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Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Voting in San Francisco is odd. Or, so it seems odd to me. It is not unusual to cast your vote in someone's garage. That is often where the voting places are, actually. The little Mexican cantina a few blocks from the house is also a voting place. Cast your vote and pick up a taco. ...Or go up the street about 10 blocks and meet that odd neighbor who has rented out his garage for the day. Odd. I am feeling rather guilty. I did not vote today. I failed to get myself registered to vote in California and I still need to change my MA drivers license to a CA one. So, I hope that there were enough people in my city who were able to get to their neighbor's house or the bar to cast their vote and shoot Gov Arnold's lame/big business initiatives down. I won't let this happen again. No need to lecture me. I know I suck. Tracy Flick would be most annoyed.

But, let's ponder something of real importance: What is up with Andrew WK and his new look?

andrew wk goes-a-stylin'

Are we to expect those heavy metal tunes to now morph into Roxy Music-inspired ballads of love and lust? From the new look one might think so! This is certainly a far cry from the busted nose, oily metal hair look to which he previoulsy aspired.

I am sure there will be those who will say that he is a poser, but his work has always been on the side of lampoon anyway. Still, it is an odd transformation. Did he get new management?!??!

And, what of the new Kate Bush CD? Hmmmm...

I am still thinking it through and it will take a few more listens. However, I do know that I prefer disc 2. This is most definitely the more experimental of the two. The first disc opens strong with that first single (even if it is about Elvis) but then there is a track written for her child which seems cloying. And, the song which I guess is about her partner and his love of math is seeming somehow lame to me.

But, the oddest is the song called "Mrs. Bartolozzi" ...It is about doing the laundry, but has the sound of some important piano moment. ...but it is about laundry washing. A sort of ode to the washing machine. Actually, I've only listened to it once, but I think the chorus is "...washing machine, washing machine, washing machine" Is that cool or just bad? I can't decide. I want to like track 5, "How to be Invisible" but am having issues with getting up close and personal to it.

But, I've played disc 2 several times. I love the three tracks which are inspired by her child speaking about the sounds that the birds are making --- and then the odd vocals which seem to imitate those sounds as if part of the song is in a new language -- or a tounge of birds. Now, this is a great tribute to her child. Children can be so beautifully poetic --- and this section of the album captures that so well. This actually makes the purchase of the CD more than worth it!

I have to wonder why is the release called "Aerial" when the work is called "Sea of Honey/Sky of Honey" ---- I guess these are the names of the two divisions of the works as a whole. However, I like the sound of those two titles better than Aerial. But, "honey" is one of my favorite words. Like "water" "glass" "reflection" -- those words just sound nice when spoken aloud.

Ah, yes -- no need to worry about elections, war, riots in Paris or assisinations. Andrew WK's new look and new Kate Bush CD are where we really need to focus our collective attentions.


Blogger snarl71 said...

What the hell? What's Andrew doing? I really, really enjoyed a song off his first album (Party Til You Puke", I believe).

Have you heard is new album? I'm imaging Burt Bacharach arrangements.

4:12 PM  
Blogger matty said...

Karl -- I'm not sure what he's doing. New look, new image --- new sound? Hmmm... I guess we shall see/hear. I've not heard anything new from him.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Dessie said...

I thought that whole "washing machine" thing was meant to be sexual. Or am I just a big slut? Don't answer.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Karyn said...

I have to say that IMHO, any look would be an improvement over the Nicolas Cage meets Rambo look as in the photo you provided! Ew!

Is Aaron right? Washing Machine has a whole different meaning in my little life... is there a different spin to it? So to speak? Hahaha...

6:46 AM  
Blogger matty said...

well, Aaron most def. has a point as there are several somewhat sensual lines in the song about the skirt wraping aroung the trousers -- but I don't know. The chorus pains me -- "Washing Machine, Washing Machine, Washing Machine" But, I think it is the only track I really don't like.

9:43 PM  

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