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by Dan
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Takka Takka - "We Feel Safer at Night"

My stereo's wearing an Autumn Sweater, on its way to practice with the church choir. Only this church choir all speak-sing like Malkmus and they finally bring a little showmanship to this dull parish. Not too much, though, just a few smiles, a few swells, a few "allright"s. [Buy]

Les Angles Morts - "Kaleidoscope"

I was on a panel today as part of the Future of Music Policy Conference. It was pretty okay. I didn't say a whole lot, I said about as much as I usually say on here. One thing that was said was something like: "there should be more old and out-of-print stuff on mp3 blogs". I thought I'd take that advice and celebrate this dead band with an out-of-print song off their debut and only record. It takes off like some great jagged bird, flies at you and out of sight, then swoops up under your chin and tickles your nose on the way by. I think the title comes more from the idea of spinning to get results than reflections and colours.


I also saw Joanna Newsom tonight (first time). It was my little present to myself after a really busy week. It was, in short, incredible. She doesn't so much play the harp as gather it together, pull it to her. She runs across it like a field. She cradles it like a giant stupid baby, and sings to it, literally. No other instrument really allows one to sing to it like that. It's as if these songs are written for her instrument, as well as for it. In any case, I'm for it. Have a good weekend.

Posted by Dan at October 6, 2006 3:04 AM

You know, I just discovered Joanna Newsom the other day. I guess the state of music today is ok after all...

Posted by MDR at October 6, 2006 7:53 AM

I think it was from a link through STG, or maybe somewhere else, (but being as STG was the first mp3 blog I discovered, it was--somehow anyways--through you guys), but the modpopunk archives totally blow the shit up out of out of print stuff.

Posted by jeff at October 6, 2006 11:36 AM

Totally love the Takka Takka song. Thanks! Would I sound like a stooge if I added "a clean Lou Reed" to the speaksing reference?

Posted by Mike Young at October 6, 2006 7:26 PM

i saw her the next night at bennington, where i go to school. incroyable!

Posted by will stratton at October 7, 2006 9:25 PM

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