Friday, February 01, 2008
New Music Day
I didn't think that check would ever get here, but it did and I spent a day proving it.
This morning, I spent too much on iTunes:
* "It's Tricky," Run-DMC
* "Fair Play," Van Morrison
* "Hello It's Me," Todd Rundgren
* "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference," Todd Rundgren
* "I Saw the Light," Todd Rundgren
* "It's Raining Men," The Weather Girls
* "Lady Marmalade," Patti LaBelle
* "Magic Man," Heart
* "Barracuda," Heart
* "Pictures of Lily," The Who
* "Longer Boats," Cat Stevens
* "Mother and Child Reunion
* "Streets of Bakersfield," Dwight Yoakam
About that Cat Stevens -- I figured it was time to call off my moratorium on listening to the man who wanted to kill Salman Rushdie. To me, the radical Muslim extremist known as Yusef Islam is another guy altogether. The Cat Stevens I know is a harmless figure who recalls my junior high past, back when he was the Kahlil Gibran of Top 40 and wrote some sweet and endearing love songs before he finally ran out of steam.
As if this wasn't enough, I bought CDs of T. Rex Electric Warrior and The Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime. No idea why I've gotten by so long with only one, count' em, one T. Rex disc, The Slider. I played that damn thing ceaselessly when it came out. I remember a girl my age told me at the time that Electric Warrior was good, too; it's taken 30 years to take her up on it.
And a couple of hours, I splurged yet again by downloading Television's Live at the Old Waldorf, which is really, really fine.
Television was one of the great punk bands, and one that always reminds me in a lot of ways of Velvet Underground: they're New York, urban, moody, dark, with poetic off-kilter lyrics that always worked against the music somewhat and created friction. Also, Tom Verlaine's guitar has that same kind of emotional, personal reach to it as Lou Reed or Sterling Morrison's did.
This particular disc -- drawn mostly from their two studio albums, Marquee Moon and Adventure -- is much more cleanly recorded than their rough and raw live set The Blow Up, and the small intimate setting shows what a great live band they were, because they mesh together as perfectly as they do on record.