All That and a Bag of 68Comeback

Here’s hoping that your February 24, 2011 edition of the 68 Comeback Special was as good as ours. Here’s a list of the songs we played, check for yourself!

Slow  –  Have Not Been the Same

Akron/Family  –  So It Goes

The Guest Bedroom  –  Tough Luck

Unrest  –  91st Century Schizoid Man

The Flying Burrito Brothers  –  High Fashion Queen

Caity Fisher  –  Sweet Gypsy

Wanda Jackson  –  You Know I’m No Good

40 Watt Hype  –  Can You Dig?

Matthew Shipp String Trio  –  Release

the Vertical Struts  –  Stab Stab Stab

the Vacant Lot  –  You Were On My Mind

Kisses  –  People Can Do the Most Amazing Things

Devo  –  Girl U Want

Friends Electric  –  The Sun The Moon The Future

Couples  –  Scar Teens

Ugly Casanova  –  Spilled Milk Factory

Anagram  –  I’ve Been Wrong Before

Ray Davies/The Crouch End Festival Chorus  –  All Day and All of the Night

Junk Culture  –  Weird Teenage Vibes

Deadhorse  –  I’m a Lawyer

Dinosaur Bones  –  Ice Hotels

Tankhog  –  I Woke Up in Love This Morning

Twilight Singers  –  Waves



Bachelor Brad: Not Ashley, Not This Time

"Second time isn't really a charm, is it?"


That was my fearless prediction for who, heading into an episode full of Brad making the rounds of the four remaining women’s hometowns, meeting their families and seeing who and what he would force them to move away from to live with him in his tiny bachelor’s loft in Austin TX, needn’t so worry. Sure I was wrong, but not for all time.

Also, heading into the episode, everyone familiar with the footage of Emily’s daughter* running up the stairs, away from the grownups at the bottom, was keen to see what actually transpired there, as opposed to what was offered up in the edited footage.

But hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. We need to talk about what happens when one person who’s dating another person, or four other people, goes to where that person, or those people, live to meet their families for the first time. What does everyone hope for at a bare minimum? What makes for a good experience? What keeps a person awake the night before, praying?

If there’s one thing that all the ladies say outright, it’s that they hope that meeting their families will give Brad the insight he needs into why they are the way they are. Wait – I don’t think Emily said that, though it hardly matters what Emily says or does anyway because Brad already looooooves her so much, she could pull down her pants and show him her penis and it wouldn’t matter. Or actually, probably it would, though it also reminds me that they didn’t make one mention this week of how this is the most controversial season of The Bachelor, ever.

Obviously enough, seeing as they’re all falling in love with this fellow, the women are also really hoping their families like Brad as much as they do. Chantal’s family in Seattle certain seems to like him, whether it’s her sleeping-on-the-counters pet menagerie or her human relatives. Her dad especially seems to like Brad, to the point where he takes him to where he keeps his favourite statue and tells him all about it and then they snuggle together on a love seat while Chantal’s dad reads Ayn Rand to his new favourite guy who’ll ultimately disappoint his daughter** and practically offers up his daughter for marriage before he’s even asked. For his part, Brad really appears to enjoy the fact that he’s got a new person to tell about his bad dad and he’s probably also fairly happy to see that Chantal’s mom has kept her looks.

In Madawaska, Brad gets to eat poutine (not a euphemism; he eats poutine) for the first time in the restaurant where Ashley had her first job. Then they go and buy gigantic lobsters for supper and then they go and buy some fruits and vegetables from a roadside produce stand that doesn’t seem to have anyone watching over it. They do it on the honour system in Maine, the morons! If ever there was a time to spend the whole night before a date awake, praying, it would have involved Ashley praying that Brad didn’t find setups like this too weird. Or the fact that the show has been saying she’s a dentist when, according to her family, she’s still got some school to finish before she actually is a dentist, and they expect her to finish school. Grrr, families are always so embarrassing!

But expectations like theirs are nothing compared to those of Shawntel’s family, who are all pretty convinced that she will carry on the family undertaking business after her father retires. Man, who didn’t feel for her at the dinner table when, after a lovely date of showing Brad the cremation oven and laying him down on the embalming table and showing him ‘how it’s done’ (not a euphemism; actually explaining the embalming process) when the first truly awkward moment of the episode comes up, where Shawntel has to reassure her whole family that if she leaves Chico CA, it would be for love, and if that’s how things went, she’s taking a leap of faith and everything would ultimately work out. Her dad says “succession” a lot while pointing to his chest. It probably means more than we really know. So, did anyone else think that, when they were saying goodbye at the end of the date, Brad suddenly seemed a little cooler to the overall idea of Shawntel?

