Sunday, July 03, 2005

I read Harry Potter for the articles

File this under annoying: I'm missing perhaps three of the most important albums I own. R.E.M.'s New Adventures in Hi-Fi, Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Dave Matthews Band's Before These Crowded Streets. Each of those albums represents the band in peak form, and all three have mysteriously disappeared from my CD cases.

If this be the work of thieves, then let me be the first to say, kudos artful dodger, on thy keen taste! "E-Bow the Letter" is the finest thing Stipe has ever written, sonic mishmash has never sounded so great on Yankee, and Streets finds Dave at his most Miles Davis-ish. But dammit I want them back. Thief, why couldn't you have taken the very first album that I bought? You'd be doing both of us a huge favour.

I'll be making room shortly on the right sidebar for the new H.Po book, but in the meantime, McSweeney's has published the hilarious Things You Can Tell about the Plot of the Next Harry Potter Book just by Looking at the Cover Art.

Of course, the article refers to the regular cover for the book, and not the "adult" version. I like the thinking behind that: I read children's novels, and I judge books by their cover.


Thomas said...

Alright young'un - I think it's cute that you write about bands like R.E.M. as if they started writing music in 1999, but c'mon - E-bow the Letter? So Losing My Religion was just a warm-up, eh?

P.S. - I stole them. I couldn't handle you actually owning the free form jazz odyssey that is Before These Crowded Streets.

Anonymous said...

Hootie? Really?


Lawyerlike said...

Losing My Religion is the obvious favourite, but E-bow is just that much better. And I'll go one further and say Religion isn't even the best of the pre-Automatic REM: that's "Hairshirt."

And damn right Hootie. I also rightfully own their 1996 World Tour Concert t-shirt!

Anonymous said...

Okay i was looking forward to reading the harry potter reference but i was just stopped dead by the hootie. i don't know if i can have any respect for your indie sensibilities anymore ry!
- ange

Anonymous said...

Harmonicas... hootie....

I´m losing you man!

Beware the dark side.


hilary said...

You're a brave man for admitting about Hootie - in university my brother's apartment was a Hootie-free zone. Personally, my first CD bought was Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting. I was so alt. My first tape was Madonna - True Blue though, so that might remove any altness I had.

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