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Lame or Motile?
I'm beating myself up right now for having decided to forsake free entry to the Hella show at Club Congress tonight. But it's a beating on top of a beating, because I'm still spent from yesterday's festivities. The determining factor in my decision was secondhand smoke. Driving around just now running errands, breathing in the super dry summer-has-arrived air, I realized that I don't want to be standing in a smoky club at 12:45am. In order to enjoy a show in that context, I need to consume both caffeine and alcohol to relax my distressed lungs. And that adds up to a bleary-eyed Monday. Frankly, I'd rather be fresh for a day of bringing Skylar to the U of A.

Besides, I already had my indie music epiphany of the evening. While pulling into the parking lot at Trader Joe's, a song from the new Tortoise album came on 92.1 FM KFMA. I was only listening to the station in order to boner up on some white dude "punk," because I've been thinking that I need to do more with Good Charlotte, Blink 182 and Sum 41 in my book project. I almost never listen to commercial radio anymore. But I guess KFMA has this semi-experimental Sunday night show now, though nothing else I heard came close to Tortoise in anti-dude attitude.

To be sure, it's not an experience equivalent to hearing the Breeders, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., Sugar, and The Cure in the same hour on Live 105 back in 1994. I'll take it though and get some extra sleep as compensation for my micro-thrill.

Mode: tied down
Muse: Twisted Ligneous - Venetian Snares - 237 0894

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frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: May 17th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

oh man...

I've heard the new tortoise is fantastic. I've heard mixed reviews of 'sonic nurse' from SY, however... what do you think?

Remember: check out Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People

Also, ever heard of Skip Spence, the guy from Moby Grape? I've just been made aware of his existence. Did you know he was the original author of "Schizoprenia" (originally titled "Weighted Down") by Sonic Youth, later covered again by Cat Power? Sonic Youth always gets all the credit for writing it in the music press, but Chan's version more closely resembles the original by Spence than Sonic Youth's take on the tune...

He is fantastic.

check the review:


I'll be updating my journal during my trip (yes, I will finally use it for something.) Hopefully I'll be able to include all sorts of great pictures, so be sure to check it out on occassion for the next couple months.

I'll probably see you at Cat Power on Tuesday.

Take care,

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 17th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: oh man...

Hi there. . .

Good to see you'll be posting!

I've only heard three of the Sonic Youth songs, so I can't speak to the album, really. I thought _NYC Ghosts and Flowers_ was great, however. _1000 Leaves_ was my least favorite since before _Sister_. I liked _Murray Street_, but not as much as _NYC_. And I just love the avant-garde SYR EPs.

The Tortoise is really good, though it's unlikely to convert the non-believers when taken as a whole. Here's my review of It's All Around You for Phoenix New Times, if you missed my earlier reference to it.

I'll bear Broken Social Scene in mind, though some assistance in the listening department would not be averse. When do you leave? Can we arrange some sort of "listening party" without having to actually occupy the same space for too long?

As for Skip Spence, I'll check it out. I love that late 60s SF shit. Of course, even if it does differ from the original, the Sonic Youth version is too awesome for words in my book.
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