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October 21, 2003: Bustelo de Milo

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  So here's the thing with San Francisco, which is where I was last week. Beautiful place, great restaurants, impossible scenery, but sort of like what I imagine a 90s theme park would be like. Many of the random San Franciscans I observed still flexed a considerable arsenal of disposable income and walked the streets with the confidence of a wo/man who voted for an elected Democrat.
  I fear it may all be coming to a crashing halt for them soon. Conan the Republican is their new governor (although the people of SF apparently voted 85% against the recall), so they may well soon be getting the fear again, a la Tate/LaBianca so many years ago.
  No matter, I live in Jersey, but was visiting for the quasi-wedding of two old pals. The party was great, I got to see old friends I haven't been in the same hemisphere with in nearly 10 years, and I got to go biking, driving, and even accidentally light my trousers on fire, all while within city limits. Hard to ask for a better vacation than that. To wit, this jam -- which under normal circumstances would go out to Trenton -- is dedicated to Hugh and Rachel. I'm proud to count you among my pals and I wish you all the best for the future. Apologies for making you dance to the Jimmy Scott song, but if there's any lesson to be learned here it's never to let a mildly sauced guy behind the turntables.
Beth Orton  Carmella (Four Tet remix)   The Other Side of Daybreak    *    
Flaskkvartetten with Freddie Wadling  Tag & flyg & Bat   Vita Droppar En Samling 1987-1998    *   0:10:56 )
Joe Walsh  Rocky Mountain Way   Dogtown and Z-Boys soundtrack  No lie, coming up onto the Golden Gate Bridge while the opening chords of this song came roaring through the speakers was more like being in a rock video than any other experience in recent memory.    0:15:15 )
Bellrays  Making up for Lost Time   The Red, White, and Black    *   0:20:22 )
Richard Hell & the Voidoids  Betrayal takes Two   Blank Generation      0:23:16 )
Three  Food for Thog   Dark Days Coming  For those of us who always hope we'll find a Gray Matter track in the karaoke books, but just never do...    0:26:48 )
Sophie Rimheden  In Your Mind   Hi Fi    *   0:41:00 )
Freddy Fresh and his Orchestra  Don't Misunderstand Me   7"      0:45:17 )
Girls at our Best  Getting Beautiful Warm Gold Fast from Nowhere   Peel Sessions EP      0:49:01 )
Lyres  She Pays the Rent   EP      0:53:52 )
Scoundrelles  Why doesn't someone take this Goddam Girl away from me?   Sympathetic Sounds of Toe-Rag  compilation    0:56:03 )
Spectre (w/ Caz)  Vampyr Killa   The Second Coming      0:59:17 )
Big Bad Baz  I Believe in a Thing Called Love   MP3  "Remix" seems like a strong word to throw around here... how about a "cover"? Originally by the Darkness. Yes, *that* Darkness.  *   1:04:24 )
Edan  Emcees Smoke Crack   12"      1:08:48 )
11th Dream Day  Tarantula   Prairie School Freakout  reissue  *   1:20:41 )
Phillip Lynott  King's Call   Solo in Soho  he of Thin Lizzy    1:25:36 )
Nobody  Porpoise Song   Pacific Drift  Monkees cover  *   1:29:06 )
John Cale  Hello There   Vintage Violence      1:32:07 )
The Gits  Bob (Cousin O.)   Enter: the Conquering Chicken  re-issue  *   1:34:44 )
Rapeman  Trouser Minnow   Two Nuns and a Pack Mule  Warning: I am about to compare Rapeman to the Grateful Dead. Please leave now if this is going to irritate you.<--> One of the more interesting case studies in the "It's not them, it's their fans" paradigm is the Big Black/Rapeman/Shellac/Steve Albini school of guitar hero-worship. I like all those bands to some extent. Big Black was a serious deal when I was first getting into the psycho music, so they were a logical early touchstone in my path to musical delinquency... Rapeman was similar in many ways but perhaps more versatile and definitely better to dance to (I invite you to listen to their utterly brilliant cover of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" for all the examples you're ever gonna need)... Shellac released two startlingly wonderful singles and then completely lost my interest, but that's more my fault than their's because by the time the early 90s had rolled around, there were so many guitar dudes attempting to ape Albini's guitar style and sardonic wit populating the college rock ghetto (which I was a chronic dweller within for many years), that I became a naysayer first-class. Again, I don't hold any of this against the band or players themselves -- they are all clearly talented individuals -- but when so many of the people I found myself surrounded by adopted the same inroads to "dark" music and culture, I discovered that it had lost a lot of the mystique for me it had once held, and I thusly began looking elsewhere for such satisfactions. Wasn't I talking about the Grateful Dead? Yeah, well I always liked them too...    1:37:48 )
Variable Unit  Walking with my Son   Handbook for the Apocalypse      1:43:00 )
Dsico  All Night is Mine   MP3      1:56:36 )
Sun City Girls  Radar 1941   Torch of the Mystics      1:58:42 )
Van Duren  Make a Scene   Rockin' Memphis Vol. 1  compilation    2:01:18 )
Scorpions  Hey Honey   Havoc from Holland compilation  No, not *those* Scorpions    2:05:09 )
Urinals  Teach me to Crawl   What is Real and What is Not  Yes, *those* Urinals. THEY'RE back together, too.  *   2:07:52 )
Presto (w/ Lowd & DJ Haul)  Breath Control   Deep Concentration 4: Wreckin' the Floor  compilation  *   2:09:47 )
DM & Jemini  The Only One   12"    *   2:13:43 )
Shudder to Think  Crosstown Traffic   Funeral at the Movies EP  Jimi Hendrix cover. Yes, *that* Jimi Hendrix. Wait, what?    2:16:42 )
Hanadensha  Seasky Rainbow   Doobie Shining Love EP      2:26:55 )
Cheater Slicks  Thinkin' Some More   Whiskey  Feel free to get up and hit the bathroom, get a drink, finish your dissertation, or whatever... This song is about 30 minutes long.    2:32:46 )

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