A Hand-Shaped Shadow
by Dan
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Danielson - "Cast It At The Setting Sail"

Danielson is no longer a family, and yet they are still a family. People show up half-way through the song, the drummer scruffs their hair and keeps blowing up the giant, tassly balloon that this song is.
It's like keeping five balloons in the air at once.
Like a scene just before a rocket launches where all the departments say they're ready.
Like moving all your pawns one by one, in a steady wall that just bowls over the white pieces.
I heard this song last week on the Best Show on WFMU (thanks to Fluxblog for continually recommending it). I'm now a subscriber to the podcast, which host Tom Scharpling recently explained has 2 subscribers. Me and another guy, I guess. But it's well worth it; way better than streaming archives or listening online. Though the music is removed for (possibly) rights reasons (we talked all about podcasting rights at that conference in March, and it's as clear as a bag over your head). So I only got to hear the first few notes of this song, but immediately I knew I wanted it. [Buy May 9th] [Danielson Documentary]

The Doers - "We're Open"

Did anyone go to a high school where "talent show" was confusingly replaced with "coffee house"? If you did, then this was the best band to ever play a coffee house. It's 5pm, you still have to be home for dinner, you have finite homework, you've just seen two horribly misconceived Green Day/Metallica amalgams and a magician that screwed up his trick. But all that leaves your mind when you hear this beat, it's actually tight, and this feeling, woah, I thought those kids didn't care about anything. [Buy]

Charles Aznavour - "For Me...Formidable"

I heard this song at a karaoke bar, on the monitors put there so you can sing along with the main singer-along. I thought if I could find it, I'd definitely post it, and then forgot about it. Then, I heard beautiful French crooning coming from my roommate's record player a few days later (not this song) and I had to find some Aznavour. Turns out he was responsible for this, so the two separate strings are actually two ends of the same string, and here you are, something you can play on Date Night. [Buy]


Also, I'm in a play, so if you live in Montreal, you should go. It runs tonight to Saturday, and the same thing next week. 10$students/12$regular. 9pm. Théâtre Ste Catherine.

Posted by Dan at April 19, 2006 2:38 AM

EXCELLENT CHOICE i have an album of Aznavour where he does a duet with Edith Piaf and it just blows me away everytime...he isn't so tacky as Danny O'Donnell...

Posted by countrygrrl at April 19, 2006 5:41 AM

If he was being literal (very doubtful!), then it's just the two of us subscribing to the podcast, Dan.

Posted by Matthew at April 19, 2006 9:55 AM

I'm really looking forward to the Danielson album and the documentary - thank you for posting the track.

Posted by Charles at April 19, 2006 10:08 PM

yo dan

saw your play - you were awesome. nice work. well written, etc.etc. your performance was understated, comical, and damn impressive. but i almost crapped my drawers when the radio tape player was smashed....shit....

people listen up...you should go check him out...

Posted by kit at April 20, 2006 6:47 PM

countrygrrl - thanks

Matthew - nice. we're truly internet cousins.

Charles - also thanks

Kit - you're great! thank you! sorry we didn't meet, I'm such a big fan of yours.

Posted by dan at April 21, 2006 3:17 PM

Dan, I didn't go to your play, but I really like your hairy man-arms

Posted by Anonymous at April 21, 2006 11:42 PM

uh oh

Posted by Sean at April 22, 2006 12:30 AM

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