Saw This American Life — Live! I loved the little cartoons by Chris Ware.
There was an extra video written by David Rakoff that wasn’t shown that night.
Went to see My Bloody Valentine last night at the Austin Music Hall. They put on quite the show. We were greeted with earplugs when we got there, which came in handy for the last song. I was a little nervous at first, but they put any doubts to rest. They mixed into the setlist what I’m pretty sure were new songs. There was no encore (which everyone just expects now, and the two or three encores are getting a little out of hand these days), but the sheer power and loudness of the last song blew everyone away. One of the better shows I’ve been to for a while.
I’ve been pretty into Deerhunter’s Microcastle album, as this album definitely needs a few listens. Well, there are two albums. The second one is called Weird Era Continued, and from what I’ve read they’ve been leaked onto the internet several months ago. It’s gotten some pretty good reviews, and a number of people had them listed in their top albums of 2008. The lead singer Bradford Cox apparently also records solo work under the name Atlas Sound. The band kicked off Noise Pop in SF about a month and a half ago, and it would have been good to have seen them.
The sound on this album is something of a cross between Pavement inspired pop rock on “Agoraphobia” at the opening of the album and more of experimental guitar noise derived from My Bloody Valentine on “Little Kids” and “Microcastle”. “Nothing Ever Happened” is just a fantastic pop song. Overall, the sound is great, plus add in a touch of bleak overtones and lyrics across the entire album and you get a darker sound that range from the slower sleepy songs interleaved with songs flooded by a wave of guitar chords that come crashing down on you in a muffled haze.
Speaking of things going on, there’s a Walker Evans show called “Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard” on now through May 24th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. His photographs of the streets of American and the reality of the world around us are just fantastic.
David Rakoff seems to be on tour. He was in San Francisco last week. Hopefully, he’ll come to Austin. His piece about watching TV for This American Life is just brilliant.