Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FallNet: LP Review, Unverified Factoid via, & Playful Observations

silly stuff

allan smitheeSep 23 12:58 PM

am sure it has been discussed ad nauseam on FallNet but still, I'm a late comer so consider this only a humourous reminder/take on "Fall Things"; prolly have been on list only 4 or 5 years tho I *really* am a fan of The Fall & *most* things Mark E. Smith even though I had to take the "Blood Oath" that's now a requirement for FallNet Membership. Btw JC, the scar is healing very nicely thank you, the prison tattoo of Mark E. Smith's Mug not so much...

nick here, nick there: track 12 "I Am Damo Suzuki" from "This Nation's Saving Grace" - opening riff & whole song really, very very close to Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead.

separated at birth?: Mark E. Smith & Robin Banks (via The Clash Close Up & Personal - DVD & Book Set)

Have a Great Weekend All!

for Fall O'Heads

why the younger generation of Fall Fans really like the album "Fall Heads Roll"

1) great opening song. one of the best in many many years. heavy, rhythmic bass drums, spare guitar instrumentation, very cool & random seeming keyboard riff. nice female backing vocals. definitely a winner.

2) album "rocks" all the way through except for 2 or 3 slow songs & some "rockabillyish" tunes but so what. and that song "Blindness" Just Kicks ASS!!

3) the 2 or 3 slow & spare "acoustic" tunes are some, if not the most "beautiful" songs ever committed to tape by the Fall. very spare instrumentation *plus* Mark E. Smith's lyrics seem almost introspective... as if these were life changing experiences.

4) lyrically, the album seems very "personal", i.e., lived through by Smith as opposed to the usual "stream of consciousness" word of play. not better or worse but different. ok, better.

5) did I mention that the album flat out rocks, whether songs are "fast" or not, i.e., soft or hard?

6) lastly, without being a "Fall" Fan, the album sounds great & youthful though there are hints of estrangement & "jadedness" i.e. you know.,. "youthfulness" throughout.

7) Matador Records & Gerard Cosloy would have loved to release this album instead of the one they did. just saying.

8) have you listened lately to latter day Fall Albums recently instead of always listening to "the Classic", early stuff? some of it is *really* fuckin' good :-)

Note: this is the opinion of a long-time Fall Fan, though not from the 1st album... don't really remember, maybe "This Nations Saving Grace."


Fictional Factoid?

Mark E. Smith (Frontman of The Fall) - Favourite Meal: "Pumpkin Soup and Mashed Potatoes"


Page Six

allan smithee Sep 17 1:25 PM

"Mark E. Smith has gone from loathsome yet charming-like eccentric to disgusting & deplorable human being as evidenced by some recent behaviour such as wearing wet urine-stained trousers on stage at the Glastonbury Festival while The Fall performed. It also wouldn't surprise me to find out he's a bit of a 'poofter' nowadays."

Who Said This?

A) Sir Elton John
B) Paul Francis Gadd, aka "Gary Glitter," Prisoner at HMP Albany on the Isle of Wight, Convicted of Sexual Abuse Agaist Minors
C) Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys fame
D) Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis
E) Brix Smith, former Fall member and ex-wife of Fall Frontman Mark E. Smith, now budding Author & Performance Artist
F) FallNet Consensus ;-)

Jeff Curtis  Sep 17 1:38 PM

>Who Said This?

Hillary Clinton.


wwalters Sep 17 1:58 PM

> "Mark E. Smith has gone from loathsome yet charming-like eccentric to disgusting" 
Mark E. Smith has gone from loathsome yet charming-like eccentric to disgustingdeplorable human being as evidenced by some recent behaviour such as wearing wet urine-stained trousers on stage at the Glastonbury Festival while The Fall performed.
It also wouldn't surprise me to find out he's a bit of a 'poofter' nowadays."
Who Said This?

A) Sir Elton John
Bitchy old queen so possible -- but would the great man deign to comment on somebody so far down the biz sleb alphabet?

B) Paul Francis Gadd, aka "Gary Glitter," Prisoner at HMP Albany on the Isle of Wight,
Convicted of Sexual Abuse Agaist Minors
Doesn't sound like my good friend and yours The Lead-uh!
C) Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys fame
Yeah. might be. Possible bitchy old queen PLUS he once described his pop band as a "project" therefore instantly achieving cunt-status. Nothing better to do that comment on other elderly pop persons.

D) Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis

He wouldn't describe anyone as "deplorable"


E) Brix Smith, former Fall member and ex-wife of Fall Frontman Mark E. Smith,
& now budding Author & Performance Artist
Could be her. She's touting her bokke isn't she. Apart from that circumstantial evidence I'd say (hope) not.

F) FallNet Consensus ;-)
Not unless it's in one of the 102 unread.

So I go for Neil fucking Tennant 

wwalters Sep 17 2:07 PM 

>Hillary Clinton.


Bingo. We've got a F*llnet Consensus.

