Ten Quick Shots to the Dome: November 1.
1. On the new George Clinton Presents the P.Funk All-Stars album entitled How Late Do You Have 2BB4UR Late?
(bought it for $16 bucks, we had an email coupon for Borders, jaja suckaz), there is a nine-minute version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" featuring Bobby Womack. The song ends up as a medley of 1950s songs; at one point George sings "Let's go to the motherfuckin' hop." This is the greatest moment of music for me this year, or ever.
2. My son's favorite musical artist is the Four Tops. He is seven years old.
3. I have not heard most of the records everyone's talking about on ILM as their favorite of the year. I'm a little afraid to hear the Hold Steady because I'm afraid I'd like them. Otherwise: ugh. Indie white-guy stuff that I haven't been interested in since I renounced Blur. OMG SO CORNY!
4. I will have at least two Brazilian records in my top ten this year (Curumin, Badi Assad), maybe four (Heloisa Fernandes, Cabruera). I will have at least two Mexican records in my top ten this year (Natalia LaFourcade, Kobol), maybe four (Banda el Recodo, Ezequiel Pena).
5. Trying to read Frank Kogan's new book, but keep putting down my advance copy because I WAS FRANK KOGAN, except I was born about eight years later and three time zones westerlier. But it's all there: the relationship to music, the poetry of young revolutionaryism, the funky despair that leads to brilliant insight (well, Frank really IS kinda brilliant as a kid, I was just our town's functional equivalent). It's painful but it's awesome like an opossum and my teeth, I don't floss 'em.
6. Sorry, spaced out there for a second, the Bucks just came back to beat the Sixers in OT in the first game of the year. AW HELLS YEAH. On the other hand, it looks like Nene has already messed up his knee. My fantasy hoops team, the Parisian Nightsuits, is already screwed. (I hope you know where that name comes from.)
7. I voted for L.L. Cool J's Radio
as my #1 album of the 1980s in that ILM poll, and Prince's "When Doves Cry" as my #1 song. I'll post more of my list if anyone cares.
8. Nice capsule review of Stevie's A Time 2 Love
in the Village Voice
. That last track is huge, with all the different percussionists going off all over it.
9. I spent last night doing laundry and dishes while listening to the entirety of Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
. How has everyone forgotten how dope this thing was? And who was it that said that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were the world's greatest band that year? (And if anyone knows where a fellow can find that butt bongo video, hook me up.)
10. I miss cruising. When the hell else am I going to listen to Foreigner?