Posts from 30th April 2001

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Apr 01

Simon Reynolds’ Unfaves of 2000

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Simon Reynolds’ Unfaves of 2000 – the link on his page doesn’t work, but this one does. TREMBLE! as Aaliyah gets a dissing. QUAKE! as progressive trance comes under the hammer. NOD! as Reynolds says some very sensible things about New York punk. GO! to the forum where we’ll kick off a thread on the piece.

Now I’m the last person to big up Travis

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Now I’m the last person to big up Travis (no – that isn’t true, everyone else on NYLPM are probably the last person – but that still puts me in the last thirteen). However listening to Sing by Travis it occurs to me that it is musically rather disturbing. What we have is a particularly sinister banjo line which recalls the bit just before Duelling Banjoes kicks in. So far so Deliverance. The rest of the band plod on, but in the background we have the sound of tolling bells phased and played backwards. The effect – with Frannie’s usual just about melodic singing is really rather unsettling. It has the subliminal noise feel of much good feedback rock, yet it is quite clearly bells and hidden well under a pretty bland piece of trad Travis.

Of course we have already noted – by use of science – that the lyrics are pants so no need to proclaim it as genius yet. However I would be interested to see if anyone else finds Sing musically quite as scary as I do.

FT vs the Cockfarmers: Update

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FT vs the Cockfarmers: Update: The cockfarmers have won. Ha! OK, no, the situation re. the domain name is that we’ve not got it and that you should under no circumstances go to freakytrigger.com and give the people who do any money. As least if it had been porn it would have been something to look at.

As the front page of the old site indicates, Freaky Trigger is taking a break and will return, better than ever, in June, at a spangly new address. I’m actually relieved about the whole thing as it’s allowed me to take a step back and have a think about where the site is going and what it’s for.

NYLPM will be moving to that selfsame spangly new address when we re-launch: for now, this is it as far as pop content is concerned. Except that if you want more passionate pop writing you should really be investigating the forum (I Love Music) linked above. Thanks for the support and keep reading.

AALIYAH feat. TIMBALAND – “We Need A Resolution”

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“The problem is,” my friend is saying, “That people see relationships as a zero-sum game.” And while I’m talking to her Aaliyah is saying “Who should be hurt? Who should be blamed?”, ’cause someone has to be, and while Aaliyah’s singing Timbaland is making clarinets sound like water running uphill, or like the blood in your temples when you’ve been arguing so long your words are starting to tie knots in one another.

Tell me your heart, what’s your problem, let’s resolve it, am I supposed to change, are you supposed to change, we need a resolution we need a resolution we have so much confusion: “WNAR” is sex-war black-comedy, with Aaliyah parrotting therapy-culture nostrums and getting cut off by Tim’s exhausted, insensitive rap (it’s her time of the month, apparently). But somebody replaced the laugh-track with scissor-beats and that taunting woodwind wooze. The song is claustrophobic and tangled and unsteady, like a quarrel: unlike a quarrel, it’s also very beautiful, but this is still pop music, after all. Still, it’s not the sonic guess-whats that make this my favourite record so far this year: it’s all the stuff that in the pit of my stomach I do recognise.