the Buzz for March 23rd, 2011


10,000 Maniacs — “I’m Not the Man” (from MTV Unplugged) — I'm Not the Man (Live) - MTV Unplugged: 10,000 Maniacs

Finally, the recording of the Maniacs’ utterly extraordinary 1993 appearance on MTV’s landmark music series Unplugged has made its way to iTunes (but still cannot be found on DVD, although VHS and laserdisc copies can still be found floating about in the ether for a laughably stiff premium), and I’m thrilled to be able to point your attention to this unheralded classic from the peerless Natalie Merchant — never, ever better than she is right cheer — documenting the desperate final hours of a condemned man about to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. A brilliant, bone-chilling masterpiece.