Thursday, January 24, 2013
An Assortment of News + Brief Musings
Above is a video of Stephin Merritt playing the Beck song "Old Shanghai" about which I talked in the previous post. Seeing the video is a really enjoyable experience for me; it reminds me of the Strange Powers documentary, and how meaningful the scenes where Stephin and Claudia recorded i were to me. Seeing the music get made feels like a rare privilege. So, yeah, watch the video.
You can learn about Mr. Merritt's toilet paper affinities here.
I've been listening to Holiday a lot lately, and of course it's no news that it's a remarkable album. But any time I spend away from it seems to make me forget exactly how remarkable it really is. Every sound on the album is so curious to me, I'm unsure of 99% of their origins and yet it never feels inaccessible. The synthlines are as hooky and catchy as any Mr. Merritt has ever written and the lyrics as melancholy and interesting; it's a shame that this album isn't more heavily lauded as one of the best of the 90's. All bias aside, I think it's extraordinary. Someone should write one of those 33 1/3 books about it. Ahem.