Impeach My Bush
Here's the latest:
- Another year, another birthday (April 11). Blah blah blah. It was a rather low-key affair this year. Of course, I always say I want to keep it low-key and then get miffed when nothing remarkable happens. Wasn't too bad though, just a few friends down at the usual haunt for $5 keg night. Thanks to totally tubular Tracey for all the Rumple shots. Next year is the big 35, and I swear I'm going to have a big party even if I have to put the damn thing together myself. Think live punk bands, drag queens, pitchers of martini.
- One highlight of my b-day was meeting a kooky character named Rhonda. Keep in mind, keg night fills up with mainly young college-age straight boys, ready to drink a lot of beer and get rowdy. In the midst of all that walks in a little grey-haired old lady who shuffles up to the bar and orders a double vodka cran. She kept kind of giving me the eyeball from down at the other end of the bar, and I was starting to think she was going to turn out to be a singing birthday telegram or something. Finally she makes her way over and offers to buy me a Rumple shot. I almost spit my Minze when this "innocent old lady" started talking in a stream of profanities that would make Kelly Osbourne blush. Turns out this granny-esque lady, Rhonda, runs the only adult magazine and video store in Kellogg, Idaho. That's right, she sells porn in a town of 1,000 people. Plus, she was a riot, telling insane stories and announcing that the last time she was in the bar she got kicked out by a bouncer for grabbing someones booty. I didn't ask how old she was, but she must have been in her late sixies, at least. Kookiness. Anyone up for trip to Kellogg? - I promised I'd come visit.
- I just read that the new Peaches album is coming out soon. Yes - I can't wait to hear what she's cooked up for us this time! Details from NME: Peaches has roped in some famous friends to help out on her new album 'Impeach My Bush'. The follow-up to 2003's 'Fatherfucker' is set for release on July 10. Among the guests helping out on the record are Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, former Hole drummer Samantha Maloney and Joan Jett, one time member of The Runaways, but who scored a massive worldwide hit with her band The Blackhearts in 1982 with 'I Love Rock 'N' Roll'. Songs confirmed to appear on the album include 'Tent In Your Pants', 'Hit It Hard', 'Fuck Or Kill', 'Boys Wanna Be Her', 'Downtown' and 'Rock the Shocker'. Peaches will return to live duty in June, when she joins Nine Inch Nails on the second leg of their US tour. The dates kick off on June 16 in Holmdel, New Jersey. UK dates are expected to follow."
- For the time being, don't expect to see a lot of mp3 action around here. I had an email from "the man" the other day re: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs mp3 I had posted below. They threated very bad things if I didn't remove all copyrighted mp3s, so I did. It spooked my web host too, who then threatened to make me show them written approval from each artist on my web label, Flexible Records. I managed to convince them that everything on there was technically copyright-free or otherwise approved, but they said if they get another complaint they'll cast me into the eternal pit of hellfire or something like that. Scary. I will instead be providing links to lesser-known artists homepages or MySpace pages, where you can download mp3s directly from them.
- My guilty pleasure album of the moment is Pink's I'm Not Dead. There's always been something likeable about Miss Moore, something that set her apart from the rest of the crowd of pop papmakers. Her new album is all over the map, from jarring dance pop to lesbian protest folk to in-your-face hip hop to eighties pop-rock. The breadth of material says a lot about the refusal of Pink to be pigeonholed or put in a perfect box. Some songs may be a bit trite, but each track is addictively listenable and slick. For a pop artist, she remains ahead of the curve, just experimenting enough to move forward without alienating her audience. Her voice is great, and her spirit is impressive. Pink comes across as genuine and honest throughout. It's the antithesis of Gwen Stefani's fun but ultimately tiresome Love Angel Music Baby, which was built on plastic and artifice. I'm not dead is the kind of album that makes you want to listen to it again as soon as it's over, a good housecleaning album as they say.
- For another perspective on the new Pink visit my dear Bradley's Buzz page. And you'd better wear an extra Depends while you're there because he also has a long list of Golden Girls quotes and put-downs that will surely make you pee. Also, visit the archives for his endlessly readable countdown of his top 100 singles of the '80s. Kiddo, they oughta give ya a book deal, I swear.
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