the new disaster every day
by Sean
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Django Reinhardt - "Brazil". My favourite standard, performed by the world's finest gypsy jazz guitarist. This is, I believe, from 1947 (first released on the hard-to-find Péche à la mouche), shortly after Django 'went electric'. While some critics feel that Reinhardt should have stuck to acoustic guitar, he invests his work here with a beautiful, lingering, longing tone, a nostalgic slightly bop flow of notes. The final repetition of the theme, abruptly cut off, is like the sadness of recovering the old postcard, the one with the long lost blue sea.

Cool Blue Halo - "Too Much Kathleen". Indie pop from Halifax, ca. 1996. Cool Blue Halo was part of the booming East Coast pop scene in the mid-90s - they performed alongside bands like the Superfriendz, Sloan, Eric's Trip. Then Sloan moved to Toronto, the Superfriendz and Eric's Trip broke up, and Cool Blue Halo vanished into the ether. This is a silly, ripe pop song, high harmonies and chiming electric guitars. The central pun is awful, certainly, but it's made charming by the smiling sincerity of the verses. He's crushing on the waitress, and who can blame him. Like the Fountains of Wayne, had the guys been Nova Scotia boys instead of New Jersey hooligans. (OOP, I think, but from Kangaroo, on No Records.)

Pop (All Love) has got a leaked Fiona Apple track called "Extraordinary Machine," from her on-hold upcoming record. It's extraordinary all right. The angst's fluttered away from Apple's voice, leaving the spaces in between words to do any gnashing. I hear bits of Chet Baker. And she's adopted a terrific chamber-pop backdrop. It's like Nellie McKay, or even Mushaboom-y Leslie Feist, only - to be honest, - I like it more than both.

Spoilt Victorian Child is the new mp3blog from Simon, the man (i think) behind cool remix/bootleg artist Empire State Human. One day in, it's messy rock'n'roll.

Apologies for awkward writing today; I'm quite exhausted. I promise better tomorrow.

Posted by Sean at June 24, 2004 1:41 AM

Great songs mate! Damn those tone-deaf Sony A&R idiots, the Fiona Apple song is fantastic.
The Sarah Slean cover is an oldie-goldie, and she's very cute as well... thanks for the Mp3!

Posted by Matthew at June 24, 2004 4:45 AM

You read my mind... I'd been humming Brazil to myself all afternoon already.

And a big :-) for the Nova Scotia boys.

Posted by Andrew at June 24, 2004 2:39 PM

Love a bit of Django....
Especialy this tune, really good.
Thanks for this.
(and the Plugs (SVC & ESH))

Cheers Sean.

Posted by Spoilt Brat at June 24, 2004 7:43 PM

Been reading this blog since D. Wolk's article that ref.'d you. Congrats! It's a great blog - one of the four (4!) websites I never go a day without looking at...
Fiona has put out two totally underrated albums that still sold strongly, and she's done something exciting again. How can Sony not think this is something that deserves at the very least, the chance to fail?
Thanks for the great music.

Posted by sully at June 24, 2004 10:49 PM

That Fiona track really is amazing, and another reason why the major labels deserve to die the death they're going to die if they keep going the way they're going. Thanks for the link.

I wasn't fussed with "Tidal" but I really loved "When The Pawn..." - it was really quite unique. That combination of PJ Harvey-esque attitude, the strong rhythmic sense in the songs, and the Beatlesque Jon Brion touches.

Is Brazil your favourite standard because of the movie? I think my favourite standard's probably "Blue Skies".

Posted by tim at June 24, 2004 11:29 PM

For what it's worth, btw, there are a few copies of Kangaroo available on Gemm.

Posted by Andrew at June 25, 2004 7:46 AM

Django and Gmailswap. You rock.

Posted by paul at June 26, 2004 12:07 AM

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