Wednesday, January 10, 2007

technical merit scores: 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.5 (from the american judge), 0.0

I'm sorry that I couldn't get the show up or even the last two items on the playlist up immediately after the show. Blogger went down for some sort of maintenance. So, I couldn't post until now.

Anyway, during this show, I revealed my picks for the most disappointing releases of 2006, as well as the best reissues of 2006.

For those who missed it, the two most disappointing releases were:

/begin pretentious music critic mode

1. Pony Up! Make Love to the Judges With Your Eyes

I met them when they played in Cleveland in 2005. They were very nice, but it pains me to say that when I heard them say that the chick who wrote "I Heard You Got Action" (the "Let's talk baseball" song) wasn't in the band anymore, I had a bad feeling. And it was confirmed with the release of this album. I guess that with that songwriter (sorry, I don't know her name), they lost their sense of humor. The album is just overly serious, with a pretentious title as icing on the cake.

2. Rose Melberg Cast Away the Clouds

I should be electrocuted and spanked at the same time for this because I'm basically agreeing with Pitchfork's review of this album. But it states my sentiments quite well. Cast Away the Clouds just isn't as cute as her first solo album, Portola. Plus, most of the songs are slow and mellow, and just sound like average, kind of overproduced singer-songwriter fare. I admit that if you do listen closely, the lyrics do actually sound kind of cute, but still... it needed a few upbeat songs.

And then, the best reissues were:

1. Various Artists Double Agent 1980: a tribute to the 1980's

This is an iTunes-only reissue, but they at least got it out there for those of us who were out of the loop in the '90s when this was released. This has several indiepop bands doing covers of '80s songs, with highlights including the Softies doing Rick Astley's "Together Forever" and Tullycraft doing "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins.

2. Sonic Youth Sonic Youth

Their debut EP. It's hard to believe that they didn't reissue it before last year. Being at WCSB, I was fortunate to be able to listen to the original vinyl version before last year. There are a couple of important songs on there ("Burning Spear" and "I Dreamed I Dream"), so it's about time.

/end pretentious music critic mode

Anyway... I'd like to tell "anonymous" and Matt that I posted a comment in reply to their comments under the playlist. As for Douglass, I think I've pretty much answered what he said.

And now, it's time to post the show. I made a lot of technical mistakes for some reason, but the music is really good. Here's the show:

Part 1
Part 2

I think Patty Duke Astin's inadvertent contribution to the generation of Indie/Twee culture is even greater through her symbolic input as the spouse of the actor who played Gomez in _The Addams Family_ original TV show. (At least, I think I recall from decades ago someone telling me that she was indeed this actor's spouse.)
By the way, your guidance to use YouTube to see the Pipettes led me to find other short, humorous video clips of Ohio politicians to use in my classes.
Also, I understand that WCSB is under some kind of pressure to restrict live internet feed broadcasts. So, I hope you keep posting your shows for downloading.
You shouldn't make fun of _Sonic Youth_. Their continuing productivity is supporting evidence that one can be middle aged and cool simultaneously.
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