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by Dan
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Flying - "Minors"

I feel like I've been living with this guy's voice for years now. I hear his voice in too-soft music at quiet parties, playing from roommates' rooms as I walk to the kitchen, in the earphones of friends who I ask to hear what they're listening to when they walk up to me in the street. But in a much different setting here. Now I'm excited. And he's joined by this completely psycho girl with a devil-grin and a jolting, flinging way of moving. She's pounding and throwing glitch all over the place, and then puts her fingers to her lips and plays the piano with her hair. She takes over the song, in the end, but it was her job. He's like the straight man, meant to be beat, but there's a right way and wrong way to be outshined, and he knows how to do it.

This album, Just-One-Second-Ago Broken Eggshell (yeesh) has a few great tracks on it. [Buy]

Tom Waits - "Bottom of the World"

See what I mean about Tom Waits? The moon is the colour of a coffee stain, he's eating Tilapia fischcakes and fried black swan, while dining with Scarface Ron. It's almost, in fact it is, quite hilarious how much Tom Waits is himself. And I wouldn't want it any other way. Although it's troubling that this is a perfect song to drink alone to. Looking from the bookshelf to the ceiling and back again, feeling the corduroy of the chair arms under your fingertips, trying to force tears out of your eye sockets, like so many fingers down your goddamn throat. [read the great little piece he wrote on Orphans]

Posted by Dan at September 21, 2006 2:09 AM

The Flying song is one of the best things I've heard these days. Thank you!

Posted by Orouni at September 21, 2006 10:56 AM

That Flying track is great.

Posted by Tuwa at September 21, 2006 4:26 PM

Bottom of the World is almost certainly Waits's strongest song in 20 years. I've probably listened to it over 100 times in the last week (this, in spite of a new job with awkward hours). I'm completely in love with it. Equal parts romantic and hopeless, it's beautiful from top to bottom. I love how the simple "And I dreamed all night about a beautiful girl" is the most gorgeous line here. Context is everything.

Posted by Paul at September 21, 2006 7:48 PM

That whole Flying album is great stuff. I really like "Falling Leaves" also.

Posted by Gina at September 21, 2006 10:55 PM

Good songs, good job.

Posted by Dave at October 1, 2006 2:38 AM

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