Tuesday, November 23, 2010
My Ugly Bright Wholesome Reality
Laundry detergent- $11.99. Toothpaste- $4.74. Deluxe version of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy- $13.99. Loaf of bread- $1.99.
I have nothing against Target, but my heart broke this morning as I purchased a physical copy of Kanye West's new album from my neighborhood mass merchandiser. As I wrote yesterday at Plastic Sax, my town doesn't have an independent record store that stocks much new music. So Target it is.
My actions, furthermore, confuse me. I noted earlier this month that I already have a digital copy of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. And Pitchfork's perfect ten notwithstanding, I don't like it nearly as much as, say, Graduation.
I guess I love Kanye even more than I imagined.
Bluesman Smokey Smothers has died.
Two Midwestern music industry veterans named Steve have new music blogs. Here's Steve Pick's new site and here's Steve Wilson's new effort.
I reviewed a recent Brandon Flowers show. It was fine. I caught Os Mutantes the next night. It was life-changing.
Kansas City Click: Abel Ramirez' weekly Tuesday gig is now at Ari's Greek Restaurant.
The Soft Reeds play the Brick on Wednesday.
Dave Stephens is a perfect choice to lead the band at the Plaza lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)