Thursday, January 20, 2005

Come Pick Me Up

Songs in my head:
"Hello Hawk" by Superchunk
"Cursed Mirror" by Superchunk
"Good Dreams" by Superchunk

Last night, I wrote and laid down a bassline for "Four Corners" in a little over an hour. The last time I played a bass, I didn't realize how effectively bass players like Bruce Foxton, Bruce Thomas, Sterling Morrisson and Peter Hook played. I still can't play like them, but I try to emulate their approaches. Jason coached me on ideas and I think what I came up with sounded good.

More info about the upcoming Ian Curtis biopic is on NME. Jude Law may work as Curtis, but I think they should find an unknown. It's one of those cases where it's better for Ian Curtis to be the spotlight, not some well-known actor. You never know: Jamie Foxx nailed Ray Charles down . . .

Remember the Eels? They're now on Vagrant Records. Read all about it here.

Here is some very cool info about Ash's upcoming American release of Meltdown. I will be picking this up for the bonus tracks and the DVD, thus making it the third version I will have of this record. I have the single album version and the version with a bonus live record. I'm not usually this completist on bands but when a band you love only releases records in their homeland, you go the distance. Plus, you never know if their records will ever get released in the US.

Speaking of which, I ordered the Manics' Lifeblood yesterday. I have looked all the net for a US release date and put two and two together. It's not going to happen anytime soon. CD Wow had it for $16 and some change (shipping included!). Speaking of which, the word is that the American domestic release of the 2CD/DVD the Holy Bible reissue is March 1st. Yes, I think the record is a little too dark at times, but I think it's really good. I'm looking forward to hearing the US mix and seeing the DVD . . .

David Yates will direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Read the little blurb here. Who is David Yates? Click here for his bio.

The Mars Volta's website has relaunched. Frances the Mute will be released on March 1st.

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