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The Joy of Bootlegs

The first ever Bob Dylan bootleg , Great ...

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Sometimes, I think I was born a generation or two too late–almost all of the music I love is from before I was born, let alone cognizant of music. If there’s one advantage to the modern era, it’s having almost the world’s entire media catalog only a few clicks away, 1 Now I can explore and cultivate a taste for this stuff in a way I never would have in the dark days of Real Physical Media, and it’s distribution-related quirks. You were limited by what your local record store kept in stock, and heaven help you if your local record store was a big chain–it’s mainstream, big sellers and Top 40 for you, son. The independent stores were where the action was. Now, the Internet is the world’s biggest independent record store.

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The Sparks Project: A Look Back

Sparks in Londen, November 1972; Ronnie Mael, ...

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Rev. Syung Myung Me: And thus, the Sparks Project draws to a close.  Or at least a nap that’ll probably be a year or two long, depending on when there’s a new Sparks album.  Admittedly, if I had my druthers, that’d be, say, once every month or two, but I can see where they’d need, y’know, time to make the records.  And what with the Seduction of Ingmar Bergman film with Guy Maddin hopefully becoming a reality, it might be longer — but we might finally get the Mael’s film debut.  Or, at least a non-disaster-film debut.

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More Weird Media-Related Recurring Dreams

Record store in Afghanistan.

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So, I’ve had this sort of thing happen before.  And, as I expected, in that case, writing about it made it go away — which was kinda bittersweet in that case.  In this case, however, I’m kinda hoping it works, as it’s just a bit maddening.  That and maybe I can actually get some good recommendations out of it, too, why not?  

 

SO ANYWAY, it’s another dream that just keeps showing up — at least once a week, probably more like about every three days.  This one takes place in a record store — which makes sense, as I probably spend a fair chunk of my life either sleeping or in record stores, so to combine the two just seems efficient.  But in the dream, I’m looking for a particular band in a particular genre.  The band name starts with “S”, and it might be a side-project of another act.  Sometimes the act is a real-life act, and other times it’s an act that I like in the dream-world, but doesn‘t exist in the real world.  But otherwise, it’s always the same.

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Review: Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins

Who don’t love Sparks?  I suppose the folks who don’t know who Sparks are might not love Sparks, but that’s only because of plum ignorance.  But REST EASY, reader — we’re here to set you straight by reviewing ALL the Sparks records — and not just by one, but TWO (and maybe occasionally MORE!) Die-Hard Sparks Fan Reviewers.  We shall be your guide into the wonderful world of Mael.  Check it out!
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Review: Music That You Can Dance To

Cover of "Best of"

Cover of Best of

Who don’t love Sparks?  I suppose the folks who don’t know who Sparks are might not love Sparks, but that’s only because of plum ignorance.  But REST EASY, reader — we’re here to set you straight by reviewing ALL the Sparks records — and not just by one, but TWO (and maybe occasionally MORE!) Die-Hard Sparks Fan Reviewers.  We shall be your guide into the wonderful world of Mael.  Check it out!

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Interview: Fred Schneider

superionsIn 1976, Freddy “Boom Boom” Schneider busted straight outta Athens, GA with a dollar in his pocket and a dream: to bust mad stentorian rhymes about wild planets, private Idahos and monsters in his pants. Over a 30-plus year career, Schneider has carved out enough fantastical, transgressional “Southern grotesques” to make him the New Wave acid bastard love child of Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. Now he’s touching the holidays inappropriately with his new band The Superions and their album Destination…Christmas! The inexplicably illeistic Cait Brennan spoke with Schneider and discovered that the “Cancerian from New Jersey” still likes collecting records and exploring the cave of the unknown.
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Review: Introducing Sparks

Who don’t love Sparks?  I suppose the folks who don’t know who Sparks are might not love Sparks, but that’s only because of plum ignorance.  But REST EASY, reader — we’re here to set you straight by reviewing ALL the Sparks records — and not just by one, but TWO (and maybe occasionally MORE!) Die-Hard Sparks Fan Reviewers.  We shall be your guide into the wonderful world of Mael.  Check it out!

 

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Review: Sparks/Halfnelson

halfnelson-sparks-cover-lpWho don’t love Sparks?  I suppose the folks who don’t know who Sparks are might not love Sparks, but that’s only because of plum ignorance.  But REST EASY, reader — we’re here to set you straight by reviewing ALL the Sparks records — and not just by one, but TWO (and maybe occasionally MORE!) Die-Hard Sparks Fan Reviewers.  We shall be your guide into the wonderful world of Mael.  Check it out!

 

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Interview: Ike Reilly

Ike Reilly‘s a tremendously talented singer and songwriter.  I first became aware of his talent when I got Cracker‘s great Countrysides record — my favorite track, by far was “Duty Free” — when I read the liners, I realized I had to check this Ike Reilly guy out, so I picked up his first record, Salesmen & Racists, almost immediately — and wasn’t let down (though I was confused by how “Duty Free” seemed to have a whole new set of lyrics, but more on that later).  Ike’s new record is the outstanding Hard Luck Stories, which just came out on CD last February.  Kittysneezes is lucky to have Ike sit down with us and talk about his new album, comedy, and the middle name “Ray”.

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Interview: Chantal Claret of Morningwood

mwbandMorningwood first hit the scene on a national level with the insanely catchy single “Nth Degree“, with the “M-O, M-O-R, M-O-R-N-I-N-G-W-O-O-D” hook and great video featuring different record sleeves.  After their first, self-titled album for Capitol Records, they left the label and have recently put out the great followup Diamonds & Studs through a partnership with VH1.  Chantal Claret Euringer is the voice of the band and also the director of two of Morningwood’s videos, “Take Off Your Clothes” and the brand new “Snobby Little Elf“.  And, with her husband, James Euringer from Mindless Self Indulgence (themselves no strangers to great music videos), Chantal runs the Tour Crush clothing line.  If it weren’t obvious, she’s pretty busy, so I was very glad she was able to do an interview for Kittysneezes, particularly since I’m a big Morningwood fan.

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