Larry Kinging it…
…loving that Plaid single as well, especially as something outside my normal wheelhouse that clearly hits elements that are within my frame of reference. It’s just a really good, interesting song.
…Thank you for posting the Creation documentary, which leads me to a recommendation of the Magic Shoppe EP that dropped back in February. It’s called Interstellar Car Crash, and all four songs are wonderful takes modern psych. Sorta like Spacemen 3 (you’ll swear that the song “Salventius” is about to kick into “Revolution”) or Spiritualized only louder and a bit more immediate. Best of all, the songs are terrific.
…Unpopular opinion that I can’t get out of my head after watching the Tom Petty documentary: Tom Petty’s career is better and more important and musically valuable than Alex Chilton’s. Think of the weird parallels–both guys growing up about the same time in the South. Chilton gets the immediate success but ends up deciding he doesn’t care nearly as much about pushing things after a few setbacks. Petty has a slow start and it takes years, but fuck. Dude wants to be a rock and roll star, as the cover he’d later do suggests. Fire your friends in your band? Well…shit, if you gotta, OK. Do this, do that? Well…Petty learned to play the game, how to twist what folks wanted to his own ends to get himself a chunk of power. And then when he got that power, screw you all. He was gonna use it to do what he wanted to do.
…Speaking of classic rock, Cheap Trick’s ex/current/ex/it’s complicated drummer Bun E. Carlos has recorded a bunch of songs. Mostly, I’d shrug at that, because, whatever. But dig: one song he’s recorded is “Armenia City In The Sky”, a 1966 song that kicks off The Who Sell Out, a song written with Pete Townshend by Speedy Keene, later of Thunderclap Newman fame (“Something In The Air”). This is one of my favorite weird The Who songs ever, a track that I swear Yo La Tengo sampled in 1996, and just a brilliant song. Even cooler: Bun Wilco’s John Stirratt for vocals and instrumentation. So…yeah. Dig: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/bun-e-carlos-armenia-city-in-the-sky/
…I love Sloan. No secret there. I love The Flashing Lights, too. Shit, I just love everything about the 1990s Halifax scene. And so Chris Murphy of Sloan and Flashing Lights/Super Friendz front man Matt Murphy (no relation, btw) and Inbreds main guy Mike O’Neil made an album under the nom de rock TUNS (which was the old acronym for the big university in Halifax, Technical University of Nova Scotia…and it no longer exists.) The TUNS album is due in August, but the first single got previewed last week and it’s terrific. “Mind Over Matter” has Matt Murphy on lead vocals, with cotton candy harmonies from the other two guys.
…Off to check out the Tanya Donnelly comp and the new Twin Peaks.