January 21, 2003

Look Around

Hi, I'm still here.

After a three-week interruption in the regular flow of things (by events both good and bad), it's time to pick up where I left off, more or less.

One of the good things was my trip to Seattle, where I saw Consonant and Silkworm at The Crocodile. The former provided yet another electrifying performance of almost all new material, which I'm looking forward to hearing on the new album that's apparently being recorded now. The latter were a pleasant surprise, and I'm sorry to have missed them as part of the same bill at the Knitting Factory this past summer. Silkworm played "Treat The New Guy Right" and "Couldn't You Wait," my two favorites, so that put a smile on my face. My friend C. took some amazing pictures of Consonant's set, and I hope to be able to post a few once she sends those my way.

Other Seattle highlights:

  • Managing to unearth a small stack of post-punk gems (incl. the Lora Logic solo LP, Vic Godard & Subway Set - What's The Matter Boy? LP -- see sidebar for mp3 links) in a record store in Ballard with the largest number of records I have ever seen in one place. Then, after seeing the guy at the counter pull out two different price guides to help him price my friend's stack (uh oh), getting away scot-free with mine -- a puzzled look, scratch of the head, and... "How about $5 each, and I'll throw this one in free?" Sold!

  • Realizing just a few minutes in that I didn't need an iPod to provide a musical soundtrack to my hike in the gorgeous Discovery Park.

  • Finding a copy of the Straitjacket Fits - Hail CD for only $4. Reacquainting myself with its excellence over the course of the next few days, as it was the only CD I had to use in the hotel room's CD player.

Big thanks to the friendly and cool Seattlites who showed us hospitality, NW-style: ron, hbomb65, donut bitch, kerfboy and lyra. (And props to mantid for recommending Discovery Park.)

In other news, I've finalized my 2002 Top Ten (I know, I know -- about time!). I didn't get around to buying/listening to a bunch of discs that are still on my to-do list, but slots 1 to 5 are pretty goddamn solid anyway. Next: the annotated top ten.

Posted by nstop at January 21, 2003 11:21 PM


Hail?! Strange, as I just picked it up on disc in December for $3 or $4 too. I'd never heard it beforehand, but I really love Melt and kind of enjoy Blow as well. Much to my surprise, it doesn't resemble either of those albums. It is, however, one of the last great albums from Flying Nun's late-80's heyday. Thoroughly enjoyable all the way through.

Now, who's Lora Logic?

Posted by: paul on January 22, 2003 01:39 AM

What is this huge record store in ballard? I am incredulous...

Anyway, it was great to not see you but would have been greater to see you!

Posted by: rob on January 23, 2003 10:44 PM

I forgot to link Lora Logic and Vic Godard -- now each points to a page on another site with a bit more info. And taking a page from your book, Paul, I've added an mp3 from each record to my sidebar, at least for the time being.

Since I've already been, seen, conquered, I suppose I can reveal that the record store in question is Bop Street Records. On the business card I took it reads "Over 1/2 Million Items In Stock." I believe it. I'll be returning to Seattle in the not-too-distant future, so watch out.

Posted by: nstop on January 24, 2003 05:10 AM

Haven't seen Silkworm since right after their Libertine release. They played in a friend's garage in South Bend, IN, where Tim's brother was attending college. I haven't even invested in Italian Platinum, since I was so disappointed with Blueblood. I long for their early days (even early post-Phelps days).

As for hosting MP3s, any scruples about that? I just hosted my first MP3, a live recording of Q and Not U that I made a couple years ago, but it has definitely crossed my mind to host MP3s straight off albums.....

Posted by: Sabo on January 24, 2003 02:57 PM

Thanks for the mp3's, Jen. As far as scruples go, I can tell you that I just decided based on this one song that I'm going to seeking out at least ONE Lora Logic recording to buy. And hosting them on my weblog has prompted album purchases from other people (because they've told me so).

When I hosted an mp3 from the Come On archive cd, I know the label saw it because they quoted me on their own site. I never got any grief over posting the mp3, though.

Posted by: paul on January 24, 2003 07:31 PM

Buy www.i-directv.net this it is a wonderful addition to anyones home entertainment system.

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