Another week, another Mercury music section. And in honor of my favorite television show on the planet returning for a new season tonight, please enjoy this audio clip of the saga of "Dayman Fighter Of The Nightman." I could huff paint and listen to this all day long.
Electric Dream Machine - "Dayman Fighter Of The Nightman"
Hey Neil Diamond, thanks for fucking us over and canceling your Portland show mere hours after we go to press with a big article about how you're the type of guy who would never cancel a show at the last minute. I hate you so much right now that I am going to post your worst song below. "Free/Only want to be free/We huddle close/Hang on to a dream." Yeah, well, the dream is dead, dude.
Neil Diamond - "America"
Keeping with the theme of artists who let us down, Josh Martinez drops his best work to date and then breaks our tender little heart by saying he's quitting the game... to be a lawyer. Then again, who wouldn't hire a rapping lawyer? It would be just like Cop Rock!
Josh Martinez - "Underground Pop"
Music is what you make out of it, at least that best describes the glorious blank canvas instrumental soundtracks of Talkdemonic.
Talkdemonic - "Shattered Into Dyes"
The local sensation that everyone loves, and loves to hate, Starfucker finally delivers their debut full-length. Will it live up to the hype? Will it change pop music forever? Will listening to it make you a better person? Will it teach my cat to play guitar? Maybe. No. Probably not. Definitely.
Starfucker - "German Love"
Speaking of cats, or "kittins," the enigmatic Miss Kittin rolls through town and is ready to laugh at the death of Frank Sinatra. That's cold.
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - "Frank Sinatra"
Oh, but there is more. In this week's music columns Cary Clarke gives a detailed local music roundup--with news about the closure of the Portland Jazz Festival, Creative Capacity, and Cool Nutz's new radio program--while I talk to reunited punk icons Final Warning. Up da punx, indeed!
Final Warning - "Rain of Death"