It's Not All Bubble Gum, Sometimes It's Chewing Gum
by Dan
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La Bande à Benny - "Samedi Soir"

My friend David gave me this cd yesterday and this song's been on repeat. Seriously, I think my computer's broken. No, actually seriously, this song's great. It's a song about what to do, and what other people are doing, on a Saturday night. I believe they suggest reading comic books and listening to the "boys who make all the noise". They're clearly French, but their voices and tempo choices, for whatever reason, make me think they sound Japanese. That might be because there are other songs on the album like "Sexy Baby" and "Super Lady", which feel like oddly translated ideas, but I think are genuine. Daft Punk owes so much to these guys. [I'm not sure this record actually exists outside of David's house, but when he gets famous, he'll reissue it]

Calvin Johnson - "Angel Gone [Live]"

Let's take it down, and over, a few notches. Let me first say that this song is really important to me. I've had it for so long, but it's still great. It starts with 50 seconds of banter, in which he denies a few requests, saying "just listen to the record", but then gets into the broken, misstrummed, stuttering, version of a gorgeous tune that, combined with the noise of the traffic out some window or door, turns into this hypnotic elegy that just doesn't let go. This is an unmistakable voice. yeah. [His record label]

Fiery Furnaces - "Smelling Cigarettes"

Yes, cliche, I know. Let's get past that. And enjoy the constant marvel that is this band's lyrical and musical stylings. They can turn the embarrasingly ordinary (a billboard truck) into a smirking tool of cadence, and so effing cool. I get chills every time at "Is this your cat?" "Yeah, but sometimes it forgets." [Buy]


Elsewhere: GOLDKIXX is awesome. wow, it's good.

Posted by Dan at February 17, 2005 3:22 AM

I just listened to "Samedi Soir"...
Well, I'm ashamed of being french today !
Oh, and they don't actually suggest anything (they only say there's always something to do), which is too bad because reading comics is a bright idea !

Posted by Ségo at February 17, 2005 4:26 AM

oh dan, you gotta be from montreal, or joking, to think goldkicks is good. wait, aren't you a comedian? i get it!

Posted by seemore at February 17, 2005 8:05 PM

Just for the record, the problem with the Fiery Furnaces is not that they're cliched. It's that they're just not all that good.


Almost everyone from whom they borrow is good, though.

Posted by wcw at February 19, 2005 7:19 PM

People who apologise for their opinion are usually apologising for a reason.

Posted by Magnakai at February 22, 2005 5:07 PM

"Smelling Cigarettes"
If I hear it again, I'm just gonna pack up your eyes with sand.

Comment: over again. very funny,very true,get a grip life can be so unfair. Loved it.

Posted by maryanne simpson at February 27, 2005 11:46 AM

"Samedi Soir", wow. I. LOVE. THAT. SONG. Where do I get more?!?!

Posted by I'm Not Jake at March 3, 2005 1:54 AM

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