by Sean
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The Velvet Underground playing for the American Society of Clinical Psychiatrists

Hangedup and Tony Conrad - "Transit of Venus". At first the monument seemed like a righteous thing. The materials were good - granite, steel, glass, garnets. The design was beautiful. But as the weeks of building went on, an ugliness came over the enterprise. The swarming workers seemed stuffed with dust; their faces seemed waxen, crude. When they pushed the stones upright, it was as if something was being distorted, as if a lie was being made. The cutting sounded like shearing. There was a pallor to the light. Finally the tower was complete, adorned with brave shapes, and this proud tribute was a hideous thing, its own betrayal, cursed. [buy]

Moonface with Siinai - "Heartbreaking Bravery". It is difficult to hear a break-up song, written earnestly, between two people you know. I do not wish it upon anyone. It is difficult because it is uncomfortable: I did not want to imagine that look in your eyes. I did not want to imagine those words on your lips. It is difficult because when people you know behave in an ugly way, in front of you, some of that ugliness seems to come off on your own hands, smeared. It is difficult because heartbreak is sad. Spencer Krug, Moonface, recorded this song in Finland, far away from Boréale beer and the Van Horne underpass. He is not coming to Montreal on his current tour. He sounds ruined, angry, ragged. Perhaps bitter. I hope that since recording this music he has heard other songs, songs that taught him certain lessons. You are wrong. What has happened is for the good. You will see. Maybe an album of love songs, next time, the sky clearing out. [buy]

(Photo is of the Velvet Underground playing for the American Society of Clinical Psychiatrists, 1965. Source.)

Posted by Sean at June 25, 2012 4:31 PM

right now both of these are playing the same song (I think Shitty City) when I click on them which is nice in that I liked hearing it twice but not nice in that I wanted to hear the hangedup too. also I really appreciate this blog in general, it's a good blog, thank you

Posted by tim at June 25, 2012 6:26 PM

Isn't the Moonface song actually the title track of the album? "Heartbreaking Bravery"?

Posted by Amber at June 26, 2012 11:18 AM

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