In Da News Got a pesky neighbor who keeps annoying you with their messy lawn upkeep? Wanna piss off your ex-boyfriend by driving by past his house at 4 a.m. blaring music? The U.S. military — who absolutely, positively do not torture people — has set some examples on how to … uh, torture people, by assaulting prisoners and detainees with loud music intended to offend all sensibilities. My torture music is Fergie (it works on me, anyway), but Mother Jones has a round-up of what our government uses, compiled by looking at military logs and news reports. Chart-toppers of the interrogation Top 40 include Deicide's "Fuck Your God," AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill" and "Hells Bells," Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA," matchbox 20's "Cold," Neil Diamond's "America" and kid's songs from Sesame Street and Barney. Water-boarding or "I Love You, You Love Me" — which bullet would you rather take?
On This Day in 1980, police in Mason, Iowa, discovered the glasses Buddy Holly was wearing when he died in a plane crash in 1959. The legendary eyewear (which, one would imagine, could spur quite a bid on eBay) had been hidden in the cops' files for over 20 years. Speaking of arresting developments, somehow Patrick Swayze had the No. 3 song in the country on this day 20 years ago with "She's Like the Wind." Ah, the golden age of music … that sucks.
Tonight Superb local singer/songwriter Greg Mahan kicks off his CD release party weekend tonight at the Southgate House's parlour. Mahan's first CD in eight years, Thirty-Five-Cent Daydream, is a fantastic studio representation of Mahan's excellent Americana-flavored songs. Producer Brian Lovely helped Mahan achieve a golden sound on the disc and guest musicians from the area provide flawless support on everything from strings to drums. Mahan gets adventurous on a few tracks, expanding the Roots template with experiments with everything from World rhythms to sharp Pop. At the Southgate show tonight, Mahan is joined by Messerly & Ewing and Lines & Spaces. Tomorrow (Saturday), Mahan moves the party to Rohs Street Cafe with a show featuring guests Uncle Smokin' Joe & the Solid Pack and Jack Redell. Read a brief review of the new disc here; find details for tonight here and Saturday here.
Here's a brief sample of the Daydream song "Mento," one of the disc's highlights, along with a video promo for this weekend's shows.
— Mike Breen