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Frog Eyes - "New Tappy is Heard and Beheld"

I like, no love, Carey Mercer, but I don't understand him. His solo project, Blackout Beach, features mostly Frog Eyes-sounding stuff, but with less identifiable melodies. Which says to me if he had it his way, all his music would have less identifiable melodies. Which is unfortunately wrong. I chose this song specifically because it had one of the most attractive and climactic melodies on The Folded Palm. In the last thirty he becomes this great bird who is both mourning and heralding a beginning and a loss respectively (and respectfully). These songs create a whole world, and each album is a journey through that same world, over and over (every song is connected, and sounds similar). It took me a while to like what Frog Eyes does, but now I'm there, and it's a scary place, but it's so...cloudy..and marvelous. [Buy] [Buy Blackout Beach]

Dresden Dolls - "Bad Habit"

Valentinitis? No, that is dumb. This song, however, is a sprint through traffic, pushing mere peons out of the way, ripping through paper doors, all to get to a drawing (or a sculpture?) of whatever is holding you back, and just beating the snot out of it. With occasional throws to the camera to show how bad-ass you are. This album is old now, but I think didn't get enough credit*. Self-classifying one's music as 'Brechtian Punk Cabaret' is, I think, a mistake, when really all you're doing (in the same sense that 'all' they built was the Empire State Building) is getting teen angsty music absolutely spot on. [Buy]

the 'unrefined search' method of making playlists:
looking for this song, I searched 'bad ha', and came up with this delightful 19:42

Bad Habit - Dresden Dolls
Bad As They Seem - Hayden
The Bad Arts - Destroyer (from the album Streethawk: A Seduction)
Red Right Hand - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

*speaking of credit, thanks to Roger for this

Posted by Dan at February 15, 2005 6:29 PM

Funny, it was the description of the music as "Brechtian Punk Cabaret" that got me to check out the Dresden Dolls in the first place. -- MindyB

Posted by MindyB at February 15, 2005 7:38 PM

is that a frog eyes song or a blackout beach song?

Posted by john at February 15, 2005 8:17 PM

The Frog Eyes guy reminds me of Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) in a good mood.

Well, okay: a better mood.

Posted by 2fs at February 16, 2005 11:01 PM

That is a Frog Eyes song off The Folded Palm. Carey promises the new stuff will be a little more upbeat and perhaps even melodic.

Posted by Cory Brown at February 21, 2005 9:11 PM

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