Monthly Archives: January 2007

425,660 rock bands.

Here’s what you can choose from on MySpace today. 425,660 rock bands and 400,268 rap acts. (And 192,402 “experiments.”) I think it’s fascinating how we, as a culture, have become so numb to the enormous numbers that the Internet nonchalantly tosses our way every day. Like, really think about it: 425,660 rock bands? Four hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred sixty and no/100——–

Rock (425,660)
Hip Hop (400,268)
Rap (328,862)
Alternative (208,639)
R&B (196,764)
Experimental (192,402)
Other (187,394)
Indie (180,214)
Acoustic (171,233)
Metal (159,982)
Punk (148,501)

Pop (126,675)
Hardcore (119,104)
Emo (101,865)
Electronica (95,117)
Techno (54,470)
Death Metal (53,325)
Christian (50,374)
Folk (50,102)
Electro (49,149)
Pop Punk (48,484)
Progressive (47,379)

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Townes

All morning I’ve been listening to side two of Townes Van Zandt’s The Late Great Townes Van Zandt (1972). Just letting it run through, then getting up and dropping the needle back at the beginning. God it’s good.

And thanks a lot, allmusic, for the illuminating write-up of this classic album. Really helped snap everything into perspective.

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A failure to achieve, even in the modest task that was their charge

Park Slope Copy Center botched the print job for the “This Week” album, bungling it from the moment I dropped off the materials (before New Year’s; even then I could tell from the clerks’ glassy expressions that it wasn’t going to work out) right up to the solemn ceremony in which, ten days later, the quote-unquote production expert handed me back all my materials and stated simply, “We can’t do this job. [We’re too lazy and we’re also not very smart and, furthermore, weren’t paying attention and still don’t understand what we’re supposed to do. Oh, and also, we don’t care.]” (Bracketed content mine.)

And me with all these pre-orders. Fortunately there were only five. Well, I learned my lesson. Let’s just say the official release date is now Feb. 2, Groundhogs’ Day. The liner notes are now in the hands of the imminently more competent SoHo Service and Reprographics and should be back in my hands by week’s end.

For those whom this snafu affected, please accept my heartfelt apologies. You will be rewarded for your patience with a special, limited-edition “This Week” EP, featuring four songs that were cut from the LP at the last minute: “This Week (slow version),” “Reverse It,” “Where Are the Cars,” and “Beach Haven.”

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Thank you, PopMatters

A cool review of Open Book (“one of the best bargains in rock history”) by Neal Hayes for PopMatters.

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PREORDER “THIS WEEK”!

We’re printing up only 100 copies of the first, homemade edition of This Week, the best of the 2005 Thunderegg Song of the Week project. It’s a great album: 15 songs reduced from the original batch of 52. It was all recorded to a Tascam 424 four-track cassette recorder and is surely one of the medium’s classic albums. You can order your copy by visiting www.thunderegg.org and clicking “Albums.” Don’t sleep!

Track listing:

1. If You Were Paper; 2. Hall Pass; 3. Say We Did (with Kendall Meade); 4. Glass of Water; 5. It Was Really Pretty Good; 6. To See Things Begin; 7. It’s Not You, It’s Not Me (It’s Her); 8. Puffins; 9. A Poem and a Mirror; 10. Even as You Walk Away; 11. I Felt Wonderful; 12. Christy Pickle; 13. My Heart Is Saturn; 14. Skeletons; 15. This Week

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