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Architecture in Helsinki - "The Cemetary"

Not former champions of the Howard Scripps National Spelling Bee, Architecture in Helsinki includes somewhere in the range of six hundred different singers (among them: Robert Smith, "Boris" Picket, The Bangles, The Cincinnati Bengals, and Leibniz (Ha Ha)).

One hundred tiny songs threaded on a streamer. [Buy]


Kate and Anna McGarrigle - "La Vache Qui Pleure"

These two voices are familiar playmates. They were, after all, born and raised together. Individually, they each mean something different (one is the earth, the other the sky), and together, when they harmonize, they are, well,

Keep this in mind:

You graze. You chew cud. You're prone to disease. You're feeble-minded. You follow the Socratic ideal, and as such, refuse to engage in escapist thinking - facts are facts, and you know that you are likely to encounter a wide range of unpleasantness in your short life (utter prodding and slaughter, to name just two examples).

Sometimes it's very sad being a cow. [Buy]


Hello everyone. Whatcha knowin'?

Posted by Jordan at July 5, 2005 7:00 AM

La Vache Qui Rie is a silly brand of cheese I was telling a friend about earlie. It means the laughing cow. This song is about the other kind of cow, one that cries. Or perhaps the other side of that same laughing cow. I hear it. It's not that the cow is sobbing... it's just ... not ridiculously happy. It's got demands that need to be met.

Posted by Ryan at July 5, 2005 9:06 AM

boy, lovin' the mcgarrigles. and to think how much i used to hate their tape when my mum (lovingly) put it on.

there's increasing Architecture in Helsinki hype in the UK, as their tour looms. i'm still not feeling it, though - too much quirk, not enough pow. You write the truth, however.

Posted by Sean at July 5, 2005 4:12 PM

For all intensive purposes, did you spell "udder" wrong?

Posted by Sean at July 9, 2005 8:33 AM

I will not change it, allowing for the possibility that it was a week pun.

Posted by Jordan at July 10, 2005 10:30 PM

good comeback.

Posted by damama at July 13, 2005 11:56 AM

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