Thursday, July 4, 2013

Suspiciously right on

I've got more than one favorite D.J. (kinda guy i am!), but one of them is David Dye of NPR's World Cafe, who played a song that I think he was sending out especially to me on my way home from work but I could be wrong, because maybe, possibly it was written, recorded, & played for other people besides me however unlikely that may seem.

But one of the things I thought was: this song called Stoned and Starving is Lou Reed, mixed with West Coast Psychedelia kinda guitar and deliberately annoying feedback, coming to an always too sober, too short but not too small! bald guy in a Subaru (with in my defense a license plate holder that reads: Ralph Spoilsport Motors: Head in Any Direction on the Freeway of Your Choice) right here in Michiana as we like to say, here in the city of emphysema.

BUT

When i later used The Google to find this song that Dye had been playing for me, I found not just the song but a review of the song that's so smart and pithy that i would doff my hat if I didn't have to go rummaging around in my closet to find it first.

It was by THIS guy, Mike Powell, at Pitchfork, to wit:

With two chords and two chords only, "Stoned and Starving" refracts the choppy sound of 1970s post-punk bands like Wire through the drone-rock of Yo La Tengo, a combination of punk vigor and slacker looseness that makes Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold a worthwhile genetic mutation. But where Wire feared the shadowy giants of government, war and madness, Parquet Courts are tied to terrestrial concerns: They are stoned, and they are starving. Over five minutes, the song swells and recedes, adding guitar solos and shakers before paring back down to its mantra: "I was so...so stoned and starving." Like "Borrowed Time" ("I remember the feeling of the museless existence"), the lyric is witty and detached, but the delivery is poker-faced and the details-- "I was holding some wadded bills / I was reading that smoking kills" --feel suspiciously right-on. Just because you're above it doesn't mean you haven't been there before.

Happy 4th of July everybody, and now it's time for a timely old timey time from callllll-VIN!

About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.





2 comments:

Charlie_Mac said...

Happy belated 4th, Mr. Who - be safe in your neighborhood!

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

And a belated 4th to you too, good friend.