by Sean
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Photo by Shadi Ghadirian

Young Galaxy - "Suzanne". There was something about the Spanish team, that year. They were not the fastest, nor the most precise. They were not aggressive, nor meek. Their play seemed to come from a different place than the other teams'. They moved like fireflies in a copse. They would pass silently across the field, through and among their opponents. Their only sound was the ripple and flick of their royal-blue uniforms. The Spaniards were tireless and strange. They raised one arm when they wanted a pass; they had dark eyes; the balls seemed to follow them; they touched, they touched, they touched. The other team would not understand. They would simply not understand. The vuvuzelas sang their doleful b-flat. The Spaniards passed the ball to and fro, crisscrossing like kites, 32 passes in a single play; and then finally, with something like regret, into the goal. They placed second, behind Argentina.

[buy Young Galaxy's bright ivory new EP, No Art on iTunes / See them on tour this month with the Besnard Lakes, or beside Adam & the Amethysts and Little Scream at Montreal's Belmont on June 26.]

Pat Jordache - "Phantom Limb". I wrote about this, Pat Jordache's debut, last month. Now it has a name. It is called Future Songs. It is available here, for whatever price you name, or on limited-edition cassette. I saw Pat again this weekend, backing Tune-Yards for a few songs. He played his guitar like he was playing the gold prize in a physics contest. He played it like he was a soulful emperor. Future Songs is no longer confused; it is rough-housing; it is stargazing when you're in love, reeling from a blow to the head, wearing sunglasses. "Phantom Limb" is a song you can leave behind and then come back and it'll still be good later.


(photo by Shadi Ghadirian)

Posted by Sean at June 14, 2010 1:06 AM

Hey Guys! thanks for the link add. it's quite an honor. you just don't realize how much this means to me. I feel LOVED!
btw Shadi Ghadirian is an Iranian artist. Thanks for the mention.

Posted by Pedram at June 14, 2010 12:15 PM

Wonderful soccer writing, Sean. Have you ever read this?: The essay by Aleksandar Hemon alone makes it a worthwhile read, but the whole thing is fantastic. I enjoyed this post a lot, been wanting to say so since it went up!

Posted by Kevin at June 18, 2010 9:36 AM

Have to say, I've been a longtime fan, but I loved the soccer story so much that it made me sit up and take notice of the writing again. It was great in that it was both evocative, informative (via the YouTube link), and timely. I'd love to see more nonfictional things alluded to in the context of the music writing. ("Learning is Fun!!!!!")

Posted by Ben at July 6, 2010 5:01 PM

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