Monday, June 17, 2013

Music Library: Paul F. Tompkins, Paul McCartney, Paul Wertico, Paul Westerberg, Paulo Bagunça, Pavement, Peaches and Gonzalez, Peanut Butter Wolf, Pedro The Lion, Pee Wee Fist


Paul F. Tompkins - Impersonal (2007), Freak Wharf (2009), and Sir, You Have Fooled Me Twice (2010). While in the early 00s I would not have selected Mr. Tompkins as the Mr. Show alumni most likely to turn into the funniest damn standup comic in the world, he has defied my hypothetical bet against him, and in the most delightful way, too.

Paul McCartney - McCartney (1970) and Ram (1971). Light, but fun.

Paul Wertico Trio - Don't Be Scared Anymore (2000). Okay, I won't.

Paul Westerberg - 14 Songs (1993), Eventually (1996), Mono/Stereo (partially as Grandpaboy, 2002), Folker (2004), 49:00 (2008). Sumbitch can still write a song, but he has no natural ability to distinguish between his good work and his half-baked stuff.

Paulo Bagunça - Paulo Bagunça e a Tropa Maldita (1973). Minor tropicalia.

Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe and Deluxe (1993), Westing (By Musket and Sextant) (compilation, 1989-1993), Crooked Rain Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins (1994, mostly), Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition (1995ish), Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition (1997), and Terror Twilight (1999). Pavement is the Platonic ideal of indie-rock: obscurant, hooky, noisy, genre-bending, funny, fun, equally rewarding as mindless car jams and serious drunk bullshittery fodder.

Peaches and Gonzalez - "Hot Pink Hot Sex." No idea where this came from. Catchy, though.

Peanut Butter Wolf - My Vinyl Weighs A Ton (1999), The Jukebox 45s (2002), Peanut Butter Wolf Presents Chrome Children (2006). PBW is a producer who uses the studio and the often-nameless artists who record on his albums as instruments.

Pedro The Lion - Control (2002). I do not like this. Wish I did.

Pee Wee Fist - Flying (2001). An offshoot of sorts from Clem Snide, this band featured my pal Jon on theremin, and I would praise it even if it weren't so great. But it is.


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