Life With No Narrative
by Dan
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Thee Oh Sees - "I Was Denied"

I was denied the title of King of Mud Beach. I was 14 and I was a bully. Mud Beach was a crappy septic lake off a campground where I spent my summers in the "care" of my great uncle Hugh and his caterpillar colonies. I used to wake up with caterpillars on me. One time with one on each eye, I thought I was dead. I used to sit on the banks of Mud Beach with a sign that said "Wrestle the King" and I would challenge kids. Nobody would wrestle me. Ever. Until I pushed a kid down face down in the muddy banks and he chipped his tooth on a rock. His big brother came and found me an hour later and punched me so hard in the butt cheek that I couldn't walk for 8 days and couldn't sit down properly for the rest of the summer. [Buy from Midheaven]

Meursault - "One Day This'll All Be Fields"

This tugs at a loose thread in me. I must be careful not to listen to this too many times, for I fear something will unravel. [Buy from Song, By Toad Records]

(image from Robin Barber's story)

Posted by Dan at May 4, 2010 1:35 PM

"One Day This'll All Be Fields" tugs at me a little as well. Simply beautiful.

Posted by Adina at May 6, 2010 9:56 PM

this reminds me of lying down on a beach of sharp rocks in PEI. it's so beautiful, it kind of draws blood.

Posted by ifyou'reluckay at May 8, 2010 11:51 AM

Thanks for writing about the Meursault album - I wasn't sure if you were that into it to be honest, but I'm really glad you've found something to enjoy here.

Posted by Matthew at May 10, 2010 9:49 PM

Hi Matthew - just a note re yr comment... Said the Gramophone has three writers, and this wasn't by me!

Posted by Sean at May 10, 2010 11:27 PM

Hi Sean - yes I checked as soon as I saw the write-up, basically thinking 'hang on, this can't be Sean, this is the most bottom-of-a-well track on the whole album'!

Try it very, very loud and just a little drunk and it might appeal to you a little more. It's already done for one set of speakers in a our house.

Posted by Matthew at May 12, 2010 8:21 AM

I'm really digging that Meursault track, will be checking out more. Thanks

Posted by Luke at June 1, 2010 11:35 PM

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