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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Last post by excontradiction on Today at 01:11:22 pm »
Ten things that occurred to me while watching The Pizza Underground's original Black Cat show:

1. This is McCauley Caulkin's manifesto centering on the loneliness of being a celebrity and surrounded by a world that knows how to use you but not how to value and understand you. It shows Caulkin once again able to draw notes from artists who are similarly confined by the definition and revisionism of others.

2. Caulkin has self-possession, poise and high spirits, and they are contained within a world that gives him no way to usefully express them. So he frolics and indulges himself on stage, within a cocoon of vaudevillian absurdity.

3. No, the parody of the Velvet Underground is not informative and detailed about the actual politics and spirit of the period. That is because we are entirely within Caulkin's world, which shuts out all external reality. It is a self-governing musical island, like Kane's Xanadu, that shuts out politics, reality, poverty, society.

4. Matt Colburn representationally conforms to the role of  a sexually passive sad sack who would rather commiserate than take an active role musically. Pheobe Kreutz has the voice of an angel.

5. All of Caulkin's post-millennial projects, and this one most of all, uses memory to redefine the lives of established touchstone figureheads such as The Velvet Underground. This is a direct throwback to the early works of French film direct Alain Resnais such as Last Year at Marienbad and Hiroshima Mon amour.

6. The Nirvana parody reminded me of the scene in von Sternberg's "The Scarlett Empress" where Catherine arrives at the court of the Czar and the royal physician immediately crawls under her skirt to check her royal plumbing. Every detail is examined, vivisected, and put on display.

7. Caulkin has been criticized in some circles for his use of a contemporary pop overlay -- hit songs, incongruous dialogue, jarring intrusions of the Now upon the Then. But no one ever lives as Then; it is always Now. Many covers of decades old songs seem somehow aware that they are living in the past. The Pizza Underground seem to think they are twenty-somethings living in the present, which of course they are -- and the contemporary pop references invite the audience to share their present with ours.

8. Everyone in the audience knows The Velvet Underground broke up and I fear we anticipate the Pizza Underground's breakup with an unwholesome curiosity. Caulkin brilliantly sidesteps a breakup, and avoids bloated mob scenes by distributing pizza, sound and a cacophony of incongruity. Hired, essentially, to play a parody, the band are good troupers and faithful to their role. It is impossible to avoid thoughts of Pink Floyd.

9. Every criticism I have read of this band would alter is fragile magic and reduce its romantic and tragic poignancy to the level of a They Might Be Giants children's concert.

10. It is not necessary to know anything about The Velvet Underground to enjoy this band. Some of what we think we know is mistaken.  But, paradoxically, the more you know about them, the more you may learn, because Caulkin's oblique and anachronistic point of view shifts the balance away from realism and into an act of empathy for a band swept up by a culture that leave them without personal choices. Before he was a king of rock and roll, before he was a pawn, Lou Reed was a 19-year-old boy who left his home, stripped metaphysically bare, and was examined by powerful men like Warhol like so much horseflesh. It is astonishing with what indifference to his feelings the glitterati of the 60s used him for its pleasure, and in the end of the era, disposes of its guilt.

« Last post by TheREALHunter on Today at 12:05:09 pm »
Slayer (supposed farewell tour)
Lamb of God
June 10
« Last post by Space Freely on Today at 11:58:35 am »
As the resident value seeker, I'm going to boast of having attended the Pizza Paradiso/Aslin night, where all beers were $4 for happy hour and you got the free glassware to boot. The draft list wasn't nearly as extensive, but it was way more than adequate.
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Shutdown playlist
« Last post by Julian, Semi-Retired WUNDERKIND on Today at 11:32:32 am »
We need a system like Canada, where immigration is based on merit and not on whether you are lucky enough to have a relative in the country.
Agreed. We are far to the left of Canada on this issue which is not something we say very often.
« Last post by Thousand Made-Up Loves on Today at 11:17:17 am »
I lucked into free tickets at the B&S show at DAR in 2010, so I don't know what they cost (but DAR tix are rarely economical in my experience) and it was absolutely worth $50.


Trying not to complain too hard. I do remember paying roughly $50 for the Echostage show in 2015.

I'll probably cave and buy a ticket because it's worth it. Would love to see them in CDMX, that's for sure.
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Shutdown playlist
« Last post by Justin Tonation on Today at 11:15:58 am »
Look they came in the country illegally...I think we need way more immigration and I am pro amnesty for everyone but the only way to accomplish that is to win elections and Democrats need to stop being the party of illegal immigrants and Muslims or they will lose the midterms and trump will be re-elected in 2020

You summed up why this issue isn't polling well in marginal districts and why people don't give a crap about someone who came into the country as a minor (probably not even by their own choice) and now wants to try to stay here. I don't think people realize how HARD it is now for someone who is seeking asylum in this country to stay here. Imagine you're a North Korean refugee and you want to stay here because you have a relative in this country. You know you what you need? A birth certificate. BUT North Koreans are never ISSUED birth certificates. So what do you need? A lawyer to help your argument to stay. The system is changing and making it harder for anyone who wants to become a US citizen.  And as the son of immigrants, I feel pretty disgusted when people don't have an ounce of common sense that they are lucky and privileged to be Americans but clearly don't have a shred of empathy just because they're a generation or 3 removed from the issue. The shutdown should not have happened. Over any issue. And it's ugly that what has surfaced is a "not for THESE people" sentiment. It stems right from the "shithole countries" comment.

GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Shutdown playlist
« Last post by ggw on Today at 11:05:03 am »
We need a system like Canada, where immigration is based on merit and not on whether you are lucky enough to have a relative in the country.
« Last post by Got Haggis? on Today at 11:01:54 am »
Fever Ray - 5/14 da club
« Last post by IMAmoose24 on Today at 11:01:29 am »
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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