Bits and Pieces.

It’s the end of the year, and the end of a decade, which means plenty of best-of lists happening. Top whatever of the past 10 years, best who knows of the past year, etc. I guarantee, many won’t consider the brilliance of the Love Me Nots on their list, but it doesn’t matter. I have their brilliant album in my possession, and they don’t.

Onto the News. . .

This Weekend’s Shows and Releases

– If you’re in the New York City area tomorrow, be so kind as to stop by Bowery Electric for the record release party of the Dirty Shames. Cover is eight bucks, but I guarantee it’s worth it — Imagine the Sonics if Gerry Roslie were a woman.

– Also in New York City (hey, it’s where I’m based! Lay off!): Los Straitjackets! Come for the bad-ass surf rock, stay for the Luchadore masks. They’re going to be at the Bowery Ballroom, doing a mostly Christmas-themed show.

The Kinks will soon be the subject of a biopic, directed by Julien Temple. The British director is working closely with Ray Davies (who insists his last name is pronounced as ‘Davis,’ despite the world saying otherwise), and at the heart of the movie will be the love/hate relationship between himself and brother Dave. Though there is no screenplay as of yet or speculative cast, Temple insists that whoever does wind up taking the roles of the Kinks’ bandmembers, be able to play the music as well. Oh, if only they hadn’t broken up Oasis already. . . Liam and Noel Gallagher would have been perfect.

On a related note, here’s the Kinks’ “Hatred (A Duet)” from their 1993 album, “Phobia.”

– Oh, and that rumor about the Who playing the Super Bowl? It’s true. As is the potential album called “Floss,” which Pete Townshend calls his most ambitious work since “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia.” So much for the return to Maximum R&B.

. . . Not that I’d have a reason to complain or anything.

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