Friday 5 (5/9/14)

1. Dorian Gray (2009, dir. Oliver Parker) – Humourless, straining-towards-art version of the Wilde classic, momentarily redeemed by the growling portrait which provides a couple genuine chills. 2. Ornette Coleman – Body Meta, Of Human Feelings, Free Jazz – My crusade continues (cf. last week’s entry). Like Richard Dreyfuss sketching mountains in Close Encounters of the Third Kind I can’t put this stuff down any … Continue reading Friday 5 (5/9/14)

Friday 8 (5/2/14)

Ornette Coleman Week: 1. Body Meta 2. Complete Science Fiction Session 3. Dancing in Your Head 4. Skies of America 5. John Rockwell, “Ornette Coleman” chapter in All American Music Can’t say anything half-intelligent about the Ornette binge, really. When Christgau ranked Of Human Feelings his #1 album of 1982, I got a copy from the library, tried to convince myself it was as good … Continue reading Friday 8 (5/2/14)

Friday 8 (4/4/14)

1. Fuzzy, “Flashlight” – One of those “there-are-a-million-other-punks-songs-just-like-this-and-none-of-them-are-bad” type of songs. 2. Zombies, “She’s Not There” in commercial for Coco Mademoiselle Channel – An art director’s wet dream, and a pop fan’s too (I haven’t stopped thinking of the song all week, and I crane my neck from the kitchen to catch a glimpse every time it comes on TV). 3. Laurie Spiegel, “Patchwork” 4. Beach … Continue reading Friday 8 (4/4/14)

Friday 6 (3/28/14)

1. Philip Glass, “Music With Changing Parts” – Barely. 2. Ekehard Ehlers “Plays Cornelius Cardew (Part 2)” – A serene racket. 3. Paul McCartney & Wings, Band on the Run 4. James Elkins, What Happened to Art Criticism – The idea being that I will find out what went wrong with art criticism before I really understand what was ever right with art criticism, though … Continue reading Friday 6 (3/28/14)

Friday 7, Valentine’s Day Edition (2/14/14)

1. Broadcast, The Future Crayon – Best heard through earbuds at low volume on public transit, supplemented by randomly overheard chatter of other passengers (further maximized if you’re in the early stages of an oncoming flu). 2. Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.” – Best heard on the deck of a Disney Cruise on a sunny day with dozens of kids going apeshit (not to … Continue reading Friday 7, Valentine’s Day Edition (2/14/14)

Friday 6 (1/24/14)

1. Wham!, “Everything She Wants” – Paranoid paternity pop. The missing link between “Billie Jean” and Ace of Base’s “All That She Wants,” the former of which I haven’t been able to hear in years, the latter of which holds up better than you probably hoped — though this holds up better than either. 2. “Dream Baby Dream” – Both the Suicide original (which I’d … Continue reading Friday 6 (1/24/14)

Friday Six (1/17/14)

Stuff I managed to remember from this week’s (extremely scattershot) play- and watch-lists. 1. “American Pickers” episode with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, selling off old guitar cases and a band t-shirt from Budokan (sometimes on a Sunday morning you stumble upon the oddest things). 2. Eminem, “Lose Yourself” – Mea Culpa: this song did little for me at the time, but persistent radio re-play … Continue reading Friday Six (1/17/14)

Friday Eleven (1/10/14)

A selective inventory of the past week — good, bad, indifferent, etc. 1. Moby, “Move (You Make Me Feel So Good)” + parts of his Best Of (“Go,” Anthem,” “Feeling So Real”) — All the uptempo, ravey, transcendence-as-a-cosmic-joke stuff. 2. Brandy Clark, “Pray to Jesus” – But none of the fast stuff from her album, I don’t think. 3. Prince, “Something in the Water Does … Continue reading Friday Eleven (1/10/14)