by carl wilson

Just-So Stories

So we won't be talking classical crossover yet because I missed the Hour broadcast; but I taped a later re-run, so we'll come back to it.

So meanwhile, I was very taken with this ode to the earplug. Surprised he didn't explore the custom-made variety, something I often think about but really ought to buy.

So speaking of earplugs, the Illuminati broke up. Eye this week also speaks to two women of great stature and longevity in the New York art and poetry scenes, Carolee Schneemann and Alice Notley (who also talks about her ex-husband, the late great Ted Berrigan).

And so the new list of books in the 33 1/3 series has been announced. Happy to see a lot more hip-hop in this round, but most happy for two things: the book about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, which if it's done well will, I hope, become a cult book, and should at least be very well read in Hawaii, where the guy was a national (to use the term in its non-statist sense) hero; and, of course, the book by John Darnielle on Black Sabbath's Masters of Reality, which I greet with both glee and the glum certainty that no matter how good, if it's good at all, my book is, John's book will be better. (Though it's nice to see from the comments on the 33 1/3 site that there's still some juice in the outrage over mine.) Hardest row to hoe: Good luck to the guy with the Van Dyke Parks book - a worthy subject, but not so easy to market. Wonder if Continuum thinks the Joanna N. fans will read it? (As long as you're doing the Ys crew, maybe you could do a Steve Albini book - Songs About Fucking, anyone? - and Jim O'Rourke's Eureka is a great record, too.)

| Posted by zoilus on Thursday, March 22 at 10:48 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (12)



Okay, how about Miles Davis' A tribute to Jack Johnson, or Bitches Brew, or the Osaka concerts series, Agharta/Pangea...all rock records in my mind. Speaking Dino about Your Living All Over Me, or Bug...

Posted by Phil on March 23, 2007 1:20 PM



Also terrible: She's since been widowed again. Her second husband was a poet as well, but I haven't read much of his stuff.

Posted by john on March 23, 2007 1:10 PM



You're right, John, I shouldn't have said "ex", I should have said "first." My bad.

Posted by zoilus on March 23, 2007 12:55 PM



Just bought some dinosaur jr tix.....I'll be taking ear plugs this time around.
They're still ringing from years ago!

Posted by knitgirl on March 22, 2007 6:48 PM



rip illuminati. quite possibly the best live band i ever saw in toronto.

Posted by markp on March 22, 2007 6:34 PM



I'm most psyched about the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole book. And yours of course too.

Funny you mention Alice Notley (is "ex-husband" the right word for late, deceased husband? -- "ex" implies divorce, which doesn't apply) -- just yesterday I was reminded that the stage band for a play I was in 20 years ago called itself the Alice Notley Patrol. How could I have forgotten?

Posted by john on March 22, 2007 6:10 PM



I'm pretty interested in reading the Wu-Tang addition to the 33 1/3 series.

From a purely fan perspective, I'd really like to see a Sleater-Kinney one. But I really think a Tragically Hip book would be interesting. It might be a tough thing to sell South of the border, but it's the way that very thing applies to the band's music that would make the book so interesting.

Posted by Quinn on March 22, 2007 6:05 PM



33 1/3 has a one-album-per-artist rule (at least for the next couple of years), & there's a Daydream Nation book, so no Evol.

Posted by zoilus on March 22, 2007 3:37 PM



Evol is a mid eighties album by Sonic Youth...I should have clarified...

Posted by Phil on March 22, 2007 2:35 PM



I'm going to tentatively weigh in on the Albini reference...I'd say the Rich Man's Eight Track, but that's not really an album, so Atomizer gets my vote. I also think Evol deserves serious consideration...what's Bob Christgau doing these days?

Posted by Phil on March 22, 2007 2:30 PM



The Hour segment is on CBC's website. Here's the link:

Posted by Kevin on March 22, 2007 1:06 PM



I've been an earplugs guys since high school, because my dad has pretty serious hearing loss. So I've been aware of the risks of loud music, etc. for a long time.

I've had the molded plugs for a number of years now. They work well. Although I will say that the Etymotic Research ER-20s are a good off the rack compromise (assuming you can get them fitted in your ear well). I recently lost one of my molded plugs (ouch, spendy to replace), and I got the ER-20s to tide me over. They seem to work pretty well for music.

For sleeping, the straight foam plugs are probably better.

Totally off this subject, have you read the book "Faking It"? about authenticity in pop music?

I'm about 2/3 of the way through. It's damn good.

Posted by j-lon on March 22, 2007 12:31 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson