10 Favorite Cover Songs (That Are Better Than The Original)

Second-hand serenades Okay, not all of them are "better than the original" but---don't you like my WatchMojo-esque title? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fregObNcHC8 The Man Who Sold The World / Plateau - Nirvana Nirvana's Unplugged album boasts a number of covers: one each from David Bowie, Ledbelly, The Vaselines, and three from the Meat Puppets, who also helped them… Continue reading 10 Favorite Cover Songs (That Are Better Than The Original)

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Watery, Domestic

You just can't go in the studio toss out four "distinguishable, hummable songs" (Christgau) and call it an album. You can't just invite your two buddies let one of them play bass and the other just basically do nothing and make them official members of the band afterwards. You can't just have your drummer make… Continue reading Watery, Domestic

Debris (Sandwich, 2016)

Debris, Sandwich's eighth LP, despite having "Kagulo" and "Outlaw," is a little less than their previous outing---the one which they recorded live, in studio. "Kagulo", easily Sandwich's most recognizable hit since "Betamax," could have been up there with the band's best album openers---alongside "Sugod", "Procastinator", and "Cheese Factor Set to 9"---if only it isn't the… Continue reading Debris (Sandwich, 2016)

Follow the Leader (Ciudad, 2012)

The trajectory Ciudad took from Happy Bear to Follow the Leader, isn't quite slanted and enchanted turning into bright corners until terror twilight comes in. See, Pavement references Ella Fitzgerald, not Helmet; Ciudad, on the other hand, echoes Korn, the fathers-in-denial of the bastard sub-genre called Nu Metal. Maybe they're more like The Dead Milkmen, who… Continue reading Follow the Leader (Ciudad, 2012)

Random Thoughts: Camera Obscura, Interpol and Other Favorite Records from the Zeroes

Another list. A list of albums I like, from that decade after the Millennium Bug crashed the world's supercomputers and left the world in chaos. Albums I still listen to from time to time. Not necessarily the bests, nor great ones. More like comfort food. Like burger and fries.            … Continue reading Random Thoughts: Camera Obscura, Interpol and Other Favorite Records from the Zeroes

Obligatory Pavement Post #3: Ironic Love Songs

"Harness, your hopes to just one person, because you know a harness, is only made for one". Tell me that isn't about love. Or marriage. Maybe I'm not right. But I'm sure I could not be wrong. Because seldom are there wrong interpretations, when it comes to Stephen Malkmus' songs. At least that's what my… Continue reading Obligatory Pavement Post #3: Ironic Love Songs

High & Dry: My Top 5 Radiohead LPs

"Hey, here's the new Radiohead album", a friend offered few months ago. I put it on, listened. So this is how they sound now. Interesting, I thought. But theirs is not the kind of music that I need. At least for now. Some people find meaning in lyrics that reflects the despairing things happening around… Continue reading High & Dry: My Top 5 Radiohead LPs

Rock is Dead, Mellon Collie & The Nicene Creeders Slackerful Mysteries

Despite all the press, an MTV hit and all other atrocities ascribed to them during their heyday, Pavement was one of those bands whose popularity (or rather lack thereof) flew under my radar during the nineties. And I'm rather thankful for that. I am endlessly grateful that I've had Stone Temple Pilots, Silverchair, Green Day,… Continue reading Rock is Dead, Mellon Collie & The Nicene Creeders Slackerful Mysteries

Baby I’m-A Want You

Not All Songs with the Word Baby Are Wussy The word baby, like love, is one of the most frequently abused words in popular music. From Peter Frampton’s 1975 single “Baby I Love Your Way”, to the annoyingly ubiquitous Big Mountain cover of the same in the mid-90's, to Ed Sheeran’s 2014 hit “Thinking Out… Continue reading Baby I’m-A Want You

Shady Lane – Japan Tour Ed. (Pavement, 1997)

Japan could be last bastion of selling tangible music. Not only because Japanese people still love to buy CDs and LPs - but also because a lot of people from outside Japan go there just to buy these stuff and to see Ochanomizu's great collection of guitars. And the girls of AKB48 are cute. Maybe… Continue reading Shady Lane – Japan Tour Ed. (Pavement, 1997)