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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.


If you sense something different about today's post, perhaps a residue of some kind, then you are a particularly astute reader and have picked up on the fact that my editor, Max Maki, has laid her greasy palms all over this stuff (these posts were, she will claim (she's hungry for credit (albeit, where it's due)) co-written).


The Silt - "A Song About A Red Whistle"

I once had a red fox forty. So I know something about whistles. Excited to sit down and put my knowledge to use, I was disappointed to discover that "A Song About A Red Whistle" is actually a song about a song about a red whistle. Knowing nothing about songs, I wept.

"A Song About a Red Whislte" is a shanty stomp from the mines to the mess hall. Hat brim-skewed, fingers blackened, stomach shrunken, body so tired your mind can?t remember what you had for breakfast (beans? was it beans again?), let alone a song you wrote a full year ago. This latter lacuna of memory is the central crisis of this song which would otherwise be called A Red Whistle. A much catchier title.


Jim Guthrie - "Sexy Drummer"

Every time I?ve seen Jim Guthrie play I?ve been impressed by his guitar playing. Unfortunately, his arrangements tend to be distractingly misguided (electric cellos? Sony playstation composition games!.?) and his songwriting questionable. This song avoids the Guthrie pitfalls through its simplicity. The warm drive of the drum beat (unassuming, but mesmerizing, soothing but, yes, sexy) carries the guitar and cheap organ over the bass? melodic framework. Plain and nice.

Guthrie?s use of the word ?score? hints at the two most salient features of the drummer?s existence: counting bars and notches on bedposts.

Posted by Jordan at December 3, 2004 1:52 AM

Is Jim Guthrie the guy from Royal City? If so, I am insulted.

Posted by The Drummer From Royal City at December 4, 2004 1:31 AM

wait, what's wrong with Mike Olsen's cello playing? Now More Than Ever is PHENOMENALLY arranged, one of the best of the year. get off the road.

Posted by tsjns at December 4, 2004 12:43 PM

max maki's comments are the best!!!!! you guys are an AMAZING team

Posted by claire at December 5, 2004 1:29 AM

Good songs! Not to gripe overmuch, but could we get some ID3 tags? Both of these just say "Track 01".

Posted by rodii at December 5, 2004 10:36 PM

I'm from Brasil, and I like more than this blog!
It is a great idea!

Posted by Daniel Blacker at December 8, 2004 7:22 PM

I'm really liking this Jim Guthrie song. Any chance you could post more in the future?

Posted by Alicia at December 8, 2004 7:41 PM

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