February 18, 2004

liquor sees the diner

So much music I need to listen to for work! So much music I want to hear! So little overlap!... hence, no updates on Collating Bones today, and probably for a couple of days--currently outstanding reviews include Amps for Christ, the Four Tops, Baby Dayliner, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Belle & Sebastian, Death Comet Crew, Serge Gainsbourg, Fleetwood Mac, Mission of Burma and the Magnetic Fields, plus a dozen more albums for Chickfactor, and that's not counting the four Camper Van Beethoven reissues I dispatched this morning, and as much as I love most of that stuff (it's not letting the cat out of the bag, I suspect, to mention that the Burma is tremendous), there are other more casual ear-obligations piling up quickly. Like the Act anthology I bought yesterday, on the principle that a three-CD best-of for a band that put out exactly one middling album with a couple of good singles on it was such a stupid idea it had to be a good idea too (note: my logic may be flawed here). And the Bob Wills and Smokey Robinson collections I just borrowed from the library. The past is waiting for me what's my problem...?

In the interest of calling attention to stuff I write that's not about music, even if it's not Web-accessible: I've got a long review of Chris Ware's Quimby the Mouse and Acme Novelty Datebook, and George Herriman's A Mice, a Brick, a Lovely Night, in the new issue of Print magazine.

Got to play bass again this afternoon--it'd been way too long. Lisa and Amy and Jane and I are hoping to do an "indieoke" show--you know, for people who want to get up in front of their pals and sing indie-rock standards with a live band--so this afternoon we groped our way through "Love Vigilantes," "Vertical Slum," "You Made Me Realise," "Fell In Love With a Girl," "Cannonball," "I Am the Fly" and "Letter From an Occupant." Suggestions for further songs are welcome. Suggestions for further songs are, in fact, mandatory if you live in Portland. And then we'll make you sing them with us.

Posted by Douglas at February 18, 2004 10:05 PM

some thoughts:
Bright Eyes would be great for over the top karaoke.
The Smiths of course!
Not as much fun but very indie = Belle and Sebastian
Will Oldham - Cat's blues is a fun sing along
Echo and the bunnymen - the cutter

Posted by: ian in portland on February 19, 2004 12:59 PM

I'd be a lot more excited about these Camper reissues if it had been more than a year and a half since the box set came out and moved me to finally upgrade my old CvB records to CD. But of course, there were no bonus tracks then. Thanks, Spinart! I'm totally giving you another $50 for these same records! Keep it up!

Posted by: Aaron on February 22, 2004 8:45 AM

Sonic Youth at their poppiest a la 100% would be fun. And I would also support the title track from Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over The Sea," though I don't think I can sing that.

Posted by: Paul in Portland on February 22, 2004 10:41 PM

Head On by Jesus and Mary Chain (though I admit I have the Pixies version in my head as we speak.)

Posted by: aileen on February 25, 2004 1:23 PM

"choci loni" by young marble giants, please!

Posted by: jshep on February 25, 2004 8:01 PM

"So much music I need to listen to for work! So much music I want to hear! So little overlap!"

I would be exceptionally interested to learn why there is so little overlap.

Loving Parent

Posted by: C.P.W. on February 29, 2004 2:46 PM
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