Petland did indeed make it into our Battle of the Bands, somewhat due to the fact that i dragged Amy along with me to judge the bands knowing full well that her eyes would pop out of her head when she heard them. Yes – i’m a manipulative little bastard, and yes – i plan to love every second of their live set. Also confirmed were two local favourites: jazz hip-hop trio Fresh Batch and the hard-edged Dead Susan. Interestingly, both bands are fronted by members of the Drexel male a capella group Eight to the Bar, which seems to have no shortage of golden voiced guys to lend out to local bands. Their most recently acquired member was my fellow male lead in Good Woman of Setzuan, who plays guitars and drums after the fact of having an amazing tenor voice that i’ve been jealous of for an entire year now. Obviously i should be sucking up for the next spot in the group … but, oh, yeah, i should probably learn to sing first. I knew there was a problem…
Apparently i was supposed to “hunker down with a pair of headphones” and closely examine Kid A, but i frankly don’t have the time. I’ll be the first to admit that there are hundreds of albums that i would fall in love with if given the chance, but when artists like Sarah Harmer can grab me in a half a listen i don’t know why i should waste my time on an album that i spent hours listening to while only ever really liking two or three songs. It’s one thing to tell me that i shouldn’t just discard an album after a single listen, but i gave Kid A more than just a casual listen at work (where i’ve discovered tons of my current favourite discs, from Ben Folds to Portishead) and it never took hold. Maybe i’m just too into riffs and songs that can be broken down to a single acoustic guitar; god knows i loved Pablo Honey from the first time it ever entered the shop’s disc changer. or, maybe i just hated kid A more and more as i found out from Pablo that Radiohead really was the next best rock band and that they obviously failed us horribly before they could ever prove their point. Or something? I dunno.
Proving that a general public of music fans don’t have to be tone-deaf idiots, Village Voice has released their top 40 albums and singles of the year as voted on by subscribers. Singles really aren’t too entertaining to me, but i was very entertained to see PJ Harvey edge out Radiohead by barely 30 votes for the #2 slot of the year. The PJ album beats Kid A hands down any day, but Radiohead seems to win on every list because of more promotion and a bigger American fan base. Isn’t it sad when the popular unpopular rock bands drown out all the good ones? Anyhow, my faith in music has been reaffirmed by the fact that enough people ignored the knee-jerk reaction of voting for Radiohead to nominate PJ Harvey for praise. Otherwise, i was happy to see Aimee Mann win over Madonna, but frowned when i saw U2’s massive failure All That You Can’t Leave Behind garner more votes than the two ladies got combined. Finally, hip-hop favourites Jurassic5 found a spot on the countdown only one vote higher than Philly’s own Marah, whose album might not be amazing – but it’s definitely Philly. Like i said … this just proved that there are some actual music fans out there. And, with this year booked with releases from Ani, Weezer, Garbage, and Tori Amos so far, it looks like us music lovers are in for quite a ride :p
My amp suddenly is all muddy whenever i play chords with a lot of treble in them. Single strings sound fine, but any combination of the top two strings makes for a fuzzy distorted signal rather than the strummy acoustic chord i was going for. While the amp sounds great on songs that could use a bit of fuzz, it’s a total waste for others like “Under My Skin” that are meant to be totally acoustic. Argh. That’ll teach me to buy stuff at pawn shops…
krisis: Argh…. i need to join a band. I have no motivation by myself. I’m gonna start a band while on co-op
amesdevil: i’ll learn to play guitar for you baby.
krisis: Gina’s got the electric now … all we need is a bass player and a drummer
amesdevil: dude i so wish i was talented i want to be in a band.
amesdevil: if i learn a few chords you should take me in. i’m good for a joke and i’ll make you all look real good when were on the cover of rolling stone.
amesdevil: i’m being serious. i own an accordian. show me some love.
krisis: Dude, i think it’s in the cards for me to be the talentless one in the band…
amesdevil: i’ll be a fly girl.
krisis: Can’t you learn to play drums???
amesdevil: how hard is a bass?
krisis: Not too hard. At first you get to play all roots.
krisis: Fast fingers needed, tho
amesdevil: i have the fastest fingers this side of the mason dixon line.
amesdevil: i’m down right john cusack being john malkovich fast.
amesdevil: i was supposed to be a pupetteer.
krisis: I’ll bring my bass and amp over sometime for a jam
amesdevil: do it.
amesdevil: i can carry a tune too. well enough to be backup! come on! i love you more today than yesterday (nudge nudge)
krisis: Erm…. why does this feel like behind the music waiting to happen?
amesdevil: because we’re gonna be huge.
amesdevil: i’m talking rolling stones.
krisis: Here i thought it was because of the alchoholism inherent in our plan…
amesdevil: we’re gonna be bigger than god!
I’d like to add that Petland was the most off-kilter of the bands … their sound is just cool, and a browse of their website reveals that they do a cover of Cole Porter’s Under My Skin! Obviously they’re my favourite entry into the battle if they’ll promise to play that…