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September 17, 2005


That is cool. And unexpected. And a bit disturbing--can they really treat us like real Reviews of Obscure Music?

"New, Weird America" comes (I'm morally certain) from "The Old, Weird America," Greil Marcus's essay about the Anthology of American Folk Music. I sort of see wanting a term for people who are into all that weird old folk music because it's so weird, but, well, whatever. Beatles was a sucky band name when you think it over. Pretty much agreed about hippies, though, although living in the Red makes me nostalgic for all sorts of freaks.

Unclosed parenthesis alert!

Good work! I had a psychically traumatic moment the other night at a gallery when the gallerist showed me a printout of a post I wrote about one of the artists included with the press packet. I must, must, must remove my giant head from the top of my blog.

If you were a band name, would you be "Godspeed You Black Emperor" or "Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs"? Explain.

"Old Weird America" is a stupid enough phrase as it is. That music was popular, or at least trying to be popular. They weren't aiming for the unheimlich.

That's the interesting/pretentious/annoying thing about the new stuff--they are aiming for the unheimlich. Filtering out the popular elements of the old stuff.

I would be When People Were Shorter And Lived Near The Water.

Hey, that scans. Neat.

Given the plenitude of feet, anything scans if you select your meter right.

Construe a scanner, vacuously?

It's a dactyl'c invasion

Often I'll find that I'm writing in dactyls without even meaning to.

As if to prove that MV&EE and Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice and their ilk are nothing but hippies rehippied, Alan Sondheim & Ritual All 770's The Songs contains in nuce all the former bands have ever accomplished, and will ever accomplish, done forty years ago.

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