Jersey Shore Trash
by Dan
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Pink Mountaintops - "Single Life"

A car with tambourine wheels pulls jagged out from under the rising blue garage door. In it rides a rich-looking chauffeur and God's Forgotten Son. The rich-looking chauffeur takes his orders from no human in the world, instead he reads The Bible like a road map, bike lanes be damned. Meanwhile God's Forgotten Son sits shotgun and bounces his knees nervously, arms crossed and eyes ringed darkly, feathers from his coat whisking his pale pale face. The rich-looking chauffeur stops for a 2L Coke and a bag of neon green Doritos, and they're off. Barreling through the city like some kind of grimacing laser beam, they rumble out into the country to find a way OUT, you know? The rich-looking chauffeur finally stops, in not-quite-the-middle of a muddy field, gets out, wipes his hands and opens the trunk. He takes out a shovel and an umbrella and tosses them on the ground. As God's Forgotten Son gets to digging, and the chauffeur rides off, it begins to spit rain and the farmer in the distance has stepped onto his back porch. [Out of Print]

Aidan John Moffat - "Good Morning"

From Aidan John Moffat's (ex-Arab Strap) album of erotic poetry I Can Hear Your Heart. Yes, an entire album of erotic poetry-songs. It's kind of nice. There's a strong theme of adultery, but it's more taken for granted, like the way your beer comes with a coaster. But many of them are very evocative, and here I can feel the warm morning sun, the soft fabrics, the many senses of this story. Premium-grade mix cd material, if you're still, like me, pretending to be that age. [Preview Site (Adults Only!)]


Elsewhere: Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls has compiled an hour-long mix of holiday music from his, clearly immense, Christmas music collection. It's called A Rough Guide to Xmas and it's a joy, really. I hadn't heard a single thing from it before (and I thought I was into Christmas music!) and it took me on a ride from laughs to goosebumps to lovely lovely cloud-ish drifts. Christmas or no, it's a great listen.

Posted by Dan at December 14, 2007 1:58 AM

Holy shit.

Posted by Sarah at December 14, 2007 12:36 PM

last year parenthetical girls made an ep of christmas songs, and it's some of my favourite christmas music ever.

Posted by shane at December 14, 2007 3:22 PM

More Parenthetical Girls. Always. Forever. Even not their music. Not even their music?

Posted by Roger at December 15, 2007 4:28 AM

I just downloaded a whole lot of the Pink Mountiantops. They will accompany me while I mark fifty five grade ten civics papers. See you in the hot tub soon.

Posted by Joe at December 15, 2007 3:24 PM

Holy shit.

Posted by another sarah at December 16, 2007 7:16 AM

Vampire Weekend fixes me.

Posted by Ashton at December 23, 2007 7:29 PM

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