New suits, new ’staches, new songs — same old vaudevillian showmanship,
same old mathematically precise eardrum molestation. At a sweaty, stinky,
crushd-tin-box (sorry, we still have Radiohead on the brain) Middle East
downstairs last night the Hives lived up to Howlin’ Pelle’s ridiculous
tongue-in-cheek third-person boasts — as they always do, even if the shtick
starts to wear thin somewhere around two-thirds of the way in.
DOWNLOAD: Noel Heroux, "I Don't Want To Get Over You (Magnetic Fields cover)" (mp3)
It’s impossible to make a Magnetic Fields song sound any darker. Stephin Merritt cannot be out-baritoned. And as songs about doomed love affairs go, no one is likely to sharpen the streak of Meritt’s self-abnegating black comedy, of which this is among the best examples.
Rumors have been circulating for a couple of years about the ska-core-est band of all time getting back together. And last week the chatter picked up again, although the band played it pretty close to the belt. Offending speculative message board posts were deleted. Everyone kept their mouths shut ... which is not an easy thing for Dicky Barrett to do, mind you.
Yes, the internet is taking over music. (See: Radiohead.) But if that's indisputably the main event, then one of the interesting little undercard matches these last two years has been how TV has quietly surpassed radio as a medium for breaking (or re-launching) artists. It's a trend that began, at least in our minds, when Nike bought "Search and Destroy" by the Stooges back in 1996, foreshadowing a stretch in which Madison Avenue (or at least the dudes with the iTunes account) proved to have better taste than the vast majority of commercial radio's vaunted program directors (we admit some notable exceptions).
Pet Genius: “Top 5 Songs Alluding to Bodily Functions”
1_ The Minutemen,
“The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts”
2_ Bad Brains, “Pay To Cum”
3_ The Replacements,
“Gary's Got a Boner”
4_ The Melvins, “Up the Dumper”
5_ Stone Temple Pilots,
“Wet My Bed”
So let's put all that behind us, shall we?
There's a new Radiohead record coming out tomorrow -- October 10 at midnight UK time, which translates to 7 pm EST on Tuesday. We were gonna have a party at Will's house but then he called up Brenda at Great Scott and she told us to come over there and listen to it on the big system. So: wi-fi willing, we'll be hanging out at the corner of Harvard and Comm Ave, whilst attempting to simultaneously download and listen to In Rainbows.
Jimmy Fallon: Camaro fan
OK, OK, so Jimmy Fallon hasn't joined permanently. But he did jump up on stage with Bang Camaro at their show in NYC last week, performing "Swallow the Razor" while in a state that one Camaro choir member characterized as "fucking wasted." He also jumped back onstage in an attempt to get the band to play a Doors song.
Thanks for deciding to fuck the music industry in all three holes by giving away your new album, In Rainbows, for free on the internet. Yes, we've heard the old saw that there’s nothing more expensive than free. And we appreciate your generosity in allowing us to pay whatever we feel like giving you when we download your DRM-free mp3s.
For those of you reading this at work: the weekend ain't over yet, snitches. Many of you will have Tuesdays bookmarked as Hearthrob night, but they're going early this week to accomodate a dude who we'd postpone Christmas to see. Even if you don't listen to SINDEN's UK radio show or have the funds to fly over the pond to catch his resident sets at Fabric, you've probably encountered his remixes, sets, image, and likeness on this blog and many others (those Mad Decent guys, for example, are obsessed).