Which leaves the date with Emily, who he loooooooves so much that he needs to make a good impression on her daughter, er, Little Rickie, which makes us susceptible to any blatant lie of a story the producers want to present to us in advance, such as Little Rickie running from her mom and her mom’s friend. To go to her room to play like any Little Rickie might do, as in, no story here. Not to say the date didn’t start out awkward, though. Overburdened by the weirdness of being reunited with her mother in front of the cameras and then introduced to Mommy’s “friend” in front of the cameras and Mommy’s obvious need for her daughter to come across well in front of the cameras, Little Rickie came across as excruciatingly shy. She got better as the day went on, then she went to bed and Brad and Emily got to act shy and awkward with one another for no reason at all, partly because Brad is a 38 year old man who has apparently no experience whatsoever with dating women who even know children. So he tells Emily he wants to kiss her but he’s not going to because Little Rickie is upstairs, asleep, and she just kind of smiles and looks at him like he’s an idiot which, of course, he is.

No bones about it, Brad and Emily make a very weird couple. I staunchly believe that Brad likes her way more than she likes him, and at least part of the reason why he likes Emily so much is because of how obvious it is that she likes him but she doesn’t like him. All this is going to have to eventually come to a head, but not tonight. Tonight, it is Shawntel’s turn to get her heart broken. And so she does, and then Chris tells her to say her goodbyes and she hugs all the other ladies, all of whom lean in and whisper something to her as they’re saying goodbye. My guess: “He’s a stupid prick. You’re better off,” but if that’s it, it doesn’t stop her from being way too complimentary things about Brad after he makes it abundantly clear that it wasn’t her family, it was just her and the way she didn’t make him feel when she told him she loved him that’s driven him away. She’s never been treated as well by someone she’s dated before***, etc, etc? Yeesh.

And, I didn’t think this would happen, but I sort of miss Michelle.

*We’ll call her “Little Rickie” from now on, each and every time we have the opportunity.

**Partly true.

***Brad or no Brad, considering this, maybe she OUGHT to move away from Chico.

68Comeback, Deinterrupted

After a week of vacation-imposed separation, the 68 Comeback Special renuites on this, the 17th day of February, 2011, and now we’re stronger than ever! See?

Andrew Bird  –  Fiery Crash

M  –  Pop Muzik

Isaiah Ceccarelli  –  J’existe de Moins en Moins

Christine Fellows  –  Fevrier

The James T. Kirks  –  Deadwood

The James T. Kirks  –  Twilight Living Room

Connoiseurs of Porn  –  Chicken

Negativland  –  A Most Successful Formula

Tommy Guerrero  –  Bullfights on Broadway

Twilight Singers  –  Be Invited

Wire  –  Bad Worn Thing

Dr. Ew  –  Bitter Fruit

Colin Stetson  –  From No Part of Me Could I Summon a Voice

Delicate Steve  –  Wondervisions

The Radio Department –  Pulling Our Weight

The Von Zippers  –   SGWTF

Makeout Videotape – Yin Yang

Old Sins – I’ve Had My Share of Fistfights

Service Fair – I Can’t Wake Up

Corvid Lorax – Art Thief

Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestra – Hit ’em Up Style

Black Pistol Fire – Suffocation Blues

Les Jupes – One Solemn Oath

The Flying Lizards  –  Money

Bachelor Brad: Do the Math

"Hold your hand? Meet your daughter? No? No? Make you feel awful about yourself? Yes?"

Dear anybody who mighta swung by here last week to get my perspective on Bachelorial goings-on,

Sorry about that. No blog last week. I was on holidays with the family, and while I had everything I needed to blog – computer, broadcast of the show – certain factors conspired against the actual doing. While the schedule where I was had the show starting an hour earlier than usual for me, meaning I only got to see Brad n’ Alli’s cave date, its Michelleian aftermath and the Gettin’ Rid Of party where Brad very nearly recognized that Michelle is the worst person in the world enough to ditch her, but then remembered that she gives more action than, um, Whatsername, its earlier-than-what-I’m-used-to finish was still not early enough to make for an early enough bedtime, in anticipation of a day in the Magic Kingdom.

