I’ll be on vacation for the next week, and not blogging, but I wanted to leave you with this week’s notable music releases.
I don’t normally mention singles or live albums, but this time I can’t help myself. Rick Springfield has a new single out, “Who Killed Rock N’ Roll (Live)“. (Yes, that Rick Springfield.) I think it’s funny for a half-dozen reasons. First, it’s a live track before there’s even been a studio track. Second, you gotta figure this crowd wasn’t exactly arena-sized—can he even draw a crowd? Third, the songs asks “who killed rock and roll?” which presumes that rock and roll is in fact dead and also that the guy who gave us “Jesse’s Girl” and “Love Somebody” is somehow a supreme example of that lost art and heir to Led Zeppelin.
But most of all… and you have to listen to it yourself to appreciate it fully… In just the 30 second sample clip on iTunes, Springfield’s bland rock nostalgia features both a (badly) sampled police siren and a break to a few notes from The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”. (Can you even picture Rick Springfield smashing a guitar Pete Townshend style?) And the lyrics include gems such as “50 million kids knocking on the door, everybody’s horny but nobody can score.” I shudder to imagine what the rest of the track holds.
I’m going to have to dub this piece of kitsch the “Rubberneck Song of the Week”—you know it’s a wreck but you have to slow down and look anyway.
I know there are many who will disagree with me. The iTunes user reviews are slobbering all over it. They add extra kitsch value if for any reason you haven’t gotten your fill yet. Rick, if you are their pied piper then please lead these children far, far away…
New and Notable This Week
- The New Pornographers: Challengers
Another solid album by a great band. Not that different from their last album but I’m not complaining.
- Josh Ritter: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
I hadn’t heard Josh Ritter before. I like it. Enough that I bought it on the way out the door for vacation. Singer/songwriter type stuff, but there’s something that keeps it from being like every other singer/songwriter out there. I can’t put it into words yet but I’m sure I’ll have more of an opinion after a few listens.
- Rilo Kiley: Under the Blacklight
I like Rilo Kiley. I would recommend their previous two albums. But this one is a wrong turn. A few tracks might still be worthwhile, especially if you are a fan.
- The Waterboys: Book of Lightning
- Architecture in Helsinki: Places Like This