THIS MONTH: Blah, blah, blah, blue-collar working-man’s rock, blah, blah, blah.
I’m going to Las Vegas for vacation. Four days and three nights of feeling my pupils squeak around. I’ve never
been there because I am impoverished, but recently I was informed that if I do not take a vacation the office
might institutionalize me. So they are shoving me off on my husband and forcing me to dip into my savings
account, which I intended for things like name-brand cotton swabs and the oil bill. When I get back I’ll be
able to tell you all about old folks, coupons, and whether or not I threw up, or if my appendix finally burst.
November is the happy golden month of BADLANDS, A TRIBUTE TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S NEBRASKA, released by Sub Pop
November 7. Please won’t you go here and find out all the
interesting things about the record. For instance, all the songs on this record were recorded as the original,
on four-track, by people like Chrissie Hynde, Hank Williams III, Son Volt, Ben Harper,
Johnny Cash and Damien
Jurado and Rose Thomas. I do not know what could be nicer! On a fascinating note, the movie
BADLANDS, made in 1973, is loosely based on the famous Stearkweather
crime spree, of which rumor has it Mr. Springsteen used as inspiration for his Nebraska record. Only I
don’t know that for sure, you’ll have to ask Bruce for the dope. Also there if fabulous music by Carl Orff
included in the score for the 1973 film of Badlands. It’s classical in nature however, so you shall have
to fake out some highbrow taste if you are going to appreciate it, if you don’t mind me saying so. But I
digress, where was I?
Oh…. Proceeds from the sale of Badlands, a Tribute….are to be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
Also in November, you too can join the singles club and receive the JONATHAN RICHMAN 7” vinyl record which
is currently in the works; and non-singles club members can freely purchase the newest 7” of ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN.
A couple of Suicide Squeeze things we brought in that we haven’t had before: namely a 7” RED STARS THEORY
and a split CD of MODEST MOUSE and 764-HERO. It’s fancy. Also act now and order the newest record by the
fantastic ELEVATOR called A Taste of Complete Perspective,
brought to you from our friends at Teenage USA Recordings. They’re moving fast so hop on it, skoob!
WHAT’S WEIRD: My thing for baby aspirin has passed, but I’ve been eating some milled flower caplets
lately and they give me a buzz. Oh dear, so many dolls in the valley, so little time.
NEWSY BITS: Our friends and yours BEACHWOOD SPARKS are
embarking on a west-coast tour with J. MASCIS, with shows in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and L.A.
Did anyone see them October 24 in Los Angeles with BECK? If so, do tell. Chris from Beachwood Sparks just
reported to yours truly that he went to a Halloween party last night in costume as SNOOP DOGGIE DOG. This
is about twice as funny as it sounds if you have ever met Chris, which you would have if you were more
popular and better looking of course. You might want to work on that, or you can just send me a dollar,
either way. We can’t say what influence P.J. HARVEY had on this next item, but actor TIM ROBBINS was
seen at the DAMON & NAOMI show in New York, where
the aforementioned skinny lady was also doing her thing. I had to mention this not just because no one
is stopping me, but also because Tim Robbins is so handsome. D&N are gearing up to play the Terrastock
Festival on November 3 here in Seattle. The poster for that festival is very very good looking, because
famous Sub Pop art departmentuer Jesse LeDoux made it. Art is a good investment you know, I’m just saying!
LOVE AS LAUGHTER are going out on tour to Europe to play with
Modest Mouse. I have never been to Europe personally, kind of like I have never been to Las Vegas only
way worse. Finally our house band THE MURDER CITY DEVILS
are returning from playing rock shows everywhere. We missed them, and not just because we have stuff for Gabe
to take to the dump. Gabe actually kind of felt sad at my column last month concerning candy, because he
doesn’t know how much I actually care. I do. MCD SPENCER MOODY received the award for the best local singer
on City Search. I think he got a box of chicklets and gift certificate for international coffees. Score!
Along with Scotland’s finest LOOPER, THE MURDER CITY DEVILS
are new to the in-store play circuit at URBAN OUTFITTERS. So if you hear the finest singer in Seattle
howling and growling while you’re in the fitting room with those orange parachute pants – that’s just
Spencer. He’s harmless. On a related note of who’s-being-promoted-where, NEBULA’S
“Come Down” will be tinkering around in the background whilst you
fidget with your Sony Playstation 2 device. Just be sure you’re playing the “Cool Boarders 2001” game.
Furthermore, let me ask you this, have you seen THE YOYOS on MTV2?
Why don’t you go to a show? Touring in November are Beachwood Sparks, Damon & Naomi, Love As Laughter
(overseas), THE MAKERS, the Murder City Devils and Nebula. Why don’t you
read me at Pop Paralysis? Or just send me a dollar, either way.
Bye mashed potatoes, – Annaw@subpop.com.