A.V. Club is reporting that …
Although he’s currently on the road behind the 25th anniversary of his landmark album Workbook, Bob Mould is cutting the nostalgia short this year: He’s releasing a new album, his second for Merge Records, this summer. Called Beauty & Ruin, it’s described as a 36-minute “compact epic” in the press materials. So fans can probably expect more of the late-career resurgence that made 2012’s Silver Age such an enjoyable listen.
Merge will release Beauty & Ruin on June 3.
Mould’s last album, Silver Age, was really, really, really good. Here’s the title track as a refresher.
Check out Memphis boy Steve Selvidge’s white Gibson Thunderbird.
Thanks to my company’s inclement weather policy, I was home yesterday. I watched this.
Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in the Beatles from the beginning, and the Beatles had faith in her. History notes that the Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band’s circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles’ devoted secretary and friend, the goold old Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution—advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges—of the greatest band in history.
Available on Netflix until it isn’t.
The deck itself had its origins in the discovery by Brian Eno that both he and his friend Peter Schmidt … tended to keep a set of basic working principles which guided them through the kinds of moments of pressure – either working through a heavy painting session or watching the clock tick while you’re running up a big buck studio bill. Both Schmidt and Eno realized that the pressures of time tended to steer them away from the ways of thinking they found most productive when the pressure was off. The Strategies were, then, a way to remind themselves of those habits of thinking – to jog the mind.
Wikipedia says …
Each card contains a phrase or cryptic remark which can be used to break a deadlock or dilemma situation. Some are specific to music composition; others are more general.
- Use an old idea.
- State the problem in words as clearly as possible.
- Only one element of each kind.
- What would your closest friend do?
- What to increase? What to reduce?
- Are there sections? Consider transitions.
- Try faking it!
- Honour thy error as a hidden intention.
- Ask your body.
- Work at a different speed.
And just because the OCD is in high gear today, this is what the original cards looked like.
This is – more or less – what I saw last October. As always, enjoy or don’t.
How To Ride A Honda Scooter
- First, select shirt-pant combo. We suggest this … or this …
- Next, select appropriate shoes. We suggest two.
- Then, choose a Scooter that best expresses your individuality. There are many sizes and colors.
- And always wear your helmet.
Honda Scooters: they’re everything but ordinary.
Part of a 1984 ad campaign pushing individuality that also included Grace Jones, Adam Ant, Jim McMahon, and Miles Davis. Apple employed a similar advertising strategy (“Think Different”) in the late Nineties.
Soundcheck is my current favorite podcast. Recently …
[February 9] marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first TV appearance here in the U.S., so The Takeaway’s Movie Date co-hosts look back at the band’s many appearances on the big screen — from A Hard Day’s Night to How I Won The War — as well as the role that their music has played in film soundtracks over the years.