Long Beach’s Avi Buffalo comes back after four years with a great new album, At Best Cuckold. Opening track “So What” reveals gleaming guitars and casually brattiness that shows Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and his band cleaning up some of the psych clutter from their still excellent debut in favor of a streamlined sound, but they’re still weirdos at heart. Serpentine lullaby “Memories of You” softly jangles with country-rock guitars, proggy touches and funny lyrics like “bitch I’m on fire…I’m a cheeseball on fire.” It speaks to the band’s ability to reference classic bands while putting out their own vibe. It’s hard to pull off a “Here Comes a Regular”-style vulnerable acoustic-guitar song like “Two Cherished Understand,” and Avi Buffalo does it by keeping it short, sweet and ultimately unique. Part of that uniqueness comes from Zahner-Isenberg’s way with a non sequitur—“I ran over two dogs, then I ate them after,” he admits amid a fizzy Western backdrop on “Think It’s Gonna Happen Again.” And he gives the best breakup line of the year on “Oxygen Tank,” singing, “A man carrying an oxygen tank is gonna come kill me and my family too if I don’t stop seeing you.” The Flaming Lips comparison still haunts them a bit, yet these songs still have personality for days, so who cares, ultimately. “These birds seem so fucking free/they're nothing compared to me” Zahner-Isenberg sings faux-sweetly on “Overwhelmed With Pride,” and it’s tough not to believe him. Avi Buffalo will be at Amoeba SF Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. and Amoeba Hollywood Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.
I could really not get enough of the first Ladyhawke album. Ladyhawke came out in November of 2008. I got a bit obsessed with the album and I think only finally stopped listening to it sometime in 2011. It has been a while but Phillipa "Ladyhawke" Brown has finally given us her second album. She was actually one of those artists that I seriously knew nothing about. I just listened to the album on repeat but never really took the time to even find out anything about her. In my head she looked exactly like Kristy McNichol circa 1982. And she actually does not look that different than Kristy McNichol circa 1982! Post Family but Pre Empty Nest. Phillipa is from New Zealand. She has actually been playing in bands for a while but finally just got some recognition for her Ladyhawke project. And yes Ladyhawke is named after the 1985 film with the same title. This is probably what peaked my interest at first to discover the music of Ladyhawke. I think her voice actually reminds me of Kristy McNichol singing in The Pirate Movie. I was a bit obsessed with Krisy McNichol when I was a kid. I guess it only made sense that I ended up gay and then found out that she was a lesbian. We were meant for each other I guess. I barely remember Family since it was on the air when I was really young. But I do love that the show featured two of my favorite TV lesbians. Kristy McNichol and Meredith Baxter Birney! Kristy McNichol went on to star in Little Darlings in 1980, The Pirate Movie in 1982, Dream Lover in 1986 and various other movies along the way. She then of course was in Empty Nest in the late 80s and early 90s. Her shining moment for me was of course The Pirate Movie. This movie might be a bit over the top and dated at this point. But I loved it so much when it came out. It is worth revisiting if you remember watching it when you were younger. But it might not be the same watching it for the first time. It is the 80s version of The Pirates of Penzance. It still holds a special place in my heart. I actually could not remember the name of it for years until I stumbled across a VHS copy before I upgraded to DVD. It is currently out of print. But it is actually getting reissued on DVD on July 3rd! I have not heard any plans for Blu-ray yet!
So why is the dangerous diet so popular? Well, I live in California, for one, where all New Age hokum is defended with a "Don't knock it til you try it" acceptance irreconcilable with my Show-Me skepticism. Also, I suppose, because of the very real effects coupled with observational and speculative science. Practitioners get, after not eating, light headed and euphoric, which Burroughs assured dieters was a byproduct of toxins leaving the system. But Burroughs was a dictatorial nudist who insisted his children not wear clothing, not a scientist or doctor. Blindly assuming some charlatan's logic infallible is akin to accepting a lunatic's observation that rain comes from a celestial being shedding tears because we eat cashews. It reminds me of Scientology more than science... only creepier.
unless i see you fierce.