and i searched and stared
by Sean
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Bubba Sparxxx - "Comin' Round" [full version]. Since there's some interest, here's the version of "Comin' Round" that I downloaded, from Deliverance. As was the case with "Nowhere," this version is significantly different from the one that appears on my (Canadian) copy of the album proper: the strange country-squelching-hip-hop (fiddle alongside Timbaland beats) slides toward its end into the backwards-and-forwards hook from Missy Elliot's "Work It." It's very good, but you won't like it if you hate fun.

Okkervil River - "Okkervil River Song". I really should upload one of the songs from 2003's Okkervil River releases (Down the River of Golden Dreams and the Split EP with Julie Doiron). After all, a song from each appears on my forthcoming Top 30 of 2003. And yet... I couldn't help myself. Okkervil River is one of the very best bands in the world, and this eponymous track is their very best song. Taken from the group's second LP, Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See, it's a long, soothing and passionate marvel. It's about death and life and living and dying. And loss. It builds with such amazing ease, flowing forward with musical and lyrical verve. The words are perfect fits, the rhymes snug, it holds together as secure as the riverbed. Guitar with organ, tom-patter drums, and a mandolin that's a sunbeam, a barn-burning, a childhood game and a dirge. "The Okkervil River Song" is never hokey, simply home, and while on the record it fades into birdsong, long and wild chirps, I give you only silence, here: you're just going to have to go and buy it yourself.

Posted by Sean at January 9, 2004 11:06 PM

Man, I gotta tell you I LOVE TIMBALAND. These tracks are nice, but without Timbos influence, this guy is B-list rapper fodder. Really, he has to namecheck Em just to burn lyric time? Please. Now that Missy is doing a lot of her own production (and it's not quite as hot as it was), Timbo is aligning himself with Mya (new Aaliyah) and Bubba (new Missy) and I'm just fine by that. If _I_ had Timbo's production, I bet I could crack the top ten by my second album too.
My 2cents: What I've heard so far makes it seem like Timbo is releasing Bubba's new album is a remix of greatest hits.
/been listening to Timbo since the "Love2LoveYa" single dropped. Reprazent!

Posted by forksclovetofu at January 10, 2004 1:27 AM

do comments like this one help you to understand why the released album doesn't have these samples on it?

Posted by andrew s at January 12, 2004 9:38 PM

Yeah, if the unwashed masses like myself should think such foolishness... well. You know.

Posted by forksclovetofu at January 13, 2004 11:53 PM

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