All posts by Christopher Arnott

Riverdale Book Review

Rhyming titles from Jughead With Archie Comics Double Digest #13:

Voice Your Choice

The Fender Benders

Club Hubbub

Taste Haste

Chore Score

Fare Flair

Spiel Deal

To an Antique Freak, It’s an Obsolete Treat

Karate Dotty

Communication Frustration

Hunt Grunt

Nifty Gifty

Treasure Pleasure

Bird Word

Whim Vim

Scribblers Music Review

Jonny Polonsky, “Lay Down Your Arms.” I remember interviewing Jonny Polonsky a couple of time when his first album came out and he toured with his mentor Frank Black. It was a memorable talk. Polonsky had led the houseband for one of the earliest non-New York productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and he had learned a lot from the ‘90s Chicago indie scene. But he was to tainted by many critics for his devotion to Frank Black. The sonic influence was all too obvious, but at the same time there were countless lame Pixies pretenders out there then and Polonsky was one of the rare good ones. Over the years, he found his own sound and matured into a mellower form of dark heavy percussion-structured rock. There’s a new album out, The Other Side of Midnight, and a new video for the leisurely yet intense single “Lay Down Your Arms” at Clash Music here.


Rock Gods #386: Adventures in Our Little Music Scene

The 1 Counts did a Protection & Advocacy benefit Thursday at Hamilton’s, but apparently didn’t know what they were advocating or protecting. Turns out it was rights for persons with disabilities, which the band realized awkwardly when singer Snap Greenford sneered to the crowd “Why are you all still sitting down? Get up and dance!” What may be worse is that Snap clearly must have sensed that some in the room were wheelchair-bound, and he said it anyway. Some sort of bad-taste tension breaker? Didn’t work. There were, ahem, walk-outs.

Tonight: Fat Hom and the Leaguelles at the Bullfinch… 8 by 4 by 4 at Hamilton’s… DC Half Smokes and Hot Dog Smile (rescheduled date) at D’ollaire’s…

Riverdale Book Review

MC Archie, from Archie #394, December 1991 (lyrics by “Susan S. and Ellen L.”)

I was napppin’ and rappin’ and dancin’ in my sleep

Tappin’ to the rhythm, divin’ to the deep

Slammin’ and jammin’

dancin’ ‘cross the floor

When I heard a squeaky sound

…the opening of a door!

It could have been a monster!

It could have been a ghoul!

It was just my mom yellin’

“Archie! Get to school!”

Scribblers Music Review

Jacco Gardner, Hypnophobia (Polyvinyl Records). Neo-quasi-techno-psychedelia. What’s the desired pharmaceutical here—a hallucinogen or something for stamina? The lyrics, rhythmic build-up and airy guitars are all Lovely, in the Arthur Lee sense. But the digressions—movie-soundtrack-style thumps and keyboards, dance breaks, experimental interludes—can be as engrossing as the verses and choruses. When not sounding like ‘60s Sunset Strip bands, there’s a T. Rex early-glam thing going on. Wonderfully unnerving, to the point of charming.