Don't Ask Me To Speak F**ing English Again
by Dan
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[This is Dan, he, and others, might write guest posts when I cannot. He posted in the past. He is...white-skinned. - Jordan]

Fuck Me USA - "Tan Thigh" Yeah yeah yeah, I know what they sound like. But there's so much catchiness in this song, just forget about that other stuff for a second. In the first 6 seconds, it becomes like a bunch of cymbals running their fingers through your hair, with this moping bass. And then wakes up and turns into this dancy, strutting, cowbelly thing that is more welcome when you know it's coming. I don't really have a whole bunch to say about it, I just wanted to share it with you, so you can maybe listen to it on the way to/from the bus stop. [band site]

Modest Mouse - "Untitled [Live]" Live tracks suck. and this is no exception. But this sucks in such an awesome way, it's incredible. You have to really like Modest Mouse to enjoy this musically, but you don't need to be a fan of the band itself to appreciate the sheer talent they are demonstrating between the times of 4:26-4:45. Probably the best 21 seconds in jam-song history. Isaac Brock has just come off a lyrical stumble, he's making this crap up as he goes along, and you can tell he's getting tired. But he comes back at the song, a sucker for punishment (break my jaw, now!) I guess. And the drums begin to build "you said then / what you meant then / what you did then / what you wanna have sex...", they know something is coming, the guitar is getting louder " could not pull it off but you tried to...", even the feedback builds to the climax "you said well..!..I don't need..!.." and then Brock just lifts the song up to the sky, like he's lifting up a car or something, "I don't need to wear myself a bikini today!!"

Then the band does one more little verse, wrapping it up, they know it's not going to better than that. And it doesn't. [the good MM fansite - r.i.p.]

Posted by Dan at October 5, 2004 2:58 AM

There's a better recording of that song rotting on a hard-drive in Burnaby somewhere, I swear.

Posted by Jay Watts at October 5, 2004 5:17 AM

Where is that recording from anyway?

Posted by Joanna at October 6, 2004 8:02 PM

Jay - rotting? is that because I heard that FMUSA had broken up? that would be a shame.

Joanna - if you're talking about the FMUSA track, it's from their website. if you're talking about the MM track, it was recorded at a concert they gave in Victoria.

Posted by Dan! at October 6, 2004 8:24 PM

We broke up sometime ago - but just before that, we recorded 9 songs at the Hive (Radio Berlin, Pink Mountaintops, Frog Eyes & Destroyer worked there, too) in Vancouver that were to be released on Global Symphonic. I haven't even heard them outside of that couple of days we recorded...

Posted by Jay Watts III at October 7, 2004 2:38 PM

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