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may2015SOUNDTRACKTHE CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM-“Cricket and the Genie” (2016).

claypoollennonLes Claypool and Sean Lennon (who has recently come back on my radar as being much more fun than I realized) have joined forces to create this unlikely (but perfectly suited) band.  Lennon’s band Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger opened for Primus and Dinosaur Jr this summer (and I am still bummed that I missed that tour).

What surprised me most about this collaboration is that it (well this song anyway, which is the only one I’ve heard) doesn’t sound like so many other collaborations with Claypool–meaning it’s not all Les.  Les plays bass and provides some backing vocals and that’s about it.  All the rest–the whole psychedelic craziness–is all Lennon.

The song has a totally retro psychedelic vibe (one that Lennon has been working with very well over the last few year) and Les’ bass is thumping and heavy without doing a lot of his Claypoolisms.  Not to say that the bass is shabby–it’s not–it’s just not as Aggressively Claypool as it might be (for the better of the song).

Having said that, the opening notes are pretty distinctly Claypool, but once the music (fuzzy guitars and hummable vocals) come in, the bass sounds more like a big 70s Jon Entwistle bass than a funky Claypool bass.

The song has many many parts and changes.  There’s a brief psychedelic interlude, there’s interesting organs sounds, there’s some heavy dissonant chords sprinkled throughout and there’s some great harmony vocal.  There’s even a pretty lenghty sea-shanty feeling instrumental section (the song is 8 minutes long after all).

But lest you think there is no Claypool, he gets plenty of places to show off his stuff, too.

I really dig this song a lot and I can’t wait to hear the whole album.

[READ: January 8, 2015] “For Something to Do”

As part of my 2016 plan, I intend to catch up on all of the magazines that I blew off during the latter half of 2015.   Basically, that means Harper’s, The Walrus and the New Yorker.  And I’ll write about the stories that I ignored.  Interestingly I was also planning on reading several large books in 2016.  Wonder how that will play out.

So here begins a slew of Harper’s pieces

This is the kind of story that, were it a novel, I would probably give up after a chapter.  But, because it was a short story, I read it all the way through, and I was glad I did.

The reason I’d have given up is because the story is dark and unpleasant, about men getting drunk and beating up other men to try to impress a woman.  I don’t know a lot about Leonard’s writing, so i don’t know how his stories tend to resolve, but I was worried about just how dark this would go before any resolution was present. (more…)

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july2015 SOUNDTRACK: THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER-Tiny Desk Concert #92 (November 17, 2010).

goastt  The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is a band created by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl.  I really liked their most recent album so I was pretty interested to hear this much earlier Tiny Desk Concert.

I love this acoustic pairing.  Lennon plays the acoustic guitar (and sings and sounds a bit like his father’s more delicate side.  Meanwhile, Charlotte plays a ton of instruments and sings as well.

The show starts with them talking about tambourines and how they are unavoidably loud (so Sean’s is on the floor).

“Jardin du Luxembourg” has some great chord changes and Charlotte’s lovely accordion (with a kind of French flair).  As with all of these songs, there’s interesting lyrics like, “people say your brain is like cream cheese it takes the shape of anything you please.”  At the end of the song, Charlotte comments that she tried to play the accordion quietly but if she does it sounds like it has emphysema.  Sean says that she just learned to play it ten days earlier.

For “Schroedinger’s Cat” she switches from accordion to melodica and xylophone.  Charlotte sings harmony along with Sean.  There are more interesting lyrics here too (trippy ones, of course).  It references Socrates, Aristotle, Dorian Gray and many more cultural touchstones.

On “Dark Matter, White Noise,” Charlotte plays bass (and sings lead on alternating verses).  The chorus is gorgeous again, with a sort of minor key tone.

“The World Was Made For Men”  is the first song they ever wrote together.  Again, they sing together and sound fantastic.

At the end of the show, he threatens to do a 2 hour tambourine solo.

GOASTT is really something.  I am bummed that they opened for a band I wanted to see this summer but was unable to attend.  I hope the two bands tour again together this year.

[READ: January 6, 2015] “Nice Insane”

This was the second short piece in this issue of Harper’s.  I don’t know Seth Price.  This is an excerpt from his novel Fuck Seth Price.

Generally, I dislike reading excerpts, although sometimes they make you want to read the full novel.  That did not happen in this case, though.

This excerpt focuses on the “moment of inspiration that had rejuvenated his [presumably Seth’s] painting career, making him rich but ultimately leading him to reject contemporary art.” (more…)

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