Monthly Archives: April 2008

“If not for the rain”

Scout Niblett – “Kiss” from This Fool Can Die Now (2007)

This one’s been lolling about on my palate for a while. I thought it was destined for greatness the first time I heard it so I cautiously gave it some time. I have been validated. It confirms my suspicion that everything Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy touches turns to gold.

Steal your courage at 3:34, it could break you.

Check the video

Buy it here

Posted by Jordy

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“Turn me up, won’t turn you away”

Pearl Jam – “Spin the Black Circle” from Vitalogy (1994) [Buy it online, if you must]

Today is Record Store Day.  Instead of leeching music off the internets, stop in and patronize your local music purveyor.

Even though I work at PDQ Records in Tucson, my favorite store will always be Vertigo Records in Grand Rapids, MI.  I miss it so. What’s your favorite?

Posted by Jordy

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Assurances

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Pink Floyd – “The Show Must Go On” from The Wall (1979)

Sorry that we’ve been a little sluggish lately here at So Well Remembered.
We are still committed to the blog and would like to thank our loyal readers as well as those blogs that have grown up with us.

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Finding Frank

Frank Zappa – “Son of Mr. Green Genes” from Hot Rats (1969)

Much fuss is made by weirdos about Frank Zappa. You know the kind of guys (and let’s face it, it’s always guys) with poor hygiene and Monty Python screensavers on their computers that run Linux? Those guys are the guys I’m talking about – always telling me that Zappa was the best thing to happen to music since Stravinsky.

Now I have always recognized and appreciated his unprecedented (and unmatched) rock musicianship. And he certainly was a much needed antidote for a lot of horrible classic rock. But he is often hopelessly dense and I have also found his sense of humor needlessly alienating, if not repellent. But my friends all said, “You’re just not listening to the right stuff.

Indeed, I recently acquired Hot Rats (thanks, Ben) and it is smokin’ good. The enclosed track, “Son of Mr. Green Genes,” rocks without ridiculousness and is, thus, highly refreshing to someone like me who too often became irritated by goofball tunes from Zappa’s 130 other albums.

So if you love Zappa, don’t try to make everyone else understand the reasons why. Let them discover it on their own.

Buy it here

Posted by Jordy

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“Come on honey let’s go outside/you disrupt the world’s disorder just by virtue of your grace, you know”

Destroyer – “Rubies” from Destroyer’s Rubies (2006)

Though I’m a little underwhelmed by Dan Bejar & Co.’s latest, Trouble in Dreams, the 2006 Destroyer outing sounds like a modern classic to these ears. If you only know Bejar’s work with the New Pornographers, you should really check out Destroyer’s Rubies. The lyrics are evocative, Bejar’s delivery is really weird but fitting, and the band is one of those bands you want to call a ‘crack back-up band.’ First and foremost, the songs are great. Buy it.

I’m proud to be a part of this number (Buy Destroyer)

Posted by Glenn

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“You’ve got to be trusted by the people that you lied to.”

Pink Floyd – “Dogs” from Animals (1977)

I am among those who believe that punk saved rock and roll. It took on the creative, energetic mantle of its dying father. Indeed, a lot of classic-era rock artists had trouble coping with punk. Most of them were growing tired and could no longer maintain the rebelliousness or creativity of their glory days. Thus, the late 70s and 1980s saw the release of several horrible rock albums from rock mainstays like the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. But there were some brilliant exceptions. For instance, NY’s Rust Never Sleeps is a terrific punk-era rock album. But even that seems a bit aged, a tad crotchety.

Pink Floyd’s Animals, in my opinion, was the ideal punk-era, non-punk album. It did not have the brash, youthful energy of the Clash or the Sex Pistols and the Floyd maintained their high-polish production, which was anathema to the punk movement. However, it is among the bitterest and most honest albums of the era, punk included. It is an encyclopedia of how disgusting, stupid, awful, and weak people are. Yet, in the spirit of all great art, it offers hope and redemption in its bookends.

The enclosed track, “Dogs,” is the album’s centerpiece.

Not only is this an important document in rock history, it is also very rewarding to listen to.

Buy it here

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