Archive for May, 2012


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 29, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Beautiful day in the Nation’s Capital.  Leica M9, 50mm Summilux, ND filter.

Radiohead’s Mid-Tour Stats Compilation Tells You A Lot About The Band

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 29, 2012 by johnbuckley100

You can get a really good sense of how Radiohead views which songs and albums from its oeuvre really matter by looking at this quite helpful release of song stats they put out today, starting with the count, 17 shows in, of how many songs they’ve played from which albums:

Pablo Honey – 0/12
The Bends – 2/12
OK Computer – 6/12
Kid A – 5/10
Amnesiac – 5/11 (including Hunting Bears snippet)
Hail To The Thief – 3/14
In Rainbows – 8/10
The King Of Limbs – 8/8
The King Of Limbs+ – 3/4
B-sides/Other – 3
New Songs – 3

New Song Frequency
Identikit: 14 performances
Skirting On The Surface: 2 performances
Cut A Hole: 2 performances

Live Debuts (excluding new songs)
The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy: 4 performances
Meeting In The Aisle: 2 performances

Songs Played At Every Concert: 5
Bloom, Morning Mr Magpie, Lotus Flower, Reckoner, Idioteque

Songs Played Only Once: 3
Videotape, Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box, Hunting Bears

Opening Songs: 1
Bloom (17/17)

Closing Songs: 5
Paranoid Android (9/17)
Idioteque (3/17)
Street Spirit (3/17)
Everything In Its Right Place (1/17)
Karma Police (1/17)

Everything In Its Right Place intros
True Love Waits (4)
The One I Love (REM cover) (1)
Electrolite (REM cover) (1)
After The Gold Rush (Neil Young cover) (1)

Notable Absences
Fake Plastic Trees, Just, My Iron Lung, No Surprises, Morning Bell, 2+2=5, Where I End And You Begin, Jigsaw Falling Into Place

We Found Jesus

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 25, 2012 by johnbuckley100

In McPherson Square.  Leica M9, 35mm Summilux FLE.

Are Brooklyn’s The Men Chosen Incarnations Of Our Fave Deceased Bands?

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by johnbuckley100

The Dalai Lama was chosen, it is said, because as a pup, he correctly identified the right glasses owned by a recently deceased lama.  Is the rumor true — okay, we started it — that The Men correctly chose Brendan Canty’s drum stick, Bob Mould’s ear plugs, and Thurston Moore’s plectrum when, mere boys they were then, the punk rock lama’s tested whether they were true incarnations of these cosmic punks?

All we know is that when we heard Open Your Heart, which was released last month, a shiver of recognition went up our spines.  Back down again, too.  The ghosts of Fugazi, Sonic Youth, and Husker Du were present in the room, even as the speakers vibrating made books fall from shelves, and the whole house shook like the ending of an Indiana Jones movie.  And there’s something else going on here, too — a little bit of Warlocks-style modern SF psyche. A Philly cheesesteak smear of Asteroid #4. And then there is this strange harmony guitar thing that makes us think of Cream and Hendrix.  Did we mention that, like White Denim, they are perfectly at home throwing in the odd cowpunk song, too?

The Men opened for Ty Segall and White Fence at Webster Hall two weeks ago, and now fresh after having released Open Your Heart, apparently have hightailed it to fresher climes to record the next one.  They may be mere boys, but these guys are mensches.  By the time The Men hit DC9, we will celebrate the 5th of July as the real American holiday.  Let’s give it up for The Men.

Only In America

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 21, 2012 by johnbuckley100

On Friday, a number of Leica shooters participating in a Leica Akademie Street Photography workshop in D.C. found ourselves in front of the White House as a Muslim man demonstrably worshipped his god.  A Christian church group, kids and adults alike all dressed in orange, showed up as the man was going through what can only be thought of as a performance.  The kids looked on with a mixture of surprise, skepticism, and hostility.

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux FLE

Shortly thereafter, the man washed his feet and began to walk around as the kids — maybe 50 of them — crowded into the space.

And then, when he got back down on his hands and knees to worship toward Mecca , the adults with the group gathered the kids around the man in a large prayer circle and loudly began to pray to Christ.  Either it was an example of religious tolerance — representatives of two religions using the public space in front of the White House to worship — or it was a strange encounter, in which a Muslim was surrounded by Christians intent on drowning out his message.  What do you think it was?


