This is a recording of Spoon playing at the SXSW festival in 2002. I’ve had this for years now and I’m not clear on the specifics of where this came from, but this is a professional, top-quality recording, good enough to be released commercially as a live album. This is a terrific performance too, with a setlist covering the highlights from Girls Can Tell and Kill The Moonlight, plus a few cuts from A Series of Sneaks. Enjoy.
Chicago At Night / Small Stakes / Lines In The Suit / Take A Walk / Anything You Want / Something To Look Forward To / I Could See The Dude / Metal School / Paper Tiger / Someone Something / Everything Hits At Once / The Fitted Shirt / Metal Detektor / No You’re Not / That’s The Way We Get By / Back To The Life / Me And The Bean / Jonathon Fisk
Tricky’s first two albums Maxinquaye and Pre-Millenium Tension are acclaimed masterworks, but in the years since his mid-90s heyday, he has severely damaged his legacy by churning out a series of uneven, uninspired, or outright awful releases. He’s become self-defeating and solipsistic, but even today he’s still capable of creating an excellent song or two every few years. I don’t mind the guy falling off, but I do worry that his current reputation gets in the way of new listeners discovering his best work, and so I present this compilation covering most of his classics, but also excellent material that was either lost on lackluster albums or cast aside as rarities. This is dark, sexy stuff, and a totally skewed and distinct mutant version of R&B and hip hop. If you’re really into what the xx are doing right now but have never heard this music, you ought to give this a shot.
Overcome / Makes Me Wanna Die / Slowly / Mellow / Ponderosa / Together Now (featuring Neneh Cherry) / Your Name / Pumpkin (featuring Alison Goldfrapp) / Christiansands / Singin’ The Blues / For Real / Feed Me / Puppy Toy / Tricky Kid / Anti-Histamine / Vent / Broken Homes (featuring Polly Jean Harvey) / Hell Is Around The Corner / Suffocated Love / Here Come The Aliens
Nine peers pay tribute with a talk or essay. Strong suggestion.
Amy Wallace-Havens is David’s sister. She is a deputy public defender in southern Arizona. Bonnie Nadell is vice president of Frederick Hill Bonnie Nadell Agency in Los Angeles. Gerry Howard is an executive editor at large for Doubleday. Colin Harrison is a novelist, and a vice president and senior editor at Scribner. Michael Pietsch is executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Company. Don DeLillo has written fourteen novels, including White Noise and Underworld. Zadie Smith has written three novels and the essay collection Changing My Mind. George Saunders is the author of several books, including Pastoralia. Jonathan Franzen is the author of several books, including The Corrections.
“So I decided to attack the assumed familiar plot directly—to go after the division, enshrined by Steinfels, between tradition and innovation. I began to tell reporters what I fully believe: no present church position on sexuality would be recognizable to Christian writers of two hundred years ago—much less two millennia ago. Part of the reason is that the basic terms and psychological models have changed astonishingly in the last century. All Christian writers, even the most “traditional,” assume the existence of things (like “sexuality”) and mechanisms (like the unconscious) that are neither scriptural nor traditional. But the more striking difference is the scope contemporary “traditionalists” give to sexual pleasure in marriage. Evangelical writers famous for attacking homosexuality write pillow books for Christian newlyweds advocating sexual techniques that church traditions classify as unchaste and unnatural—indeed, as acts of sodomy.
What Steinfels and many other journalists label “traditional Christianity” is, when it comes to sex, actually an all too modern selection and rearrangement of a few old elements detached from the contexts and practices that gave them meaning. The claim for tradition amounts to repeating a few old formulas of condemnation, while the other teaching drops away. This isn’t a tradition. This is violently selective repetition—an ongoing revenge on tradition.”—‘Traditional’ Christianity vs. ‘Liberals’? It’s Not That Simple (via azspot)