by Sean
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Rings - "Is He Handsome". When it's three in the morning and the street-light outside is filling your room; when there are rattles in the walls and the same three lines of conversation are circling round&round in your brain. When everything feels a little off, and also much too on. The noise inside your head is sharp, flat, as off-key as your flickery dreams. Isn't it time to go to work? Isn't it time to fall in love? Is this guy something lost, or something you need to realise you found?

The band-name "Rings" evokes the things you wear on your fingers, or the circles that diffuse from where a stone meets the water. But it can also be the present tense of the verb "to ring". This song rings. Insistently. [buy from Paw Tracks]

Tangerine Submarine - "The Life of a Porcelain Doll". Every morning you wash your face - you get up and wash your face and look at your own eyes in the mirror. Sometimes the mirror's steamed over and sometimes the day is sharp outside the window. Always your eyes, there, deep in their sockets, and never a day younger. You remember when you used to look at your own face and see a child, a teenager, a boyfriend, a married man. The same face, every day, even as you go to pieces. And it'll be the same face when you surface, shaken, and set those sharded memories aside. [MySpace]


yeasayer in montreal

Local yeasayers: Yeasayer is coming back to Montreal. One of StG's favouritest new bands appears at La Sala Rossa on February 10th, along with MGMT and Valleys. Tickets are $10 in advance or else, yes, in conjunction with Blue Skies Turn Black we've got two pairs to give away. For the chance to win entry, email me with the subject-line YEASAYER CONTEST, and tell me three things you say YEA to. Deadline is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 6.

Posted by Sean at January 31, 2008 2:24 PM

it's not three in the am. And the light is all but shut out, and mind mind is blank. So thank you a million times for posting these songs and helping hope of flickery dreams and lost & found love. (i mean to say - both these posts have made me feel lovely; ThankYou)

Posted by xHRISTOPHER VAUGHAN at January 31, 2008 7:19 PM

Man that Tangerine Submarine is killer. Thank you.

Posted by Ryan at January 31, 2008 8:29 PM

I love Sunrise. Got my tickets through for the London show on March 10th - it's gonna be good, very exciting!


Posted by Chalky at February 7, 2008 11:40 AM

Saw yeasayer in chicago a couple of days ago. Hadn't heard the whole record at that time and was blown away by the live show. Such energy and a complete mishmash of styles that it was a great show on a gutteral and intellectual level. Bought their record the next day to find that not much of their live energy made its way to the recording... am i the only one who feels this way???

Posted by ben at February 11, 2008 7:44 PM

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