Not about baseball: here’s a map regarding “It’s Grim Up North,” the 1991 single by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.
Full map here: http://flipflopflyin.com/itsgrimupnorth/index.html
so weird when my interests converge
Sometimes you have to remind people that a critic can mock something, deride it even, and still love it, or at least love parts of it. This is always how I read Meltzer and Bangs on the Doors. In one of his early reviews of them (I forget of which album), Meltzer calls the band (not even Morrison, but the band) “ridiculous” but means it, I’m pretty sure, in a way that is entirely complimentary. Bangs referred to Morrison as a bozo, but also was intensely moved by some of their music; in the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, he suggests that “Light My Fire” paved the way for “Gimme Shelter” (an argument I think Greil Marcus picked up in his recent book on the band). One of the trends I find disconcerting in so much music criticism today is that writers seem unwilling to acknowledge the idea that ridiculousness and pretensiousness and buffoonery sometimes don’t prevent great music, and in fact, sometimes lead directly to great music.
This is a great point. I’ve always felt that the best part of quite a few bands I really like (My Chemical Romance, Coheed And Cambria, System Of A Down, and Chiodos all spring immediately to mind) is, indeed, their ridiculousness.
New singles from Francis & The Lights, The Limousines and Sombear today
What a great day for pretty, restrained, ethereal tunage!