Bad, bad, bad

Me, that is. The CDs I’ve listened too the last few weeks are just fine, I’ve been bad at blogging them. Ok, don’t feel guilty anymore, that was easy. I am continuing this project, listening to every CD I own, one at a time, and briefly blogging about each one, as of RIGHT NOW. I bought a porkpie hat, and am wearing it. I have a glass of Pusser’s beside the computer. I have a new book of poetry coming out soon via BlazeVox. There is a thick layer of love surrounding me, keeping too many slings and arrows from reaching my skin. I am grateful.

155) The Breeders: Safari

An EP CD, I guess; I try never to buy CD singles, but this has 4 songs on it so it isn’t quite a single, and it has my favorite Breeders song on it, the title track. “Do You Love Me Now” was the minor hit, but “Safari” is orchestral and raw at the same time.

156) Tom Waits: Alice

A very quiet Tom Waits recording, or perhaps “subdued” is the better word. Some great songs, as usual, but they are less immediate than a lot of his work, and take a few listens to grow up your spine like the purple bacteria found in sinkholes in Lake Huron.

157) Altan: The First Ten Years: 1986/1995

Some break-neck reels on this CD, and haunting vocals courtesy of Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Manages to sound almost primly traditional and wild-eyed at the same time.

158) Those Idiots: Rock and Roll All Night and Polka Everyday

I usually bump any new CDs to the back of the queue, but we were going to Dyngus Day and had just bought this one, so we played it in the car on the way. Yes, they do the Kiss song, and a slew of other covers (“I Walk the Line Polka,” “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Polka!)” etc). It helps that the lead singer is twice as large as anyone else in the group.

159) The Velvet Underground and Nico: Produced by Andy Warhol

I really don’t care for Andy Warhol. I understand his importance to pop culture and to the history of art, I just think the unanticipated effect of his genius was to propagate those aspects of contemporary culture that deserved critique the most (cult of personality, visual manipulation, roles vs. goals, etc), and if this effect was anticipated, then he was an evil, stupid man. But man, what a recording!