Fishy Elephant and Donkey Music

September 5, 2008

I was wondering about the musical selections played at the conventions. The funniest most surprising one that I heard was “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer played after Bill Clinton’s speech….

When I heard Heart’s Barracuda played at the Elephant-in-the-Room convention I thought it effective but ironic and today Heart released a very clear and strong statement that they basically don’t want anything to do with the Elephant’s presumptuous use of the song.  Here is a quote from the Heart statement:

” The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.)”

And as sung in the song:  “If the real thing don’t do the trick, You better make up something quick.”

More colorful reporting about this over at Rolling Stone.

Remember when the Reagan campaign appropriated at length and repeatedly Springsteen’s Born in the USA  against his wishes…



August 9, 2008

It was 1985 or ’86. Boston Ma. Swans at The Rat. Greed and Holy Money era. The show was so loud the leather bomber jacket I was wearing was actually moving, vibrating. Everyone moved away from the stage during the first song. M. Gira was singing in close relation to the speakers. You could easily feel waves of sound crushing into your flesh and there was a resonance of a weird sort with one’s chest cavity as though you could feel your esophagus vibrate….  This show contributed to my tinnitus. Wicked loud in a small smoky basement space…

Wire:Object 47:comments

August 5, 2008

Artist: Wire

Title: Object 47

Date Received: 8/08


A relatively short “LP” clockin’ in at about 39″. There are a couple of songs, maybe three, that really feel in line with their better stuff: Are You Ready, One of Us, Circumspect. All Fours is quite disturbing, the tones they get actually make me queasy…. The lack of all four members on all of the songs seems to flatten them out a bit; which is to say when all four original members are involved their stuff really has a simplicity and depth to it that can sound great, classic and timeless…What the hell the song “Mekon Headman” is getting at is unclear; It must have something to do with the band the Mekons? Whatever, I’m looking forward to seeing their upcoming tour.


July 29, 2008

gentle heat

cast iron and rock:


Wire, the band, will be touring in support of a new release

July 27, 2008

August 30: Offset festival, Hainaut Forest Country Park, London, UK
Sept 08: The Scala, London, UK
Sept 09: Met University , Leeds, UK
Sept 10: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Sept 11: The Arches, Glasgow, UK
Sept 12: Academy 3, Manchester, UK
Sept 19: Melkweg , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 20: Minnemeers , Gent, Belgium
Sept 21: ZXZW festival, Tilburg, Netherlands
Sept 22: Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Oct 05: Le National, Montreal, Canada
Oct 06: Barrymore’s, Ottawa, Canada
Oct 07: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Canada
Oct 08: Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA, USA
Oct 10: Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Oct 11: 9:30 Club, Washington DC, USA
Oct 12: Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, USA
Oct 15: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, USA
Oct 16: The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Oct 17: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Oct 18: Metro, Chicago, IL, USA

Hey check the free download. Timeless stuff, not certain if all four are on this, I think Gilbert is sitting out or something…


July 10, 2008

crimson king

progressive drama

rock billows

WFMU – More Than a Radio Station

May 22, 2008

Yah, it pretty much is a state of mind. I had the pleasure of listening to the station a lot back in my NYC days. I would have loved to worked at the station but at the time they were at their relatively remote location in Jersey, I forget exactly where that was….the old college they were associated with before the college went bankrupt !? Do you remember….Hey Upsala I think, anyway….

Today you can listen, read, write and live the WFMU way via their mighty internet presence.