I let my work consume me. I got something that keeps me real busy now.
Back! How was yer Labor Day weekend? Mine was punctuated by seeing Liars, Panthers, and Lightning Bolt in a dirty old parking lot on Saturday, which was rather awesome, and seeing Zaitoichi on Sunday, which was somewhat less awesome. Also, discovered Stylus Mag's new Stypod MP3 blog, focusing on rarities. Sadly, you've missed the lost Album section full of gorgeous Dennis Wilson and Kraftwerk and other tracks. Nonetheless, this week has some great selections too. get on it.
Oh, one last piece of weekend news before the musics. You can now reach this side by typing in www.TTIKTDA.info into your browser. Thas right, we done got ourselves a cheap domain name, so that your poor typing fingers don't cramp up too much typing in the long version. The blogspot address isn't going anywhere, so don't change your bookmarks. But for those of you that type it in... this should be easier. www.teachingtheindiekidstodanceagain.info and www.teachingtheindykidstodanceagain.info also work now. As does www.funnierwithmonkeys.info
Now for the Musics!
Brian Wilson - Child is The Father of Man 2004 - It's coming. SMiLE is coming. Child is the Father of Man has never had a proper release, despite showing up in a variety of bootleg releases. But the bootlegs never even approached the masterfulness of this track. It can be argued that tracks like Heroes & Villains, and Good Vibrations, no matter how good the new recordings are, will never approach the strength they had when backed by brians voice in all it's youthfullnes, the full compliment of original Beach Boys backups (instead of the Wondermints playing reserve) And I will admit to a place in my heart for the sparse, creepiness of the bootleg mix I have, with it's delicate, brooding piano intro. But then, I go and listen to this (admittedly strangely cut (with splices out of Wonderful, and a strange horn intro - this is part of a Suite of songs thats kinda strangely spliced)), and wonder why I bothered with that bootleg. It captures the brooding moodiness, and yet, offsets it with a strange, cheerful jaunt, like a Music Box that at first seems delicate and cheerful, but as it runs down, it slows, and reveals a sadness, the weight of memory, and things unfinished. When, at 2:20, the song enters it's final phase, full of echo, finally recalling the version we had all known, a dark and inverted version of Wonderful. The song slowly builds into a crescendo, the approaching storm. Surf's Up!
[Buy SMiLE from Amazon.com, due out on 9/24]
Troubled Hubble - Where Racoons Don't Live - it's kinda cruel to make anybody follow up Brian Wilson, don't ya think? But I'm not gonna give you only one track today. So, here goes. Troubled Hubble are a band from Chicago that tends to play bouncy, catchy shuffly indie rock. Sorta like Weezer with a dance beat. "Where Racoons Don't Live" though, is a new B-Side, from the A Happy Day Went off the Cliff EP, and takes the shuffle out of the occassion. Mostly spoken word vox, and some sparse strumming produce the sort of bitterness I haven't heard in a song in ages, and pulls it off well, which is even tougher. But the bitterness is only a guise for a man who simply has not given up. As the song speeds up, and becomes more painful, we learn that our narrator is a wee bit obsessed. When he takes his vengance, the song erupts, dense guitars, a bass line, and the percussion kicks in. The insanity of that final moment, of "I box up live raccoons and ship them to countries where they don't live." shines through. Great stuff. And be sure to download Dulcinea Duct Tape off of the bands website.
[Buy Troubled Hubble merch from their webstore!]
Thanks for all the great feedback last week kids! Question of the day: What is your favorite track/Favorite Band you've discovered off of TTIKTDA?