Warning: include_once(/home/tedski/polishmexican.net/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-support/wordpress-support.php): failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/tedski/polishmexican.net/wp-settings.php on line 306

Warning: include_once(): Failed opening '/home/tedski/polishmexican.net/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-support/wordpress-support.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php:/usr/local/php5/lib/pear') in /home/tedski/polishmexican.net/wp-settings.php on line 306

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tedski/polishmexican.net/wp-settings.php:306) in /home/tedski/polishmexican.net/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase2.php on line 62
Not So Local Music « Ted's Polish-Mexican Page

Conventional Wisdom Watch

Categories: Not So Local Music
Tags: No Tags
Comments: Comments Off
Published on: October 13, 2016

The New Republic used to run a regular small item where they would publish two contradictory headlines. They could be in two separate newspapers on the same day, or in the same paper on two different days.

The Republic doesn’t run that bit anymore, so they might have missed this:
Bob Dylan is a fine Nobel Laureate – The New Republic, Oct. 13

If the Nobel Prize in Literature wants to recognize a musician, then it should create an award for music – Same magazine, same day

More blurry

Categories: Not So Local Music
Tags: No Tags
Comments: Comments Off
Published on: March 12, 2015

I hated Blurred Lines when it came out a couple of years ago. The one redeeming feature of it is the hook that was lifted from Marvin Gaye, which as we know has been found by a court to be plagiarism.

Thicke did himself no favors with his testimony, which showed him to be as much of a jackass as a song that all-but endorses date rape would indicate him to be. It’s kinda fun seeing him hoisted on his own douchey petard.

Rock ‘n’ Roll, and all the forms of pop music that have sprung from it in one way or another, has been organized theft for generations. Where is that line between being influenced by what came previously and ripping it off? Are you just using a riff that has become a common part of musical language or are you lifting a song? Blurred lines, indeed.

I suppose one way you can do it is by avoiding ripping off a song that you famously covered:

Or, at least don’t use the title of the song you are ripping off:

Yeah, well.

As much as I like to see the smug Thick slapped around for his smuggest song, there might be a problem here. Back in 1991, Biz Markie lifted an entire Gilbert O’Sullivan song and threw new lyrics on top of it. It was not a “sample,” it was theft. When the court ruled against him, record companies got nervous. Hip Hop acts who were constructing music out of pastiches of found sounds were lumped in with Biz Markie even though they were doing something far different. No one wanted to get sued, so even someone like Terminator X was caught up in the prop wash. It made Hip Hop into much more of a producer’s medium and sidelined the talented DJ’s.

LA Weekly points out that much the same thing could happen out of this case. At least it might keep people from bragging about who they are ripping off, I guess.

Kanye and Such

Categories: Not So Local Music
Tags: No Tags
Comments: Comments Off
Published on: February 11, 2015

I was sort of hoping that this whole Kanye West/Beck/Beyonce thing would have blown over by now. The Twitter and Facebook conversations on the matter has once again made me think that this whole Western Civilization thing is a failed experiment.

The worshipful defenses of Beyonce made me wonder if there may actually be a Beygency trying to ferret out those that aren’t properly paying tribute. The worst of it smacked of the trash talking Justin Bieber fans threw at Esperanza Spalding when she beat him for Best New Artist in 2011.

Oh, but don’t think Beck’s defenders are off the hook. I saw a bit of white-boy-rockerism in the defense that Beck is the true craftsman, unmotivated by commercial considerations, where Beyonce is a pre-fab construction of a team of A&R men. Give me a break. Beck isn’t exactly eating cat food, and Beyonce has made it pretty obvious that her artistic decisions are her own.

Also, I wonder how many of the people who jumped to Beck’s defense were even aware he had an album out last year, or if this was just a handy way to complain about Kanye West (an easy target) and Beyonce.

So, if you add this together with his previous silliness with Taylor Swift, I gotta ask, does Kanye West think that Beyonce deserves every award? I half expect him to show up at the next Tammies. “Yo, Gabe Sullivan, I gonna let you finish…”

Built into both of the Beck and Swift rants is his notion that the two were undeserving of an honor. He wants Beyonce to be respected, but apparently doesn’t think that anyone else should be. When he says that Beck won as opposed to a “true artist,” he’s basically saying Beck isn’t an artist.

By the way, it seems like West’s friend John Legend agrees with me. Smart man. He’ll go places.