Which, I think, is as good a place as any to begin getting at the heart of this, a Valentine’s Day edition of The Bachelor.

To be or not to be. That used to be the question, and I suppose there are times when it still is. But nowadays, the question is undoubtedly Is it worth it? It is the fundamental question of our modern times, the question that everyone asks themselves twenty bazillion times a day with regard to their work lives, their budgets, their relationships. For instance, how long do you figure Chris Harrison lays in bed every morning, thinking about his stupid freakin’ job as host of this show, how just about any old schlub can do what he does, wondering what sort of damage he does to his personal brand with each dumbass appearances at the heads and tails of every single episode, before he rolls his eyes, heaves a sigh and rousts himself toward collecting his paycheque?

Or, how many times a day do you think Emily asks herself that same question? She obviously thinks Brad’s a nice enough fellow; she does, after all, keep going on dates with him and smiling politely at just about everything he says. Granted, some of that might have to do with all that picking her up in helicopters and flying the two of them to private islands*, but he’s starting to apply the pressure. Brad wants more than polite smiles and pleasant conversations and some smooching. The hometown visits are coming next week, when he goes to the places where they live and meets the ladies’ families, and when that happens, Brad wants to meet Emily’s daughter. As obvious as her not complete indifference to Brad is, even more obvious is her discomfort with exposing her daughter to all this reality TV nonsense. At least until they make her the star of the show.

Probably Shawntel and Britt are of differing opinions on the worth of it at this point. Though Shawntel started off her solo date with Brad on humble bicycles as transportation, Brad expressed to the cameras a great deal of optimism about taking their relationship “to the next level.”** All this we bear witness to, through games of dominoes, encounters with goats and old ladies, until all of a sudden it’s raining and they’re making out, and then Banky Banks, who we’re told is the most famous artist from Anguilla (which is where they are, which I haven’t mentioned) is playing a concert for them, which is better than the episode with the Train concert because 1) Banky Banks isn’t Train and 2) there are actually other people present for the concert, possibly a first in Bachelor history. Worth it? For Shawntel, absolutely.

Britt, on the other hand, gets picked up on a yacht and she and Brad go cliff jumping, but Brad doesn’t think there’s a romantic spark between the two of them and he tells her so AFTER SHE JUMPS OFF A CLIFF BUT BEFORE SHE FINISHES HER SUPPER, before dropping her off and making her pack her own bags in front of everybody, which I also don’t think we’ve seen before, before she leaves. Worth it? NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES NO. Well, not to Britt, anyway.

Which leaves the group date: Ashley, Chantal and Michelle. It’s a photo shoot for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Ashley and Chantal get talked into taking their tops off for their shoots, which Michelle feels she needs to try and beat, which she does by pulling Brad into the shoot, mounting and making out with him in front of everybody. Worth it for Brad? You might think so at first, but nope, he’s got some kinda shitstorm from the other two ladies to deal with for it. Ashley freaks out the way she will, Chantal cries the way she does, and somehow it doesn’t even make things better between him and Michelle, who, if you’ll remember from the second paragraph here if not the actual episode from last week, he was right on the verge of becoming disenchanted with.

Wait – check that – he’s called for Chris in advance of the cocktail party, he’s cancelled the cocktail party and opted to get right to the kicking out part, and it’s official – Brad is disenchanted with Michelle, and she’s going home. Now here’s the thing that makes this part SO COMPLETELY WORTH IT to me: it’s not such a long rose ceremony anyhow, but partway through it, Michelle sort of comes to know that it’s her who’s getting the boot tonight, and her face suddenly gets so hard looking. And when she doesn’t get a rose, she says goodbye to the ladies who remain and starts walking to the car. Brad starts walking her out – “Do you think I could hold your hand?” “Um, no, I don’t think that’ll happen.” She doesn’t say another word to him, and once she’s in the limo, she’s not giving anybody the satisfaction of seeing her cry or carry on. She just lays down on the seat and blinks. A lot. I mean, you definitely get your money’s worth in blinks from Michelle.

*How uppity would you get, out in the middle of the ocean, if he was your ride home?

