I’m back; contemplating The Beatles; Matt & Kim, Shelley Short tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 5:39 pm September 9, 2009

I’ve returned from NYC with little if anything to report. My annual trip to Gotham revolves more around sports (U.S. Open, Yankees, etc) than music. The only music-related activity was seeing Hair on Broadway (Not bad, not great, despite the fact that there was full-frontal nudity and it won a Tony for best musical revival). Anyway, it’s good to be home.

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Today the world is abuzz over The Beatles remasters. I figured I should run by Homer’s and pick up at least one, but haven’t been able to decide which. Sgt. Peppers is the classic, but it’s also the most burned out in my mind, and years of listening to Rubber Soul, Revolver and The White Album have left me lacking the will to listen to them again. So maybe Help? Beatles music is so ubiquitous, both on radio and television, that it seems like a waste of money to actually buy the albums. I suppose if I were 13 years old and had yet to be introduced to the music that I’d be more excited about the remasters, but anyone my age has been submerged in dollops of The Beatles his/her entire life.

Which is making me think perhaps my money would be better spent buying one of The Feelies reissues, which also come out today (specifically, The Good Earth, which I don’t already have).

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This week’s column, btw, is last week’s piece on Homer’s (slightly retooled), though I’m not entirely sure The Reader is going to run it. I guess we’ll both find out tomorrow.

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Matt & Kim are playing at The Waiting Room tonight with Honey & Darling. The duo had a hit with “Daylight,” which you’ll remember from the Bacardi commercial in which it appeared (watch it here — oh, now you remember). Watching it again makes me want a Mojito. $14, 9 p.m.

Unfortunately Portland singer/songwriter Shelley Short has yet to have one of her songs appear on TV selling anything (Actually, maybe that’s not such a bad thing). Instead, you can hear her dreamy music via videos like this one for “Submarine.” Or better yet, see her tonight in person at Slowdown Jr., with Alexis Gideon and Omaha musical genius Jake Bellows. $8, 9 p.m.

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