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Once again my video links have reached critical mass.

01. Regina Spektor does “Blue Lips” on Jools Holland (via Culture Bully). It is probably an understatement to say that I am SO SO SO SO SO SO SO anticipating this new album. Also, R.Spektor is so very adorable.

02. Space Cowboy’s new single, “Falling Down” (via Electroqueer). I am enamored of this Space Cowboy fella because of his collaborations with Lady Gaga, but he’s also monstrously danceable by himself.

03. Bishop Allen does “Butterfly Nets” in a bathroom (via IGIF). It’s one of my favorite Bishop Allen songs, definitely. Plus, ukelele is the new orange.

04. JoCo singing “Future Soon,” (via Boingboing), the ultimate nerd anthem. I find it a very sad song (I can’t decide from the text whether it’s supposed to be sad) — I hate to think of science smoothing away everything that makes us human (i.e., our flaws).

05. Don Omar’s “The Chosen” and “Virtual Diva” from his new album “iDon” (at Slate). Of course I can’t understand a darn thing Omar is saying, but if it’s reggaeton and cyborgs, I am on board like Scully on a ghost ship.

06. Beverly Sills singing from “La Traviata” with the Muppets (via LAist). Is there something that’s not to like? I didn’t think so.

07. Over at Boingboing they are obsessed with cigar box guitars, which I think is weird, but then they linked to this video of Keni Lee Burgess playing that Muddy Waters classic, “Baby Please Don’t Go,” and I can now see their side of the story.

08. Has everyone already seen this? YANP linked to a trailer for “Where the Wild Things Are,” complete with Arcade Fire soundtrack. If it wasn’t Spike Jonze directing, I would say, psh, you can’t make a movie out of this book. Instead I’ll just say, this sounds like a movie for other people to watch.

09. EQ does it again — lots of footage of the nostalgia 80s reunion in Quebec — Tiffany, Deborah Gibson (maybe she went by Debbie for one night), Samantha Fox, and Rick Astley. I don’t care what you say. I listened to “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Spanish Eyes” about a million times when it came out, so THERE.

10. Iron & Wine does “Godless Brother In Love”s on Jimmy Fallon (via Culture Bully) — get it while it’s hot at Hulu. I love Sam Beam but looking at that beard gives me the willies.

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Summer Mix

Doesn’t everyone have one of these? Well, I wanted to do one too, so there. This one is more loosely put together than usual but still meant to be listened to in order; and hopefully the last song doesn’t insult anyone. The 90s were a time of … uh … looser speech? Or is it loserspeak? I forget which. At any rate, enjoy “The Warmer the Waves,” either in little pieces or a rar file containing all the songs.

01 dj john — rockin down the house with rum & coca cola (the andrews sisters vs. mi 7)
02 m ward — here comes the sun again
03 led zeppelin — down by the seaside
04 bishop allen — that summer
05 dan zanes & angelique kidjo — jamaica farewell
06 the innocence mission — once upon a summertime
07 the beatles — octopus’s garden
08 ben kweller — sundress
09 bright eyes — tourist trap
10 pm dawn — set adrift on memory bliss
11 the ronettes — paradise
12 dead milkmen — bitchin’ camaro

Summer Mix rar file

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Video hookup

1. The Music Slut leads the pack, of course, with:

A) New Ry Ry video, entitled “Follow the Lights.” Ain’t half bad either. It really sounds like Ry is getting his groove back on. “There was never anywhere to go / but home.” (Home is apparently where Donna lives.)

B) The Who on Jools Holland. Completely unironically singing “hope I die / before I get old.” Psh, I knew they were lyin’. Generation X salutes you, baby boomers! Sic transit gloria mundi, except when you can capitalize on your nostalgia. Oh well, the music is still hawt.

C) Cold War Kids in the Black Cab. I can never decide if I’m totally in love with CWK, or whether they’re just totally pretentious. I call this the Decemberists Dilemma. Haha. The violin on this song is just stunning.

D) PJ Harvey on Leno, circa 93. This is the PJ I was talking about a couple days ago. That quick slip between begging her lover not to leave, to talking about tying him up till he wishes he’d never heard of her.

