Chelsea Light Moving is a flawed album. The self-titled release by Thurston's Moore's new band is loaded with cringeworthy moments. Then why do I keep listening? It's not because of Moore's lyrics. Seemingly intended as an homage to Patti Smith and Lou Reed, Moore's good intentions frequently go awry without the editorial guidance he must have received in Sonic Youth.
But those guitars…
In the same way classic rock and technical metal fans adore the exhibitions of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, I relish hearing Moore's scuzzy post-punk constructs. More than nostalgia is at play. Sure, I bought Evol as a new release in 1986 and saw Sonic Youth a few months later at the Outhouse. Moore's riffs may be recycled, but they're timeless.
An 18-minute performance for KEXP captures the Chelsea Light Moving aesthetic.
I didn't know that George Jackson co-wrote "Old Time Rock and Roll" until I read his obituary yesterday. So "Down Home Blues" is an answer song to the Bob Seger hit? Mind blown.
Chi Cheng of Deftones has died.
Farout, the bearded dude in Brett Gretzky, may be Missouri's next hip hop star. The duo's "Crows" is available as a free download.
I'll listen to the new albums by Kid Cudi, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, Ghost B., Ghostface Killah, Volbeat and Mel Waiters, as soon as I get my fill of the latest dispatch from Willie Nelson.
Kansas City Click: The RecordBar hosts The Mowgli's on Tuesday.
Fear Factory is at the Riot Room on Wednesday.
Spooner Oldham (!) supports Pegi Young at the
Flux Pavilion will light up the Midland on Friday.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)