monday hurry
by Sean
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in the midst of a whirlwind trip to montreal; will have to make this quick.

Gareth Auden-Hole - "Angelina". A beautiful song from this Ottawa-Toronto songwriter, who has yet to release his first record. He sings like a lugubrious Danny Michel; his jaunty guitar plays wonderfully against the slow sighing pulse of the song. Guitars crack and stream, like too many sunbeams through a window. I love the happysad of the song, the way two futures coexist - 'It's over this time.' and 'Does it have to be?"

The Avett Brothers - "At the Beach". A melody too catchy for its own good, an energy to carefree-frantic for a holiday. Loose and jumbly guitars, whistle solos, a punk-pop enthusiasm mixed into a barrel of bluegrass. Like that White Hassle song, only more dirt roads in place of pavement. "We're dancin' / dancin' / dancin' with no music." Clem Snide having fun, Okkervil River after a handful of funnypills. [Thank-you, Brad!]


The Arcade Fire's Funeral scores a 9.7 from Pitchfork. This is good news. Unfortunately, Dan and Monica's internet seems unable to resolve the URL, and I have yet to see the review.

Posted by Sean at September 13, 2004 12:50 PM

the Avett brothers sing is such good pop.

thanks !

Posted by devin at September 13, 2004 3:41 PM

RE: the Pfork review--Well, the writing is new levels of gastly, but they do love the album.

Posted by ll at September 13, 2004 8:38 PM

re Pfork - I'm certainly no one's treading water in MY ambivalence; that would be painful. And please, everyone: if you find yourself exuding an empowering positivity, please bandage it properly to prevent further infection and contagion. That is all - goodnight. (I really like the tracks Sean posted & linked to, by the way - if I had money I'd pick up the CD...)

Posted by 2fs at September 13, 2004 11:59 PM

The Seth and Scott Avett are good friends of mine and that song is good but not a great representation of them...Check out the website for tour dates and stuff. Their live show is what moves me.


Posted by Jeremy Davis at September 21, 2004 10:04 AM

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Silent Shout
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