E) Bjork Unplugged, 1993, “One Day” acoustic. TOTALLY AWESOME.

F) The Cure in Amsterdam, “the Forest,” 1980. Robert Smith, pre-persona. Twelve years later, this song rocked my world, I’m not even kidding. Oh Robert, I miss the days when you weren’t a caricature of yourself.

G) Tori on The Current, doing Leather. Oh Tori, I miss the days … well, whatever.

2) Via LAist, an amusing misheard lyrics video, featuring one of my favorite workout songs: Sean Paul’s “Temperature.”

3) Via Stereogum, a fun video for Bishop Allen’s “Click Click Click Click.”

4) At Fabulist, Olga takes us back to the early days of Rilo Kiley with “The Frug.”

5) Via Skatterbrain, some good old fashioned pop from Lykke Li: “Little Bit.” Feel free to chair dance.

6) Muzzle of Bees revisits last years’s #3 awesome album. “So how do you feel about being dead?” “I don’t know … my neck hurts.” I LOVE YOU BLACK KEYS.

7) Since Bodies of Water and Stereogum are BFFS, you can see clips there from BoW’s “Takeaway Shows.”

8) Awesome vid from *my* new BFF, LoveLikeFire: “I
Will.”
(via Rock Insider).

9) ECEU finds one of my fave James Taylor songs, You Can Close Your Eyes, It’s Alright.

10) LAist notes that KT Tunstall turned up to support the WGA a couple weeks ago and someone took a video of her doing “I Want You Back”.

11) Idolator puts the spotlight on Melissa Auf der Maur’s “Followed the Wave.” *sigh* She’s so beautiful. If Foo Fighters had a girl twin, Auf der Maur would be it.

12) Via Electroqueer, Roisin Murphy at the Swarovski fashion awards doing “Overpowered.” I love that hair!

13) IGIF brings us back to the 10 year old video for UNKLE & Thom Yorke’s “Rabbit In Your Headlights,” which I had never seen, though I love the song. What a creepy video, but perfect for the song.

14) And last but not least, new Postmarks video via Stereogum. “Let Go,” all hazy and sunny and green, showcasing one of the best songs on a great album.

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Poetry

Last Straw
by George Starbuck

IHaveNoTimeFor
BanterSirIAmAn
AncientMariner
MyShipWentDown
ICausedItsLoss
TheyTiedMeToAn
AlbatrossItIsA
BigPelagicBird
QuiteWholesome
IfAdministered
InternallyLike
ChickenSoupNot
TopicallyLikeA
StupidPoultice

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Bishop Allen — The History Of Excuses

Iron & Wine — Flightless Bird, American Mouth

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This one’s for my two history buff friends, A.S. and R.St.A. They’re songs that mention actual historical events. Let the geekery begin! I did use wikipedia for some of the articles, but just out of general laziness. I feel wrong and dirty, because wiki is so not reliable, but I don’t have time to find a university library, sadly.

Playing Pianos Filled With Flames: A Historical Mix

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01. Bishop Allen – The Monitor

Besides being about an ironworks fire that the fellows in Bishop Allen actually witnessed, this song also mentions the encounter between the Monitor and the Merrimack, which was the first battle between two ironclad ships. The USS Merrimack was scuttled by the Union, but the Confederates salvaged it and renamed it the CSS Virginia. In March 1862, the Virginia and the Monitor engaged in a four-hour battle that resulted in a draw. Unfortunately, ironclad ships weren’t the easiest to fight with, and the Merrimack/Virginia eventually had to be destroyed by its own captain. The Monitor was sunk by bad weather and its wreck was rediscovered in 1973. (history.navy.mil)

02. The Decemberists – Shankill Butchers (live at the St. Louis zoo, Aug 10, 05)

The Shankill Butchers were a group of serial murderers who tortured and killed people, mostly Catholics (or people they thought were Catholics), during the 1970s in Dublin [ed. note -- I stand corrected; the city is actually Belfast]. When the gang was eventually apprehended, the court handed down 42 life sentences to the men involved in the slayings. The gang was nominally reformed in 1983, when its leader was released from prison, but he was shot and killed subsequently, and the slayings ceased. However, in 1998, all the convicted men were freed under the Good Friday Act, and remain free to this day. (wiki)

