by Dan
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Sleigh Bells - "Crush"

Frank, 9, plays a candy game. They don't even call them video games anymore. He drives at blinding speeds, through tunnels and colours like drug trips. He dates three girls, two of whom aren't human, but anthropomorphic animals in onesies. He designs advertisements, for skateboards and fast food, and pays for his fake apartment with the cheques. He spraypaints at night (tag the tower!) and steals from the rich, sneaks through their windows and leaves the sun stains where the paintings used to be. He rips up sidewalks, he overturns cars, he is courageous, penetrant, spectacular. He rescues innocent hostages, from tied up attics and shipping containers, while getting texts from his best girl, a koala with tiny hands and a bowie knife. Frank has his first erection when playing the game, he gets a text: "I want to see you tonight." And he takes off, travelling the wifi cloud and boosted by the cell phone signal, into the polluted night sky, stained perpetually a deep beautiful dark blue.

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PS I Love You - "Starfield (CJLO session)"

May jogs. Breath cloud, cold wet nose like a dog. Jog the day through the shoes, pat it all out with footfalls. This winter like a 6-month Fall. The organ of the brain, behind the eyes, shakes like a white-knobbed sketching toy, emptied by the rhythm, grey slate resting state. May jogs. May works her job. May only rest, 1 or 0, only what happens is the set of things that happen. Puff. Puff. Puff.

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(photo, of a bathroom stall in Bristol, by Lesley Stoch)

Posted by Dan at February 24, 2012 2:45 PM

Posted by aprilcomeshewill at February 24, 2012 8:54 PM

Hey! This comment doesn't relate specifically to this post, great songs nonetheless, but I wanted to just thank you.

You all have had such solid recommendations over the years, and I suspect most of my favorite finds have come from reading your blog. So thank you. I appreciate what you do.

Posted by Claudia at February 24, 2012 11:22 PM

Sleigh Bells - "Crush"

Thanks for the song and story. =)

Posted by blahdeedah at February 28, 2012 11:04 AM

well, actually, while i appreciate STG's musical selection, i tend to disregard them and visit the site to read yer short stories more than anything else. i should probably pay more attention to the music though.. anyhoodle..

Posted by aprilcomeshewill at March 16, 2012 4:23 PM

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