Day 19 “Edgar and Malachi’s #febvinylchallenge 2018” is “Worst Band Name”. To quote The Simpsons, “we need a name that's witty at first, but that seems less funny each time you hear it.” Well, there’s one band that fits this description so perfectly, I had no choice but to dig into my CD collection: The Dandy Warhols. Just in case anyone missed the terrible, terrible pun, even the cover to 2003’s “Welcome to the Monkey House” is a parody of Andy Warhol’s work. Don’t get me wrong, this album is freaking fantastic, and I even love the cover, but it is a terrible, terrible band name. While I hope to own this on wax someday, I do love that my Japanese release CD comes with “Bohemian Like You” as a bonus track (it appeared in a Japanese TV commercial when I was living in Tokyo, so raised their popularity there tremendously). Again, fantastic band. Cringe-worthy name. #worstbandname#thedandywarhols#dandywarhols#welcometothemonkeyhouse#cd#cdcollection#cdcollector#vinylcollection#vinylcollector#andywarhol#terriblepun
Throwback to this nice listening lounge at the 25 Hours Hotel in Hamburg HafenCity. Happy Birthday @frau.ono
I’m feeling a strong Talking Heads binge coming on. The anxiety and paranoia on display in the wide majority of their music is (unsurprisingly) prescient for today. And “Speaking in Tongues” is a prime example of that. Musically speaking, this is unquestionably something that could be released in 2018 (perhaps more a result of the band’s influence than a symptom of the cyclical nature of music?). The funky grooves the Heads find to meditate on never grow tired, instead the depths of their exploration on these sounds endlessly end up revealing something new to appreciate. And really, from the mysterious, other-worldly opening bars of “Burning Down the House” to the beautiful, skitteringly ethereal fade out on “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody),” the album is fully engrossing and inventive for every beat of its 47 minutes. And to think this isn’t even their best album!
I was feeling this album so much when I started spinning it this past Saturday evening that I decided to open up a special bottle of wine — Maison L'Orée Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Lavaut St. Jacques' 2012. This is a stunning example of French Pinot Noir. I ordered four bottle of this through Vivino about a year and a half ago and now, sadly, only have two left! But it was a delight to drink: soft, savory, floral, with bright red fruit (cherries!), a light almost-cinnamony (nutmeg?) spice, and a great mineral backbone. Not that I would EVER forget but this bottle would serve as a great reminder as to why I love wine.