by Sean
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Andy Swan - "The Truth About Thieves". It's an unaccustomed jubilance in this amber-streaked folk song; Andy Swan finds the kind of melody he's not used to finding, the sort of love-story that doesn't usually come his way. "It seems impossible / or just improbable / that you waited your whole life / to love the likes of me." Like he can't get over the fact that he gets to use this jangle, this jangle, the happiest looking-glass kind. Like he can't get over the fact that he put the telescope to his eyes, pointed it out over the city, and found someone signalling to him from their roof - flashing the lights of her apartment on & off & on, the easiest Morse code.

[buy the CD called Ottawa, named for the city where I grew up.]

Vampire Weekend - "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Black Dominoes remix)". An unofficial remix that takes this clean jersey song and adds a whole lot of noise, distraction, and a different kind of joy. Or maybe the other way around. Take "Cape Cod" as an inside-song, as the internal monologue of a boy who strides the city. He crosses whooping kids, blown-over garbage cans, creaking doors, car alarms, hopscotching girls, two guys beating each-other up with the tender thump of skin on skin. He sees deer get shot and bees get stung. He sees a brass band and a harpsichordist. Casablanca and Sesame Street. And always the cool, lover's knowledge in his head - the bluebird memories of love's softest stirring sounds.

[more of Mr Black Dominoes here and here]


Tune in Monday for the next batch of winning contest videos!

Posted by Sean at February 22, 2008 10:26 AM

thank you. especially for #2. happy friday.

Posted by Jul at February 22, 2008 2:27 PM

thank you. especially for #1. i think cape cod is a stronger song without the extra noise. i heard them here first by the way. and now they're blowing up all over the place. i saw their video on mtv not too long ago. i hope the same happens to born ruffians soon.

and, oh boy, am i excited for some more videos.

Posted by Matt at February 22, 2008 8:34 PM

According to a rave review in today's UK Observer, VW are playing a cover of Tom Petty's 'American Girl'. That I'd like to hear.

Posted by Dave at February 24, 2008 8:00 AM

where can i find the artwork?

Posted by v at February 26, 2008 4:28 AM

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