Getting a headstart
Some folks like to get a headstart on their holiday gift shopping. The Codpiece, on the other hand, has been wasting an inordinate amount of time agonizing over his 2013 Loved Tracks list. I’m limiting myself to 20 tracks and, frankly, curation’s a bitch. The ranking, I’m not sure why it matters so much, seems to change hourly. I just hope no artist drops some massive, life-transforming track before year’s end and blows apart this list.
The band is a project
Mania over the Pixies’ reunion seems to have waned a little, so I managed to score a ticket (yes!), albeit for a show 40 miles away. Do I even care that Kim Deal has left the band? No, not really. It really doesn’t detract from the significance of popping my Pixies’ cherry, so to speak.
On the other hand, I really couldn’t work up the enthusiasm for the recent New Order show sans Peter Hook. Oh, I popped that cherry years ago and it was massive. It was New Order’s first tour of Australia and years of pent up fanboy energy was unleashed on the poor rickety Enmore Theatre, which was no doubt left a little worse for wear.
And now this news, The Church announced they will record a new album without Marty Willson-Piper because they can’t get their schedules to align. What is maybe a logistical issue, is seen by some of the fanbase as major catastrophe. So cue the whining and sniveling on Facebook which prompted Steve Kilbey to post this:
if you cant dig it i’m sorry. this is my fucking band after all and it has existed at times without peter and in the beginning without marty. and for times in between while he went AWOL.
i love the guy. his musicianship is undeniably good. but its over now . the church will have to move on without him or have no church at all. which one did you want?
i am sitting here right now with 16 new incredible songs that we just wrote. its frustrating that it will be a while till you hear it. but the church will ride on. and i hope that when i fall off my perch that someone else jumps in and keeps it going. this is what i was writing about the other day. the church is an ideal that produces a certain type of music. regardless of individuals.
the church will prevail. and our new music is very very fucking cool.
Like most people, I’m a little saddened. But it’s mostly a romantic notion. The core members have worked together for over 30 years (!). The reality is that a band is made up of people with various pursuits and responsibilities. Occasionally, if there’s sufficient commonality, they might come together and work on a creative project, i.e. the band.
What I’m trying to say is that sometimes we get a little too precious about stuff and we just need to move on. To that end, I’ve decided to give up decorating Warhammer.