It’s 1993 all over again! YES!!!
The Crystal Castles show at The Orange Peel last night was so fucking good.
Those with an eagle eye will be able to spot me in the front row.
The Smiths’ Strangeways, Here We Come turns 30 today.
I was on the verge of turning 16 when this album came out and it was my introduction to The Smiths. I remember buying it on cassette at Traxx near the mall in Asheville. Or had it changed over to being called Record Bar by that point? Regardless, for a while it was the go-to record store for alternative releases. Roger, myself and some co-workers from McDonald’s were there. I was so broke that I didn’t have the $6.99 (plus tax) to buy it. Someone in the group loaned me the change (somewhere around 35¢) so that I had enough to make the purchase. Yeah. I spent every single cent I had and then some. I remember having a lot of buyer’s remorse afterwards because I had spent all my money. But, I didn’t have any remorse when listening to the music. Strangeways, Here We Come became one of the essential albums during my junior year in high school. I still have that cassette and would listen to it in the Bug (which, strangely, had the factory cassette player in it).
Years later, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me became my go-to song to listen to when I was feeling depressed/upset about the Evil One. I love this song (and thankfully don’t pine over the Evil One while listening to it anymore).
Depeche Mode has provided my anthem for this year.
In case you can’t get enough, here is the Highline Sessions version:
And here comes another weekly update. I am seriously trying to get on some regular schedule here … but, you know … life, work, blah, blah, blah.
David is all moved in. I went down to Charleston the last weekend of July and we loaded his stuff in a U-Haul trailer and got him here. Many thanks to Dad for the loaner of his truck to pull said trailer. The packing and moving went fairly easily but the apartment next door decided to break a pipe and flood not only their apartment but a good part of David’s as well. That is what we woke up to on Saturday morning. So our leisurely morning of finishing up the packing before picking up the trailer became a scramble to rid the apartment of the flood waters. I felt bad for the folks next door. They spent the day moving all their furniture out so a remediation team could get in and get to work. I am not sure where they ended up as the clean up was going to take a few days. David’s place also ended up with big noisy fans and a dehumidifier. It made trying to sleep on Saturday night fun … well, that and Drunk Germans at 3:00 am. I am going to miss Charleston. It’s a pretty sweet place.
David left on Tuesday to go to D.C. for the week, so I spent time organizing some of my shit. Kiki and I went out on Tuesday night and checked out Mad Anthony’s Taproom & Restaurant’s new location. It will be a pretty cool space when they get rid of that harsh fluorescent lighting.
The house has come together pretty quickly considering a lot of extra stuff got moved in a little over a week ago. David has kicked ass in getting things organized and settled since he got back from D.C. Yay!
Still working at getting the theater’s season brochure done. I hate designing this damn thing. It’s a brain drainer for sure.
And in movie news, We saw The Dark Tower this past weekend. Here is my two word review: “Skip it!”
Note: No links because I am lazy.
Ugh. I can’t seem to kick this feeling that something bad is going to happen. Anybody wanna trade brains or nervous systems with me?
Meanwhile … I went to Charleston to visit the boyfriend this past weekend. We kicked around but didn’t do too much. We did end up at Monster Music & Movies where I (finally) found a copy of the Pet Shop Boys album Please on vinyl. David had a bunch of his cohorts over on Saturday night for drinking and a viewing of Get Out. They are a fun group and I will miss some of them once the internship ends and everyone scatters across the country. On the drive home I finally finished the audio book to William L. Shirer‘s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It’s going to be weird not listening to World War II history while driving back and forth to Charleston.
And in I am Buying too Many Records News: I couldn’t resist ordering the Super Deluxe Edition of Royal Blood’s How Did We Get So Dark?. I am such a sucker for deluxe packaging and limited edition goodies! Now if USPS will just get the damn thing here quickly. I have no patience when it comes to waiting for packages to arrive.
Pet Shop Boys finally announced the details on the Catalogue: 1985-2012 reissues. Super Deluxe Edition’s website also has a detailed article on what’s going to be included (and not included) on the initial releases. The first set (Nightlife, Release, and Fundamental) drops on July 28th with more (Yes and Elysium) coming later this year. Needless to say, the first sets has already been pre-ordered. They will also be remastering and re-releasing the first batch of “Furthering Listening” discs that came out in 2001 (Please, Actually, Introspective, Behaviour, Very, and Bilingual). There goes the double dip! It’s going to be an expensive year …
Remember when I mentioned winning an eBay auction while stuck in traffic on the way to Charleston, SC? Well, here it is … Duran Duran’s Into the Area Board Game (released in 1985 by Milton Bradley). As you can tell by the graphics, this was released to coincide with the Arena live album and the Arena (An Absurd Notion) concert video. One of the super cool things about the game is that it’s graphics were designed by Assorted iMaGes (who had been doing all the designs for Duran Duran releases at that point).
I didn’t even realize there was a Duran Duran board game until I ran across a mention of it about a year ago. Since then I have been trying to find a reasonably priced copy. And, thanks to eBay, I scored a copy for just a little over $40 shipped. YES! Now I just need to find some friends to play it with.
I also won an auction for a VHS of the Duran Duran video album. It contains the first 11 Duran Duran videos and was released in 1983 on Beta video, CED videodisc, LaserDisc, VHD disc, and VHS. I rented this A LOT from one of the local video stores (of which I can’t remember the name) back in the day. It’s a bit of a bummer that this hasn’t made its way on to DVD. The Greatest DVD release from 2004 has all these videos but it’s not quite the same as all the videos are viewed one at a time with breaks between them. The Duran Duran release has the 11 videos cleverly edited together for a continuous viewing experience.
And with that, my week of Duran Duran concludes!
So … I was super excited to find a new/sealed copy of the out-of-print 2 CD limited edition of Duran Duran’s Rio. This version was released in 2009 and comes in a “canvas” textured hard case with a 52 booklet containing notes and lots of photos of the boys in their 80’s hotness.
But … I was not so super excited to discover that, somewhere along the line, a huge new UPC sticker had been put over the one printed on the back of the hard case. Needless to say, this sticker is STUCK on there with no hopes of removal. Yeah, I know it’s a first world problem … but it’s messes with my OCD and need for pristine packaging!
Grrrrrr. [Insert lots of swear words here.]
The announcement of the long-awaited new series of Catalogue reissues, including the track-listings of Further Listening bonus albums, has been delayed for a few weeks while a few minor copyright issues are being resolved. We now expect to make a full announcement later this month. Watch this space!
Stupid excited that we are finally getting more re-issues from the Pet Shop Boys.
La La Land Records is releasing a limited edition 3-CD set featuring original scores from the classic 70’s Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter. The set also includes a 28-Page booklet with exclusive liner notes by writer John Takis and a forward by Wonder Woman comic author and authority, Andy Mangels. On sale May 9th at 12 noon PST.
I. AM. ALL. OVER. THIS!