He’s moved in a somewhat different direction lately, but back in the day Ted Leo was a master of hooks, melody, and falsetto.
De La Soul may have made catalog available to download for free, but TMBG really pioneered distributing music online. This appreciation of “Birdhouse in Your Soul” reminded me that Flood, like many of their albums, has held up much better than other releases of its era.
There’s a new documentary out about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. I also just finished watching Treme and was listening to Good Old Boys the other day:
Yesterday I tried to convince Kevin Ferguson that there are, in fact, some very good tribute albums. Two of them are tributes to Leonard Cohen including I’m Your Fan, where the Pixies do the right thing for this song by substituting a dose of derangement for the original’s bit of senility.
I was sort of underwhelmed by The Suburbs, but Reflektor is pretty good. James Murphy seems to have helped.
Wise Up Ghost is pretty good, but it turns out what I really wanted was The Roots backing Costello on some of his older tunes.
Recently watched a pretty good Big Star documentary and was reminded that they have a whole ton of great songs.
This is from a Nelson Mandela tribute concert and is one of the most 80’s things you will ever see.
“Gonna dig myself a hole” and “lay down in it” just about captures how I feel about the prospect of going shopping on Black Friday.