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Shaky Hands - "Summer's Life"

This song has the replay value of an old stationwagon. The rhythm of a much-tar-stripped country road. A melody like the sun poking under the pulled-down visor. Lyrics like an old Babysitter's Club book, the only thing to read in the glove compartment. It's a car trip, a Sunday, warm when you close your eyes. And the air is much easier to move through than to breathe. [More]

Destroyer - "From Oakland to Warsaw"

Dear Roger,

I'm sorry I ever said Your Blues sucked. I'm sorry I didn't believe you when you tried to defend it's glowing, pulsing beauty. When you said, rightly, that it's perfect for walking in the woods. I'm sorry it took me 3 years to understand the yellow, bejeweled and bejangling currents of this album.

yours, Dan
ps. hope you're well.


Dear "From Oakland to Warsaw",

Thank you for your strident, stalwart posture, and your howling bursts like striking diamond-studded windchimes with a rhinestone-studded leaf blower. Thank you for being the unassuming yet garish, lavish yet humble, chapter of the book that makes you finally realise "hey wait, this whole thing is genius."

yours, Dan
ps. hope you're well.

[Destroyer deals at Merge]

Posted by Dan at February 5, 2007 3:22 AM

This post is a good start. But now you need to apologize to Roger for owning Jim Carrey's Rubberface on VHS.

Posted by Dusty at February 5, 2007 10:13 AM

Dear Dan,

That Babysitter's Club reference just knocked me into your lady fan club.


Posted by Missy at February 6, 2007 1:57 AM

Dan - this is a great post. Perhaps my favorite post you've written and you've written some goods ones.


Posted by Karin S. at February 6, 2007 3:11 AM

It took me a while to get into Destroyer too, but I'm glad I did.

Posted by Stephanie at February 6, 2007 6:58 AM

I'm like Stephanie: I remember going for a walk in the park listening to Rubies when *it* happened - when I went from mild interest to "Holy Shit! Fucking genius!".

Posted by Alex at February 6, 2007 7:56 PM

Well, now that we're all on board let's get to work on that "New Ways of Living" video where Bejar'd be dressed like a hussar galloping a horse through Russian pasture and mugging fey for the camera. Guest star Tim Moore elects to toss himself underhoof.

Posted by Roger at February 7, 2007 10:16 AM

what a great song is "From Oakland to Warsaw"

Posted by carl at February 10, 2007 7:51 PM

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