Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Postcards From The Edge

Greetings friends.

Studiodave back in effect. So much to say so little time. Here's some observations:

"The Newsroom" - Favorite New TV Show. A Canadian show with 3 years under its belt. Picture "The Office"" meets "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with a critical edge of news and politics. Atlanta's PBS shows it in reruns on Friday nights so check your local listings. If you can't find it, rent or buy it. I will refund the costs 120% if you don't love it.

"Taking the Long Way" - Dixie Chicks. I'm sure this album is not as good as I think - but it is amazing. The Rick Rubin produced work has a little bit of everything. I had heard it spun that it was more of an Eagles sound, but I don't hear it. What I do hear is a damn gutsy album where people say what they believe, stand up for it, and tell you they'd do it again. Kind of a "Bring it on" statement with some actually backbone. I proudly bought the album and enjoyed the sneer of the gum smacking soccer mom behind me.

The Atlanta Braves - This is as painful as it gets. I have nothing else to say.


Tokyo Joe said...

I may take a lot of flack for this, but Screw the Dixie Chicks. It's not amazingly hard to be anti-establishment when the President has an approval rating in the low 30's. If they were really about the music and not just trying to work the anti-Bush dollar, then why did they decide now to make a rock album? Aside from his experience with Johnny Cash, Rubin does rock albums. I beleive that the Dixie Chicks didn't think they could ever sell a country album again and decide to ride their bit of noteriety over to greener pastures. I mean one song on their new album would have got their point across, but there's like 3 all about the same thing. get over it. Even though most musician/politicos bug the hell out of me, these gals even more so for being so unbelievable transparent. They truly are clown shoes. So I say screw the Dixie Chicks.

Thrillhous said...

You won't take much flak from me, as I am not a fan. But I do think it's important to note that they made their "stand", consisting of a single sentence, against Bush when his approval ratings were very high. The response to their mild protest was pretty scary, in my opinion. I can't imagine why they'd want to make an album for people who want them beheaded.

Man, do I hate defending bands I don't like, so I'll stop there. Please don't construe this as an endorsement of their non-manly music.

And don't get me started on Rick Rubin. Where's the keyboards?

Tokyo Joe said...

Good point, TH, but it should be remembered that they made their comments to a London audience overseas, where Bush was not thought too highly of at the time. In fact, that seemed to me to be a bit of pandering in and of itself (why not make those comments to an american audience?). And then in true Texas fashion, they couldn't back down from what they said and instead just pressed forward.

Thrillhous said...

Very true about the England thing. I must admit that I haven't followed their trials and tribulations too closely (did I mention how much I dislike their stuff?); I don't know why they would criticize bush in England first. Maybe it was timing? Like, they were touring Europe during the months when Iraq was heating up?

I could probably look it up, but then I'd be learning more about a group I don't like.

I'm not saying they weren't pandering to their british audience, but my experience is that most acts pander to their live audiences. I know I flipped out when Yes mentioned Raleigh. All the singer said is "How are you Raleigh," but I thought it was so cool. John Anderson actually said the name "Raleigh"!!!

Thrillhous said...

By the way: Studio, are you serious? Atlanta has a PBS? La dee da. What's next, a public library?