Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 5-30-12
Here’s a couple of music news items that might spark your interest. It seems that Ween have broken up. At least according to Aaron Freeman aka Gene Ween. The band was together for 25 years and made some really weird but also really fun music. They’re also innovators in their own right. Given that Freeman launched a solo career earlier this month, the timing makes some degree of sense. What fascinates me is that Mickey Melchiondo, aka Dean Ween, apparently knew nothing about the breakup, saying on Facebook that it’s “news to me, all I can say for now I guess.” Secondly, I want to briefly mention that the enigmatic Willis Earl Beal was arrested over the weekend in the Netherlands for reportedly kicking a homeless man in the face. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that turned out to be true. If you’ve heard Beal’s excellent record Acousmatic Sorcery, you probably know he pours out his heart and soul in those songs. Performing them live must be a highly emotional experience, and if somebody’s harassing you during it, a kick to the face might feel like the appropriate response at the time. He’s now out of police custody and planning to continue his tour like normal. Anyways, those are just a couple stories from the last few days I’ve found to be the most fascinating. I hope you do too if you hadn’t heard them already. Let’s get to today’s Pick Your Poison. I’ll happily suggest downloading tracks from Candidate, Freddie Gibbs, Gemma Ray, Kandodo, Oddience, Scout (covering The Replacements) and Ty Segall Band. In the Soundcloud section don’t miss streaming tracks from Giovanni James and Merchandise.