Shot Of Rhythm

[ Thursday, May 12, 2005 ]


The information age

You know what one of the great things about the internet is, specifically with the rise of personal websites, blogs and LiveJournals? Being able to, from the comforts of your own home, watch long-lost friends and associates completely disintegrate into insanity before your eyes.

I'm not gonna mention names/web addresses, but two of my former associates have websites that continually demonstrate their lack of touch with reality, a problem that only seems to be growing by the minute. I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or double-click...

On the box right now: John Prine, FAIR AND SQUARE.


Dove With Claws [4:33 PM]

[ Tuesday, May 10, 2005 ]


Rock and roll and writing and whining

Saw Green Day last night. They're definitely the kings of rock and roll at the moment. It was a great show, and an interesting experience, especially since the average age of the crew I went with has to be at the high end of those at the show. There was one kid two rows in front of us who probably isn't in kindergarten yet. I like all their stuff, and any regular reader of this blog has heard me exalt AMERICAN IDIOT, but I couldn't help but feel like an old fogey whenever they'd play something from DOOKIE and I'd start partying like it was 1994. But it was great.

Just finished - as in two minutes ago - my last major paper for the semester. Still have to do a take-home final that shouldn't be much of an issue, so I'm pretty much at the end of the row. For awhile, at least.

I was whining last night about how much stuff I've got going on in the next couple days, only to realize - thanks in part to some sharp comments from Tiff (of "The Scots Made Her Do It" fame - see the links) - that most of what I was complaining about consisted of hanging out with friends, most of whom were female. As Tiff pointed out, "some of us have to work for a living." Well remembered...

On the box right now: Robert Earl Keen, WHAT I REALLY MEAN. Another year, another solid record from one of Texas' finest.


Dove With Claws [11:50 AM]

[ Sunday, May 08, 2005 ]


The wisdom of the common man

A T-shirt I just saw on the street:

"I have a dick, so I make the rules."

I suppose it's useless to hope that the guy wearing it was making an ironic statement about gendered conceptions of power, especially since his girlfriend was sporting an entire outfit advertising PLAYBOY magazine.

On the box right now: Brandy, BEST


Dove With Claws [2:18 PM]



Curtis Mayfield's songwriting in the 1960s - before SUPERFLY and his funk hits - ought to be considered alongside The Beatles, Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson or any other of the famous "hit factories" of the era. Apart from his work with The Impressions - which, with songs like "I'm So Proud," "It's Alright," "You Must Believe Me" and "Choice Of Colors," is as good as he ever did - he also wrote great songs for - among others - Major Lance, Gene Chandler, Jan Bradley, Billy Butler, and especially his longtime associate Jerry Butler. Butler's hits "He Will Break Your Heart," "Find Yourself Another Girl" and "I'm A-Telling You" are among the great R&B records of the time, and the fact that Mayfield's involvement with them hasn't cemented his status as one of the all-time great pop writers is a shame. Before this semester, when I took a great soul music class with big-time Curtis booster Craig Werner, I didn't even know the half of it.

On the box right now: Various Artists, CURTIS' WORLD. This is a compilation I just made of the previously-discussed 1960s material. The hits keep on coming.


Dove With Claws [11:16 AM]