by Dan
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Rainer Maria - "I'll Keep It With Mine"

Back when Sean used to do this every day, he posted Nico's version of this song, and it like, soundtracked my summer. This is admittedly a poorer interpretation, but interesting. Where Nico delivers the lyrics showing the whites of her eyes, Caithlin De Marrais is looking at her shoes, hand outstretched, as she says "give it to me". She's standing on a rainy street in old shoes that she regrets buying because they hurt her feet, and with only a five-dollar bill and a doodle of "Il Duce" in her pocket. Where Nico is a steady, dipping walk, De Marrais is an all-night drive.


Destroyer - "European Oils"

So this is the second in a (hopefully) continuing series of visual accompaniments. The show was literally last night, so excuse the lack of cuts. Though the fuzziness and occasional bursts of synchronicity are completely deliberate (it's slowed down to 97% its original speed to get that).

The show was good, but only good. I just keep wanting him to embrace his performance style and put on crazy make-up and have a dance all ready. At least for one song. Maybe "An Actor's Revenge".

[Buy the best (at this point) album of the year]

Posted by Dan at March 27, 2006 4:44 AM

i like two things:

1. the way the first song is the colour of smoke.

2. the way your video is the colour of rubies.

Posted by Sean at March 27, 2006 4:32 PM

beautiful way to render the performace - just as personal as the show felt, between screams of WE LOVE YOU BEEJAAR!

i'm lovin these videos.

Posted by Chris at March 27, 2006 6:23 PM

Wait a second, Dan - that link isn't going to a page selling Fishscale!

Teasing, teasing...

Posted by Matthew at March 27, 2006 10:20 PM

rainer maria on dylan! gotta dig it

Posted by revolute at March 28, 2006 5:16 AM

I love the close-up part with the camera flashes.

Posted by Dusty at March 28, 2006 8:31 AM

parts of it look like the cover of 'loveless' come to life!

Posted by elliot at March 28, 2006 11:26 AM

i cannot watch the video
what software do i need?
i can only listen to the audio track
heeeeeeeeeelp me pleeeeeeease

Posted by zenterrorist at March 29, 2006 1:34 AM

Sean, Chris, Dusty, Elliot - thank you

zenterrorist - quicktime?

Posted by dan at March 29, 2006 2:38 AM

Wow, I love the video. The fuzziness and the way his face goes in and out of focus are awesome. This is a weird thing to say, but I think it looks like watching the concert via ultrasound. Or maybe I'm the one inside the womb, and its some kind of reverse ultrasound. Yep, that is as weird in written form as it was inside my head. Thoughts?

Posted by Karin S. at March 29, 2006 5:14 PM

amazingly poignant destroyer treatment, it feels like you were able to snatch something very rare and life-changing. leave it up for a bit, would ya?

Posted by zoot_aloors at March 31, 2006 8:11 AM

more videoooooooooooo

Posted by me at April 5, 2006 4:07 PM

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