Israel – Siouxsie and the Banshees (Review)

For whatever reason, I’ve been on a Siouxsie and the Banshees kick over the last couple of weeks. That’s a band I used to listen to a lot in high school and college and haven’t paid much attention to since. They’re a lot better than I remember. Albums like Kaleidoscope that used to seem like…

Girl in a Band (review)

I don’t know anyone whose favorite band is Sonic Youth. They’re not that kind of outfit. I’m a huge fan. I know a lot of people who are huge fans. The one show I saw of theirs is and will probably always be my favorite of all the shows by any band I’ve seen. But…

Complaints about Complaints about The Smiths

My friends hate it, but I’m a huge Morrissey and the Smiths fan. No apologies. This entry isn’t inspired by anything, really, except that there seem to be a lot of thoughts about The Smiths floating around on the internet lately, and I want to complain about two that I ran across recently. First up,…

Some Albums are Better than Others

Red-letter week for Smiths fandom. Morrissey’s autobiography – amusingly on the "Penguin Classics" label – is released 7 days ago (but not in the US – I had to order my copy on import), Morrissey finally clears up his sexuality (sort of), and – no real surprise here – NME ranks The Queen is Dead…

The Star Spangled Banner and other Assorted Songs

In a post on The Volokh Conspiracy, Kenneth Anderson slams our national anthem as a piece of music and offers some mild criticism of it lyrically to boot. As a concession, he adds that most national anthems don’t work, citing Germany, South Africa, and France as rare exceptions. At which point I had to throw…

Spotted on Scalzi: Kate Bush Reference!

An ocasional reader of John Scalzi’s blog, I headed over there today to find that the subtitle’s been changed to “It’s in the trees. It’s coming.” I’ll save you the trouble of clicking the link: Kate Bush’s 1986 single Hounds of Love – second track on the album of the same name – starts with…

The Times, they Changed pt. 2

So one thing that’s annoying about Bob Dylan is the way his fans go on about what a revolutionary he supposedly was. Second to that is how they go on about what a great lyricist he supposedly was. Like last time, I guess I’m not really saying he’s not, just that I have a really…

The Times, they Changed pt. I

I haven’t decided whether or not it’s fun to bait 68ers by bagging on Bob Dylan, but it sure is effective! Yesterday at work, a similarly-aged friend and I were talking about how we think Dylan’s kinda ridiculous. And by that we mean less Dylan himself – I can take him or leave him –…

The Older Twin

So today is, by some measures, Hip-Hop’s birthday. Of course, there are other candidates too, and I’m nothing like an expert on this, so I won’t try to argue it one way or another. I’ll just note that the 11 August 1973 date comes from a party that Kool Herc and his sister threw outdoors.…

Don’t Stop Till you Get Enough

So Michael Jackson’s gone – and there’s really only two routes you can take on commentary. Either he’s an immoral freak, and good riddance, or it’s worth acknowledging that he was a great pop star and stellar performer in spite of everything. I’ll opt for this latter. Look, all kinds of famous people are shady…