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Had lunch in Hollywood, had dinner in Malibu. At both restaurants, Norah Jones' Come Away with Me was playing. Not sure whether to consider this a harbinger of the Grammys a week from tomorrow night.

posted by Anon. 9:42 PM
Bah-be-be-be-bah. Be-bah. Repeat.

Also in today's NYT: a lengthy profile of the inventor of one of the classic rhythmic beats in rock and roll: Mr. Bo Diddley.

posted by Anon. 10:31 AM
Turn it up

Nick Hornby's "Songbook," a "mix tape in prose," is reviewed today in the New York Times.

posted by Anon. 8:22 AM


Valentine's Day, part four

"Valentine's Day"
Steve Earle

I come to you with empty hands
I guess I just forgot again
I only got my love to send
On Valentine's Day
I ain't got a card to sign
Roses have been hard to find
I only hope that you'll be mine
On Valentine's Day
I know that I swore that I wouldn't forget
I wrote it all down: I lost it I guess
There's so much I want to say
But all the words just slip away

The way you love me every day
Is Valentine's Day

If I could I would deliver to you
Diamonds and gold; it's the least I can do
So if you'll take my IOU
I could make it up to you
Until then I hope my heart will do
For Valentine's Day

posted by Anon. 10:59 AM
Valentine's Day, part three

The Replacements

Well, you wish upon a star
That turns into a plane
And I guess that's right on par
Who is left to blame?

If you were a pill
I'd take a handful at my will
And I'd knock you back with something sweet and strong
Plenty of times you wake up in
February make-up
Like the moon and the morning star you're gone

Tonight makes love to all your kind
Tomorrow's makin' Valentines

Hey you pop up in this old place
So sick and so refined
Are you strung out on some face?
Well, I know it ain't mine

If you were a pill, I'd take a handful at my will
And I'd knock you back with something sweet and strong
Trouble keeping your head up
When you're hungry and you're fed up
Like a moon and a lone star you're gone

If you were a pill, I'd take a handful at my will
And I'd knock you back with something sweet as wine
Yesterday was theirs to say,
this is their world and their time
Well if tonight belongs to you, tomorrow's mine

Tonight makes love to all your kind
Tomorrow's makin' Valentines

posted by Anon. 10:58 AM
Valentine's Day, part two

"On Valentine's Day"
Bruce Springsteen

I'm driving a big lazy car rushin' up the highway in the dark
I got one hand steady on the wheel and one hand's tremblin' over my heart
It's pounding baby like it's gonna bust right on through
And it ain't gonna stop till I'm alone again with you

A friend of mine became a father last night
When we spoke in his voice I could hear the light
Of the skies and the rivers the timberwolf in the pines
And that great jukebox out on Route 39
They say he travels fastest who travels alone
But tonight I miss my girl mister tonight I miss my home

Is it the sound of the leaves
left blown by the wayside
That's got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight
Is it the cry of the river
With the moonlight shining through
That ain't what scares me baby
What scares me is losing you

They if you die in your dreams you really die in your bed
But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head
And God's light came shinin' on through
I woke up in the darkness scared and breathin' and born anew
It wasn't the cold river bottom I felt rushing over me
It wasn't the bitterness of a dream that didn't come true
It wasn't the wind in the grey fields I felt rushing through my arms
No no baby it was you
So hold me close honey say you're forever mine
And tell me you'll be my lonely valentine

posted by Anon. 10:54 AM
Valentine's Day, part one

This quote from Ozzy Osbourne sums it up.

posted by Anon. 10:53 AM
Tom waits for no one

When you look at the album covers for Tom Waits' two The Early Years discs, they look like they'll be anything but quality: probably another poorly recorded amalgamation of recordings by an artist in his primordial years, recordings the artist never meant for anyone to listen to, all released with bad album art on a small independent label that somehow came into the possession of the master tapes, which were found in someone's basement. Think of the Silver Beatles recordings, of the Fab Four in their Hamburg days.

It's then surprising to discover how affecting the Waits recordings are. This morning, I listened to Early Years, Volume Two on my way in to work. Many of the songs here were later re-recorded by Waits on his early records -- albums like Heart of Saturday Night, Small Change, Blue Valentine. "Ol' 55," "In Between Love," "Please Call Me, Baby," and "Shiver My Timbers" are all Waits classics, and "I Hope I Don't Fall in Love With You" has been recorded a thousand times by a thousand different artists.

What will take you aback in these Early Years recordings is Waits' voice. Even on the best of his later records -- such as Rain Dogs or Mule Variations -- Waits may occasionally sing, but more often than not, he mumbles or, worse, grunts. Here on the Early Years, he sings -- it's rough, it's textured, but oh, it's singing. Accompanied by little more than piano or guitar, it is music of 3 AM, closing a bar and some guy has decided to man the piano for a bit. There's an intimacy to it that's reminiscient of Nick Drake's Pink Moon -- a boozy barfly's version of Celtic folk. It's wonderful, and also, fine music for today's holiday, whether you have accompaniment or not.

posted by Anon. 10:49 AM


Oscar woo woo

The Oscar nominations were announced yesterday. For best song, we actually have the strange scenario of Eminem, Paul Simon, and U2, going up against a song from Chicago and a song from Frida. It's safe to say that this one's gonna go to Chicago. But this was Paul Simon's first Oscar nomination. What? What's that, you say? Surely, he was nominated for "Mrs. Robinson"? Uh-uh. From the wires:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Simon said he's celebrating his new chance at an Oscar after a paperwork mistake likely kept his song ``Mrs. Robinson'' out of the competition 35 years ago.

