Wednesday, January 27, 2010
BITS AND PIECES
I'm thinking that Cheap Trick's latest, "The Latest" is their best record since their debut. With so much to listen to on a regular basis, it's rare that I go back to something so soon after listening once. It's gotta be good. I have gone back to this record at least a half dozen times in the last week. It is killing me. Buy it HERE.
So here's my iTunes dilemma. I wanted to get some artwork via their "Get Album Artwork" function. I hit it, and within seconds, iTunes was looking up art for 9,349 songs. I watched it, eyes rolling in my head, as it passed at breakneck speed through everything in my library from The Louvin Brothers and The Move and David Bowie and Led Zeppelin to demos of my band. (How do they have artwork for my band and I don't?) When it was done, I couldn't find any artwork. Nothing at all, not even for "Abbey Road." Where does it go? What good is the function? Is this thing on?
Peter Wolf's upcoming release "Midnight Souvenirs" will end up on everyone's Top Ten list of 2010. You heard it here first. (Not the record, just the prediction.)
Have you seen the new T-Mobile commercial with Eric Clapton? This is even worse than "Lay Down Sally." (Listen to "Deserted Cities Of The Heart." You'll either feel better or worse.)
I once asked a friend of mine what her favorite Paul McCartney song was, and she said "Spies Like Us." (I swear.)
Elton's "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting"--yay or nay? Heard it real loud yesterday and it kinda kicked my ass. Wanna fight?
Speaking of Elton, here is a ZIP of the 4 unaired bonus tracks from the Season One DVD of Elvis Costello's Spectacle.
Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun- Elvis Costello & The Imposters w/Allen Toussaint & James Burton
I'm Beginning To See The Light- Elvis Costello & The Imposters w/Larry Campbell & Jenny Scheinman
Purple Haze- The Police w/Elvis Costello & The Imposters
No More Tearstained Make-Up- Elvis Costello & The Imposters
(Purple Haze is lame, but the other three are superb.)