No Doiron Doiron Day
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


In honour of Julie Doiron's show in Montreal tonight, I have decided to have a Julie Doiron day, on which I will post songs related to, but not performed by, one of our city's finest singer/songwriters.


Okkervil River - "He Passes Number Thirty-Three"

"He Passes Number Thirty-Three" is taken from the split Julie Doiron/Okkervil River ep.

I know, this is Sean's band. But still, today is No Doiron Doiron Day, and there are only so many great songs that apply. So, we will share. Sean would want it that way.

Sheff is buoyed up by his love. Whatever she needs he will provide. This sort of altruistic optimism, though deeply foreign to me, is always tremendously satisfying in a lyric.

Also satisfying is the impressive competence and good taste (that most rare and essential of combinations) of the band. Thickenings and fleshings out keep propelling you to the inevitably rocky chorus. On banjos and bass new melodies emerge without warning. There are more good melodies in this song than in the entire work of Honus Wagner, who, admittedly, was a baseball player.

This is also the best song to sing along with in the history of all of the times. I encourage you all to try. The louder the better. [Buy]


Neil Haverty - "Seven"

This is a Julie Doiron song from her collaboration with the Wooden Stars. It was covered by Haverty for All Their Broken Hearts, the Doiron tribute album.

"Seven" unfolds easily, maintaining a warm, conversational tone throughout (does treble exist in your world, Haverty?). At first just guitars and voice. Then drops of keyboard. A vocal flourish. Shakers. Drums. Everything's up in the mix. There's the treble.

Haverty identifies Doiron's strong point as a songwriter, and emphasizes it. He breaks down what he has built up to highlight the lyrical centrepiece of the song:

Tell me you are lonely and I probably will believe you
Tell me you are lonely
Tell me you are lonely and I'll want to be with you.
Tell me you are lonely.

This is a standoff. She wants him to say that he is lonely. But she implies with the empty second halves of the second and fourth lines that she is lonely too (it would rhyme, see?). But if she can't say it, how can she expect him to say it.

Nicely done, Doiron. You too, Haverty. [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at October 1, 2004 12:13 AM

The link to the Okkervil River song seems to be a little bit broken.

Posted by Kevin at October 1, 2004 2:29 AM

Haverty vs. Haggerty???
much in common???

Posted by su at October 1, 2004 2:51 AM

Yup, the Okkervil River track link is broke. Just an FYI.

BTW: Jordan, you've been doing a great job thus far.

Posted by mr g at October 1, 2004 10:49 AM

I seem to have called Haverty "Haggerty" on a number of occasions. I will fix that. I'm also gonna try to fix the mp3 problem. Everyday, I seem to be getting worse at the technical side of things. I blame all of you. Why do you have such an insatiable appetite for good music?

Posted by Jordan at October 1, 2004 11:23 AM

what is the number 33 that he refers to?

Posted by Max at October 1, 2004 1:04 PM

That number is a positive integer between thirty two and thirty four. As you seem to already know, it is represented by two of the numeral '3' side-by-side. I think that in this case, it represents an age, but I'm going to listen again to make sure.

Posted by Jordan at October 1, 2004 3:33 PM

Also, the Okkervil River song is now up and running. Thank you to Dan Beirne for that small piece of computer magic. Apparently, I did none of the things necessary for making an mp3 work.

Posted by Jordan at October 1, 2004 4:52 PM

i've always interpreted the okkervil song this way:

it's sort of this glorious, slow burning love song until you get to the end when the lyrics reveal what's really going on. the object of affection, who this guy wants to provide for and protect, is just a girl he sees while he's walking to the grocery store (or something). he's so far inside his mind that he keeps falling in love with everyone he sees (ahem) but he is completely powerless to even speak to them, so this inner life (psychotic or not) is created. the number thirty-three is used because he doesn't know her name, and probably refers to her in relation to the amount of times this song has happened to him today.

Posted by cody at October 2, 2004 10:59 AM

Jordan, now YOU are making me jealous.
Why wasn't I in Montreal on Julie Doiron Day?

Posted by rodrigo at October 4, 2004 12:49 PM

Actually, Julie Doiron is no longer one of this city's finest singer/songwriters, as she's moved back to New Brunswick.

Posted by Vic at October 5, 2004 9:04 AM

I did not know that. Duly noted.

But doesn't she still belong to Montreal at least just a little bit?

Posted by Jordan at October 5, 2004 2:11 PM

Yaa, I agree with Cody.

Posted by Jim at October 8, 2004 9:45 AM

Thanks for putting up my track.
Random, but appreciated.

Posted by Neil at November 17, 2004 4:03 PM

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