Turbines is the fifth album from London’s Tunng, and the first I’ve heard. When I put the album on I had no idea what to expect. The cover art has a kaleidoscopic pattern, and neither band name nor album titled offered any clues either. This is fine by me, surprises can be fun! And, as it turns out, I don’t think I was expecting what I got — a mellow, electronic sound with vocals not too far removed from Stuart Murdoch (though sans Scottish accent). Continue reading
The Wild is the new EP (and his third release overall) from Lewis Watson. His previous EPs were called It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW and Another Four Sad Songs; despite the naming convention change, The Wild isn’t necessarily a change of theme. The first track, “Into the Wild” has a bit of an uplifting feel, but the next track “It Could Be Better” dashes the narrator’s hopes. “Little Darling” isn’t much happier (despite the refrain of “Little Darling/You’re mine”), nor is “Hold On”. Presumably the EP is called The Wild because Three More Sad Songs and One That’s Not Really That Sad doesn’t really have a good ring to it. Of course, that’s not a bad thing for the listener — it’s really quite enjoyable. Continue reading
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If you’re a fan of the Found Footage Festival (or the Found Footage Show on the AV Club), you may have already seen this video . Especially since they posted it a while ago, and I’d been meaning to post it then, but I never got around to it. If the title of the post didn’t tip you off, this one’s a little on the gross side. But I’d like to talk about it a bit.
The Beach Boys on Good Morning America, sometime in 1980 or ’81. This clip is kinda funny, but also heartbreaking. Dennis Wilson is in no shape to be on TV or even out in public, yet the clueless interviewer asks him the first question. Brian Wilson looks and acts like he’s in front of a firing squad. Poor Carl Wilson is left trying to cover for his brothers in their sorry states.
But around 4:42, when Mike Love is talking about the difficulties the band has been through, he ends with, “…but we’re still here, and we’re still together.” And off-camera, you hear Dennis say his only coherent statement of the whole interview: “And love one another.” Continue reading