by Dan
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Aphex Twin - "To Cure A Weakling Child"

I just read a letter I wrote to myself when I was in 8th grade. I thought it was pertinent:

"Dear Future Self,

How's it goin'? Hope U R cool by now. If Melanie Brisson isn't still with Guppy you should ask her out. Was just listening to AT's "Weakling"; prediction: tongue clucks will be the new handclaps by the time you read this.

- Daniel

ps. go to locker 3434, there's a false bottom; enjoy."

I don't know why I thought I'd be anywhere near my Junior High by this time, but if anyone lives near St. Kneedlies in Carson City, you should go check it out. Also, my prediction was way off. But surprisingly, my taste was not, this song is still great. [Buy]

Silver Jews - "How To Rent A Room"

It's very easy to think about your life when you listen to this band. In fact, it's all I do. That and grin. Imagine there was always this yard stick that followed you around, everywhere you went. Putting on your coat, eating a sandwich, trying for a window seat, that sort of thing. And it never actually came out and said what exactly it measured, but you always had to look up to see the top. That's the feeling I get when I listen to this song. [Buy]

Posted by Dan at March 7, 2005 2:33 AM

Astonishingly prescient.
How did you hear--nine years ago, mind you--the pivotal importance that tongue clucks would play in the "Don't Worry Be Happy" of the Oughties: "Drop It Like It's Hot"?

Posted by deeceeguy at March 7, 2005 12:19 PM

love the silver jews track.

Posted by Jason at March 7, 2005 4:20 PM

Yeah...but what instruments did they use in the songs? I'm lost with these descriptions.

Perogie Dinner,

Posted by Oss-to-pick at March 7, 2005 7:24 PM

When I was in high school, a friend made me a mix tape of Aphex Twin. It was the first time I'd heard them. The explicit purpose of the tape was long distance running; to maintain that association, I would only put it in my walkman when I was going out for a run. Now, like Pavlov's dog, I can't listen to 'Weakling' without wanting to put on running shoes and run through the fifty feet on snow that was dumped on Montreal yesterday. It's a good feeling.

Posted by karin at March 8, 2005 9:53 AM

thanks for posting the jews song. its a brilliant song with incredible lyrics, but the jews are a somewhat of a secret gem - those who know them (which should be everyone) loves them...and those who dont know them are missing out on something really special.

Posted by philip at March 8, 2005 10:21 AM

your AT pick is radical.

('radical' in both the literal meaning, and in the context of tmnt, which had only recently become passe at the time of your 8th grade self.)

Posted by 12th grade meg at March 8, 2005 3:32 PM

Snoop Dogg much?

Posted by Jaime at March 8, 2005 4:10 PM

Thanks for the Silver Jews track. For those who might have heard rumors about the new Silver Jews record burning up in the fire that happened last week at Easley-McCain, the recordings were spared. Apparently, a delivery attempt was made, but nobody got David Berman's delivery. It was returned to him in tact. The new record will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

Posted by EJ at March 9, 2005 5:38 PM

wow, thanks for that, EJ.

Posted by Dan at March 10, 2005 1:01 AM

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