"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no
small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"
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At this point, if you’re not listening to Fujiya & Miyagi at least partially for the snark, I don’t know why you’re listening to them at all. Not that the Brighton band (a trio again now) doesn’t make compelling music in its own right, but plenty of bands do that. When Fujiya & Miyagi first came to some sort of prominence in 2006 with Transparent Things (and more specifically ”Ankle Injuries,” which still feels timeless) their post-Krautrock sound was distinctive enough to turn heads on its own. As time has passed and more bands have started crowding that particular playing field, the thing that actually sets Fujiya & Miyagi apart has become more and more apparent: David Best might just be the kind of snarky, low-grade Lucifer that our modern times demand.
I wrote about Fujiya & Miyagi’s new record; a consistently fun one from a consistently enjoyable band.
I missed when it was posted late last week, but my review of the reissue of Life Without Buildings’ sole (and great) album is up at PopMatters.
If there’s a criteria for the music covered by Dusted, it’s that we feel it’s worthy of further discussion. Some of the records that receive featured reviews spark other opinions among our pool of writers, and there’s always records we banter about that never get full length reviews. Listening Post is a digest of some of the internal chatter that goes on among our group, where we share quick takes on current releases and back-in-rotation favorites.
Also, this week’s viewership stats show that no one from Peru perused the site, so here’s a Los Saicos youtube for everyone to contemplate:
Oh hey, these have been really fun conversations; I’ve got some blurbs in here (early Talk Talk, late REM, live Spiritualized, a few other things).