Monthly Archives: March 2012

Lee Ranaldo “Between the Times and the Tides”

Lee Ranaldo

“Between the Times and the Tides”

[Matador; 2012]

Rating: 8

I thought I had Sonic Youth pegged. Thurston Moore is the melody maker, Kim Gordon brings a seedy punk-rock edge, and Lee Ranaldo produces the experimental explorations. Their powers combined result in the band’s distinctive sound. But on Ranaldo’s latest solo album, “Between the Times and Tides,” he has me rethinking everything. Not only is it not experimental, it is closer to traditional pop music than anything found within Sonic Youth’s 25 year catalog of music (yes, twenty-five years!).

Ranaldo’s past solo albums primarily consisted of soft, acoustic driven experiments.  This time around, Ranaldo uses his Jazzmaster to help escape the uncertainty surrounding Sonic Youth with the recent divorce of Moore and Gordon. And where does he escape to? The sounds of his youth.

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SXSW 2012

This year, my SXSW experience felt a bit like a walk down memory lane with performances by such 80s and 90s legends as Jesus and the Mary Chain, Corrosion of Conformity, Built to Spill, and Pennywise.  All these bands, although aged and weathered, put on inspired performances that were highlights of my week.  Despite the daily rekindling of my youth, I also discovered more bands this year than I have in years past.  As with every year, below you will find some of my favorite performances, showcases, and the less than stellar experiences of the week.    

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Pilgrim “Misery Wizard”


When I was eight years old, I tried to be a wrestler.  For several weeks, my dad took me to the local high school gym to take part in what was known as “Little Guy Wrestling” clinics.  I had no prior knowledge of the sport, and really didn’t have much interest in rolling around on a mat with another boy.  The only reason I joined was to hang out with a couple of my best friends at the time, Burrell and Moorman.  To no avail, I hated it.  It was too hot, too frantic, and I was miserable at it.  I just didn’t enjoy getting man-(boy?)-handled for two hours when I’d rather be at home playing “Contra.”  I finally had to give up on the sport, and as a result, would feel a tinge of guilt whenever around my two friends at school.  It would be the first and last time I ever quit something.

That is, until black metal came along.

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BDWPS Podcast #1

Yes, I’ve decided to enter the world of podcasting.  I was thinking about all the songs, albums, and ideas that I never get to write about on here due to a lack of time, and I decided that a podcast would be an easy way to clean out the cache.  I plan for the BDWPS Podcast to function much like a radio show with me talking between songs.  Give it a listen and subscribe to it at iTunes if you like it. Just look up “BDWPS” and the good ol’ Uncle Bob symbol will pop up.

BDWPS Podcast #1

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