no, that's not it.
guess what I'm listening to?
did you say the newly mastered Bears record?
that's impressive. how did you do that?
so, how is the new bears record?
in fact for my money the first four songs alone are worth the the price of admission.
the record begins with one song from each of the four bears and truly shows the depth of
writing and pop music mastery this band can achieve. (in its own off-kilter way)
1. zelda a twisted rollercoaster rocker from rob fetters. rob asked specifically for the guitar style I used on david bowie's lodger (in particular the song red sails). he got it.
2. veneer a bob song with thumping toms and one of rob's best guitar lines ever.
I sing it: "the great ape arrived in a shiny red humvee".
it's awesome and includes a bad bob bass solo!
as well as sinewy backwards guitar from you know who.
3. a remake of an adrian tune I always thought should have been a bears song.
(no way, I'm not telling you the name).
4. troubled beauty my favorite chris arduser ballad ever. beautifully troubling.
that's my teaser.
of course there's much more and we bears agree it's likely our best yet.
two other things really stand out to me personally:
a) bob's bass playing is stunning and is something of a feature throughout the record,
and b) the sound of the record.
rob called it "dimensional".
the real star of the show is ken latchney.
this was ken's last record and he poured himself into it.
ken spent many many hours alone slaving over a hot console in search of the elusive
1000% mix. underneath the quietly gruff ken exterior was a secret spot for this record.
it looks as though the Laurie Anderson Adrian Belew Fretless Wonder may be headed to a museum in florida. I'll be speaking with the curator on monday.
speaking of monday, don't forget to start your dust collection first thing monday
with a real buried treasure from the past.
the power trio's show at the cleveland rock n' roll hall of fame is SOLD OUT but you can still catch us in the sweaty canal street bar in dayton ohio hitler or shout yourself silly onto our live record side 4 being recorded saturday night feb 17 at the southgate house in newport, ky.
a splendid time is guaranteed for all.