Weekly Obsessions: February 16th



tysegall-emotionalmuggerHappy belated Valentine’s Day, Rocknuts readers. You know what? All of you are my valentines. Each of you is equally my valentine, but also you’re all somehow uniquely special. How’s that for covering all your bases?

As the knives of the seasons pulverize our hopes and dreams, we all inch inexorably closer to death. Luckily, there’s music. Here’s something old and something new.

1. Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger

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The mad prolific guitar hero strikes again, delivering a new record loaded with equal parts psychedelic blues and sonic experimentation. Segall’s manic, inspired axe-playing reveals shades of Hendrix and Clapton, minus the wankery. Emotional Mugger (cover pictured left) keeps things short and to the point, cramming in as much guitar lunacy as possible. Check out “Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess” and “Diversion” to know true happiness.

2. Frank Zappa – One Size Fits All

Speaking of prolific, Frank Zappa released well over fifty albums during his lifetime. And the dude died in his fifties! I was never too big on Zappa in the past (I knew “Joe’s Garage” and “Peaches en Regalia,” but little else). Now, for whatever reason, he is speaking to me in a big way. The breadth of this relatively short album is remarkable. We start with “Inca Roads,” one of Zappa’s most complex songs (and that’s saying a lot), and suddenly find ourselves inside “Can’t Afford No Shoes,” which kind of sounds like an orchestra of pirate skeletons playing doo-wop. Throw in the adorable non sequitur “Evelyn, A Modified Dog,” and you’ve got a delightfully weird album that holds up to countless listens. I guess that’s par for the course when you’re talking about Zappa. Now that Ween is getting back together, why not check out their most obvious spiritual ancestor?

 

Until next week! Onward and upward!

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