Early summer is shaping up nicely.
First, both sets of in-laws are visiting on consecutive weeks at the end of this month. But that's a good thing.
On June 12th, the #2 and #4 ranked soccer teams meet in first round World Cup action. For 1994's tournament, I saw three matches live and 59 matches on the tube (I still haven't seen Ireland/Italy). This time, it's television only and I have a life now so I need to pace myself during group play. But for the US team, this tournament completely depends on that first game -- I'll either be in ecstasy or in anguish for weeks. After 2002's initial game versus Portugal in the middle of the night, it was tension followed by jubilation (until some anguish later that month after a bogus non-handball call versus Germany in the quarter-finals. Four years later, I'm almost over that. Almost).
Amidst all the soccer, later in June, I'll be seeing these blokes at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre. I don't even remember exactly where the Greek Theatre is; the last time I was there was to see Ziggy Marley and I can't even recall which Republican was president. Presumably, I'll remember for quite awhile which Republican president was in office this time.
For the outdoor concert, I'm hoping for a cool, foggy "misterioso" kind of night. Via prosaic, I've heard bootlegs of some of Radiohead's new material from a Copenhagen concert. I surmise they probably aren't listening as much to Charles Mingus anymore. Radiohead's earlier National Anthem does come close to that Mingus wildness and exuberation (though there is some Mingus tune I heard in my teens whose title I can't recall right now, that was, to me, the ultimate Mingus). Free Napster has a large amount of Mingus music to peruse.
This mule ain't from Moscow,
this mule ain't from the South.
But this mule's had some learning,
Text from National Anthem:
Everyone is so near
Everyone has got the fear
It's holding on
It's holding on
A.S Van Dorston in a review of Amnesiac:
One could say Radiohead have done nothing new compared to the artists that inspired them -- Aphex Twin, Autechre and others on the Warp label. But while those artists pioneered certain types of experimental sounds, Radiohead made the innovations work in the context of actual songs.
From some stellar popular music journalism, notes on Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac:
Both albums were also heavily influenced by jazz, especially by Mingus, Alice Coltrane, and Miles Davis in his fusion phase.
And from a google search of Radiohead - click on the link or the photo to see the band's website description as it appears to search engines: