by Sean
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.


Gigantic baby sculpture

Damien Jurado - "Arkansas". Barclay sat staring at his computer screen. He held a bottle of water. The window said: GarageBand. There was the little picture of an electric guitar. Barclay said this:

"Okay GarageBand. Okay. Here we go. Open... New file. Yes. Okay. Barclay, okay. This time, Barclay, this time. Record. A. Song. Let's go. [handclap] I'll make a song like... a song like... like 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. Yes. No. No, that's too sappy. Like 'America'. But without a kettle drum. I'll make a song like 'Cecilia'. Yes, like 'Cecilia'. Just like 'Cecilia'. A beautiful song like 'Cecilia'. Barclay, you will make a beautiful song like Cecilia. Begin recording... now. [silence for 13s] [Sung] Oh oh oh, What goes on! [silence for 8s] Right. Right, well that's something. And now you're talking and getting recorded. Way to go, Barclay. Stop. I need a drummer. Barclay, you need a drummer. The thing is, I can't make 'Cecilia' because I don't feel like 'Cecilia'. I'm a bozo. I'm a nobody. I'm not sure of anything. How the hell do I make a song like 'Cecilia'?"

At this time, Jeanie called up from downstairs.

"How's it going?" she asked.

"Good," yelled Barclay.

"I love you!" Jeanie yelled.

Barclay took a sip of water. "Love you too!"

[Damien Jurado's new album, Saint Bartlett, will be released May 25.]

Eternal Summers - "Able To". Imagine a waterslide up-side down. You begin in the splash-pool, beating at flat water. Then you coast up and round, skidding, twist-bending, that slick scary backwards pour. Under your thighs, you feel the joinings of the waterslide's plastic. You feel the bumps. You see fir trees over the side of the tube. Your heart is bounding in your chest as you swing and skid, hauled backward by your shoulder-blades, the park growing smaller and smaller. And then, hop, you are at the beginning, and hop, you are on your feet, tipping on your heels; and hop you are walking backward down the boardwalk, to the ticket office, to the parking lot, to the beat-up Volkswagen. You're driving backwards with Katy and Lou. You're entering the city in reverse. You're going home, you're eating lunch, then breakfast. You're going to sleep, going to work, falling out of love, falling into love, graduating, studying, skipping classes before you've even started school. (This song, previously on StG.) [MySpace/buy new EP]


Almost no one left comments on yesterday's White Hinterland guest-post. :(

(photo source unknown - clearly of Ron Mueck's Baby)

Posted by Sean at March 4, 2010 12:36 PM

We just haven't quite had the time yet! So many words and songs deserve a thorough + thoughtful reading and listening and responding. Give us the proper time to devote and the comments will come along in their due course.

Posted by Tracy at March 4, 2010 1:49 PM

I saw The Baby in Ottawa when I was there a couple of years ago....I loved it....oh and your music choices are good too!! LOL!

Posted by Aunty D at March 5, 2010 7:49 AM

yup i think that baby photo was taken in ottawa too.....

Posted by ru at March 8, 2010 5:25 PM

Thanks for the Eternal Summers post. I haven't been able to stop listening to their EP and am mega-sad I won't be able to see them at SXSW. They will rock the hell out!

Posted by Cat D at March 9, 2010 9:49 AM

Your Damien Jurado posting was hilarious! Ah the life of the musician.

Posted by The Speakers at March 15, 2010 7:09 PM

i think it's beautiful what you guys do, listening so closely to that magic that oozes from these people you share so generously with the world. the same sounds some pass by so carelessly. just sayin' thanks for helping my developing mind spin on

Posted by eman at April 13, 2010 11:00 PM

Frequent reader/listener, but this is my first comment. Just getting caught up on the backlog of the last 6 months of STG.

Glad to see Damien Jurado featured here. I'm a big fan (of both Damien and this blog).

Posted by Brent Finnegan at May 31, 2010 11:15 PM

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