Russia's postwar GAZ-M20 was the symbol of Soviet postwar prosperity (a potato in every pot, and all that). According to Wikipedia it was dubbed Pobeda, or "victory," and is best remembered as the first car in the USSR with turn signals, electric wipers (not the mechanical kind connected to the drivetrain, as was used formerly), an electric heater and an AM radio. Now among the classics, M20s — like this one — are often customized by people like Chip Fooski and Boydchik Codding . [Thanks to Mark for the tip.] … [Read more...] about In Soviet Russia, Pobeda Customizes You!
Yo La Tengo, “Blue Line Swinger” (May 1995) Seven albums into their still-going-strong run, Yo La Tengo began a new, more freewheeling creative streak with 1995’s Electr-O-Pura, which took the droning textures and finely honed guitar freakouts of 1993’s Painful and gave them even more room to run around, while also bringing in some of its poppiest melodies to date. You can hear that beautifully controlled chaos in microcosm on nine-minute closing track “Blue Line Swinger.” Starting off with some gentle organ buzzes, staggered drum hits, and an almost-hesitant guitar riff, it all begins to fall into place around minute two, building into a My Bloody Valentine-worthy shoegaze swirl, topped by Georgia Hubley’s gentle breeze of a voice, that crashes around for several minutes more beneath Ira Kaplan’s wild squalls of feedback, before finally locking in on some lovely “ba-ba-ba” harmonies while the whole thing smashes to an end. … [Read more...] about Pulp, Team Dresch, and Autechre were the true alternative in 1995