I Don't Understand Each Word In Your Sentence
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The only kind of band I like is the kind that's American and sings in French. That's the way I was raised. Anyway, I never liked a band until the other night when I first heard Listing Ship on the advice of the enigmatic B Castanon. Today I will share their music with you, the readers of StG. Before I do that, however, I will continue to run late until I catch up (or will I? (c.f. Zeno's Paradox)), at which point the sun will set everywhere in the world simultaneously and my post will appear.

Posted by Jordan at September 30, 2005 11:57 AM

For some reason, I find the first line of this post to be the most charming thing I've read all week.

Posted by Aarika at September 30, 2005 12:25 PM

does that mean you like pink martini?

Posted by ed at September 30, 2005 2:47 PM

it may be a necessary but not sufficient condition for liking a band...

Posted by alex at September 30, 2005 3:09 PM

I seem to remember the band mentioning that they were Canadian at their show in L.A. this spring. Sorry to burst your bubble Jordan.

Posted by Joey Hurst at September 30, 2005 7:27 PM

Love this blog by the way. It's amazing how you guys make the music come alive with just a paragraph or two of commentary.

Posted by Joey Hurst at September 30, 2005 7:29 PM

les sans coulette


the recordings don't do them justice.

Posted by mike w at October 1, 2005 6:18 AM

I'm a big les sans culottes fan as well.

Posted by thespondee at October 1, 2005 11:29 AM

re: the first sentence

la laque http://www.lalaque.com/musique.html

Posted by dan at October 1, 2005 12:28 PM

Jordo, you must listen to the Balfa Brothers. They are a swinging good time en francais, courtesy of the Bayou.

Posted by Nomo at October 1, 2005 2:41 PM

keep the good work coming! ive been addicted 2 reading since i found it!

Posted by Brian at October 1, 2005 9:39 PM

Dan, I'm pretty into the la laque scene, as presented in their Histoire. Farbus, you be startin' somethin'.

Posted by Joel Taylor at October 5, 2005 10:09 AM

hi there, this is heather from listing ship...thanks for writing about us in your zine!!!!.... but, we ARE american, to clear up any misunderstandings...from lost angeles. but, dammit, we love french!!!! can't get away from it... also, i am really into les sans culottes. xoxox heather/ listing ship

Posted by heather at October 6, 2005 6:33 PM

Aarika, Mike, Thespian (you don't mind if I call you Thespian, do you?), Brian - Thanks.

Ed - Alex has explained everything so that I don't have to.

Joey - Thanks, but why must you lie to me about those things closest to my heart?

Heather - Glad you're American. Have fun with the Eels en Suisse.

Joel - Don't.

Nomo - Are you Hideo Nomo of the NY Yankees or are you Dr. Nomo of my very own family? Please specify next time.

Posted by Jordan at October 6, 2005 9:24 PM

haha... @ this point i kinda wish i were canadian....

but, am doing all i can civically to preserve that kernel in my heart that is NOT shame...

Posted by heather at November 11, 2005 1:13 PM

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