Another Dream About Writing
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.


Henry's Dress - "Target Practice"

Eventually the space between buildings will get so small that you can walk from window to window like you would some kind of pair of high doors. But don't drop your keys down the crevice, then you'll find yourself flat against the wall, shimmying your way down three stories to the dirty soft ground, softened by rain. Searching with your hands in the mud, trying to find your stupid keys, it's a good idea to have a friend to pull you up after. It's a great way to get close with someone, having them pull you up three stories between the 8-inch crevice that will exist between all human structures. You're muddy, they're sweaty, you're both tired, think about it. [out of print, used copies on Amazon]

David Liebe Hart and Adam Papagan - "No More Blues"

I don't have any opinions on David Liebe Hart, so don't expect any. I don't have any opinions about this song, I really don't. I don't think about how it reminds me of Daniel Johnston with about a hundredth of the musical talent. I don't consider David's "beginnings" on the Tim and Eric show, nor do I think anything about his place in comedy. I don't even have any opinion on what Adam Papagan is getting out of this collaboration. Those things are too nebulous to me, they're hazy and full of "well, if he's this way then it means this" unsureness. The only clear thing is that this song contains beauty. I know that. And you know it too. [buy from CDBaby]


Elsewhere: Popsheep is having a funding drive. They are consistently incredible, and one of their contributors is in one 2008's best new bands, Diamonds. Go help them out with it, if you can.

Also: In the video contest earlier this year, one of the winners was Ninian Doff for his "Beast of Dance". Apparently he has a full version of this video in the works, which is very exciting, but in the meantime, he has hooked up with Fulton Lights through the Wonderful Video Contest to create a video for a song of theirs, and it's right here, and it's really great. We're charmed and delighted to have helped with this meeting, but we're downright proud as punch that it's produced something excellent.

Posted by Dan at October 10, 2008 12:11 PM

satisfying pair of songs.

Posted by will at October 10, 2008 5:34 PM

good songs. a shame henry's dress is out of print!


check out this halloween! buy a costume! save a life! :)

Posted by caitlin at October 10, 2008 7:31 PM

God bless Ninian Doff, and God bless the internets.

Posted by Andy at October 10, 2008 8:34 PM

Henry's Dress? God bless you. It was a magical time in the San Francisco music scene. Maybe one day I'll even write about it. San Francisco had been reclaimed from the whole post-Primus crowd and worse (Heavy Into Jeff was a terrible band championed by the local press). I started my label in the midst of all of it. Pee, Dieselhed, Xerobot, Trackstar, A Minor Forest, the Peechees, early Tarentel, lowercase, Rumah Sakhit, Vanderslice, Thinking Fellers, Pink & Brown, Dilute, Jim Yoshii Pile-Up, Virginia Dare, Dealership, Slower Than, Zmrzlina, the Champs (before they were forced to go Fucking). We nearly releases a comp called There is No San Fracisco Scene, but comps like that are fucking hard to assemble (hence no AK006). Bust 'Em Green is an unbelievable album whose only flaw is that it does not include the band's final post-album masterpiece "Over 21," released as half of a split with Rocketship. Mike Schulman's Slumberland has been recently resuscitated with the likes of Crystal Stilts, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Cause Commotion! at the forefront. Maybe this time, he'll get some respect. This is the label that first gave America Stereolab, Velocity Girl, the Swirlies, the Lilys, Black Tambourine, Lorelei and motherfucking Henry's Dress, the greatest of them all. Step up, pirates, and right some wrongs. Put a nickel in the man's pocket.

Posted by Cory at October 12, 2008 5:10 AM

oh man, cory, thanks so much for that.

Posted by sean at October 13, 2008 1:40 PM

Bust 'Em Green is certainly a piece of utter brilliance. Personally I think Amy Linton even improved on that one with her second Aisler Set album, but that doesn't change Henry's Dress merit one bit.

Like Cory says above, Slumberland has been putting out some unbelievable stuff lately, with the upcoming Pains At Being Pure At Heart promising to be the absolute highlight!

Posted by Dennis at October 14, 2008 5:24 AM

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