by Sean
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9 piece luggage set

What Cheer? Brigade - "Malaguena". Sixteen tourists arrive on a Pan Am 737 jumbo jet. They are dressed in suits and sun-dresses. They disembark, carrying luggage. They get on a shuttle into the city. Arriving in downtown Paris, they make their way on foot to la Défense. It is the business district. On the sidewalk outside a glass office-building, the tourists snap photos of the skyline, the automobiles, the Parisians clacking past in high-heels. Their luggage is at their feet. From their luggage, they withdraw clubs, placards and whistles. These are not tourists. They are a riot. They are a riot that flew in from Minneapolis to cause a scene at la Défense. They break the building's windows, they stomp out into the street. The Parisians want to know, Pourquoi est-ce qu'ils sont venus?. The mob will not tell them. They are putting on face-paint. [buy We Blow, You Suck]

Radio Radio - "9 Piece Luggage Set". One day in December, Ghislain slipped on the ice outside the dep. His iPod Touch fell out of his pocket and into the snow. It wouldn't start. He called his big sister in Montreal and she told him he should put it in a jar of brown rice. "Rice?" Ghislain asked. "It dries things out," she said. Brown rice was hard to find in St-Hippolyte. He found some basmati at the Metro and figured it would do. It didn't help. The iPod was dead. Now it was May and blazing hot and Ghislain still couldn't listen to tunes. As soon as school finished, he'd get a job stocking shelves at the SAQ. For now, he loped glumly around St-Hippolyte. He counted bars in his head, rapping under his breath. On Saturday afternoon, while everyone else was watching Iron Man II at the cineplex, reclining in the A/C, Ghislain went down to the river. He sweated in the sun. The grass was packed flat. Ghislain practised his break-dancing moves. Cottonwood-seed blew on by. [buy]

Posted by Sean at May 27, 2010 2:23 PM


Posted by Cynthia McIntyre at May 27, 2010 10:56 PM

The upper pic I think is from a film called Play Time by Jaques Tati. It's a genuine masterpiece.

Posted by Pedram at May 30, 2010 2:59 AM

well spotted, pedram! i second the recommendation.

Posted by sean at May 30, 2010 5:22 PM

What Cheer Brigade sounds like Beirut marrying DeVotchka instrumentally. Radio Radio was also quality hip-hop, so big ups boys! I hope Dan is busy making more Bitter Ends. And by the way have you guys enjoyed the new LCD Soundsystem thing? Well I have! My favorite tunes are "Pow Pow" and the closer "Home". You have any?

Posted by Pedram at May 31, 2010 5:38 AM

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