January 03, 2003

My Head Hurts

A belated Happy New Year to all. Mine was spent in the company of friends who made pitcher after pitcher of expertly mixed drinks: Mojitos, Mai Tais, Lynchburg Lemonade, Sherry/Champagne Cocktails. Yum, yum, yum, yum (ow, ow, ow, ow).

Now that it's 2003, I suppose I can compile my list of the year's top albums. I'm tempted to make it a Top Five and leave it at that (because there are 5-6 albums that I listened to incessantly for various stretches of the year), but there are a few more albums that I've either just bought or am about to buy that I want to give a shot first. So, look for the Nonstop Pop Top 10 Albums of 2002 sometime in mid-January, because I plan on catching up on my listening on my trip and making up my mind for good when I get back.

Yep, trip. Going to Seattle, Portland, and a few places in between -- hence the addition of the Consonant/Silkworm show to the sidebar. I've already gotten some good record store, bookstore and other places-of-interest-to-visit recommendations, but any others those of you out there would care to share would be most welcome.

On another, completely unrelated note...

Memo to The New York Post: Sorry to rain on your schadenfreude --

Recently the venerable New York Times goofed by accompanying their print-edition Joe Strummer obituary with a photo of former Clash bandmate Mick Jones, not Strummer. No surprise that (self-imagined) rival the Post would pick up on this, taking pleasure in reporting the faux-pas (scroll to last item) in today paper's along with a photo of Mick Jones. Problem is, the picture the Post ran in its print edition to accompany this little piece was of Mick Jones of bombastic 70s rock band Foreigner, not Mick Jones of The Clash. Doh!

Posted by nstop at January 03, 2003 11:50 PM


foreigner was bombastic?

Posted by: martin on January 4, 2003 03:37 AM

Yes, but only because they want to know what love is.

Why don't you show them? It's urgent.

Posted by: jonmc on January 5, 2003 12:25 AM

Dave Marsh(yeah, I reference him too much, sue me) once said that he preferred Foreigner to U2 because Lou Gramm could "sing rings around Bono any day." Hard to argue with that, and I even like U2.

Plus they managed to work with an R&B legend (Junior Walker's sax on "Urgent") without getting all self-important about it like Bono did with BB King on "When Love Comes To Town."

Posted by: jonmc on January 5, 2003 12:31 AM

I'm with you... I don't have anything against Foreigner. I just don't know about the term "bombastic" is all. "Hot blooded," definitely, but not so much "bombastic."

Posted by: martin on January 5, 2003 02:12 AM

i don't know if Jen or anyone here ever watches Aqua Teen Hunger Force on Cartoon Network (which features a great opening theme done by Schooly D), but i'm picturing Mick Jones (Clash) sporting the almighty Foreigner Belt now. and forcing people to fill their eyes with "Double Vision." and oh, my head hurts now...XD

Posted by: janaki on January 7, 2003 10:55 AM

Hey - when are you going to be in Portland? Perhaps I could check for you to see if there are any interesting shows, or suggest places to go...

let me know

Posted by: metinulug on January 7, 2003 01:51 PM

My plans have changed somewhat, so I might not make it down to Portland after all. But if I do, I'll use that site (wink, wink) to let you know.

Posted by: nstop on January 8, 2003 01:46 AM

Hope you make it down! The offer of tourguiding stands.

Posted by: Timmy on January 9, 2003 07:06 PM

Hello All Time Number One Fan of the Scene,

WOW!!! Is this what people do when they have no talent? Through misfortune I stumbled onto this modern version of a 'zine. The photocopy bullshit is lame but this is worse. Learn to do something with life instead of watching and commenting on it from the sidelines. Dedicating your time towards a website like this is juvenile, embarassing, and pathetic. How old are you anyway? Fourteen?



Posted by: ? on January 16, 2003 07:54 PM

Gee, if my site is so lame, then why did you bother bookmarking it? Or visiting it a few different times this past week? Duh.

Posted by: nstop on January 16, 2003 10:16 PM

Dear Carson Daly of Independent Rock and Roll,

I'm very sorry. Sometimes I don't realize that I'm being hurtful. As of recently, I do visit your site somewhat regularly though it is not bookmarked. My reason... I guess sometimes seeing dumb things can be very amusing, much like visiting the zoo. C'mon!!! Everyone has a guilty pleasure!!! This is mine.



PS You have a very beautiful first name, Jen.

Posted by: Phyll on January 17, 2003 06:17 PM

I will never understand what drives people to write in about how unimpressed they are.I figure it's either stupidity or poor toilet training.

Posted by: jonmc on January 18, 2003 07:45 PM

Better to provide amusement than boredom, I suppose! Speaking of which, I really do need to get back to posting something or other now that I'm back from lovely Seattle.

Oh, and funny you mention Carson Daly, Phyll, as I'm going to a taping of his show on Tues to see Interpol. Maybe I will get to meet "my hero"!

Posted by: nstop on January 18, 2003 08:36 PM

You know, I saw that (the photo screw up by the Times) and I thought I was seeing things. Thanks for confirming that there's still a small part of sanity that exists within me.


Posted by: Christopher on January 21, 2003 02:07 PM

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