New story: Dec. 2 column, Hospitality: AAA guy is trashier than bad boys of rock 'n' roll
Someone from the Ritz called about that (semi-old) column, claiming around 40 people have faxed it to Kelly Belly of AAA. The Ritz, at least, loved it.
Cynthia Dall, Renee's sister, was in Berkeley a couple of weeks ago and played a fantastic if short set at Starry Plough. This month I open my new CMJ New Music Monthly, and lo and behold there's a quite favorable review of her new CD, Sound Restores Young Men. "Sound is alternately blissful and disturbing; after the spell is broken, you still can't shake it." Dall family insiders will fondly recall Cynthia's much earlier tune with Smog, "Renee Died."
Listen up, birds and geezers ... On my MP3 playlist right now: The Streets' Original Pirate Material. This Brit, only 22, made the whole CD on his home computer, or at least that's what I recall. He's the next Naked Chef in terms of sex symbol status, and moves rap at least as far forward as Eminem did. He doesn't feel the need to assume a ghetto pose; instead his diction and themes lean laddy Manchester. Here's an audio NPR segment on the guy. Two best tracks, IMHO: "All Got Our Runnings," sadly excised from the final album and sometimes mislabeled "Don't Mug Yourself" on Kazaa, and "It's Too Late."