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The Evens - "Mount Pleasant Isn't"

It’s hotter than Hades in my bachelor pad. I’m going to go drink a tall glass of ice water in a bath tub full of ice water.

I write this from my bath. I’m eating grapes.

The production on "Mount Pleasant Isn't" is what Mount Pleasant isn’t anymore, unless Mount Pleasant isn’t anymore, in which case, suffice it to say that the production is pleasant. This song is like a philosophical problem Bertrand Russell would solve with predicate logic.

I can hear the string’s vibration decay, dust spring off the coated head of the snare. This drum kit is most pared down: I can’t hear a single tom, never mind a tom-tom.

The ice water is starting to boil. [Buy]


Uilab - "St. Elmo's Fire (Radio)"

You guys remember this one?

When I first heard it, I broke my brain trying to figure out how Uilab could be so good as to alter the space-time continuum such that they could compose the theme song for a film released ten years before their founding. Later, when I came to understand that it was a Brian Eno cover, I re-rented St. Elmo’s Fire, excited to hear the original in its original context. Needless to say, I was disappointed both with the theme song (David Foster) and the performances (Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, et al).

It is a daring undertaking to cover a song from Brian Eno’s masterpiece, Another Green World. However, Uilab pulls it off with aplomb by applying their own trademarks (ethereal harmonies, congested synths and circular drumming) to Eno’s summer adventure song. [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at June 7, 2005 12:34 AM

I saw a really great Evens show in Anacortes with about 70 other people. They were preceded by Calvin Johnson and wolev who told more stories than they sang songs. With this precedent set, Mackaye told stories about each of the songs and ranted about the Academy Awards that were on TV that night. It was a wonderful experience.

That is a great cover of St. Elmo's fire! Thanks!

Posted by jay at June 7, 2005 1:34 AM

Nice post. Have you ever heard the Portastatic/Yo La Tengo cover of "St. Elmo's Fire"? Quite good.

Posted by Dylan at June 7, 2005 6:38 AM

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