I stopped off at (all hail) Newbury Comics today and picked up the new Pulp album, and the new Kay Hanley album for O. I was going to get one of those new Rolling Stones reissues, but they were delayed. While I'm not a huge Stones fan, they did some great singles in the 60s and early 70s, and these discs are interesting: they are Super Audio CDs, which can be played at both normal CD resolution and, on an SACD player, get probably as good sound quality as you ever will in a consumer audio format. The interesting thing is that these discs aren't going to cost a lot, unlike earlier SACDs, and DVD-Audio discs, which are hard to find anyway. (I've got Björk's Vespertine on DVD-A, and I can listen to the surround Dolby 5.1 mix on my equipment, but not the high-resolution mixes). Perfect sound forever ? Cough, cough. Well, we'll see (or rather, hear).
And on the Stones tip, I watched Gimme Shelter. This is the documentary that leads up the the ill-fated concert at the Altamont Speedway, which resulted in a stabbing death by one of the Hell's Angels enlisted for “security.” The different between the rock/pop entertainment machine of today and the rinky-dink infrastructure and near-chaos of then is just amazing. It's almost pathetic when Jagger says “It seems like every time we start up a number there's some kind of trouble,” as trouble in front of the main stage ebbs and flows. The most notable feature of the way this film was put together is the way in intercuts what's going on in main part of the film with Jaggers', Richards', and Watts' reaction in the editing room — very postmodern and all.