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July 26, 2006

For a smile they can share the night.

Shellac is touring this August and September, which is cool. I hope Weston does a question and answer session, and that everyone wears grey coveralls. But wait a minute, no Detroit date? And instead of a Detroit date, there's a show scheduled for Grand Rapids? It's at a place that didn't exist when I lived in Grand Rapids. But I wish I could say it was happening at The Reptile House. Shellac would just seem to fit in such a place, with the Skull beer and grimy vinyl. (Pants, not records.)

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Who doesn't love Journey?

"From “Open Arms” to “Faithfully,” it was as if the switch everyone has nowadays, that switch that turns off empathy, community, or even humanity in a rabid quest for self-preservation, suddenly shorted out."

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Marvelous one?
Butch Walker mines the niche between celebrity, cynic, and songwriter

"Today Walker exists in two worlds. He's a well-paid hired gun, having recently signed on to co-write and produce whatever results from the icky four-way marriage of a reality contestant vocalist to Tommy Lee, Jason Newstead and Gilby Clarke on CBS' midsummer laugher Rock Star: Supernova. But he's also released his third solo album, and it represents again his ability to write durable, personal pop songs that also knowingly skewer the glam bubbles of Hollywood, celebrity and the music industry."

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Hold on to that fee-ye-ye-yeel-eel-ling.

JTL

Posted by Johnny Loftus at July 26, 2006 3:24 PM

Comments (2)

Great job on the Journey article. I wrote a column (not my best effort, in retrospect, but it was almost 3 years ago) about my love of them (link below). There's a tiny bit of irony in my enjoyment of their music, cause it is kind of cheesy. But there's no denying how powerful those songs are, lame or not.

http://www.fsunews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/10/09/3f84a20c98286?in_archive=1

funny, i just heard journey for the first time in -ages- friday night. it blared as the 'clear out, people' music following the jens lekman show here in mpls. it did not stop instead focused the post-show conversations.