Posts from 31st July 2000

Jul 00


New York London Paris MunichPost a comment • 1,078 views

The liberals and bleeding hearts on other sites may be carping, but let me say here and now that NYLPM absolutely supports PopJustice in its bold campaign to NAME AND SHAME indie so-called stars. If even one boy band is saved from chart ignominy, surely that’s worth a million people being stoned to death because they’ve got thick glasses and a piercing?

In Review

New York London Paris MunichPost a comment • 361 views

In Review makes a good point about my American Psycho piece, and yes, the choice of tracks do work as a commentary, but I still felt that the film was more generally effective than the soundtrack makes it out to be. As for “less hip than dark” – well, yes, though dark is hip these days as often as not. Incidentally I think the movie’s score is being released separately – whether it’ll be Cale-heavy or not, I don’t know.

IR also singles out this piece from the archives, which is definitely one of the most original lists I’ve seen for a while – ‘buzzkill’ tracks which set up expectations and then slap their audience up by denying them. That said describing a ‘radio edit’ of a Napalm Death track as being “a brilliant if nasty trick on radio” does rather suggest that radio stations were queueing up to play Napalm Death. Hm.

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES – I’m Lonely (And I Love It)

New York London Paris MunichPost a comment • 711 views

Stephin Merritt has a great voice. What’s more, he has a great, unwavering voice live: this I know from last week’s Magnetic Fields gig. So the forlorn-sealion thing he’s doing here comes as a gruesome shock: lines like “I’m lonely as Mount Everest and probably as high” cement his position as pop’s most assured gagster, but it makes me wince every time because he cracks so badly delivering it. That sizeable concern aside, solid stuff: Future Bible Heroes is the most pop of all Merritt’s bandlets, and while the arrangements are never quite as crisply original as on Fields albums, he brings the hooks with good-humoured pastiche panache.

Plus, even if you doubt his sincerity (and for the record I think the question’s perfectly irrelevant), he’s a master at pinning down particular mindstates and spinning them into a song. “I’m Lonely” is a layer cake of similes and one liners with no message whatsoever beyond the title – Stephin’s been dumped and by God he’s happy about it. Maybe all songs used to be like this, before they started rooting around in singers’ souls and pop turned into a voyeur’s funhouse, and while there’s no going back it’s lovely to have a few songwriters are playful and knowingly slight as Merritt is.

The collected pieces of the guy who does

New York London Paris MunichPost a comment • 239 views

The collected pieces (mostly but not entirely music-related) of the guy who does Damn, he’s a good writer – really wide-ranging, too. Another one to get jealous of.

Pat Metheny, Derek Bailey, George Bendian & Paul Wertiico: Sign of Four

I Hate Music4 comments • 1,820 views

For godsakes, it’s fucking PAT METHENY trying to sound like Derek Bailey with Bailey right there. What could be worse? Well, Kenny G trying to sound like John Zorn with Zorn right there, maybe, but only because we could count on Bill Laswell to horn in with the same shitty-ass nut-hugging dub punk funk bunk bassline he’s been playing for the last twenty years. The only person in the ENTIRE WORLD who likes this album is Thurston Moore and Thurston likes fucking EVERYTHING. This album is even more unlistenable than the first Material album, a record which consisted of future Hole/Chili Peppers/Soul Asylum producer Michael Beinhorn SINGING (tuneless Orwellian toss, no less) over a backing from some new whipper-snapper named Laswell and guitarists (Fred Frith, Sonny Sharrock, Henry Kaiser) so awful they, just like Metheny, only wish they were Derek Bailey. Yet Sign of Four is STILL WORSE. I bet you Thurston doesn’t even like it that much.

I Hate Music FAQ

New York London Paris MunichPost a comment • 975 views

I Hate Music FAQ – Tanya’s written this in response to all the e-mails she gets. May be of interest if you like that part of the site.