Jan 132009

Tuesday Playlist for 2009.1.13

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Intro: Happy 13th, everyone!  I apologize for the long delay in getting back to the column.  There were a lot of very good reasons for the delay, the most pressing of which were holidays and the screaming death of my main desktop.

Listening: Unfortunately, when my desktop went down it made temporarily inaccessible most of my music collection.  As such, I’ve mostly just been listening to Pandora lately.  Two great new discoveries from Pandora:

The Constantines, “Young Lions”:

Thirteen Senses, “Into the Fire”:

Upcoming: Out today is the self-titled debut from Fever Ray (AKA Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of Electropop band The Knife).  Next week sees a regular hailstorm of interesting releases including new material from Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Animal Collective, Antony and the Johnsons, Combichrist, Lisa Hannigan, and Reel Big Fish.  If you have any money left after that, the week following will bring new material from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Franz Ferdinand.

Thinking: Dead computers suck; I really want to listen the I’m Not There OST, but am too lazy to disembowel my dead machine to yank out the hard drive.

News: So apparently Amy Winehouse is off drugs!  So say the totally sketchy, not-reliable-at-all tabloids, anyway. For the record: I sincerely hope it’s the case and if it is, then many hearty congratulations to Ms. Winehouse.  Kicking drugs isn’t easy for regular, work-a-day addicts, and even less so with addicts where their habit is measured by the percent of their body weight that is composed of cocaine at any given time.

Rumor has it that this year will see new releases from Sonic Youth, Green Day, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  These all qualify as Good News.

Finally: Britney Spears may, in fact, be the least classy lyricist of all time.  I mean, seriously, if you’re going to get banned from the radio, at least have the guts to go the Sex Pistols route and since about abortion and anarchy.  None of this Junior-High, “tee hee, that sounds like a back word spelled out!”, amateurish bullshit.

Song of the Week: I know I mentioned it only in passing when it came out, but here’s the latest single from Third Eye Blind.  It’s called “Red Star” and I can’t get enough of it:

Nov 252007

And now, a sentence I’d never thought I’d type . . .

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50 Cent makes an excellent point regarding censorship/bowdlerization and language hypocrisy. Admittedly his latest run-in with censorship has lest to do with him using foul language as it does him bragging about, you know, murdering people, but I think he’s right that, as a rap artist, his albums will receive a lot more scrutiny from the social censors as will albums from artists working in other genres. This could be framed in one of two ways: 1.) People are discriminating against rap music, or 2.) People don’t actually listen to the lyrics of pop songs anymore.