For my day off tomorrow, I'm thinking of going into Harvard Square tomorrow to grab an honest burger and beer at Charley's Tap and maybe catching Cowboy Bebop. I need some big-screen eye-candy/brain popcorn.
I've been watching the Beatles Anthology and two things have impressed me. One is Ringo's dress sense. He's still wearing these kind of two-tone striped jackets that he wore in the mid-60s and they still look great. The example at right shows one of the less subtle examples, though. The other thing that impresses is the new multi-channel mixes for the songs that get played in their entirety in this DVD version (and this is a significant extension from the broadcast and VHS edits). In particular, I think on "You're Gonna Lose That Girl" there some cool piano played with sustain during the chorus that I've never really noticed before, or maybe it's just that more of the detail comes out because it's more isolated in the mix. The semi-ironic thing is that these mixes sound a lot more natural and less like dual-mono than the original stereo LP mixes even though they could be sourced from eight tracks at the most (and probably more like four).
The Notorious Byrd Brothers arrived in the mail today. I've been a big fan of the Byrds, and have gradually been getting most of their albums. They were never stable as a group, and in fact they collapsed from a quartet to a duo during the recording of this album (in 1967), but wow, it's really great, with modern guitar and Moog (!) sounds colliding with country styles and great harmonies. The funny thing is that David Fricke wrote the reissue liner notes, and also appears in the Wilco film I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, and his writing appears in the notes for the DVD. I can draw some parallels between Wilco and the Byrds now: both are country-influenced pop outfits with unstable lineups that brought distinctly non-traditional influences into their sound.
Oh yeah, RCN (our cable provider) finally turned on the double-speed cable modem service that we've been entitled to, which now means I've got significantly better download times at home than I do at work, viz.: