Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Bookshelf and Soundtrack


Here’s a poem I printed off a couple months ago and put by the computer. I was going to put it up on the wall, but I never got around to it. There’s something about it that makes me want to keep it close.



Into this file must go the viewing of films so that characters leave one room
and enter another in which events happen to them in the dark.
History comes to a head in the time of the disaster that structures it.
It depends on knowing that raptor and rapture share the same root.
The hawk over the cleft in the hill heading towards its prey heading towards
where the wind is taking it. Bill Evans in a nightclub I never went to.
Documentaries must be filmed in grainy black and white
and it’s best to include voice-overs to explain the inscrutable parts.
Even a nightclub is an historical event given the costumes women wore
and Lauren Bacall gambling too much and rhapsodic about him or acting the part.
I pretend to look at the hawk and it seems a good idea given the circumstances
so I make myself do it and after a time it is all I want to do all afternoon.


Well, not playing, but thinking about:

Neil Young is on tour where he’s trotting out several new songs that are going to be part of his next album which is going to be produced by Daniel Lanois. That’s all interesting information, especially as his output over the last decade or so has been hit or miss with a large percentage of miss (but several hits here and there [“Razor Love,” “Goin’Home,” “Bandit,” “The Painter,” “Spirit Road,” “Just Singing a Song,” “Get Around” etc., that tend to get buried, or in the case of “Get Around,” left off the album]).

Eels have just announced that they are going to release a new album entitled TOMORROW MORNING on August 24 and embark on a world tour: “EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E calls the 14 track album the final installment of a trilogy that began with HOMBRE LOBO (June 2009) and END TIMES (January 2010). Following a four year absence, TOMORROW MORNING will be the third new EELS album in a little over a year and a half and will be released on the EELS' E Works Records label.”

This makes sense, as the last two albums (Hombre Lobo and End Times [both are strong albums and well worth picking up]) feel like a double album to me. I wish they would've released them that way. Hombre Lobo was dominated by the aggression and insecurity of sexual desire while End Times was dominated by the despair and anger over breaking up . . . what’s the third act to that?

Eels – Fresh Blood
from Hombre Lobo

Eels – In My Younger Days
from End Times


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