Yo La Tengo!

The Beatles. I'm kidding.

The Beatles. I'm kidding.

I didn’t I liked these guys. I thought they were some kind of lo-fi Velvet Underground wannabes, and if you’ve heard one of them you don’t need to hear any more.

But they’re not like that at all – they’ve got loads of stuff going on, psychedelic guitar epics, punk-ish stuff, ambient piano pieces, and loads of other good things.

I risked 15 Emusic download credits on ‘I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass‘, and I’m glad I did. The only problem with it is that it’s about 75 minutes long, andI’m not all that keen on albums that long. Which is a pretty stupid complaint to have about stuff this good.

The great thing is that they have released 15 or so albums – I have so much catching up to do. And that’s agood thing.

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Time for some book-learnin’!

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'The Rest Is Noise'

Before my brain packs in for good and I start watching Big Brother or some other tripe -which is unlikely, as i don’t have TV – I’m going to have to give it some exercise. I have decided to do this by reading about stuff i know nothing about, but am sort-of interested in. Rather than fiction, which is all made-up, you know.

At the moment I am reading ‘The Rest Is Noise: Listening To The Twentieth Century’ by Alex Ross, a history of 20th century music (not pop or rock, although I gather the Velvet underground make an appearance towards the end). I fully expect to be bulk-buying Messiaen CDs before I’m more than half-way through.

I am also trying to read a box-set of ‘Brief Introduction to.. ‘ covering art-history, design, architectury and the like. I say ‘trying’ because it has gone missing in the post. Twice. It can be quite annoying when an impulse purchase takes over a month to arrive, takes the delight out of it, really. I only bought it because the OUP has a half-price sale on. I’ll let you know what I think of it should I ever get the chance to read it.