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Wed, Mar. 21st, 2007, 11:17 pm
1973: Al Green - Call Me

Between a dozen articles due, editing responsibilities, and classwork, I think I may have actually burnt myself out on writing this week. Every word I write, I feel like I've seen and written that word before. Recently. That can't be good. None of it seems fresh. I need some new verbs, some new nouns. I need a new bloody set of pronouns to work with. I'm certain that I've used every word in this paragraph at once before this week. My vocabulary is reaching its limits. Language is dying. I'm beginning to understand Beckett. Or maybe not. Ack.

Luckily, Green doesn't demand a lot from me. His music is seductive on so many different levels. It's sexually seductive, obviously. But it's also emotionally seductive and intellectually seductive. He doesn't require that you fight to listen to him. He's like the womb, you could just float on his silky smooth voice - suspended in the warm liquid of his velvety music. "Womb." Now there's a word I haven't used yet this week. Thank god. Al Green gives me language!

Tomorrows album is Heart of the Congos, and as of yet, I don't know how much of a challenge it'll be. If it's not too bad, I'll do a post tomorrow night. But if it's a bit overwhelming - I may have to beg out early this week. But I promise, loads of music writing next week. So let me do a tid-bits section tonight of various comments, reviews, notes, etc from the last week. Beginning with the greatest performance thus far on American Idol: Jordan Sparks singing "I Who Have Nothing": http://youtube.com/watch?v=OzkNMiKjrGU

Top Ten Singles Thus Far in 2007 (ILX, Teenpop Thread)

1. Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend
2. R Kelly - Flirt
3. Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw
4. Natasha Bedingfield - Babies
5. Fallout Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
6. The Klaxons - Atlantis to Interzone
7. Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne - You
8. D.B.’z featuring E-40 – Stewy
9. Bright Eyes - Four Winds
10. The Stooges - Free and Freaky / The Stooges - My Idea of Fun

The normal all-over assortment of singles. No particular order, though some are more heavily weighted than others. I can't imagine Bright Eyes, Bedingfield, Lloyd, or Klaxons making it to the end. Also, if Spring Awakening OST had a single, it would certainly be on the list. Also, I like both Stooge's singles equally, though my preference is for "My Idea of Fun" slightly over "Free and Freaky" but not enough to not list both - also, I don't like either well enough to give them their own slot. Together they earn slot 10. Any other caveats... oh, yeah. Swift is the cheater listing, because it was a single in 2006 - but it didn't hit charts until 2007. So I'm counting it. Na-na-na-boo-boo.

Frank and Adorno, Alternatively DMX and Kafka (Koganbot Livejournal)

Frank, I quoted you last week in my course on Kafka. We were talking about Adorno - and about how he uses Kafka instead of discussing Kafka. He basically takes a Kafka quote and then launches into his own creative expression - which is disguised as criticism. I quoted your answer to the question: Are there more great songs than writing about songs? And you said yes, but not for an essential reason. Then you explained that there aren't more great songs than conversations around songs, or dances to songs, or jokes about songs. And essentially, Adorno is using that with Kafka. He's dancing to Kafka - or joking about Kafka. For my last Kafka essay, I included a couple paragraphs about why I wanted to really write about DMX's use of dogs (instead of Kafka) and how my decision not to use DMX speaks to our prejudices around Kafka. (Ie: That DMX isn't on par with Kafka. Or that Kafka is a genius and DMX is a 'rapper' as though they are mutually exclusive. or that Kafka was writing intentionally using dogs and DMX's use of dogs are accidental. All premises I feel you'd reject.) Anyway, I felt that talking about why I wanted to do DMX on Kafka is a lot like making a joke about a song. It isn't inferior just because it isn't recognized in academia (and I remember your quote in the book about Meltzer - whether rock can save philosophy or not and the question of whether philosophy is worth saving).

Review of "Army @ Love," the New Vertigo Comic (#comic-scans mIRC chatroom)

It's about an attempt to raise morale in the army by hosting explosively sexual retreats and throwing expansive orgies for all the military personal. That's the plot, but it's actually about showing naked soldiers killing people. Throw in anymore hot triggers and the comic might as well be a Mountain Dew commercial (Eugene Mirman reference: "Do the Dew before the Dew does You!")

Excerpt from Short Fiction Piece (Submitted to YU Writing Contest)

We took the 3 train into the city, and for the duration of the trip my brother kicked his legs back and forth and rambled on about wrestling. “The Undertaker, he destroyed Vince. He was gonna - gonna facebuster him - but then, he hit him with the gutwrench superplex.”
While he talked, I read the advertisements on the subway walls. When he went silent, catching his breath or running out of things to say, I asked him another question to keep him going. “So what is your wrestling name going to be?”
“Facebust Feinstein. Or Michal the Murderer. Or the Hopping Hebrew.” He jumped up on the subway seats and hopped around to show himself off. “My signature move is gonna be...” and he threw his fists out and kicked into the aisle. When he kicked, the fringes attached to his undershirt came loose and I grabbed one to pull him back down.
“Don’t stand up.”
“Can we stop in the WWE superstore in Manhattan?”
“Sure. But we can’t get anything.”

Thu, Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)

I don't have the definitive figures, but "Tim McGraw" charted country in 2006 (though it peaked in January 2007 at number 6 country; peaked on the Hot 100 at 40, don't know what month, though it was this year); it is now listed on Mediabase's country airplay chart as a "recurrent"; if Mediabase follows the same criteria as Billboard, this means the song has been on the country charts for at least 20 weeks and has had times where it's dipped below the top 50. This doesn't mean you can't decide that 2007 is its year of greatest impact. It's certainly a worthy song.

Fri, Mar. 23rd, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)

The country charts have a much more restrictive criteria for "recurrent". If I recall, I think it takes out songs that are not in the top 10.

Fri, Mar. 23rd, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)

erg, that was me.

Fri, Mar. 23rd, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)

Greg, that's surely not right, as there are nine songs in the country top 25 right now that have been in the charts for more than 20 weeks, and only two of them have even made it into the top 10, one of which, Joe Nichols' "I'll Wait For You," took 32 weeks to get there. And then again, Mediabase may not use the same criteria as Billboard. The basic point is that "Tim McGraw," being a recurrent, must have been in the charts for a at least 20 weeks before becoming one, so it must have started its chart run in early November at the very latest; and actually, according to Great American Country it broke onto the country charts the week of July 20.

Sat, Mar. 24th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
justfanoe: Fred Bronson Speaks

OK, here's what Fred Bronson has to say:

"The recurrent removal policy on our country charts changes from time to time due to fluctuating business conditions. At the end of 2006, we revised our policy to remove descending titles to recurrent after 20 weeks when they fall below No. 10 in either Nielsen BDS detections rankings or audience rankings. This is only a subtle change from the prior rule, which removed such descending titles after 20 weeks when they fell below No. 15."

So the key piece I missed is that it removes DESCENDING songs that are not in the top 10. That makes more sense. At least in the top 25, one of the songs out of the top 10 with more than 20 weeks on the chart appear to be descending, so this matches with the charts this week. Joe Nichols is still in the top 10, which explains why it's not recurrent. Songs climb the country charts extremely slowly, which probably explains why they bump the recurrent bar up to top 10.