I've been reading a book on "civilized conversation" and if I am reading the Words of this Fine and Noble book correctly, there should be no such thing as blogs. Conversation, according to the author, is designed for me to learn about the other person. A good conversationalist is one who listens more than he talks. This is probably the first update where I feel awkward about standing up to the harsh winds of the Great Online Desert and (even though there is nobody around) talking about myself.
Anyway, a well-deserved run to the record store produced these finds:
- The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
- Wire - 154 (remastered)
- Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
The thing about these new Wire rereleases is that there are no bonus tracks. According to the band, they wish to preserve the sanctity of the original record - this I can see as logical, because hearing the single version of "Outdoor Miner" only 5 tracks after the album version is disjointed. And honestly, none of the bonus tracks on Pink Flag and Chairs Missing are worth it. "A Question of Degree" (off of Chairs Missing) is in fact laughable; unlike the minimal and simple drum sound that makes Wire who they are, this song has a big, booming, arena-like 80's gated snare sound that overdominates the track. For Christ's Sake, is this the best you can do? Fortunately, it's not on the main record.
However, I've always liked bonus tracks, however good or bad, just for the curiosity. You never know what the band has done besides the main record - sometimes, it can be out in left field, and sometimes it can be album worthy. One of the things that makes the Pavement rereleases exceptional is how the B-sides can be better than the record itself.