Falsetto Grinds to Growl
by Dan
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Wild Beasts - "She Purred While I Grrred"

These two, newly married children, practically, stared each other down as they made their way down dirt roads, winding roads. An unlikely pair, absolutely. Like a fox and a swan, a mailman and a guard dog, apples and ketchup, nothing about them matched. Their stares met in the air between their eyes, met and flatly stopped. Regular just-got-married music played bubbly out of the stereo, but louder still was the gritting of their respective teeth, a mixture of hatred, stress, sexual withdrawal symptoms, and the kind of regret specific usually to ordering a bad meal at a restaurant. But for the rest of your life. They hurtled and rocked over swaying hilly roads towards their new home. A marital spaceship, their lives now scheduled to be spent in space, researching alien rock deposits and charting planetary formations of orbital bodies. Moons and asteroidal debris, real boring stuff. Together. Alone. Eternity. The sex and whatever opera CDs they had being the only thing to make it at all worthwhile. [Buy from Domino uk]

King Khan and The Shrines - "Land of the Freak"

In this montage sequence, we'll show our hero campaigning and winning the election. He'll be putting up posters, going to meet all sorts of clubs and organizations, shaking hands, posing for pictures, making speeches, phone calls, public statements. All while casting an eye to the object of his affection, who insists on taking no notice whatsoever. [Buy]


and like someone stealing the place you were going to play in scrabble, see Wild Beasts' "Devil's Crayon" at Fluxblog. Matthew, however, has been championing Wild Beasts since 2006.

Posted by Dan at June 19, 2008 3:30 PM

I've been meaning to say something to you, Dan. I've been meaning to say something for a long time, but most recently since your post on The Grates: your writing makes these songs worth hearing. Really.
I also did a writeup on "Land Of The Freak" involving audio/visual geeks and multimeters. I'm glad to see King Khan getting blog love. Cheers from Florida.

Posted by rahawa at June 20, 2008 1:17 AM

king khan. nice.

Posted by blackdominoes at June 23, 2008 7:42 PM

10 pounds for this at domino beats the $33 sticker price I saw at amazon when I last checked, but for chrissake, why do albums from no-name bands often cost so much? Maybe I'll just buy Viva la Vida instead for $8.99...

Posted by JB at August 24, 2008 1:49 AM

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