Monday, July 25, 2005

I've Broken the Internet

For some reason Blogger will not allow me to correct the obvious typo in my previous post. I realise how one should spell Malcolm X. In my defense my favorite singer is Stephen Malkmus, I blaim this for my temporary lapse in judgement.

Good Times Marathon Puts African Americans Back On Top of TV Hilarity

With the summer televison lag it was a thrill that hilarious sitcom writing could be found on television all this weekend. The source was TV Land's all weekend Good Times marathon. I for one love Good Times and would rate it above All In The Family as far as my personal preferences are concerned. The Reason for this is mostly Michael the second best kid character in sitcom history (to Arrested Developement's George Michael). Who better to bring millitant black politics to the masses than a precocious pre-teen with a penchant for pontificating on Malkum X, Gil Scott Heron, and the Black Panthers (say this sentence three times fast very loudly in your work place).

Joy Division I Hardly Knew Ye...

So I've recently developed an obsession with Joy Division. Has enough time passed since Interpol's breakthrough for that to be kind of cool? Well if it hasn't I guess I'll have to be lame, esspecially considering it has taken me this long to take more than a passing interest in the band (maybe I'm becoming miserable). Last week I read former itchfork writer Chris Ott's book about 'Unknown Pleassures.' It's a part of a series of books about different albums. The book however ends up being more about Joy Division then about 'Unknown Pleasures.'

The song that reverberates most with me these days is "She's Lost All Control." The high end bass line sounds like something I was trying to come up with in my rock band days (and failed miserably at). But mostly it has a certain mechanic icey-ness that makes me want to dance like an incredibly sad robot. It's really super. The other off shoot of this love affair is a secondary love affair with New Order's 'Power Corruption and Lies.' It's like Joy Division only the dancing is slightly less desperate and faster.