Take My Advice
by Dan
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The Winks - "The Film"

It seems like this song's title implies that it would be appropriate for a film's soundtrack, but I don't think so; this is video game music. Or, it's how video game music should be. It's a kind of beat that I wouldn't mind listening to for 45 minutes straight, with all the slight variations somehow set to a randomizer so I wouldn't ever hear a true loop. But I see myself coming in to a strange town at night, excited by all the strange faces that I know will talk to me. They will all give me information, about solving a puzzle, finding a lost object, learning a lesson, increasing my health.

You might have also heard "Snakes!", the single on this album (Slippers and Parasols) but if you haven't, go get it. It's way different, but it's good too.

[their website]


Jemini + DJ Dangermouse - "Don't Do Drugs"

Don't you see that lanky, shaggy, muppet (with the half-closed eyes and the gold-toothed smile) doing a Silly Symphonies dance (legs like ribbons and arms cha-cha-ing downwards) and throwing his money into the air like fireworks?

That's not a question.



Jonathan Goldstein - "The Greatest Phone Message of All Time"

it's 20 minutes, and it's RealAudio, but it's so worth it. Apparently Miguel Diaz didn't like it so much, but maybe you could put your comments up there to even the scales a bit.

Jonathan Goldstein now makes "Wiretap" on CBC. It's pretty much the same thing, but darker and more spare.

people who deserve credit for showing me these things so I could show them to you: Jon B, Karin.

Posted by Dan at May 19, 2005 12:49 AM

since I found out that Jonathan Goldstein also lives in Montreal, the possibility of meeting him (or even befriending him, on my more wildly fantastical days) runs constantly in the back of my mind, like a screensaver. dan knows (and I think the rest of you deserve to be told) that my friend who works for the CBC in Yellowknife has informed me that in his early days, the brilliance of this piece of radio earned Jonathan Goldstein urban-legend style infamy (like the phone message itself) within the ranks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. however, 'Wiretap' is just as good. There are some people that are able to find their perfect niche and run with it.

Posted by karin at May 19, 2005 10:26 AM

unbelievable message. there are so many of those you-had-to-be-there college stories that will never translate, but the editors do an incredible job with this. my mother has to hear this.

Posted by lt at May 19, 2005 12:02 PM

I am such a fan of The Winks.

Posted by Simone at May 19, 2005 3:56 PM

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