Tuesday, August 10th, 2004
This survey, allegedly from All-Music Guide, has been kicking around lately so in light of another slow news day, I figured a good old fashioned list is always good blog ballast. Many of these responses are off the cuff, so don’t take em too seriously. And because there’s no image that logically goes along with a list of musical favourites, I give you this splendid picture from my immense collection of Gary Coleman photos.
First Record Bought: R.E.M. / Document (on cassette)
First Concert: The Grapes Of Wrath at the Oakville Waterfront Festival, May 1992
Favourite Music Movie: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band
Favourite Music Book: Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad
Favourite Songwriter: Jeff Tweedy
Favourite Producer: Dave Fridmann
Favourite Record Label: Sony-BMG-Warner-EMI-Universal. Is there another?
Favourite Magazine: Magnet
Favourite Bassist: Bruce Thomas of The Attractions
Favourite Album Cover: My Bloody Valentine / Loveless – so perfect.
Favourite Teen Idol: Mandy Moore seems like such a nice girl.
Artist Who Broke Your Heart: That seems awful dramatic, doesn’t it? Can I say biggest disappointment – Ryan Adams?
Artist You Will Always Believe In: Jeff Tweedy
Singer Who Makes Your Skin Crawl: Courtney Love. Actually, everything about her makes my skin crawl.
Singer Who Makes You Swoon: Tanya Donelly. Runners-up: Gemma Hayes… And Nina Persson… And Emmylou Harris… Hmm, I swoon easy.
Favourite Sound: Deep, twangy, tremoloed guitar.
Album You Will Always Defend: Belly / King. Those four billion people who sold their copies to the used shops are fools.
Album You Own That No One Else Does: Belly / King – apparently everyone else sold theirs.
Classic Album You Own but Don’t Like: Pink Floyd / Dark Side Of The Moon
Artist You’re Supposed to Like but Don’t: Almost every ‘next big thing’ that’s come out of New York in the last three years (Sea Ray and Interpol excepted)
Song You Can’t Stand by an Artist You Like: The Beatles – “Revolution No 9″… What, too obvious?
Band That Should Break Up: The Tea Party
Band That Should Re-form: Ride. I don’t think it would be embaressing, really. Tarantula? Never heard of it.
Guilty Pleasure: Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder – “Together In Electric Dreams”
Favourite Music DVD: I Am Trying To Break Your Heart. Runner-up: Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
Concert You Wish You’d Seen: Rollercoaster, featuring My Bloody Valentine, Blur, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Dinosaur Jr.
Dream Collaboration: Fred Durst and a wood chipper. And by “and”, of course, I mean “in”.
The London Review looks at songs that people probably don’t realize are covers.
Nellie McKay fans may want to head over here to download a half dozen live shows and demos of a couple new songs that she’s been performing live on the most recent tour. There had been some noise earlier this year about a new album out in October but I haven’t heard anything on that topic of late.
Comic Book Resources talks to Joss Whedon about his run on Astonishing X-Men, which in my opinion is the only bright spot in the most recent “X-Men Reloaded” title shuffle/debacle (“Grant Morrison? Never heard of him. He never wrote this title. Never.”). We’re three issues in to his 12-issue run, and while it’s still too early to really say if he’s going to do anything remarkable with the plot, his ear for dialogue which made Buffy so much fun is definitely intact. And it doesn’t hurt that the visuals are being provided by the ridiculously talented John Cassaday – the artwork looks so good I’m even willing to forgive Cyclops’ horrible horrible costume. The link has some sample artwork from issue #4.
np – Gemma Hayes / Night On My Side