[NOTE: Ok, so Radiohead's In Rainbows got its "solid matter" release yesterday, but... USUALLY!!!]
Which isn't really a bad thing, because January can give you a month to cleanse, buy some used CDs, and pull out some pre-2007 albums off the shelf.
As I get older, the shoebox in my skull is getting fuller, and longer, so it's not as easy to play memory recall as I could when I was 22. ("Friend: Quick, what's the # 7 track on Bakesale?", " Pfft, 'Magnet's Coil'...duh!" Now it's like "ummm....uhhhhhh....let me check Wikipedia...").
Which isn't really a bad thing, because it kinda makes older music fresh again! I listened to Clinic's Internal Wrangler on a quick snag-grab yesterday and it was awesome! "Internal Wrangler", "T.K", "2/4", ... and "Distortions" is just plain perfect. For the first time I kicked around the idea the song is about abortion:
"I've pictured you in coffins/My baby in a coffin/But I love it when you blink your eyes/Oh I, I want to know my body/I want this out not in me/I want no other leakage/I want to know no secrets showed/I leave, oh I leave, now I leave care/Free of distortions, free of distortions, free of distortions."Ehh???
And last Saturday, the wife and I pulled out the 3 Belle and Sebastian EPs to listen to on the way to brunch and Target. I got busted with a glare from a walking bystander for listening to "Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie" really, really loud in the car. I guess that's the Austin, TX hiptser equivalent of blowing "F*ck The Police" out your sub-woofers in South Central L.A. (circa 1989).
Show of hands that agrees 3...6...9 Seconds of Light is the best of the B&S EPs???