**Which, even though he seems to say it a lot, if I had a dollar for every time he said that, my family still wouldn’t be able to afford the vacation we just took; please send money.

Takin’ Care of 68Comeback

Hey, if you tuned in to the ol’ 68Comeback Special last Thursday and noticed a dearth of voices, that’s because me and Gabe and Sadie all took off for warmer climes, leaving Tom all alone to take care of business. But a dearth of voices should in no way be taken as a dearth of business, which Tom for surely took care of. To wit…

Big Black – Kitty Empire
Wanda Jackson – Shakin’ All Over
Roots Manuva – Worl’ a Mine
Self – What a Fool Believes
Fujiya and Miyagi – Tiawanese Boots
Geoff Berner – Rabbi Berner Finally Reveals His True Religious Agenda
Facecrime – Mystery to Me
Prince Perry and the Gladtones – Love at the End of the Century
Syl Johnson – I’ve Got to Get Over
Tomboyfriend – Anything Can Be Loved
Slates – Tejas
Lurch – L
Matt Haimovitz – Haitian Fight Song
Music From the Film – Waiting For Dinner
Gorgon Horde – Angry Scientists
Oliver Swain – Big Machine
Delicate Steve – Sugar Splash
The Thoughts – Stages of Sleep
Predator Prey – All My Friends
White Fence – Art Investor Collector
Igor Boxx- In Flames
The Unseen Strangers – Time Travel
J Crocker – Amphibian Sounds
Cloud Nothings – Should Have Forget You All the Time
Seefeel – Step Up
Spring Breakup – The Effect I Have on Women
Jom Comyn – Graham Chapman
Miles Davis – Yesternow

Now, nobody’s saying you were fearing for this week, but in case you were, don’t. Everyone will be present and accounted for this coming Thursday, as best we can tell at present, a Monday.

And Ne’er the Twain Shall Meet

Dog lovers! Read this! Take it to heart! It’s a very insightful dialogue between a man and a borrowed Labrador retriever about English architecture, Genesis vs. Peter Gabriel and the differences between humans and dogs, pop music and prog rock.

Dogs like prog. There’s the whole dog-prog rhyming thing, obviously. And the changes of tempo and mood—very doglike. We can dance to prog, because generally speaking, we can’t dance at all. And few of us have much of a sense of rhythm.

"Don't give up/ 'cause you've got friends..."

Which also explains, even though the topic does not specifically come up, that look your canine friends give you when you listen to hip hop.

The 68Comeback Special’s Year of the Rabbit (Special)

Based on the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Rabbit begins today. For those who are sticklers for absolute accuracy in their astrology, we’re talking year of the yin metal rabbit, which, to us here at the 68 Comeback Special, seems destined to rock.

So, the following list of songs has been ‘specially calibrated to resonate perfectly with the year we’re just getting underway with. For the best possible listening experience, we suggest you place yourself in the southwesternmost area of your listening environment, which ideally would be Mr. McGregor’s garden, facing north, while eating his lettuce and taking the utmost care to avoid both him and his wife. And leave the rest to us.

Frightened Rabbit  –  I Feel Better

Siskiyou  –  Hold It In

Bebob Cortez  –  Mighty Forces

British Sea Power  –  Thin Black Sail

Big Black  –  The Power of Independent Trucking

Service Fair  –  Just to be Nice

Ray Charles  –  I Got a Woman

Steve Lacy  –  Played Twice

The Joe  –  Apathy

Chikita Violenta  –  The Monster (Was Last Seen Approaching the Power Plant)

Mogwai  –  You’re Lionel Richie

Fembots  –  Variations 1 2 3

Fergus & Geronimo  –  Wanna Know What I Would Do if I Was You?

The Dead Science  –  Throne of Blood (The Jump Off)

The Go! Team  –  Lazy Poltergeist

Galgamex  –  Odin Rides Again (In Space)

Young Galaxy – The Angels Are Surely Weeping

Secret Fires – Travis vs the Truth

Secret Mommy – Music Room

Catlin W Kuzyk – Demon Song

Miesha and the Spanks – Love, Baby

Electricity for Everyone – Corner the Counterfeits

Seefeet – Gzug

There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand – Blaise Pascal Wagers that You’re An Asshole

Jason Robinson – The Elders


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