notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Friday Random Ten (Thurs. Ed.)
(Special Return of the Commentary Edition)

Aesop Rock, Frijoles (****) - One of the few lines I understand is a good one: “Isn’t it strange how it’s a fad to bite your idols when the whole reason you liked them’s cause their shit wasn’t recycled?”
Bob Dylan & The Band, Instrumental Jam (***) - From the complete Basement Tapes. Why doesn’t anybody ever sample the Basement Tapes? There’s a ton of great shit on there. Jeff, write that down.
John Prine, The Late John Garfield Blues (***1/2) - This song has a joke in it: “Two men were standing upon a bridge / One jumped and screamed you lose.” It’s not a very funny joke. Pretty song, though.
Primus, John the Fisherman - (***1/2) - For all the bitching I do about Primus on these FRT(TE)(SROTC)s, a few of their songs still hold up. This is one of them. Plus, some of the best times I’ve had have been at Primus shows, so I really should cut them some slack.
The Band, Stage Fright (live) (***) - Last Waltz version. Never one of my favorite Band songs, but anything Rick Danko sings is at least OK.
Vic Chesnutt, Band Camp (***1/2) - I like this song. I once played this CD on a long drive with a nationally prominent death penalty attorney whom I barely knew. He fell asleep in the passenger seat for most of the drive and it was extraordinarily awkward for me. Didn’t seem to bother him, though.
XTC, Scissor Man (****1/2) - Coincidentally, Primus covered this song on an EP. The original is much better. I predict that this will be the best song on my RT this week.
Akrobatik, Cooler Heads (**1/2) - I don’t know this song. I just got this solo project from the not-Mr. Lif half of The Perceptionists. At least one of the tracks is really good, though it’s basically just a rip-off of Cymande. This song on first listen: Eh.
Pere Ubu, Misery Goats (***1/2) - Every self-respecting Clevelander has to have some Pere Ubu in their music collection, because they’re about the only influential band ever to come out of Cleveland, especially 1970s Cleveland. However, I did recently learn in the course of researching my Bruce Willis: Not a Republican post that porn star Mary Carey was born in Cleveland, so we’ve got that going for us. This song is not particularly good, but it’s so quintessentially Pere Ubu that it merits a slightly-more-than-ok rating.
Ministry, So What (**3/4) - Would be an OK enough song except for the obnoxious vocals. Also gets a half-star excessive length and redundancy deduction.

Average star rating: 3.38. Another good week.