The singer-songwriter received his first Academy Award nomination Tuesday for ``Father and Daughter,'' from the animated ``The Wild Thornberrys Movie.''

He said many people erroneously believe he was nominated for ``Mrs. Robinson,'' which he and former collaborator Art Garfunkel sang in 1967's ``The Graduate.''

``We forgot to fill in the forms,'' Simon acknowledged with a laugh. ``You know, it was the '60s. We just weren't paying attention. We went along our way and never filled it in. That's what happened.''

``Talk to the Animals'' from ``Doctor Dolittle'' claimed the movie song honor at that year's Oscars.

Simon, 61, said his three young children inspired him to write a song for ``The Wild Thornberrys Movie,'' a feature film version of a popular Nickelodeon cartoon.

``It was something that the kids watched,'' he said. ``I thought of it as an opportunity to write a song for a movie that the kids could see.''

posted by Anon. 2:37 PM
I'm the man that loves you

The Pazz and Jop results are up on the Village Voice website. The year's most comprehensive critics poll -- and as much a subject of scorn every year as it is a subject of anticipation -- boasts the following top 10:

1. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2. Beck, Sea Change
3. The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi vs. the Pink Robots
4. The Streets, Original Pirate Material
5. Sleater-Kinney, One Beat
6. Bruce Springsteen, The Rising
7. The Roots, phrenology
8. Eminem, The Eminem Show
9. Coldplay, a Rush of Blood to the Head
10. Missy Elliott, Under Construction

Surprised that the Bruce CD didn't go even higher, but happy with Wilco taking the top spot.

posted by Anon. 7:27 AM



Our friend Zoya, recently transplanted from LA to NYC, writes:
What is so "weird" about this Phil Spector story? Aren't music people supposed to fuck up like this? Maybe I am too much enamored with fabulous disasters like Sid Vicious and Jim Morrison, but who wants their rock personalities living in hotbeds of Persian tastelessness like Beverly Hills and eating at Real Food
Daily? By the way, I often used to see Rick Rubin, another legendary music producer, at RFD. He liked the Basic Three and was always a perfect gentleman, which I realize definitely makes me sound like your average deaf grandmother in Pucci pants.

Anyway, who needs another Fuji swilling Mick Jagger? Don't you think the Dakota looked better before they cleaned it? Why does everything have to be so godamned rehabed.

Finally, Alhambra is cool. Beck declared Alhambra the new Silverlake at "This aint no picnic" back in 2001. So there you have it. Straight from the mouth of cool. Besides, what celebrity wants to live in a house where they are required to constantly give the finger to passing Star Line Tour buses?

Do you know what I'm saying, Oatsie? I also hope there is more of your mother in store for us in the future.

Zoya, I, too, hope we have more Oatsie1 in store for this second year of Palmermix. As for Alhambra: I've been to Alhambra. It's right near El Sereno, where my father grew up. Alhambra ain't cool. That said, Zoya, fantastic scoop on Rick Rubin being a RFD fan. Real Food Daily, for non-Angelenos, is a vegan's paradise. Much of the food looks like mulch. Leading one friend to call it, Real Food Crappy. (I didn't say I ever had friends of wit.) I, however, love their fake Reuben.

posted by Anon. 9:26 PM
Happy anniversary

Yesterday marked one year of Palmermix. Thanks for coming around.

posted by Anon. 11:18 AM


Won't you let me back in your heart

One of the more lasting images of last week's Michael Jackson documentary has to be the MJ of today in his Neverland screening room watching footage of the Jackson 5 singing "I Want You Back." I was thinking about that today, as the snack bar where I work was playing that same song. It is easily on my short list of twenty or thirty favorite songs of all time. And it's so hard to believe that the little boy singing that song became ... whatever Michael Jackson is today. Hard to believe, and strangely sad.

posted by Anon. 10:28 PM
Don't cry, daddy

Robert Hilburn reports that the former Mrs. Michael Jackson and Mrs. Nicolas Cage, Lisa Marie Presley, has released a single. Fair enough. Here's the surprise: Hilburn says it's very good.

posted by Anon. 9:40 PM


The fuse is burning

Caught 25th Hour today, and while some of it is a mess, some of it is also brutally effective filmmaking. A friend who raved about it pointed out that it handled exactly what New York felt like post 9/11, and having been there, I'd agree. The soundtrack choices are often terrific, including a remix of Grandmaster Melle Mel's "White Lines," one of the great songs of early hip hop, featuring one of the great bass lines this side of "I'll Take You There." The film ends with a song from Springsteen's the Rising, and interestingly, it's "The Fuse," one of the weaker tracks of the Bruce record. Yet in the movie, somehow, it works. Less successful is Terence Blanchard's score, which bombastically undercuts a sequence with Phil Hoffman and Barry Pepper looking out from an apartment over Ground Zero, and then a few too many other places uses Irish whistles that sound pulled from James Horner's Titanic soundtrack. Still, the cinematography is beautiful, some of the performances are terrific, and it leaves you with much more to think about than 95% of the movies now playing at your local Cineplex. See what you think.

posted by Anon. 4:55 PM