Wednesday, January 31, 2007

come on mood shift, shift back to good again

 some time passed.  its 2007. what has happened? gerald ford died which is in a way, hilarious.  there i said it, flags down or not. RIP James Brown. apparently we, as a nation, need to be united on Iraq. whatever that means. the whole nation needs to unite and come down on iraq? we need an intervention? come on iraq, we need this to be tidied up...get yo shit together.  
 i saw mission of burma last week-ish at the paradise rock club. i saw them almost 5 years ago to that day (jan20) which i think is kind of cool. it put those 5 years in a funny perspective. without thinking about it it seems recent that i saw mob but i was in high school which seems distant but its only 5 years but thats almost a quarter of my damn life... whoa. so does mission of burma still rock 5 years hence? answer is YES. i liked this show even better. 1) the paradise is cooler than the avalon where they were last time and i was CLOSE to the stage 2) i am particularly fond of the obliterati (the kind of lamely titled new album) and had 
been listening to it a lot getting all sorts of pumped for the show. they opened with 2wice. its still surprising how loud these 
guys can throw down. the new album is extremely rocky even with regard to golden age burma. roger miller still hits an impeccable
falsetto and his guit-effects are as whackly melodic as evs. do i sound like i'm compensating? im a hardcore 2nd wave 
burma fan, what do you want. is old guy rock somehow less authentic? sometimes yes, and theres an argument 
to be made about these dudes just rolling through similar sounds...BUT i dont envision a time (ever) that i will not want
to listen to these records OR not want to play punk jazz OR not want to get a little tipsy and stomp my feet and scream
"im not judging you im judging me" with a crowd of the young and the old of boston. wave 1 meeting the 2nd in the rareified
presence of burma.  getting too fawning? let me assault the opening act which the DIG! seems to think are rad. oneida
ist not rad. they are a perfect example of potential songwriting. every number opened with tense chugging riffery which was
a little indistinct, a bit too bled together but just right to open up for a grand chorus or a precise bridge or...anything else at all.
what there was instead was like drone music theory applied to the Buzzcocks. which isnt fair cause half a verse of 
Buzzcocks is easily 2wice the excitement of oneida. they did inspire me to start a band called mrs deebs.

 new albums from the shins, deerhoof and of montreal! yay!
but seriously my seasonal depression/rockreational ennui is thawing in the heat of these (and BURMA) the hoof sounds a bit reserved, focusing on pretty/cooing deerhoof and less of the stomping of runners4. of course the first 3 tracks may rock you harder than anything this year (not just cause its a short one so far    i mean ill stand by that come dec07 if im alive you come find me or send me a myspace message or comment on the goddamn blog and ill tell you still that the first 3 tracks on friend opportunity rock my soul like nothing else in the year, which will be alie but only cause i dont have no soul!)
the shins sound has expanded tasefully. there are sweet moments of the shins playing the shins which is easy but i have to love and there are some funkier/more interesting/more instruments-in-the-mix tunes as well. so boss. this is the one ive been listening to least of the 3.
and of montreal is the one i love the most initially. this is like a giant leap for kevin barnes. i really dug some of montreal this spring when i was vague spacing about syracuse and trying to do as little as possible to authentically and appropriately say goodbye to that spot that university those people. satanic panic... and sunlandic twins rocked the itunes a lot and its funny that i feel like those were perfect vibes for who/where i was and now this new one (hissing fauna, are you the destroyer?) is right on for a more down vw. i mean i aint nearly as distraught as kevin barnes was/is for making this but i feel like the time that has passed made me an older person better placed to take this new record seriously and be blown away. what the fuck does that mean? i dont know really but i do know this, the album is affecting me and its awesome. funny how 5 years seems like nothing to me but 8months feels like a minor lifetime. of course one could argue that as much has happened in these 8 months as in those 5 years but one would probably be wrong and just trying to make more of the present than the past but wouldn't that be better or more healthy/progressive than the current brain which makes everything of the past.  nothing happens! everything happens!
so get the record...steal it buy it whatevs.  of montreal is playing here in march and i wanna see em.  who wants to come with?!

dreamgirls was a good movie that i enjoyed watching

so there


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