2/27/2010 – Mohawk – Austin, Texas

Tonight, the Appleseed Cast plays at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas.  Information here.  Tickets here.

The painting at the top is of the Russell Indian Battle.  This battle was part of the “Indian Wars”, a campaign that killed approximately 45,000 Native Americans  which isn’t all that much considering the total includes women and children.  On the frontier, killing women and children was part of the endeavor, sort of like the cost of popcorn is part of the “overall movie-going experience.”  Speaking of movies, Road Warrior is out on Blu-ray.  And so is American Psycho, one of the funniest movies ever.  Come on, you remember:

Do you like Phil Collins? I’ve been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn’t understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins’ presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don’t you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I’ve heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins’ solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don’t just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

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