Not All French Comedy is Funny Costumes, But Most Of It Is
by Dan
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I saw two people, one on the way to work, one on the way home, doing the same crossword. Both with the same wrong answer to "Auld Lang ____". They had put "Sine". I guess they have a point; up with math, down with regret. also, they (a different "they") evacuated the subway today. everyone nerves and smiles.

Spitfires & Mayflowers - "Pirates"

Woah. Party.

I missed seeing this band open for The Barmitzvah Bros, instead I went to Joke Club (holy crap, go, it's good). But I wish I had seen them, if only for this song. I get the sense that they're so unprepared. It's like they can't see the next part of the song around the corner. They're grinning, unsure the whole time, like walking hand in hand through thick fog, you can only see the other hand. Exciting! Fuck the Zipper, S & M to 10!

And there's a great addendum at the end, falling into the intro to a live show (it's the first track on Triumph). I love how one dude is there for the bassist.



David Byrne - "In the Future"

Speaking of people who sing songs about Pirates, I know we post David Byrne a lot. But I'm pretty sure this is really rare. From what I can tell, it's only been available in vinyl before, and only in the UK, it's part of the soundtrack to an eight-hour play by Robert Wilson. And it's gorgeous.

It's the perfect combination of hilarity and horrorshow (they are the same). Self-contradictory and already-here, it's inescapable, you have to listen to every word; that's why they're spoken so clearly.

If I could add one, it would be: "In the future, there will be so much music that if you listen closely, you'll always be able to hear a song playing."

[buy on vinyl]


Also, for Nikos:
The three pieces that I extracted from L'Éclisse 1 2 3
thankyou for being interested. hope you enjoy.

Posted by Dan at July 15, 2005 1:06 AM

i can't thank you enough for this...

Posted by Nikos at July 15, 2005 6:04 AM

Hey, Dan, does this mean a cd release of Music for the Knee Plays or...well, just tell me the truth.

Posted by Joel Taylor at July 15, 2005 1:34 PM

The Spitfires & Mayflowers (good name!) song is pretty dazzling. I have the suspicion that they could be totally awesome, or at least produce awesome things. How's the CD? (downloading the mp3s they offer now.)

Posted by Sean at July 15, 2005 5:03 PM

Joel - no. but if you want a copy, I can send you one.

Sean - yeah, I know what you mean, I feel like they can produce good things too. Unfortunately, the rest of the cd doesn't measure up to this song in my opinion, but I think they can do better. I'm rooting for them. (to ontarians: go to their site and look up their tour dates, and go go go).

Posted by dan at July 15, 2005 5:44 PM

wow, that spitfires & mayflowers song is incredible. thanks so much!

Posted by jez at July 15, 2005 9:46 PM

that Byrne MP3 is great, thanks a lot.

Posted by uwmryan at July 16, 2005 11:44 AM

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Posted by The Bogus Man at July 16, 2005 8:44 PM

Thanks for posting the David Byrne! I used to own "Music From The Knee Plays" back in the 1980s, on cassette. I've been looking for it on CD like, forever. It's a shame that this is out-of-print--it's packed with GREAT stuff!

Posted by Scott Bateman at July 18, 2005 11:09 AM

Cool Byrne track. Does anyone know what year this was recorded?

Posted by angryrobot at July 18, 2005 6:03 PM

DB's "Music for the Knee Plays" was released in the US on both vinyl and cassette. It's actually pretty easy to find on vinyl if you check the bins at used-record shops.

Posted by paco shrimpton at July 23, 2005 1:08 PM

I have that track on cassette and was incredibly happy to find the mp3.

But the link seems to be dead.


Any chance it might work again?

Posted by Patrick at November 13, 2005 1:27 PM

Oh, right, seven days.


Posted by Patrick at November 13, 2005 1:38 PM

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