Mr. Pashino and Me
by Dan
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Andrew Bird - "Fiery Crash"

I have a fear of flying, that's a true thing about myself. I share this with some people I admire (Lars Von Trier, Aretha Franklin, Immanuel Kant (had planes existed, I guarantee it)) and, I'm sure, some people I don't. I won't guess as to whether Andrew Bird has that same fear, but his lazy vocals lifted to a call, and his urgent opening guitar and angular rhythm make me believe the song has that fear. That kind of shrugging, I'll do what I have to, it's only a 3-hour flight, kind of acceptance of reality that is at once the only mature thing, and the most passive-aggressive surrender. This song, with all its regularity and nerves pressed down like holding a patch of bedhead, and unbelievable superstition is what it feels like for me to get on a plane. [Buy old stuff]

Agent Simple - "Friday"

In taking a couple of ethics courses at school, I came across a certain trend called "simplified living" or something like that, that some of the students had described as their choice of lifestyle. Basically it seems to consist of the removal of all kinds of intense media from one's life. They don't listen to the radio, they don't own a television, or any books (libraries only), one pair of shoes, not more than one kind of dish and utensil, very few clothes, this kind of thing. Some of you readers may be more familiar and can fill in my gaps. But it's just occurring to me now that Agent Simple is some hulking, warped version of that same ideal. However, he seems to love intense media, and is exhausted by the constant barrage of having to talk to people. It would be tragic, if he weren't so damn contented about the whole thing, and he didn't write such chewy, glistening pop songs from his couch of isolation. [Buy]

Posted by Dan at January 25, 2007 1:13 PM

Just saying this b/c they did to everybody else, the "industry" is about to make you take the AB song down and replace it with "Heretics". I wish they realized the more people heard the whole record the more they would want to buy it.

Posted by anon at January 25, 2007 2:19 PM

It's songs like Fiery Crash which make me very thankful for this site. Is it from a forthcoming album?

Posted by Aaron at January 25, 2007 3:41 PM

Really great Andrew Bird addition. 'Friday' is also a cute little diddy, really enjoyed it.

Posted by Diego at January 25, 2007 5:35 PM

I love Andrew Bird and I love this song. But I don't think that I will be able to listen to it for a while as I crashed my car as it played yesterday.

Posted by Nicole at February 10, 2007 1:16 PM

Ha! Nicole, how odd. We both found this page, though I wasn't using hype-machine. Anyways, wonder if he was inspired by you telling him my 'van' story. I can't really make out the lyrics though, so I'm assuming that its not, but one can always imagine.

-Kevin, (Creighton)

Posted by Kevin at February 16, 2007 4:15 PM

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