When the Mystic Valley Band is the reference point for Conor Obersts music I am one old mofo. And I'm still 25. Jeeeez.
The fact that one can write a sentence like that explains why we get subjected to the earnest cage-rattling dullness of bands like Broken Records. I was so pissed off at the end of their set it would have taken a really awesome National gig to make me feel better. I got one!
Africa's greatest living musician makes it over and DiS doesn't bother? Shit off.
Has no-one else made the tragic connection between the airing of this ad and the death of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton from a heart attack? Good grief y'all.
for my 12"s. I went home sad.
for an explorer you're making me feel rather old.
Sure, maybe now that sales have slowed to a trickle, it 'feels like the right time to use them'. This isn't quite as sickening as Nicky 'finally telling the truth about Richey' in a 6-page puff-piece in the NME last year, but the idea that Albini's involvement makes this any less of a desperate scrabble for a last shred of limelight is a pretty poor joke. Albini won't be at the helm of anything, he just operates the recording equipment. His uncompromising attitude to recording has often brought out the best in artists, but it always creeps me out to see his name wave around as a badge of authenticity.
Picture the scene, cigar-chomping record execs sitting around in piles of unsold Robbie Williams cds..
"What we gonna do with these Manics then, are they under contract?"
"Yeah, couple more records, but who gives a fuck? No-one's given a shit since they started losing their hair. Can't we get the drummer to do a dubstep album or something?"
"Nah, he's more of a gardener. What we need is Richey back. How's the impersonator search going?"
"His mother found out. Big hoo-ha. Threatened to go to the press. 'parently she's a bit touchy 'bout the whole thing."
"Jeeeez. That's that then. Let's just get Nicky to pretend he's found some of Richey's old lyrics, that'll get em drooling over their feather boas for a new record. We'll do a deluxe edition with a free razorblade"
"Errrr, see what you're saying, see what you're saying, but some of the fans might not go for it. Not 'authentic' enough, or some shite."
"Oh, send em to that miserable get who did that Nirvana album, they'll lap it up.."
on your shitty PC speakers?
I think I speak for anyone who's ever produced a record when I say I just cried a little bit.
A) an ice cream man..
Yeah he is.
a couple of weeks back, and were excruciatingly self-satisfied. And that's coming from someone who loves Jens' new stuff. Can anyone explain what the appeal is? 'Obvious depth of personal experience' is no excuse for a never-ending falsetto that lacks intelligibilty and feeling..