Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cookie and Jonesy

After the Sex Pistols imploded Steve Jones and Paul Cook formed The Professionals with bassist Andy Allen in 1979. By the time they recorded their debut album, the Nigel Grey produced I Didn't See It Coming (1981), Allen was out, replaced by ex-Subway Sect Paul Meyers and adding second guitarist Ray McVeigh. Legal entanglements with Allen and an automobile accident incurred during their American tour in 1981 (which sidelined Cook, Meyers, and McVeigh with injuries) helped kill the group's momentum, contributing to their breakup the following year.

The Professionals were, in my opinion (well, obviously) Cook and Jones at the peak of their creativity, and their output left a huge impact on me. Here be two of my favorites:

The Professionals (1997; from the aborted debut album with Andy Allen)

I Didn't See It Coming (1981)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sad farewell

I was quite sad to hear that Peter Christopherson passed away in his sleep last night. His work within the fields of graphics, photography, and video was impressive, but it was as a member of Throbbing Gristle that Christopherson would leave such an indelible impression on me. He will be sorely missed.

Read more about his passing on Spinner.

The Second Annual Report (1977)

Heathen Earth (1980)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Random tandem

1. Marmite® would be a terrible medium to utilize for repairing drywall damage because I probably would end up eating it.

2. Canaries have the uncanny ability to sound nothing like Tony Orlando.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The one sentence weekend

Listened to Essential Logic, drank coffee, recorded, ate some toast and cheese, recorded some more, fed animals, vacuumed, did laundry, washed dishes, listened to Kate Bush, recorded a bit more, watched some telly, wrote, shaved, went to sleep, woke up, drank orange juice, ate a cereal bar, watched Brideshead Revisited, read a bio on Burroughs, did some research pertaining to the JATSDFM project in process, fed animals, ate a grilled cheese sandwich, watched New York Doll, typed this, and planning to settle in for the night with PBS.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rhymes with 'clucking bell'

Well, barring Monday evening (went to Ken and Kat's) and Wednesday (on which I had a nice chinwag with Great American Novel's guitarist/vocalist Will Gillham before meeting up with Terry and Ken), this past week has been pretty much a write-off. To better days...

Lacking a clever segue, here are some clips of Jonathan Richman's performance taken from the French television show, Houba Houba, back in 1982. The guy always manages to put a smile on the ole mug!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bigger, Bolder

Hooray! Love Is All just released a video for "Bigger, Bolder". Bon apetite!

Two Thousand and Ten Injuries (2010)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ready to testify

At Ken and Kat's tonight we watched the excellent MC5: A True Testimonial. It reminded me why I love the MC5 (bombast and volume utilized to near perfection), but it also reminded me why I love the Stooges more.

To me, the MC5 had always came across as a band whose fury and danger were practiced, honed, well rehearsed: a primal force pantomime. The Stooges were a primal force, full stop... desperate social outsiders who could barely forge a note, which in turn, made the MC5 lot (who were musically more dexterous than their "baby brothers") look like Ivy League squares without breaking a sweat. Don't get me wrong, though. In my opinion the Stooges and the MC5 were two of the best bands to roam the earth in the late Sixties and early Seventies, wiping the floor with pretty much every other group during that period.

And now... Bis videos. Why? Because it's what I've been listening to for nearly the entire day. So there.

(Pinfield!) The New Transistor Heroes (1997)

The New Transistor Heroes (1997)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Operation: Weekend

Saturday: Attempt to begin work on new JATSDFM project, and not get sidetracked by the Doctor Who marathon on the Beeb. Read Keep It Together! Cosmic Boogie with the Deviants and the Pink Fairies, which was loaned to me by Mr. Ken (and, in turn, loaned him Ric Flair's bio, To Be the Man... which, I admit, is a bit of a complicated and intellectual read... ), and enjoy some of the wonderful tea my friend, Sara, gave me.

Sunday: Have a HIO-filled day at Mr. Horn's house. Have more tea. Watch Britcoms.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Pulp-able reunion

Hooray! Jarvis Cocker and company shall return as Pulp to play Primavera Sound and the Wireless Festival next year. Keeping the fingers crossed that these events will be streamed live... unless anyone would like to donate the dosh for flight and tickets.

No? Sigh.

Read more about the return of one of the greatest bands in the last thirty years in the Guardian.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Strange bedfellows

The Pogues' "If I Should Fall from Grace with God" used by Subaru to peddle their Forester model? Bleh.

Let's return to happier thoughts (and one of my favorite tunes of all time)...

Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

And then...

Who needs weeks of promotion to build up a new album, eh? Well, probably me, but...

The new JATSDFM album is here, and it's free! Download it from Bandcamp.