The New Decay

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Thursday, February 02, 2006


I was at into the music and found a copy of The Talking Heads The Name of This Band is the Talking Heads on vinyl which is a collection of a variety of live recordings from 77 to 82. As much as I love 'Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)' I find their first four records to be their best recordings by far, and The Name of This Band is the Talking Heads details this wonderfully. The live setting gives the song new life as they are developed with more grittiness then the studio recordings allow for (not to slight them either, this is just something new and exciting). While I only had to drop $11 for the record it's worth the $30 or so the cd costs new in the stores. If nothing else just to here David Byrne in his prime.

Speaking of Byrne, check out his blog. He is one the best commentators on pop music writing right now. He includes wonderful reflections on music past and present, in his typical geeky fashion.

Also, while I was at Into the Music, I also noticed the Akron/Family show at the Royal Albert has been made official. It all goes down on March 9 at the Albert for a measly $7. This could very well be one of the best shows of the year. Akron/Family released not one, but two of my favorite records last year, and apparently translate their songs well into a live setting.

Just in case you didn't know Akron/Family are the latest discovering of ex-swan/present Angel of Light M Gira (who also owns and operates Young God Records, and has discovered artists such as Devandra Banhart as well as Mi and L'au). Their music is a disturbing mix of early Alman Brothers and Animal Collective, with more collective yelling thrown into the mix. A band like this has no right to come to our frozen city, and yet here they come.

Finally, Deerhoof released a video for 'Wrong Time Capsule' which is worth checking out. It's very Deerhoofy.