David M. Goldstein
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Even if this wasn’t a great album (and it is), the existence of P.M. Dawn was completely justified by the “I’m Just a Human” spoof in Fear of a Black Hat.
Hilarity ensued a few years back when Carl Newman okayed the use of New Pornographer’s “The Bleeding Heart Show” for a University of Phoenix ad. He claims he thought it was a real brick and mortar school in Arizona. And there’s another recent Univ. Phoenix ad that utilizes Django Django.
But oddly, they’ve yet to license a song from Phoenix themselves.
Joy Formidable sample!
99.9 percent sure the other drummer dude was Kid Millions from Oneida. He also sat in for the entirety of Night 4 of the recent Maxwell’s Hannukah run. There’s some well documented bro-love between the two bands. Such a killer tune.
Aside from all that was mentioned, I’d venture one of the secrets to the Ira/Georgia longevity is the premium they seem to place on their privacy in all matters outside of the band. They’re never the topic of indie gossip….no one really knows anything about the workings of their relationship aside from them being married and making incredible records. And that’s fine.
It worth noting that “Heroin” was (and always is) Roky Erikson’s arrangement of the VU song, which can be found pretty easily with a YouTube search. Ira does a great take on Roky’s yelping, and they usually play it at least once a Chanukah run, I guess now making it a joyous holiday standard of sorts.
But isn’t Araya happily married with kids now? I think of a lot of lovable Slayer stuff came into play once those guys started to age and have families. I’m not an expert on the band by any means, but it seems admirable that they’ve still maintained a steady degree of intensity throughout their career….especially relative to the bands they shared the Big 4 stage with. Has the self-effacing aspect crept into the music at all? I’m surprised Dave Lombardo still has ankles.
actually, pretty sure he has a solo record currently in the works on which Homme contributes, so a QOTSA collaboration sounds reasonable.
and every time I listen to the drumming on Lounge Act from Live at Reading, I wonder what kind of merciful god ever allowed Grohl to pick up a guitar in the first place. Good news all around.
2112 self-indulgent? Self-indulgently AWESOME.
And on that topic, a rock opera comprised of Cygnus X-1 Books I and II would be a broadway geek-out for the ages. Surely you know what I mean if Queensryche is on here…..\m/ \m/ \m/
Didn’t ABC buy a “1990′s grrrrl band” comedy written by Jennifer Crittenden? She was in her 20′s in the grunge era and wrote some of the better Simpsons and latter day Seinfeld episodes, but I can’t envision this being very good. Hadn’t given it much thought until now.
Man, Summer Sun continues to get no love, and comparing “The Fireside” to the Stones’ “Moonlight Mile” is unquestionably the kindest thing ever written about “The Fireside.” That said, fantastic, well reasoned piece, wouldn’t change the Top 6 at all.
But everyone needs to sit down with Summer Sun again. “Moonrock Mambo” is a candidate for the worst song they ever committed to wax (and unintentionally steals a bassline from MC 900 Ft. Jesus), but there’s lots of mellow sweetness on that record.
The clip would seem to indicate that a shofar is going to be featured on this record. Amazing.
Bonus! – Weird Al purposely jacked the Black Gold melody and verse structure for “The Night That Santa Went Crazy.”
I was far too young (13) to appreciate the drug addled self-loathing of this record when it was first released, but it rather gives me the chills now.
Fun fact, I ended up getting Dirt in my Columbia House 13 pack over Faith No More’s Angel Dust because the latter had a song called Crack Hitler on it, and I was concerned my mom would find that alone far more offensive bleak songs about heroin abuse.
No “Breath”? For shame.
Wouldn’t that have been Dave Krusen on drums on Breath? Could be wrong. Good article.