Music for Airports.
Tuesday, August 29th, 2000
my boy andrew went shopping and currently has, like, the most dopest now playing set-list around. i gotta pick up pink moon. my brother owns my life in the bush of ghosts on cassette, and when he leaves for carleton college in minnesota next sunday, you can bet i'm agonna keep it. the combined brilliance of brian eno and david byrne birthed a record that almost feels like a tortoise album, a full fifteen years before the thrill jockey label appreared. i'm honestly starting to think that brian eno has done basically everything that can be done with music. more or less.
also, the title of that album is the title of an apparently great book that i'm supposed to read. and while we're one paragraph off the subject, these restful nights i've been listening to hayden, grandaddy, mogwai, guns 'n roses, and simon and garfunkle. i'm in the market for some good hip hop. plus there are a few tracks on madonna's ray of light that i just can't let go of.
i saw the cell.
with, uh, vince and what's-her-name.
a few neat visuals, though.
radiohead LP4 updates: let's get to it.
the album, kid a, will be released october 3rd, which is like about a thousand weeks away. it will have ten tracks and total approximately fifty minutes. the cover art is dark and spacey looking, to say the least. of the limited number of sneak peek pieces written about kid a, i'm fond of the following review from dotmusic, which also goes on to include a thorough breakdown of each track:
How far Radiohead have travelled since the safe-around-their-neck bind of ‘Creep’ was patently obvious on 1997’s ‘OK Computer’. However, ‘Kid A’, their first album for three years, is a massive departure from that record, which, despite its lysergic invention, still paid homage to the constraints that music of this kind still lives by.
‘Kid A’ is different in many respects, finally relinquishing any grasp on structural ‘reality’, whilst still being fantastically of its time, thrillingly challenging, punishingly intense and almost unbearably miserable.
Wildly electronic, guitars feature infrequently on the album, while a transient, almost conceptual birth and death idea envelops, amidst the experimentation. This is primarily led by compressed beats, ambient, swirling electro atmospherics, subtle bass and keyboard interplay and vocal whines and chattering rather than lyrics.
Emotionally speaking, resigned is not acute enough to capture Thom Yorke’s psychosis-imbued mind-set on this album. Strung-up and ready to jump is probably closer.
Significantly, there will be no singles taken from ‘Kid A’.
so it sounds like the boys are taking an even bigger risk with this album, and i like that. courage, courage, courage. they certainly took their sweet-ass time recordiung it. and in lieu of singles, it is my understanding that radiohead plans to release a series of short video blips, which apparently will be somehow connected to the album. who knows what kind of artsy freaky beauty they've got up their brit-shirt sleeves. bollocks.
in other western-europeans-who-had-outstanding-albums- in-1997-news, bjork's new album selmasongs, music from the dancer in the dark original soundtrack, becomes available september 22nd. it features a duet with thom yorke that is quite lovely, if you ask me.
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