about it has to go, at least for me. I’m fine with actually buying music, and I would expect the bands get more money that way too.


#1005

Dude, I’m so sorry to hear that. Let us know what you want to do; if you stick your selection in here or drop me a message or something we can add it for you.

I try and run the same policy, if I listen to an album more than 3 times or so I’ll go out and purchase it.


#1006

Here we are halfway through the month already and I’m not feeling anything new for the B.B. so I decided to stick with my 4AD phase.

After reading about it yesterday in Facing the Other Way, I dug out my crackly, old vinyl copy of Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook’s Sleeps With the Fishes from 1987. I’d forgotten how good it is!


#1007

I also realize I was lax in adding something. So I added a doozy of a record from 1986.

It’s a record called Kill Tunes by a band called The Leaving Trains, who for about 6-12 months threatened to become something huge. Sadly, the world of 1986 wasn’t quite ready apparently for a ragged pop-punk band fronted by a hulking, scary-as-hell transvetite in the personage of Falling James Moreland.

And that’s a goddamn shame. Because although the group wanders from style to style here, it’s all cohesive as hell, somehow. There’s punk energy to spare (“We’re all posers/We’re all fakes/We’re the same has-beens we’ve grown to hate” bellows Moreland on “10 Generations”), but also good ol’ timeless rock and roll chops, some folk-ishness that actually kinda works (dig the viola on “Light Rain”). At times this sounds like nothing so much as the blueprint for The Grifters or punk-blues bands that would follow in the Aughts.

And Falling James is/was the real deal. His lyrics are often hilariously profane (“Drunker Version of You” is the kind of bitchy putdown we don’t get enough of any more), but also sharply drawn as well – the junkie portrait in “Light Rain” or the social commentary of “Black” (I mean: “When I’m walkin’ down the street/you cross to the other side/I don’t want your m-m-m-money/I just want you to look me in the eye.”)

Oh, and Falling James’s other claim to dubious fame? He was Courtney Love’s first husband. For 3 months. And it was every bit the trainwreck that a marriage between Ms. Love and her smack habit and Moreland’s cross-dressing/alcoholism/attempts to get clean might suggest. Lasted a thrill-ride of 3 months.


#1008

Two great ones today. That Nooten/Brook album is wonderful.

I saw the Leaving Trains open for (I’m pretty sure) Mudhoney in 1989-ish and, at least in my memory, they killed it.