Laurie Anderson: United States Live

More music picks for your Monday with Rob taking the lead. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

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First up, a bit of fantastic live Laurie Anderson, “Language is a Virus,” based on a fine mindgrope from your friend, Uncle Bill. This is taken from Home of the Brave, but the version Rob was throwing your way was from the four CD set United States Live from 1984. As Rob says, “Not for the faint of heart, an intense project form her early career.” Indeed. But sort of retro-futuristic awesome:

The CD set is apparently long out of print, but the MP3 bundle is still available.


Rob is also quite excited about a new release from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Meat & Bone. As he says, “The first new JSB album in 8 years! Raucous R&R!” And he’s not talking rest and relaxation, either. This is the music video for “Black Mold.”

The CD and MP3 are both available from Amazon and just about the same price. So knock yourself out.


Rob also recommends the New Order release Substance. “Anyone who grooved in the late 80s remembers this but man is it a solid compilation! I mean who doesn’t like ‘Blue Monday?'” Who indeed? Here’s a live version from 1984.

Oddly, not available on MP3 and even more oddly, the import version is cheaper than domestic. Whatever works…


Lastly, a pair of fun bits. I offer up Tiger Tank and when you see the track title, you’ll understand why it’s a no-brainer: “You Leave Jack Burton Alone!” Priceless.

And then Rob throws us the Repo Man tribute album: “Amanda Palmer, Frank Black, Mike Watt, Those Darlins and others give the Repo Man soundtrack a redux.” And the Amanda Palmer cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized” is damn epic.

The Tiger Tank track is currently a free download from Amazon. And the Repo Man tribute is much cheaper as an MP3.