Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Liked You Better When You Were Quiet

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"The Cuss Set" by the Guinea Worms should've made my best-of 2014 list, but I chickened out and made up some sort of rule about 'physical releases only', which was total bullshit because then I snuck some Bandcamp-only releases on there, so basically I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about. Actually, the only people who talk about their best-of lists after the fact are jerks like Dan Moserock when they're throwing some band overboard just for spite, and who wants to be like that? (Lots of people, apparently.) (oh, by the way, you haven't been sending me enough promos, the next thing your label sends me is getting a bad review.) (shit, Earles forgot his inhaler again.) Anyway, "The Cuss Set" starts off with a somber, single-minded piano riff called "Booze's Control", which right away sets up the notion that this isn't going to be the big-rock yuck-fest that maybe you were expecting, plus is some sort of pun on Blues Control, I'd imagine (no ending is implied, but it comes quickly enough anyway). Most of this is actually sorta Neil Young-ish in a way, especially "Lady Shrapnel", which hints of Crazy Horse big-time; elsewhere there's a line that goes, "So this is rock 'n roll autumn, in the county of heart". Old man, take a look at my life. Wait, "Sober Jerk" is a giggle-fest, I take that back. The best pun on the whole thing is the song title, "Super Willin'", which fits three purposes: 1) It's a pun on 'super villain' 2) It says he's super-willin', like, for anything, maybe even enough for Little Feat 3) His name is Will, so he's super-Willin' it. Obviously I should've ended this review a couple of sentences ago.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Buck Rogers Is All But Dead

At one point maybe five or six years ago, if you ordered a bunch of stuff from any of the record label distros they'd throw a handful of CDs into the box as they were mailing it out, just to get rid of 'em. No doubt the CD boom came crashing down so hard that they all got stuck with thousands of lame clunker CDs that were never gonna sell, so it became like that Mitch Hedberg joke about people on the sidewalk handing out flyers: "here, YOU throw this away". I don't think I ever actually listened to any of the free CDs that I got -- I mean, what the fuck do I care about Small Brown Bike -- but when I found a bunch of them in a box while I was moving a couple of months ago, it was like 2007 all over again. I couldn't tell what this one was at first; the spine just says "My Heart Is A Merciless Piece Of Metal And Fire" so I figured what the heck, any band with a name like that has got be completely hilarious, right? Then I looked it up on Amazon, and that's just the title of the album while the band's name is really Crucible. The only funny part to all of this was reading the bitchy review that some nerd left on Amazon because he apparently thought this CD was by another band named Crucible (some prog-rock/Genesis rip-off) instead. Gosh, I hope you were able to get your 9 cents (plus shipping) back, nerdy Marillion-ass-sucking guy.

Crucible -

Interest Rate of Deception"

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I Am Extremely Big And I Fail Constantly

I got picked for MRR's Monday Photo Blog the other week, which was kinda cool. It's actually the second time I've been picked, so I'm practically my own category on the MRR website now (this isn't true, I'm just making it up to be a jerk). You can scope 'em out by clicking on the links here:

Monday Photo Blog: Dave Brushback (2)

(Zipperhead, Ausmuteants, Protomartyr, Downtown Boys, Waste Management, Boston Strangler)

Monday Photo Blog: Dave Brushback (1)

(Fuckheads, Salvation, Rational Animals, Warning//Warning, Lushlife)

You guys like The Speedies, right? You'd fucking better.

The Speedies -

"Let Me Take Your Photo"

Saturday, January 3, 2015

All My Crimes Are Catching Up To Me

Peeple Watchin' interview in MRR #368, with four of my photos in it (plus one from Ali, hers is the one that's better than mine)