Posts Tagged ‘music’

Saturday Video: Tim Minchin

Sometimes, it’s best not to interject statistics into your personal life.

h/t Podblack Cat

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A Song for your Sunday

The BBQ Song.  Once this gets in your head, good luck.  It won’t come out.

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Long weekend celebrations

This video clip looks like it is straight off cute overload, but the sweetness is offset by Of Montreal’s dark sense of humour and heavy bass-line.  This song is Wraith Pinned to the Mist (and Other Games), from the album The Sunlandic Twins.   I wonder if somewhere a student writing a thesis on their song titles…

Have a great weekend!


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Start Wearing Purple

Yes, the computer is still in the shop.  But there’s still Gogol Bordello and what is quite possibly the world’s best song:

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I wanna work in THIS lab…

…the one that studies how Gomez works.

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We went down to the Rialto last night to catch a benefit concert by Calexico. Best show I’ve seen in ages. They pull off an unexpected blend of mariachi, folk, and straight-up rock, including a Neil Young cover featuring two full mariachi bands and a slew of guest vocalists on stage. Calexico is perhaps Tucson’s most successful troupe of local musicians, capturing the dual American-Mexican character of the city.  Watch the video, though, to see for yourself.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is another Aussie band that has made it into my regular rotation. Nick Cave was recently interviewed by Terry Gross, where we learn that his parentage includes a librarian and an English teacher. This may explain the sophistication of his lyrics. In any case, I like it.

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Missy Higgins

Jo-anne has made a project of reorienting me towards a more Australian temperament. Her tactics are subtle but persistent. If I send her off to the video store, for instance, she comes home with some Aussie movie or another.

The most insidious of her methods includes buying CDs of Australian bands and playing them until they sink into my subconscious. These are hit or miss. I’ve not become a big You am I fan. But now and again Jo-anne finds something that takes hold. One of my new favorites is Missy Higgins:

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Shish Boom Bam

While googling about for the latest CD by the Rustic Overtones (Light at the End), I discovered that copies of Shish Boom Bam are now selling for as high as $350. Shish is the crappy old recording from 1994 when I used to play trumpet with the band, back when R.O. were all rosy-cheeked teenagers. Apparently the green jewel case is something of a collector’s item. Now I can’t even remember where I’ve put my single remaining copy.

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Birdhouse in your soul

One of my favorites, and the only pop song ever written about a nightlight:

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