by Sean
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Suspended stairs

Lab Coast - "Really Realize". Two blurs meet on a beach. They take photographs of each-other. They go to the hotel bar, order gins and tonic. One blur looks at the other blur's hand, resting on the bar. The blur wonders what its hand would look like, blurred over the other. It hesitates, then goes for it. A blur straightens. A blur takes its hand away. A blur says, What? Later, they walk down a carpeted hallway. The blurs have been talking too much. One of them kicks off their shoes. The other blur hits the lights. In the darkness, there is the sound of the surf. The blurs kiss. Kisses blur. [website/buy]

Bambi's "Rain Song". A song stricken from the original soundtrack to Bambi. I am not kidding: this song was part of Bambi and then it was not, banished into archives and bonus-features. I do not know why it was excised. Perhaps Walt Disney was unnerved by the raindrops' tiny high voices, something hysterical in them, singing shrilly into the storm. Perhaps he was unsure of their message: I like falling / Have to keep falling / Have to keep falling. What is this about, anyway? What is the lesson? Is it about obligations, missions, destines? Is it about dharma? Is it about cheeriness in the midst of doom? Is this a ditty or a curse? [thanks so much, raphaelle a]


To help us through the end of January, I've made a new mix. Download it here (109mb). Track-list here. Features Clinic, James Blake, Freur, Arvo Pärt, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Les Mouches, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Julie Doiron & many more.

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Posted by Sean at January 13, 2011 1:40 PM

Woah, I'm really digging the Bambi track. Things about it resemble some common trends going on in music today. Great post.

Posted by ddd at January 14, 2011 1:41 AM

The Bambi track!

Posted by Orlando at January 14, 2011 11:54 AM

Gorgeous building - real? Still - probably horrible to occupy. All those 1970s concrete monsters (e.g. UMass arts building) look nice but function awful

Posted by Ben Sommer at January 15, 2011 7:12 PM

I think it's because 'little green pastures' sounds an awful lot like 'little green bastards'. Great song though.

Posted by Maggie at January 16, 2011 10:28 AM

Glad to hear an alternate version of movie songs that play often at home! The song does seem a bit morose, "keep on falling, got to keep on falling" could imply something else altogether. In the actual version, the effect of wind is sung by human voices, no autotune in the 50s!

Posted by Marskie at January 18, 2011 10:07 PM

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