Archive for May, 2012

Happiness

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.

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