Stars Like Car Keys
by Dan
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.


Tomboyfriend - "End of Poverty" (5:39)

"You're a smash. A Pony. A Head case."
This song is scrawny, and stubborn, and dirty. It's underdressed, shows up late, and is a loud drunk. It waves and yells to friends from across the street, and borrows DVDs and button-up sweaters for years at a time. It eats terribly, chewing on a pizza slice with a golden grin. It's one charming motherfucker. But a motherfucker none the less. [site]

Bad Veins - "The Lie" (3:54)

If I had an older brother, and he were named Henry, and he went away to school when I was just finishing 10th grade...if he were there for me after I got stood up at S'creams, the local ice cream shop, for my first date, if he made me understand that you could still wear a turtleneck, if you wore it the right way, and if he had a big Boyz II Men faze when we were young, which lead to my big Boyz II Men phase...if he were too tall for his own good, if he could be found, late at night, leaning, creased at the waist, against the kitchen counter having a snack of toast and juice, this would be his favourite song. [site]

Posted by Dan at January 3, 2007 12:22 AM

Sometimes the writing here is more enjoyable than the songs. I mean that as a compliment. These two songs don't particularly do it for me, but both of these descriptions are wonderful.

Posted by dc at January 3, 2007 6:51 AM

I'm simply amazed at the first track. I want to write it love letters and then rip them up. Thank you.

Posted by Elizabeth. at January 3, 2007 3:53 PM

I like you the most

Posted by Matt at January 4, 2007 1:43 AM

I am that first guy, basically, but I always dress immaculately. Also, I never had a brother like that, but your writing was so evocative I knew exactly what you meant. Two little pearls, Dan. Oh, and to dc: I usually read this stuff at work and can't listen to any of the songs, so, don't feel guilty if you don't like them or never listen to any of them again. You can join my team and only focus on the writing because you're right; good stuff is always on offer in this zone.
I'm a little worried about my punctuation.

Posted by Joel Taylor at January 5, 2007 1:55 PM

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