Highlights of the Year So Far


No, he didnt make a new album.  But hes Lou fucking Reed.Lou Reed (Duh).

Seeing as we are nearly two-thirds through 2008, I thought it apt to publish a few of the musical highlights so far.  Read on:


  • Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson sang a song in English (!?!?) on their latest album, “Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust”, proving himself to be the most strikingly incoherent singer since Darby Crash, though considerably more melodic.
  • The Mars Volta took enough hits of acid to believe that a Ouija board was both possessed AND worthy of a seventy-five minute album.
  • Nurse With Wound combined smooth jazz and light classical, two supposedly relaxing musical forms, into a record, Huffin’ Rag Blues, that made you want to kill yourself. Not because of any avant-garde neo-dada tape experiments, just because it was so incomprehensibly bad.  
  • Lou Reed released a concert film, “Lou Reed’s Berlin”, possibly starting down the path that will lead to “Metal Machine Musical” opening on Broadway.  
  • Suicide released a SIX-CD set of live performances from 1977-78.  Who said they’d never make it? 
  • Girl Talk sampled Twisted Sister (We’re Not Gonna Take It), Jimi Hendrix (Purple Haze), Aphex Twin (Girl/Boy Song), the Cure (In Between Days), and nearly everyone not sampled on Night Ripper to create one of the most cohesive albums of the year.  Well, I liked it.
  • Throbbing Gristle planned to release their new record, a cover of Nico’s Desertshore.  They didn’t, but if Nico’s voice is deep and hypnotic, Genesis P-Orridge’s could be likened to HAL on downers.
  • The Magnetic Fields released a pretty good homage to the Jesus & Mary Chain.  They titled it “Distortion”, proving themselves for the third time in a row to have the most unimaginative titles since Jackson Pollock.
  • Coldplay’s new look proved once and for all Sgt. Pepper was the worst thing for fashion since corsets. 
  • ZE Records celebrated their 20th anniversary, kind of strange seeing as the label actually dissolved for a while in the eighties and nineties.  But who doesn’t like parties?
  • Teenage Jesus & the Jerks reunited to give me tinnitus for three days after the concert.  
  • Madonna refused to accept she was getting old, and chose to attempt to look younger by dressing as a cheap whore on the cover of her new record.  The music wasn’t so hot either.
  • Flight of the Conchords released their debut record, which was funny, but more so if you’d ever seen the show.  Or just searched them on YouTube.

2 Responses to “Highlights of the Year So Far”

  1. Scherezade Says:

    You should submit something to the New Yorker, maybe that letter to RHCP. I’m a fan myself, but found that letter very very true. You’re fucking hilarious Pete and have wicked taste in music.

    See ya later,


  2. Scherezade Says:

    Me again. The letter still tickles me pink. Ditto for the thing about Coldplay.

    You should write something about the Jonas Brothers Rolling Stone cover we have discussed so much 😀 I’m sure it’d be great.

    Best of luck,

    Scherezade,depressed because of Wuthering Heights.

    PS: I still can’t believe i said Blake’s lines. OMFG.

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