Much Different Than The Walls I See Now
by Dan
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Micah P. Hinson - "The Leading Guy"

(I had Sean and Jordan over to my house yesterday. We played scrabble (Jordan won), we sat on a pink carpet by a fire, and listened to these two songs. I recorded our conversation, and here's a transcript of what we said)

Me: I chose this one because it just felt like the penultimate example of gramofolk.

Jordan: Penultimate?

Me: Yeah..

Jordan: So what's the ultimate?

Me: Oh. Did I misuse that?

Sean & Jordan: Yes.

Me: Oh, oops.

Sean: Is that the only reason you like it? Gramofolk was kind of a joke.

Me: No, it's like a really good Mars bar. 'Cause you're going along, and everything seems pretty normal, and then you realise you're listening to a really great song. It took a few listens before I got the narrative about letting go.

Jordan: You mean the chorus?

Me: Yeah, I guess. But it took a while to sink in. I can hear him missing someone. Everyone who's gone.

Jordan: Yeah, I'll agree with that. Is that Rochester I hear in the background?

Me: Rochester...from the Jack Benny Program?

Jordan: Yeah.

Me: I don't think so.

Jordan: I think it is.

Sean: No, no, no. There's no Rochester, there's no Mars bars, this is a story told by a Giant to his nieces and nephews, all giant children, about their father who was run out of town. The story goes that he turned evil, but the Giant gives a wink and a smile as he tells it, and you can hear the giant children clapping in the middle. There's hope for the worst of us.

Me: Hm.. Uh, yeah.

Jordan: An argument for this song's being good: 1) I think it's about Bob Dylan, 2) Every song about Bob Dylan is good, therefore 3) This song is good.

Me: Uh, I like the song, but can I contest premise 2?

Jordan: No. It's an axiom.



Kimya Dawson - "My Rollercoaster"

Me: Too precious?

Jordan: Possibly. I don't know if it's time for a medley.

Me: But I thought it was fitting--

Jordan: That since her singing style is that of a double-dutch rhyme, that her song structure begins to mimic that?

Me: Yeah. I find it endearing.

Sean: Yes, she's cute. She takes our hand and we jump into a mine cart that travels backwards through our high school top 40s and radiobuzz hummings. And she likes video games!

Me: Yeah, see? Sean agrees.

Jordan: Is it a novelty song? What else moves you?

Me: I think it's her love of fearlessness. When I think about her loving that in someone, I imagine that maybe she's kidding herself, and that everybody that loves me loves something that might not actually be there.

Sean: Her frenetic pinball synapses are like the ADD kid in elementary school before ADD was something diagnosed. Just hilarious, hyperactive, constant infatuation. One second drawing on the wall with marker, the next running down the hall after a friend who passes by.

(long pause)

Jordan: Okay. I still won, though.



it's also my sister's birthday. happy birthday, meg.

Posted by Dan at February 21, 2006 1:44 AM

Sean: Yes, she's cute. She takes our hand and we jump into a mine cart that travels backwards through our high school top 40s and radiobuzz hummings. And she likes video games!


Sean: Her frenetic pinball synapses are like the ADD kid in elementary school before ADD was something diagnosed. Just hilarious, hyperactive, constant infatuation. One second drawing on the wall with marker, the next running down the hall after a friend who passes by.


Love the blog, but I pray Sean doesn't talk like that in real life.

Posted by Robbie C. at February 21, 2006 1:55 AM

he doesn't. and i don't talk like this.

Posted by dan at February 21, 2006 2:50 AM

Hilarious! Great songs too!

Posted by Karin at February 21, 2006 5:08 AM

The above is both entirely true and utterly false.

(Wouldn't we be playing Danagrams, anyway?)

love the Micah track.

Posted by Sean at February 21, 2006 9:06 AM

Dan, you're hilarious. It's nice to be with Sean (and Jordan), even for a little while, isn't it? Is the pink carpet shag?

Posted by Sean's Mum at February 21, 2006 9:16 AM

that's fun !
love the micah hinson track, not so much the other one though ...

Posted by garrincha at February 21, 2006 12:28 PM

Kimya speaks with a warm honesty via crisp whispers in the mouth of a rose but.

Posted by swatt at February 21, 2006 12:48 PM

Thanks for the birthday songs Dan!

today's post reminds me of a film review column i used to read once upon a time... it's like a hug from an old friend who you haven't heard from in a long time, and then you get an email. 'man, great to hear from you! how ARE you?' :)

(this was similar to the familar warm emotion i was feeling when i listed to kimya flip through old songs like she was in a record store.)

Posted by meg at February 21, 2006 5:42 PM

Dan didn't misuse the pen- prefix. Well, he did, but not in the way y'all think he did. He just said "ultimate-ultimate" which is redundant, not wrong, but everyone says stuff like "the best of the best", he just said it fancy. Just so you can brag. :)

Posted by Ian at February 21, 2006 6:25 PM

Ian, penultimate means next-to-last.

"Diamonds and Rust" proves the truth of your point #2, Dan.

Posted by Anonymous at February 21, 2006 8:14 PM


Posted by Zaidie Ben at February 21, 2006 8:44 PM

Argh! this is sooo good! This is the first I've heard of Kimya Dawson and It's so so so good!! I love it and now I must search for more kimya dawson songs!! Thank yous!!! XX

Posted by Crabby at February 22, 2006 3:07 PM

The Kimya song does kind of sit on the line between adorable and annoying, but I do kind of like that I somehow buy "the life I love is making music with my friends" more from her than from Willie Nelson.

Posted by Mike K at February 23, 2006 12:07 PM

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