A Mere Mer-De-Terre
by Dan
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Times New Viking - "Devo & Wire"

Dear Dad,

College is fun. You were right, moving away was a good idea. I'm making lots of friends here, and I really like my teachers. Cooking for myself is hard, I either seem to buy not enough food or too much, but I'm sure that balance will come with time. I like having to walk down the street to do my laundry, it's fresh air. Though I'm sure my opinion will change when the snow comes. I joined a group at school and we're really messing stuff up, you know? Fightin' it. It feels good. I feel sometimes like a glowing stick of red hot metal.

- Son

ps. Dad, they broke me.

Pavement - "Frontwards"

Dear Son,

Cute. I'm glad you're having a good time. I remember what college was like for me. No matter what you think now, you still have lots to learn, you always do. I still do. Your voice is timid now, though vital, but in time will gain clarity and focus. Your opinion of yourself will change as many times as the sun rises. And your work will pass through you, around you, like breathing in pollen, or eating garlic. I know I sound sentimental now, but your letter found me nostalgic. I remember the cool grey streets of girls' minds, separated into blocks to walk on. Walk on. Goodness, listen to me.

- Dad

[Buy Times New Viking] [Buy Pavement]


My article on Telefauna is up at Ajisignal.com. Features an mp3 ne'er been posted by me, and words to die for.

Posted by Dan at September 14, 2007 4:08 AM

I'm four days away from my freshman year -- I don't know if this made me feel more optimistic or more nervous, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless.

Posted by Angela at September 14, 2007 4:28 AM

Oh Pavement, you are everyone's favourite 90s touchstone.

In all seriousness, I am consistently amazed at how many facets of their music can be fleshed-out and reborn in another band's work.

Posted by The Champ at September 14, 2007 11:55 AM

This excellent post only gets more fantastic when one realizes most of this year's freshman probably know more about Arcade Fire than Pavement.

Posted by Dave Rawkblog at September 14, 2007 12:38 PM

great writing.

"I remember the cool grey streets of girls' minds, separated into blocks to walk on. Walk on. Goodness, listen to me."

Posted by Samuel at September 14, 2007 4:16 PM



this is the best thing
oh my god

it is like
hearing sad sappy s ucker for the first time


Posted by allison at September 15, 2007 2:24 AM

I swear to god you guys are FUCKING GENIUSES!!!!!!!! Though you seem to be not too into spreading rumors about certain albums that go with certain movies a la Dark Side of the Moon and Wizard of Oz. Rumors that re true! Ah well. You guys rock the fucking HARDEST anyway.

Posted by Brent at September 16, 2007 12:36 AM

Best thing I've read for a while. Keep it up.

Posted by Luke at September 17, 2007 10:17 AM

good post. but "devo & wine" not "wire"...

Posted by start at September 18, 2007 10:38 AM

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