According to the good folks over @ tvshowsondvd.com, the best damn show on television (IMO) is finally coming to dvd, where it belongs. I'm talking about The Wire, the most involving & uncompromising (where Homicide: Life on the Street lost me at times) crime show I've ever seen, will release its 1st season on August 31, shortly before the fall premiere of its 3rd season on HBO. Each episode of The Wire, created by journalist/author David Simon (who literally wrote the book that Homicide was based on) and former Baltimore homicide detective Edward Burns, unfolds like a chapter in a novel, which makes the take-home dvd format just about perfect for watching the show. I cannot wait to pick this set up.
Anyway, it's day two of my Upper Class Recordings celebration. Today, I've got two tracks from The Cansecos' self-titled LP. Here are a few album reviews that speak more eloquently than I ever could: Pitchfork, Delusions of Adequacy, Stylus:
The Cansecos are not the former baseball-playing brothers, but rather Upper Class head honcho Gareth Jones & "sometime filmmaker" Bill Halliday as the dynamic duo behind the music. Listening to their album, its no surprise that Upper Class is also behind The Russian Futurists (see below) - they're clearly on the same page stylistically. There is a great driving force to this song that keeps it propelling forward - it will sound great in your car.
According to the liner notes, this album was "recorded between September 2000 and September 2002 in various bedrooms in and around Toronto," which once again goes to show how much one can accomplish these days without ever leaving their room. This track breathes a little more than the one above, and it's always good to breathe. It's also always good to make a hobo reference in your song lyrics (listen for it).