03. Tori Amos – Josephine

Josephine Bonaparte was first mistress, then wife, to Napoleon. They married in 1796, but she was not faithful. She was such a political help to Napoleon, however, and he loved her so much that he did not divorce her. This song reads like one of Napoleon’s letters to her — in one letter, he writes, “To live for Josephine, that is the history of my life I long. I try to come near you. Fool! I don’t notice that I am going further away. How many countries separate us! How long before you will read these words, this feeble expression of a captive soul where you are queen?” (Probably nicer still in French.) (napoleonguide.com)

04. Beyonce – Bonnie and Clyde 03

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met in 1930, while Clyde was in prison and Bonnie was married to a prisoner there. Between 1933 and 1934, the FBI hunted the two of them for committing 13 murders and various other crimes (robbery and burglary). They were killed in a hail of bullets on May 23, 1934. They are seen as very romantic criminals — Crimelibrary.com notes that “With police and government detectives constantly on their trails, sometimes literally by inches, they time and time again risked their own lives to protect the other.”

05. Chicago Motion Picture Soundtrack – Cell Block Tango

“Chicago” is based loosely on two murders that occured in 1924. Belva Gaertner, a cabaret singer, stood trial for shooting her lover and leaving his body in a car; and Beulah Annan, a laundress (washerwoman?), also stood trial for shooting and killing her lover in her house. Maurine Watkins, a former reporter, then combined the two crimes when she wrote the play “Chicago” in 1926. (nationalgeographic.com)

06. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes – Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

The biography of Eva Peron is too much to review here; if you like, you can go to Evitaperon.org to check it out. This song is from the musical “Evita,” and of course it’s very romanticised, but it’s generally agreed that Eva Peron loved her country. No matter whether you agree with her social policies, I don’t think anyone can argue that she thought she was doing the right thing. She was asked to be the Vice President of Argentina, but had to decline, as she was ill. She died soon thereafter, in 1952.

07. Nirvana – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle

Frances Farmer was an early screen star; she lived a wild Hollywood lifestyle and eventually became depressed and abused alchohol. In the 1940s she returned to her hometown of Seattle, where she was eventually committed to a mental institution by her mother. In the 1950s she left the hospital and tried to make a screen comeback, but was only marginally successful. Many sensationalized stories (including Cobain’s) allege that Farmer had a lobotomy performed on her during her time in the mental hospital, but that’s been refuted. (wiki)

08. Mississippi John Hurt – Stagolee

In 1895, a man apparently named Lee Sheldon shot another man who had taken his hat and refused to return it. The man died; Sheldon went to prison. Someone wrote a song about it, calling Lee Sheldon “Stagger Lee” on account of his being drunk at the time. It became a traditional blues tune, and Nick Cave wrote a version for “Murder Ballads,” but I don’t like it. I do like Mississippi John Hurt’s version; listen to that fantastic guitar picking. (wiki)

09. Mountain Goats – Raid On Entebbe

On June 27, 1976, terrorists from the PLO and Baader-Meinhof hijacked an Air France plane carrying 250 passengers and diverted it to Entebbe, Uganda. By July 1, many of the hostages had been released but all the Jewish/Israeli passengers — over 100 — and the flight crew were still being held. On July 4, an Israeli strike team went into Uganda as a rescue force and killed all the terrorists in a 35-minute battle. The strike team’s leader and three hostages were killed as a result of the firefight, but the rest of the hostages were freed. (BBC)

10. Jeffrey Foucault – Secretariat

Secretariat was the winningest horse ever. He set a world speed record for the Belmont Stakes; he won 21 races in 2 years. And, according to Secretariat.com, he was the father of 653 baby horses. Way to go, man! Way to go. (The song also mentions Rodin (sculptor), Joe Frazier (boxer), and the burning of Atlanta.)

