Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson is dead, and I'm taken aback by how incredibly unpleasant a feeling it is, far beyond the usual celebrity-grieving response: This is devastating in an unexpected and overwhelmingly surreal way. I'm also tremendously/overly conscious that at this exact moment thousands of writers/bloggers/pundits are simultaneously scrambling to wrap their heads around it and "cover" it, to both publicly acknowledge this terrible fact for posterity and also add a bit of personal spin, What Michael Jackson Meant to Me. The next 24 hours media-wise are gonna be incredible. This is the fucking all-time black diamond of obits: How do you reconcile the unimpeachable genius of his artistic prime with the train-wreck horror of his public descent, especially given the fact that the former ended and the latter began at least two decades ago? Is there any doubt this tragedy will occasion Absolutely the Worst Jokes of All Time? Did you stop for 30 seconds and mull over exactly how to address this news on your Twitter? If you go to a concert tonight and, like, Dinosaur Jr. brings it up from the stage, what's the audience response? Nervous laughter? Hoots of derision? Or actual, respectful silence?
The truth is that Thriller is/was ungodly huge in a way that doesn't exist anymore, period. In terms of sales + celebrity fascination + musical sublimity your competition there is basically Prince, which, well. And a great many people (myself included) now tasked with eulogizing MJ, in terms of percentages of our lives, have known him far more as a punchline than a megastar, and were too young to fully appreciate the megastar years anyway. Which may be for the best, that he remain an abstract figure moonwalking across your television screen in 1983, a magical figure before we grew up and learned how lame the word "magical" is, that we hold that figure as completely separate from the guy connected to the trials, the plastic surgeries, the late-show jibes, the commercial flops. He was the biggest pop star in the world, and made at least one of the greatest records of all time, and though he spent decades hence doing everything in his power to make you forget that, a part of everyone still remembers, and still reveres him for it. I suspect that's the part of everyone we'll hear from for at least a little while. And if not, I'm staying the hell off the Internet.
EMI has told Danger Mouse that his latest CD won't see the light of day due to "legal issues," so he's responding by releasing the disc as a blank CD-R in a jewel case with art and liner notes. Fans can just download the music off a P2P site and burn it to the CD-R.
Dark Night Of The Soul, a collaboration with rock group Sparklehorse, also features Iggy Pop and The Flaming Lips, along with artwork by David Lynch.
It has already been streamed online, but Billboard magazine said a "legal dispute" with EMI derailed the project...
"Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of Dark Night of the Soul and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited by it as he is."
He added that the album, which comes with a limited edition, "100+ page book" of David Lynch photographs inspired by the music "will now come with a blank, recordable CD-R".
"All copies will be clearly labelled: 'For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'"
--Reposted from Boing Boing (Cory Doctorow)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Odds are if these covers continue to be solid, this won't be the last 'Record Club' single featured on the War on Pop.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
"Heroes" is TV on the Radio's track from the compilation album 'War Child Presents Heroes', released earlier this year. This album's concept is an interesting one--where legendary musicians choose one of their own songs, and pick an artist to cover that song. The last on the album, this David Bowie cover stands as one of the highlights of the album.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Check it out below, and have a good friday everyone
This song should also be noted as it is the first and only song to receive a 10/10 rating from Pitchfork, since they started reviewing songs at the beginning of this year. While that rating may show Pitchfork's bias toward this band, I have to admit that it's damn good.
Stay tuned for the final song of Friday...coming this afternoon.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009