Thursday, August 05, 2004

Things went down that I don't understand....

It's fast becoming the week from Down Under her at TTIKTDA.

I swear, it's not intentional, but... seeing as I don't hear anyone complaining...

Black Cab - Good Drugs - Black Cab are another Australian duo, straddling the line between rock and yadda yadda yadda. You get it all. The essentials, are that their new album, Altamont Diary, is a concept album - essentially an alternate soundtrack to Gimme Shelter. The album is inspired, and follows the course of the days events, of the Rolling Stones infamous free concert at Altamont in 1969. As a result, the album opens full of sunny, colorful psychedelia, full of optimism, and bouncy, sunshiney riffs, before beginning a slow plunge into an industrial nightmare, as the Hells Angels break loose, and the riot starts. A man is killed. And the Stones kept on playing. It's been called the death of innocence for the hippies, and the end of an era. "Good Drugs," appearing halfway through the album, more than any other song, shows the dichotomy of the day. The song is full of tension, of a sense of forboding - something bad is about to happen, and it's only a matter of time before everything falls apart.

Black Cab - New Speedway Boogie - This is the albums high point though. The song is a Grateful Dead cover, a choice with a story of it's own. The short version is that The Dead bailed out of playing Altamont that day, was friends with a lot of the Hells Angels players involved in the riot, and wrote this song as a lament of the days events. The cover captures the emotion perfectly. The song captures the sense of confusion, of chaos of the days events perfectly, simultaneously upbeat and rocking out, while at the same time full of regret - there is a palpable sense of pain in this music.

I'd've posted 1970 to give you a better taste of the albums dark side, but it's like... 10 minutes long.

Again, I R Lousy at hunting down buy links on Import CD's. Feel free to post one in the comments.

In other news, I'm thinking I'm going to do a Mix CD tofu hut style. I'm gonna be a bit pickier than John though. If you want to get a mix to review, post your take on any 2 tracks up on The blog right now, in the comments section of THIS POST, and BE SURE TO LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS. I'll email a few people (I don't know how many yet), to get addresses to mail off a CD.

It'll be entitled God has left the building: A Pop Hymnal.


At 8/06/2004 02:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reviews (in haiku form!):

The Dissociatives "Somewhere Down The Barrel":

Silverchair's frontman
Tries something original.
Kurt Cobain smiles.

Devo "Head Like A Hole" (Nine Inch Nails cover)

Korn, AFI, who?
The ultimate cover is
The one by Devo.

Maybe you were looking for a little more depth...if so, do inform and I'll write a more traditional review.



At 8/08/2004 12:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we must aggregate, aggregate, to ensure the survival of the species!

At 8/08/2004 07:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can find more info and music samples for this cool Australian outfit here:

And the CD can be bought here:



At 8/15/2004 08:03:00 PM, Blogger Anthony said...

Go Team--Huddle Foundation

The good thing about all of this childish noise (which i think that The Go Team are part of) is that it seems happy, joyful, good pop is, but isn't as slick or disposable, i mean i am all for slick and disposable, but sometimes you want a wood carving of mickey mouse, instead of something thats a bright pink injection moulded plastic idol. (also it has a countdown, the only thing better then a countdown are handclaps and cowbells, sometimes in my dreams, i imagine that there is a song that is japanese teenagers, american children, handclaps, countdowns and cowbells, and it goes on for hours.)


God, is this prentenious (sp)...I am assuming thats the point, but that doesn't mean that it makes it a good thing. When you are pointing out something, sometimes yu have to be careful not to fall in to it. Though maybe I'm just too sensitive and it's much closer to my blog then I feel comfortable admitting.

(do I get my mix cd, now?)

At 8/24/2004 11:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be down wih a TTIKtDA mix, although I haven't checked in of late and have missed some VERY cool stuff. (It's summer, busy time... )
initial impressions of two recent tracks:

Camper's Militia song -- well, I've always loved CVB and (even more) Cracker, but just about ANYONE writing topical songs with humor would make me happy these days.

Ted Leo's Jimmy Cliff cover -- wow. I like that it's kind of an electronic dub version, not the straight soulful cover so many artists give this song. Everyone should own the 'The Harder They Come' soundtrack...

I'm a melodic pop lover but Leo is so much more than pure power pop, as shown here.



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