I'm Not Going to Stay for Canada Day
by Dan
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Loxsly - "Virgin Isles"

A continuous loop. Though something is different every time. Like a crank slowly spins a word into place one at a time, they thunk into place and each one, with each one that comes up you keep thinking it's trying to make a sentence, like if you watch long enough, all these words will make sense, like it's all got some reason or design behind it, but it never does. Or rather, I've waited, and I can tell you, in fact I'm telling you, that it's never going to make sense, it's never going to make a thread it's like "great (ka-chunk) many (ka-chunk) people (ka-chunk) believe (ka-chunk) in (ka-chunk) the (ka-chunk) many (ka-chunk) great (ka-chunk) people (ka-chunk) believe (ka-chunk) for (ka-chunk) if (ka-chunk) enough (ka-chunk) of (ka-chunk) the (ka-chunk) population (ka-chunk) gives (ka-chunk) itself (ka-chunk) away (ka-chunk) then (ka-chunk) it's (ka-chunk) --" [Buy]


Love is All - "So Far Away (Dire Straits Cover)"

I was in line for the bus tonight in Ottawa, and there was a really boring couple in front of me. He had a on a grey sleeveless muscle shirt, with "Pepe Jeans" (I've never had to pronounce that) written in really old-style font, and she had an old white spaghetti-strap tank top on. Brush cut, and bad old faded blond dye job ponytail. And I wouldn't have noticed them at all, except that they had this really touching good-bye, it made me immediately wish I could take back all the bitchy thoughts I had about them. It was all without words, they didn't speak the whole time we were in line, he just started staring at her and his face got all red. He pressed his forehead against hers and she closed her eyes. She let him step forward and give over his ticket, but she just stood at the window, stock still, staring, really damn hard, like the way a victim might stare at their assailant in a courtroom, at him as he got on the bus. And in her too-small flip flops and ankle charms she marched away out the doors and left, and me and Pepe Jeans went to Montreal together. All I could think was, "Baby, I'm not going to stay for Canada Day."

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I posted Chet last week, and I got this lovely comment from Camille: "this sounds like Carey Mercer with his feet planted in fresh cream". And although I'm not sure totally on the connection, I got the Chet CD at the Frog Eyes show the week before. Which is a nice segue, retroactively, to talk about the current Frog Eyes tour. I saw them with Shearwater (meh) at Lambi (big meh) and they were, typically, bestial. Despite bad sound (see Lambi) and an extremely douche-y group of fans in the front row, they lit up completely, as in immolated, that room. Carey Mercer does this thing where he steps away from the mic and howls at the ceiling, a cappella, for long stretches of time, and you feel like you're being sung to personally, and it becomes self-conscious, yet completely hair-raising and primal, and then he'll suddenly, unexpectedly fall, kind of topple, headlong into huge guitars and drums which become louder still with this new textured focus. It's quite an experience. There's one show left on the tour. Citizens of Victoria, I know I'm preaching to the choir, but go.


Women contest: Thanks for all your submissions, all of you. But a quick contest has a quick winner; it's Bethan.

"women are what you get when you water girls and feed them with a good mixed mulch of cosmopolitan magazine and trouser suits."

second place goes to Harrison, and honorable mentions to Nina, Stephen, Kate. But there's only a prize for first place, sorry team. and remember, any time you want to leave sentences as beautiful as these in the comments, you don't need a contest to do so! smile

Posted by Dan at July 1, 2008 3:23 AM

"an extremely douche-y group of fans in the front row" = victoria ex-pats.

that's just the way it is.

Posted by davidb at July 1, 2008 11:53 AM

man, I think I speak for myself (and maybe a few other guys) when I say that this is probably the best place on the internet to find baffling, but completely fitting metaphors.

Posted by Bethan at July 2, 2008 4:26 AM

The guy who does Chet is the other guitar player in Frog Eyes. When I saw Frog Eyes in Phoenix, Chet opened, although it was not a band like I expected, it was just the one guy playing guitar and singing.

Posted by Eric at July 4, 2008 2:44 PM

Yes, Chet is Ryan Beattie, his brother and a number of other friends. Ryan, as Eric pointed out, is the guitar player for Frog Eyes, joining just in time for the first shows after Tears of the Valedictorian was released.

We haven't announced it officially, but they did play our SXSW showcase this year, so the cat's been peeking out of the bag. Absolutely Kosher has signed Chet. We'll be releasing their new album in early 2009 and reissuing their last two (there's actually one more before them as well), Fight Against Darkness (which has "By Night Into Paradise" posted by Dan) and the equally sublime Kauai. I'd say there are definitely things in common with Frog Eyes, but a much more digestible approach for many, incorporating smoother sounds like crooners and Hawaiian music into the mix. Ryan's voice is just strange and pretty and that's the way I like it. Thanks!

Posted by Cory at July 5, 2008 1:58 PM

more word contests, please!

Posted by t at July 7, 2008 12:51 AM

thanks, Cory! thanks, Eric!

and t, we'll get to work on it :)

Posted by dan at July 7, 2008 1:23 AM

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