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Heroes and Villains - "esa-2000"

Ian Curtis and Calvin Johnson stand atop a precariously swaying tower of song. "esa-2000" is the most successful game of Jenga you've played since... God knows when. As such, there's a level of anxiety unknown to you since the last time you played such a successful game of Jenga. This anxiety is exacerbated by the hand-claps almost to the same degree that your aesthetic environment has been improved by them, and your life consequently enriched (if you understand the word 'almost' to mean 'not even close to,' as I do).

At 2:16 something like a guitar solo takes place. It's like everything good that ever happened to you, happening again, at the same time. Really, it is. [Info]


Duke Ellington and John Coltrane - "In A Sentimental Mood"

It's fitting that the young drummer and the young saxophonist play like they're hurt - their pain bottled up, but rising uncontrollably and fitfully to the surface (anguished runs and tight snare rolls); whereas the older pianist maintains perspective, moves a simple chord progression around the piano like he's examining a memory from every angle. How does it sound if I play it like this? Or like this? Ellington returns to his theme again and again: while the rest of the band tries to fight its way out of the titular sentimental mood, he simply revels in it. [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at July 14, 2005 10:44 AM

The latter is such a beautiful song. Even as someone who doesn't appreciate jazz as much as she'd like, I keep coming back to this one. (Plus, I have to admit that it reminds me of an episode of the Cosby Show... Cliff puts this tune on when he's romancing Claire with fruit.) Nice pick, Jordan.

Posted by Lindsay at July 14, 2005 12:19 PM

Jordan, have you heard of another Montreal band called Telefauna?

Posted by Sam at July 14, 2005 1:16 PM

Sam - The Cay and Telefauna share a member and a practice space.

Posted by Jordan at July 14, 2005 1:32 PM

Lindsay - Everything I know about music/life, I learned from the Cosby Show.

Posted by Jordan at July 14, 2005 1:43 PM

What a strange coincidence, then, that I happened to ask you about it...

Posted by Sam at July 14, 2005 4:06 PM

Re: "At 2:16 something like a guitar solo takes place"...yeah, you're right-it takes the forefront, but it's not really a solo in the way the solos stand out in front of the song. It reminds me of the way David Rawlings plays 'lead' with Gillian Welch; his are not standard solos, but always inform the song in some loopy way.
And if it's still hot there. try Mike HEron's "Turquiose Blue"...

Posted by J at July 14, 2005 10:10 PM

what do we know about 'heroes and villains'?

i can't seem to find anything on the internets.

Posted by .. at July 14, 2005 11:17 PM

"in a sentimental mood" is probably one of the greatest compositions of the 20st century - and this is by far the best version with second being the one with ellington on piano, stephane grappely, ray nance and sven asmudssen on violins and third the older one by django reinhardt...
"the cosby show guide to life" - how about that?
ps. thanks for the eclipse!

Posted by Nikos at July 15, 2005 6:02 AM

Heroes and Villains are based in Montreal, I think they are a pretty new but check it out for yourself


Posted by *** at July 15, 2005 10:28 AM

Thanks a lot for taking the time to write about us(heroes & villains) Jordan, it's amazing really. Thank You.

For those of you who would like to know more, our website is:
to hear more tracks, go to

and to purchase our album(EP) you can use this link

and again, thanks for writing this Jordan.
we love you.


Posted by Raphael at July 15, 2005 10:34 AM

et le trompettiste s'appelle Miles Davis...

Posted by Anonymous at July 18, 2005 5:01 PM

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