In Search

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 20, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, 50mm Summilux with ND filter.  Taken the morning of news reports the Supreme Court might take up a challenge by Alabama to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Was Mick Jagger The Best SNL Host Ever?

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 20, 2012 by johnbuckley100

He wasn’t kidding in the promo for his appearance as host of SNL when Sir Mick said he would do everything but clean up after.  Best host of SNL ever? Anyone who wanted to go to bed, but made it as far as the appearance with the Arcade Fire performing “This Could Be The Last Time” surely is a little groggy this morning.  Jagger made it all seem effortless.

Color, Not Monochrom

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 12, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Leica M8, Nocti f/1.

If “Dig!” Were Made Today, The Brian Jonestown Massacre Would Win

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on May 12, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Eight years after Dig! won Ondi Timoner awards and admiration for her depiction of diverging paths between The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, you’d probably expect that the Dandys would be producing the superior music.  You’d be wrong.  As does not happen all that often, we have this Spring a clear bake off between the two bands, with BJM having released a fine return to form, Aufheben, and the Dandys releasing This Machine, another in a long line of disappointments stretching back to… well, about the time that Dig! came out and declared Courtney Taylor Taylor the “winner” over notorious BJM frontman fuck-up Anton Newcombe.

Look, no one at Tulip Frenzy is going to declare that the last few batches of BJM music were on a par with such earlier albums as Take It From The Man. Who Killed Sgt. Pepper and other works from the late ‘aughts sounded like Newcombe was recording on an old cassette deck inside an empty Icelandic bank vault after a wild night of MDA out on the glaciers.  But Aufheben stands up to the BJM’s best work from the ’90s.  “I Want To Hold Your Other Hand” sounds like an outtake from Tepid Peppermint, and the brilliant closer, “Blue Order New Monday” picks up where “Super-Sonic” left off.  A band sounding like it once did does not necessarily signal greatness, but in the case of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, we are taking about a return to sounding like Brian Jones gigging with the Pipes of Joujouka at a renaissance fair, that special mix of psychedelic folk that comes from mixing mushrooms with Mandrax at Andy Warhol’s Factory.  And that’s a good thing.  Welcome back, guys!  The move to Kreuzberg or Mitte has been good for Anton, the choice of Berlin as a place to live showing up in Aufheben‘s first song, “Panic In Babylon,” which could be the background music in the hippest donor kebab restaurant in the city.

The Dandys, on the other hand?  Ooof.  Some time back the lovely Zia McCabe took to the comments section of Tulip Frenzy to plead for a reconsideration of our verdict that the Dandys had grown to kinda suck.  We were sympathetic to her argument, because we loved the band. And we anxiously awaited the evidence that they still mattered. But while Aufheben sounds like it was carefully handcrafted by a band of psych-folk artisans living in a post-apocalyptic flat near Alexanderplatz, This Machine seems phoned in, lazy, flat, uninspired.  Even on the album’s two or three good songs, the Dandys sound, at best, generic.  We never thought they’d be generic because FM radio is so passé.  This makes us sad.

Which brings us back to Dig!, and how Courtney got to do the victor’s dictation of history — he literally got to do the voice-over on how, sadly, he’d loved Anton and thought he was a genius, but the evidence was all too clear that he was a junkie who would never get his act together.  And here we are, in 2012, and one band is vital and one band not.  The addled tortoise on the autobahn has just smoothly passed the Portland hare.  Life is funny sometimes.  Go buy Aufheben at once.

Leica M Monochrom Available In July

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 11, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Leica M8, old Nocti (f/1).

We love the fact that the new member of Leica’s M family was codenamed “Henri” prior to the announcement yesterday in Berlin. For surely the spirit of Henri Cartier-Bresson is evoked in a digital M with a black & white sensor.  We anxiously await the Leica M10, and for now will avoid the temptation to buy the M Monochrom, as unlike Cartier-Bresson, we think in color, not black & white.  But hats off to Leica, which in the past few years has been completely revived, both as a brand and a business, by Dr. Andreas Kauffman and his colleagues and employees.

For a nice look at what this camera can do, check out Jono Slack’s report from China, where he was able to take it along for the ride.

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