—Jess Harvell's post on the Misfits and New Jersey is probably the best thing I've read on a music blog in a long, long time.
Bruce Springsteen wants to aggrandize this statewide, neon-ringed cage into something befitting Oscar-worthy drama. (Or even the kitchen-sink, Mike Leigh sort of affair on his better albums.) Bon Jovi is happy to render it as straight-faced soap opera, Tommy and Gina united in futile love against a system that views them as so many ants. The Misfits, crawling like Mad Max villains over the state’s plastic and plaster scrap heap, say fuck that. If the ship is going down, then drink up as the waters consume you. If all you’ve got is schlock, then make shlock so fierce it shuts up the naysayers and gives fist-pumping succor to the likeminded.
—A couple of my favorite blogs put up some complementary mixes in the last few days. Start with For the Sake of the Song's Super Krauts mix, then move into the Cargo Culte's Grand Deception (the latter less krauty but still somehow of a piece).
—Finally, I joined the revolution, if you're interested. Not sure if I'll stick with the revolution, but so far so good.