Gone Are The Serious Situations
by Dan
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The Archivist - "Signs & Symbols"

For pretending that these warm fall days are something they're not, for wasting the busiest times of the days, for regulating your intake of anything more than megaphony vocals and altocumulus guitar, this song is perfect. And it fades, if you'll forgive, like all things. [MySpace]

Björn Benny Agnetha & Frida (ABBA) - "Ring Ring"

Biking while listening to music is dangerous. I was listening to this the other night, and a car pulled slowly up beside me as we headed to a red light. This girl in the front seat was looking at me, so I gave a nod, and this was a terrible idea. I could see everyone in the car getting very agitated, the driver trying to see me, the rest pointing and yelling. This must have been some thug's best girl. I ran the red, and they followed me through. I turned the wrong way up a one-way, and still they followed. Then I turned down an alley, and they got out and chased me. It was a dead end. I was left facing 4 of them. I got my giant chain lock out of my back basket and spun it around my head. As they drew closer, their blond hair and perfect complexion looking mean and heaving, I realised: they were Swedes. They disarmed me almost immediately and I was beaten savagely, my bike helmet being used to harm me instead of protect me. My earphones managed to stay in the whole time, though, so this was all I could hear. [Buy]


Also: these are the Facebook Events assigned to the Gramophone Bleating Heart Shows, so rsvp if you're going to go.

Wednesday Oct. 3 - Julie Doiron, Christine Fellows, Ola Podrida & Lily Frost
Friday Oct. 5 - Grizzly Bear, Plants and Animals, Yeasayer
Sunday Oct. 7 - Clues, Elfin Saddle, Casey Dienel, Horse Feathers

Posted by Dan at September 25, 2007 1:40 PM

are you fucking joking me?? thats an intense story.
glad you made it out alive, my friend.

Posted by caleb at September 25, 2007 3:35 PM

yes, i was joking. I didn't get jumped by ABBA while listening to ABBA.

Posted by dan at September 25, 2007 7:38 PM


Posted by Moka at September 25, 2007 9:45 PM

You should film this event with actors.

Posted by Susanna at September 26, 2007 1:22 AM

lying bastard.


Posted by caleb at September 26, 2007 8:16 PM

RSVP yes!
Are there advance tickets?

(i might be dense but i don't think the clues mp3 link on the bleatinghearts page works.)

Posted by julia at September 26, 2007 9:18 PM

"..they disarmed me almost immediately and I was beaten savagely, my bike helmet being used to harm me instead of protect me."

hahahahahahhahahaha. that'll teach you to wear a helmet. i bet it was white.

Posted by alex at September 26, 2007 11:42 PM

Weird, wild stuff. Hey dan. I've got at least two other versions of this song (the ABBA) to play you, if you're so inclined. Basically one has a...wild? saxophone line on top of the basic track, and the other's in Swedish. So, y'know. Yeah. Anyways, Ring Ring has never made me think of being chased down and attacked by anyone (like Mr. Eddy in Lost Highway), but least of all by Abba while I was listening to Abba. Deranged psychotic phantasy there, Jones. Deranged psychotic phantasy. Anyway, I was impressed, and for what it's worth, you made a believer out of me.

Posted by Joel Taylor at September 27, 2007 5:49 AM

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