Secondly, why the heck does West think Beyonce needs him to defend her? Even if he has some sort of patriarchal notion about the world, has he noticed that her own husband doesn’t pull these sorts of stunts on her behalf? I bet it’s because Jay Z knows that Beyonce can stick up for herself when she needs to. Maybe West ought to get the hint.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Being Contrarian

Categories: Not So Local Music
Tags: No Tags
Comments: Comments Off
Published on: December 18, 2014

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an oxymoron. If you want your work to be recognized in a museum, learn to paint.” – Rule #29 of the 33 1/3 rules of Rock and Roll

I haven’t started a post with an epigram in quite a while. What sort of discussion deserves that kind of over done pretension? The latest inductee class in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, of course.

I’ve got a thousand thoughts, but I’ll keep this short. People my age feel aggrieved because Green Day will be in this year over the Smiths. I think the real reason is that it means older Gen Xers have to admit that a band that came up a bit after their time has now been around long enough to be considered for the Hall.

Were the Smiths more deserving? Probably. It is also pretty ridiculous that Green Day gets a nod before the bands that they ape get consideration. Buzzcocks, anyone? It is a similar problem that I had with Rush getting in before Yes.

It does say Hall of Fame, not Hall of Influence or Hall of Originality. Just Fame…Green Day has that.

Here’s what I like about Green Day getting in, though. It likely means we are done with the Hall being just a way for Baby Boomers to make a list of bands they could be nostalgic about. The Woodstock Generation managed to make one last gasp of their brand of Rock and Roll by putting in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band this year. The fact that they had to reach that far down in the hierarchy is a good sign that the days of what is “real rock” being determined by the tastes of what college kids forty years ago liked is over.

I count that as a plus.

By the way, Bill Withers is finally being inducted this year. It goes to show how much influence the white boy rockerism of Jann Wenner has had over past inductees.

A whole litany of snubs, including the aforementioned Buzzcocks and Yes, can be found at Not in Hall of Fame’s rock list. They’ve got NWA and Link Wray on there too. What’s with them not getting recognized?

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Bury Our Friends

Categories: Not So Local Music
Tags: No Tags
Comments: Comments Off
Published on: October 22, 2014

Yep…Sleater-Kinney has a new song out. I get a little giddy.

The album, No Cities to Love, comes out in January, but one song is available for download.

(By the way, that’s Miranda July)

It sounds like they are keeping on the direction of their last album, The Woods (released nine years ago!). I thought a couple songs ventured into Prog rock territory (particularly “Call it Love”), a comparison that would irritate their fans but I mean no insult by it. I like that they weren’t writing the typical verse-chorus-verse-bridge thing.

I’ll be waiting.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Trying to figure this one out

Categories: Not So Local Music
Comments: Comments Off
Published on: April 21, 2014

I occasionally tune in to Shooter Jennings’s show on Sirius XM. He often touts upcoming releases from his label, Black Country Records. Over the last few weeks, he’s been talking up an upcoming album of previously unreleased material from a session that he and his father did together back in 1996.

Much of that ended up getting used later on the album Waylon Forever, posthumously released in 2008. Still, Shooter insists that his father was interested in taking things in another direction: industrial. He’s taken a bit of grief from purists who’d rather not hear Waylon singing over Skinny Puppy sounding tracks and have their doubts about whether this is what he would have wanted.

If that’s the case, I don’t know why Shooter would do it. If he wanted to misuse his father’s legacy, wouldn’t he do something a bit more commercial? I realize that he has never exactly been mainstream, but it would be strange for him to go this far out. I haven’t detected any previous “industrial” direction in Shooter’s music.

I stumbled over a couple of tracks for the project, called Fenixon, on Jennings’s show last night. I wasn’t sure what I tuned into. I heard a noisy scratchy industrial track, then Waylon’s voice came in. I figured out that it was the debut of the album at that point.

I’ll wait to hear the whole album before I put this down to “Sounds like a fun idea but…” category that I reserve for Lou Reed’s collaboration with Metallica or that album Hank III did with the auctioneers.

A promotional video, featuring a song called “I Found the Body,” was released a couple of weeks ago:

Yep, it sounds industrial. Given when the work on it started, it was no big surprise that it sounds a little like Nine Inch Nails and the Prodigy.

The album was released on white vinyl on Saturday. A full release on other formats is due on Wednesday.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Why Hank 3 calls it “Trashville”

Categories: Not So Local Music
Comments: 1 Comment
Published on: February 13, 2014

The folks at Sirius XM have been trying to get me to listen to The Highway channel by telling me all about this new sensation named Chase Rice. What they don’t seem to understand is, if I wanted to listen to The Highway I wouldn’t have Outlaw Country as one of my presets. Get it folks?

