Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Van Dyke Parks- City On the Hill
I bought a stack of Van Dyke Parks vinyl cutouts in the '80s. I vividly recall the sense of bewilderment that overcame me when I first played them. I knew of the man primarily through his association with the Byrds and the Beach Boys. But his meticulously produced oddball art songs struck me as unlistenable. Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I bought a handful of Parks cutouts on CD in the '90s. Yep- still weird. Tastes change. I now kind of like the way he subverted calypso on 1975's Clang of the Yankee Reaper.
I created two Twitter lists- Kansas City Hip Hop and Kansas City Jazz.
It seems as if I'm constantly expressing disappointment with Mac Lethal. I'm pleased, consequently, that he's back on track. Check out his new songs at MySpace.
The design for NPR's 50 Great Voices feature is outstanding.
I reviewed a spectacular performance by Afinidad.
Kansas City Click: McCoy tops Tuesday's bill at the Record Bar.
I've never been a huge Bouncing Souls fan, but I'm tempted by the opportunity to catch the band at the intimate Riot Room on Wednesday.