Civilization is Dying
by Dan
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Jordan told me to tell you he's getting a computer for his birthday (your tax dollars) which is Sunday. After that, he will be so diligent, you won't even know how to spell hiccough.

Danny Kaye & The Andrews Sisters - "Civilization (Bongo, Bongo..)"

Does loving this song make me a racist? Unfortunately yes. But if we all love the song, then racism ceases to exist. And with racism gone, who's to say what we can't achieve? Certainly not you. You're not going to tell me what to do.

What I like about this song is what I like about Bugs Bunny cartoons. The timely (and extremely dated) references it makes, to 'uncivilized pictures' the newsreel takes, and concern for the 'atom bomb' (not dated at all). Or maybe I'm rationalizing my love for kitsch. I really hope not. [Buy]

Weights and Measures - "A Most Efficient Method of Removing Pants"

Horrible title. Really good song. This band's song titles are very hit and miss. For example: "Yes As In Meaning No" = yea, "The Weekend Is For Making Babies" = nay. But that doesn't matter, it doesn't. When I saw them play (for absolutely no reason I was drawn to their 'break-up' show) I did not want to leave, but Jon and I had to. You know Jon, with the foursquare cap.

I didn't know this at the time, but drumming in this band is Jeremy Gara. If you haven't heard of him, this guy is responsible for the percussion in every band you've ever heard. [Buy]

Also, since .mac servers are acting up lately (for me), I'm using two different hosts for the music. To our regular guy, a huge thanks as always, and to this week's helper host, go play his video game.

Posted by Dan at November 12, 2004 3:28 AM

How are my tax dollars getting a computer for Jordan? Is he relatrd to a civil servant? Is there a music blogger help program run by the government?

Posted by Annette McKinnon at November 12, 2004 7:36 AM

weird...never thought i'd see my band's stuff on a blog but now that i have, its kinda nice :)

thanks for the kind words and fyi, jeremy is now the drummer for the Arcade addition he's played with Snailhouse, Kepler, Jim Bryson, Howe Gelb, Clark, Maritime....i'm sure i'm forgetting a half dozen other people he's played with too....

Posted by kevin/w&m at November 12, 2004 9:35 AM

oh yeah, if anyone is interested, our discography CD is now out on Escape Goat Records. go here:

songs from our CD and EP, plus four new unreleased songs.

Posted by kevin/w&m at November 12, 2004 9:37 AM

danny kaye is one of my favourite performers in the universe.

and at the only Weights and Measures show that I saw, this looming, grim, drunken pony-tailed goon dragged Kevin (i think) around the floor by the feet, saying nothing, while the jagernauth continued with his mathrocking groove.

Posted by Sean at November 12, 2004 3:15 PM

Annette - totally kidding

Kevin - You are wicked. Yeah, Jeremy playing in so many good bands was what I was trying to say in a strange way. Thanks so much for the information about the new release. I (and others, I'm sure) will definitely take advantage of that.

Posted by Dan! at November 12, 2004 3:53 PM

WHO can possibly find Danny anti-PC? Danny was gay, for God's sake, in case no one knew this, and god bless him!

I'm a big fan. :-) Thank you for this. I had a huge number of 78s from my father that had Danny Kaye and various other artists from that time but, unfortunately, I didn't keep them. :-(


Posted by Amber at November 13, 2004 12:36 AM

great songs today especially the weights and measures one.

and uh, happy birthday jordan! :)

Posted by anna at November 14, 2004 1:20 PM

I thought it mean that Jordan's birthday was brought to us by our tax dollars. Which is probably true, what with the socialized health care. Except for me not being from Canada and all.

Posted by Tuwa at November 14, 2004 1:51 PM

wow, totally festive color


it explodes like a firecracker

happy birthday j, salut!

and many returns to ya


Posted by rb at November 14, 2004 8:39 PM

ok, that was surreal, your page is now back to its normal pale blue color

it was scarlet a little while ago, really! and no, i haven't been drinking

ha ha ha!

Posted by rb at November 14, 2004 8:43 PM

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