SOUNDTRACK: SILVERSUN PICKUPS-Live on KEXP, May 11, 2012 (2012).
Following the other day’s review of Silversun Pickups, I have this more recent show. In this one, only two members of the band are here–singer/guitarist Brian Aubert and bassist Nikki Monninger for a stripped down acoustic show.
This set is much more enjoyable than the older set. The songs are certainly stronger, especially “Bloody Mary” and “The Pit.” But there’s also something refreshing about hearing this band who is usually so fuzzed out sounding clean and simple. I wouldn’t want an entire acoustic album from these guys, but it’s so dynamic in this version. You can really hear the construction of the songs in this simple setting.
And the rapport between Brian and DJ Cheryl Waters is relaxed (they are very funny) and engaging–I really want to like these guys.
It’s interesting that in the five years from the previous set the Billy Corganisms have not gone away at all, but I guess one can’t help what one’s voice sounds like. It’s kind of hard to get past that, but it’s not impossible, and the songs are so good, you can overlook it. This makes me want to check out their latest album. You can hear it here.
And for those who watch TV, Silversun Pickups were on Up All Night this week (in a very weird mash up of pop culture). Is that how lesser known bands get publicity, or was that meant to be a draw for the show (I don’t know how popular they are–Sarah had never heard of them).
[READ: October 18, 2012] Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!
I had not heard of this book until I saw it in my local library. I wasn’t prepared to read another biography of Marshall McLuhan, and indeed, this isn’t one. This is the American edition of Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan with a spiffy new title. And it is virtually identical.
There are several things that were in the Canadian edition that were left out of the American edition (although they did leave in all of the “u”s in words like “colour”).
The things that were left out are:
- several pages of anagrams of Marshall McLuhan, The Global Village and The Medium is the Message (and frankly who needs those?)
- two excerpts from Generation A. And if you’ve read the novel, you don’t need them either. The only thing that would be new are the paragraphs that introduce the excerpts from Generation A. Each section has one or two extra paragraphs in which he sets up the parallels between McLuhan and Generation A. I wonder what legal tie-up prevented them from being included here.
Otherwise, the book is identical–same layout, same page numbers, same typefaces(!). If you want the anagrams and excerpts, track down the Canadian version, otherwise, this is a good pop culture biography of McLuhan (with a little about Coupland, of course). You can read more about in my post of the Canadian edition.
And of course, there’s this: