Monday, April 16, 2012
Arrangements have been made to return my friend to me, after paying for his cremation. He will soon be back with me and we will need to celebrate our reunion one more time. I'll have to pick his favorite music for the party that evening.
The take down of Megaupload has had a ripple effect in all other music sharing services: many are taking down music that could be viewed as an infringement of copyright laws, trying to ward off legal action the killed Megaupload. The consequence is that the shows I like to listen to are now much harder to find, many of the links no longer active. My fear is that the music will dry up, music that is not presently available for purchase any other place. So those bootleg recordings that you can't buy in the store or online will become scarce. The music dies, all for the almighty dollar.
Still, even if you've already bought this album twice, the Legacy Edition's second disc offers a compelling reason to shell out again: an immensely entertaining, well-preserved 1973 Atlanta club set that was intended for a radio broadcast but later aborted. Recorded months after Raw Power had been released, ignored, and consigned to cut-out bins, the set sees the Stooges in another transitory state, further asserting Raw Power's 50s-rock roots with the addition of jaunty pianist Scott Thurston, but also patiently stretching out new songs like "Head On" and "Heavy Liquid" into loose, exploratory, Who-style workouts. It also unintentionally redresses Raw Power's initial imbalance by smothering Williamson's leads in the Ashetons' thick low-end. Naturally, the combination of Iggy and a crowd of southerners results in some colorful exchanges ("You wanna get your little fucking face punched out, little cracker boy?"), and it's fun to revisit a moment when the Stooges' audience was sparse enough to make out individual conversations (says one spectator: "I don't think he likes us!"). But more than a document of Iggy in his audience-baiting element, the set serves as a great tribute to the late Ron Asheton, whose bass-playing is finally revealed to be every bit as fierce and inventive as his guitar-playing.
Read it here:
The more we take from the Earth
The more we must pay
Roads path leads to its return
To where he once came
This is a casualty of the file sharing war the record companies are waging, knowing full well they'll never issue this for download themselves.
But find it now here:
"In their early career, Sonic Youth was associated with the no wave art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the hardcore punk ethos throughout the evolving American underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound. As a result, some consider Sonic Youth as pivotal in the rise of the alternative rock and indie rock movements. The band experienced success and critical acclaim throughout their existence, continuing into the new millennium, including signing to major label DGC in 1990, and headlining the 1995 Lollapalooza festival."
Minor Threat was an influential hardcore punk band formed by Ian MacKaye before he formed Fugazi in 1987.