Monica's Up to Bat
by Monica
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[Ed. - Monica is a kind and lovely friend who lives in Montreal. Her cat is called Dartburo.]

In attempting to write something heartfelt and filled with gratitude for today's post, i ran out of time and decided not to even try to measure up to sean's eloquent and beautifully descriptive posts. [Ed. - Don't thank me, lady! You're the one who's doing the favour. As this posts, I'm doubtless lounging about the Laurentians, reading Oscar and Lucinda.]

So here are the three big choices for my 15 minutes of fame:

Pinback - "Syracuse". In general, I have found that Pinback has been somewhat of a hit-and-miss band for me, and Sean has made it known that he is not a fan of their as of yet unreleased album, Blameless in Abandon. This song, I feel, is the most danceable of the dance tunes on the album and can and should be listened to only while dancing.

Corwin Fox - "Stone in your Shoe". Corwin Fox is the older brother of an old highschool friend of mine whose name happens to be Terry Fox (no relation to everyone's hero). [Ed. - non Canadians see here] The simplicity of the chorus initially turned me off, but listening to the rest of the words, i began to feel the intricacy and delicacy of this sad love song (my favourite kind). "Feeling alone is like having a stone in your shoe"; ain't that the truth. [buy]

Unknown - "Unknown". This lovely song came to me through a mix which unfortunately contained no track listing, and the maker having forgotten most of the band/song names he used. I have been working over many months to find the singer, who I think sounds a bit like Smog, but Sean assures me it is not. So please, if you know the maker of this, one of my favourite songs, please post the answer, and you will win the grand prize of [insert Grand prize here] and fame like you have never imagined. Enjoy.

Posted by Monica at August 23, 2004 12:30 AM

Unknown song on 8/23 by Monica:
thanks to some Googling:
seems to be:
I of Mine
Papa M
Track 3
on EP "Papa M Sings"
US EPCD Sea-Note Records SN8

Posted by Theo at August 23, 2004 4:19 AM

Monica, I sent an e-mail to Sean, but here is a copy of that message.

Regarding the song you list as "unknown" from a mix . . . I found it for you. Its called "I of Mine." Its by Papa M, from the album "Papa M Sings" which was released in 2001. Here is a link to Papa M's website

If you can't figure out a song's origin, try this: a Google search with quotation marks around some of the lyrics. Google will search out that exact phrase, in this case "this home where there is no suffering." Works like a charm. Hell you probably know that already but we all have blind spots ;-)

As a further bonus, it appears that the album is still in print and can be bought through his website. I may be rubbing it in a bit, but I found the song in less than 90 seconds!

As far as a reward goes, I'll just buy a copy of the album myself and be happy you turned me onto our friend Papa M.
Tim Deters

Posted by Tim Deters at August 23, 2004 4:39 AM

damn, beat out by Theo.

Posted by Tim Deters at August 23, 2004 4:40 AM

That Papa M song is cool. Reminds me of Leonard Cohen in parts, esp. his work for "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," except the song develops and goes somewhere. :-) (And I *like* Cohen's work on the soundtrack).

Posted by Tuwa at August 23, 2004 5:14 AM

Woah guys, thank so much for the info, I can now rest easy. And the 'grand prize' thing was metaphorical- but you all knew that, right? Thanks again.

Posted by Monica at August 23, 2004 9:01 AM

Just to be an annoying one of those guys... I'm 99% certain that the new Pinback album is called "Summer in Abaddon", not "Blameless in Abandon". I've been a longtime Pinback/Heavy Vegetable/Three Mile Pilot fan but Pinback's most recent EP was boring and the new album is more of the same, sadly. There's a few decent songs but overall it's just dull.

Posted by nhennies at August 23, 2004 5:17 PM

yer a big Pinback fan? Yeah, they're all right. I'm a big Nickelback fan.

Posted by Butta Fuoco at August 24, 2004 10:01 AM

Weeeell, hell's bells! Whoever you got those hep tunes off of sure as darn must be hep! Hep-C that is! (Was that joke off-color, or do I just have Hep-C? No, but really, I have nothing against those with Hep-C, but do they really have to die horrible deaths like that and all? My mother died of Hep-C. I like music. You have good taste and pigtails sometimes.)

Posted by McBwick at August 25, 2004 12:30 AM

I'm a big Pennyback fan and I love Blame It On Summer.
Actually, the new Pinback, Summer In Abaddon, is initially a snoozer but things got interesting after a few listens. I haven't listened to it in a few weeks so it hasn't gotten as interesting as I find their previous stuff. So yeah, maybe it is a snoozer.

Posted by Michael at August 25, 2004 7:56 PM

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