Monday, September 20, 2004

I apologize. The New York Dolls is actually a fine rock 'n' roll album. Still can't get into Raw Power, though.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Some non-music talk
Last night, I attended a preview screening of I Heart Huckabee's, the new film from director David O. Russell (Three Kings, Flirting with Disaster, Spanking the Monkey), starring Jason Schwartzman, Dustin Hoffman, Mark Walhberg, Lily Tomlin, Naomi Watts and Jude Law. This movie... was a mess, but it fascinates me in a way a good film rarely does. I honestly believe everyone should see this film, but they shouldn't have to pay for their tickets.
Some observations:
1) Only Terry Gilliam is allowed to make Terry Gilliam films. (To be fair, very little of this film is Gilliam-esque, but enough is.)
2) If you liked the second season of Twin Peaks, you'll love this movie.
3) People who think movies like Magnolia, Adaptation and The Royal Tennenbaums are too all-over-the-place really need to see this, a film that actually is.
4) Watching this train wreck, you still want to see how it turns out, but it's the same as watching a sports game featuring the team that knocked a Philly team out of the playoffs so you can root against them.
5) There was a scene in this film, fairly early on, when it once and for all totally lost me. And I can't remember at all now what happened in that scene.
And now for some music talk. In order to keep myself motivated during my current job-search, I've decided to listen to only my noisiest, rockingest albums during, in order to find out which ones really are all that. In addition to such stalwart favorites as the first Cheap Trick and X's Los Angeles, I've pulled out the likes of Nirvana's Bleach (sounds great) and the first New York Dolls, which never quite lived up to its reputation for me, and still doesn't. Today, I'm looking forward to playing Iggy and the Stooges' Raw Power, another supposedly stereo-melting sonic flame thrower that I never really got.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

After a semi-inadvertent August vacation, Under the Rock is back in the CP.
Also, I have this small piece published there this week. I bring this up because the artist written about is someone I'd really love for more people to find out about. His name is Curtis Eller and his website is here and I urge all you kind folk to head over there at your earliest convenience.