Uncommon music criticized by the common man. (Or, exercises in futility masquerading as critical thought.)

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

So, after work, I picked up the latest from Sonic Youth, Sonic Nurse. (I know, kind of a clunky title.) Anyway, I'm still going through the first spin, but so far, so good. I'm not at a point yet where I can honestly declare the critics overzealous in their praise of the record, but I can say for certain that me rikey. It's funny, Sonic Youth is one of a handful of bands that I always wind up being new albums on the day of its release. Even after the subpar outing that was NYC Ghosts & Flowers. (I still think Pitchfork was way off with the 0.0 rating, though.) I think after I give it a lot more spins, I will write something that resembles a helpful review in this very space...right here...at Musica Generica! *waits for Mick Foley style cheap pop*

Also: a sign of the times we live can be found on the back of this CD's jewel case, as there's now an "FBI Anti-Piracy Warning" label. Frankly, I find this more offensive than the "Parental Advisory" labels that many artists were up in arms about. I wonder how they feel about this?

R.I.P. Mr. Quine

While the rest of the world has focused on the bigger death of President Ronald Reagan (rightfully so), I thought I'd take a moment to recognize one of the best rock guitarists of the last 30 years, known most famously as being part of The Voidoids with Richard Hell (or perhaps to modern rock/power pop fans for his work with Matthew Sweet), who recently took his own life. Who knows why it had to end this way.