“Life. Itâ€™s literally all we have. But is it any good?”
Andy Daly’s Forest MacNeil takes Rick Steves’ sensibilities and applies them to all manner of absurdities. Review is great, but I guess this means we won’t get a Don de Mello sitcom…for the daddies.
Read more at A.V. Club.
If you’re like me, you can’t wait to read Keith Richards’ memoir, Life. But before you do, be sure to read Bill Wyman’s fascinating “Please Allow Me to Correct a Few Things” at Slate first. Stop in at his blog, Hitsville, too.
I’ve listened to this about 1,000 times. Don’t know if it’s the go-for-the-throat vocals, the clever Springsteen ref, or the Dinosaur Jr. guitars, but I’ve been completely captivated by a band I wrote off after their debut. ‘The Monitor’ blows away anything I remember from ‘The Airing of Grievances,’ which isn’t saying much, since I remember about zero from the latter. I may need to revisit that one.
Forgive me for being turned off by a lackluster performance at Johnny Brenda’s once. There was a stretch where every hyped indie act I saw proved disappointing on any level. Pretty sure they opened for the Ponys. I’m still recovering from that experience.
Suffice it to say that I have a very sensitive BS detector when it comes to bands that fall into that category of new truth in indie rock, but Titus Andronicus haveÂ defied all expectations. Solid. I mean, who even releases a sophomore album anyone pays attention to anymore? Congrats, dudes.
I’m going to start “Move to Trash” as a recurring feature for new albums that are big letdowns. First up? The Streets’ latest album, Everything Is Borrowed.
As I commented on Stereogum’s Premature Evaluation post, fame has not been kind to Mike Skinner. Like his last album, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, Skinner has a hard time recapturing the glory of his madcap ramblings on Original Pirate Material and the brilliant A Grand Don’t Come for Free. Instead of bizarre rhymes about everyday drama, Skinner resorts to prescriptions for right living and horrible self-help advice.
Where are the fun songs? Lullaby beats make me very sleepy. Can someone remind Mike Skinner that he made “Fit But You Know It?” Everything Is Borrowed, like its predecessor, is the sound of a 12-step program put to music. It’s depressing to see such a promising artist completely lose track of what made him so interesting in the first place.
I take back everything I ever said about Mike Skinner being the new incarnation of Mark E. Smith.