Big Plans To Make Plans
by Dan
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Daniel Johnston - "Careless Soul"

This song has a spike right in the middle of it. You can't avoid it, you're going to walk right into it, even though I'm telling you about it. It's going to go right through you, in your chest and out your back, and you're going to have to walk around with a spike sticking out of you for the rest of your life. It's a voice that cracks with tears.

[Buy 1990, and get excited about the Daniel Johnston movie]


Hi Lo Trons - "Oh, My"

I wrote about Hi Lo Trons' new album, Bella Simone, in November, back when I didn't have the rest of the album, and only had "Look, Wow". Well, it turns out there are 2 best songs on this record. And they're allowed to share this title because they're so different (despite both having word-comma-word titles).
"Oh, My" is a one-sided duet, where both vocalists conspire to one end: a mood of anticipation, forthcoming regret, and old moves you thought you forgot. Oh, this is how it feels, right. Those eyes are open again. It definitely takes place on a summer night.

[site. (email them, tell them to sell you a cd)]

Posted by Dan at April 4, 2006 2:32 AM

This Hi Lo Trons is nice ;)
Kind of reminds me of a softer Cardigans (is that possible?)...and the little two note (baritone?) guitar part is very reminiscent of the Twin Peaks theme by Julee stuffffff.

Posted by Adam at April 4, 2006 8:23 AM

so are the Hi Lo Trons tracks you've featured the only good songs on the album? i'm super-tempted as i love them both..

Posted by jez at April 4, 2006 11:27 AM

well, they are the two best songs, but they're not the only good songs. I also like "Isis", "Monster Meter", and "Born a Dancer".

Posted by dan at April 4, 2006 12:57 PM

I have to disagree that they are the 2 best songs, the whole album rocks, don't forget Spinner, astroman, Samurai Robot, regular me, pink and gold...!! mmmm you can't go wrong with an album that makes you wanna dance!

Posted by alex at April 4, 2006 1:18 PM

The Daniel Johnston is brilliant. Brilliant, brilliant. It reminds me why music can move people.

Posted by Michael at April 4, 2006 6:12 PM

I highly recommend seeing the Hi Lo Trons live. One of Ottawa's best.

Posted by Jonathan at April 4, 2006 11:40 PM

There's a spike in the middle of that song, and I think you should have warned me about it.

Posted by Tuwa at April 5, 2006 11:29 AM

It's a good kind of ouch.

Posted by Red Ruin at April 6, 2006 3:03 PM

I was just wondering what the Hi Lo Trons' email is. The link on their website isn't working.

Posted by Bee at April 12, 2006 9:49 PM doesn't work? well, I apologize. I don't know why they make it so difficult to buy their music.

Posted by dan at April 13, 2006 10:15 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy this? Neither the band nor the management responds to emails and I really want to have the album.

Posted by Dylan Moreland at August 4, 2006 6:55 PM

To answer my own question:

Posted by Dylan Moreland at August 5, 2006 2:51 PM

Hi Lo Trons are Ottawa's best.

you can buy all their music now from or on itunes.

Posted by Alex Cairncross at October 26, 2006 12:22 AM

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