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Lisa's got a bunch of new portraits up at Spiraling!

Just got a pile of Ramones albums in the mail, for a little piece I'm doing. I note with amusement that three of them start "Blitzkrieg Bop"/"Beat on the Brat"/"Judy Is a Punk." Also bought myself a copy of Fleetwood Mac's Vaudeville Years, ostensibly as research for a piece I'm writing but really because it's a bunch of recordings from the same time period as Then Play On. A very strange record: about 2/3 beautiful psychedelic blues with Peter Green et al., and 1/3 too-wacky comedy/snark led by Jeremy Spencer. Some of which, it turns out, was originally supposed to have been an EP included with Then Play On. I can't imagine it was too painful a decision for some label person to have denied them artistic control on that one.

And I bought the new reissue of the Fall's Dragnet--glad I skipped the last two reissues! I have very fond associations with that album: Lisa used to have it installed as disc 2 in her CD changer, for months and months, and when we started dating, every time I went over to her apartment and we'd listen to something else, it would end, Mark E. Smith would yell "Is there anybody there?," and the Fall would squirm into "Psychic Dancehall." That album's a very big influence on the way I tend to tune guitars...

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