Archive for December, 2009

Roses in the park – Liechtensten

A perfect song to fall at this year’s end. Survival Strategies in a Modern World is probably my favourite album of the year, in a year i’ve actively tried to keep up and take note of music released in it. I feel good.

For the record, in my limited scope, i also really liked a whole bunch:

  • Foreign Lands by Teenage Cool Kids
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s album and the Higher Than The Stars ep
  • The Dead Friends album
  • Vivian Girls’ Everything Goes Wrong LP
  • Cuban Linx II – Raekwon
  • Truth From Facts’ 2009
  • Pathetic Human/Suffer split 7″
  • The Gordon Gano’s Army album
  • Telepathe’s Dance Mother
  • Two Suns by Bat For Lashes
  • The Eucalypt/Majorca split
  • the Vaccine demo
  • The Sky is Falling – Useless Children
  • It’s Not Me It’s You – Lily Allen
  • The Circuits demo
  • Infinite Light – Lightning Dust
  • Junior – Röyksopp.

And i can’t think of any more off my head. I should have kept a list. Still, i’m pretty impressed with myself.


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Trapeze – Lou Christie

Well this song is great! It turns out this song was in Before Sunrise but it has been so long since i’ve seen it i couldn’t tell you when or in what capacity. To be a dreamy girl in the early to mid 90s, i wonder how many lost, simple, mopey manchildren who want nothing more to get their goatees near me i would have to suffer, pretending to be hip to be hip to me and using every artistic, philosophical and intellectual shorthand to do so. I wonder how many i would have to suffer if i were an analogue of that dreamy girl to this day and age.

At least now goatees aren’t so much now in vogue. There are all sorts of unfortunate piercings and tattoos around now – things that you can’t simply coerce someone to shave off. I’m scratching my head as to what other things people adorn themselves with. A measure to how much i am in touch. Sneakers. Beards! Thick, full, measurement of one’s wholeheartedness: Beards! Oh my. A goatee just became preferable facial decoration. There are good reasons why i am so alone.

Here’s another. As i can’t remember this song in the movie, i attach its use and presence to Julie Delpy’s character. It is her song. I deny it to Ethan Hawke – memory of it, trajectory of it, appreciation of it. This is the kind of thing alien to him, repulsive to him, until it is made vital and is galvanised as a direct and salient link to her affection, heart, pants. It gains an importance, an indispensability. One’s indifference and repulsion is resigned in place of enthusiasm as this is a ticket (one of many) to an uncomplicated, unhindered, accommodating courtship, you ticking every box as they are layed out. Pretenses aren’t all that hard to keep up. Fooling people is simple if you’re given all the clues. Being agreeable is easy if all you have to do is agree. I am so wrong. Jealous as well, probably. This was not Before Sunrise. This is my own experience and prejudice exposing itself. This is me remembering Ethan Hawke was also that guy in Reality Bites. I really liked Before Sunrise, i remember. I really like this song. Why do i tamper such things with words.

beyond the valley of the dolls

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X-Defect – bis

With the part in this song after the bridge – Amanda’s verse sung in her own special, bratty way that has repelled near everyone i’ve shared bis with – a moment of perfect release, with the stripped guitar save for those nice, chimey, melodic chords you get by strumming the G, B and e strings with your fingers in the right places (i’m terrible at describing music, incase you haven’t noticed), comes a compulsion to spin around any room, arms covered in goosebumps, spine completely tingled, elated like no one else in the world for the twenty or so seconds that verse lasts. Yeah. It’s not much of a let down after that, either. There was never a let down with bis. Ok, maybe later in their career. My first real favourite band.

foxy brown

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Love My Way

Love my way – Psychedelic Furs

This song is so weird. Those wafting synth string lines, the falsetto backing vocals that seem just to be making fun, Richard Butler’s voice and how he sings “hear-ar-art” and “fa-a-ace”, the demented starkness of it all. Great, but weird. Fold me in it, leave me in a room somewhere.


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Cream – Prince


kentucky fried movie

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The Ellen Degeneres Show Theme – Sharlotte Gibson

And it’s a weekend! I’m not a devout watcher, but since its inception i’ve been at home most everyday and have caught lackadaisically so much of it. She is great. The best talk show host we get free to air here. I need to get a life. I need to have something to do during the day.

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When Giants Fall – Love Is All

This is kind of a Christmas song, right? It has that rise during the chorus that makes me think it could pass for one. It’s a better one than Yakkity Sax, which through some annoying people at work has become the song of the season.

The songs on A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night fall neatly into three categories: the A side of the record, Wishing Well, and those songs that fall after Wishing Well. And this falls immediately after Wishing Well. It is unfortunate, because this is a really great song, but my enthusiasm for it is so coloured in its relation to its direct precedent on the record. No matter how great this is, it will always inescapably be a let down from the song before it. It is a perfect let down, though – gentle and settling, enough to resign you to go someplace else with Love Is All. Merry Christmas, dorks.

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Amoureux Solitaires

Amoureux solitaires – Lio

I actually still have the French version of this. And the Portuguese/Spanish (i’ve never been able to tell, but given she is Portuguese by birth…) version. So to make up for all those English language versions i’ve posted: Here! ’tis the season… for lowering the decay parameter on your synthesiser. This is so great.
Amantes Solitarios – Lio

spinal pap

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Tell The World

Tell the world – Vivian Girls

It’s the year’s end and that means the year end best of lists have been out for three months or so now. When it does appear, i’ve seen so often Everything Goes Wrong and the Vivian Girls labeled as Shoegaze. What is wrong with people? Where are they grasping music from? What narrow touchstones do people pass when coming across music, and how do they keep up such myopia? Shoegaze, this is not. And the breadth of things it is, the annals and lineage of music it follows and contributes to, goes neglected. And don’t think the “girls who can actually rock” precept, or they being female and the tokenisation thereof, hasn’t gone by unmentioned. In this end of year! Ugh, people. Music fans.

And this song isn’t even on Everything Goes Wrong. And i don’t even have a physical copy of it! When this song is played live and they draw out that middle section to a frenzied, possessed, compulsive length, becoming something like a mantra, an incantation cast over the whole audience, i become a shitty rock critic spouting embarrassing metaphors. No, but it does reach that trance-like state, and i’d have to be ten times the prude i am not to be swept up in it.


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Electricity – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

A good song to have in my head on a day where our electricity was cut from 8 until 3pm. I had forgotten all about it. Maybe deeply in my subconscious i kept that memo and this song was me reminding myself of it. But then again this song is one of the greatest ever written, and catchy as all get out, so it could have just been in my head on its own merit. It’s an awfully apt song to carry with you on a day when you’re reminded at every turn how much you actually depend on electricity.


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