11. REM – Man on the Moon

“Man on the Moon” is about Andy Kaufman, a comedian of many personalities. Kaufman died in 1984 of lung cancer, but since he had told many people that he was going to fake his own death, the legend persists that he is still alive. (wiki)

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Music

My new Bishop Allen disc (June) arrived. The EP-a-month idea seems to be falling a leetle behind, but that’s all right. Keep working, guys! I love ya! The June EP is beautifully decorated; I just love the cover art. And the music is the same Bishop Alleny goodness.

Bishop Allen – Number 39

Buy the EPs digitally for only $4 apiece!

((sm))all ages shares some songs from “My Neighbor Totoro.” SO CUTE!!! I love Totoro. It’s the perfect movie for little kids, because nothing really scary happens. Everything is magical and sweet, and the scenery is really lovely beyond expression. Every time I see a Miyazaki movie, I want to jump in it and live there.

At the Late Greats, a list of songs that got the author through high school. Maybe you agree? From his profile, we are about the same age, but I didn’t listen to any of that stuff (except the Cure & Depeche Mode). Hm, this would be a fun topic to write about.

New Contrast Podcast up, with everyone who contributes having to sing their intro. Oy, scary. I don’t sing very well, just ask the inside of my car. It probably hates me. (ETA: I lied. The very newest one is songs about War and Peace. But now you can have War, Peace, and Bloggers Singing In Your Ear. Good times.)

Well, I heard the new Killers song, and … it was boring. Yep. So boring I’m not even gonna link to it. Go find it yourself! Sheesh.

Pop Culture

I salute Stereogum for keeping up with the Federlines for me! I mean, it’s kind of like cleaning bathrooms out — someone has to, but I’d rather not do it myself.

Dang it, I wanted to buy myself some Michael Stipe bacteria, but they’re all sold out.

Miscellaneous

I encourage everyone to visit Said the Gramophone, as it is fabulously poetic this week. Down at the bottom is a post called Curl Up With Guitars which I loved. I hope Sean doesn’t mind my posting a bit of the conversation that he had with Helvetia’s “Gladness”:

Helvetia – “Gladness”: We can take you where you’re going.
Me: Even though your boat is full of holes?
Helvetia – “Gladness”: Even though.

Sometimes I can’t follow Sean where he’s going, but this week I just could, and I liked walking his crazy, word-filled road.

From Each Note Secure, Concert T-shirt etiquette, which I have been trying to explain to people for YEARS. I violated #6 when I saw the New Ams once, but only because it was like 15 degrees out and I was frozen. SO THERE.

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I feel like I really ought to say something profound and interesting. But, having gorged on an entire bag of TJ’s chocolate pretzels, my brain can only say, “BZZZZZZZZ.”

So! I was at the gym the other day, and listening to the Mountain Goats while watching an insanely thin girl doing her workout. The super duper thing about gyms in L.A. is that there is a very high percentage of Beautiful People, doing their crunches and whatnot while you sweat through your workout, grind your teeth, and hate them.

Therefore, I present our first mix: songs referencing body parts in their titles. Make no mistake about it, I have more songs than this. However, I thought I’d spare you the live VH-1 version I have of Kelly Clarkson singing “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” Oddly enough, this mix referenced mostly the top half of the body. Why do I have so many songs about teeth? Freaky.

Welcome to Bon Ton! BZZZZZZZZ

Twin High Maintenance Machines: A Bon Ton Mix

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1. Neutral Milk Hotel – Two Headed Boy
2. Ryan Adams – Expressway To Yr Skull
3. Mountain Goats – Lion’s Teeth
4. Tarkio – Devil’s Elbow
5. the New Amsterdams – All Ears
6. Rocky Votolato – Without Eyes Still Seeing
7. Iron & Wine – Teeth In the Grass
8. The Format – Sore Thumb
9. the Decemberists – Red Right Ankle ( Live at the Quad in London 11/15/2004)
10. The Old 97’s – Big Brown Eyes
11. Flogging Molly – Rebels of the Sacred Heart
12. Blanche – Redhead
13. Air – Dead Bodies
14. Bishop Allen – Corazon
15. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! – Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth

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