Thursday, February 02, 2006

Goodies in the mail

Some of the order that sparked this whole blog arrived today — Apple Venus (Volume One) and Chips From The Chocolate Fireball, both from XTC (the latter with the band calling itself the Dukes of Stratosphear), and the Beulah DVD A Good Band is Easy to Kill. That DVD name comes from a killer track on their album The Coast is Never Clear, and the video features a documentary and some Beulah concert footage. I'm looking forward to watching this — maybe the ultimate summery slacker band will provide a nice contrast to my XTC fanaticism (even if I did take stark attack's brilliant English Settlement discussion to heart and listen to "Ball and Chain," "Senses Working Overtime," and "Jason and the Argonauts" about 12 times today). Unless they merit a new post, musings on these latest acquisitions will appear as comments here.


At 11:53 PM, Blogger Mugshot said...

Spent a lot of time today listening to Apple Venus Part One. Tracks 2 and 3 just floored me. After a few listens to the whole album, I thought maybe I was hearing Morrissey meets the Beach Boys. The song "Your Dictionary" has some killer, if Mozzeresque and un-XTC, lines ("S-H-I-T, Is that how you spell me in your dictionary?"), even delivered with a Mozzeresque inflection. Meanwhile, Dukes of Stratosphear has some great '60s sounding stuff. XTC just knew how to do melodies.
And Big Express and Wasp Star finally arrived today, so there's even more to rip for the iPod.


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