1. The 8-bit Anamanaguchi remix of Das Racist's "Rainbow in the Dark," which appears on the group's recently posted collection URC: Unreleased, Remixes, Collaborations .>"/>
1. The 8-bit Anamanaguchi remix of Das Racist's "Rainbow in the Dark," which appears on the group's recently posted collection URC: Unreleased, Remixes, Collaborations. It starts off as a pretty typical chiptune reworking of the original track, but then around the two minute mark it takes a turn, opening up into a guitar/synth lead like a low-rent Ratatat. Somehow it's both rallying and melancholy. Listened to it in the airport and felt lonesome but tough. No Sun Ra--sorry, all white horn section.
2. Driving into LA, stoned, trying to dial up Queens of the Stone Age's Songs For the Deaf on the radio using an iPod connected to an iTrip.
We were coming down out of the desert, the soundtrack so far having already cycled through such arid rock acts as Hot Snakes and At the Drive-In, when someone started talking about Queens of the Stone Age.
"They said they wanted Songs For the Deaf to be like a road trip into hell."
"Well, it's appropriate that we're driving into LA, then."
The iTrip is a little capsule-shaped plug-in with an LCD screen on the front and a little dial on one side that you used to dial up an empty FM radio frequency which it would then hijack at close range. Only, Los Angeles is choking with radio stations. I was scanning around, looking for open static, waiting for the car's radio to automatically jump enough decimal points as to indicate some available frequency. Looking for a station that wasn't there yet, basically. So when we finally got it dialed in, and the album started with radio scanning and static, and I thought it was still the real radio still. As we approached LAX, and the radio station signals got stronger, the actual radio stations and static started slipping into the songs alongside the album's internal, fictional broadcasts. One minute Josh Homme or whoever would be saying the call letters for a station playing "ALL DEATH METAL ALL THE TIME" and the next minute his heavy trucking guitar riffs would buzz and flicker into Pink Floyd. Did I mention we were stoned? This was, in my opinion, the IDEAL way to hear this album. If you ever have the means, I highly recommend it.
3. Fucked Up's concept album David Comes to Life comes out next week--I've been listening to their Record Store Day release David's Town, a compilation of fictional band's from the fictional hometown of the album's eponymous fictional protagonist, for a minute now, but I only just heard this song "Queen of Hearts" off the album proper this morning, and now I am crazy stoked.