Also she's obviously MES's twin:
1. Past-it physical wreck who keeps falling over
2. Drugged up.
3. Plays to tiny audiences
4. Notorious bursts of anger and forgetting the lyrics
5. Mysterious accidents and broken bones.
6. Leaks top secret intel reports
7. stupid trousers.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Recent Comments During Past Month or So Left on Various Fave Blogs


Allan Smithee Saturday, September 24, 2016 1:18 AM

I *always* laugh to myself when you bitch & moan about the death of "rock criticism"... cause you're generally referring to tangible print but man Sweeney, your "rock writing" is always good, if not, at least intelligent & generally entertaining. Regards.

Can't Stop The Bleeding

"Allan Smithee" says:
#1  9/5/2016 at 5:59 pm

this comment is off-topic but was curious none-the-less. am currently listening to a couple of fave cds (Matador Artists coincidently, Chavez to be specific) and was wondering since you are in the “biz”… sometimes it takes me quite a few listens to really begin to enjoy some recently released or even "old" music, Pavement’s Wowee Zowee for example. So I was wondering, how you also begin to enjoy some "difficult" music when I’m sure there is *always* more “product” to hear. thx.

GC says:
#2  9/6/2016 at 2:36

you’re 100% correct, this is very off-topic.

I listen to a lot of stuff, old and new. Not all of it particularly related to the projects I’m working on and rarely with the mindset that I’m “scouting” or sniffing or snorting for whoever or whatever. I’m not gonna tell you that everything I’ve ever liked hit me immediately or that certain bands or records aren’t something of an acquired taste, nor can I claim to be the most open-minded listener with the widest musical background (though it’s probably a lot wider in 2016 than it was in 1986).

I try not to think of the “product” side of things when i’m trying to appreciate a composition, a performance and a recording (in that order). That doesn’t mean I’m not mindful of the fact records we’re working on, stuff we’ve commissioned, etc. has a commercial expectation slightly beyond that of The Haters’ ‘Wind Licked Dirt’.

"Allan Smithee" says:
#3  9/6/2016 at 5:45 pm

One last thing. Know you currently reside in Austin. Here in Philadelphia, seems most of our Record Stores have closed & just disappeared almost overnight. Sorta sad.

GC says:
#4  9/7/2016 at 1:02 am

frustrating for sure. However, you still have Philadelphia Record Exchange!



Allan Smithee
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:16 AM

Top notch stuff Sweeney. Glad Philebrity is back, but what took you so long? All the staff quit over the summer? ;-) Also, glad you mentioned the "Jeweler's Row" Tear Down... seems nobody in this City really gives a fuck about her history, read, Arch. History which is really strange :-/


Aquarium Drunkard

yes, Mag Earwhig! is great. also enjoy Sunfish Holy Breakfast & the collab between Pollard & Doug(forgot his last name) Speak Kindly. oh yeah, Tonics is a great GBV album

| Allan Smithee September 5th, 2016 at 9:14 pm


You probably think I suck but I always really enjoyed Green Mind.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Radiation Sessions - 33 (M-F)

Chemo Sessions - 8 (Tues.)

Started: Feb. 16th
Ended: April 20th

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Silent Saturday

 “Now pay attention to this. God is nameless for no one can either speak of him or know him. Therefore a master says that what we can know or say of the First Cause reflects ourselves more than it does the First Cause, for this transcends all speech and all understanding . . . He is being beyond being: he is a nothingness beyond being. Therefore St. Augustine says: ‘The finest thing that we can say of God is to be silent concerning him from the wisdom of inner riches.’ Be silent therefore, and do not chatter about God, for by chattering about him, you tell lies and commit a sin. If you wish to be perfect and without sin, then do not prattle about God.”

― Meister EckhartSelected Writings


He Descended into Hell
Apostles' Creed Series, Sermon 7
In the Name of God: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

“He descended into hell.” We have to proceed with extreme caution when we dare to speak of divine things, and with all the more fear and trembling when we delve into mysteries about things like places of the dead, “that undiscovered country,” as Hamlet called it; and how much more about that mystifying time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, between the crucifixion and the resurrection. Meister Eckhart was a 13th century mystical theologian, and in a sermon one time said, “Don’t chatter about God; for when you chatter about him, you’re telling lies and sinning…”[i] Just by opening your mouth. He knew that there are certain mysteries that are unable to be uttered, and trying to was a sure path to error. He knew that his soul was in jeopardy every time he stepped into the pulpit—it was an occupational hazard; it still is. We speak of the inner life of God at great risk and must proceed with great humility.

“He descended into hell.” When this series of sermons began, the Rector mentioned how creedal affirmations – “I believe in” – are different than affirmations of propositions – “I believe that…” To believe in, is to trust, to have faith—typically, faith in a person. I believe in my brother; I know him deeply, I know how he thinks, I know his life. I don’t know what he’s going to do with his life—and apparently he doesn’t either—but I believe in him. Not because I added up all the evidence, and decided that believing in him was the most rational course of action; that’s certainly not the case. I believe in him, at root, because I love him. That might not have been clear from the way I treated him the first decade or so of his life, but it is true.

