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by Dan
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Arab Strap - "There Is No Ending"

If I were 16, I think I'd love this song, so this is dedicated to that possibility. And this is also dedicated to the possibility that you never get over someone, that they kill you with their words. And to the possibility that someone can depend on you, completely, so much so that you make them up, as in constitute them, and yourself. To the possibility that you deserve half the things you dream up.

I really don't like this guy's voice, but I love when he says "each weak knee." [Buy]

About - "Stack of Marshalls"

This song is a video game with only some squares and a circle in a box with one door. The squares are a beat that takes practice, the circle is a lovechild of Ben Gibbard and Data, and the door is a chorus that's as reliable as jeans. Once you get the hang of this song (you might think it's downloading improperly, but it's not) it's really pretty fun, you should go back and play it again. You'll be better at it.
[this is not available, but Free Sampler Album]

Posted by Dan at March 20, 2006 5:06 AM

The Arab Strap tune is great... I am always a sucker for a descending chord chorus, and this one has that in spades. I like Aiden's voice, but what strikes me about this one is the horn samples and other instrumentation you usually don't hear from them. It's almost like Arab Strap is becoming a real band, instead of two guys and their friends.

Posted by eliotvb at March 20, 2006 10:14 AM

I am sixteen, and I do love that Arab Strap song.

Now I'm a little sad that I can be pigeonholed that easily.

Posted by Angela at March 20, 2006 5:09 PM

don't be sad... i'm a good decade older and enjoyed said arab strap song. it is so different, that i'm going to seek out the record it was lifted from.
'the week never starts round here' is still the ultimate arab strap record for me though...

Posted by nat at March 20, 2006 6:26 PM

When I was 16 I would have *hated* that song. I would have changed the channel when the video came on. I would have called the college-radio DJ to tell him it sucked. It is just way too pop, and way too.. something. Whatever it was that made me immediately sell their first 7" when I bought it way back. Oh, if only I had been less decisiove how I would have had profit!

As a much (oh, crikey, much) older adult, I now love pop, but I still don't like this song all that much. Like you, I dislike Mr. Arab Strap's voice, and I while I do love descending-chord choruses, not this one.

John Cale and Stevie Wonder can pull this song structure off. Arab Strap can't, sorry.

Posted by wcw at March 20, 2006 8:56 PM

The other song kicks the first one's ass, for the record. I don't even like it all that much, but it's like mouthwash after you eat a rancid pistachio -- just clearing out the rotten nutmeat is gorgeous, whatever the alcohol and menthol pain.

Posted by wcw at March 20, 2006 8:59 PM

About is a Dutch guy who just started. He just released his CD which is called Bongo. Try to get Drink Niles Drink. The best number on his album!

Posted by Joost at March 21, 2006 6:51 AM

thanks for the arab strap, actually just wrote about one of their albums the other day. his voice makes those types of sounds. its good.

Posted by musicisart at March 22, 2006 12:11 AM

aidans voice is great.
get yer head out of ben gibbards ass.

Posted by daniel at March 22, 2006 9:08 AM

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