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by Dan
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The Harlem Shakes - "Sickos"

To all the fifteen-year-olds who read this blog, step-by-step instructions:

1. download this song and put it on a mix cd.
2. be sure to include a song that talks about "wanting you" or "gettin' with you" to be clear about your intentions.
3. give the cd to an older crush (someone your age wouldn't appreciate it like you can)
4. get plenty of action
5. marry them
6. have kids (twins)
7. keep a diary of these events

Upon submission of this diary to me, I will post it here. To which, the only appropriate response will be, clearly, this song. It's a circle, it's a very strong bridge, it's a wet dream.



Deep Dark United - "Nun or a Bawd"

I love that I can barely identify a single instrument. I think this band might be one of those children's book monsters that breathes out of a lot of different holes and tubes, and someone just taped it as it danced alone in it's room to famous classical music pieces (it is a bad dancer, but that makes it great). The way the vocals and instrumentation interact is like someone writing a grocery list in an earthquake. Like one of those "line of best fit" graphs. And fortunately, opposites attract..me.



Also: Me, Jon, Tim, Jon's Cousin, and I think Carl Wilson and what's-his-face from Sloan all watched Bob Wiseman beat the shit out of a piano on Sunday night. It was pretty moving. He embodies "Toronto art" for me, I think (yes, I'm still comparing). A highly self-conscious, i-have-a-strong-feeling-this-might-be-bad-and-unimpressive...but-i-don't-care-here's-my-heart style. so much more willingness to admit/discuss how we don't know what the hell we're doing. I'll probably post a song by him once I can get my hands on some good versions. but until then, go to the site, I recommend "William".

Posted by Dan at July 28, 2005 2:27 AM

Yes to Harlem Shakes. Covered them today as well. Also check out The Head Set.

Posted by Greg at July 28, 2005 9:15 AM

i think that Deep Dark United probably wear a cloak. don't you think?

i like the harlem shakes tune. they'd be better, though, don't you think, if they had some amazing 45-year old lead guitar guy, obviously WAY more grizzled than everyone else, who can just BRING it with a sizzling lightning solo, casually blowing things up in the background during the main verses.

Posted by Sean at July 28, 2005 1:23 PM

Who exactly is Bob Wiseman? This track confirms that I saw an 'old man' leading Deep Dark United once, and I know I saw the actual younger Bob Wiseman slapping around a piano on Sunday.

Does he impersonate himself sometimes?

Posted by tim at July 28, 2005 1:31 PM

I hate to make such a pedestrian comment, but between the vocal drawl on 'sickos' and the xylophone tinkles, did anyone else smell Radiohead on that lovely Harlem Shakes song?

Posted by Mike at July 28, 2005 4:54 PM

does that song come with an album, is it a single, is it new? (the deep dark united one)

Posted by Anthony Easton at July 28, 2005 6:18 PM

Bob Wiseman is not in Deep Dark United. It was that simple.

Posted by tim at July 28, 2005 6:52 PM

Deep Dark United was (i think) a one man band with a guy named Alex. He used to run a great label called Kosherrock records too. I miss that label.

Posted by Anonymous at July 28, 2005 6:53 PM

That xylophone line on The Harlem Shakes song is destroying me. Its great.

Posted by Chris at July 28, 2005 7:20 PM

Here's to Harlem Shakes! Here's to Dan!

Posted by Roger at July 28, 2005 7:24 PM

well, it's from their new album, called "Ancient", which is available for purchase from blocks recording club and as far as I can tell they have not broken up, nor are they a one-person band. to quote their site: "Deep Dark United is Ryan Driver, Brodie West, Tania Gill, Nick Fraser, Alex Lukashevsky".

Posted by dan at July 28, 2005 7:42 PM

the shakes are awesome kids.
it's good to see them getting recognition.
i saw them during their residency at piano's this past month and they killed it.

Posted by erin at July 28, 2005 10:23 PM

that sickos song is sickos

Posted by spencer at July 31, 2005 7:24 PM

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