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I have obliged Kill Rock Stars? request that I remove ?The Infanta? from the site. Sorry to everyone for the confusion.


The Prisonaires - "Surleen"

The Prisonaires were prisoners in the Tennesse State Penitentiary. Sixty percent of the quintet were incarcerated for murder. Of the various Prisonaires, John Drue, who was serving three years for larceny, posed by far the least serious threat to Surleen?s health (but not to her pocketbook).


Final Fantasy - "Peach, Plum, Pear"

Final Fantasy (aka Owen Pallett of Les Mouches) arranged the strings on the Arcade Fire record and is opening for the band on their American tour. Here he covers a song by this past year?s other hot indie act, Joanna Newsom. He fashions out of her gumptious harp-pluck, fairy-voice fantasy, a pizzicato, click and feedback delicacy that turns into a rousing piece of bowed violin counterpoint.


For Montreal readers: My editor, Max Maki and I are in a band together called The Cay. We will be playing tomorrow night at the Sala Rosa at around 9:30. If you don?t come I?ll be crippled by self-doubt and might play the wrong chord at the wrong time, thereby ruining music. Are you prepared to have that weighing on your conscience? No!

Posted by Jordan at January 20, 2005 2:08 AM

ehem, not to be a grouch, but could we get some song tags please? Thanks.

And hey, why don't you post something from your band?!

Posted by roz at January 20, 2005 2:27 AM

Have you read Jonathon Lethem's Fortess of Solitude? He has a whole bit where the protagonist tries to sell a screenplay based on the Prisonaires...

Posted by mari at January 20, 2005 3:48 PM

"He fashions out of her gumptious harp-pluck, fairy-voice fantasy, a pizzicato, click and feedback delicacy that turns into a rousing piece of bowed violin counterpoint."


Posted by Dylan at January 20, 2005 5:49 PM

"Gumptious" just isn't happening for me.

Posted by rodii at January 20, 2005 9:20 PM

Oh hey, Jordan, how do you pronounce "cay"? To rhyme with "may" or "me"?

Posted by rodii at January 20, 2005 9:34 PM

the cay show was stellar (but not stellar regions) . how many peacocks can you cram onto a staege. i reckon a few more than you did. wickid wickid wickid! nice to see play guitar again too,,,
\bodacious freemasoon.com

Posted by zozkozzmoskos at January 21, 2005 12:41 PM

how did the concert go?

Posted by damama dapapa at January 21, 2005 8:59 PM

I liked how you described Newsom's music. She's a personal favorite of mine. Unfortunately, my record store doesn't have her, so I'm forced to listen to the few tracks I have. She's different, unique. And I wouldn't have found her without your blog. Thanks.

Posted by sean at January 24, 2005 10:59 PM

Saw Final Fantasy open for the Arcade Fire last night in Atlanta. Tops! Really good stuff, and he played the Newsom cover in the middle of his set in an effort to, as he said, "Win back the audience" after a bit of banter fell flat.

Posted by Chris Hassiotis at January 27, 2005 12:12 PM

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