by Sean
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Gooblar - "Uh Oh". Okay this is a lovers' fight. One long table, a man standing on one side and a woman on the other. The man turns and says something sharp. He puts a pumpkin on the table. The woman responds with another sharp word. She sets down a large potato. He turns away and picks up a lump of red cheese. He puts it on the table. He says something. She gets a slab of steak. She says something back. A trout. A watermelon. Tofu. Upside-down cake. And so they back and forth, voices rising, angry with one-another, setting down raw groceries till there's a huge pile there on the table. Flotsam between them, in every colour and shape, glistening. If the scene had a soundtrack (which, oh look! it does!), it would be a messy soundtrack: guitars giving uneasy snarls, voices scratching and mixing up. A rising confusion that the man and the woman don't know how they created, it was just suddenly there, and they're holding knives, and the only thing to do is to start cutting through things.


Josephine Foster - "Der Konig in Thule". This is the first song I've ever posted that was composed by Schubert. Also the first that was written by Goethe. Not the first sung by Josephine Foster, however, nor the first in German. So it's a song of firsts and also not of firsts. It's a song not nearly as strange as it thinks it is, whose eccentricity could curl happily at my feet. Foster's operatic vocals are paired with furry, fuzzy guitars, like the theatrical tiptoe of a particularly large monster - inching his way forward to the vanity mirror where he can try on Foster's makeup.

It's a song about a celebration, and wine, and death. And also about silly, silly kings, with too much gold in their robes. It's the clumsiest and most beautiful thing I've heard this week. And I think it probably wears beetles in its hair.

[buy her new album of German song]


The Knife/Trentemoller remix, at Fluxblog, is probably the best remix (of anything) I've heard yet this year.

Posted by Sean at May 13, 2006 3:00 AM

I put the Josephine Foster track on at work.
Made a refreshing change, some people even noticed it was in German - fast as lighning at our place. Ta.

Posted by Ant at May 12, 2006 10:03 AM

Thanks for the wonderful post, Sean, and the vivid scene! Picking up from your images, I now see sharp, stinging, sour citrus fruit, lots of grapefruits and lemons.

Posted by gooblar at May 12, 2006 1:39 PM

i would argue and say that the trentemoller remix of royksopp's what else is there is the best remix i've heard this year...

and i really like goober, thanks for the intro

Posted by becca at May 14, 2006 3:22 AM

"The Knife/Trentemoller remix, at Fluxblog, is probably the best remix (of anything) I've heard yet this year."

I totally agree !!!

Posted by daO at June 11, 2006 12:56 AM

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