by Sean
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Jolie Holland - "Mexico City". The "free" song from Jolie Holland's The Living & the Dead and it's splendid, golden, with enough swells of feeling to swell your heart even on a sullen, sodden, storm-soaked day. M Ward is on guitar but I'm not complaining - anything that gives Jolie Holland the chance to sing, to sing, not to sing along but just to sing. Her voice still full of briar. [info]

Frenemy - "I Know, Fuck Damnit". You gotta cut down trees to build a house. Wait - no. You could mine stone and make bricks. Or um make walls out of plastic using the process-for-making-plastic. And let's not even start on coral. But to make a house you need to build. You need to work & do. You don't build a house by dreaming. You don't dwell in your imagination. Lift that rock, heave that brick, hear the song of the hammerhead against the nail. [MySpace]

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Posted by Sean at August 26, 2008 11:10 AM

Did you see this (2nd and 3rd questions) ?

Posted by garrincha at August 26, 2008 1:09 PM

I did! Howard actually wrote me with regard to Carl Spidla. We are flattered and amused. Next stop: Said the Gramophone superdelegates!

Posted by sean at August 26, 2008 2:33 PM

More information on Frenemy please...some Oxes connection/offshoot it seems but listed as Frenemies in Amazon so maybe its a solo gig now

Posted by baluba at August 26, 2008 3:05 PM

MySpace info for Frenemy added!

Contact them via email at enemy.fr@gmail.com.

Posted by Sean at August 27, 2008 12:07 AM

Your photo source?

Posted by bryce at August 27, 2008 10:19 AM

whoa, well spotted, bryce. thank you.

Posted by sean at August 27, 2008 10:37 AM

This is a cool song but your blog posts are SO esoteric ! Build a house? Huh? Coral?

Posted by Skip at August 27, 2008 11:01 AM

Have you ever complained about M. Ward's playing on a record Sean?

Posted by austin at August 28, 2008 12:08 AM

hey skip, give my post another shot and see how you feel.

austin - maybe not, but only bc of lack of opportunity. i think the guy is a bit of a hack.

Posted by sean at August 28, 2008 12:58 AM

A hack!? Holy moly; the audacity! But for serious, Matt's got his finger on all that is Americana and makes beautiful music. What's your beef? Don't like his rubbing elbows with bands that don't make the cut or what?

Posted by austin at August 28, 2008 3:03 AM

hehe - it is what is

(turns up Frenemy)

- Skip

Posted by Skip at August 28, 2008 9:37 AM

man freakin' loving Frenemy I wish I could get a hold more of their stuff.

Posted by glock at September 7, 2008 6:27 PM

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