Monday, September 22nd, 2003
Matador are re-releasing The New Pornographers’ debut album Mass Romantic on October 7, fully remastered. It seems curious to remaster an album that was released just a couple years ago, but according to Matador, “It sounds so much better it’s insane – it’s not just punchier, with more bass, but you can understand the vocals better and hear all these background instruments more clearly”. That sounds like good news, but it was my understanding that the original pressing on Mint was how the band wanted it to sound, perceived aural shortcomings and all. So the question for me, who doesn’t own the first album but want it, is which one do I want to get? Better sounding or truer to the artistic vision? The answer, of course, is that I will get whichever one I find used first. Ha.
One of the funniest scenes in Lost In Translation comes when Bill Murray is taking direction in Japanese from the director of the whiskey commercial he is in Tokyo to film. The directore doesn’t speak a word of English and Murray doesn’t understand a word of Japanese, and they have to make use of a clueless translator. A large portion of the scene has been translated for the benefit of those of us with as much comprehension of Japanese as Murray’s character – and it’s just as funny as the original scene.
This site compiles all the political humour and quips from the previous night’s late-night talk shows. Laugh at the barbed satire, then cry when you realize this is the only sort of criticism of the current administration that ever seems to make the airwaves.
np – The American Analog Set / Know By Heart