Monthly Archives: March 2008

“I can’t be your apologist very long”

Built To Spill – “Carry the Zero” from Keep It Like A Secret (1997)

Y’know, that Built To Spill show in Charlotte last night would have been really great. But thanks to all you assholes in the audience, it sucked. The worst concert experience I’ve ever had (and I’ve seen MC Hammer). I blame each and every one of you. Stepping on my toes, blowing schwaggy pot smoke in my face, rubbing your fat ass on my girlfriend’s elbow, doing some stupid dance that involves shoving your fists in my face, yelling about how many of your friends are here, tall assholes deciding to stand on my toes, shoving me out of the way for your hippie-ass beardo dance. Fuck all ya’ll. Especially you, drunk motherfucker who attacked Doug Martsch. I hope you broke your femur when the bouncer shoved you off the stage.

Built To Spill Beer All Over My Neck (how the hell does that happen?)

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“Out in the desert we’ll have no worries”

The Mountain Goats – “Mole” from We Shall All Be Healed (2004)

John Darnielle’s Mountain Goats walk a line (a ridge?) on which one side lay the depths of annoying pretension – and, at least at the 2006 Pitchfork Festival, cross that line in performance, sinking into a hideous hell of hipster-pleasing high-school-theater-kid-level showmanship, without apology. But descend the other side of the ridge and behold a veritable salt lick of subtle narration, rich details, and cliches carefully bent into vivid characterization. I dig ’em – and Darnielle lives just down the road from me, I’m told.

UPDATE: Had some problems uploading the track for the original post (“Letter From Belgium”); here is another good song from the same record. Commentary still applies.

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“I will be gone, but not forever”

Songs: Ohia – “Farewell Transmission” from The Magnolia Electric Co. (2003)

This is a great jam from Jason Molina (now heading the band Magnolia Electric Co.), one of our nation’s under-appreciated, slow-burners.

I saw MEC last fall and they were excellent.

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“Just a little haiku”

Buffalo Tom – “Tangerine” from Sleepy-Eyed (1995)

This song kicks ass. One of the better bands to mine the intersection between jangly pop and grungy guitars (that is, to imitate the Replacements), Buffalo Tom put out a string of solid albums in the early- and mid-’90s, including this gem, probably their best collection of songs, and their rawest (i.e., best) production. This song should be included in every musical history of the 1990s.

On a related note, these days I find that the 1990s yielded some truly great music, and I have a real deep affection for what my girlfriend calls “cheesy 90s music.” I mean, check it out

Buy the Buffalo here

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