Going into town in a few to have coffee with one of Brooke’s old friends. After that, we’re gonna do some exhibit-hopping. We’ve already been to most of ’em, with the exception of the Holocaust Memorial Museum, which we might visit today. Coincidentally, I’m re-reading Philip K. Dick‘s The Man in the High Castle, about an Axis-controlled post-war America, circa 1962. Cheery stuff.
Honey Owens is a talented Portland, Oregon-based experimental musician. She used to be in Jackie-O Motherfucker, and currently plays in Nudge, another exceptional band. In May, Kranky Records released her solo album, Blood Is Clean, under the Valet moniker. If you like Spaceman 3/Spiritualized, Velvet Underground, Eno and drone, you’ll surely dig. Read my overly hyperbolic review at Dusted.
Here’s a taste:
DC rasta-core legends Bad Brains just released a new album, Build a Nation, which was produced by the Beastie Boys‘ Adam Yauch. You can stream the whole thing at their MySpace page. Sounds pretty bitchin’ to me.
I saw the original lineup a handful of years back; at that point, they were legally obliged to bill themselves as Soul Brains. It was an interesting show, to say the least. Frontman H.R. stood in the same spot of the stage for the entire night, dressed in a beatific white tracksuit and mumbling nigh-incomprehensible shit about Jah. This really aggravated the audience, which was comprised of knuckle-dragging hardcore mopes who weren’t even born when BB first rocked the scene. I suppose they expected H.R. to bounce around and do backflips like he used to. These whiny little fuckers were nearly as entertaining as the show.
Here is a song from the Brains’ early-’80s heyday, back when the band (and the District itself) was truly dangerous:
And lastly: When Jack Kervorkian got out of prison, he did an interview with Larry King. The doc should have put the old bastard out of his misery. That way, we wouldn’t have had to watch King’s appalling chat with the surviving Beatles. Video links here.