by Dan
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Duels - "What We Did Wrong"

Three images:
1. David Bowie hitting a row of tee-balls out of the park. One, two, three, four, five, six home runs, no outs.
2. Matthew Friedberger's piano, finally fixed, rushing downstream, him laughing from inside.
3. The Harlem Shakes, wrapped in a Beatles flag, jumping off a ten-storey building into a waiting hammock.

Duels are loud, without being compensatory, regular without being uninteresting. This should be a "hit". As in, it should hit you. [Buy]

Frog Eyes - "A Latex Ice Age"

On phoningitin, Carey Mercer describes this song as being, about his girlfriend, evocative of great happiness, that every time he hears it (hears himself playing it, I guess) he hears birds singing and sees sun shining. This is the first version of this song where I can relate to that. Every other version is so dark brown, so distant church-bell resonant, I never saw it as anything but another ominous dirge from the best producers of ominous dirges the world has ever known.

But now I see it.

It's a bedtime story, it's a grinning shrug, a giving up on all that doesn't matter. It's still a plodding march, but the kind you do at a wedding, or the way a baby slowly marches towards the light. [Buy The Golden River expanded re-issue]

posted in memory of the cancelled Frog Eyes show. next time, please come soon.

Posted by Dan at May 23, 2006 4:52 AM


This Saturday at the Friendship Cove, it appears.

Posted by Sam at May 23, 2006 2:24 PM

Ah, Duels, Duels, Duels...they're my favourite band after seeing them just over a year ago and What We Did Wrong was my favourite from the start. I've been dying to hear the new version and right now have it turned up to full volume. Thank you, you've made my day :)

Posted by Hannah at May 23, 2006 2:51 PM

Downloads don't appear to be working... :(

Posted by f at May 24, 2006 4:18 PM

so, where can I find that particular song? it seems its not on that animals single.

Posted by Anonymous at May 24, 2006 6:39 PM

Sam - nice. see you there.

Hannah - high five.

f - everything seems fine to me...

__ - sorry, you can pre-order the full album here. it's released next tuesday.

Posted by dan at May 24, 2006 10:40 PM

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