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Is anyone else impressed that during the entire decade the "New Guns 'n' Roses Album" had yet to exist, the one thing that's remained constant was the title? I don't think there's a precedent for this. It's just difficult for me to believe that there was this fully-realized but unrecorded group of songs that demanded one title. It's almost enough to give me hope for Viscareal.

I kind of want Axl to announce right before it comes out that the title is not Chinese Democracy after all, but something completely different, just to mess with people's expectations.

I guess if the rest of the album is leaked before then, he might as well title it "You Downloaded Me Between February and June, 2006".

In an attempt to forestall this inevitable conclusion, the wife of one new GNR player is begging fans not to leak the remaining tracks if they have them. "It's like shaking all your Christmas presents on the 23rd of December," she wrote, "and figuring out what they are."

As an impassioned plea, that's pretty good reverse-psychology.

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February 10, starts 8pm
Knitting Factory "Old Office" space
$10 you were probably going to spend on Yodels anyway.

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not in new york anyway. if you're in NYC, you must join me at the Knitting Factory this Friday:




February 10, starts 8pm
Knitting Factory "Old Office" space
The best $10 you'll spend this weekend.

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An American professor gained some recognition recently for coining the term "brain itch" for phenomenon of getting a song stuck in your head. (The Germans (who else?) call this Ohrwurm, or 'ear worm'.) It is fantastic that we have two terms for something that has needed at least one name for a long time. Brain itch comes from some research that suggests that a tune can affect our brain in the same way a latent tactile stimulus can affect our skin. If true, it's one more affirmation that the components of music might be somehow hardwired into us.
But this got me thinking about the components of popular music. It's been reasonably demonstrated that there is a behavioral response to major chords versus minor chords. Sure, makes sense, everybody likes it. I'm now wondering, what is our fascination with The Bridge? I don't get it. I love bridges. Everyone loves bridges. Music that bucks the Verse-Chorus-Verse convention has bridges. Even anti-popular music people like bridges. What's the deal? When I tried looking at it as an outsider, it began to look completely insane. What is it about an instrumental interlude that deviates from the rest of the song (but not the beat or key) and more or less closely precedes the end of a song that is so vital to the construct? Bridges have been in music for a long long time but I've never read about anyone even questioning their existance. There's got to be something compelling that makes us kneel to the bridge's power.

Well that was a very good post, almost well thought out. But I'd like to attach a rider to this post - one that treads on more well-worn ground but is equally, or even more, incredulous. Its contention is with that of the use of the word irony to describe wholly mundane events. The debate over what can be described as ironic has been raging since, oh, around 1994, so this horse has been dead for a long time. But it's bugged me more than other miscarriages of diction and i've been at a loss to understand that. Today a sportscaster (the worst breed of transgressors of irony) said that, after a trade between the NY Knicks and TTO Raptors that "...ironically, they played tonight..." Then it hit me, for the longest time the problem i've had with irony's misuse is that there hasn't been a consensus on what the hell they meant to say. Coincidence, interest, eerieness - it all meant irony to them and they just like pronouncing that word better apparently. But i think i figured out what they meant all along - 'trivially'. In the context of sports journalism this especially fits. The next time you hear someone claim something with 'ironically' just rephrase the sentance with 'trivially' and i'm almost certain that it will fit 97% of the time. Few people, and certainly not a self-respecting journalist, would admit that anything they deemed important enough to say should be described as being trivial. But it's not like you hear regular journalists say stuff like "The British and French PMs agreed today on an accord regarding the safety of the British Canal. Ironically, their first discussion of this pact occurred on a freighter over that very same body of water." At least, i would hope we wouldn't hear that. Anyway, if someone could at the very minimum admit that 'ironically' is shifting to mean 'trivially', i will consider an amnesty towards them. Much the same as i am willing to grant amnesty towards people who use 'literally' as a measure of emphasis instead of its, ahem, literal meaning. Just draw the line somewhere and we can talk.

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in another example of my stereo being a setient being (or Consciophonic) it's made the executive decision to put Such Great Heights into Very Heavy Rotation.  Audience reaction?   It is playing in Meoria to rave reviews.  Now, I've always liked the song but I do now remember saying back when I first got Give Up that it wasn't one of my favorites (although picking not-favorites on an album like Give Up is like ranking M&Ms - they're all excellent but you might go through a green phase).  well, SGH is having its day in the sun with me.  maybe i'm just in a particularly sentimental state of mind at the moment but I think I should have loved it at any time.  relatedly, i did like the Iron & Wine version but there really is no substitution for the Postal Service.  If you could ever imagine a drum machine smiling, it would have been recording that album. 

it's finally friday which means tomorrow is finally more football.   I've never felt more attached to football than I think I am right now (I watched 3/4 of the BCS college games, for crying out loud).  this relates to the above paragraph in that I think it may be due to a heightened sentimentality and a need for comfort entertainment.  but I know it's also arises out of pure practicality - football is one of the few things I have access to right now.  I want this month to last longer than it's going to be allowed.  When my birthday comes around, I'm going to have to think of other things to pay attention to for a while.  Pitchers and catchers reporting isn't even a sop this year... I don't have NESN!

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i sort of realized today is a holiday for most when i saw the huge slate of college football on tv today in the paper. but the point was driven home when i got to eighth avenue 45 minutes ago and saw the new york city version of a ghost town. there's (virtually) nobody outside! i'm in the office with the promise of the boss coming in today but without the boss physically being here yet. i hope she knows that i haven't been here in two weeks and that i probably need a little directed study to know what to do. hrm.

on a weirder note, i mentioned to Brian on new year's that i made it all the way through 2005 without (i believe) ever hearing the unquestioned #1 song of the year. i've only read (over and over, and i'm inclined to assume it's all true) about the unabashed terribleness of "My Humps" but haven't actually gotten to witness the audio atrocity my own self. the song sounds so unmistakably horrid that i have to think that i would have recognized it instantly if i had heard it. i guess i'll chalk it up to not only my aversion (as well as partial inability) to listen to the radio, but also to living in a part of town that is dominated by commercial space that plays hipster or spanish language in-store entertainment. some might call me lucky but i harbor a hint of chagrin that i didn't get to participate in that one facet of pop culture this year. what's good about love/hating the mainstream when you can't hate the stuff you want to?

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