Anyway, they are selling this guy Rice as one of the co-writers on Florida Georgia Line’s song “Cruise.”

By the way, shouldn’t Florida Georgia Line have a hyphen? I guess I’m just too much of a city boy to get it.

What struck me is not that they are crediting Rice with writing one of the most stereotypical recent examples of the vacuous and growing “Bro Country” genre as if it is some sort of creative accomplishment, but that he was a co-writer. That’s right. Nashville is so creatively bankrupt these days that it takes a team (in this case, five people) to come up with hackneyed, dull Bro Country nothingness.

Waylon, when you coming back?

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Quickie Album Review: Buzzcocks

Categories: Not So Local Music
Tags: No Tags
Comments: Comments Off
Published on: June 12, 2011

Here’s a novel idea for a compilation album: instead of remasters or remixes of your old songs, go in the studio and record them all over again.

You say one of the original punk bands is doing this, it sounds like it could be a disaster. One imagines a poorly maintained East side bar line-up featuring a couple of men in their mid-50’s playing in a punk cover band. Not so with the Buzzcocks.

What we have here is Steve Diggle and Pete Shelley playing their still fresh classic songs, but with better recording techniques and better musicianship than when they first stepped in the studio decades ago.

And it rocks.

I’m amazed by how much more energetic they sound. It could be in comparison to the sometimes muddy production of those late 70’s singles, but these guys sound like they would blow away most younger and hipper bands that are playing now.

Of course, that’s me talking as a die hard Buzzcocks fanatic. Any quick survey of their songs will tell you why I and many others would fall into that category.

I keep referencing their original singles from the punk period, but the album includes songs from after their 90’s reunion. Even these more recent songs are worthy of the update, particularly “When Love Turns Around.”

My fave, but give me a few more listens and I’ll pick another: “Autonomy.” On the original recording, it is hard to detect the vocal give and take between Shelley and Diggle. Their voices are near indistinguishible on that 1978 single. Here, it’s clear, along with that distinctive riff presented in bright and blazing glory.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Quickie Music Reviews

Tags: No Tags
Comments: 1 Comment
Published on: January 6, 2011

I was at Surly Wench Pub last week and spied a poster for a band called Piñata Protest. The poster featured a bunch of chicanos (the band, apparently) standing around a paleta cart.

I decided that these were my sort of guys.

I looked them up on the internet and found out that they are from San Antonio, so they are people who know what picante sauce tastes like. I downloaded their album, legally, of course. I guess the best way to describe their sound to the uninitiated is to imagine that a band like the Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly grew up listening to Flaco Jiménez and Los Tigres Del Norte rather than the Chieftains. It’s punk infused Norteño.

They will be playing with the Assailants and local rockabilly favorites Last Call Brawlers at the Surly Wench on the 14th.

When I heard Corin Tucker was going to release a solo album early last year, I got really enthused. Of course, when October came around and she actually released the darned thing, I put off buying it. I finally bought it last week.

I love it.

Those of you Sleater-Kinney fans out there hoping for some more of “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” or “Little Babies” will be gravely disappointed. As much as I am in abject worship of S-K, I’m glad that Tucker has decided to do something a bit different. People who have worn out their copies of The Hot Rock might be happy with hints of Kinney-dom in songs like “Half a World Away.” For the most part her vocals are a lot more subtle on this one, you don’t hear those menacing screams that became her trademark over the last decade or so.

I’m all for this. Now, when is she playing in Tucson?

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

New Fall Album

Categories: Not So Local Music
Tags: No Tags
Comments: Comments Off
Published on: April 21, 2010

I managed to find a preview of the new Fall album, Your Future Our Clutter. It includes a version of Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love,” which contributes to my postulate that the Fall is really a rockabilly group gone wrong.

The album is set for release on April 26 in Britain, and May 4 here. A review is here.

My take: it seems to follow the map drawn by Reformation Post TLC. The bass lines drone and Smiff’s voice is in full growl. I never could totally get into Reformation; I still think that the more energetic The Real New Fall LP is the best thing they’ve done in the last decade. Still, like all Fall albums, it’ll be worth several listens, at least.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

«page 1 of 4

Today’s Instagram Photo
Follow for now
Tedski’s Readings
  • There was a problem with your feed! The error is WP HTTP Error: cURL error 6: Could not resolve host: delicious.com
Tedski’s Twitter
XFN Friendly

Welcome , today is Sunday, July 23, 2017