So if saying “I believe in” is different than saying “I believe that” – if it is, in fact, at root about love, what is it that we’re believing in, in this unpleasant clause in the Apostles’ Creed? What was it that the early Church found, what was it they experienced, that caused them to believe in Christ’s descent into hell?

There are multiple traditions, multiple ways of approaching this question. There is one school of thought in which Christ’s time in hell was a time of intense and glorious activity. In this telling, Jesus descended into hell with a sword, slew the devil, ending his reign, and unlocked the chains that kept the dead in hell. It was a victorious Christ, in other words, who descended into hell, bringing hope to the land of the dead, bringing light to the darkness, which could not overcome it. This is the heroic model of Christ, and it has its justifications in Scripture and tradition.

I want to suggest a slightly different reading, also affirmed in Scripture and tradition, though again I mention it only with the greatest hesitation and humility.[ii] The issue seems to me to turn on the question of whether Jesus was alive in hell; alive, and thus heroic. I submit that we take very seriously, that we take literally, last week’s creedal affirmation – Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried – and look at this week’s “descent” in light of it.

And it seems to me that, if we do that, and if next week’s clause is true—if what happened next was a true resurrection—then when Jesus went to the dead, he went as one of them. Those “spirits in prison” inhabiting hell had one thing in common: their being dead. And if Jesus was there in solidarity with them, if he was going to take on their nature, human nature, then he must have been there, with them, as one of them: which is to say, he must have been dead: crucified, dead, and buried.

The darkness of that Holy Saturday, then, that silent day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, comes from, it seems to me, this: that the Son of God was dead. If there was no death, there could be no resurrection. But if that’s the case—if the Son of God was dead—then along with the death of Christ on that Holy Saturday went the death of hope. The disciples watched the stone being rolled in front of the tomb with a devastating finality. After those years of ministry, his preaching of the good news—preaching that drew out “all of Jerusalem,” the Scriptures say, attracted crowds in the hundreds, in the thousands—after these words of life had been proclaimed, and community upon community filled with the expectation that this would change the world, that this would change everything—after this, then…nothing. The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did overcome it.

If he was not dead, if he did not suffer that fate, that would mean that in the human experience there are places to which Christ has not gone. If he has not shared in death, then he has not seen true desolation, true human desolation.

If, however, he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, as Isaiah says, and if on him was laid the iniquity of us all,[iii] then Christ went to the dead as a citizen of hell. Not as an ambassador from the land of the living; he did not visit the dead, but was dead. Jesus went to the dead as their brother; he went as one of them; he became one with their state one with their alienation from the Father. He was there as guilty as they were; guilty, and dead of sin. Not sin of his own: he was made sin who knew no sin[iv]: he was guilty without transgression; guilty because he stood in front of the judge and cried:

 Here am I; send me.
And sent he was.
And he descended.

We believe in Christ’s descent into hell because we trust. It is, at root, about love. We trust that in the broad and exhaustive overflow of God’s love for us there is not one single place that is too far, too dark, too sinful, too barren of hope, that God himself does not reside there. We trust that he is “Lord … of the living” and “of the dead.”[v] For the resurrection to mean anything besides spring time and flowers, we must have this: that Jesus went into the darkness, into the far country, the territory well beyond hope. So that there is no place we can ever go where he has not already been. Because he descended.

It wasn’t a victorious Jesus that descended into hell, but a defeated Jesus. Not an active Jesus, with a sword, but a passive one, slain. Not a spotless lamb, but one heaped with the stain of sin, the sin of the whole world. Jesus Christ, the only Son of the Father, having been utterly abandoned by the Father, was dead: and he descended into hell.

Thanks be to God.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Amen.


Saint Thomas Church
Fifth Avenue - New York City
Sermon Archive
Sunday March 13, 2011
4:00 pm    
Preacher: Fr Daniels

[i] The sermon is found in the volume on Meister Eckhart in the “Classics of Western Spirituality” series (Paulist Press, 1981), 177.

[ii] This reading bears the influence of Hans Urs von Balthasar, especially in Mysterium Paschale,trans. Aidan Nichols, O.P. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000 [1970]). Though von Balthasar’s work has been extremely well-received in both Roman Catholic and Anglican theological circles, his reading of the descendit remains controversial. In the pro-Balthasar camp, see Edward T. Oakes, “The Internal Logic of Holy Saturday in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 9 (2007), 184-99; in the anti-Balthasar camp, see especially Alyssa Lyra Pitstick, Light In Darkness: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of the Descent into Hell (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007).

[iii] Isaiah 53:4, 6.

[iv] 1 Corinthians 5:21

[v] Romans 14:9.