Japanese Awesome and Other Assorted Goodies

Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain:

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The magic of a Melt Banana set is put into these words: "reminded me of the sound FX on that old Atari game Asteroids, hopped up on speed" and "knows how to assault their instruments without raping the listener’s eardrums." Word to that.

In case that Melt Banana review didn't fill your RDA of Japanese awesome, this Shonen Knife show review should top you off. Plus, it's fairly hilarious.


Iggy and the Stooges are reunited and tearing shit up, but some jackass promoters make it hard for some folks to enjoy the show.

Despite travails ranging from being subjected to an extended bout of nearby adolescent tonsil hockey and being possibly the only ex-Hesher male at a very "lesbionic" (his word) show, this reviewer has a great experience with Tegan and Sara.

What the hell is Vanilla Ice up to these days? When he's not busy recording with the Insane Clown Posse, he's listing his favorite albums of 2007 for the San Francisco paper. Here's a preview: his taste is better than his music, but just barely.

So Rolling Stone ran a Camel ad that contained a map of indie rock, and Aids Wolf is on it, and it caused a big stink. Class-action lawsuits against Camel, accusations of selling out, deep thoughts from shallow hipsters, dogs and cats living together, the usual madness. It's all a bit confusing, but this is as good a starting point as any.

Whatever you do, don't stop believin' that dreams can come true, as the strange story of Arnel Pineda, discovered via YouTube and recruited to sing in Journey, shows.

As anyone who follows the hip-hop world at all knows, the rapper Pimp C died last week. Of all the obits, eulogies and remembrances, this one, from his 6th grade social studies teacher, is the one I liked best.

The back story spelled out in this Dewey Cox live review makes me wish the character was real. And it's almost enough to make me want to see the movie, too ...

Discovering that Janet Reno executive produced an album that sought to highlight songs that defined the American experience, Phoenix goes a little nuts and channels George W. Bush picking some new national anthems. Hilarity ensues.
-- Cory Casciato


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