"You think I'm over the hill
You think I'm past my prime
Let me see what you got
We can have a whoppin' good time"
- Bob Dylan, "Spirit On The Water"
Some might say that Bob Dylan is way past his prime and that all of his best work is well behind him, but anyone who would say such a thing clearly doesn't know much about good music. Either that or they've just been awoken from a 20-year-long coma.
"What I'm doing now, its a whole other thing. We're not playing rock music. It's not a hard sound. I don't know what it is." That's a quote from Dylan during the Highway 61 Revisited sessions back in 1965, but it just as easily could apply to the brilliant work of his Second Coming. That is, his resilient resurgence of the past 20 years, starting with the release of Oh Mercy in 1989 and continuing right on up until this fall and the release of Tell Tale Signs,
"It ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If you don't know by now"
- Bob Dylan, "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
I've never before written two reviews of the same album, but this time, it seems, Bob's simply left me no other choice. And, yes, I know all the Dylan haters out there must be shaking their heads in bewilderment, but, as Bob himself once sang, "don't criticize what you can't understand".
The fact of the matter is, the more I listen to Bob's new album, Tell Tale Signs, the more I feel I have something extra I need to say. Something more substantial. Something more decisive. Something, perhaps, a bit more radical.
In my earlier piece, Bob's Back: Tell Tale Signs of Joy... and A Complete Lack of Judgement, I raved about this ninth installment of The Bootleg Series being a stunning classic, but, after a full month of listening bliss, I can now see that it's much more than just that. Which is why I'm now willing to go out on a limb and say that I think this 2-disc collection of 27 songs taken from the past two decades is - and this may strike some people as a tell tale sign of my own mental demise - possibly the best Dylan album of the last 20 years.
"Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now"
Bob Dylan, "Mississippi"
Tell Tale Signs, the eighth installment of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series, came out earlier this week and after three solid days of listening pleasure, I'm ready to report that it's yet another classic.
Last month I posted a rave about that hilarious Sarah Silverman clip called "I'm F*cking Matt Damon", which has now gone on to become one of the most watched clips in internet history. Well, if you liked that then you've most certainly got to watch her boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel's response, which is, appropriately enough, called "I'm F*cking Ben Affleck".
Some things in life simply need to be seen. This, I promise you, is definitely one of them. It may not be as good as Sarah's, but it's pretty damn close. And this one's got a whole lot more guest stars and even a spoof of "We Are The World" to boot.
Now this is a must-see for all those who like to laugh. It's a clip by comedian Sarah Silverman called "I'm F*cking Matt Damon", which she introduced on her boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel's show a few days back, on January 31st. If you're a fan of Sarah's or of Matt's, or just of comedy in general, you've definitely got to watch this. It's f*cking hilarious! And who knew Matt Damon could be so funny?
Here they are, finally, My Picks For The Best 15 Albums and 40 Songs of 2007. I'm not necessarily claiming these are "The Best" albums and songs of the past year since there were thousands of albums and tens of thousands of songs released over the year and I simply haven't heard them all. What I am claiming, however, is that the selections you'll find below are my favorite tunes and discs from the past 12 months - damn good music, all of it. Enjoy! And let me know anything I've missed.
With just 3 days to go before X'mas I think it's high time I shared with you my secret to an especially joyful and happy holiday season. Because, hey, regardless of what your grandma may have told you, all that requisite joy and happiness can't come from rum and eggnog alone. No, sometimes you need a little something extra to get you through the holidays with a constant smile on your face. And I'm not talking about any illegal substances here either. What I am talking about is The Greatest X'mas Album Ever.
There are two kinds of people in this world, those who are intrigued by a song called "Dear Penis" and those who are not. In other words, those who like to laugh and those who find such things a waste of time. Which one are you?
Kanye West is simply #$%*ing amazing! It's that simple and straightforward. There's just no denying he's one of the greatest artists working in the music industry today. Three classic albums in a row now. Three out of three. The first three of his career. Really now, how many artists have ever done that before?