I was thinking today about how some bands should break up so people can appreciate them in a decade and they can stop ruing their legacy with shitbox after shitbox. Yes, I'm talking about Weezer. Go back into hibernation till 2018 and go back on tour playing The Blue Album & Pinkerton in full. I'll send $40 to your Paypal account for the first ticket. (Props on the stache and the cowboy gear as well)
What brought this to mind but an e-mail I got telling me that there was a Ben Folds Five Reunion show via ye ole Myspace. Normally, this kind of announcement wouldn't phase me. I'm not going to lie and say I didn't enjoy Ben Folds in my day, ases 12-15 or so. I'm not embarrassed to own Whatever & Ever Amen no matter how many times MTV and radio stations tried to overplay BFF's one major hit "Brick." Ben Folds Five was like an ignored little brother to Weezer for the most part; a couple of Carolina boys who played dorky, piano laced jazzy ballads but their catchy bubbly songs had undercurrents of anguish and sing-a-long worthy lyrics.
What did catch my attention was what they were playing, their under appreciated final album The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. Playing full classic is part of a cool popular fad that has popped up lately. (I think it was started by Phish who play the same song over and over again at every show I think so.) Artists like Sonic Youth, Slint, Brian Wilson have done it for festivals like All Tommorrow's parties and the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Wired posted a Full Album Concert Wish-list back in the summer and I couldn't agree more on Pixie's Surfer Rosa while I'd add
- At The Drive In - Relationship of Command
- Beck - Odelay
- Radiohead - OK Computer
- Modest Mouse - Lonesome Crowded West
- The Presidents of the USA - Self Titled
- Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
- Nirvana - Nevermind
- Liars - They Threw Us In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top (If only to see if they would get tired playing a 30 minute repetitive closing song "This Dust Makes That Mud")
- Can - Tago Mago
- eels - Electro Shock Blues
- Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
- And just about every Pavement album
See you in ten years Rivers for The Blue Album / Pinkerton tour.
More Random Music Links
- This one's for Herb in the Holy Land: Metallica Gets Their Own Guitar Hero; Lars to Build Bathtub made of tightly compacted $100 bills (Paste)
- Wayne Coyne's (of the Flaming Lips) Sweet Sweet Ass Axe (Wired)
- New Deerhunter record is "a reason not to slit our throats before President Palin decides to nuke the world in 2017." (Pitchfork)
- No "Stairway" For You AKA Thank G-d Led Zeppelin is not really reuniting. I don't think my ears would be able to take more Zeppelin in this world. (Guardian)
- EMI Loses $1 Billion, Nothing Compared to Lehman (Tiny Mix Tapes)
Now playing: Plants And Animals - Bye Bye Bye