Song of the Week

Art Brut : Good Weekend

Because it was.  Something to be said for early to bed / early to rise, especially when the days are so long.  Glorious sun, swimming and fun.  I’m curious to hear what Art Brut has been up to in the last few years.  They were a fun live show, but I wasn’t sure they’d have staying power.  I know that a new album exists, but haven’t heard a bit.  Anyone?  Bueller?

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It’s officially summer.  Thank you, Arab Strap, for Hey! Fever.

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Now We Can See – The Thermals

just before the encore

Title track off of the new album.  The record release show was last night.  I love going to see bands that I have never heard before.  M has introduced me to a number of my favorite musicians, The Thermals are now joining the club.  They put on a great show, and I’m hooked.

Sadly, the openers were nothing to write home about, but in the spirit that it is easier to write a bad review than a good one, I will.  The lead singer of Parenthetical Girls was employing a brand of pretention that would have been annoying but understandable in a 22 year old.  When he announced that he’d just turned 28 and proceeded to tell a not-so-endearing anecdote about his mother giving him a pair of Kurt Cobain commemorative Converse sneakers he lost me for good. Word to the wise, kids:  Don’t criticize your mother while onstage.  You look like an ungrateful brat.

Panther had good beats, but absolutely no vocals.  I’m not sure the mic was even turned on, though the singer carted it around and shouted into it quite a bit.  He yelled at an audience member for requesting more volume on the vocals “this isn’t easy!”  Uh, ok…I don’t think he got it.  When you are a two-piece band and half of your songs are with drums and piped in bass, you really shouldn’t do away with your vocals.  Otherwise, why are you on stage at all?  Dancing, sure, but the audience can do that too.

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now and then

The NYT Sunday mag online has quite possibly the best fashion spread I’ve seen recently.  So very now, and very 80 years ago, Paris.  Assan Sylla, the woman in photo 5, is channeling both Josephine Baker and Louise Brooks.  If she doesn’t yet have a career in film or photography, she should.

I love the black & white photography, though it makes it difficult for me to imagine what the clothes would look like in color.  In costume for black & white film, colors and prints were chosen for contrast, a red dress would look different than a blue one though in either case the audience would see a shade of grey.  Whoever chose these understood that art.

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I Have Confidence – Julie Andrews

The obligatory Sound of Music reference.  Julie Andrews has been popping up everywhere this weekend, including but not limited to the LP of holiday songs I found at an estate sale and the internet advert meme of dance numbers in European train stations.  I never really get tired of the Sound of Music and the infectious optimism of Rodgers & Hammerstein.  “I Have Confidence” has good get up and go without the religious overtones of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” which reminds me of my grandmother and sometimes makes me cry.  In a good way.

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Remedy – Hot Water Music

Found via W posting something on facebook (quite some time ago, actually).  Aggressive and well put together.  Good for what ails you.

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30 Lives – The Motion Sick

Super catchy tune, video has nods to Grease and Back to the Future.  I wish I’d heard of The Motion Sick before I moved, and now that I think about it, I’m not sure how I came across this at all.  In any case, I think they’d be a fun live show at TT’s or the Middle East.

Finally nearing the end of a backlog of songs in the queue for SOTW, need to find some new tunes.  Other posts have been delayed as well.  This is not a medium that works well with procrastination.

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