Critical List August 24, 1989
WHAT TO LISTEN FOR IN MUSIC:
Foghorns. Klaxons. Double-barreled
Duck calls. Slapsticks. Hurdy-gurdies.
Glockenspiels. Bouzoukis. The Sousaphone. The
The Ondes Martenot.
The Wagner Tuba. The Oboe D'Amore. The Basset
The Heckelphone. The Ophicleide. The
The Geigenwerk. The Kortholt. The Doppione.
The C-Melody Saxophone. The Harmonium.
The beat beat beat of the tom-tom. The rhythm
that the "driver" made. The sound of marching, charging feet.
Pizzicato. Ponticello. Portamento.
Consonance. Dissonance. Consonants.
Antonyms. Abstinence. E-chords.
The lonesome whippoorwill. The ghost of
electricity. The one red rose that I mean. That funky cold
The influence of Robert Johnson. The
influence of ABBA. The influence of bad whiskey. The influence
of good whiskey. The
sonic effects of poor eyesight; of misconceptions held since
childhood; of mandatory mixed nude bathing.
The residue of unsatisfactory love affairs.
The silt of failure. The hint of scandal.
Pirate ships. Bloodstains. Baby showers.
Cracked bells and washed-out horns.
Seventy-six trombones. Ten thousand guitars "grooving real
loud." And 110 cornets, something something something.
HOW TO PLAY THE ELECTRIC
With gusto. With elan. With
With vim, with vigor. With alarums.
With one hand on the wheel. With one foot on
With blistering speed. With blinding speed.
With mind-boggling speed. With awesome power. With pride. With
pathos. With Porthos. With amnesia.
With sullen reserve. With mocking irony. With
native imprecision. In a kimono.
With pomp, with circumstance. With cash on
hand. With a recurring skin condition. With warmest regards.
With season's greetings. With best wishes for a speedy recovery.
3/5 OF A MILE IN 10 SECONDS.
Jones: Move Closer (RCA)
"Sulkingly tumescent" -- Robert
Lloyd, L.A. Weekly. Lou
Rawls: At Last (Blue
Note). "Suavely sotto" -- Robert
Lloyd, L.A. Weekly. Toad
the Wet Sprocket: Bread and
Circus (Columbia). "Pertly post" -- Robert Lloyd, L.A. Weekly. The Stone Roses (Silvertone/RCA).
"Psychedelically sporting" -- Robert
Lloyd, L.A. Weekly. The
Rolling Stones: The
Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years (Abcko).
"Scrupulously inclusive" -- Robert
Lloyd, L.A. Weekly. The
Bee Gees: One
(Warner Bros.). "Nasally elegant" -- Robert Lloyd, L.A. Weekly. The Hoodoo Gurus: Magna Cum Louder (RCA): "Crazed and
crunchy" -- Robert Lloyd,
L.A. Weekly. Laura
Nyro: Laura: Laura Nyro
Live at the Bottom Line (Cypress). "Ripened
on the vine" -- Robert Lloyd,
L.A. Weekly. Pete Townshend: The Iron Man (Atlantic).
"Egg salady" -- Robert Lloyd,
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